what’s in your wallet?

Man I hate those Capital 1 credit card commercials (see title). ANYWAY, for some reason I became fixated on sewing wallets. I made a few and decided that while the idea was not a terrible one, the execution left a lot to be desired. Sewing on the plastic stuff made me swerve all over the place, leading to unsightly stitching. I think they are still kind of cute, even with the Bad Sewing:

Click on the picture to see inside the wallets!

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26 Responses to what’s in your wallet?

  1. jen. says:

    Hi! I’ve been following your journal for awhile. Where did you get the atom fabric used for the wallet? I must have some!
    Also, I work at a European market, so if there’s some candy you’re looking for, please let me know. (I have seen many products that we carry previously pictured on your site. For instance, the Dutch hagel).

  2. Stephanie says:

    Mariko – adorable wallets! What kind of material were you using. I confess the Nerd in me really likes that Atom one too 😀 Have you a pattern?
    Stephanie – HalfBaked

  3. amy says:

    You and your projects never cease to amaze me. Move ov’a Martha!

  4. Jan says:

    Well, how clever are those?!! Are they of your own design? Great way to use up scraps.

  5. freecia says:

    So very cute! Similar to http://www.poketo.com/ for those of us who don’t sew. I purchased one a while ago at an anime convention and they’re constructed with plastic on the outside, paper, plastic on inside, plastic cutouts sewn in for credit cards.
    Perhaps you need to use a heavy duty sewing machine that can handle upholstry?

  6. kathi says:

    i love those wallets! will there be another tutorial? wallets 101…

  7. Jessica says:

    Very cute! You rock.

  8. froggy says:

    wow, those are great wallets. the fabric is terrific! i just love those!

  9. claudia says:

    Do you stay up nights thinking of cute new things to make? Just sayin’.

  10. Kathy says:

    Those wallets are the cutest! I sure would love a tutorial so I could make some myself, hint hint. Or actually, I could probably figure it out eventually – where did you find the plastic for the card sleeves?

  11. MJ says:

    I kinda like them! In fact, they’re very cute. Once in a while I get a huge craft bug and make lots of things for my friends’ kids. They love it all. These would make some little girls very happy. Yes please, a tutorial!

  12. Dawnya says:

    Great gifts too, filled with a cash card or gift card.

  13. carolyn says:

    dude. they’re adorable. do you have friends with little girls? they would sell like hotcakes to a 6th grade class… or you know a bunch of kooky 30 somethings like me and alice would probably buy them, there must be other people like us.

  14. Heather says:

    WOW those look terrific. How hard was it!?

  15. Cindy says:

    Geeze! they are just adorable. Your brain must work overtime.

  16. Silvia says:

    Ooh, those are cute! Will my Cap Uno card fit in it?

  17. Missy says:

    Those wallets are awsome! I love the designs on the fabric. ^_^ Too cute.

  18. Marie says:

    Those wallets are so cute! Your swerving problem – how about trying sewing on top of a layer of paper to stablise your sewing? It’s sort of what you do to stablise things like embroidery. You’d basically place a piece of paper – maybe brown paper – on top of the fabric and sew through all the layers. Should be less slippery to sew. You then rip the paper off.
    You may also need to look at the type of needle that you’re using. You might need to use something stronger, like a denim needle.

  19. bethanie says:

    those are adorable. you need to post the instructions now.

  20. thuy says:

    i love that they fold up into squares.
    supereggplant needs a button that says ADD TO CART.

  21. Karin says:

    Oh, of course!(Slaps hand to head.) I am going to need a new wallet SOON but dreaded to try to get a decent one. And the thought of just making my own never crossed my mind, silly me! Now I am looking forward to some measuring of my old perfect sized one and some fabric shopping and then I’ll get a new wallet. YAY! So: Thank you very much for the inspiration.

  22. Meg says:

    Too cute! Did you use some kind of interfacing for stiffening? What kind of plastic didja use for the pockets? Once saw Martha (jailbird) make duct-tape wallets with various colors of tape . . recently on HGTV there was a clever gal (like you) making purses from duct tape in bright colors! I like yours better – much nicer than tape.

  23. Kitty says:

    OMG those wallets rock! Did you make up the pattern? They are awesome! I would buy the pattern (or trade Morehouse Merino yarn…)

  24. Carrie says:

    I SO want that tooth wallet (I’m a dental hygienist). VERY cute!! Would you ever consider selling?

  25. melissa says:

    the wallets turned out great! i especially like the contrasting fabrics.

  26. jennie says:

    You can easily solve the slippery pattern by getting a teflon foot for your sewing machine. Your LCS should have them!

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