I chose to make the Double Zip Wallet for my first project from the book. Even though it's the only one I've done so far, I think it's the most challenging pattern in the book. There are several complex maneuvers that are required that are difficult to visualize how they will work out. There were a couple points where I had to just stop, read through the instructions a few times, and think through it to make sure it would turn out right. I even tried to find a video of someone making it to make sure I was interpreting the instructions correctly. Most of the instructions are easy to follow, but a couple are less specific than I would have liked. For example, in step 5, there was no mention of which way to place my zipper (i.e. teeth up or down). I made an educated guess that turned out to be right, then made a note in the margin. In case you're wondering, it's teeth up.
My other trouble came when the word "lining" was used for both the interior fabric for the zipper pockets and the inside card/money pocket section. Granted, they are both linings in a sense, but the instructions would have been easier to follow if they had referred to the zipper pocket lining as "canvas lining" as it was described in the materials section.
I enjoyed making my Double Zip Wallet. I used a canvas duck cloth for the zipper pocket lining and coordinating quilting cotton for the rest. The canvas definitely adds stability to the wallet, so don't using quilting cotton for it unless you use additional interfacing. Luckily, I also had a scrap of navy binding that pulled nicely from the teal and yellow print. Instead of using the prong-style magnetic snap, I chose a sew-in version in a lovely antique brass color. The zippers are also antique brass with neat zipper tabs that add a custom touch. I did have some trouble with my zipper installation, though, which you can see in the photos. I could not get the corners squared no matter what I did. I'm sure I just need more practice. Everything else turned out exactly as it should and I love how it looks. Unfortunately for me, it's not for me, but will find it's way to a new home in a couple weeks. But now that I've got on Double Zip Wallet under my belt, I'm sure I'll make another one.
Have you tried any patterns from this book? What did you like or not like about it?