We’ve talked a lot lately on the forum about projects not turning out as planned.  Sometimes we have happy accidents like my scarflette that turned out better than I had planned.  However, that’s not always the case.  That’s why we all have UFOs.

Last year I decided to design a credit card wallet. I spent a lot of time measuring and making resists and batts, cutting prefelt and designing a master pattern complete with shrinkage built in.  I wanted it to be functional enough to be able to put most of the things I use in one place.

20150429_161653 20150428_113623 20150429_163547I didn’t have a wallet to use as a model, so I winged it.  I used the prefelt as the base and began adding resists then the batts on the inside.  To keep track of where my folds and placements were I used pieces of threads to help keep everything in line.

On the inside I wanted three long pockets, then eight credit card slots. There is one resist under the red batt.

20150430_154427Then I added the second lower pocket offset about a half inch, and began putting the credit card slot resists in.


20150501_152541Once I finished adding the slots, I turned it over and added resists on the front. I wanted a license holder and a pocket.

20150501_160550Then after covering in black merino and decorating with some red silk throwsters waste, I began the felting and fulling process.

The hardest part and one of my big mistakes was cutting out the resists. I decided to use an Exacto knife to cut the top large opening.  Guess what?  Yes, that’s a pen sticking thru.  I couldn’t figure out how to take a pic with my finger thru it.

The lower hole is where I wanted the pic ID to be.  Unfortunately, it wasn’t large enough to put in the whole ID and cut out a window to view it.


The pocket on the front was also too small an opening to put anything in there that wouldn’t fall out.


On the inside the larger pockets were functional, but I made a mistake with the credit card pocket by making each row a little deeper.  Duh, what was I thinking?  All credit cards are the same size!



There was room for cash and a checkbook and coupons, if need be.  However, the credit cards were a disaster.  I couldn’t reliably put them in there and think they’d stay put.

20160226_125503Folded over it doesn’t look bad on the front.

20160226_125843 The back is a different story.


I had considered trying to save it, but I don’t believe it would be worth the time since many of the proportions are off and there a gaping holes. However, I did learn a lot from the experience.

  • Try not to make the project too complicated
  • Use a model for size proportions
  • Never use an Exacto knife to cut out a resist

I hope this may help others when they are planning a big project in the future. 🙂


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14 Responses to Ooops!

  1. Cami Homann says:

    Since I am a beginner, it was very informative to know about using an exacting knife. Since I would have thought it would have been useful. Live & learn. Thank you for writing about your experiences with Felting.

  2. Lyn says:

    I take my hat off to you – I am not brave enough to even attempt such a complicated design!

    I think you did well to achieve as much as you did, and as you say, it was an experience from which to learn a lot.

    If I had to make a felt wallet, I think I’d make nuno felt yardage (so it’s thin like regular fabric but strong) then cut and sew!

  3. Marilyn aka Pandagirl says:

    Thanks Lyn! I wish I had thought of the Nuno. 🙂 I like to challenge myself. So, I expect there will be projects that don’t work out quite the way I expect them to.

  4. ruthlane says:

    I think with such a complicated design that you did a good job. Lyn’s idea of nuno felt yardage is a good one. I do know that there are a lot of free patterns for sewn wallets on the web. But it sounds like a good learning experience 🙂

    • Marilyn aka Pandagirl says:

      Thanks Ruth! It was a good experience. I may try Lyn’s idea. I have seen patterns for sewn ones. Or maybe il get brave enough to try again only not make it so complicated. 🙂

  5. Teri Berry says:

    It was a great idea Marilyn and good learning experience, thank you for sharing. The throwsters pattern is beautiful.

    • Marilyn aka Pandagirl says:

      Thanks Teri! I do love the throwsters waste embellishment. Got to have a little bling. 🙂

  6. I think you did pretty well it is never easy with something so complicated. I don’t think I would have tried. I will jump on the band wagon and bang the cut and sew drum.

  7. dwrasebon says:

    I love your design.

  8. Leonor says:

    Oh no, Marilyn! What did you do to the finished object now you’ve decided it’s not funcional? I always feel so bad when a project goes bad, I just want to turn the wool into something useful…

    • Marilyn aka Pandagirl says:

      Well, it’s sitting in a pile of scrap materials. I will probably cut it up and use it for something else. I also hate wasting the materials, but sometimes things just don’t work out.

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