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Paper-Vinyl Wallet Craft

Make a charming wallet out of decorative paper and vinyl with this simple process from crafter Kristy Boucher.
The Martha Stewart Show, March 2010

Make a charming wallet out of decorative paper and vinyl with this simple process from crafter Kristy Boucher.

Tools and Materials

  • Wallet templates one and two
  • Medium-weight scrapbook paper
  • Craft knife
  • Pencil
  • Decorative paper
  • Scissors
  • Clear vinyl (medium weight)
  • Sewing machine with non-stick presser foot
  • Sewing machine needle for vinyl
  • Coordinating thread
  • Pen
  • Snap closure

Wallet How-To
1. Print and cut wallet templates one and two from scrapbook paper. Trace templates onto decorative paper and cut out. (If desired, the pieces can be cut from different coordinating papers.) Mark the spot for the snap on the main wallet piece, as shown on the template.

2. Fold a piece of vinyl over top of short, non-rounded side of main wallet piece. Keeping edge of paper right at fold, machine-sew a line across width of paper, 1/4 inch from fold.

3. Cover pocket pieces 1, 2, and 3 with vinyl in the same way, this time folding the vinyl over the long edge of each piece of paper.

4. Fold a piece of vinyl over a short side of the wallet closure tab piece. Machine-sew through vinyl, just off the edges of the paper, all around three sides (do not sew the fold).

5. Along the bottom (non-fold) edges, line up the three pocket pieces on top of each other in numerical order (descending size). Trim vinyl on bottom edge through all pieces, leaving a little extra -- about 1/2 inch -- for sewing.

6. With a pen, mark a stitching line down the center of the assembled pocket pieces, which will divide the pockets into two card-sized sections.

7. On right (outside) side of main wallet piece, line up assembled pocket pieces to side edges, with fold of bottom pocket piece 1/4 inch below fold of main body piece. Sew along the stitching line you have marked, attaching pocket pieces onto wallet body. Sew just along the bottom edge of pockets, again securing pockets to main piece.

8. Center the closure tab on the center pocket stitching, lining up the short folded edge with the top of the stitching. Secure the opposite end of the closure tab in place on the body by carefully stitching a square with an "X" in it.

9. Lay wallet right side down, and fold up pockets to center, pressing firmly, to create a long pocket for bills. Machine-sew through the vinyl, just off the edges of the paper, all around sides and top rounded edge of wallet. Do not sew along pocket fold.

10. Trim all excess vinyl. Attach snaps to body and closure tab.

Resources
Woodland Critters paper pad available from Martha Stewart Crafts. Vinyl and all other tools and materials may be found at Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft Stores. Martha used a Singer Confidence sewing machine.

Comments (50)

  • 24 May, 2012

    Found it!

  • 24 May, 2012

    What a great idea to make with the kids. I'm not at home right now and would like to save this to my collections. Where have they hidden the save button?

  • 18 May, 2012

    its not easy but with the details instructions i think i can make it

  • 28 Jun, 2010

    I made one for my son's girlfriend about an inch longer, and before I put the vinyl on, I glued pictures of my son and his girlfriend in the corner on the front and also fun pictures of her and her college roommates on the top inside. I added some rub-on clipart also. The first one I made came out rather flat, so I pleated the bottom about a half an inch, and the 2nd one came out much more "puffy".

  • 28 Jun, 2010

    271ellen, here is the supply list. they don't state the thickness of the vinyl in the video, but they do in the written instructions.

    "Wallet templates one and two
    Medium-weight scrapbook paper
    Craft knife
    Pencil
    Decorative paper
    Scissors

    >>>Clear vinyl (medium weight)<<<

    Sewing machine with non-stick presser foot
    Sewing machine needle for vinyl
    Coordinating thread
    Pen
    Snap closure"

    hope that helped.

  • 28 Jun, 2010

    271ellen, here is the supply list. they don't state the thickness of the vinyl in the video, but they do in the written instructions.

    "Wallet templates one and two
    Medium-weight scrapbook paper
    Craft knife
    Pencil
    Decorative paper
    Scissors

    >>>Clear vinyl (medium weight)<<<

    Sewing machine with non-stick presser foot
    Sewing machine needle for vinyl
    Coordinating thread
    Pen
    Snap closure"

    hope that helped.

