My old wallet (that I've had for about 7 years) finally bit the dust. I've been nursing it back to health for over a year now.
I needed a BIG wallet, with lots of pockets and room for our envelope system AND a checkbook.
As you may know, this is close to impossible to find. There is one on the market that I really don't like and there are a bunch of handmade ones on Esty.
Well, I'm handy with a sewing machine AND I can't spend money (if you want to know why, then click here) so I decided to make my own.
This was a dry run, I just went for it. So, obviously, there are a couple of things I will do differently next time or may try to fix. But, overall, I'm really lovin' it!
Here is the old warn out coat I used for fabric.
Finished wallet with wristlet strap:
Inside of wallet with card slots:
Lower slot for check book:
With my old check book case (I plan on making a new one, but was too tired last night to do it):
Upper slots for gift cards, cash etc.:
Zipper pouch on back for coins:
Enough room for our envelope system (we use an accordion folder as pictured):
A peek at our envelope system:
Closed wallet with cards, check book, coins AND envelope system:
Front view of packed to the brim wallet:
It really was surprisingly easy to make. I used my old wallet as a template and the hardest part was trying to figure out the best way to sew the different sections together.
I learned a lot about wallet making and plan to change a couple of things to make it better. I whipped this bad boy out in 2 hours, it is a bit of a prototype because I've already perfected some of the design technique in my head just from making this one.
This was very exciting to be able to up-cycle some items I had around the house into something I needed. I didn't purchase one thing for this project so I have to admit, I am feeling pretty proud of myself.
Hope you like it!