The wallet is an essential item for most men (and women) so it was only a matter of time before we added our take on the wallet to the growing collection of Thread Theory menswear sewing patterns! Meet our 3 new mini PDF patterns: The Elastic Wallet, The Card Wallet, and The Bifold Wallet.
The goal for these wallet designs was to produce a minimalist cash and card storage solution that carries all of the necessities while remaining very slim.
An equally important goal while designing these patterns was to create the most storage options with the fewest pattern pieces possible. This way, each wallet is a true beginner-friendly project and the project is compatible with all home-sewing machines regardless of the material that you choose to use (even leather).
An added advantage of their minimalist design is that these wallets are shockingly quick to sew – making them ideal for gift-giving! Sew any of these wallets in well under an hour (seriously, some of these take mere minutes to sew) and fill them with a gift card to create a great Christmas or birthday gift!
Now you know our motives, all that remains is to decide which wallet suits you best. Let’s get to know them:
The Elastic Wallet
The Elastic Wallet is the simplest of our three new patterns. It features a length of cleverly folded 2″ elastic and a top stitched cash pocket. Instructions are included to add an optional tag that can be attached to a lanyard or key ring.
This tiny wallet can carry a surprising amount of cards and cash! The strong elastic expands to hold 6 cards easily (more can fit in snugly if you really want to take the whole stack with you).
If you prefer to carry less or to use this wallet as a single gift card holder, it still keeps a small load very secure.
It slips in a front or back pocket or can fit in even the smallest clutch or purse.
Unlike many elastic wallet designs, this wallet looks attractive and can easily be personalised by mixing and matching printed elastics with a contrast cash pocket.
I think the contrast pocket paired with a ribbon, leather or grosgrain tag really elevates this wallet from pure functionality to a lovely combination of function and fashion!
The Card Wallet
Our second new wallet pattern is a versatile Card Wallet. It can be sewn up in everything from quilting cotton to industrial felt!
I’ve created two separate patterns and two sets of instructions depending on the material type you choose. This way there is no guess work about how to pre-treat your material or where to top stitch, no matter the material you select from the wide range of possibilities.
One of my favourite features on this wallet is an optional leather storage pocket which is the perfect size to hold a house key or, if you are inclined, a guitar pick.
The angled design of the wallet holds cards very securely while also allowing them to be accessed with a quick swipe of your thumb.
Depending on your material choice, this tiny wallet can hold a lot! Stiff materials (such as Kraft-tex or leather) will hold fewer cards than materials such as cotton canvas or felt.
Like the elastic wallet, the card wallet makes a lovely sewn gift because it takes mere minutes to make (the Felt & Specialized Materials variation only features several inches of actual sewing!) and holds a gift card very attractively.
If you are looking for a gift for a musician, how about filling it with a gift card to the local music/record shop and a fresh guitar pick?
Once the gift has been given, the gift card holder will become the recipient’s only wallet for years to come (Matt can attest to that…in fact, his felt Card Wallet is tucked in his jeans pocket right now!)
If you would like to create an industrial felt card wallet like the wallet pictured above, you don’t have to look far to find wool felt – I’ve just added it to the shop where you can purchase it by the square foot. This way, you can buy only the small amount that you need for your tiny wallet project.
The Bifold Wallet
Our final wallet design is a classic Bifold Wallet with a twist! This wallet contains all of the card holders and cash dividers that you would expect of a bifold. It is a standard size and functions in the standard way you would require a bifold wallet to function…but it consists of only two pattern pieces!
Instead of a whole stack of card slot pattern pieces and tricky seams, this wallet pattern allows you to construct a bifold with a few quick origami folds and some simple top stitching.
Just as I did for the card wallet, I’ve included separate pattern pieces and instruction booklets to guide you through the construction process based on your material choice.
You can sew this wallet in cotton, canvas, felt, Kraft-tex, Tyvek, leather or any other material you feel inclined to try!
The contrast cash pocket is an excellent way to discreetly personalise your bifold by using printed cottons or elegant lining materials.
I love how little fabric this project requires! I attended an indigo dying workshop a few years ago and have had a tiny scrap of dyed cotton kicking around since then. It almost ended up in the compost once or twice since it was too small to even make a pouch…I’m glad I saved it though since it was enough to make this gorgeous contrast cash insert:
If you like to carry a bit of change in your wallet, the Fabric Variation of our Bifold Wallet pattern includes instructions to add a zippered pocket to the back of the wallet. The pocket construction is uncomplicated and beginner-friendly.
I sewed my favourite version of The Bifold Wallet in washable paper (Kraft-tex).
It stores Matt’s entire set of essential cards and cash yet still manages to look pretty much empty!
The Bifold Wallet is quite slim and very light so it is comfortable to wear in the back pocket of jeans.
If you would like to try constructing a wallet or bag with Kraft-tex (otherwise known as washable paper), this is also a new addition to our shop!
I’ll be writing a separate blog post about it soon, but in the meantime, check out this link to my bag-making Pinterest board for plenty of washable paper inspiration. You can also read my very detailed description of Kraft-tex in our shop.
Now that you’ve had a chance to get to know our three new patterns, it’s time to get sewing! You can find the PDFs listed individually or you can download the entire Wallet Gift-Giving Set at a discounted price. The Gift-Giving Set includes each PDF pattern and an extra PDF containing all of the pattern pieces for the three wallets puzzled together so you need only print 6 sheets of paper. This is a great way of printing your projects if you plan to batch sew them as Christmas gifts!