I’m finally almost out of business cards YAY!! This means I can finally print the new design with my new contact details and correct hair colour 😀 😀 😀 That’s right, I’ve had these since I had a blogspot address -_-‘

Business Card Wallet Recycling Tutorial

Anyway back on topic I was making up the last of the cards on Monday and decided to make up a new business card holder for my bag.

Business Card Wallet Recycling Tutorial

My cards are an annoying size, I love the bows but it makes them so hard to keep in a wallet or purse. I’ve had a couple of business card holder over the years but considering their size I can only ever keep a couple in there at a time… completely useless.

Business Card Wallet Recycling Tutorial

A few months ago I was at the Forever New store at DFO and they had a rack of broken things for $2, I picked up this broken manicure kit. It’s the perfect size for business cards because it has space for the tools inside!

So I turned it from this:

Business Card Wallet Recycling Tutorial

To this:

Business Card Wallet Recycling Tutorial

What you need:

  • Old manicure set

or

  • Metal butterfly purse clip
  • Cardboard
  • Thin foam sheets

Plus:

  • Fabric for the outside
  • Glue Gun
  • Fabric for the inside
  • Ribbon
  • Felt

Business Card Wallet Recycling Tutorial

Now the original one of these was glued together so I decided to hot glue mine. It probably would hold better if I was to have used epoxy on the metal parts but it’s held up in my handbag well so far so I probably won’t redo it.

First thing I did was to take the whole thing apart.

Business Card Wallet Recycling Tutorial

I had to unpick the inside stitching but it all came apart fairly easily.

Business Card Wallet Recycling Tutorial

From this point on we’ll assume I’m doing this from materials from scratch. Cut out cardboard and foam in the same shape and size as each side of the butterfly hinge.

Business Card Wallet Recycling Tutorial

Now cut out rectangles which are big enough to cover the  cardboard pieces with a few cm of overhang each side.

Business Card Wallet Recycling Tutorial

So that’s all of the pieces ready to go, let’s assemble it all!

Start with the cardboard.

Business Card Wallet Recycling Tutorial

Glue a layer of felt to it and trim the edges:

Business Card Wallet Recycling Tutorial

Next add a rectangle of the inside fabric on top of the felt. Hold it in place by gluing a thin line around the edge. My metal piece was around 4mm wide so I had heaps of room to hide the glue.

Business Card Wallet Recycling Tutorial

Now time to make a pocket! Take a second rectangle of inside fabric and fold it in half. Place the folded piece half way up and glue around the edges to hold in place. Don’t glue where the fold is otherwise you will be gluing your pocket shut XD

Business Card Wallet Recycling Tutorial

Trim all of the extra fabric off.

Business Card Wallet Recycling Tutorial

Repeat for the other side!

Business Card Wallet Recycling Tutorial

Now flip the cardboard over and glue the foam to the other side.

Business Card Wallet Recycling Tutorial

Next you need to glue both cardboard pieces to the metal butterfly. They should just sit on the outside like this:

Business Card Wallet Recycling Tutorial

Closed it looks like this:

Business Card Wallet Recycling Tutorial

Inside is done now we just need to make the outside look pretty. Grab the first rectangle of the outside fabric and glue it in place on the hinge edge.

Business Card Wallet Recycling Tutorial

Pull tight and glue on the other edge near the clip. Hinge on the right and clip on the left below:

Business Card Wallet Recycling Tutorial

My butterfly clip had a big groove around the edge where the fabric was previously held in by plastic tubing. I didn’t have any plastic tubing so instead I put a line of glue in then pressed the fabric into it using the nail file that came with the kit XD That way I could make sure it was all nice and tight.

Business Card Wallet Recycling Tutorial

I then trimmed the extra off with the nail scissors that also came with it… useful kit! Repeat the whole process on the other side and it’s almost finished.

Business Card Wallet Recycling Tutorial

Taadaa…

Business Card Wallet Recycling Tutorial

But you can still see the edges of everything in the groove so the easiest way to fix that is to cover it with ribbon!

Business Card Wallet Recycling Tutorial

I used 5mm ribbon which was wide enough to cover the gap and still have a little on either side.

Business Card Wallet Recycling Tutorial

Start at the back near the hinge and slowly glue ribbon over the gap. Make sure not to get glue on the hinge or you won’t be able to open it!

Business Card Wallet Recycling Tutorial

Repeat on the other side too. Make sure you’re really careful with the glue here because if you get it out of place you might have to remove the whole thing and start from scratch.

Business Card Wallet Recycling Tutorial

Where the ribbon meets I folded the edges before gluing.

Business Card Wallet Recycling Tutorial

Done!

Business Card Wallet Recycling Tutorial

Nice pretty inside with pockets to hold lots of business cards 😀

Business Card Wallet Recycling Tutorial

Still small enough not to be annoying in the handbag and much more stylish than just throwing them in there ^_^ What do you guys think?