Make a simple, stitched vinyl wallet | How About Orange

May 24, 2012

Make a simple, stitched vinyl wallet

My hubby Alex likes to carry around a slim, fold-in-half vinyl wallet sometimes, but his isn't quite the right size to fit a dollar bill folded in half. He has to perform some kind of weird origami quarter-fold to make cash fit, so I thought I'd see if I could make a better one.

Tragically the fabric store didn't have orange vinyl, but I made do. I used one color for the outside and another for contrasting pockets. (I folded the wallets a little bit crooked in the photo above so you can see a hint of pocket peeking out.)

These would be simple gifts to whip up as graduation presents or Father's Day gifts, and especially fun with cash or a gift card tucked inside.

The measurements I used:
Outer piece = 4.5" x 6.5"
Each pocket = 4.5" x 2.5"

Or adjust as needed to make business card holders, recipe card holders, you name it.

On the outer piece, get crazy with your sewing machine and stitch some lines using contrasting thread. I made some straight stitches on one version, then tried one of the fancy stitches on my sewing machine that I never use.

Instead of backstitching to secure the ends of the decorative stitches (that's unsightly!) pick at the last stitch on the reverse side until you can pull the thread from the front side back through and then knot the loose ends. Secure all the stitches this way.

Then sew on the two pockets by stitching around the edges of the wallet. When you're finished, slice off any overhanging bits with a rotary cutter and a ruler to tidy up the edges.

38 comments:

Grandma G said...

You sewed!!! Well, a little. :) But how very effective! These are so simple yet so cool! Perfect colors, too.

Mum

LimeRiot said...

These are great and just the level of sewing project I can handle. My hubby carries something very similar. Thanks for the idea!

Suzanne said...

I have just the right vinyl in my stash! Thanks for the ideas.

skipandscatter said...

These are so pretty and practical! A perfect light summer wallet to fit enough money for ice cream!

Mom said...

This also makes a cover for a little book. Cut pages slightly smaller than the open wallet, fold down the middle, sew down the middle, and insert the first and last pages into the pockets.

Baking in the Attic said...

I love this and I love the stitching detail! Yay for no more voodoo origami money-folding! Though I wonder if Alex will be sad he no longer has to do it. I can see him very carefully and meticulously folding each bill so that each one fits in correctly :-)

Loulou said...

Very impressive! I love this wallet. And though of course orange would have been better, the colours you worked with are terrific.

Loulou

Anne-Marie said...

Such a quick and easy project! Thanks for sharing!

tasselflower (Mervi) said...

This is a nice and simple diy. I've been thinking about making my own wallet for a while, since I can't find the kind I want. My plans are a bit more complicated though. Thanks for the idea!

Unknown said...

I just bought some discounted silver vinyl placemats thinking to sew something with (this kind of behaviour is why I have no room in my closet.) Now I have a project! Thanks. :-)

Marleen Derweduwen said...

These are nice, simple, practical and so pretty!!!
Thanks for the ideas.

Julia said...

this is such a great idea and would make a great gift

Terri said...

Oh do I like those cute wallets or card holders, on my way to look at what vinyl I have lurking downstairs! Thanks

Erica said...

Beautiful Idea!...

Becky said...

Cute cute!

Bee said...

awesome idea.. stitching detail is simple yet very effective.. love it!!
just one question -don't the coins fall out?
Bee
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Jessica Jones said...

They would if you tried to keep coins in it, yup.

morecozy said...

Thank you for idea.
It's so beautiful idea!

Emma-lee said...

I MUST try this sometime! So cute :o)

Sherry Williams said...

Wow, definitely going to try this out when I get a hold of my grandmothers sewing machine. I have been wanting to make a wallet for a while, this is perfect for me.

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Deva said...

So simple! Lol...only if you can sew. Wish I had the talent...

Luscious Home said...

love your blog :) cute ideas!

ebde9b80-afcc-11e1-a0d0-000bcdcb2996 said...

How simple & sensible! I'm thinking checkbook cover...and any other little envelope-type thing to segregate papers, etc in purse or bag. And the vinyl makes it sturdier than fabric! Thank you.

Katie said...

So cute (and simple)!

Lachelle said...

Oh, I like these! I've been looking for an interesting business card holder and I think modifying the dimensions would be perfect. Lovely work.

Deb Wood said...

Love this project. Even with my limited sewing skills, I think I can do it!

Paz said...

what kind of sawing machine do you use? it looks insane!!!

Jessica Jones said...

It's a Singer 7462.

Nikell said...

I've been looking for a good wallet tutorial and this is it! Thank you so much for sharing. I can't wait to get started (^_^)

Anonymous said...

Hey, this was amazing. Simple yet elegant. I made the same by reusing a wedding card. Instead of stitches, I stapled it, the staples look like stitches. Thanks for sharing!

Melinda Rodriguez said...

What kind of sewing machine is that? I am wanting to purchase a sewing machine and use a sewing machine for the first time ever.

Jessica Jones said...

It's a Singer 7462.

Anonymous said...

Did you use a silicon foot/walking foot or did you put something on the vinyl?
My old Singer can’t keep the layers together, they don’t move at the some pace.

Jessica Jones said...

I didn't need to use a different foot or do anything special, but I've heard of different tricks you can try for that. Try googling "tips for sewing vinyl," or add tape or tissue paper to the search keywords, maybe.

Anonymous said...

I made this using a common slip in style eyeglass case, the kind with no pocket clip. I made the flaps from the rounded corner parts. Trimmed borders straight and close to the stitching after sewing. Worked pretty good. Thanks. Glasses case, easy to find leather or vinyl.

Julia @ FaveCrafts said...

What a cute project! I love it so much that I decided to feature it in our roundup of graduation crafts! Check it out here: http://www.favecraftsblog.com/graduation-crafts/

Have a great day!

Irina said...

Hi there,
I'm in grad school and unfortunately do not have access to a sewing machine, but I recently lost my wallet and have been looking for one like these. Would I be able to pay you for one?

Jessica Jones said...

Hi Irina, sorry! I don't sell them. I bet you can find similar ones out there, though.

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