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« on: December 30, 2007 01:11:33 PM »

I've made several of these and posted them before, but here is my latest, with a tutorial.
If anyone actually uses it, or makes something similar to it, PLEASE send me pics Smiley I love seeing variations on ideas like this. Mine is a variation on a paperback wallet I saw.
        First you need 4 covers of romance paperbacks(thrift shops often have a bunch), some clear packaging tape, velcro, and a sewing machine with a heavyweight needle, I use denim. The normal ones break or mess up while you're trying to sew.
        You take the 4 covers

        and choose two with small pictures. Cut a block from each that is 3 3/4 in. wide and 2 1/2 in. tall, centering on the picture.
 
         These are the credit card slots. Take your wide packaging tape and neatly tape them together, and cover the front and back of the rectangle with tape, essentially laminating it. Trim the tape from the edges. Set that aside.

         Now look at your two other covers. Choose the one you like the best, and set that aside. That will be the outside of your wallet. Take the cover you have left, and trim it so it is 3 in. tall and 7 1/2 in. wide. If the cover isn't that wide(it probably won't be), take two piece of ribbon and tape them to the sides. When I say ribbon, I mean plain ribbon used for wrapping presents. The stuff you find in the drug store.

        Laminate the rectangle with the ribbon, and trim the excess ribbon and tape. Trim the ribbon so the rectangle is 7 1/2 inches wide. Set this aside

        Take your last cover, and tape ribbon to the width.
 
Trim the edges of the ribbon, and laminate the rectangle.

         Tape ribbon onto the length edges of the rectangle, and laminate them to the cover. I don't know how to say that so it makes sense. Basically, tape the ribbon to the unribboned edges and laminate the ribbons.

         Now you take the 7 1/2 by 3 rectangle and the credit card slots( the 7 1/2 by 2 1/2 strip made of two pictures). Place the credit card slot rectangle on the other rectangle, lining up the bottom and side edges as best as you can. Sew a zig zag stitch on the line between the two pictures that make up the credit card slot using a heavy needle(denim).

         take this rectangle and place it on the ugly side of the outside piece. Line up the bottom and side edges as well as you can again. You can try and pin it, but I've found it's really hard. The pins just bend.

 Starting on the right side sew around the whole rectangle of the outer piece with a zigzag stitch.

 
Fold down the top edge of the outer piece and add velcro. Unfortunately, when I made these last pictures I could find my velcro, so I'm just holding it closed with me finger.


I really truly hope this tutorial makes some sense to somebody. If not, criticism is very much appreciated. And again, if anybody makes one of these, post the pics on this topic, or message me the link to a new topic. Thanks for looking!
         
         
         
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« Reply #1 on: December 30, 2007 02:32:30 PM »

Great tutorial! Thanks for sharing how you made these! There's a lady not far from me who always has books out in her yard sale. Not sure if they are romance novels, but I'll be looking Wink And, I have a friend who LOVES romance novels. I think I'll make her one of these for her birthday Smiley
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