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Gift Wallet

Fresh bills stay crisp in these wallets that double as gift box and card.

Photography: Sang An

Source: Martha Stewart Living, December 2001


  • Standard wallet or billfold

  • Pencil

  • Heavyweight paper or card stock

  • Lightweight decorative or wrapping paper

  • Scissors

  • Sewing machine and thread

  • Craft glue

  • Elastic ribbon


  1. Using a real wallet as a template, outline billfold on two pieces of heavy paper; cut out.

  2. With white craft glue, affix pieces back-to-back.

  3. For pocket, trace billfold onto lighter-weight paper. Cut out, and trim off top third lengthwise. Affix to wallet with dots of glue; if desired, cut out and affix a side pocket for message card.

  4. Topstitch around billfold and pockets with a sewing machine, using a 1/8-inch seam allowance.

  5. Wrap elastic ribbon snugly around billfold; cut and staple into a band that holds wallet shut.

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