How to Make an Accordion Style Credit Card Wallet

By Julie Williams
An accordion style wallet collapses into the same size as a normal wallet.
An accordion style wallet collapses into the same size as a normal wallet.

Accordion-style, credit-card wallets are useful for keeping everything organized. Receipts, money, coupons and credit cards are some of the items you can store in the separated sections. Even better, this file-like system collapses into normal, wallet size. Make your own accordion-style, credit card wallet to as a unique, inexpensive gift or to save money as one for yourself.

Cut out the fabric for the wallet. Cut four strips of fabric 12-by-4 1/2 inches for the side pieces. Cut 10 pieces of fabric 7-by-4 1/2 inches for the inside dividers of the wallet. Cut two pieces of fabric 15-by-4 1/2 inches for the outside and lining of the wallet. Cut four pieces of fabric 2 ½- by-7 inches for the credit card holder in the wallet.

Lay two of the fabric pieces for the sides together, right sides facing inward. Sew along both 12 inch sides of the fabric. Flip the piece right side out and iron flat. Repeat with the other two fabric pieces for the sides. You now have two side pieces.

Make an accordion fold with the two side pieces. To do this, lay the fabric flat with the right side facing down. Fold one of the 4 1/2-inch sides over 1 inch. Iron in place. Flip the fabric over and fold the same edge over one inch. Iron in place. Continue with this process until both fabric pieces are folded like an accordion. The fabric pieces should have 12 1-inch sections. Set aside the two side pieces.

Lay two of the fabric pieces for the inside dividers together, right sides facing inward. Sew along both 7-inch sides. Flip the piece right side out and iron flat. Repeat this process with the remaining 8-inside divider fabric pieces.

Lay the side pieces flat on a table. Measure two inches from one 4 1/2-inch edge. This is the location of one accordion fold on the side piece. Pin the 4 1/2-inch side of one divider fabric piece to this accordion fold in the side piece. Sew in place. Measure another two inches on the side piece and pin the second divider fabric piece to the inside of this accordion fold in the side piece. Sew in place. Repeat this process with the remaining three divider fabric pieces. Attach the other side piece to the divider fabric pieces in the same manner.

Sew a zigzag stitch along the 7-inch edges of the four credit card holder fabric pieces. Fold the fabric under ¼-inch along the 7-inch edges and sew in place.

Lay the inside lining of the wallet flat on a table, with the right side facing upward and one 4 ½-inch edge on the right. Measure 9 ½ inches from the right side edge of the lining and mark with a push pin. Place the 7-inch left edge of one credit card holder fabric piece on the push pin. Pin the credit card holder fabric piece in place. Sew along all four edges of the fabric piece. Measure ½ inch from the left edge of the fabric piece and pin another credit card holder fabric piece in place. Sew along the 2-inch sides and the right side 7-inch edge. Repeat with the remaining two credit card holder fabric pieces.

Sew a snap onto the inside lining of the wallet 1 ½ inches from the left 7-inch edge. Attach a snap onto the fabric for the outside of the wallet 1 ½ inches from the right 7-inch edge.

Lay the outside of the wallet and inside lining of the wallet together, right sides facing inward. Sew along the two 15-inch sides and one 7-inch side. Flip the pieces right side out and iron flat.

Lay the outside wallet piece flat on a table with the lining facing upward. Pin the right 4 1/2- inch edges of the side pieces to the top and bottom far-right edge of the 15-inch sides of the lining piece. Sew in place.

Measure 5 inches from the left edge of the lining and pin the left 4 1/2-inch edges of the side pieces to the lining in this location. The top of the 4 1/2-inch side edge should line up with the top of the credit card holder fabric. Sew in place.

Insert the cardboard between the lining and outside of the wallet. Hand-sew closed the 7-inch open end of the wallet.

Things You Will Need

  • Ruler
  • 1 yard thick cotton fabric
  • Scissors
  • Iron
  • Push pins
  • Sewing machine
  • Thread
  • 14 2/8-by-3 6/8 inches cardboard piece from cereal box

Tip

Use a 3/8-inch seam allowance unless otherwise stated in the instructions.

About the Author

Though constantly traveling the world, Julia Williams is based in Chicago and has been writing since 2006. Williams holds a Bachelor of Science in accounting. She is also a licensed fitness instructor, specializing in Pilates since 2003 and has written hundreds of articles on exercise and health.