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How To Make A Wallet


Modified: December 28, 2023

by Faydra Fordham



Having a well-designed and functional wallet is essential for anyone on the go. While there are countless options available in stores, making your own wallet allows you to personalize it to suit your needs and style. Moreover, it can be a fun and rewarding DIY project. In this article, we will guide you through the steps to make a wallet from scratch.


To successfully make a wallet, you will need a few materials and some basic sewing skills. Don’t worry if you’re a beginner – this project is beginner-friendly and can be completed in a short amount of time. So, let’s gather the materials and get started on creating your very own wallet.


Materials Needed:

  • Fabric of your choice
  • Thread
  • Scissors
  • Sewing machine or needle and thread
  • Measuring tape
  • Ruler
  • Marker or fabric chalk
  • Snaps or buttons for closure

Now that you have the necessary materials, let’s dive into the steps to make your wallet:


Materials Needed

Before you begin making your own wallet, it’s important to gather all the necessary materials. Here’s what you’ll need:

  • Fabric of your choice: Select a fabric that you love and fits your personal style. Consider the durability and thickness of the fabric to ensure that your wallet will be long-lasting.
  • Thread: Choose a thread that complements the color of your fabric. Ensure that the thread is strong enough to withstand the wear and tear of daily use.
  • Scissors: A good pair of fabric scissors will make cutting the fabric easier and more accurate. Make sure your scissors are sharp and suitable for cutting through the thickness of your chosen fabric.
  • Sewing machine or needle and thread: Depending on your sewing skills and resources, you can either use a sewing machine or sew by hand using a needle and thread. Both methods will yield satisfactory results, so choose the one that works best for you.
  • Measuring tape: Accurate measurements are crucial when making a wallet. A measuring tape will help you ensure that your wallet is the appropriate size for your needs.
  • Ruler: A ruler will come in handy when marking and measuring your fabric. Use a transparent ruler for more precise measurements.
  • Marker or fabric chalk: You’ll need a marker or fabric chalk to make markings on your fabric. Make sure the markings are visible and easy to remove or wash off.
  • Snaps or buttons for closure: To secure your wallet, you’ll need snaps or buttons. Choose closures that are sturdy and easy to open and close.

Gather these materials before you begin, and you’ll be ready to take the next step in creating your own wallet.


Step 1: Choosing the Fabric

Choosing the right fabric for your wallet is crucial as it will determine the durability, look, and feel of the final product. Here’s how you can choose the perfect fabric:

  1. Consider the Purpose: Think about how you will be using your wallet. If you need a wallet for everyday use, consider using a sturdy and durable fabric such as canvas or denim. If you want a more elegant and formal wallet, opt for fabrics like leather or faux leather.
  2. Think About the Style: The fabric you choose will play a significant role in the overall appearance of your wallet. Consider your personal style and the aesthetic you want to achieve. Fabrics with patterns or textures can add visual interest to your wallet.
  3. Pay Attention to Durability: Wallets are subject to daily wear and tear, so it’s essential to choose a fabric that can withstand constant use. Look for materials that are strong and have a good amount of thickness.
  4. Consider Maintenance: Some fabrics require special care and cleaning methods. If you prefer a low-maintenance wallet, choose a fabric that is easy to clean. Machine washable fabrics can be a convenient option.
  5. Personalize Your Wallet: Making your own wallet allows you to showcase your unique style. Consider using fabrics with prints or designs that resonate with you. Experiment with different colors and patterns to create a wallet that truly reflects your personality.

Take your time to explore different fabric options, and don’t be afraid to mix and match fabrics to create a one-of-a-kind wallet. Once you’ve chosen the perfect fabric, you’re ready to move on to the next step.


Step 2: Cutting the Fabric

Now that you have chosen the perfect fabric for your wallet, it’s time to cut it into the necessary pieces. Follow these steps to ensure precise and accurate cutting:

  1. Measurements: Start by determining the dimensions of your wallet. Use a ruler or measuring tape to measure and mark the desired length and width of your wallet on the fabric. Add a ¼-inch seam allowance on all sides.
  2. Wallet Body: Cut two identical rectangular pieces from the fabric according to the measurements you have marked. These pieces will form the main body of your wallet.
  3. Card Slots: To create card slots, cut another rectangular piece from the fabric. This piece should be slightly smaller in width than the wallet body. Consider how many card slots you want and the size of the cards you plan to carry. Cut slots into the rectangular piece, leaving enough space for the cards to slide in and out easily.
  4. Pocket: If you wish to add a pocket to your wallet, cut a smaller rectangular piece from the fabric. This piece will fit inside the wallet body and can be used to hold cash, receipts, or other essentials. You can make the pocket the same size as the wallet body or customize it to your preference.
  5. Closure Strap: If you want to add a closure strap to your wallet, cut a narrow strip of fabric. The length of the strip should be enough to go around the wallet when folded, with a little extra for overlap. The width of the strip can vary depending on your desired closure style, whether it’s a button or a snap.

Once you have cut all the necessary pieces, double-check the measurements and ensure that everything fits together properly. Trim any uneven edges or excess fabric if needed. You’re now ready to move on to the next step and start sewing your wallet.


