Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Tuesday Tutorial: Ruffle Envelope System Wristlet

A few years back Hubby and I went through Dave Ramsey's Financial Peace University and learned about the cash envelope system. While we haven't been 100% credit card free, I still try to use cash whenever I can. I decided this week that I needed to buckle down and try to use my credit cards less and less (even though we pay it off each month) so I resolved to make myself a cute wristlet that my cash envelopes could fit into. Here's how I did it...

I folded the outer fabric, lining and interfacing and then laid them on top of
each other. I then centered the envelope on top of all 6 layers.

Cut 1" around each of the four sides, through all 6 layers (press hard!!)

Cut the handle at 4.5x13"

handle: press longwise in the center, and then press each side into the center.

Fold the handle along the middle and sew along all four edges, 1/8" seam

ruffle: take a 2x24 piece of solid fabric and zigzag stitch on all four edges

To create the ruffle, backstitch at a presser foot width along one edge. Using
your thumbs, press the fabric under itself to make a ruffle. Continue for the
length of your outer fabric. When you get to the bottom, repeat on the other
edge. Cut off the excess solid fabric when you are done.

Pretty ruffle and so easy!
To complete the wristlet, please use the instructions here to sew the pieces together. You will follow the instructions under the "assemble" picture.

The finished product...the cash envelopes fit perfectly inside.

Check out my "get out of the shot" face! Gotta love the self-timer when
a toddler is around.

The wristlet matches perfectly with the bag I made here.

My sweet little cash bag!
I love that this matches my tote and that the envelopes fit perfectly inside. I used it all weekend and it was awesome to pull out my cash when we went to the stores. I decided not to make the cash envelopes in fabric because I like the flaps and the stability that the paper envelopes have (besides the fact that I didn't want to sew a bunch of fabric envelopes). I don't know if I'll add these to the shop, so please let me know if you make one!

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  1. Amy, that is adorable! I read Dave Ramsey's book last year, and it really changed the way I view money and spending. Isn't he the best?!

  2. I love it! I'm not a confident sewer but I'm gonna give this one a try :)

  3. oh that is such a good idea!! I need to go to the envelope system :)

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  4. I heart this :) Trade you for a Bible cover!!!!

  5. Can I pin this? shuttermom77 at gmail dot com


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