Recently, to make good on a bet, I decided to make a little card wallet for a friend out of state. I decided it should fit a few bills, as well as business cards and a drivers license, just in case he wanted to take it on the road with him. (The $5 bill was the debt; the rest was extra.)
I decided I should embroider the wallet with a custom monogram while I was at it, and make some matching business cards since I already had the graphic.
A certain fandom among us will recognize the origin of this monogram right away. One of my friend's books, the first of his that I read, is Tracking the Chupacabra, the Vampire Beast in Fact, Fiction, and Folklore
. In it, Ben believes he "solved" the mystery of the (non-existent) chupacabra, which makes him a vampire slayer of a certain sort.
Starting with the Buffy logo, I found an expanded character set, and made outline versions of Ben's initials, BTR. Knowing the logo was also going to be digitized for embroidery, I simplified the design where appropriate so the cards would exactly match. This design is 2-color only, so it was a simpler conversion than my Electric Eel project
, but essentially the same process. The embroidery went down without a hitch.
Embroidery accomplished, I built the wallet. The wallet itself is very simple, using only two pieces of fabric—the black for the body (folded in half on the long edge) and a scrap of red & black for the inner pocket (also folded in half on the long edge), along with some interfacing in the body. I started with this tutorial.
The trickiest part, for me, was getting the size and the stitching juuuuuuust right
so that the longest item to be placed in the pocket, the business cards, were held snugly.
Overall, a fun, uncomplicated project, with very big personal impact. I think so, anyway—I know MY socks would be knocked off if anyone made something like this for me! Can I say that?
(Edited to move finished project photo to top!)