Tutorial: Dancing Baby Groot Billfold Wallet

April 20, 2017By Mister DomesticEmbroidery, Sewing, Tutorial 18 Comments Opinion by Paid Consultant

Like many who are familiar with Guardians of the Galaxy, I immediately fell in love with Groot. And then Marvel one-upped the cuteness with Baby Groot and it was on. When Brother came out with their Marvel iBroidery designs and actually had Groot options to embroider onto something, I think, like, I literally squealed out loud. And after I embroidered this design onto some fresh linen, the size was perfect for a project that I wanted to both figure out and conquer: the Billfold Wallet. In the event y’all wanted to make your own Baby Groot Billfold (which I’m thinking ya’ll will), this post will document this project journey in tutorial-fashion.

Machine Used

Supplies Used

Fabric Cut List

Linen

  • Two 9” x 4” rectangles (one with I am Groot design centered on the right half of the rectangle)
  • One 8.75” x 7.5” rectangle
  • One 12.5” x 4” rectangle
  • One 8.75” x 1.5” & four 4” x 1.5” strips

Denim

  • One 8.75” x 7.5” rectangle
  • One 28” x 1.5” strip

Double Sided Foam Fusible Stabilizer

  • One 9” x 4” rectangle

Clear Vinyl

  • One 4” x 3” rectangle

Woven Fusible Interfacing

  • One 4” x 3.75” rectangle
Note: Before you embroider the I am Groot design onto the main fabric, make sure that there is enough excess to the left of the design to cut out the 9” x 4” rectangle. This tutorial also uses the design shrunk down to the smallest possible size on my machine, Felicia. For best results, use software to recalculate stitches.

MAIN BODY: Using a steam iron, fuse the two 9” x 4” linen rectangles onto the fusible foam stabilizer. With a ruler, mark the center of the fused rectangle with an erasable pen on the long sides, in the seam allowance.

Note: For continuity of design, I used the Beige Brother embroidery thread that was used in the pot of the design as both my bobbin and main thread for sewing the billfold.

With the center marks as your guide, sew a line down the center of the billfold.

Totaling 9 lines, sew four lines 2 mm apart to the left and right of this center stitch line. Set this main body aside.

CREDIT CARD SECTION: Fold both the linen and denim 8.75” x 7.5” rectangles in half to make two 8.75” x 3.75” folded rectangles. Set aside. Also fold the 12.5” x 4” rectangle accordion-style with the first two folds being 1.5” apart, then alternating 2” & 1.5” until you have the three pockets for credit cards. For a visual, the pattern for folding begins on the right side of the image below.

Since this credit card section is going to create a secret pocket behind it, you need to secure it by ironing the 4” x 3.75” fusible interfacing to the back of what you just folded. Once secure, take one of the 4” x 1.5” strips and fold it in half length-wise to make a skinny 4” x 0.75” folded strip. Since the credit cards will go on the left side of the billfold, line the raw edges of this strip to the back inside edge of the folded section and stitch with slightly less than a ¼” seam allowance. Bring the folded edge of this binding strip to the front of the folds and top stitch in place, making sure that the binding extends beyond the original stitch-line. Set this credit card section aside.

Note: This Double-fold Binding Technique will be utilized for all binding in this billfold. Instead of repeating the previous instructions, it will say “Use the Double-Fold Binding Technique” where appropriate.

IDENTIFICATION SECTION: Take the other three 4” x 1.5” strips and fold them in half length-wise with a steam iron. Now take the 4” x 3” clear vinyl and stick one of the 4” sides inside of the fold of one of these strips until the vinyl is all the way flush within the crease. Stitch the vinyl in place ¼” from the fold. Do the same with the other 4” edge and a different strip. Fold the linen raw edges the linen over the stitch line, finger press and edge stitch. Do this for both strips. You can leave these sections with raw edges right now as they will be bound later.

Note: A non-stick foot is designed for consistent feeding with vinyl or other sticky fabrics.

With the final 4” strip, use the Double-Fold Binding Technique on the left side of the vinyl piece.

