Introducing, the jeans wallet! I was inspired to make this because of my dad. He has the grungiest, old leather wallet that SMELLS.
He really needs a new wallet! This wallet was made from the leg of one of my jeans which I'd hemmed. It has six card slots, a photo slot, a coin pocket and a notes pocket. It's also small enough to fit into my hip pockets COMFORTABLY-important for men who don't carry handbags XD Finally, it's designed to look like the front hip pocket of a pair of jeans. Cool, eh?
This is what you need to do if you too want a spiffy wallet like this one :)
Step 1: You Will Need:
- 1 leg ... from a pair of jeans. That was all I needed, but the jeans that I used were quite wide. You could also just use new denim, but I'm unsure of how much is required for that.
- Hard-ish plastic (any colour) and transparent, soft plastic. I didn't purchase this either, I just cut up my old school diaries. You don't need too much, no more than 10cmx15cm.
- A regular sized membership card/gift card/credit card type thing for reference.
- 9cm of a 2.5cm strip of velcro, also known as a hook-and-loop fastener.
- Basic sewing equip, i.e. sewing needle/sewing machine, thread, fabric scissors, pins.
Step 2: The Pieces of the Wallet
Shapes, Sizes and Numbers - What are they?
A - 23x19 - cut 1 - main, inner piece
B - 23x19 [a rectangle, with a quarter circle cut out, 4cm from the longer edge] - cut 1 - outer, decorative piece
C - 7x8.5 - cut 3 - vertical card pockets
D - 5.5x10 - cut 3 - horizontal card pockets
E ~ 6x6 - cut 1 - Extra piece which goes in between B. Will be explained in more detail later.
F ~ 4.5x5 - cut 1 - small pocket, like the small pocket often found within a jeans pocket.
G - 4.5x3 - cut 1 - decorative strap, like a belt holding strap
H - 6x8.5 - cut 1 - cut this one in the soft, transparent plastic. This is for holding a picture.
I - 16x12 - cut 1 - pocket for coins, a flap included.
* The wiggly line ~ means approximately. The sizes could change
Step 3: Hemming the Card Pockets
On the C pieces, hem along the width.
Step 4: Attaching the Card Pockets
Pin the bottom most pocket in place first. Don't worry about the bottom of the pocket- it won't be seen again. But remember to tuck in the sides by 5mm. This is to ensure that there are no messy edges. Check that the size of the pocket is correct by placing the card inside the pinned pocket. Sew a straight stitch, close to the edge. Repeat with another piece, 5mm down from the first piece. With the final piece, pin the bottom edge under too. Sew the bottom edge in a golden thread, then sew along all the pocket sides together. Repeat with the C pieces.
Before you sew on the last piece, also pin into place piece H, the transparent plastic rectangle. Then sew everything together.
Step 5: Velcro-ing the Coin Pocket
Step 6: Outside of the Wallet
(The denim looks different coloured because of the lighting...sorry)
Step 7: Finishing the Outside
Take the coin pocket, piece I, and pin into place as shown in pic 3. It should be opposite the pocket. Make sure to pin it 1cm from the edge, to allow for the seam. Tuck the edges under 1cm, and sew.
Fold the whole thing together, right sides together. Pin and sew 1cm from the edge, leaving a gap. Trim, turn inside out and sew up the gap using a slip stitch.
Step 8: The Inside of the Wallet
The hard plastic makes an appearance! Trim the corners to make them round. Then, fold the plastic in half. Press hard to make a strong crease. To reinforce the crease, I used a craft knife to lightly score along the middle.
Insert the plastic, through the gap. Make sure the the fold is pointing the right way! You don't want you wallet to fold the wrong way. Slipstitch the gap close.
Step 9: Sew It All Together
Finally, take the only piece of fabric left. Piece G! Fold it into three lengthwise. Use the golden thread to stitch and hold the fabric in a strip. Two rows of stitching should do it. Slipstitch the strip onto the flap of the coin pocket. Then, you're done!
Step 10: Tada!
a) give it to your giftee
b) put in your money and cards
Take lots of photos and be proud of your work. :)