  • 26 Jun, 2010

    I wish she told us which vinyl to buy. At the fabric store there are different thicknesses of vinyl and I'm not sure which one would work best for this project. The templates are great! Love the idea. Also, which stitch size do you recommend using on the sewing machine? What is your return policy and wear warranty? Beautiful looking wallets on line. Would love to see in person. Do you sell in any retail stores or at craft shows? Linda

  • 25 Jun, 2010

    She said to use a non-stick foot and vinyl needle. Tissue paper on top (strips) and bottom will facilitate sewing, but can leave paper bits. Not ideal on a humid/hot day. This is PR to market her product on Etsy, so she gave the basics if you view the video and look at the instructions template. Easy to create your own version. Test sample is always a good thing, for stitch tension and length too. Enjoy!

  • 25 Jun, 2010

    She said to use a non-stick foot and vinyl needle. Tissue paper on top (strips) and bottom will facilitate sewing, but can leave paper bits. Not ideal on a humid/hot day. This is PR to market her product on Etsy, so she gave the basics if you view the video and look at the instructions template. Easy to create your own version. Test sample is always a good thing, for stitch tension and length too. Enjoy!

  • 25 Jun, 2010

    If you use Oil Cloth, It lasts longer the edges are finished better......so you can use Pinking Shears around the edge way better!!!

  • 25 Jun, 2010

    Vague instructions and rushed through the instructions on the show, so it was unclear how to make the wallet. The spacing between each sections was not discussed. Maybe she really prefers that we don't make it. Doesn't describe the type of needle and foot to use for sewing. The vinyl was a bit loose and separated from the paper. Cute idea, but not details and instructions were poor.

  • 25 Jun, 2010

    For the cardholder slots they should be organized from largest to smallest on your work station. Then line them up matching the bottoms together. This will create the affect you are looking for I think. You should also use a nonstick base for your needle so that it doesn't stick to the vinyl when you're sewing. As for the needle I'm not sure what works best. Maybe you can email Kristy on Etsy and ask her. :)

  • 15 Jun, 2010

    Argee...POOR instructions.but then if you can't make it can buy it on
    Etsy.. OMG.. this should be a make your own craft. Can we get a little more information. Tried about 4 times and still not happy with the outcome. I see that many craft are repeated or just silly stuff. COME ON Martha give us a GOOD THING.

  • 1 Jun, 2010

    Not sure if you need to use a special sewing needle. Mine cut right through the paper inside the vinyl. Very disappointed. I agree, instructions are very very poor. When she says to move the pockets a little way down, what exactly is a little way? Spent way too much money on scrapbook paper for this disaster. Would appreciate an answer.

  • 18 Apr, 2010

    I made this last night. it turned out very cute, if you don't care about the uneven stitches. I used the plastic footing but the vinyl still stuck on the machine surface. Defiantly buy extra vinyl and practice. Once I got used to the material, my stitches were more even. So I am going to try it again!!

  • 18 Apr, 2010

    This is a Very unique craft! I am going to print pictures of our grandchilren on paper and use it to make each of their mothers a gift.

  • 15 Apr, 2010

    Thanks for the videos--they really help me to visualize your instructions! I plan to make modified versions of these for my nieces!

  • 13 Apr, 2010

    I was able to get everything on sale that I needed. I wish I had printed the template out before I went shopping. I only bought one piece of each paper. :) I agree with everyone on the lack of good instructions. I don't need my hand held, but the vague instructions are frustrating. Oh well, I guess it makes me have to think and be creative. LOL

  • 13 Apr, 2010

    Does anyone know what kind of thread to use? I have never sewn on Vinyl before?

  • 13 Apr, 2010

    Does anyone know what kind of thread to use? I have never sewn on Vinyl before?

  • 12 Apr, 2010

    If you aren't able to find a non-stick foot, then just put tissue paper between the foot and the vinyl. It allows the foot to move and the paper is thin so it easily tears right off. Plus most vinyl will come with tissue paper anyway.

  • 11 Apr, 2010

    Walmart also sells the vinyl in their craft department. Really inexpensive!

  • 11 Apr, 2010

    Walmart also sells the vinyl in their craft department. Really inexpensive!

  • 10 Apr, 2010

    Love it! Thanks for the video. Can't wait to make one. I have lots of paper from Stampin Up and can't wait to make one for my demonstrator!

  • 15 Mar, 2010

    JoAnn Store has different weights of vinyl. purchased for $2.49 to 3.49 per yard depending on the weight. Buy only the yardage that you need maybe just half yard and the vinyl is long on the roll so you can get several because of the lenght.

