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a snap pouch with a secret ID pocket
Ever had that awkward moment were you don't have any pockets in your work clothes so you don't have money on you, and then when it's time for coffee or your stomach grumbles and announces its hunger to the world to hear, you don't have cash on hand? Well it happens to me ALL the time at work so I made the Sandi ID Wallet - which is not only a grab and go pouch for everything I misplace - coins, hairpins, important things you know - it also doubles as an ID holder with a clear vinyl pocket on the back.

If you have the same problem as me or just need a nice holder for your boring work ID, to distract from those blurry non flattering photos they insist on taking then check out the Sandi ID wallet tutorial and also the accompanying tutorial for a matching badge reel.

All the tutorials are a step-by-step walk through to compensate for the lackluster descriptive skill I have but if you have any questions feel free to ask!

Posted by Mel W from Melbourne, Victoria, Australia • Published See Mel W's 33 projects »
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You Will Need

  • How to make a card carrier. The Sandi Id Wallet Tutorial - Step 1
    Step 1

    WHAT YOU WILL NEED

    1 x outer fabric – cut from template
    The template below is basically a 2.5” semi circle attached to a 6”(w) x 4.5” (h) rectangle
    If my photoshop/ paint drawing skills improve I will try and make an actual downloadable template but for now, try and eyeball the picture below

  • How to make a card carrier. The Sandi Id Wallet Tutorial - Step 2
    Step 2

    WHAT YOU WILL NEED

    1 x lining fabric – cut from template
    2 x iron on interfacing - cut from template
    1 x outer fabric strip – to hold the hook on
    1 x clear vinyl rectangle – for ID pocket – 2.5” (w) x 3.5” (h)

  • How to make a card carrier. The Sandi Id Wallet Tutorial - Step 3
    Step 3

    WHAT YOU WILL NEED - hardware

    Small lobster swivel hook
    The one I used can be found in my shop, it is 0.5” (w) x 1.25” (l)

  • How to make a card carrier. The Sandi Id Wallet Tutorial - Step 4
    Step 4

    WHAT YOU WILL NEED - hardware

    Metal snap prong button
    The one I used can be found in my shop, it is 11mm diameter

  • How to make a card carrier. The Sandi Id Wallet Tutorial - Step 5
    Step 5

    WHAT YOU WILL NEED TO DO

    Grab the interfacing pieces. You will need to trim 1cm (~0.4”) off around the outside of the interfacing so that when you iron the interfacing onto the outer fabric you will be able to see the fabric.

  • How to make a card carrier. The Sandi Id Wallet Tutorial - Step 6
    Step 6

    Iron the interfacing on with the shiny face sticking to the wrong side of your outer fabric.

    Iron the interfacing on with the shiny face sticking to the wrong side of your outer fabric.

  • How to make a card carrier. The Sandi Id Wallet Tutorial - Step 7
    Step 7

    Grab the outer fabric strip for the hook (I really have no idea what to call this), and fold in half and iron.
    Unfold and fold the edges into the centre seam you have just ironed.

  • How to make a card carrier. The Sandi Id Wallet Tutorial - Step 8
    Step 8

    Now fold in half again.
    You should have a strip of fabric 1/4 the size of what you started with.
    Before you sew both sides of the strip, thread it through the base of your hook to make sure it fits. If not you will need to unfold, trim and start again.
    Now sew up both sides of the fabric strip.

  • How to make a card carrier. The Sandi Id Wallet Tutorial - Step 9
    Step 9

    Put the hook and fabric aside and grab your outer + lining fabric pieces.
    Place your outer and lining fabric pieces together, wrong sides together - so that the good sides face out as they would well the wallet is complete.

  • How to make a card carrier. The Sandi Id Wallet Tutorial - Step 10
    Step 10

    Fold the rectangle end of the wallet up 3", and fold the flap down 2.5". Basically you need to fold along the pink and green lines drawn on the template paper.
    Iron along the fold lines.

  • How to make a card carrier. The Sandi Id Wallet Tutorial - Step 11
    Step 11

    By ironing along the folds you have now divided the wallet into thirds.
    Grab the clear vinyl ID pocket and attach it (with clips, as pins tend to permanently mark the vinyl) to the middle third of the outer fabric.
    Make sure to really go back and forth over the start and finishing of your stitching, to really attach the vinyl to the outer fabric, otherwise it comes a bit loose.
    If you have a newer machine choose your triple stitch function - it's rather pretty and super secure.

  • How to make a card carrier. The Sandi Id Wallet Tutorial - Step 12
    Step 12

    Now in the picture, find the halfway point and mentally mark it.
    You need to place the fabric strip and hook in the middle of this image.
    I found a rather blurry picture of this, but will probably help your imagination more than my lack luster descriptive skills.

