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Build a tri-fold wallet that hold bills, change, and cards out of a single FedEx small express tyvek envelope. 5 cuts, 1 staple, and no tape. Tri fold wallets are compact, so it doesn't look like your ass is lopsided and it's thin enough to stick in your front pocket.
 
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Step 1: Materials

1 FedEx small express envelope
1 cutting blade

Step 2: Cut top flap

Cut the top flap with adhesive.

Step 3: Fold

Fold the envelope along the long direction leaving enough space for a card to fit.

Step 4: Fold again

Fold the remainder.

Step 5: Tuck the remainder underneath


Step 6: Cut off a portion of the envelope

Cut off a portion of the envelope so there is enough space for a bill and a card.

Step 7: Cut the adhesive flap in two


Step 9: Seal Edges

Create a pocket by sealing two edges. Make sure the flaps are on opposite sides of the envelope. Also make sure the adhesive doesn't go over the small flap that we just cut in the previous step.

Step 10: Cut the extra adhesive off


Step 11: Fold

Fold the envelope into the width of a card.

Step 12: 2 incisions for cards

Very carefully make 2 cuts into the envelope so cards can slide into the pocket. Make the cut through a single sheet without cutting the sheet of tyvek behind it. Do this by lightly going over with a blade several times until the cut is just deep enough that the material is cut.

Step 13: Staple

Staple the corner flap of the change pocket.

Step 14: Put Money and Junk Inside

It's got a secret pocket to hide large bils, reciepts and lists. 2 card holders and a change pocket that doesn't let change spill out by mistake.
co0lerthanu3 years ago
you had me until step 8... any i deas?
mckean5 years ago
Hi, I tried the instructions but I am unable to make the coin compartment... is there something related to step8 & Step that I missed out? In Step8, I have cut all 4 corners, is that right? And the coin compartment, is it sealed? Appreciate it lots of someone can clarify...
OdhranO05 years ago
How do you do step nine I DONT GET IT
cheewee2000 (author)  OdhranO05 years ago
use the sticky adhesive part of the envelope to seal both sides of the material to make a mini envelope with one long edge open.
squink6 years ago
I like this design alot. Just thinking the credit card slot would best be cut for the shorter edge? That way they would be more secure when you open up the waller to get cash bills. Also the fold would act as a natural stop for the credit card.
dchall8 squink6 years ago
I like this design exactly like it is folded to the wide side of the credit card. I've been looking for this design for awhile. Who knew it was right here all the time? I have a problem with my current denim wallet. I cut it for the credit cards and then found out the stupid state of Texas issues their boating licenses about 1/4 inch wider. I'll remember that when I fold one of these.
thanks heres some pics of it also i did had a little hard time with it
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marksbren7 years ago
Awesome design. I got my inspiration from this instructable and the dynomighty design ones. Mine is made of tyvek credit/gift card sleeves instead, making it more compact. Check it out and let me know if you have any ideas for improvement.
tyvek card holder wallet
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wisepig7 years ago
Cool. I made a really similar one with Tyvek but I like my wallets thin so I made a bi-fold one here:
http://www.instructables.com/id/EJUMEE2MNGEUJ7Y879/
This sucker is big! I just throw all my junk into the original envelope - screw cutting it up and stapling!
jackfr0st7 years ago
hey how much are those i tried ordering from usps .com and it had issues are the fed ex ones free? can sum1 look around and post any freebies?
cheewee2000 (author)  jackfr0st7 years ago
just go to any fedex kinko store and you can grab as many as you like from them.
o sweet well i got the order workin in usps . com u can get up 2 500 for free!!! make a jacket, or blanket!!!
cheewee2000 (author)  jackfr0st7 years ago
be careful though. i think usps envelopes have fineprint about it being a federal crime for using it for other uses. I had fashion friends that were using usps envelopes but stopped because of it.
dont worry i wont use it for anything in public 'cept for a wallet
cheewee2000 (author) 7 years ago
this step is optional.
cheewee2000 (author) 7 years ago
apparently this step is confusing to some. The cut is made on the top layer of the envelope so the adhesive in the next step seals off bottom layers and leaves the top layer open like a pocket.
hmmm. I don't know. The paper walet instructable seems like it is easyer to do. and a hell of alot thiner. and you can decorate it yourself.!
jimmer_487 years ago
Nice instructible! I just made one tonight out of a large envelope, and eliminated the coin thing. I was able to make one slit on each panel so I coulod hold more cards. Another thought, making it fold the short way would enable you to have the fedex on the outside. And enable you to get more than one out of an envelope. Cheers!
jakewhisky8 years ago
I just made one of these, it turned out great, I am a little confused by step #8. Not clear what I am to do- and what that step accomplishes...the change purse I imagine. I made another without the change purse and I added a picture ID window in the central fold. I turned the envelope inside before step 1 to get rid of the FedEx graphics and I am working on running it thru my printer first to add some sort of graphic, if that doesn't work i will just decorate it with markers. cool idea, thanks. Now I am one up on my ex-girlfriends duct tape wallet.
don't run it through your printer if you've a laser one, it will melt the tyvek, making an expensive mess.
Pronoiac8 years ago
I think the coin purse is behind the bills, covered by the adhesive flap on the end that's folded in first. I'm not using that, because coins would tend to pile up & make lumps. And personally, I made mine shorter, about three shorter-end-of-a-credit cards wide or so. And, I made the slots for the cards horizontal, not vertical. YMMV, & these are really easy, free, & quick to prototype. This is weird - viewing the small pictures on step 8 & the last one didn't work on Mozilla. Neither did commenting.
mrfilbert8 years ago
I'm also confused by step 8... how long do the flaps need to be? The pictures and text don't say
mrfilbert8 years ago
Is it possible to make the wallet out of a DHL small envelope?
crabezoid8 years ago
Ooooooh. Nice. PS: My brother just started at Pratt a couple weeks ago in the ID program.
Nice. If your sentimental for some Dot Matrix printer paper or some old fashioned international mailing envelopes - I made a wallet out of one single sheet of tyvek... www.dynomighty.com secret compartments, credit card slots, and bill and receipt pockets.
I might have to make one of these. My fiancee's wallet is falling apart and she needs a secret pocket for a few "safety 20s" that she likes to keep in there. I too wonder about running it through a printer first. Could be cool.
i made one of these from the stuff they put on houses during construction you can get alot of it just look in house constructioon dumpsters