Monday, February 8, 2010

Tag Wallet Tutorial


Thanks to everyone who voted for me over at SYTYC. I am still in shock that I won. Head over and vote on this weeks crafts.


What you need:
-4 pieces of 8-1/2 x 11 handmade paper
(the handmade paper looks like paper fiber pressed together, it's stronger and has more flexibility than card stock).

-lots of clothing tags in preferred colors ( I used about 40, but it will vary depending on their size)

- colored ribbon- optional (I didn't have enough tags and wanted to add more green so I used three strips of green ribbon)


-a glue stick

-thread (I used 4 different shades)

-a piece of poster board


- one button

Step 1: cutting the main parts

I cut three pieces of paper into the wallet shape. I used a black sheet for the outside (it was covered with the tags) and a green sheet for the inside. I used an extra blue sheet for the middle to add support.

Using my paper cutter I cut the black and green sheets down to a 7 -1/2" x 10" and the blue sheet to 7- 1/4" x 9- 3/4". You want the blue sheet to be a little smaller so it doesn't stick out of the sides during construction.

Next I made the curve at the top. With the green paper on it's back side I made two marks. First I marked the middle of the paper and then 2-3/4 " down the side. I then drew a curve between the two marks.
I cut the curve out. So that at this point only half of the top has a curved edge. Then I traced the curve onto the black paper and cut it out. Then I flipped the green paper over and traced the curve onto the other half of the black paper. After cutting out the curve on the black paper I traced the other half back onto the green paper. Now both pieces have a curved top. Since the blue peice won't be seen I cut it's curve by holding it up to the others.

Step 2: Constructing the front

I took my sheet of black paper and layed out all the tags in a random order, so that the entire surface was covered with tags. It's like a puzzle and will take some time to find the perfect fit for all the tags. I used fray check on the tags I trimmed and cut to fit.

Once I had them laid out I used a glue stick to hold them in place while I sewed around all the edges.

I sewed all the tag edges down by hand. You could use a sewing machine but I liked the look of big messy stitches. I used a few different types of stitches and four different colors of thread. This is the most time consuming part of the project. I stitched while watching TV, so it wasn't bad. I didn't stitch around the outside, I stitched it later when I sewed all three layers together.


Step 3: Constructing the Inside

First I cut five squares of paper each 3" x 3-1/4". I used three different papers. The lighter green and black were cut from the scraps. I sewed a seam 1/4 " down on four of the five squares. This keeps the paper from ripping when pulling cards in and out of the pockets.

Next I sewed the pockets onto the main green piece one at a time. Starting with the square with no seam at the top. I placed the square so that the left side of the pocket was 4 " from the bottom of the wallet and the top of the square lined up with the side of the wallet. Once it was lined up I sewed a seam at the bottom of the square to hold it in place. ( this square isn't an operating pocket it's just put here to add consistency and strength. The top of it will be sewn closed when I sew around the edges.

Then I took the next pocket square and lined it up with the first. I placed this one 3/4" down from the top of the first square and sewed it into place by sewing a seam at the bottom. This seam keeps your cards from falling down into the wallet and keeps the pocket in place with out sewing it closed.
For the next two pockets I lined them up same way but placed them 1-1/8 " down from the top of the previous pocket.
I didn't sew the bottom of the last pocket, as it was sewn at the end when I sewed around the entire wallet.

Now I sewed a 1/4 " seam down both sides of the pockets.
If you aren't comfortable just holding the bottom pocket in place you can use a little glue. Remember to glue it at the bottom, you don't want to glue it closed.

The last part of the inside is a pocket for cash or your check book. I cut a 3 " x 7-1/2" strip of paper and sewed a 1/4 " seam down the top. I also sewed one more tag onto the pocket for a little whimsy. I didn't sew this pocket on at this point, but saved it for the end after I added the snap and sewed around the edges.

Step 4: Constructing the Middle

First I cut three strips of poster board two of them are 3" x 7-1/2" and the other is 2-1/2" x 7-1/2".
I glued these onto the blue paper. The first of the larger pieces was glued at the bottom and the second 4" from the bottom. The last piece was glued to the top and then trimmed to match the curve.
Step 5: Add the snaps.

First I lined up the three parts the front, middle and inside of the wallet


Next I marked where I would put the female snap. I made my mark on the inside, in the middle and up 1-3/4 "
Then going through all three layers I attached the female snap using the Dritz instructions. The inside will be covered by the larger pocket.
Now I added the male snap to the top curve. I placed it in between the top layer and middle layer. So it only goes trough the middle and inside layers. I found the middle and measured down 3/4" and attached it using the dritz instructions.
Step 6: sew on the button

I sewed a button onto the front directly over the snap to cover the bump created by the snap.
Step 7: Sew around the edges.

