Introduction: Making a Wallet Phone Case

I have always hated any case that stays on my phone. I like the phone to feel like the designer wanted it to feel. I am up for a new phone in about 6 months so whatever case I bought would be useful for about 6 months. I decided to build my own. Since I was going to make my own I decided I wanted to incorporate my wallet into it. I don't need much in way of my wallet, just 4 credit cards, 3 ID's and my insurance card. The old case was a simple leather pouch with a little ribbon that pulled the phone up and out of the case.  I liked the design so I thought I would improve it. 

Step 1: The Mark I Prototype

I wanted to make sure I know what sizes of material I would need to cut. I made blacks from paper and staples to see about sizing. I tried a staggered approach to the tops of pockets, but decided against it. Overall it worked so well I decided to make another. 

Step 2: Mark II Prototype

Well, the damn store was out of leather. I got felt instead. It was very cheap and would be very forgiving. I decided to go with a 3 tone design, to better highlight the pockets. For this build I added in a stopper to keep the cards from disappearing into the pocket. I also added in the ribbon phone pull. In the end the felt was stretchy and made everything a little loose. I used the pattern from the Mark 1 to duplicate the shape. 

Step 3: Mark III Milestone

Different craft store had leather! Cost for the leather ended up being 8 bucks. I used upholstery thread and a set of needles I already had. 
About sewing leather, it is difficult. maybe I got tougher leather, or bad needles but it is hard. The needles that were for leather were thick and blunt, they could not puncture the leather then could not be pulled through it. I tried pre punching all the holes with the leather awl on my swiss army knife, I think that's what that tool is for. However it did not work well. After breaking and bending all the "leather needles" I tried one of the larger regular needles and it worked! It needed to be sharp and thin. It was still not easy, but steady gentle pressure and lots of extra needles eventually got the job done. 
I decided to add a little style in and do a cross diagonal pattern with the leather. I like it a lot. With the Mark IV I will make less severe angles cause I worry the cards will fall out. 

Comments

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bjwpg (author)2016-07-12

What? Over 12,000 views and 60 favourites and *no one says anything?!

Well, let me be the first. I think this is brilliant. I'm getting a different phone and want a combo case / wallet and have so far been disappointed by the poor selection out there. This is a great alternative, and one could modify it to one's own needs---with a flap(s) over one or more slots; with more or less slots; with an outside little enclosed pouch (with a snap, maybe) for tickets / change / whatever.

The angled slots look tres cool. To keep cards more secure, as the author alludes to, they could just be made slightly higher up the side / deeper. I also like the cloth & leather combination. And it could be made out of almost any fabric / vinyl / plastic type materials to suit individual tastes.

Well done :)

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tdavis26 (author)bjwpg2016-07-12

Thanks Bjwpg! I had forgotten I made this! that was a fun little project, Ive switehed to tyvec wallets for now, i shoudl post some of those.

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bjwpg (author)tdavis262016-07-15

Tyvek!

I had to think..... "Tyvek...Tyvek.....I know Tyvek.....but why the heck can't I recall what it is?....."

Well, then I looked it up and of course! House wrap! But even there on the search page across the top were categories like "Bag / Wallet / Coloured / Paper" (what on earth is Tyvek paper? lol).

So yeah, that sounds really cool to try that material. I just had no idea it was so versatile :D

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