  • How to make a card carrier. The Sandi Id Wallet Tutorial - Step 13
    Step 13

    Now place the outer fabric piece and the lining piece, good sides facing each other - sandwiching the hook in-between.

  • How to make a card carrier. The Sandi Id Wallet Tutorial - Step 14
    Step 14

    With both pieces sandwiched together pin, pin, pin around the outside.
    Sew around your pins.
    When I sew a piece good sides together, and need to turn it through a slip hole, I find the easiest way to do so is to sew the whole thing shut and then unpick where I want the hole to be so that there is a line to follow when topstitching.

  • How to make a card carrier. The Sandi Id Wallet Tutorial - Step 15
    Step 15

    Once sewn and a some stitches have been unpicked, pull the wallet through the lining so the good sides are facing out.

  • How to make a card carrier. The Sandi Id Wallet Tutorial - Step 16
    Step 16

    Iron the wallet nice and flat and push the edges of the hole back into the lining.
    Be careful when ironing not to iron over the vinyl pocket on a high iron setting, even when ironing through the lining. Either turn down the iron setting or use a cloth to protect the vinyl.
    Topstitch over the hole to close it.
    Fold the bottom 3" of the wallet up to form a pouch and press.
    It will be a bit of a struggle to pin all the layers together so grab whatever is handy to hold the pieces together, clothes pegs would work in a pinch.
    Topstitch around the whole thing.

  • How to make a card carrier. The Sandi Id Wallet Tutorial - Step 17
    Step 17

    Now to attach the metal snap button. Given the length of the tutorial and my tendency to prefer pictures over words I have included it in a seperate tutorial which can be found here.
    Just for reference the coloured metal cap (top prong) and stud should be placed on the flap of the wallet, and the bottom prong and socket on the base of the wallet.

  • How to make a card carrier. The Sandi Id Wallet Tutorial - Step 18
    Step 18

    Give the wallet a quick press and be careful not to iron over the vinyl as it will melt. If you need to stuff a spare cloth or some fabric inside the pouch to created a barrier between the front of the wallet and vinyl.

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Syafiqah A.
Syafiqah A. · Selangor, Selangor, MY
This is just what I needed! It's a really great idea. Thank You for sharing! Happy
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Alkhymeia
Alkhymeia · Sulmona, Abruzzo, IT · 4 projects
Thank you for sharing Happy
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Mel W
Mel W · Melbourne, Victoria, AU · 34 projects
Hi dapperdays,

Thanks for your comments! Unfortunately the etsy seller I used to purchase the fabric doesn't have a shop anymore but I have found some other suppliers of the fabric, but since I haven't bought from them before I can't vouch for them. If you have a look at their feedback on Etsy it will probably help you gauge that though.

Slightly different colour $2.20 for a fat quarter:
http://www.etsy.com/listing/69330386/cotton-fabric-colorful-elephant-fat?ref=sr_gallery_37&ga_search_submit=&ga_search_query=elephant+fabric&ga_view_type=gallery&ga_ship_to=US&ga_page=4&ga_search_type=supplies&ga_facet=supplies

$9/yard
http://www.etsy.com/listing/80002964/baby-elephant-cotton-fabric-110x90cm?ref=sr_gallery_33&ga_search_submit=&ga_search_query=elephant+fabric&ga_view_type=gallery&ga_ship_to=US&ga_page=4&ga_search_type=supplies&ga_facet=supplies

$8.5/yard
http://www.etsy.com/listing/75962467/dx001a-1-meter-japanese-cotton-fabric?ref=sr_gallery_33&ga_search_submit=&ga_search_query=elephant+fabric&ga_view_type=gallery&ga_ship_to=US&ga_page=6&ga_search_type=supplies&ga_facet=supplies

But you can just search for elephant fabric on etsy and it will turn back at least 40 pages for you to salivate over!

Hope that helps,
Mel
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dapperdays
dapperdays · 1 project
Great idea! Happy that elephant fabric is the cutest thing I've ever seen. Where did you find it?
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dapperdays
dapperdays · 1 project
Great idea! Happy that elephant fabric is the cutest thing I've ever seen. Where did you find it?
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Mel W
Mel W · Melbourne, Victoria, AU · 34 projects
Thanks for your kind words!
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Ms. Nikell
Ms. Nikell · Charlotte, North Carolina, US · 52 projects
This is great! It should be featured ^_^
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Mel W
Mel W · Melbourne, Victoria, AU · 34 projects
Thanks Shirls - hopefully you will be inspired to make one too?

Mel
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Shirls
Shirls · Orlando, Florida, US · 23 projects
this. is. GENIUS. <3
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