Creating Wallet From Camera Case

Introduction: Creating Wallet From Camera Case

I have had a long struggle finding a wallet that will work for me. I need something that will hold all my stuff (mostly cards), that is as small as possible, and that is durable. It has to fit into a front pocket since sciatic nerve issues prevent me from carrying something in a rear pocket. I know that other women can carry purses without losing them, but I'm not such a person, so everything I carry has to go into pockets (and all my clothes have pockets, naturally). And, while we are about it, it should prevent RFID theft. 

The process of creating needed to be as free of pains in the patooty as possible. And, I wanted to dip my toe into writing an Instructable. So, those were my goals when I started this project. 


Cheap camera case 
Aluminum foil
Card stock
Flexible plastic (in my case, from one of those clear plastic covers you get when you buy a set of sheets or a quilt)


Permanent marker
Super-type glue (the kind that sticks immediately and permanently to anything it touches)

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Step 1: Plans

I have mostly flat things to carry and one not-so-flat thing (earphones). I want the earphones to be at the bottom of the wallet, so they don't get in the way of access to my cards and so that they don't rest on top of my cards, making the wallet too thick. So, I need a pocket that holds the cards above the bottom of the case. 

I need RFID protection.

I don't want to sew or spend a huge amount of time measuring and that sort of thing (PIPs--Pains in the Patooty). 

I want to create this from things I have on hand. 

Step 2: RFID Protection

I cut two pieces of cardstock to be about the size of the inside of the camera case. Covered each piece of cardstock with aluminum foil.

The case consists of an outside, foam "insulation," and a thin nylon inner lining. My plan is to insert the foil-covered cardstock between the foam insulation and the nylon inner lining on each side of the case. 

I turned the case in side out and cut the foil-covered cardstock to fit the case. I had to lop off the corners of the cardstock to fit the case. 

Just like a plastic surgeon, I made the cuts in the lining where they will ultimately not be seen, at the bottom on the inside of the case. I slid in the foil-covered card stock. 

Then I slid the cards in and closed the cuts in the cloth using glue. 

Step 3: Making the Pocket

The first thing is to plan where the cards should sit within the wallet. I need room at the bottom for the earphones, and at the top so that I can pull the cards out without overstressing my modification. If they are crammed close to the top, I might not be able to get the thing closed and I might tear up my work getting the cards in and  out.

Cut the plastic according to the plan here. I used the marker to mark my cuts on the plastic.

I folded over the edge of the plastic at the front edge of the pocket and glued my fold so that the edge would be sturdier. .I glued the back part of the pocket into the wallet. I wasn't sure that the glue would hold on the sides because there wasn't much glue surface, but it did. When checking for the fit of the cards...I got glue on my debit card. Should have put that Ollie's card at the back. 

Turned everything right side out and put my stuff in. Everything fits! 

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