Abracadabra.. I give you the magic wallet made with Duck tape (and cardboard and elastic)
Nothing special right.. In fact it's rather boring and impractical, no pockets, just those elastic loops that supposedly can hold some bills or cards..
Ahh.. but this wallet isn't for holding stuff.. it's for amusing yourself and family and friends.. Let me demonstrate
Put a money note in the wallet
Close the wallet as you would a book (left flap over right)
Open the wallet FROM THE OTHER SIDE (left).. that's right the wallet opens from both sides! <Gasp!>
|open from left|
And look! the money is now in the elastic! <Double gasp>
Close the wallet like you did before
And the money is now in the other elastic!
Repeat again and again and again.. and again.. at least that's what I did.. I think I've said before I'm easily amused!
Want to know how to make one.. here's what you need:
Elastic or ribbon
Cut two pieces of carboard the size of desired wallet. Mine is around 3x4.
Cut strips of Duck Tape to cover one side of each cardboard with about 1/2" extra to wrap around each edge. I used two strips and overlapped the slightly in he middle.
Cover one side of each piece, wrapping over the tape.
Cut four pieces of elatic or ribbon. EAch piece should be 2 inches longer than the width of your cardboard.
Place two pieces along the long side of the back of one card board piece , about an inch from the corner. As below.
Tape with small piece of tape
Put this piece aside. Take the other piece of cardboard and two remaining pieces of elastic. The elastic will be taped to the back again but at an angle so the elastic forms a cross. The ends of the elastic should closer to the middle, so around 1.5" from the corner.
Turn the cardboard so the covered side is up and wrap the elastic over the top of the duck tape
Bring the two pieces together with the loose ends of the elastic pulled through between them to the back. Holding the cardpieces tight together, flip over. Tape the elastics over the OPPOSITE cardboard. ie Crossed elastic ends taped to the cardboard that has the straight elastic and vice versa.
The picture above shoes the front of the wallet, cut Duck tape and cover each side, making sure not to tape the cardboard pieces together.
And that's it! Close the wallet so the elastic is inside.
I attempted to make these with some faux leather, but didn't have the right glue. I also want to try to make a sewn version. Just for kicks..
ETA - There's an awesome video tutorial for making these with fabric - it's no sew, so with glue http://robinquiltsetc.com/freepatternstutorials.html