Our Quick Craft this week is a Business Card Wallet. I needed a small wallet to store a pile of business cards in my handbag. Using small pieces of fabric, a tag and printed tape, I put together a business card wallet with a snap closure. The wallet took less than an hour to make. We are all about quick results lately – this is the perfect project to sew in an evening or afternoon. You could make a batch from your favourite scraps to have on hand for gifts or for a craft stall.
The Business Card Wallet is a handy size and would be suitable to hold gift cards or to use when gifting cash. It could also be used for storing loyalty cards or other small items. They are really fun to make – choosing fabrics and adding tags and trims. I think I will be making some more!
Finished Size: 4 1/2 x 3 1/4 inches (11.5 x 8 cm)
If you would like to make your own, here are some basic directions:
- Floral fabric – 8 x 5 inches
- striped fabric – 8 x 5 inches
- flannel fabric – 8 x 5 inches
- 2 small pieces of fusible interfacing 1 1/4 x 1 1/4 inches
- snap closure
- printed tape – 2 1/4 inches
- small tag (optional)
* Note: I used a layer of flannel for the interfacing. It makes the little wallet sturdier when constructed from quilting cotton without being stiff. I often use flannel to interface small bags and pouches.
Directions to Make a Business Card Wallet:
1. Using the template provided, cut out the fabric for wallet exterior, lining, and the flannel interfacing.
2. Iron the squares of interfacing onto the back of the exterior fabric around where the snap will be located (approximately 1/2 inch from the pointed end, and from the flat end). This strengthens the area where the snap is located.
3. Lay out the flannel interfacing on a flat surface. Top with the wallet exterior with the right side facing upwards. Place the lining on top with the wrong side facing upwards. Ensure all the fabric pieces are aligned and pin to hold the layers in place. Stitch around the outside of the wallet using a 1/4 inch seam allowance. Leave a 2 inch gap along the small straight edge for turning. Clip corners. Turn out the right way through the gap in the stitching. Press. Top-stitch along the bottom, straight edge, to enclose the gap in the lining.
4. Position the small tag where shown below. Stitch around the outside of the tag to secure. Fold the flat edge up approx 2 3/4 inches as shown. Pin the sides together. Fold the tape in half and position in the right side seam, approx 1/2 inch above the fold at the bottom of the wallet.
5. Stitch around the outside of the pouch. To do this, start on the flap, and stitch right around the outside of the wallet clockwise, including across the bottom of the wallet. The folded part of the wallet is quite thick, so it is better to start and finish on the flap area which is only a single layer. Press. (Tip: use a denim needle or needle suited to sewing through multiple layers of fabric. I just used my regular needle which did affect the quality of the stitching). Press the wallet.
6. Apply the snap using a snap press or snap tool, following manufacturers directions.
I recently invested in a snap press and it is proving to be a handy tool in the sewing room. I can’t believe how fast and easy it is to attach snaps. They work every time. I will probably be dreaming up lots of projects that use snaps. So much easier that my old method that involved a hammer and a snap setting tool, and was a bit hit and miss (literally ….). If you don’t like attaching snaps, you could also use velcro, a button, or a press stud – whatever closure method you prefer.
The Business Card Wallet was a fun quick project to work on in between my design work that is keeping me busy at the moment.
If you like this project, check out our Loyalty Card Wallet.
Edit: You can find the cotton tape I used for the label at this Etsy store.
Check out the Men’s Business Card Wallet variation.