ASSEMBLY: Align both the credit card and identification sections on the left and right edges (respectively) of the 8.75” x 3.75” folded linen with the fold on top. If there is any excess for either section, trim it at this time to be flush with the bottom and top of the folded denim. Fold the 8.75” x 1.5” strip in half lengthwise and align the raw edges behind the top of the folded denim and clip/pin all sections along the top. Use the Double-Fold Binding Technique on the top to secure all interior pieces together.

With the billfold exterior face down, layer the 8.75” x 3.75” folded denim and assembled interior facing up with raw edges aligned on the bottom.

The denim & interior are intentionally ¼”shorter and thinner than the exterior. DO NOT TRIM. Stretch the top two layers on the bottom, pinning/clipping as you go, until the left and right edges meet. With a stitch length of 5 mm, baste the sides and bottom of the three layers together. Fold and press the 28” x 1.5” denim strip in half length-wise and use the Double-Fold Binding Technique to bind the perimeter of the billfold. For the top edge of the billfold, sew slowly and make certain to only bind the ¼” excess. We don’t want to sew the section that will hold all your cash closed, now do we?

Note: This is a GREAT place to use your Brother MuVit™ Dual Feed Foot (compatible with machines XV8550D, XV8500D, VM6200D, VM5100, VQ2400 and VQ3000). You’ll see I’m using mine here.

Tip: Before topstitching the exterior binding, I used fabric glue set with an iron to keep the fold-over in place.


Now you’re done so pat yourself on the back because you made yourself a Dancing Baby Groot Billfold Wallet!!! Woohoo!

As always, if you have any questions or tips along the way, feel free to share them in the comments. I’d love to see photos of your Billfold Wallets so be sure to share on Facebook and Instagram, tagging us at #StitchingSewcial and @MisterDomestic and @BrotherSews.
Happy sewing!

  • The Marvel embroidery/cutting patterns offered on this website are for personal non-commercial use only.

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18 Comments

    • Hi Tara,
      Thank you for taking the time to comment. I too adore this project! There are a few birthdays in my world that may find one of these when they unwrap!
      Keep an eye out for another fun and even MORE SIMPLE project later this week as we celebrate National Super Hero Day!!
      Happy Sewing!!
      Best,
      Kimberli

    • Hello Suellen,
      I’m so glad that you like this project! Please be sure to share a photo of your finished wallet with us on Facebook or Instagram and tag us at #StichingSewcial and @BrotherSews.

      Happy Sewing!
      Best,
      Kimberli

    • Hi Alicia,
      Thank you for your comment! So glad you like this project.
      Be sure to visit us again here at Stitching Sewcial.

      Happy Sewing!
      Best,
      Kimberli

  • I think I need to do this with a Minnie on it for me! And … Oh my goodness! The present possibilities are endless!!! I need to start NOW!

    • Hi Cindy,

      What a great idea!! I know that there are a few in my world that will want some with the new Marvel designs and another that would love one with a Tinkerbell too.
      Please post photos and tag us on Facebook and Instagram at #StitchingSewcial and @BrotherSews so we can share in your great gift creations.

      Thank you for sharing your ideas!
      Best,
      Kimberli

    • Hi Barbara,

      Mathew was SO excited when I sent him this Groot design and I couldn’t wait to see what he would put it on! You are correct that the Disney, Disney Pixar, and now Marvel designs are digitized exclusively for Brother machines. Perhaps it’s time to pop into your local Brother dealer for a test drive?

      Happy Sewing!
      Best,
      Kimberli

    • Hi Linda,
      So glad you like this post! Please be sure to share photos of this project when you make it!! Tag us at #StitchingSewcial and @BrotherSews on Facebook and Instagram.
      Many thanks,
      Kimberli

    • Hi Kylie,
      Thank you for taking the time to comment! We’d love to see your wallet when you make one. Please be sure to tag your photos on Facebook and Instagram with #StitchingSewcial and @BrotherSews so we can share in your sewing fun!
      Best,
      Kimberli

  • Can these licensed designs be altered as to size and stitch density? In the past, Ibroidery designs were “locked” and could only be used as they were. Neat project. Thank you.

    • Hello Rosemary,
      Thank you for your question. The Marvel designs are not locked. Only Disney and Disney Pixar designs are encrypted on iBroidery.
      Happy Embroidering!!
      Best,
      Kimberli

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