How to Make a Bifold Wallet

By Daisy Peasblossom Fernchild
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Bifold wallets are good organizers for money, credit cards, and even change. They involve several small parts, but can be easily customized by using different materials. A wallet for the guy in your life can be made from denim, leather or even a soft suede. Little girls may enjoy floral prints or soft pastel colors in easy-care cotton. Business women may enjoy dark cloth colors, leather, or coordinated colors to match favorite parts of their wardrobe.

Borrow a bifold wallet or use one of your own that is showing signs of wear as a pattern. Open the wallet, place it on a piece of paper snd trace around the wallet to create a pattern.Then trace another line 1/4 inch out from the first to create a seam allowance. Fold the fabric so that you have four thicknesses. Pin the pattern to the layers, and cut around the pattern, creating four pieces of fabric.

Pin two of the fabric pieces with wrong sides together. Stitch around three sides of the fabric, trim the points off the corners, and turn the piece right side out. Tuck the raw edges of the fourth side in to form another hem. Press with an iron, and pin. Top stitch all around the edges.

Create a coin pocket. Fold your pattern in half, as if you were folding a wallet. Cut the pattern in half along the center crease. Fold the fabric so that you have two thickness. Place the new pattern on top of the folded fabric, and cut around it creating two pieces of fabric. With right sides together, stitch around three sides of the fabric. Clip the corners and turn. Tuck in the edges on the fourth side, press in place. Pin, and top-stitch around all four sides. Place the fabric to the right side of one of the remaining two long pieces, making sure that there is at least a 1/4 inch space between the top seam location and the top of the small square you just created and that the bottom and one edge are near the bottom and one end of the long piece of fabric. If the fabric is a little too tall, turn over the top edge to create a decorative lip. Stitch a tab or strip of velcro to the middle of the piece. Pin it in place on the long piece of fabric, making sure to leave enough room for a good seam. Top-stitch around the edges to hold it in place.

Create a flap closure for the coin pocket. Fold over about 1/2 inch of the pocket pattern, crease and then unfold. Fold the pocket pattern in half with the center fold going across the crease you just created. Crease, and unfold. Fold over the corners of the uncreased end of the paper so that the top edge is next to the center crease. This will make an envelope flap shape. Cut two pieces of fabric using the flap pattern.

Place right sides together, and sew around the ends and point of the flap piece. Trim the points and corners, and turn right side out. Tuck in the open side to make a hem, and press in place. Pin, and top-stitch around all the outside edges. With the point sticking upward away from the pocket, position the flap on the edge of fabric above the pocket. Stitch twice along the long edge of the pocket, fastening it securely to the fabric. Stitch a velcro tab that matches the other tab of velcro to the point of the flap. Fold the fabric into place, and press.

Create the card holder slots. Pick up the unused half of the pattern. Pin it to the fabric, and cut three pieces. Fold each of the pieces in half, and stitch together the long, raw edges, creating three tubes. Turn the tubes right side out, tuck in the ends to create a hem, and top-stitch the ends and bottoms. Press the pieces.

Pin the first of the three card slot pieces so that the top edge is near the top seam, corresponding to the placement of the top of the coin pocket flap, but on the opposite side. Stitch in place, leaving the top edge open. Pin the second card slot piece so that the bottom edge is about in the middle of the wallet. Stitch around the sides and bottom to hold it in place. Pin the third card slot piece so that the bottom edge is near the seam allowance for the bottom edge of the wallet. Stitch in place.

Pin the fabric with the pocket and card slots to the remaining long wallet piece, right sides together, with all the added pieces on the inside. Sew around the ends and the top edge, being careful not to catch the cards slots or the pocket. Clip the corners, turn right side out. Press the piece to settle all the parts into place. Tuck in the raw edges along the bottom, press and pin in place. Top-stitch across the bottom.

Pin the two halves of the wallet together, with the pocket and card slots positioned so that they will fold inside the wallet when it is closed, and the smooth sides of the paper money holder are together. Top stitch twice around the ends and bottom of the wallet. Trim any dangling threads, and hand stitch any seams that were not correctly finished.