DIY – Map Wallet

diy - map wallet

This beautiful wallet is made out of a map. I made it for my boyfriend for valentines day. Of course you could make it with any paper you really like. It’s really easy to make, so let’s get started!

The full instruction continues after the jump . . .

What you need

– a map or some other pretty paper
– transparent self-adhesive foil (contact paper)
– a ruler
– a pencil
– a sewingmachine

How you make it 

Start with drawing the following rectangles on your paper:

– 20 cm x 10 cm
– 3 cm x 5 cm
– 12 cm x 10 cm
– two times 8 cm x 10 cm
– 6 cm x 10 cm
– 4 cm x 10 cm

Take the  self-adhesive foil and put it on the front and the back of your paper. Now you can cut out your pieces.

The 20×10 is the base of your wallet. On the right side you put the 5×3 in the middle, with one cm inside the wallet. Put the 12×10 over that and finish with one of the 8×10. Now sew alongside the outside of the wallet to secure it. For the left side put first one of the 8×10 down, then the 6×10 and finish with the 4×10. Sew alongside the outside of the wallet to secure. Now take your self self-adhesive velcro  and put it on the closing of the wallet and on the closing of the little pocket inside the wallet.

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    Karen
    February 18, 2012 at 9:08 pm

    Just what we need! More fun ideas that make a whole lot of sense. Wonderfully done! Thank you for sharing.

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      Léa
      December 4, 2012 at 8:09 pm

      Hey !

      I agree, it’s wonderfully done, but I don’t think it is explained enough… I may be very stupid but I can’t do it ! i’ve got all my pieces but I don’t know what to do with them. Where should I put my 10*12 ? over what ? sawn ? Just put ? I’m sorry, I’m french and that may explain why I can’t do it, my english probably.
      I really wanted to do that for my father for Christmas, I’m so disapointed in myself !

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        Léa
        December 4, 2012 at 9:33 pm

        If you happen to do another one before Christmas, can you please take more pictures of every step for dummies like me ?

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      Sheila Jackson
      April 20, 2015 at 10:29 pm

      I liked the idea very much but next time I would add pictures and more explanations.

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    Becky
    February 19, 2012 at 9:53 am

    What is “transparent self-adhesive foil?” I’ve never heard of it. Is it similar to contact paper? This was a super amazing project. We have a huge map book of Germany that I would love to make things out of when we move back to the States in a few months.

    Thanks for sharing this tutorial!

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      Wilma
      February 19, 2012 at 10:07 am

      Thank you! And yes it is the same as contact paper.

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    Inna
    February 20, 2012 at 4:21 pm

    Wow, this is sooooo cool! I love it!

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    February 25, 2012 at 12:34 am

    I have a lot of old maps….I’m going to make this!

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    May 22, 2013 at 5:52 pm

    Gorgeous Idea!! I would recommmend to cut out the pieces first and put the foil on it afterwards. Then, you see better which areas need to be covered.
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