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« on: June 19, 2007 03:13:47 AM »

the inspiration for this card holder came from a combination of how flimsy the plastic oystercard holders that tfl gives out with the cards are and the fact that as a postgraduate student, i have no fewer than three library cards for different libraries that i'm constantly needing to scan to get in and out.  i was getting sick of having to dig through stacks of cards, and figured i could make something sturdier and nicer than my shredded plastic oystercard holder that would allow me to flip through my cards.  here is what i came up with:

here it is closed:

and open:

and with two other cards flipped out on the back, along with a tube map sewn in:

this is the back of the whole thing open:

i think it's a bit sloppy, but a decent start!  and i'm completely in love with the fabric...

if the bottom of the stitches is a bit loopy and has extra thread getting tangled in things, that means that my tension is off, right?
« Reply #1 on: June 19, 2007 03:21:28 AM »

i forgot to mention -- i looked for clear vinyl online and couldn't figure out what kind people use for things like this or where to get it, so i ended up cutting up a clear plastic document wallet that i had lying around and it worked great!  i had no problems at all with the presser foot sticking to it or bunching it up like people complain about with vinyl.
« Reply #2 on: June 19, 2007 03:58:27 AM »

Wow!  You sure you're a novice?  The fabric is awesome, and so is the functionality!  Great job!
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« Reply #3 on: June 19, 2007 05:11:16 AM »

This is really neat! I like it! ..
Actually, I'll be visiting london soonish (in august) and my cousin over there recommended that i get a oyster card.. only i'm not sure what it is.. and how to get one?

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« Reply #4 on: June 19, 2007 05:35:34 AM »

This is really neat! I like it! ..
Actually, I'll be visiting london soonish (in august) and my cousin over there recommended that i get a oyster card.. only i'm not sure what it is.. and how to get one?

xx j

they're the cards we use on public transport.  you can put season tickets (day, week, month or year) on them, or just put money on and it will deduct some every time you ride the tube or bus.  you can get them from any ticket office in an underground station, and liverpool street station even has a nifty machine where you can get one without interacting with human beings (this is the mission of all technology in modern-day britain:  to avoid human contact).  unless you're only here for like a day, you probably should get one - they're actually phasing out paper tickets so now you can only get i think day passes on paper and everything else goes on oyster.  you give them a small deposit when you get one, but you can return it when you leave and get your deposit back. 

you can even make a cute case for it! Smiley
« Reply #5 on: June 19, 2007 07:09:56 AM »

That is super!

I have my train pass, my student ID, my work ID and a subway card I need to carry on most days so this is just what I have been looking for! I'll have to see if I can construct one of these.  Cheesy

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« Reply #6 on: June 19, 2007 08:46:44 AM »

Hey that's great! I love the fabric too. What's that you've used as the loop around the button?
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« Reply #7 on: June 19, 2007 10:05:16 AM »

Wow, that is fantastic! Love the fabric too!

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« Reply #8 on: June 19, 2007 12:51:00 PM »

i love love love that fabric!  Smiley
good job!

but then i was like, "what would emily do?"
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« Reply #9 on: June 19, 2007 01:14:01 PM »

I think the design of it is brilliant.  So practical.

As for the clear vinyl, here is a link to Spotlight's catalogue (Australia's large fabric store) which shows clear vinyl (top right hand corner of the catalogue page).  You can buy different thicknesses and you would find it in the homewares department (of Spotlight anyway). 


If for some reason the catalogue changes, I have saved the picture.  Tongue

If you can't find it, PM me and I can always send you some.  Wink
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