The No-Sew Fabric Bill-Roll





Introduction: The No-Sew Fabric Bill-Roll

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Everybody likes a big roll of bills in their pocket, but, really, who actually carries that kind of cash around with them?

This is a neat way of getting that big-roll feel, whilst preventing Crumpled Bill Syndrome, curse of the cash-short Maker.

Step 1: Materials:

> A length of dowel, slightly longer than the width of a typical bill. Any dowel will do, or maybe a sawn-off pen or a piece of plastic conduit.

> A rectangular piece of fabric. The exact dimensions depend on the fabric and your dowel. It should be as long as a typical bill, plus about half an inch, plus three times the diameter of the dowel. If you are using a fray-proof fabric, such as felt or tyvec, then the rectangle should be as tall as the length of the dowel. If the fabric is woven, and prone to unravelling, then add half an inch to the width for hems.

> Glue to match your materials. PVA will glue most fabrics to wood.

> About an inch of elastic (colour to suit your fabric if possible).

Step 2: Hems

If your fabric requires hems, you need to make three.

Fold one narrow edge over by about half an inch and glue it down.

Fold both long edges over by about quarter of an inch and glue them down.

Leave your fabric under something flat and heavy until the glue is dry.

Step 3: Onto the Roll

Glue all over the dowel, and roll the fabric tightly around it at the end without a hem, just far enough to cover the dowel.

Leave it to dry, possibly wrapped in lots of rubber bands to keep it in place.

Step 4: OK, So I Lied About the Sewing

If you can think of a no-sew version of this step, feel free. Be warned, though, that staples can tear your cash.

Make a loop of the elastic, and sew it to the outside of the fabric, at the end away from the dowel, in the middle of the hem.

Bill-roll complete!

Lay your precious cash on the fabric, roll it up from the dowel end, and then loop the elatic over to keep everything together.

Shove it in your pocket, and watch your friends turn green with envy at the size of your roll...



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    17 Discussions

    Sweet. I always have lots of cash and try to roll it up but its pretty hard with alot of bills. I'm going to make one with denim

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    Thanks! When it's done, could you post pictures? I am so forgetful, I never came back to this project to finish it!

    Sorry there are no proper photos - I've got the inspectors coming in to school next week and I'm kind of busy, so I've posted it with my sketches. I'll update it with photos in a week or two. I'm sure you get the idea, though.

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    Are 'the inspectors' to be feared, or just tedious? I've got the auditors in next month... L

    Both! They'll be popping up in every class, checking every book, querying all the paperwork we're required to do before we even teach. And all this, even though they have already decided to close our school! What is the point?

    Yeah they sound like auditors... I suppose the kids will end up in something much larger, economies of scale and that? L

    still no photos? it's been more than a few weeks, (unless time goes MUCH slower over there across the pond) :) BTW, your sketches are great

    Good grief, I'd completely forgotten about this ible!

    I have got sew so much stuff to catch up on over the Summer!

    1.In order to keep it TRUELY NO SEW, you can use Velcro(or any generic 'hook-loop') self adhesive tape as the closure method. Hook side on the upward facing (paper money tender side) and loop side on the backside. This method would also elimate the issue "Sgt.Waffles" pointed out about complicating the open/closure routine. 2. BTW isn't this the same technique used in those jigsaw puzzle roll-up mats? 3.An added "up-grade" to this could be to replace the solid wooden dowel with a resealable tube large enough to hold coinage. (Perhaps with either screw on or flip-top) 3a. Extra add to that "coinage" upgrade would be to hot/cold glue into the bottom of the tube an extra "SpeedPass" RF payment key for those "non-cash" transactions. :)

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    Nice ideas. I don't know about the mats, but in my experience self-adhesive velcro tends to peel off cloth. I like the upgrades, though.

    Heres the mat reference I mentioned prior. ( ). I believe your use of the technique is certainly more interesting. Like many good ideas start with inspiration from other sources :)

    As far as the self-adhesive velcro. You could also just sew it on instead Or use the iron-on version which has a much stronger bonding for fabric.
    Glad you like the option ideas. Never hurts to have other forms of money on hand. ;)

    i use an empty shotgun shell when i want to keep my money smooth, tho it does come out smelling faintly of works on the same principle that obtrusively reading Hannibal does, just to ever-so-slightly worry people ;)

    Sounds much to compicated to open/close. At least more complecated than a wallet.