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Denim Pocket Wallet: For a pocket, from a pocket

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Wallets seem to be a common Instructable, and coupled with my need for a new one, I felt doing a would be a great place to start.

This wallet is unique in that it requires no fabric cutting, though acquiring the pieces will probably require the removal of stitches. It is also lightweight, durable, stylish, and quickly assembled. It's only real weaknesses being that the finished product is a little on the small side, and lacks rigidity.

Materials Necessary:
- The back pocket of a pair of jeans
- The smaller, inner pocket often found in the front-right pocket of jeans
- A belt loop
- Scissors
- Thread in the color of your choice
- A sewing machine

Of course, one could always opt to hand-sew the wallet, but despite the difficulty of using a sewing machine on denim, I decided against it.
 
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Step 1: Cleaning the Fabric

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You may have noticed a few dangly things on the underside of your fabric. I have no clue what the proper name for these are, if indeed there is one, so they will henceforth be referred to exclusively as "danglies" (sing. "dangly.")

First, grip the end of a dangly, or clump of danglies, in your non-dominant hand. Then, grip the scissors with your dominant hand and gently open them. Carefully situate the open scissors so that they rest under your fingers, near and around the base of the dangly (see picture two.) After you are satisfied with the position of the scissors, gently close them using your dominant hand. To finish, remove the scissors from the no longer dangly-infested area, and repeat the process on the surviving danglies.

Once a sufficient number of danglies have been severed from the host pocket, gently blow them off of the fabric and onto your workspace so that they are no longer my responsibility.
mrmath6 years ago
The mini pocket is for coins and keys. Keeps them from getting lost in the bottom of the pocket. I use it occationally, but usually not for that. If I need to take off my wedding ring for something, I'll stick it in the mini pocket.
Ausmaus (author)  mrmath6 years ago
Well, watch pocket certainly sounds less clunky than mini-pocket, I'll probably be using that from now on. I had a pocket watch for years, actually, and never thought of that, thanks for the info!
That's awesome! I love the idea. I actually thought that you would be putting that onto a jacket on the front or something, but this is even cooler. Nice job.
Ausmaus (author)  GorillazMiko6 years ago
Thanks, glad you liked it! Speaking of jeans pockets and jackets, though, I've been considering adding pockets to a sweatshirt or jacket as denim elbow pads. The watch pocket might also make great epaulettes, I'd have to check the size.
PKM6 years ago
Hmm.. I usually hear the small front-right pocket called a "watch pocket", meaning that it is of course used for holding your condoms in. No joke. I've heard the male coming-of-age in this country described as "when you realise that little pocket in your jeans isn't for 50p coins" (no offence mrmath... given you wear a wedding ring I'll assume this is just cultural differences) I'd like to see a version made of two back pockets, that might be a little less cramped inside, but I think it would lose a lot of the charm if dyed black- if it keeps the slightly-faded blue jeans colour it's a lot more obvious how unique it is, rather than just being another fabric wallet with rivets and big seams.
Ausmaus (author)  PKM6 years ago
I never even thought to see if a condom fit in there. I've heard that putting a condom in your pocket can actually do damage to it, but I believe that's got more to do with the overly cautious sex education I've received thus far. I was actually considering doing the two-pocket jeans after I wear down my last remaining pair of blue jeans, but I could potentially just remove the seams in the current wallet. Since it took me all of fifteen minutes to sew the thing, it wouldn't exactly be risky. Thanks for the input!
Nice!