Color-Your-Day Creative

With textile artist Paula Scaffidi


What colors come to mind when you dream up a summertime get-away? Today’s mini project places a colorful adventure at your fingertips while creating an Out-of-Pocket Summertime Wallet. Remember that warm weather feeling of leaving most everything else behind?


Imagine days marked only by sunrise and sunset
A place where minutes and hours no longer distinguish themselves
Dates and deadlines fade into a silent long ago

Losing yourself you can find yourself refreshed
Immersed in summertime color
As gleaming cords are overlaid with decorative stitch

Let’s gather summertime colors and stitch!

A Fiberella Simple Project

Out-of-Pocket Summertime Wallet

Here coloration suggests a surfside memory. 


It’s easy-breezy fun sewing a Fiberella Out-of-Pocket Summertime Wallet. Straw-like texture and wind tossed fringe evokes the essence of summer. With essentials tucked safely away, your arms are set free to travel light wherever your day takes you.

We’ll embellish fabric with cheesecloth, thread and cord, and then attach an easy lining for fringe and edging all-in-one-step. Finishing it is, well ...a snap, plus two side seams. Can you recall a long summer day somewhere pleasant? Relax and enjoy savoring the color-moment while stitching.

Summertime Color Combos

Where would you be? What colors would you immerse yourself in to go out-of-pocket for a little while? Bring into focus your color idea while gathering supplies. Whether it’s from recollection, an imagining or an actual past vacation (photo references OK too) just aim in the general direction of those colors. With Isacord thread at your fingertips, you’ll transform cord color in the most amazing ways.

I’ve thought about the deep blue sea and sandy shores; rich garden soil supporting vibrant red blooms, a standout in any garden; a sunny dirt road alongside a meadow of tall grasses and yarrow; and a woodland path to a cool brook I swam in as a kid.

Nylon #18 cord provides these samples with color, luster, strength and flexibility ...without adding extra bulk. It yields a perfect weight fabric for this mini project, one that’s inviting to touch.


Color Prompts

  • Puzzle pieces of true blue sky and taupe branches, scattered throughout a canopy of emerald green
  • A morning stroll brings green café awnings, yellow table umbrellas and a dash of pink flowers together
  • Soft whites and grays dapple an old fashioned porch with slices of lemon, ice tea and mint at hand
  • Sunlit abundant vegetable gardens... It’s salsa on the stalk!
  • Wildflowers along a highway embankment rush past your car window: periwinkle, yellow, white and green streaks gliding across the glass
  • One flower in all its color glory, even if it’s a “weed” in the sidewalk of life

Use varigated thread for added surprise while stitching.

Casually gather up definite fabric colors and cord(s), plus a few threads while mulling your summer inspiration. You can add in and remove thread colors while reacting to how the first few colors look when stitched over your cord color(s). To begin, just gather a few threads that reflect your summertime get-away.




Option A  

  • Cotton batik - 5” x 10” – Gem Cube ½ of a 10” square, etc. 
  • Contrasting linen - 6” x 11” - Stof Linen Blend
  • White cheesecloth – 36” x 9” - Pellon

      OR Option B  

  • Solid color cotton - 5” x 10” - Stof Quilter’s Basic
  • Contrasting linen - 6” x 11” - Stof Linen Blend
  • White cheesecloth – 36” x 9” – Pellon 

Custom color it. See how @FiberellaStudio free-view video link!


  • Isacord Thread – assortment, the more the merrier!
  • Mettler Polyester or Cotton, or Isacord – best match to the linen!*

*first choice Mettler Poly, second choice Mettler cotton – less sheen, additional strength

Supplies & Notions, Continued 

  • LaEspiga Nylon Cord #18  any color(s)
Groz Beckert - Microtex needle size 80 – Two!
  • Stabilizer – OESD Heavyweight Cut Away 7” x 12”
  • Snap Source Prong Ring type size 24 – Antique Metals: copper, silver, brass or smoke
  • Snap Source Snapsetter
Snaptool Adapter size 24
A small hammer
  • Clover Wonder Clips
Fabric Scissors (and/or rotary mat, ruler and cutter)
  • Clover Chalk Ease
Frixion pen
Mary Ellen’s Best Press
A couple of straight pins
  • Optional - Tsukineko All-Purpose Ink(s) to custom color cheesecloth - supplies limited


  • Clear Reverse foot or basic foot

BERNINA # 34D / 34C / 34 or # 1D / 1C / 1

  • Pintuck foot or braiding foot

BERNINA # 46C  or # 31 (pintuck); or # 21 (braiding)

  • Edgestitch foot

BERNINA # 10D / 10C / 10

It’s Simple

1. Center cotton fabric over your stabilizer. Loosely drape excess cheesecloth to cover. Steam press flat. Mist with Best Press and press dry. 

