Make your guy a credit card wallet, so you don't have feel guilty about about too many fabric and so little to show for.
Hubby and I were chatting to some friends about my sewing and the site here, and they asked him what I sewed for him. He gave it some thought for a moment, and I sat a bit puzzled for a while and between us we could only remember the two things – the waterproof coaster and the can cozy.
Hmm, he was actually a little bit disappointed. I've offered before to try to copy a pair of his favorite shorts that are falling apart, but he's right, we don't have the correct fabric for them. Other than that – nothing. I felt bad.
So I made him a little something as a surprise. He has a lot of plastic cards for various things. He usually carries just one or two in his wallet and uses those, but a nice card holder wallet would be great for holding his dive certification cards and all the other business cards etc he keeps in a stack by the bed and which are always getting knocked over by one of the cats.
I had to decide on how to make it look more ‘man-ly' instead of a ladies fabric wallet, so although I made the fabric cover, I used a more manly leather hardware for the closure and used a regular credit card wallet insert, rather than make something in fabric. I think I got the right look because he loves it.
- Manly print fabrics. I used the same print throughout so it wasn't too ‘cute'
- Interfacing of your choice
- Plastic card holder insert – buy them here in 12 or 20 page (ships worldwide)
- Leather two part strap and snap fastening – buy it here (ships worldwide)
- The Pattern Download
I used the 20 pages plastic insert and the black sew-on leather 2 piece snap in my examples.
How to make a credit card wallet for a guy
Cut two pieces of fabric 5.5 inches by 7 inches
Cut two pieces of fabric 5.5 inches square.
Fold the square pieces in half wrong side together and stitch along the folded edge. Press.
Baste the folded pieces on the outer edges of the lining piece for your wallet, with raw edges matching.
Iron a fusible interfacing to the wrong side of the outer piece, excluding the seam allowances.
Transfer the pattern markings from the download over to your fabric on the outer piece using an erasable fabric marker. Add some additional interfacing behind those markings for strength. I held mine up to the window and I could see through the fabric to mark the spots for the snap.
Hand stitch the leather snap and strap in place with a double thread and then go back over it again to make sure its attached well. Or if you are feeling confident, use your machine. I set mine up to a longer stitch length, went very slowly and used my zipper foot and I could guide the needle right through the holes. I went round a few times to make it nice and strong and it worked beautifully.
Place your two pieces of fabric right sides together and pin around the outside. Sew with a 1/2 inch seam allowance leaving a gap for turning on the end where the leather strap is sticking out.
Trim down your seam allowances and the corners and then turn the wallet the right side out. Give it a good press and turn in the seam allowances on the open end.
Stitch around the entire perimeter of the wallet, closing the gap as you sew. TIP – start and stop under the strap part so the join in your stitches can't be seen.
If you like, you can heat and steam the leather strap until it is nice and soft and supple, and then hold onto it while it cools, to bend the strap round into a nice smooth curve. That helps when it's new and a little bit stiff.
Center your plastic insert and hold it in place with some tape.
Stitch a line of stitching on either side of the center, back stitching at the start and end for strength.
Add the cards, close the wallet and snap it closed. Voila – a manly wallet for your guy with plenty of space for all his man-stuff.
Bookmark or Pin this for when Valentines, Christmas and Fathers Day comes around and you can have a quick handmade project for the special guys in your life – but remember to order your supplies in advance.