Step 3: Sewing the Edges

With the fabric pieces cut, it’s time to stitch the edges together to form the structure of your wallet. Follow these steps to sew the edges:

  1. Prepare your sewing machine: If you’re using a sewing machine, make sure it is set up and threaded properly. If you’re sewing by hand, thread your needle and knot the end of the thread.
  2. Align the edges: Take one of the wallet body pieces and place it right-side up. Align the edges of the second wallet body piece on top of it, also right-side up. Ensure that the edges match up perfectly.
  3. Start sewing: Beginning at one corner of the wallet, stitch along the edges using a straight stitch. Use a ¼-inch seam allowance and sew all the way around the wallet, leaving the top edge open.
  4. Secure the stitches: Backstitch or knot the thread at the corners and ends to secure the stitches and prevent them from unraveling.
  5. Trim excess fabric: Once you’ve sewn the edges, trim any excess fabric on the corners to reduce bulk and make it easier to turn the wallet right-side out.

Remember to take your time and sew with even and consistent stitches. If you’re using a sewing machine, guide the fabric smoothly through the machine. If you’re sewing by hand, make sure your stitches are secure and not too tight. Once you’ve completed sewing the edges, your wallet is starting to take shape. It’s time to move on to the next step and add card slots to your wallet.


Step 4: Adding Card Slots

The card slots are an essential component of any wallet. They provide a designated space to hold your cards securely. Here’s how you can add card slots to your wallet:

  1. Position the card slot piece: Take the rectangular piece you cut for the card slots and align it with the inside of one of the wallet body pieces. Ensure that it is centered and positioned properly.
  2. Pin or secure the card slots: Use pins or fabric clips to secure the card slot piece in place. This will prevent it from shifting during the sewing process.
  3. Sew the card slots: Starting from one end, sew along the sides of each card slot, leaving the top open. You can use a straight stitch or a zigzag stitch for added reinforcement. Repeat this process for each card slot.
  4. Trim excess fabric: Trim any excess fabric from the card slots to ensure they lay flat against the wallet body.

When sewing the card slots, make sure the stitching is neat and consistent. This will ensure that the slots are secure and durable enough to hold your cards. Test the slots by inserting and removing a card to ensure a proper fit. Once you’ve completed this step, your wallet is now ready for the final touches.


Step 5: Attaching the Closure

The closure of your wallet is crucial for keeping your belongings secure. Here’s how you can attach a closure to your handmade wallet:

  1. Select your closure: Determine the type of closure you want for your wallet. This can be a button, a snap, or any other closure mechanism that suits your style and preferences.
  2. Position the closure: Decide on the placement of your closure on the wallet. Typically, it is best to position it on the front flap of the wallet, aligned with the center. Mark the desired location with a fabric chalk or marker.
  3. Attach the closure: Follow the instructions that come with your chosen closure to attach it to the fabric. This may involve sewing, using adhesive, or applying pressure to secure the closure in place.
  4. Test the closure: Once the closure is attached, test it to ensure that it opens and closes smoothly and securely. Make any necessary adjustments if needed.

Remember to choose a closure that not only complements your wallet but also functions effectively. It should be easy to open and close, providing a secure way to keep your wallet shut. Take the time to position and attach the closure accurately, as it will play a vital role in the functionality and aesthetics of your finished wallet.


Step 6: Final Touches

With your wallet nearly complete, it’s time to add the final touches to make it truly special. Here are a few optional steps to consider:

  1. Add decorative elements: If you want to add a touch of personalization or embellishment to your wallet, consider sewing on decorative buttons, beads, or embroidery. These small details can elevate the overall look of your wallet.
  2. Trim any loose threads: Inspect your wallet for any loose threads and trim them with scissors. This will give your wallet a polished and finished appearance.
  3. Personalize the interior: Use a fabric marker or fabric paint to add your initials, a quote, or a small design to the interior of your wallet. This can add a personal and unique touch that makes your wallet even more special.
  4. Test functionality: Before declaring your wallet complete, test its functionality. Insert your cards, cash, and any other essentials to ensure everything fits properly and is easily accessible. Make any necessary adjustments if needed.

Take this opportunity to add any final touches that make your wallet truly yours. Whether it’s a small detail or a personalized element, these finishing touches can make a big difference in the overall appearance and usability of your handmade wallet.


Once you’re satisfied with the final touches, give your wallet a final inspection to ensure that everything is secure and well-made. Trim any excess fabric or threads if needed. Now, you can proudly enjoy your newly created custom-designed wallet!



Congratulations! You have now successfully created your very own handmade wallet. By following the steps outlined in this guide, you were able to choose the perfect fabric, cut and sew the pieces together, add card slots, attach a closure, and add personalized touches. The end result is a unique and functional wallet that reflects your personal style and preferences.


Making your own wallet is not only a creative and enjoyable DIY project, but it also allows you to customize your wallet to suit your specific needs. You have the freedom to choose the fabric, design, and features that best fit your lifestyle and personality. Plus, it can be a cost-effective alternative to store-bought wallets.


Remember, this guide serves as a starting point, and you can always experiment with different fabrics, closures, and designs to create even more customized wallets. Let your creativity shine through, and have fun exploring different techniques and materials.


Now that you have the skills to create your own wallet, why stop there? You can apply your newfound sewing knowledge to create other accessories like coin purses, pouches, or even tote bags. The possibilities are endless!


So, gather your materials and get ready to embark on more exciting DIY projects. With practice and patience, you’ll be amazed at the beautiful and functional items you can create with your own two hands.