First off, let me introduce you to one of my favorite craft blogs:
I found Michael Ann Made via Craftgawker last year. Her chalkboard painted cans caught my eye and I have been a follower ever since. She always has something inspiring going on over there, her latest being a cute zippered wallet. I happily offered to test out this brand spankin' new tutorial/pattern, which you can now purchase!
Meet The Little Bow Zipper Wallet.
Isn't it just lovely!? Michael Ann emailed me the 3 PDF files (pattern, tutorial with pictures, and text instructions) and I downloaded and printed them. Although I predicted it would take me about an hour to complete, I ended up spending more like 2 1/2 hours on it. There are a few things you have to sew by hand which added a bit of time. The tutorial was clearly written and very detailed. The nice thing about this compared to a pattern you would buy at a store is that there are pictures! It is really helpful to see how to do something before trying it. Michael Ann also includes a few rather insightful tips! This is a great beginner's sewing project. You can purchase the pattern and tutorial here for just $5.50!
*You may notice mine is just a little different than hers. I decided to lay my ribbon down horizontally rather than vertically because it was not the same on both sides and it looked better this way! It is also made for a left handed person (the zipper zips from the right side). This happened by accident :)