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Thursday, February 27, 2014

Stash Busting: For My Purse

I decided it was time for a new business card holder to carry in my purse, and thought that'd be a great little project.

Because I'm Me easy to make hand sewn wallet and business card holder

For my card holder I used some fabric set aside for camera strap covers that I just love. I opted to mix and match the fabrics, using three of them. For this project I used a tutorial found here at The Crafty Cupboard. I chose to leave off the button and loop closure, knowing this would rest in a pocket of my purse that's seldom disturbed, except to retrieve business cards.

Because I'm Me easy to make hand sewn wallet and business card holder

Total project time was about 15 minutes.

Because I'm Me easy to make hand sewn wallet and business card holder

These little holders would make terrific gifts - if you did a pocket on just one side it'd be neat for giving a gift card. Or as a more decorative way to carry a driver's license or school ID. Lots of fun possibilities.

Of course, once I made the business card holder I didn't want to stop. What fun would it be to stop after making just one pretty little thing?

Because I'm Me easy to make hand sewn wallet and business card holder
Old wallet
It crossed my mind that I needed a new wallet. I got the one I was using from my former husband, who bought it on eBay thinking it was authentic Louis Vuitton. It was most definitely a fake, but the gesture was sweet so I was happy to use it. Then I got used to it. Everything had a place, and I knew what all those places were, and once I'm used to something I'm not real big on change. I wouldn't be surprised if I'd been using that same wallet for 10 years. I often considered replacing it but knew I wouldn't find one exactly the same and I'd have to come up with a new system ... and if it's not broke why fix it?

Well, couldn't I make my own? Maybe? I've sewn plenty of handbags over the years, surely I could try a wallet. Taking a look at my old faithful wallet I realized that yes, I could try to make one as the lines were very logical and simple.

Two hours later I had a new wallet, in the same style as the previous wallet.

Because I'm Me easy to make hand sewn wallet and business card holder

I used the same fabrics used in the business card holder, with the exception of the cover - there I opted for a red laminate which would be easier to keep clean. Not exactly my first choice, but it was very early on Sunday morning, I was still in my pajamas, and I wanted to make a wallet NOW, so I used what was on hand.
Because I'm Me easy to make hand sewn wallet and business card holder

I love the slip-in pockets for the cards, and the closing pocket. And I love the fabrics. It's very bright and cheery.

Because I'm Me easy to make hand sewn wallet and business card holder

Downsides: The snaps I used are too thick and when the wallet is folded they sit on top of each other, adding way too much thickness is one place. It's not stiff enough at all. The fold-down flap is super loose and is catching on all sorts of stuff in my purse. Both of these things are super easy fixes, and when I make a new wallet I'll use super stiff interfacing and leave the snap off of the inside envelope pocket.

Overall, though, I'm very pleased. These two pieces are a great addition to my purse.

Because I'm Me easy to make hand sewn wallet and business card holder



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