Step by Step Project - making a papercrafted wallet

Calv from the forum has put together this tutorial to make aa papercrafted wallet , check out from his blog, for more great ideas and inspiration.

We see many lovely gifts for women, and the blogs are awash with crafty makes full of blooms and ribbons, but rarely anything for men. Ideal for enclosing a gift card or money.

You will need

  • a piece of thin card x inches (it will be covered on both sides)
  • 2 pieces of patterned paper x inches - I used Wassail papers
  • 1 piece of paper 8⅞ long x wide
  • smaller off cuts pieces to match
  • small piece of plastic or acetate
  • Glues used were a strong stick glue (Tombo)
  • UHU for the extra strength
  • Pen for faux stitching
  • eyelets, brads etc of your choice

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  • making a papercrafted wallet

    making a papercrafted wallet

    <--The Wassail have a natural leathery look to them without having to do anything with them. 

    You need to glue your paper to either side of your card--->

    making a papercrafted wallet

    Next you need to make the score lines so the wallet can fold. Mark the measurents shown on the photo below, then score down the wallet at these points:

  • from the left hand edge 1⅜ and 1¾ inches
  • from the right hand edge 3⅜ and 3¼ inches
  • making a papercrafted wallet

    making a papercrafted wallet

    Fold your wallet inwards from both ends, making sure you fold all four score lines. Don’t worry if the folds tear slightly on the outside when you fold them

    This can happen if the paper or card is quite thick. However, I actually like it when this happens as you can ink it, and use it as a distressed look

    Have the front of the wallet facing you ie the folds are mountain folds, and decorate the front.  Here I’ve just inked the edges, used a few stamps, added a few eyelets here and there and finished it off with a popper closure.  You may want to stick the inlay in before adding any 'closures'.

    So that’s the outside cover done. Now for the inside, for the purposes of this tutorial I will call it the “inlay”.

    making a papercrafted wallet

    making a papercrafted wallet

    Take your next piece of paper (8⅞ long x 4¾ wide ) as shown in the picture.  Mark and score a ½ inch border along the bottom and sides, cutting the corners off, and fold along the score lines.

    Turn your wallet back over again so the inside is facing upwards. Now carefully glue the tabs and stick the inlay onto the inside of the wallet.

    Remember you will have only the sides and bottom glued down. The top is open so you can put money in it. . Tip: be aware of where you insert closures when you decorate the outside of the wallet, you’ll see here I stuck a popper button right where I wanted the inlay to go, hence the cut-out part around the closure.

    Once you’ve stuck the inlay in, go over the previously scored fold lines so they now include the inlay… so -->

    making a papercrafted wallet

    making a papercrafted wallet

    <--Next you need to cut 2 strips of paper ¾ inch wide, and as long as the inlay. Then cut 5 strips of paper ¾ inch wide and as wide as the inlay.

    These strips will make up the frame for the pouches for the wallet. Turn them over face down and arrange them into a frame as in the picture. Starting from the left, I have marked the measurements at where I stuck my bars on the frame. 2½... 4⅛ .... 5½

    making a papercrafted wallet

    Now we need to make the pouches. All we do for this is glue a piece of paper, slightly smaller than the frame, at each part of the frame.  As you look at the paper I have just glued, note that I have only glued along the top, bottom and left side edge. I can’t explain that any better so check out the pictures below.

    Now for the second piece of paper that fits across the next part of the frame….this time glue only along the top, bottom and right side edges of the paper.

    For the final section cut up some plastic packaging, or acetate, and glue into place.

    making a papercrafted wallet

    making a papercrafted wallet

    Turn your frame over, and now you see the inside of the wallet…..and you can see why you didn’t glue all those edges… can stick 'credit cards' in it now! 

    Please note that how you arrange your “frame” and pockets is up to you. Some of these pockets here are more for effect, but still work to a degree.

    making a papercrafted wallet

    making a papercrafted wallet

    The clear pocket will end up on the left of the wallet as shown, so glue the bottom and sides only of the frame.  Use a strong glue such as UHU.

    You can insert business cards, photos etc.

    Now for a few finishing touches, here I have drawn on false stitching, with a white pen.  Do this on the outside of the wallet too... 

    Not the quickest or easiest tutorial, and I’m sure there are others out there that are easier….but I am just showing people how I did mine. Hopefully it will inspire you to change it, or do something different with it.

    making a papercrafted wallet

     © Crafts by Carolyn May 2009