Sadly after having it for about six months, I suddenly lost it. At first I was a bit sad because it held my debit card. I contacted my local bank and got a new one, but the wallet was something I'd grown attached to. While surfing on the internet, I found out about the New England Quilt Museum where they might have the wallet I was looking for. As soon as I walked in, I got more than I bargained for.
Immediately, I was greeted by a woman named Debbie, and a neighbor who volunteers at the museum and apparently knew me when I was a toddler. Anyway, I told Debbie I needed a new wallet and she told me that she had none. Before I left, she asked me, "Would you like to make one?" I reluctantly accepted her generous offer and returned the next day.
When I entered, she quickly gave me instructions on how to make a bi-fold business card holder, which was basically a wallet. The steps were pretty simple and Debbie was kind to prep the materials, so all I had to do was the dirty work. The directions had me take the prepared materials and sew them together, piece by piece. It was a bit like a jigsaw puzzle, where you had all of your pieces and the only thing left was putting it all together. This was also my opportunity to use a sewing machine for the first time. At first, it was scary since the machine could sew my fingers to a piece of fabric. But after using it for a while, it seemed harmless. Debbie told me the material we were using was too thin, but it would be fine to use. The only part I had problems with was understanding how a sewing machine worked and attaching a latch on my little project.
Moving on, I learned so much about sewing, like that men were the first professional tailors and that the New England Quilt Museum building was originally a bank in its golden years. There are many reasons why people chose sewing as a skill including personal use, necessity, beating boredom, or having an interesting hobby. After creating my little wallet, I thanked Debbie and her friends for everything they did and left.