The zipper on my wallet failed, which wasn’t surprising given that it’s been installed in two wallets and has probably been used for almost ten years. The first wallet was a woven one from Guatemala and I used it until the material gave out. Then I made a felted one – knit with purple wool (with light green border), and then tossed it in the washing machine with hot water to shrink and felt it. And I took the zipper out of the first one and sewed it in the felted one. Fantastic.
That lasted me for several years, until now when the zipper has gone out on it. I’ve got another zipper to put in (the felted wallet itself looks softer but is still sturdy and usable), but haven’t got around to ripping out the old zipper yet – and am a little intimidated by sewing in the zipper.
But I need a wallet of course, so I dug through my scraps of felted wool (from other projects) and found a big enough piece that I could make a simpler wallet with a flap and one button to close it.
I made this in one evening, though I went back later and ripped out the seams so I could put in a lining, plus sewed an overcast stitch around all the edges before sewing it closed.
I’m still intending to replace the zipper in the other wallet, but this will make a good backup one.