How to Make a Wallet Out of Cardboard

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How to Make a Wallet Out of Cardboard
Carry your cash in style with a handmade cardboard wallet. (Martin Poole/Stockbyte/Getty Images)

You don't have to spend a lot of your hard-earned cash to own a stylish wallet for carrying that cash around. Make your own cardboard wallet for next to nothing and keep your valuables safe in a fashionable manner. Cardboard wallets utilising recyclable materials are an easy-to-make and durable option for organising your cash and bank cards. Need a budget-friendly gift idea? Cardboard wallets will be well received by even your most fashionable friends.

Skill level:
Moderate

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Things you need

  • Thin cardboard, such as a cereal or shoebox
  • Scissors
  • Sewing machine

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Cut out two eight-by-four-inch rectangles from your cardboard. Fold each of the two separate pieces in half, creating a four-by-four-inch square, and make a firm crease on the fold. Unfold the two pieces and stack them on top of one another taking care to line up the edges.

  2. 2

    Sew the two pieces together along the bottom eight-inch edge. Sew the two pieces together along both the right and left four-inch edges ,creating the portion of your wallet that will hold bills.

  3. 3

    Cut out one four-by-three-inch rectangle from your cardboard. Place this rectangle on top of the left side of your eight-by-four-inch rectangles, lining up the bottom edges. The right edge of your four-by-three-inch rectangle should be lined up with the centre fold of your wallet.

  4. 4

    Sew the bottom, right, and left edges of the four-by-three-inch rectangle onto the eight-by-four-inch rectangles. You have created your first pocket for bank cards.

  5. 5

    Cut out one four-by-two-inch rectangle from your cardboard. Place this rectangle on top of the four-by-three-inch rectangle, lining up the bottom edges. The right edge of your four-by-two-inch rectangle should be lined up with the centre fold of your wallet.

  6. 6

    Sew the bottom, right, and left edges of the four-by-two-inch rectangle onto the four-by-three-inch rectangle and eight-by-four-inch rectangles. You have created your second pocket for bank cards.

  7. 7

    Cut out a four-by-nine-inch rectangle from your cardboard. Fold the cardboard in thirds, creating a trifold four-by-three-inch rectangle, and crease the folds firmly. Unfold the rectangle and place it in front of you so that one of the four-inch edges is on the bottom.

  8. 8

    Fold the bottom third of the rectangle up, creating a four-by-six-inch rectangle. Sew along the bottom four inches of the rectangle. Sew along the bottom three inches of the right and left edges creating a pocket. Fold the top third of the rectangle down, creating a flap for the four-by-three-inch change pocket.

  9. 9

    Place the change pocket on the right side of your original eight-by-four-inch rectangles, lining up the bottom edges. The left edge of your four-by-three-inch change pocket should be lined up with the centre fold of your wallet.

  10. 10

    Sew the bottom, right, and left edges of the four-by-three-inch change pocket onto the eight-by-four-inch rectangles. Take care not to sew the flap of your change pocket closed by leaving the flap up, in the open position. Sew only the pocket portion of the change pocket onto the wallet.

Tips and warnings

  • Choose your cardboard wisely. With a little planning, brightly coloured cereal boxes can be transformed into chic and stylish patterns.

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