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« on: July 24, 2003 08:18:23 PM »

Perfect for when you don't want to carry a purse but you need a place to store your ID and cash.  This is also a great project for leftover scraps of fabric that are too small for anything else.




Step 1:
Cut two 5.5" by 7.5" rectangles -- one out of outer fabric and one out of lining.


Step 2:
Sew a piece of velcro to the right side of the lining 1/2" down. Sew the other piece of velcro to the right side of the fabric 1/2" down.


Step 3:
Place the two pieces right sides together with the velcro at opposite ends and stitch almost all the way around about a 1/4" away from the edge. Leave about an inch unsewn.


Step 4:
Turn right-side out; iron flat, and stitch up the 1" open part. Now you'll have a rectangle with no showing seams.


Step 5:
Now fold the rectangle up, iron it, and stitch up the two side seams to form a pouch. Iron the flap down to form a crease.


Step 6:
For the arm-band part, you can use a wide ribbon like I did or sew a matching arm-band out of your fabric and/or liner. To figure out how long to make it, measure the part of your arm you'll wear this on and add about 1.5". Then just stitch on some velcro -- one piece on each end of the band on opposite sides.


Step 7:
Now just stitch the pouch onto the ribbon as shown. I also decorated the pouch with some sequins and beads.



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« Reply #1 on: August 03, 2003 04:05:53 PM »

That is totally cute.  I think it would make a really great gift too...thanks for sharing the instructions!

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« Reply #2 on: October 10, 2003 03:43:06 PM »

these are rockin'! What a great idea...and cute fabric too!
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« Reply #3 on: October 11, 2003 10:30:41 AM »

WOw, there would make a great Christmas gift! Thanks for the instructions! Grin
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« Reply #4 on: November 20, 2003 11:09:20 AM »

that is adorable, i love it.
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« Reply #5 on: November 22, 2003 11:12:21 PM »

Fab project! I love the fabric you used. It looks just like an old pillowcase that my grandma had (I turned it into a skirt). Pillowcases have a multitude of uses.
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« Reply #6 on: November 27, 2003 08:08:55 PM »

Nice! Thanks for the instructions!
*goes to make one*
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« Reply #7 on: December 02, 2003 07:04:31 AM »

thats a great idea!  i love the fabric too.
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« Reply #8 on: December 02, 2003 12:03:21 PM »

thats really cute. you could make a few in different fabrics so you had one for every outfit!

just a question, would you interface the fabric to make it stronger?
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« Reply #9 on: December 13, 2003 06:31:26 PM »

I can't wait to try this! I think it is good for anyone who goes to the gym and needs a pocket! Thanks for the instructions!
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« Reply #10 on: February 02, 2004 07:08:22 PM »

I've made about a million of these (minus the arm band) to use as a change purse. I make them to match purses that I give/sell to people..
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« Reply #11 on: February 06, 2004 01:45:34 PM »

very clever. how many times have i said to myself on the days that i wear those sneeky pants that dont have pockets "gosh self, i really need a place to put my money besides my bra" ?  yeah. exactly. *goes to make one*
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« Reply #12 on: February 06, 2004 03:52:11 PM »

great idea leah! GREAT fabric - i love that 40's green.

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« Reply #13 on: February 09, 2004 11:41:30 PM »

I loved this idea the first time I saw it because I attend many shows and know what it's like to have to fuss with pockets or tiny bags that get in the way and require watching.

