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Saturday, 24 January 2015

New Pattern Release: Wet Wipe Tissue Wallet in Waxcloth

Wet Wipe Tissue Wallet by eSheep Designs
My Wet Wipe Tissue Wallet in waxcloth...
Last week, I showed off my incredibly cheap purchase of waxcloth and pondered what to do with it. Well, it didn't take long for me to be inspired, so to speak.

I was at a drug store checkout a few days later when I saw a display of "Kleenex Wallets". They were just foldover plastic thingies filled with tissues, but it occurred to me that I could make a double-sided holder that could be filled with tissues on one side and wet wipes on the other.

Wet Wipe Tissue Wallet by eSheep Designs
The perfect solution to carry wet wipes!
Wet wipes — and they can run the gamut from anti-bacterial wipes to baby wipes to personal wipes to makeup remover wipes — are often a necessity. And you can never find one as easily as you can find a tissue. For that reason, I always travel with them, but I don't normally have them on hand at other times. Why? Maybe it's because I don't like having to carry them in a ziplock bag. So unfashionable!

This easy to make project — which takes full advantage of the unique properties of waxcloth — might be the answer for me to carry wet wipes around full-time. This stylish little wallet took all of two hours to whip up... and I was going slowly and taking numerous pictures and making last minute adjustments to the measurements the whole time.

Waxcloth — or, for that matter, laminated cotton — doesn't fray at the edges. That is a great property, giving me the idea to bind the edges of the wallet with it, rather than do a traditional hidden seam by turning stuff inside out.

Wet Wipe Tissue Wallet by eSheep Designs
Close-up of the waxcloth binding...

Another benefit of something that doesn't fray is that using it for binding reduces the number of steps from the normal sew, wrap and sew again. Regular binding is folded three times in order to hide the raw edges. Binding made out of waxcloth only needs to be folded once, which makes working with it super easy since you can wrap and clip and make sure everything is perfect before you start sewing. And you only need to sew once!

Wet Wipe Tissue Wallet by eSheep Designs
Waxcloth makes for super easy installation of binding... clip it in place before sewing!

Now, I don't know how "wet" the wet wipes will stay inside here for any extended period of time; that might depend on weather conditions. (Actually, around here at this time of the year, they may freeze... although this week we are actually having a bit of a warm spell.) So it goes without saying that your mileage will vary regarding how something like this works for you. But I have no doubt that it does the job if you actually use wet wipes on a regular basis. (And the thing is, you can safely "re-wet" them in the wallet without worrying about getting anything else wet.)

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If you're hesitant to try out this material, let me give you some reassurance. This was my first attempt at making anything with waxcloth/laminated cotton and I found it to be a pleasant experience. (Other than the need to stay focused and be careful about sewing straight!) I am now eager to create other things that I had previously thought about making but never pursued due to the need for this precise type of fabric.

Interested in the full pattern and tutorial? The PDF — 17 pages, 34 photos — actually features a different tissue pocket than what is shown here, just to make it worth your while.

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My Wet Wipe Tissue Wallet PDF Pattern & Tutorial...

In the spirit of giving, I will also offer an abbreviated free version of this tutorial in a future blog post. :-)

... although I can't say when... I have a pretty full slate of pre-scheduled blog posts on the go already.


  1. It looks like a brilliant idea Rochelle. I had made oodles of tissue holder and use them, but I haven't used wet wipes since I had young children. This duo would come in handy for camping trips and especially for young mothers. I still have never used wax cloth or laminated fabrics either. I guess I never had a use for them. I have seen a lot of snack bags online using wax cloth, so that would be something I might try too one day.

    1. Thanks, Daryl. Just as a word of caution... apparently we need to ensure that any such fabric is "food safe" if used for carrying/holding snacks. (That old "plastic" dilemma.) In any case, it's interesting how two weeks ago I would never have thought that I'd be working with these fabrics, either!

  2. I'm wondering if one could cover/rub wax into the zipper to help it be more waterproof?? I love this idea; I use "baby/adult wipes" every day in the car. TIA Karen

    1. That's a good thought, as long as you are careful not to gunk up the zipper teeth, I suppose! I have no experience with using wax that way but it sounds like it's worth a try. Thanks for stopping by.


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