Too short for off-the-rack jeans? Hem the jeans and make a matching wallet with the excess left over.
All too often I'm stuck buying pants that are too long for my legs. Usually it's not a big deal. I simply re-hem them to the right length. Then I have all these rings of denim or khaki left over. Can't throw them away--they might come in handy, right? So then the wallet contest came along and that gave me the idea to make a wallet out of the left over pieces.
My goal was to only use the material removed from the jeans without adding any auxiliary material. I wanted to them to have a little deconstructed look so I left the edges unfinished. Edge stitching reinforces the jeans aesthetic and helps prevent the material from completely unraveling. This is the pattern I came up with based on the amount of fabric available. Your mileage may vary. Enjoy!
Step 1: Materials and Tools
Things you will need:
Fabric scissors and/or a rotary cutter
"Snippy" or embroidery scissors
Jeans/Denim weight sewing machine needles
Cuffs leftover from hemming jeans.*
You need a minimum of about 3 1/4 inches width on the cuffs to fit US currency. Maybe more (or less) for other currencies. You'll want to measure heights and widths of what you plan to store in your wallet to make sure everything fits. All my measurements are in inches and the wallet is scaled for US currency, but it should be fairly simple to adjust as necessary to accommodate other currencies.
*or pants of choice. Khakis might work. The important thing is that the fabric be sturdy enough to withstand use and abuse. Alternatively, if no pants are sacrificed you can use about an eighth of a yard of denim or similarly weighted fabric.