Introduction: Shopping Bag Wallet
Some cutting, some folding and 2-4 stitches and you'll have a virtually indestructable wallet with a very suprising design. The wallet is made of one of those very strong reusable shopping bags. They are made of woven polypropylene and come in endless designs. And so comes your new wallet!
This tri-fold wallet is light weight, is very thin, can take up to 12 credit cards and even got a change compartment.
This is all you need:
needle and thread
piece of double sided tape
Step 1: The Cutting
Cut out the shape of your wallet according to mentioned measures. For design purposes note that the left and right quarter of the shape will be the inner lining of your wallet, so the middle part of the shape will be the viewable part of your wallet.
Step 2: The Folding
Make a first fold in the middle. Make sure to make a good sharp crease by using a hard blunt object.
Open after folding and now fold the upper quarter and bottom quarter to the inside towards the middle crease. After doing that close the first fold again. Make sure you make good creases.
Step 3: The Tucking (I)
Tuck in the first little flap and put it over all the other layers that are inside. Afterwards tuck in the remaining little flap as well so the little flaps are both inside.
(This part will be the part were you put your much used credit cards)
Step 4: The Tucking (II)
Now go to the other side of the larger flap and tuck this in as well. Later on, behind this flap you can safely store the credit cards you don't use that much.
After folding and creasing, take the little piece of double sided tape and put that on the flap near the crease and fix the flap. Take just a little piece of tape so you can easily open and close the flap when you are using the wallet. The double sided tape is not really necessary, my experience is that the flap is large enough to stay fixed by itself.
Step 5: The Stitching
Now you are left with a nice rectangular shape. Go to the side where the little flaps were and make a fold of 4 cm/ 1.5 inch. Again make an nice crease. The folded part will be you're credit card compartment on the inside of your wallet. From design point of view it is important to pay attention to the way in which you fold this part because here you determine which part is the inside and the outside of your wallet.
Take a strong piece of thread and stitch the folded piece on both sides to the rest of the wallet with a few stitches.
Step 6: The Using
Actually your wallet is now ready to use. All you have to do now is fold the wallet in three equal parts (with the credit card compartment on the inside) and you can fill up your wallet!
The credit card compartment speaks for itself, I use it to store 6 credit cards.
The same goes for the compartment underneath the large flap, I store cards there that I want to keep with me, but don't use on a daily basis.
The change compartment is hidden underneath the creditcard compartment and is used by opening the bills compartment and sliding your coins into the compartment. By closing your wallet your coins are packed tightly inside your wallet.
Happy shopping bag hunting!