My questions are: just how well does this hold up? If you were at a concert, it seems like it would be fairly simple for someone to rip it off your arm if they wanted. Also, have you had any problems with coins rolling out the sides? I suppose the second inquiry could be remedied by using a longer strip of velcro, but I'm very curious about the first.
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« Reply #14 on: February 10, 2004 05:41:36 AM »

i think that would be totally cool as a garter purse around the leg for school balls and cocktail do's and the like...or if you're wearing a skirt...thanks for sharing! i think ill have to make one for my school ball which is coming up in five weeks Grin totally psyched!
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« Reply #15 on: March 18, 2004 07:20:22 PM »

Awesome idea.  Is that vintage fabric?
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« Reply #16 on: March 19, 2004 06:38:58 PM »

thats so original! good idea!

i love the fabric you used!
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« Reply #17 on: July 31, 2004 04:36:43 PM »

AWSOME!! Grin
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« Reply #18 on: July 31, 2004 05:10:25 PM »

I was worried about theft too. You always hear about those senior citizens going on day trips to Las Vegas getting ripped off.  It's quite common for their fanny packs to just get cut off without them noticing.  Maybe a wrist version would be a little more secure? Or maybe a coin holder version for the arcade?

I love your color scheme!
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« Reply #19 on: August 07, 2004 07:55:07 PM »

Awesome idea.  Is that vintage fabric?

The fabric is actually from some old sheets from a thrift store.  It's a great way to get very low-cost fabric to play around with!
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« Reply #20 on: September 02, 2004 01:07:04 PM »

Cute idea - I love it.
Too bad though, I am way too paranoid to put money and ID in something like that.
I'm like one of the old granny's who lock their purse into their shopping cart when I'm out!
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« Reply #21 on: September 24, 2004 12:36:04 PM »

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« Reply #22 on: December 28, 2004 09:47:28 AM »

i made one with a zipper on it (so change can't fall out) and  i made the band long enough to wear right above my calf, but below my knee (does that make sense) and i wear it under my pants when i go to shows, etc.  i love it.  its perfect.  oh and i must add !!TUTORIAL!!, so that when i am searching for all my fave tutes i can find it Smiley
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« Reply #23 on: July 06, 2005 06:48:40 PM »

Sign of a great tutorial: Almost two years later people are still seeing it and proclaiming, "Hey. I should do that." Not surprising, considering it's the brainchild of the same person who thought up craftster.org, but I digress. Cool

I checked out this thread because when I'm on-call, I have two devices with me at all times, a Blackberry and a phone. Why I don't use the Blackberry as the phone is a long story. Suffice to say: two devices. Being a chick, often no pockets. This causes chaos when foraging for food in the cafeteria and various and sundry other daily tasks at work. I saw this thread and the lightbulb went on. Last night I finished what I've dubbed my Geek Belt, which I wore proudly around my upper arm today:



A shot from above, then one of the cellphone and Blackberry holders, respectively. Because of the weight of the Blackberry, I had to opt for a slide-on style with elastic inside instead of velcro. It was actually surprisingly comfortable and, yes, when both devices were turned to silent, I could even tell which one was vibrating and respond accordingly.

Apparently, there was a bet going on as to what the thing was on my arm. The person who won went with, "Knowing Regan, there's no telling what it was." That fits Craftster so well, I think I may have to use it as my avatar caption. Wink
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« Reply #24 on: July 28, 2005 09:35:39 PM »

im sooo making one, ::puts on list of things to doo:: boy my list sure has gotten long lately Cheesy
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« Reply #25 on: October 08, 2005 11:17:20 AM »

i was looking around, about to write a "discussions and questions" post on what would be the best way to go about making an armband case for my sony hi-MD walkman... and lo and behold, i found this thread *insert heavenly music here*. i'm definitely going to use this tute asa  starting point. it's going to take some measuring to make holes for the input/output jacks. Smiley also, i might use a thick elastic band instead of a ribbon so it'll stay when i jog and stuff.
i really want to use this tute to make a place to stash stuff when i go to the club. the idea of putting it above the calf but below the knee was right on track with what i was thinking! i try putting stuff in my bra when i go but my ID always causes me to have a sort of "square boob syndrome," as i like to call it.  Grin
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« Reply #26 on: October 09, 2005 11:36:45 AM »

great idea!  i do want to try out that calf thing too - pretty clever!
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« Reply #27 on: January 03, 2006 08:38:12 PM »

leah, this is SUPER AWESOME. thnks for sharin it : )
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« Reply #28 on: February 04, 2006 08:41:44 PM »

