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A great, silly use for all those old paperbacks.
Take 4 covers of paperbacks, I always use romances, and make a unique, functional wallet.

Posted by Rachel L. from North Carolina, North Carolina, United States • Published
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  • How to make a paper wallet. Romance Novel Wallet - Step 1
    Step 1

    Lay out your covers and choose two with small pictures.

  • How to make a paper wallet. Romance Novel Wallet - Step 2
    Step 2

    Cut out a block from each that is 3 3/4 in. wide and 2 1/2 in. tall, center the picture in that block.

  • How to make a paper wallet. Romance Novel Wallet - Step 3
    Step 3

    Tape these two blocks together with the clear packaging tape. Then laminate the rectangle by placing strips of tape evenly across the front and back of the rectangle, being careful not to allow any air bubbles, and trim the edges.

    This is the credit card rectangle.

  • How to make a paper wallet. Romance Novel Wallet - Step 4
    Step 4

    Look at you two remaining covers. Choose the one you like the best and set it aside. Trim the other cover so it is 3 in. tall, centering the picture again. Take your ribbon and cut two pieces the length of the sides you did not cut. Tape them to those sides.

  • How to make a paper wallet. Romance Novel Wallet - Step 5
    Step 5

    Trim the edges of the ribbon, and cut the ribboned edges of the rectangle so the rectangle is 7 1/2 in. wide. Laminate.

    This is the paper money rectangle.

  • How to make a paper wallet. Romance Novel Wallet - Step 6
    Step 6

    Take your last cover and cut two pieces of ribbon the same length as the width of the rectangle. Tape these to the rectangle and laminate.

  • How to make a paper wallet. Romance Novel Wallet - Step 7
    Step 7

    Trim the edges of the ribbon, and cut two pieces of ribbon the same length as the length of the rectangle and the two edges of ribbon. Tape these to the rectangle and laminate those edges. Trim the width of the rectangle(the part going across) so it is 7 1/2 in. wide.

    This is the cover of the wallet.

  • How to make a paper wallet. Romance Novel Wallet - Step 8
    Step 8

    Now it's time for the sewing.
    Take the credit card rectangle and paper money rectangle. Place the ccr so the ugly side is against the pretty side of the pmr. Line up the bottom and sides and sew across the joining of the two small pictures on the ccr with a zigzag stitch. You NEED a denim needle, or some sort of heavy needle, because otherwise your needle will break or start malfunctioning. Believe me, I've tried it with a regular needle several times.

  • How to make a paper wallet. Romance Novel Wallet - Step 9
    Step 9

    Now take the ugly side of this new piece you have created and lay it against the ugly side of the cover of the wallet. Line up the sides and bottom. Sew with zigzag stitch all around the edge of the cover of the wallet. You can try to use pins, but they tend to just bend. I would recommend simply holding it tightly while you sew.

  • How to make a paper wallet. Romance Novel Wallet - Step 10
    Step 10

    Fold down the upper part of the wallet and add velcro. You're done! In the picture I haven't added velcro yet, so I have to hold the top down with my finger. Sorry about that.

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SparrowFae
SparrowFae · Carthage, Missouri, US · 41 projects
This is so cool! I wish I had a sewing machine. Romance novels are like 25 cents at thrift stores, and you can tea-stain the pages to make other projects.
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Korii L.
Korii L. · 7 projects
XD That's awesome
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gnomes
gnomes · 1 project
aahh my friend looooves romance novels, im so making this for her.
Happy
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clara_bow
clara_bow · Wrexham, Wales, GB · 4 projects
love this! must make!
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L P.
L P.
I have used clear shelf lining (used to be called MacTac) works really well instead of the tape. They also have a glazed one that give a vellumee look.
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PJ F.
PJ F. · Fort Valley, Virginia, US
That is an awesome wallet! I have lots of Birds and Blooms mags, I think some of those pages mounted on chipboard would make a pretty wallet too!

Great idea!!!!
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CO + K User

very cute x
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Ariel Greenwood
Ariel Greenwood · Lake Elsinore, California, US · 108 projects
ooh, you know the VC Andrews novels with the setback covers? those could be interesting...
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shelley
shelley · 5 projects
very creative!
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Moe
Moe · 23 projects
this is so cute!!! i love reusing books...
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