Reposition cheesecloth slightly if desired. Above, I added small curvy creases with a quick pinch-and-twist motion. 

Here I repositioned a fold, intensifying the red. Press last and move along to step two.

 2. Fasten cheesecloth.

  • Prep: Set your linen lining aside until later but first check-out its value. Is your linen light? If it is, wind pale Isacord on your bobbin. Otherwise select Isacord to blend with your cheesecloth-covered base. Select Isacord for upper threading, any that offers a soft or gentle contrast to the surface.
  • Using a 3mm x 3mm setting, zigzag all around. Trim away excess cheesecloth outside the stabilizer edge.

  • Select the triple straight stitch. Stitch 7 – 10 curvy lines that mainly cross from one long side to the opposite, catching folded edges of cheesecloth often. Over on the right you can see where I ran two stitch lines to the short side instead. That’s fine too.


3. Next, color-couch cords to fill the space. Tips and useful info to follow:

Which foot are you using this time around?

  • BERNINA # 46C – pintuck foot offers more spacing options and best visibility
  • BERNINA # 31 - pintuck foot also works nicely
  • BERNINA # 21 - braiding/cording foot is great fun for irregular intervals 

If you have your heart set on parallel lines using a braiding/cording foot, try coasting the side of the foot (near the toe) alongside previously couched cord as a loose guide.


  • Select one stitch and settings to use throughout.* A natural left-to-right swing and without needle penetration in the center is key. Adjust stitch width to straddle but not pierce the cord. Set stitch length for “moderate” cord coverage (not super heavy or delicate). 



Free Fiberella Studio video!

Instant “Color Erasing” and a BERNINA stitch setting demo are included.
Find the link at end of this post.


*Why just one stitch? It adds harmony and makes it easier to predict how thread/cord combos will color-mix. Decorative stitch wraps cords with thread-lace tunnels. Our eyes readily mix the hues. Look below. It’s hard to believe there are just two cord colors in use.


  • Make some of your cords relate well to your linen color.  See the linen below? The above photo began as shown below, skipping around with a cord/thread combo that “spoke” to the linen color.  I randomly shaped wavy lines here and there, and then used pintuck foot grooves to “ride the rails’ to develop parallel clusters.


 Pivots are useful when you end up with triangular areas of open space in-between clusters. Pivot spacing may have to be irregular, depending on the size of open territory you have to fill. See the one in the upper left? How do you do that?


  • Pintuck feet make it simple to couch both regular and irregular intervals between cords. For irregular intervals “jump the rails”. How? Simply eye a path you’d like the cord to take and gently guide the fabric to get there. You essentially drive the foot off of the cords in the grooves. Whenever the urge strikes to head somewhere new, or while closing gaps between clusters of parallel lines, visualize and then aim to where the cord fits best to fill the remaining space. Any gaps left after pivots that are not large enough for cord? Add your stitch alone, tapering its stitch width to fit. It fills the void.
  • Intervals below are happily irregular using the BERNINA # 21 Braiding foot. There are no grooves in the sole, but the cord follows you wherever you go. Should you form an unintended jag or bump, or inadvertently run two cords adjacent to each other, just repeat whatever happened here and there throughout  ...acting like you meant to do that. Repetition reliably creates harmonious pattern.


Mistakes? So relaxed, my cat once fell off the sofa while napping.
She simply stoodup, shook it off and strutted away as if nothing unusual had happened.
I recommend it.

Don’t miss the instant color erase method from the Fiberella Studio in the free-view video, and enJOY filling your field of color!

You can also download the free PDF pattern with detailed assembly steps at the FiberellaStudio free-view link.

4.  Assembly is pretty quick.

Basically, you’ll...

  • mark and cut lining and exterior
  • edgestitch them together
  • fray the fringe
  • add a snap
  • stitch two little side seams 

Here’s a glimpse of the lining being attached.


I loved having all four colors of the Antique Metal snaps on hand. Each tone offers something uniquely wonderful! I used one of each in the samples below.

You’ll be good-to-go in what will seem like no time at all. Happy Summer!

Enjoy the accompanying video demo, pattern and art tips.
It’s all a free-view from Paula Scaffidi at the Fiberella Studio!

Create. It’s simple:


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Reader Comments (4)

I like it. Inspiring thing. You've made my evening a little more interesting with your creative works.

I like the way it look! It is so interesting and bright! I think I'll try to make something like this.

October 13, 2016 | Unregistered Commenterbest custom writing

I love things made with my own hands, this wallet is always convenient to carry around and it will always be full

You asked the queston that is really cool as for me. I would like to see all the colours of sunset and hear the light wind on your face and hair.

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