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Wallet Design [Jan. 2nd, 2009|04:27 am]
Although this has nothing to do with electronics and computers, I am quite interested in sewing - backpacks, messenger bags, wallets, dress shirts, pants, etc. so I'll also be posting sewing projects here.

Prototype Wallet

My duct tape wallet is slowly falling apart, but everyone seems to like it - cashiers comment on it all the time. I love it because it's lightweight, small, and thin. And it holds all my money, cards, and change. It's perfect. But because it's slowly degrading, sometimes it gets sticky where the tape has rubbed sideways or peeled off, and various holes are patched up. So time for a new wallet, but this time I am making it out of Tyvek, an amazing material.

I am making the exact same wallet as the duct tape one. You can either sew the wallet together (which I am doing), or tape it together with packing tape or duct tape or another suitable tape.

Materials: Tyvek or fabric of your choice (duct tape, 1000 denier nylon, denim, rip-stop nylon, etc), 3 inches of elastic (almost anything will work), optional: zipper, velcro

This is the pattern, all measurements in inches. No seam allowances are needed.


1. Place the above pattern on the right side (the side you want showing) of the fabric.

2. Cut out the perimeter.

3. Sew (or tape) the middle of the elastic to the skinny flap. This is going to be the card holder. OPTIONAL: sew velcro to the flap to keep the wallet closed.

4. Fold the flap along the dotted line (about 1/4 inch from the body of the wallet, depending on how many cards you carry) and sew the elastic to the body at the top and bottom of the elastic.

5. Fold the larger flap over. This is going to be the change pocket. This flap seems too long (it goes past the halfway point) because we are going to make accordion folds so that it expands when we put things in it. OPTIONAL: sew velcro to the flap to keep the wallet closed.

6. Make accordion folds at both sides of the flap. Sew them up. Finally, sew the bottom (you may not want to sew over the accordion folds - I did). The pocket is now complete. OPTIONAL: add a zipper to the top of it.

7. Fold the wallet in half and sew up the sides. Turn it over. Your wallet is complete.

Finished product:




With stuff in it:

Good luck!

[User Picture]From: goldtronics
2009-01-06 01:25 am (UTC)
Always. When do I owe you money for kits? Paypal?
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