  • 14 Mar, 2010

    where did you find the vinyl to purchase? amazon sells 25 yards for $110.00!!! i dont plan to make that many wallets.

  • 14 Mar, 2010

    Ive never had success with any of the instructions for MS crafts. They are notorious for leaving important information out of their directions. Ive complained before but get nowhere. Dont expect an answer. If you get an answer consider yourself very very lucky.

  • 14 Mar, 2010

    No need to enlarge I cut the paper to printed size of template, then when i cut the vinyl i cut about 1/4 inch bigger just for working with... when you sew, sew just a smidge inside the paper about 1/8 in.
    when finished, trim all the vinyl to be even with paper edge

    this helps in getting the edge more precise it works great!

  • 14 Mar, 2010

    When I print the Template/s for the WALLET, do I still need to have it 'enlarged' beyond what the Template prints up for it? (like taking it to "KINKOS")? Anyone know? Thanks. joy

  • 13 Mar, 2010

    thank you so much for the video... I hope it will work.

  • 10 Mar, 2010

    I am having a hard tme finding the non-stick foot so I was told at JoAnne's if your machine didnt come with one use wax paper in a pinch - I will make one using the wax paper and if I like it I will by one from Amazon for about $10.00

  • 10 Mar, 2010

    I found these cute wallets several months ago and ordered a passport case, moo card holder, and then ordered more a couple of weeks ago....congrats on the MS spot...while I sew, I enjoyed just buying the ones I liked....I may give it a try, or not.
    I love them, the Dear Sukie wallets are great.

  • 9 Mar, 2010

    where do you get a non stick foot

  • 9 Mar, 2010

    They have a video how to make them

  • 8 Mar, 2010

    I have worked and thought about this pattern all day. Now do you think Kristy left out or did not give all the details so as she can have secrets . I see that they sell for $24 etsy so why give the total details. BUT she did get on the Martha show... just a thought. she will sell sell on esty.. frustraited.. almost finsihed BUT MY WAY..good idea bad instructions,,,,,,Martha are you seeing tihs or some of your "HELPERS" please respond

  • 8 Mar, 2010

    I got the med weight

  • 8 Mar, 2010

    I agree with the last post. Details not specific. what weight (thickness of vinyl? the store offered different ones. Maybe MSOM can offer a DVD or video of the assembly to better explain.

  • 8 Mar, 2010

    Does anyone at Martha Stewart read these comments! It is obvious that the directions need more details. It doesnt tell you how much to fold over the vinyl, no template for the vinyl so dont know if we fold it 1 inch or 3!! Can someone respond who works for the company ??

  • 7 Mar, 2010

    hello anisa - I am stuck on the folding part can you offer advise - I used deco paper and plain card stock ( i used a scapbooking tape runner thing ) to attach to each other

  • 7 Mar, 2010

    I completed the project. Instructions were a little confusing but I finally got it. However, it feels a little fragile. I used paper instead of card stock, so next time I will do card stock and see if that makes a difference in the overall feel of the wallett.

  • 7 Mar, 2010

    I downloaded the templates and got the main cover done but stuck after that

  • 7 Mar, 2010

    I have gathered the material and ready to go. Is there a video or better instructions. Also showed a checkbook cover on the show are there instructions of this? PLEASE HELP.... Thanks

  • 7 Mar, 2010

    I tryed 3 times to print this, and NO template! What gives? I was very excited to try this...I am a Scrap Booker with Lots of paper...and this would be fun. I'm very disappointed : 0 (

  • 7 Mar, 2010

    Very confusing directions missing a few steps. Also the picture shows a tri-fold inside which is not the wallet being described. Can you post a video of the show or more detailed instructions? Anotehr piece of vinyl on the inside? Constrasting paper on the inside? Too much info missing.

  • 6 Mar, 2010

    the directions are very confusing, need pictures or video

  • 6 Mar, 2010

    Any chance of adding step by step picture instructions, I didn't get to see the whole episode? Some of these instructions are not very clear.

  • 5 Mar, 2010

    We are SO going to make these at one of our workshops!
    Peace, Love

  • 5 Mar, 2010

    We are SO going to make these at one of our workshops!
    Peace, Love

  • 5 Mar, 2010

    I am going to use photographs of my dog to make a cute wallet!!!!!