Thursday, August 4, 2011

How to Sew a Credit Card Wallet, Business, or Gift Card holder

Update: I've finally created a Flickr group where you can upload photos of the credit card wallets you've made. I've seen some really fun versions out there, so please share them with us here~ http://www.flickr.com/groups/mscglwallet/



I'm a huge purse-lover, but I always find myself grabbing my driver's license and credit card when running into the grocery store, post office, out to drop the kids off at school, etc., so I love having these little wallets in a multitude of colors and patterns.  They're light enough to grab and go and compact enough to slide in my back pocket. They're also great way to personalize giving a gift card.

The tutorial I did for this version has been the most popular post on my blog every week since I put it up in November of 2008. I feel embarrassed every time I see it on the list of top posts because I had just picked up sewing again, the photos aren't great, and there was no closure on it...blah blah blah. This week I finally found some time to do a new and improved tutorial. I found this Fall-ish, vintage looking fabric at JoAnn a few months ago and have been looking longingly at it ever since.


Credit Card / Business Card / Gift Card Holder Tutorial

Materials:
Two pieces of fabric cut to 6" x 4.5"
One piece 6" x 4" in coordinating fabric for inside pocket
One piece of interfacing cut to 6" x 4.5"
Closure - snap, button and/or pony tail band (I'll give instructions for each.)


Start by ironing all of your fabric. Attach the interfacing to what will be your outer piece of 6 x 4.5 fabric. {Update: It was brought to my attention that I ordered these incorrectly because I was using the same fabric as my outer piece and my lining, thus the new colors here in the updated version!}

Here you see the pink lining piece and my blue floral outer piece, with interfacing attached.


Take your 6 x 4" pocket piece and fold it down about 1/4 inch, then 1/4 inch again. Pin and sew.


Now we're going to layer the fabric pieces in preparation for sewing them all together. Place your lining piece of fabric right side up on the bottom of the pile. Put the pocket on top of that, right side up as well, as seen below.


If you're planning to do a button closure, use the version on the top of the photo, positioning the rubber band so it's half way into the fabric. 

If you're planning on just using the pony tail band closure, use the photo on the bottom, placing as much of the rubber band as possible to the inside of the fabric.. When you're done, you'll pull the rubber band around the entire wallet to keep it securely closed.

If you're using a snap closure, you don't need to add it until the end.


Once you've positioned your fastener, you're ready to lay the outer piece of 6 x 4.5 fabric on top (with interfacing attached) right side down on top of the pocket. Pin and sew the sides and top, leaving the entire bottom open.


Clip the two top corners for easier turning. To turn, lift up the outer layer only and flip right side out. Press. You should have something that looks like this...


Now, if you chose a button and rubber band closure, this is the time to add your button. Fold the wallet in half and pull the band to the front to determine just where your button should be. Mark it with a fabric marker. Because the bottom of the wallet is still open, you'll have easy access to sew the button on.


Side note: One of the few things I remember from high school Home Economics is this tip for sewing a button. {Thanks Mrs. Tate!} Slide a toothpick between the button and fabric to ensure the wiggle room the button will need. Once you've sewn it enough, pull the needle up through the fabric, but under the button and wrap it around the threads holding the button on 5 or 6 times. While this is a great trick for buttons on clothing, it's important that the button on your wallet have the same type of wiggle room because the rubber band will need to catch on it.


Okay, back to the tutorial...you're so close now!

Lift up the pocket piece, which is still only attached on the left and right sides. Flip it so that it is inside out, but the other pieces are still right side out.


Press, then pin and sew the bottom.


Clip the two bottom corners for ease of turning, then flip the lining so it's all right side out. Iron again. Using a ruler and fabric marker, mark a line down the very center of the wallet. Be precise!


Sew along this line. (Start at the bottom of the wallet and sew to the top; this will keep the pocket from bunching up.) This seam will give the wallet a natural place to fold in half. While you're there, top stitch all the way around the wallet.


If you chose the rubber band or the button and rubberband closures, you're done! If you chose the snap closure, you'll need to sew your snaps on like so...


The snaps are easy, I just suggest making them very secure. I'm always afraid of them pulling the fabric too much. I do think this is a more masculine look. Well, if the fabric was masculine, that is.





I'd love to see photos if you make one of these wallets, so please come and upload a photo to the Flickr group!


This post has been linked to:
Transformation Thursday @ The Shabby Creek Cottage | House of Hepworths - Hookin' up with HoH | Whatever Goes Wednesdays @ Someday Crafts | Strut Your Stuff Thursdays @ Somewhat Simple | Frugal Friday @ The Shabby Nest | Friday Flair @ Whipper Berry | Friday Fun Finds @ Kojo Designs | Feature Yourself Friday @ Fingerprints on the Fridge | I'm Loving It Fridays @ Tidy Mom | Check Me Out Saturday



83 comments:

Rebecca Jean said...

These are so cute! What a great idea. I'll be bookmarking this for future projects. The how to pictures are very helpful. Thanks!

♥ Rebecca Jean
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Vintage Precious said...