See This is why I LOVE craftster Earlier today I Thought "DARN the outfit I;m wearing to club tonight doesnt have pockets ...and I need mY ID 10$ and my Razor *a super skinny phone* Then I Hit Craftster and  lo and behold!  I made one to fit in the Garter region and it rocks !! I'm getting ready to go out ( in like 5 mins!!) so I'll post pix later It even holds my phone!! yay!!!!! kISSES KISSES !!
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« Reply #29 on: February 12, 2006 03:44:18 PM »

This is sooo cool and I love the material you used!
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« Reply #30 on: February 17, 2006 01:47:29 PM »

that is SO awsome! I think I will change the pattern a little bit and wear it on my leg instead 8D

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very cute, and Ilike the vintage (?) fabric.









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That's so cute! I would make one for myself but I don't have any money to put in there lol
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« Reply #33 on: May 06, 2006 12:16:51 PM »

oh. my. god. Awesome tutorial and just perfect for mother's day!! I just made one like..30 mins ago. It turned out okay, but thats my fault. Well, techniqually, its my parents fault i dont have a sewing machine yet. Smiley My mom is going to love it! Thanks so much!
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« Reply #34 on: June 07, 2006 01:45:19 PM »

I think I might try that tomorrow.  Smiley

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« Reply #35 on: August 21, 2006 11:16:47 PM »

Alright, this is my FIRST ever Craftster project. I wonder if fabric glue would work. Ah, but that's lazy of me. And I agree that a leg one might be awesome too. A thigh holster for french fries maybe. Hehe. Thanks for the instructions!
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« Reply #36 on: August 26, 2006 09:19:54 PM »

I just bought my fabric, red and a rainbow striped broadclothes! Pictures soon.
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« Reply #38 on: January 14, 2007 10:01:44 AM »

OK all, please don't laugh but I have a REALLY STUPID question Huh  How did you sew the strap on without sewing through the purse?  I know it's probably so simple that I just am not seeing it but I just for the life of me can't figure it out and I know when someone tells me I'm going to smack my forehead (DUH) and feel like an idiot!  LOL  I love this idea, with 3 little ones under the age of 5 I need all the free hands I can get LOL  Thanks in advance!!
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I would use that for my iPod in a minute!
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« Reply #40 on: January 14, 2007 06:12:40 PM »

How did you sew the strap on without sewing through the purse? 
I was about to ask the same question Wink
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How did you sew the strap on without sewing through the purse?
I was about to ask the same question Wink

I think I just did a little whip stitch (nobody's going to see that bit because it's wedged between your device and your arm or leg), but honestly I can't remember. Anybody else?
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« Reply #42 on: July 18, 2007 11:45:33 PM »

Thanks for the tut! This will be perfect for rollerblading with life's essentials...lipbal m and keys.
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« Reply #43 on: August 15, 2007 08:16:55 PM »

Thanks so much, Leah for the tute! My friends who are receiving arm wallets for Christmas will thank you.  Grin Here's    mine
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« Reply #44 on: November 21, 2008 03:09:13 PM »

hi leah!
this arm wallet is great merci!!!!
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« Reply #45 on: October 20, 2009 12:03:38 PM »

How did you sew the strap on without sewing through the purse?
I was about to ask the same question Wink

I think I just did a little whip stitch (nobody's going to see that bit because it's wedged between your device and your arm or leg), but honestly I can't remember. Anybody else?

I don't see why you couldn't fold it, iron it - not sew it yet (so you can see the dimentions) unfold it sew it to the ribbon and then sew the sides.  make sense?
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« Reply #46 on: January 26, 2011 11:26:02 AM »

I ride a motorcycle and have been wanting to make something like this since my bike doesn't have any storage.  This is great, thank you.
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