Duct Tape Card Wallet





Introduction: Duct Tape Card Wallet

Make this easy No-Sew Duct Tape card wallet in no time flat!
It's thin enough to slip in your pocket and made to sport your favorite prints.

Step 1: Gather Your Materials

You'll need:
  • Fabric 4 1/2" x 6" (11.5cm x 15cm or so)
  • Duct tape (color of your choice)
  • Stapler + staples
  • Scissors
  • Business or ID/Bank card (for measuring purposes)
  • Tiny magnets (opt) not for use with credit cards

Step 2: Tape Your Fabric

Prepare the back of your fabric with strips of slightly overlapping strips of duct tape

  • Cut strips of tape to extend slightly beyond marked lines
  • Overlap rows of tape a small amount
  • Cut off edges of tape flush with fabric

Step 3: Tape Back Raw Edges

Finish the two short edges by taping them back on themselves.

  • Cut a tape slightly longer than the short edges
  • Lay tape underneath fabric (on the right side)
  • Fold over edge about 1/2" (1.25cm)
  • Repeat on both sides

Step 4: Add Magnets (opt)

Now is the time to add magnets if you choose to do so.
They're SO not necessary, but do offer a satisfying snap to the final product.
do not use if carrying credit cards

  • Fold the now-taped edges over the business card to give yourself a good idea of where the new edges will occur, and crease.
  • Place a magnet in the center of crease to the outer edge.
  • Use a small piece of tape to secure
  • Repeat on other side, making sure magnet polarities are properly aligned.

Step 5: Create Pockets

Time to make the pockets!

*Turn the fabric over so you're looking at the fabric side.
  • Fold the duct taped side back over your business card to form the pockets (yes, you're doing this inside out right now)
  • Staple once on each side to hold folds in place
  • Now go back and staple along the edges (leaving enough room for the cards to slide easily in and out, and for there to be a stack of them)

Step 6: Tape Back Edges

Now you'll tape over the stapled edges

  • Cut tape slightly larger than the edges you just stapled.
  • Lay the tape over the staples on the side with the pockets
  • Fold toward the duct taped side along the line of staples
  • Tape down firmly
  • Repeat on other side

Step 7: Turn Wallet Right Side Out

Turn your wallet right side out!
(that was pretty self-explanatory)

  • Use a closed pair of scissors to work the corners out and make sure no tape is sticking to itself.

Look how thin it is!

Step 8: Fill With Your Cards and Those of Others

This is a cool accessory to whip out when it's card sharing time.
Keep a handful of your cards on one side, and keep other people's in the other side!

Or use it as a regular wallet and keep your license and bank cards on one, and cash money on the other!

I'm going to make a ton of these to go with all of my outfits.
This one obviously goes with my deathskullbandana outfits.



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    Awesome idea! I'd been trying to think of a way to make a prettier duct tape wallet for ages, this is the perfect solution. I made my own wallet, loosely based on this 'ible, using a different pattern but the same concepts. I really liked the idea of stapling the seams on the ends, especially since you can only tape the inside.

    I added a velcro dot to my wallet to keep it closed. As long as it stays closed the flap stays down and my change doesn't escape!


    This is very pretty

    Be wary about using magnets around your credit cards and other ID badge things. As much as I love that snap too, I prefer that my plastic still works :)

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    Good point! Since I made this with just carrying my business cards around, I forgot to mention that!

    its proven that its nearly impossible to erase a card with a magnet... nice ible

    You're right on this. The night after I posted this I was watching mythbusters and they completely hammered this myth. My bad for posting false information, but any commercial magnet you use to hold your wallet together won't wipe your cards. :)

    I had a train ticket that we attached to the fridge with magnets and IT WAS WIPED! YIKES!

    Yeah, magnets have definitely wiped my transit cards before!

    Well then I am clearly not qualified to comment on magnet and wiping cards :) Either way, be wary!

    Really? Hmm, cheers -Cheers, Chris

    where can you get that instructables card?

    I made one of these from a scrap piece of fabric from a tote I made. I used your 4-1/2 X 6 instructions and could not figure out how 2 pockets could fit on it, so I made one packet with a flip over top and secured with velcro dots!

    I am confused by step 6 - am I just covering the staples? or am I folding over and taping?

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    You can actually do either!

    the awesome fabric is an awesome touch :P

    This step is very unclear! I can follow every other step of this project, but I am having a really hard time with this one.

    what marked lines are you talking about?

    I'm not quite sure what my problem was, but the fabric dimensions seem to be several inches too short. Any suggestions?

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    Try creating your own dimension by wrapping fabric or paper around your business cards to get the right size for your needs.