Just lovely! I need one of these! Shared with my friends on twitter and pinterest! :)

Megan Rubin said...

Yay! I'm making a little coin purse with the same floral fabric. Love it!!!

Amy @ TheMombot.com said...

That's so cute! I must make one... :)

Lowri said...

Awesome step by step tutorial! I have some fabric which will be perfect for making these.
Thanks for sharing
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Amanda said...

This is such a great idea, I'm also one for just grabbing a card and keys before heading out the door! Will definitely be making a few of these, thanks for sharing a fab tutorial!

Allison @ House of Hepworths said...

Love it! I featured you at my Hookin Up with HoH party this week! Congrats.

Feel free to stop by and grab a button if you'd like.

xoxo

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Kellie said...

How exciting! Thank you Allison!

Anna@Directions Not Included said...

Adorable!! I just found you from the feature on HoH. I'm your newest follower.

Kellie said...

Thanks Anna! I was surprised - and way excited - to be featured!

subwife98 said...

This truly could not have come on a better day. I was looking this morning at making a new business card holder since my old one is shot when I get the email from HoH with your tut being in spot number one. So very excited! I'll be back to check out the rest of your blog later, once I get done making my holder ;)

abby @ tales and trials said...

I LOVE your card holder. Those fabrics are so cute together!

calathea said...

I made a couple of these in oilcloth to use as Oyster card (London transport) holders. I am a TOTAL novice, so of course they don't look nearly as good as yours, but not bad considering it was the first time I used a sewing machine in over 20 years. Great tutorial -- I followed it really easily!

Front view, open, and back.

Kellie said...

@calathea ~ They are fabulous! Thanks so much for sharing!

opaquedream said...

Can they actually be used without falling apart?

Kellie said...

@opaquedream ~ Mine is holding up just fine. As long as it's sewn well, I don't see why you'd have a problem.

elnorac said...

Great tute! You might want to consider making a Flickr group for people to post pics of their card holders to. Lots of pattern/tutorial makers do that, and it's a fun, convenient way to see people's work based on the pattern or tutorial. Check out Noodlehead, Aneela Hooey, Amy Butler. Thanks for sharing!

Kellie said...

Hi everyone, There is now a Flickr group for these wallets! I'd love to see your photos there~ http://www.flickr.com/groups/mscglwallet/

Sarah said...

I'm so confused about this pattern I keep getting the lining peice on the outside! I thought the interfaced peice was supposed to go on the out side of the wallet it just doesn't work. Help please.

Edell Family Blog said...

Sarah's right, the lining fabric ends up on the outside. Perhaps placing the pocket fabric wrong side up and turning both the lining and the pocket fabric once it is sewn? Easier than trying to turn the piece with the interfacing.

Kellie said...

@Sarah @Edell ~ I'll have to give it a try this morning. I'm making a few as Christmas gifts. It may be because I was using the same fabric for the lining and the outside piece, so it didn't really matter which ended up on the outside on my example.

At any rate, I'll give it a try and revise. Thanks!!

Katie said...

Thanks for the tutorial! I made a couple of wallets today. I changed them up a bit, though, so that the card pockets open to the middle of the wallet. I thought it would make it more secure, this way when the wallet is closed, there is no way the cards can fall out. I added my pic to the flickr group. :) Thanks again!

mariemily said...

Hi, I love these and the fabric super cute. Do you sell these?

devon lynne said...

Awesome tute! I just got a sewing machine for Christmas, so I'm extremely new to this but I was able to follow this and have made a few already! Still need to work on getting the stitching better but I'm happy with what I've been able to do. I posted a picture on my posterous, and linked it back to you. Thanks!

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Cold Hands Warm Heart | Crafts said...

Wonderful tutorial! I featured you on my tutorial roundup! Thanks for sharing!

Caroline
Cold Hands Warm Heart Crafts
http://www.coldhandswarmheartcrafts.com/2012/05/tutorial-roundup.html

Attempting Aloha said...

Darling! I'll be including this in my 25 gifts for women post coming up this week. :)

Aloha,
Charlie

David Ritchson said...

These looks great especially if these are customized depending on the use if it. Are you able to get people willing to make use of this type of card service?

Jessica Pridmore said...

These are so cute. I have almost finished mine (just need to add some snap clips). It was so easy and your tutorial was really easy to follow!

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Three Sheep Studio said...

This is a beautiful and clever idea ! Amazing that I found your blog through a French Blog... http://www.facilececile.com/
It seems there are many ways to use these lovely wallets. ;)
Rose

Alicia said...

HERMOSO!!!!
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Erin Stesch said...

Hi Kellie!
This is such a great tutorial! I was wondering if you would consider giving me permission to make some of these to sell in my Etsy store? I would be sure to credit you and link back to your page! Thanks!

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marnye said...

Hi Kellie
I love your idea and your pics, however when I was in the midst of making this wallet, I got confused by the different fabrics - it seems like you're doing two separate wallets. I got lost. But I finally figured it out and YAY - finished...love the finished product. Thank you for posting this darling idea.

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