Thursday, August 4, 2011

Magic Wallet–Video and a Written Tutorial









If you’re like me, when I was a kid (a long, long time ago) I had a magic wallet.  I can’t remember what it was made out of but I clearly remember putting a dollar bill inside, opening it on the other side and all of a sudden the dollar moved behind the ribbon and stayed there.  I was always amazed and wondered how it worked.  While in Vegas at a quilting retreat recently one of the gals had one and I was asked to figure out how to make one, out of fabric of course.  Well, I’m always up for a challenge, so I proceeded to figure out how to make one.  Now I must admit I still don’t really understand how it works but I do know how to make it.   Many of the women at the retreat made them but I was a little sketchy on the instructions. I promised that I would write a tutorial and make a video showing the steps. 

So without further ado, here is the video and the PDF with the written tutorial can be found here.    If you don’t see the magic wallet near the top of the page, you may need to do a refresh.  You can also click on the tab at the top of this page that says Tutorial/Free Patterns and that should also take you there. 

Magic Wallet Demo

Yesterday I received a really cute note in the mail from my friend Aggie.  Aggie was at the Vegas workshop and she made a Magic Wallet.  Here’s what her note said.

A funny story

My Grandson Nick 14 went to scout camp the same week – he received his badge in leather & tooling he made a wallet a magic wallet.  Shelly & I started laughing.  I pulled out mine.  Nick didn’t know what to think, Grandma made the same thing he did, his is leather mine material.  Maybe the generation gap isn’t that big!


So there you go, some things never change but that doesn’t mean they’re not still fun and magical.  Wouldn’t these make a fun check/money holder for someone’s birthday or Christmas gift. They’re quick and easy, it probably takes less than 15 minutes to make one (after the first one of course Rolling on the floor laughing).




P.S.  A big thank you to my talented Granddaughter Emily for once again helping me by videoing, editing and uploading for me.  Love You, Em!


  1. I think I'll make this with Rachel tomorrow.

  2. Super cool..can't wait to try it out! THANKS for the awesome video & PDF tutorial!!!

  3. Spent all day making these with the grandbabes. They loved them. The boys had a great time figuring out what the magic was. Thanks for the great idea.

  4. The tutorial worked great. I made my first one yesterday with more cut out....hoping I can hide these from the kids until Christmas

  5. Thanks so much! A woman in my quilt guild made a big one (14 or 16" square) that she uses for transporting quilt blocks to keep them safe and flat. She used some extra quilt blocks to decorate the outside. I found your tutorial when googling to find directions. I do appreciate it!


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