Free Receipt Holder Tutorial

Welcome! This is a tutorial for a receipt holder–a little case to hold the receipts that would otherwise be floating around in your purse.  These also work great as a place to keep gas receipts for the glove compartment of your car.

This is part of a series of tutorials I’m putting together for purse accessories to organize the inside of your purse.

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Yep, you try to organize your receipts in a pocket but then one day you’re in a hurry at the gas station and you just stuff your receipt in a different pocket.  Then over time all of the pockets in your purse have receipts and you no longer care.  So, the next trip to the grocery store, you just stuff it in your purse ’cause it’s all a big mess anyway?

Am I the only one that does this?

Probably not.

So, this is  a tutorial to make an easy case to hold receipts.  It has 2 pockets and NO ZIPPERS.  A zipper is a fine thing, but I wanted to make this the easiest project possible.

So, let’s get started.

Materials

Cut out the following:

Main Fabric

  • Cut one piece 8″ H x 6″ W for exterior.
  • Cut one piece 4-1/4″ H x 6″ W for pocket #1.
  • Cut one piece 3-1/2″ H x 6″ W for pocket #2.

Coordinating Fabric

  • Cut one piece 8″ H x 6″ W for interior.
  • Cut one piece 2-1/2″ H x 6″ W for flap closure strap.

Interfacing

Light to Medium weight fusible interfacing, such as Pellon Shapeflex (SF101).

  • Cut one piece 8″ H x 6″ W for exterior
  • Cut one piece 4-1/4″ H x 6″ W for pocket #1.
  • Cut one piece 3-1/2″ H x 6″ W for pocket #2.
  • Cut one piece 8″ H x 6″ W for interior.
  • Cut one piece 2-1/2″ H x 5-1/2″ W for flap closure strap.

Sewing Instructions

1. Fuse interfacing to the wrong side of corresponding fabric pieces. Center the strap interfacing onto the strap.

2. Finish top edge of pocket #1

  • Zig-zag upper edge of pocket to prevent fraying.
  • Fold upper edge of pocket 1/2″ toward wrong side of fabric and press.
  • Topstitch 1/8″ from upper edge.
Step 2

Step 2

3. Finish top edge of pocket #2

  • Follow Step 2 to finish upper edge of pocket #2 in the same manner as pocket #1.
Steps 2 and 3

Steps 2 and 3

4. Attach pockets

  • Place pocket #1 on interior piece, aligning bottom edge and sides.
  • Place pocket #2 over pocket #1, aligning bottom edge and sides.
  • Baste sides with a 1/8″ seam.
  • Baste bottom edge with a 1/8″ seam.
Step 4

Step 4

5. Sew flap closure strap

  • Fold 3″ H x 6″ W strip in half  along long side (to be 1-1/2″ x 6″).
  • Open strap up and fold long sides in to meet along center fold. Press.
Step 5-1


Step 5-1

  • Fold again along center fold (to be 5/8″ x 6″).
  • Topstitch long sides 1/8″ from edges.
Step 5-2

Step 5-2

6. Attach strap

  • Place bottom edge of strap 1-3/4″ up from bottom edge of receipt holder.
  • Baste 1/8″ from sides.
Step 6

Step 6

7. Trim interior and exterior pieces

  • Place Exterior piece over Interior piece, right sides together. Pin along bottom and in center.
  • Mark top center and mark 1″ down from top right corner and top left corner.  Align ruler along line from top center to 1″ markings and trim on both sides, as shown below.
Step 7

Step 7

8. A little more trimming on upper sides

  • Trim right side at an angle starting 1/4″ in from upper right corner and ending at upper right side of pocket.
  • Trim left side at an angle starting 1/4″ in from upper left corner and ending at upper right side of pocket.
Step 8

Step 8

9. Stitch exterior to interior

  • Starting 3/4″ down from upper left side, stitch around entire perimeter using a 1/4″ seam.  Stop stitching about 2-1/4″ from starting point in order to leave an opening to turn receipt holder right side out.
  • Clip corner seam allowances to reduce bulk in corners.
Step 9

Step 9

10. Finish

  •  Turn receipt holder right side out. Press.
  • Handstitching opening closed, if desired (or you can close it by topstitching below).
  • Topstitch 1/8″ from edge along flap portion of holder.
Step 10

Step 10

11. Go clean out your purse!

Thanks for stopping by.  If you liked this tutorial, please tell your sewing friends, like me on facebook or pass the word around in a way that works for you.  I’d “sew” appreciate it!  🙂

Lisa

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Is your purse looking like a garbage dump?

Is your purse looking like a garbage dump?

It has been waaaaay too long since I sat down to write a post. And, I am so excited to say I  have two new patterns that released last week– my first table runner pattern and a new cross-body bag.  You can take a peek at the  Flower Power Table Runner and The Olivia Bag  on my website.  More on that soon!

Back to the topic at hand. Does your purse look like a garbage dump? You know, it starts out okay. You make a brand new purse, with all those great pockets, one for your phone, one for your keys, one for a pen or two, a pocket for your sunglasses. That should take care of it, right?

And it does for awhile. But over time is another matter . . . .

So, what clutters it the most?

For me, it’s kleenex, receipts, and shopping lists and other notes.  How about you?

This post is first of a “series” of posts covering small projects you can make to make the inside of your purse look as amazing as the outside.

First on the list is a kleenex holder. I initially was going to design a little kleenex holder but I found a tutorial on the web that is just amazing and exactly what I wanted so I started just sewing!

Kleenex holder

Kleenex holder

This tissue holder tutorial  is from Barb – I don’t know Barb, but I love her Halloween and Christmas kleenex holders and her instructions are easy to follow. This is a quick project, great for gifts.

***UPDATE*** Please note that I changed Barb’s directions a bit to make the tissue holder you see in the picture.  I used a 5-1/2″ x 8″ piece of fabric for the interior and a 5-1/2″  x 7″ piece of fabric for the exterior.

 

Being cheap frugal at our house–and for convenience–I just grabbed 10 tissues and folded them myself. Easy!

Kleenex Holder - pile of tissues

Kleenex Holder – pile of tissues

Just fold the kleenex tissue in half along the crease, then fold two more times.

Fold kleenex

Fold kleenex

Next up will be a tutorial for a receipt holder to keep all those holiday receipts from taking over your purse.

Receipt case

Receipt case

Leave a comment about what makes your purse messy. I would love to hear from you.

Happy Sewing!

Lisa