Duct Tape Card Wallet

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Intro: Duct Tape Card Wallet

Make this easy No-Sew Duct Tape card wallet in no time flat!
It's thin enough to slip in your pocket and made to sport your favorite prints.

Step 1: Gather Your Materials

You'll need:
  • Fabric 4 1/2" x 6" (11.5cm x 15cm or so)
  • Duct tape (color of your choice)
  • Stapler + staples
  • Scissors
  • Business or ID/Bank card (for measuring purposes)
  • Tiny magnets (opt) not for use with credit cards

Step 2: Tape Your Fabric

Prepare the back of your fabric with strips of slightly overlapping strips of duct tape

  • Cut strips of tape to extend slightly beyond marked lines
  • Overlap rows of tape a small amount
  • Cut off edges of tape flush with fabric

Step 3: Tape Back Raw Edges

Finish the two short edges by taping them back on themselves.

  • Cut a tape slightly longer than the short edges
  • Lay tape underneath fabric (on the right side)
  • Fold over edge about 1/2" (1.25cm)
  • Repeat on both sides

Step 4: Add Magnets (opt)

Now is the time to add magnets if you choose to do so.
They're SO not necessary, but do offer a satisfying snap to the final product.
do not use if carrying credit cards

  • Fold the now-taped edges over the business card to give yourself a good idea of where the new edges will occur, and crease.
  • Place a magnet in the center of crease to the outer edge.
  • Use a small piece of tape to secure
  • Repeat on other side, making sure magnet polarities are properly aligned.

Step 5: Create Pockets

Time to make the pockets!

*Turn the fabric over so you're looking at the fabric side.
  • Fold the duct taped side back over your business card to form the pockets (yes, you're doing this inside out right now)
  • Staple once on each side to hold folds in place
  • Now go back and staple along the edges (leaving enough room for the cards to slide easily in and out, and for there to be a stack of them)

Step 6: Tape Back Edges

Now you'll tape over the stapled edges

  • Cut tape slightly larger than the edges you just stapled.
  • Lay the tape over the staples on the side with the pockets
  • Fold toward the duct taped side along the line of staples
  • Tape down firmly
  • Repeat on other side

Step 7: Turn Wallet Right Side Out

Turn your wallet right side out!
(that was pretty self-explanatory)

  • Use a closed pair of scissors to work the corners out and make sure no tape is sticking to itself.

Look how thin it is!

Step 8: Fill With Your Cards and Those of Others

This is a cool accessory to whip out when it's card sharing time.
Keep a handful of your cards on one side, and keep other people's in the other side!

Or use it as a regular wallet and keep your license and bank cards on one, and cash money on the other!

I'm going to make a ton of these to go with all of my outfits.
This one obviously goes with my deathskullbandana outfits.

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    Verdantic

    7 years ago on Introduction

    Awesome idea! I'd been trying to think of a way to make a prettier duct tape wallet for ages, this is the perfect solution. I made my own wallet, loosely based on this 'ible, using a different pattern but the same concepts. I really liked the idea of stapling the seams on the ends, especially since you can only tape the inside.

    I added a velcro dot to my wallet to keep it closed. As long as it stays closed the flap stays down and my change doesn't escape!

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    jacieh24

    2 years ago

    This is very pretty

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    bFusion

    9 years ago on Step 4

    Be wary about using magnets around your credit cards and other ID badge things. As much as I love that snap too, I prefer that my plastic still works :)

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    scoochmaroobFusion

    Reply 9 years ago on Introduction

    Good point! Since I made this with just carrying my business cards around, I forgot to mention that!

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    bFusionXkidXhavocX

    Reply 9 years ago on Introduction

    You're right on this. The night after I posted this I was watching mythbusters and they completely hammered this myth. My bad for posting false information, but any commercial magnet you use to hold your wallet together won't wipe your cards. :)

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    HMicebFusion

    Reply 6 years ago on Introduction

    I had a train ticket that we attached to the fridge with magnets and IT WAS WIPED! YIKES!

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    bFusionscoochmaroo

    Reply 6 years ago on Introduction

    Well then I am clearly not qualified to comment on magnet and wiping cards :) Either way, be wary!

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    GIHODGE

    7 years ago on Introduction

    I made one of these from a scrap piece of fabric from a tote I made. I used your 4-1/2 X 6 instructions and could not figure out how 2 pockets could fit on it, so I made one packet with a flip over top and secured with velcro dots!

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    GIHODGE

    7 years ago on Step 6

    I am confused by step 6 - am I just covering the staples? or am I folding over and taping?

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    collardgreenes

    7 years ago on Step 3

    This step is very unclear! I can follow every other step of this project, but I am having a really hard time with this one.

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    glahgenius

    8 years ago on Step 2

    what marked lines are you talking about?

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    b1gdamnhero

    8 years ago on Step 1

    I'm not quite sure what my problem was, but the fabric dimensions seem to be several inches too short. Any suggestions?

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    scoochmaroob1gdamnhero

    Reply 8 years ago on Step 1

    Try creating your own dimension by wrapping fabric or paper around your business cards to get the right size for your needs.