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.

Comments

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Verdantic (author)2011-04-03

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!

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jacieh24 (author)2016-05-29

This is very pretty

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bFusion (author)2009-06-12

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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scoochmaroo (author)bFusion2009-06-12

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

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XkidXhavocX (author)scoochmaroo2009-06-12

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

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bFusion (author)XkidXhavocX2009-06-18

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. :)

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HMice (author)bFusion2012-01-14

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

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scoochmaroo (author)HMice2012-06-12

Yeah, magnets have definitely wiped my transit cards before!

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bFusion (author)scoochmaroo2012-06-12

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

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Lance Mt. (author)XkidXhavocX2009-06-18

Really? Hmm, cheers -Cheers, Chris

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Sabinbp (author)2011-06-24

where can you get that instructables card?

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GIHODGE (author)2011-05-12

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!

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GIHODGE (author)2011-05-10

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

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scoochmaroo (author)GIHODGE2011-05-10

You can actually do either!

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stuffedbears (author)2011-01-21

the awesome fabric is an awesome touch :P

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collardgreenes (author)2010-12-24

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.

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King Julien (author)2010-06-28

cool

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glahgenius (author)2010-06-08

what marked lines are you talking about?

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b1gdamnhero (author)2010-05-08

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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scoochmaroo (author)b1gdamnhero2010-05-10

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

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b1gdamnhero (author)scoochmaroo2010-05-10

 That makes perfect sense. Thanks.

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GeekyGirl1103 (author)2010-02-10

It was a little confusing when I first read this, but after a few minutes, I figured it out. It was pretty easy, and it ended up beautiful. And so small! xD Very nice.

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sharlston (author)2009-08-07

woaa thats well good,neat design -sharlston

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Graycee (author)2009-07-17

This doesn't make any sense

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Lance Mt. (author)2009-06-18

This.. Its so good. If there is a god up there, he uses one of these. Making one asap. Its soo good! -(drools), Chris

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the duct tape skater (author)2009-06-14

exremely awsome fabric (you can probably tell that i would like from my picture)

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Smokedasphalt (author)2009-06-14

Great! This is cool! i'm gonna make one (or more) of these! thanx for the 'ible! :D

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Spaceman Spiff (author)2009-06-13

This is the coolest

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