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1  EASY Tri-Fold Playing Card Wallet: tutorial in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by nilaa on: January 06, 2007 11:49:36 PM
Super easy and very stylin', but most importantly, SKINNY and LIGHT.
Holds three credit/ID cards, plus bills if you want (but no coins).


(sorry, I don't have my camera with me)

I was inspired by my realization that a playing card is just a wee bit bigger than a credit card, and my need for a wallet small enough to fit in my jeans pocket. Who needs a big fat wallet when all I ever use is my student ID, my driver's license and my credit card? I barely even use bills anymore, and I hate coins. The wallet does get a little worn down with time, but it's so easy and cheap to make that you can replace it anytime.
I've had tons of compliments and even an excited request from the cafeteria cashier for me to make one for her!


What you'll need:
- 9 playing cards
- strong, clear tape (3M Scotch is fine)
- sticky-back velcro

(Dollarama sells a great card pack with backs that look like $100 bills, and what could be more appropriate?)

Instructions:
1. Choose the 3 cool "inside" playing cards that will be seen when you open the wallet. The others will be the 3 "outside" cards, whose backs will be seen on the outside, and the 3 "middle" cards that will not be seen at all.

2. Cut the top-right corners off all the "inside" playing cards (to give you an opening to grab your credit/ID cards).

3. Sandwich one "inside" playing card and one "middle" playing card around a credit/ID card, and tape up the sides and bottom. If you're using Scotch tape, it's stronger to use a bunch of small pieces horizontally than one long piece vertically.
Repeat with other two credit/ID cards.

4. "Fold" the three card pockets, still with credit/ID cards inside, the way you would fold the wallet if it was put together. Tape the "middle" cards together with the whole thing still "folded". You're basically making tape hinges. Then, unfold and tape the insides of the hinges, for strength and also so they're not sticky.

You now have a definite wallet shape. You can stop here if you don't want to include the billfold.

5. For the billfold... Fold the wallet up again and put the "outside" playing cards next to the "middle" cards, and repeat the hinge taping process from before. Then tape the sides and bottom of the billfold to the card pockets.

6. Cut a tiny piece of velcro to use as a fastener, and stick it in.
You're done! If it's stiff to open and close at first, don't worry, it gets better after a couple of days.
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2  Sock snowmen/girls (complete w/ photos) in Winter Holidays by nilaa on: December 12, 2006 09:27:45 PM
Sock snowgirls! I made them to look like each girl, with a hat decoration to fit each one's personality. (I'm the one with a pencil in my hat, ha!)

   

I used (mari_meow_meow's tutorial), but with fuzzy ankle socks and craft foam instead of tube socks, yarn and buttons. (Partly because I'm new to crafting and have no yarn or buttons!)
I actually used scotch tape to attach the craft foam instead of using glue, which made things much easier in terms of repositioning parts, etc. Nobody knew until I told them!

Easiest and cheapest pre-Christmas gifts ever. Everything (rice, socks, ribbon, foam) was from Dollarama, so I spent about $6 to make six snowgirls. I gave one to her owner already, so there are just five in the pictures.


Edited because I finally figured out how to add pictures.
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