Now you can make your own inside-out vachetta wallet. A unique thing about this wallet is that it can flip two ways! I have made duck tape wallets before but never conquered a fun cloth wallet. I hope you enjoy!
Step 1: Tips and Tricks
I'm going to give a few tips and tricks that helped my when I made this wallet. When you are glue gunning the pieces and fabric, make sure your glue gun is very HOT!! This will help because when you spread you glue the glue will not be bulky and stick up. Also it is much easier to spread. When you are spreading the glue Use something flat like a piece of card board. It's easy to use card board because you can just throw it away after your done!
Step 2: Materials You Will Need
Here is the list of materials you will need.
~ A hot glue gun
~ Sticky tape (Duck or masking tape)
~ A credit card or card of some sort
~ Thin elastic that you can get at like
Walmart for about one dollar. It should be about
1/4 of an inch.
~ Durable fabric (1 or 2 colors)
~ Needle nose pliers
~ Thiner cardboard (like cereal boxes)
~ Rotary mat and cutter
~ Sewing machine
~ Iron (optional)
Step 3: The Base
Get your card board and ruler and measure a four by two and three fourths rectangle. You will need six of these. When your done cutting these out, tape two rectangles together. Then tape another two together. You should end up with two rectangles left.
Step 4: Getting the Elastic and Card Board Ready
Now take your two back to back card board pieces and measure and make a mark in the corners at 1/4 in., 2/4 in., and 3/4 in. Do that to all corners on both card board pieces. Once your done with that draw lines across to them. This will help with positioning the elastic.
Then get your elastic and measure out two 4inch sections and cut them out. Also measure out two 4.5 inch sections and cut them out. so you have two 4in. sections and two 4.5 in. sections of elastic.
Step 5: Positioning and Taping the Elastic
Take the Two 4 inch. strips and lay them On the card board so a little bit is touching and it is in the third space. Then tape it. Then you put the other card board section on TOP of the elastic, Rap the elastic around the card board so it is in the third space again and tape it down.
Step 6: Taping the X
Now, you can get your two 4.5inch strips of elastic and weave them up through the middle of your two card board pieces and make sure they have and equal amount of over hang on each side. Then tape them right above the third line. After, fold the other side of the elastic over right above the third line and tape. Take a look at the pictures to make sure you did it right.
Step 7: Making the Wallet Equal
Now you can close the wallet. If the wallet is lopsided that means that one or more of the strings has too much tension. Luckily it is an easy fix all you have to do is take the tape off and reposition the length of over hang. When done, the sides should be square.
Step 8: Stapling and Gluing
Take your stapler and staple right on the elastic. This will prevent the elastic from slipping out. When you staple, Make sure not to staple the elastic on the other side. after that press the staples flat the the card board with your needle nose pliers. do this to each side of every one. Then take your glue gun and spread the glue out so you can place one of the stray card board piece there, and press down. Then tape around the edges. Do this to both sides.
Step 9: The Out Side Pockets
Get your fabric and cut out two rectangle about a half inch bigger than your wallet. Then put one aside for later. Next, take your card and cut out four rectangles that are about an inch wider and longer than it is, and set two aside for later. Then fold the top over and sew it pretty close to the top. Do tis to both pieces. You can chose to ieon them when you fold them if you want, it does make it easier.
Step 10: Sewing the Outside Pockets
Next you need to sew the pieces of fabric together, make sure that one pieces is facing up and one is facing down. You are doing this because when the credit card slides in it wont get caught. Next fold it up and the credit card should stick up a little in the middle. When that is done you will start of the top pocket. Take the bigger piece of fabric and lay it under the already sewen piece. Place the card in so it is sticking up and then make sure it is not to big for the wallet itself. Then pin and sew at the bottom of the card. When your done the card should rest on the sew line.
Step 11: Sewing the Rest of the Pocket
Sew the bottom of the folds very close to the edge. Then cut the bottom of the fold in a little bit and cut a little in on the place were you sewed it for the top pocket. Cut that little Piece out and fold the edges in. Then once again sew very close to the fold lines on the side fold. Do the same to the other side but make sure it is only 4 inches long other wise it will sage on the wallet. Then make a another one. So you should have 2 pocket rectangles.
Step 12: Attaching the Pockets
When your gluing the pocket done make sure the bottom sewn part is square with the wallets edge. The only sew one half at a time, And make sure you spread the hot glue out. Then just press down and glue the other half. Then start folding the fabric over and cut slits so the elastic wont be disturbed. Do this to both sides.
Step 13: Finishing the Inside
If you are using two fabrics take the other and cut two rectangle that is a little bigger than the wallet. then fold the insides in and sew close to the edges. Make sure when you fold the fabric and sew it that is is a little smaller than the inside of the wallet. I did one side at a time and I ironed it, That way was pretty easy. Then make another one so you have two. Wen your gluing it to the inside flip back two of the elastc stands so it is easier. Also spread the glu out evenly. Do this to both sides.
Step 14: Brushing Up
If there are any loose strands or little imperfections you can fix those up. Then.....
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Hope you enjoy...Good luck!!
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