This is a bi-fold wallet that will hold cash and up to six cards. :D
It can be made out of oilcloth, old coated tablecloths, pet food bags, etc.
Step 1: What You'll Need...
- sewing machine
- denim needle
- oilcloth (a 12x12 inch square will be enough, you need very little!)
- thread that matches, can be cotton or poly
- cutting tools (I use a mat and rotary cutter because the edges come out cleaner)
- tape for securing while sewing (can't pin oilcloth!)
Step 2: Cut Out Your Pieces!
Cut out a 6x8 inch piece, and one 2.5x8 inch piece.
Step 3: Start Creasing.
Then, at the edges opposite the fold, fold over a 1/4 inch strip of the right side onto the wrong side and crease again. You'll do this for both edges.
For the 2.5x8 inch strip, you're simply creasing a 1/4 inch strip of the right side on the wrong side at top and bottom. :)
(The pictures should clear up any confusion!)
Step 4: Sewing!
Use the longest straight stitch on your machine and don't worry about backstitching these - we'll be sewing over them again later!
Sew them with the wrong side up. It's easier and it'll help you make sure you're getting the folded over bit in the stitches. :D
(TIps for sewing oilcloth can be found here: sewmamasew.com/blog2/)
Step 5: Sew in the Inner Pockets.
Stitch right side up a little lower than your original line of stitching.
Step 6: Sew a Fold Line.
Sew this starting on the single layer side without the credit card pockets so that you seal the top of the credit card pocket as you sew. :)
Make sure to backstitch!
Step 7: Sew the Sides Together.
Then, take your ruler and mark 1/2 inch in on both sides. (If you carry A LOT of cash and cards, make 1/4 inch marks for extra room.)
Sew from the fold to the top of the wallet, making sure to backstitch! :D
Step 8: Trim Off the Ends and Turn Right Side Out.
Now, turn the wallet right side out, using something small and rounded to poke the corners out. I'm using a crochet hook. Be gentle when poking out the corners, you can poke right through the oilcloth!