Magic Wallets

>> Tuesday, June 12, 2012

This last weekend I made some magic wallets.  Ever heard of those? 


The wallets that magically move your money back and forth under the elastic inside.  I tried three different types of 'binding' inside the wallet to hold the money.  Elastic, ribbon, and elastic cording.  I found the cording was a little fragile and the wallet couldn't hold it's rectangular shape as well.  Here is 1/8 elastic.


Here is one with a pretty ribbon of the same width.


I thought these would make a fun way to give a gift card.  With Itunes, and Kindle books, and all of the other online shopping that goes on now I know gift cards can be a common present.  My niece wants gift cards for her birthday towards horse back riding lessons.  I hate giving kids gift cards (even when they want one) because it just seems so boring.  At least this way the opening is more fun...and they get a fun magic wallet to boot.

I used the tutorial from here.  She has a pdf to download as well as a video...easy peasy.  No sewing needed.  Just fabric, ribbon, mat board and glue.  I did change the size from the original tutorial.  I made these wallets 4" x 2 1/2 " and when I cut the fabric rectangles to cover the board I cut it 5" x 3 1/2".  I found the elastic had more give and also it seemed to hold whatever was placed inside a bit more.  If you don't want to give a gift card this size also held dollars folded up just as easy.


So head over and whip one up...they go super fast, are very versatile, and I think whoever you give it to will love it!

5 comments:

Sam June 12, 2012 at 7:36 PM  

These are great. I'm with you - I generally don't like giving gift cards... But if that's what someone wants, this is a really nice way to add a personal touch to it.

Prairie Girl June 12, 2012 at 8:16 PM  

Very cute! I'm in the throes of teacher gifts right now and have to say, sometimes gift cards seem like the easiest way to go. This is a fun way to dress them up!

Mr. Puffy June 14, 2012 at 1:59 PM  

Very nice!!! Hey for a girl who loves tea maybe these can be tea wallets too? Nice to take along when traveling, etc.

Your fairies are too freaking adorable ~

Andi June 16, 2012 at 6:41 AM  

What a wonderful way to gift the gift of money or a gift card. It is like 2 presents in one! These are so cute.

Anita June 17, 2012 at 3:41 AM  

What a great idea that magic wallet is and very handy. It would truly be a magic wallet if it could also make money appear!!!
Cheers, Anita.

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