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I am a minimalist. I have a very thin and sleek card holder I use for a wallet, but at times, even that is too much. There are some ok options out there for carrying just the essentials (money clip, etc.), but nothing was quite right. Because I will always have my phone on me, I figured, why not make it my wallet as well.

There are such contraptions that merge the two, but most are large, many are a fold type wallet, and none are as versatile as need be. This is designed to hold anything including credit cards, business cards, cash, a notecard, or any combination of these.

You will need:

1.) A rigid or semi rigid plastic iphone case, ideally with a flat back. I used this one: http://www.incipio.com/cases/iphone-cases/iphone-4-4s-cases/iphone-4-4s-ngp-matte-semi-rigid-soft-shell-case.html, and it worked very nicely.

2.) 3/4" elastic strap (available at any sewing or hobby store)

3.) 1 1/2" wide aluminum sheet (1/16" thick)

4.) Band saw

5.) Utility or exacto knife

6.) Sewing machine or needle and thread

7.) A little bit of scrap fabric

8.) Fine grit sand paper (220)
 
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Step 1: The Aluminum Sheet

The aluminum sheet serves as protection for the things in the wallet. I wanted to be able to put anything in the wallet and not have it get crumpled by the elastic or damaged while in my pocket.

To start, I measured the back of the phone case to see how long I could make it without interfering with the camera. Also, it had to be long enough to hold a business card. I settled on a length of 3 7/8" but you could make it a little longer or shorter.

Measure and cut the aluminum sheet to the desired length using a band saw with a metal cutting blade.

I did not want sharp corners, so I measured in 1/8" from each corner and cut off each at a diagonal.

In order for the aluminum to stay in place i notched it at the top and bottom of the long axis.

I measured in 5/16" from each side for the edge of the notch and cut the notch 1/16" deep, then used the band saw to remove the material.

Use sand paper to smooth all the edges and corners after the cuts are complete.
Vissy1 year ago
I wouldnt do this. If you lose it, you're completely screwed. Neat hack, though.
Radrussian1 year ago
Awesome Man! Made a spin-off and made the aluminum part out of flattened pvc. Thanks for the inspiration!
daemn221 year ago
Cool idea! You can also use old plastic credit cards and cut them to size instead of aluminum sheet for those who does not have machines to cut with.
Very nice way to keep everything together so you don't have a bunch of stuff fattening up your pocket :)
What if you lose your phone or it gets stolen D:
What if you lose your wallet or it gets stolen?
either way its still bad to lose one or another valuable item.
Also, you should enter this into the Holiday Gifts Contest!
gijoebob1 year ago
I use a similar case from Case Mate that holds my drivers license and my debit card. All the rest of my traditional wallet contents are in the phone.
Thraeryn1 year ago
Interesting. I like the idea a lot, and this seems a pretty good implementation.

I'm using an Android device that has NFC capability. I wonder how this would interfere with near-field signal. It'd certainly make the back of the phone a little less "near" than usual. I'd consider using a magnetic piece of metal if I didn't think it would stand a chance of zapping the magnetic strips on my cards.

Any thoughts, community?
I am sure you heard of the "Slim" wallet.

http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/supr/slim-the-thinnest-wallet-ever
DeltaD201 year ago
that's good to hear. How stretchy is the band when you sew them together? I assume how well the cards stay depends on how tight the band is.
now all I gotta do is how to alter the design for my Samsung S3
DeltaD201 year ago
been trying to do the exact same thing but w/ tape and clear sheet of thin plastic, works well for a month but the tape wears off. This method is better but like another user said, it can fall out quite easily due to the credit cards being so slippery. A good idea nevertheless and I will look into improving your design.
FryGuy2086 (author)  DeltaD201 year ago
I think you would be surprised at how firmly even a single card is held in. I considered adding some sort of a retainer on one side but once I finished it and experimented with it, it became evident that it wasn't necessary. I have been using it for about a week now and the cards don't even move much less come close to sliding out. Thanks for the feedback!
Gman2005cs1 year ago
What a beautiful Brittany you have! I have one as well.
FryGuy2086 (author)  Gman2005cs1 year ago
Thanks!
NateHoy1 year ago
This is very well done. About the only change I'd make, if I made one at all, would be to put some sort of retainer on one side so you reduce the chances of anything sliding out.

Clever, minimalistic, well-documented, nice clear photos and descriptions. Fantastic job!