I sewed around the edges with a 1/4" seam. I started at the bottom and held the larger pocket in place as I sewed.


Step 8: Fold it into thirds and snap it closed.
I hope you love your as much as I love mine.

34 comments:

Cha Cha said...

DO YOU EVER SLEEP, I'm just askin? This is crazy cool. You are one creative genius. So what ya got next light fixtures out of paper clips? Thats it, I know who you are, you are Macgyver in disguise as a mom. Got to run have a get day and create something new to blow my mind.

Cha Cha

Sarah said...

Loved this project! Congrats on winning! :)

Katie said...

I LOVE this project; however, I don't know if I ever could replicate this!!!! Your amazing! Great job!

HereBeDragons said...

So cute! I love it. I often have tags I snip out and think, "but it's such a pretty design." before tossing it in the waste bin. I should know better! There's a use for everything!

Brooke said...

congrats on winning. I loved this the minute I saw it on SYTYC. Good luck!!!

Randi said...

What a great project - so original!

Kari @ Ucreate said...

Thank you for sharing this AMAZING idea with me!!! I have featured it on Ucreate and my readers will LOVE this!

cindygert said...

This is a great idea. I love it! Do you need extra tags? I make handbags out of clothing and I just throw the tags away.

Leslie said...

I LOVE this! Thanks so much for the great tutorial. Now I need to start collecting!

krista said...

i will make this! thank you so much for this tutorial. :)

the thrifty ba said...

that is about the coolest thing ever...

michelleml said...

Cool I love it

The Bruces said...

this is amazing!!! i cant wait to make my own...

Jacki said...

I love glue sticks. I use them ALL the time for projects!!! it's my fav sewing notion, right up there with fusible interfacing and web!

cindi said...

So glad you won this round of SYTYC! I have been collecting tags for ages, knowing there was "something" I could do with them. When I saw your entry I knew I had found a project. Can't wait to see what else you create.

Angie - treasuresfortots@gmail.com said...

Love it! Come link your cute tute at my party: Thursday's Treasures!!
http://treasuresfortots.blogspot.com/2010/02/thursdays-treasures-week-9.html

Kimbo West said...

I think this is one of the most creative things I have seen! LOVED IT

Tami (Pixeltrash) said...

That is just too cute and creative! Love it!

TwoHeartsTogether said...

wow that is so amazingly cool

Jolene Ko said...

I really like this. Thanks so much for sharing.

Katie said...

Just saw this at One Pretty Thing -- soo cute!!

elisara said...

Excellent wallet!

Ginger said...

Fantastic wallet! great Tutorial!

Lynn said...

This is such a GREAT idea! I'm gonna have to ask my girls to cut tags from all their clothes...LOL THANKS for sharing this one with us all!
Lynn

jenjen said...

That is just amazing! What a great tutorial!! Thanks so much for linking up!!!!

XOOX
Jen

a little bit of everything said...

My daughters wuld love this project! Well not the project but the outcome! I don't know if I could come up with 80 labels however...
I am following your blog and hope that you might do the same...

Kat@BlackKatsDesign.blogspot.com said...

Fantastic wallet! Your tutorial was so detailed. I'm kicking myself for throwing away all the tags from silk ties and wool garments for upcycling! No time to start like the present. I featured it on this week's Fab Friday Favorites . I hope you stop by, grab a button and stay and visit awhile.

Name: Fiona said...

Congratulations - I love this project!

Struggler said...

Just found this - I'm sure, if you could figure out a way to make these on a larger scale, they would sell for very big bucks!

Jennifer Juniper said...

I love how each one would turn out different! Great idea :)

Anonymous said...

Such a wonderful idea! And your idea to use tags is so GREAT! I can never find the type of wallet I like - with a big pocket inside for bills and receipts. I think you have given me the motivation to come up with a pattern to make my own. THANK YOU for sharing.

HonestNiceWoman said...

I LOVE this tutorial! I was just given a lot of fabric sample books from My Guy's sister who installs drapery. I think I will use the smaller pieces of fabric for this project! Thanks for posting!

I'm going to add your button to my blog and showcase your project. When I get some made (hopefully before December) I will link back to your project again. I will do finished seams and use something beside the paper, but this is a great inspirational project!
~Kelly

woven patches said...

That is one creative thing you just did. I like it so much. The idea is unique and you used nice prints.

Grace said...

THIS LOOKS ABSOLUTELY AMAZING!

xx Grace
Dream-Boating

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