Make your own card holder wallet to keep just a few cards handy in your pocket, backpack or purse. Perfect for slipping in your license and a credit card so you don’t have to lug around everything. This is a super easy and quick project, and is great for gifts, too! In this article, I’ll show you how to make two versions of a card holder wallet, one with two pockets as well as one with three pockets. I’ll also show you how to add a snap closure, if you want one!
How to Make a Three Pocket Fold Over Card Holder Wallet with Snap Closure
Take the card wallet to the next step with three pockets and add a snap closure! You can add a snap closure to the two pocket version above following these same directions.
First cut out your fabrics. For the third pocket, we’ll need two (2) pieces of fabric each 4-3/4 inches wide x 15-inches long.
Sew with right sides together and 1/4-inch seam allowance all around the outside edge, leaving about a 2-inch opening on one side.
Here is a close-up of the opening remaining on one side so that you can turn the fabric right side out.
Trim the fabric off of the corners at a diagonal. This reduces the bulk in the corners when you turn the fabric right side out.
Begin turning the fabric right side out through the opening. Use a corner turner to gently poke out the corners, making them nice and crisp.
Here the piece is all turned and ready for pressing.
Press the fabric, making sure that the seams are open and the corners all nice.
Topstitch all around the edges about 1/8-inch from the edge. This closes the opening securely. Use the topstitch foot on your machine and move your needle to the right. You can either use matching or contrasting thread – I decided to use orange thread!
Now we are ready to fold for the pockets. This time, fold down from one end about 2-3/8 inches for the top pocket. From the bottom, accordion fold so that you have two pockets that are about 2-3/8 inches deep. I forgot to take a picture of the folds before putting on the snaps. You want to figure out where to put the snap with it folded. This image shows the fold after snap placement.
Mark where you would like the snap with a fabric marker that is easily removed. I’m using a Frixion pen which erases with heat. Always test whatever marker you use on a scrap of fabric first to make sure it erases from your fabric. You can either sew on a snap or use a snap tool. I’m using a KamSnap tool and snaps. It is super easy to use.
You want to put the snaps on now before we do the final stitching. It’s much easier while the fabric is flat, instead of trying to get the tools inside the pockets.
With your fabric marker, mark where you’d like your snaps and apply according to the tool’s directions.
Here are the snaps in the fold over card wallet.
Refold the fabric forming the three pockets, making sure to align the edges.
Use quilts clips like Wonder Clips to clip all of the folds for the pockets in place.
Using your 1/4-inch foot, topstitch along both sides to hold the pockets in place.
Here is the topstitching in progress.
And, the fold over card wallet with three pockets is finished!
Snap it closed to sure your cards!
Find the cards you want to take along and slip them into the pockets of your new fold over card wallet.
This bag is included in our Easy Bags to Sew article.