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Topic: EASY Tri-Fold Playing Card Wallet: tutorial  (Read 5512 times)
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« 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?)

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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« Reply #1 on: January 07, 2007 04:21:48 AM »

Sounds like this would be the perfect gifts for poker playing friends, and the tutorial makes it sound pretty easy.  I'll have to try this, thanks!

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« Reply #2 on: January 07, 2007 06:35:48 AM »

What a neat idea! I need to make something to keep all of my Christmas gift cards in and this seems like the perfect idea! Thanks for sharing and posting such clear instructions!


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