I swear I am not a spendaholic. I don’t even have any credit card debt. But I do have a lot of gift cards, reward cards, business cards, sky miles cards, etc. I know I can store some of these on an app but I just feel better having them with me. It is probably the reason I have a paper planner still. I am old school I suppose. Necessity is the mother of invention, right? When my cousin saw that I had 3 different systems in my wallet to hold all these bad boys she decided to take on the task of helping me put them all in one place. The Mega Card Holder Wallet was born – all 38 pockets of it.
The gorgeous fabric I used was Premier Prints Zoom Zoom Wonderland, Joel Dewberry Lodge Lattice Vintage Yellow, Joel Dewberry Wood Grain Vintage Yellow, Amy Butler Martini Mustard, and Amy Butler Optic Blossom Yellow.
Outer pieces (I used home decor fabric that is a little thicker): (2) 9” x 9”
Inner pocket: (2) 8” x 8” (this pattern doesn’t matter too much since you only see about an inch of it since the pockets cover it).
Outer fabric pockets: cut (3) 2 1/4” x 9” then cut (4) coordinating pieces 2 1/4” x 9”.**A short cut would be to cut long strips of 2 1/4” fabric and then cut them down to size after sewing the tops down 1/4” (we get to that part in step 3).
Inner fabric pockets: cut (6) 2 1/4” x 8” then cut (6) coordinating pieces 2 1/4” x 8”. (You can do the same short cut with these as well.)
Medium weight interfacing: 8 3/4” x 8 3/4” (to be applied to just outer main 9”x9” fabric.
Strap pieces: cut (2) 3” x 3” of main fabric
1. Attach medium weight interfacing to outer main fabric (just one of them).
2. Take your 3” x 3” strap pieces and right sides together sew around three sides and turn right side out. Press. Top stitch 1/4” along those three sides. Take 2” of Velcro and sew along the edge in an “X” pattern. Set aside.
3. Iron the top of all pockets 1/4” and then sew down.
4. With your 8” x 8” pieces, starting from the bottom and working your way up, mark 1” lines stopping 3” from the top. Repeat with other 8” x 8” piece.
5. Take the 2 1/4” x 8” pocket pieces and starting on the very top line, place the raw edge on the marked line and sew across. With alternating fabrics, sew the next piece on the line below and repeat until the final pocket raw edge meets up with the bottom raw edge. Baste up the sides to secure pocket edges in place.
6. Repeat with other 8”x 8” piece. Set aside.
7. Take the non-interfaced 9”x 9” piece and repeat step 5. Now we should have three pieces covered in pockets.
8. Take the 8”x 8” pieces filled with pockets and put them right sides together lining up all the edges. Pin and sew 1/4” along the edge leaving a hole for turning at the top. Turn right side out. Press. Sew across the top line to close hole.
9. We are going to repeat step 8 with the 9” x 9” pieces, but first, find the center along the right side of the piece covered with pockets. With the Velcro facing down line up the raw edges and baste in place. Now take the outer 9”x 9” piece and along the right edge, find the center, and sew in the other piece of Velcro 1″ to 1 and 1/2” from the side. If you do it closer to the edge, the flap will be too loose. Now we are ready to repeat step 8 with these pieces. Instead of just top stitching the top closed do it all the way around as close to the edge as possible.
At this point you have a 9” x 9” and an 8”x 8” covered in pockets.
10. Find the center of the 9” x 9” piece and draw a line with disappearing ink from top to bottom. Measure and draw lines 1/2” to the left and right of this center line. That will leave 4″ on each side of the lines for the pockets. Sew those two lines creating the two sets of pockets.
11. Take 8”x 8” double sided pocket piece and fold in half to find the center and draw line. Place that center directly over the center line on the 9”x 9” piece. Sew down attaching the two together.
Voila! Now you have a business card, credit card, gift card, reward card wallet with 38 pockets. Rad, huh?
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