I have been making Velcro wallets for years. They’re easy and you can make them to anyones specifications: pockets; Velcro; zippers… duct tape has so many uses!
Plus, it floats. A woman decided instead if divorcing her husband she would kill him. She dumped his body in the lake behind their house, mot realizing that his duct tape wallet would float to the top of the water, showing the police exactly where to look for his body!
Duct tape wallets are great because you can make them any size to accommodate money, credit cards, whatever you need.
I’m going to make a basic black wallet that folds in the middle.
I don’t use exact measurements because money is sized differently in different countries.
If you would like to add more please Google “duct tape wallets” as there are a few good sites.
So. Get a clean working surface, your duct tape, and a pair of scissors you don’t mind getting sticky stuff on lol also, get a card the size of a credit card and a small denomination of paper money. These will be used for measuring purposes.
Be prepared for how sticky the duct tape is if this is your first time working with it! Remember: you can always start fresh if you make a mistake 🙂
I’m going to start with what is called a “basic sheet”. Measure a piece of tape as LONG as the dollar or as long as two credit cards folded over (like the completed wallet) WHICHEVER IS LONGER. then add a finger length on each side so you have room to work with.
As you can see, I’ve given myself room to work with.
The next part is harder.
Cut another piece of the same length and place it about halfway across the long way so the sticky sides meet.
Then fold one side down so only have of the sticky side is showing lengthwise.
Next is to cut another strip of tape, same length, and putting the sticky sides together at the halfway point you should begin to see your “basic sheet”.
* if using more than one color choose which side will be on the inside of the wallet and work your pattern on the outside. You can also add tape after finishing the basic wallet.
Now repeat until your sheet is long enough to fold in half and cover your money.
* most air bubbles can be flattened or pressed out using your thumb or the scissors handle. If you’re a perfectionist, you can remove the strip of tape or go over it.
Once your sheet is long enough…
And wide enough to fold in half and have room for cards on both sides…
Fold over the top (half) strip as you did with the bottom.
*note: it’s better to have a little extra room on the left and right sides but don’t go overboard as this will be trimmed off and thrown away. (Notice the little ball of crumpled tape in the upper right part of my pictures.)
Fold up in half so the money fits.
Then fold over from the middle to ensure you have enough room for cards and so the uneven ends can be trimmed later.
As you can see I’ve got plenty of room for my cards but I want to make extra pockets on the inside for them.
Making extra pockets is like making the “basic sheet” except you are attaching the half strip to the wallet instead of folding it over.
First I’m going to trim down the edges of my wallet.
I’m going to make two pockets on each side. There are two ways to do this:
One way is to make a “basic sheet” that is slightly shorter than your wallet. Fold over so that one part is higher than the other and tape into your wallet.
The other way is the way is mentioned above. Start a sheet but attach to the bottom of the wallet.
(As you can see my pile of tape I messed up with is getting bigger lol!)
Next I’m going to add one more card holder except this will be low enough that I can see the tops of the cards.
Now I’ve got space for paper $, and credit cards, etc.
Next we fold the wallet in half.
Try to get it as even as possible because after we snip off the uneven ends it’s time to tape the sides of the wallet.
Take a piece of tape and attach it to the outside of the wallet. This piece will be holding the sides together.
This next part is hard to describe.
By now you’ve noticed how duct tape rips. Fold the top piece down but tear at the edge of the wallet.
Do the same on the bottom.
Then fold over. Stick. Flip the wallet over& it should look like this:
Fold down the pieces that stick up.
(OCD PPL: This will be fixed in a minute. Relax.)
Repeat with the other side.
Using the scissors, cut the overlapping tape.
Now empty out your old wallet&put stuff in the new one!
Any questions? Feel free to ask!
My first tri-fold wallet. I put a strip of the itchy Velcro (the kind from dollar stores with adhesive on the back) along the left side and three short strips of the soft Velcro horizontally on the side that folds in. This way, whether my wallet is empty (as usual) or full, the Velcro will catch and holdbit closed.