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« on: September 16, 2004 03:32:29 PM »


I am planning to make some nifty wallets for my guy friends and customers, as they are requesting them.
Of course if I ask what they want them to look like, they have no idea.
So, if I were to embroider icons onto the outside of the wallet, what would be 'not too girly'?
Also, can anyone measure their bi-fold wallet for me? I don't know the dimensions of one.
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« Reply #1 on: September 16, 2004 03:35:19 PM »

sorry, I put this in the wrong topic forum. oops.
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« Reply #2 on: September 16, 2004 07:05:46 PM »

Unfortunately I tossed my bi-fold wallet when I made this one http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=8691.0. That wallet is 4.25"x3" folded and 4.25"x9" unfolded. A bi-fold wallet would have to be at least 6.25"x2.75" since that's how large US currency is.

The most important things for me about a wallet are it needs to be small, and easy to organize everything (keep things that I use often easily accessible, and keep things that I don't out of sight until I do).

As for icons for the outside of the wallet...it depends on the guy. For many guys you can't go wrong with classic video game or cartoon characters, a skull and crossbones and general pirate icons, or robots. But then again my wallet has purple star fabric on it, so what do I know about what guys like?
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« Reply #3 on: September 17, 2004 08:33:39 AM »

NoPopNoStyle, did you use interfacing on your wallet?
Does it matter how thick the outside fabric is?
I know with the 'store-bought' leather wallets, they seem to just slip into your back pocket.
I'm wondering if fabric wallets may be too floppy for you guys to slip into your back pockets easily?
Do you think it would be better to have a flap to fasten the wallet closed, or to just let it fold?
This is awesome, asking guys about crafts!

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« Reply #4 on: September 17, 2004 10:08:35 AM »

I'm not a guy but I think cars are always a popular choice.  PLus, girls like them too!
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« Reply #5 on: September 17, 2004 11:47:28 AM »

I made the wallet before I knew what interfacing was, or why it was useful. No guy wants a floppy wallet though, since it does make it difficult to slip into your pocket, so I actually put some plastic inbetween the two layers of cloth and stitched it in place with the sturdiest needle I had for my sewing machine (which broke).  Next time I will use interfacing!

Regarding the fabric weight, I used quarter flats because they were cheap, and the local JoAnn's doesn't have a very good selection of anything except quilting fabric. This may not be a problem if you use proper interfacing, but the folds of my wallet are getting worn because of the plastic inside. The rest of the wallet is holding up rather well though, so if you do it right, fabric weight shouldn't be too much of an issue.

Fastening is a personal preference. Since I keep my wallet in my front pocket (I hate sitting on wallets) I did a tri-fold with velcro fastening so I could make sure all the other crap in my pocket didn't get stuck in between the folds and still be able to open and shut the wallet quickly.

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