Introduction: Coffee Bag Wallet

Yet another wallet inspired by theRIAA's paper wallet, but with a bit of a twist I think. I've made mine out of a much more durable 1 pound coffee bag. The material can be a bit finicky, but only one extra step gets you a very durable and stylish wallet. It might not be as simple to make but I've had people freak out over my wallet. One lady even gave me a hug when I gave her an extra one I had.

Materials you will need for this instructable:

Used 1 pound coffee bag
exacto knife or scissors
clear tape
curved needle
thread

Step 1: Preparation

First you should tear open your bag of choice down the back seam all the way to the bottom and complete unfold it. Be careful at the bottom as it can tear easily. Once open, clean your bag of any left over coffee debris. I don't use soap. Just a quick blast from my sinks sprayer is enough usually. Dry your bag off and lay it face down to remove the air valve. Just pry it off with your fingers. Be careful here too because it can tear.

Step 2: Cut the Bag Down to Size

Take a piece of paper and fold it to match the one shown in the picture (I'm sure you DIYers can handle that). The square marked front will always be the front of your wallet, so make sure it is positioned over what you want to appear on the outside. I like to cut out the bag about 1/4 of an inch bigger than an 8.5 x 11 piece of paper. I usually eyeball this step but you anal retentive types will surely break out your rulers. Once you've cut out your sheet, set the piece of paper to this side until you make your next wallet.

Step 3: Origami Like

Fold the bag in half (press firmly for a good crease), open it up and then fold the ends toward the center (PRESS FIRMLY!) Fold the bag on the center fold again, then fold it in half in the other direction.

Step 4: I Like to Cut

Enjoy all the folding you just did? Great! Now undo it all and lay the sheet face down. Mark the middle bottom half of the sheet as shown. This will be your inside credit card storage area. Cut the area out with an exacto knife. Next you need to cut about 1/4 on each fold so that you can form the fold that tuck into each other. Fold in the edges that are on the rectangle below your credit card opening, and the edges on the front face of your wallet.

Step 5: Final Folds

This part is difficult to explain, but it's a pretty simple concept. I think the pictures probably show you better than I can explain. Fold the flaps and tuck them inside the wallet. If this were theRIAA's wallet you'd be done, but mine has just one more step. You're nearly done!

Step 6: Sew Up Those Loose Ends.

The final step to you coffee bag wallet involves a bit of sewing. Use a thick thread, and I find a curved needle makes this step easier. Starting at the inside bottom, press your needle through close to the edge of your folded wallet, making sure to pierce all four layers of the coffee bag. Pull the thread nearly all the way through, tie a knot in the end and snip off the excess. Now continue to sew the edge of the wallet in a spiral towards the top. Once you reach the top, reverse gears and spiral your way back down the edge for a nice criss cross pattern. At the bottom, loop the needle through your initial hole several time then loop the needle under the thread to finish your knot and cut off the excess. Repeat on the other side and your done!

I hope you enjoyed this instructable, and I hope I was clear on some of the steps. Contact me if you have any questions.

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uasmmx made it!(author)2013-03-21

This is my fist time using the sewing machine!, thanks to my mother who teach me to use it!, I'm very happy!!

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illdoyourdrugs made it!(author)2010-07-30

Seattle's Best Cinnabon coffee wallet. Unfortunately i had a 12 oz bag and wasn't able to get the exact front i wanted but i am still pleased with it! :D

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completegeek made it!(author)2010-10-16

That's awesome. That must smell delicious.

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illdoyourdrugs made it!(author)2010-10-17

Thanks and it sure does smell delicious. Its amazing how LONG the smell manages to last. I've have a ton of compliments on this wallet along with some good conversation. Thank you.

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maeve made it!(author)2010-01-07

You should totally sell these on etsy.com. cool. I made something like this, but instead of a coffe bag, I laminated a collage I made out of magazine pictures. My sewing machine had a bit of trouble getting through it though (there was no way I could sew through it by hand)... maybe next time I'll just put the collage in a plastic pocket! Great idea!

Maeve http://bookheaven.wordpress.com

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completegeek made it!(author)2010-10-16

I did sell a few on etsy actually. Just didn't have the time to keep it up.

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Vijster1 made it!(author)2010-09-01

great version of theRIAA'S wallet. I love mine, though i didnt use the last step, and i cut the bag to exact paper dimensions

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KittyF made it!(author)2010-01-03

I think this idea would be such a great gift for a coffee lover, esp.   I'm going to see if my six year old grandson likes this and if he does I might try doing it with those drink bags that are so convenient for trips in the summer.   Thanks, kitty

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KittyF made it!(author)2010-01-03

Maybe I'm blind but I don't see a cut and I'm not picturing where you're cutting.   an extra photo, a less blurry photo or a diagram might be of some help here.   Thanks

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lozartist made it!(author)2009-10-21

Oh man. I work at an SBC and could get a boatload of used bags for this. I should do one with a 5 lb bag for kicks. It would be huge.

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javajunkie made it!(author)2009-03-20

I absolutely LOVE your idea!!! I hate throwing out those bags, and can now have a collection of all of my favorite roasts!!! Thanks so much for the tutorial!!!

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inspirebysilence made it!(author)2008-11-30

just finished my wallet and it's amazing!! thanks i can't wait to make more :)

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completegeek made it!(author)2008-12-03

Glad you like it. I still can't believe how much people freak out about them.

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fought+piranhas made it!(author)2008-11-30

After reading your instructable I literally raised my fists in tightwad DIY joy and immediately started searching for someplace to put our coffee so I can have the bag. Thank you for the grin.

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completegeek made it!(author)2008-12-03

Glad to hear it. I've lost count of the number of wallets I've made so far. My local starbucks just loves them and I've done dozens for Christmas presents.

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Sunbanks made it!(author)2008-08-26

We have some Starbucks bags around here that I might try this with. The wallets you made look great!

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dkfa made it!(author)2008-08-19

This doesn't go in the pie contest but nice job

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completegeek made it!(author)2008-08-20

LOL. yeah, I got click happy. That would fall more under coffee cake now that I think about it.

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asyrith made it!(author)2008-08-16

I would love to see a pic of the Starbucks wallet as well. This is a really great idea, by the way. I loves me some coffee. lol.

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completegeek made it!(author)2008-08-16

Starbucks bags look great by themselves. As wallets they really pop. People notice them, that's for sure.

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theRIAA made it!(author)2008-08-14

your money would always smell like coffee.... this is awesome.

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completegeek made it!(author)2008-08-15

It does actually! It keeps it's smell for quite a while. I've been using the Dunkin Donuts wallet for about 3 months now and It still smells like coffee. That or my butt smells like coffee, and as much as I drink that may be entirely plausible.

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