Carla Shade Gets Lazy And Shares Her Passion For Our Wonder Wallet Pattern

Carla Shade Wonder Wallets 2Lazies, Carla Shade of Ohio is sharing her bounty of Wonder Wallets for our ‘Show Us Your Lazy!’ feature.

Carla is a long-time Lazy Girl who has brought a number of our designs to life with her creative eye. Click on each image to enlarge.

Here’s Carla:
     ‘I started giving the wallets away to my family and friends. They all love them. As for myself, I’m down to three and I just keep rotating them.

I have not even looked at commercial billfolds since making my first Wonder Wallet. The Wonder Wallet pattern was my introduction into the world of “Lazy”.

Carla Shade Wonder Wallets 3Up until that point, I loved making quilted wall hangings, placemats and small projects.

Then I went into my favorite quilt shop and Carol introduced me to the Wonder Wallet. Big turning point!

Since that pattern, I’ve purchased all the Lazy Girl Designs handbag patterns and have made all except for the City Bag (which is sitting on my short stack of “to-do” next projects).

Carla Shade Wonder WalletsAfter looking at the photographs of my Wonder Wallets, I pulled out my pattern and am going to make a wallet for each handbag that I make. Why should I have to keep rotating just my three?

I made myself a “resolution” that I want a new handbag for each week in the year…That’s 52 handbags and 52 Wonder Wallets. Thank you once again! Take care.’
– Carla

Thank you for sharing your Wonder Wallets with us! I love your fabric and button choices.

Images courtesy of Carla Shade.

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17 Responses to “Carla Shade Gets Lazy And Shares Her Passion For Our Wonder Wallet Pattern”

  1. Mary Baker — January 23, 2007 @ 6:11 pm


  2. Alita — January 24, 2007 @ 3:20 am

    Carla, The choice of the buttons is so perfect for each one. Thanks for the inspiration. I’m off to a button site on the web right now so my future ones will, hopefully, begin to approach the glamor yours have. All the best, Cheers, Alita

  3. Elaine Gentry — February 5, 2007 @ 10:50 pm

    Wonderful Wallets! This pattern really lends itself to some funky surface embellishment. The buttons make it! Great work Carla!

  4. Jane Pennala — March 2, 2007 @ 2:57 pm

    These wallets are wonderful. I have made at least 30 of them over the years to give as gifts and for myself. Love ’em!!!

  5. Sandra — March 5, 2007 @ 9:51 am

    This is such a great idea! I hate the store bought wallets. They are bulky and take so much room up in my purse. And never a place for all the different things I do want to put in it. Great idea! Sandra

  6. PL S — April 5, 2007 @ 2:37 pm

    Could I get a copy of the pattern for the wonder wallet please?
    – – – – –
    Hi PLS
    Our patterns can be purchased at quilt shops or online.
    Here’s one location where you can find the Wonder Wallet pattern:

  7. Anna — May 18, 2007 @ 8:34 pm

    How can I order your Wonder Wallet?

  8. Anna — May 18, 2007 @ 8:35 pm

    Where can I get the Wonder Wallet Pattern?

  9. Donna — October 18, 2007 @ 6:45 pm

    I recently purchased and have made a few Wonder Wallets. I noticed from the pictures of the Wonder Wallets above, that on the front flap where the buttons are situated, they do not show any sewing lines from the velcro that’s supposed to be underneath the button on the opposite side. What am I doing wrong, ’cause I can see stitching lines from where I’ve sewn the velcro in place on all of mine? HELP!! (I’m new to sewing.)

  10. Diana — November 7, 2007 @ 1:45 pm


    Where can I purchased another wonder wallet pattern. I bought a pattern, and there were no instructions included. I went back to the store by bus, and they would not honor it stating anybody could have taken out the instructions. I don’t know why they would think I would be asking for the instructions if I had them. Please let me know as I would like to make some of these for the rest home patients. Thank you

  11. Judi — December 6, 2007 @ 1:14 pm

    I’ve thoughly enjoyed using my Wonder Wallet. we travel a lot and it is so light and compact. My husband asked if I could make him a case for his Palm pilot. I took the directions for the wallet- enlarged it- put one of the pockets on the back for the usb cord and in 20 minutes all done! I did use some thin batting to cushion the unit. I love Lazy Girl patterns.

  12. HELENL — April 8, 2008 @ 9:34 am

    I am answering an old blog about stitching showing on velcro. I use self adhesive velcro dots. They work fine and I don’t stitch at all. Very easy to line up the dots to each other also. Stick them together and take the last sticky covering off and press the cover together.

  13. GG — May 21, 2008 @ 11:18 am

    this syt iz gr8 it got me loads of pics ov wallets 4 ma tech hmwk xox

  14. SUMA — December 15, 2009 @ 1:47 am

    Where can I get the Wonder Wallet Patterns in Banglore?

  15. Kathy Cooper — July 2, 2010 @ 4:46 pm

    Is this the Carla Shade from Dayton , Ohio. Worked at L.M. Berry for many Years???
    Old friend from those days (Kathy Gillette Cooper) would like to hear from you.

  16. malou — July 17, 2012 @ 6:04 am

    how you make it !!???

  17. dd_dumbo — January 30, 2014 @ 8:52 pm

    how do u make all these such great wallets?