Introduction: Two Dollar Travel Wallet
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A super easy to make, inexpensive accessory to help keep your traveling organized.
Step 1: Materials
- Craft foam sheets (2)
- Hot glue gun
- Sewing machine
- Template/ Pattern
Step 2: Print and Cut
Print the template and use it to cut out the foam pieces. Cut along the solid lines, not the dashed ones. The dashed lines show where you will need to sew later.
There are four pieces: the cover, the pocket and two corners. The pockets can be used to hold small cards and money, while the corners will be used to keep your passport in place.
Step 3: Sewing
Before sewing, score the dashed lines with a ruler. Pressing the ruler down against the foam will create an indentation that you can use as a guide when sewing.
- Take the largest piece (the cover) and sew a border around the edges. Then, sew a line directly down the center.
- Take the pocket and sew a line across the center, this will create two credit card-sized sections.
Step 4: Glue
With hot glue, attach the pocket piece to one half of the inside cover and the corner pieces to the other half. The glue should be applied along the border of the cover, and along the stitching if the pocket piece. Don't glue the pockets or the corners shut.
Step 5: Elastic
Cut two pieces of elastic that measure the full length of the cover. The elastic will be glued to the outside of the cover (on the side with the pockets).
Place a piece of elastic 1 inch from the top edge and place the other 1 inch from the bottom. With each piece of elastic, start by gluing one end to the midpoint of that side of the cover. Once the glue has set, bring the other end around to create a loop, and glue that end in place.
When you are finished, you should have two big loops. These elastic loops will wrap around the wallet and prevent your belongings from falling out. They can also be used to secure a boarding pass to the outside of the wallet.
Step 6: Travel
To personalize your wallet you can add stickers or use a permanent marker to write your name or draw pictures on the cover. You can also take scissors and cut the corners to make them rounded. When your wallet is complete use it to store your passport, money, cards, and tickets. Safe travels!
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