These days, wherever we go, there would be places that check for our COVID vaccination records and photo IDs. It gets annoying whenever I have to dig out all those documents for the kids.
So I wanted to make a minimalist kind of wallet for each kid. I googled and tried to figure out how to make it easy for kids or me to carry. I then found two separate tutorials and made some modifications.
I took the id pouch part from lorrie nuneMaker, and combine with the mini wallet from ameroonie designs. Here is how I created my pouches.
Prepare the material:
- Main pouch fabric: one piece each for outer and lining with size 8 3/4” x 5″
Because of the size of the ID pouch, I increased the width from 4 1/2” to 5″ in ameroonie’s tutorial.
- Pocket: 5 1/2” x 5″
To reduce the bulk, I only folded the pocket and top stitch the folded edge, instead of sewing the two pieces together as in ameroonie’s tutorial.
- ID pouch border: 5 1/2” x 4″ with an inner window of 2 1/2” x 1″
- Strap: 2″ x 3″
- A ring for the strap
- Matching pieces of Velcro with width of 2″
- A piece of clear vinyl: 4 1/4” x 2 3/4“
I cut a piece from some bed sheet packaging I saved
Sew the Velcro pieces on as follows:
- Rough side on the bottom of the outer fabric
- Soft side on the top of the lining fabric
Both are placed in the center and 1/2” from the edge
Make the clear ID panel.
See lorrie nuneMaker’s tutorial on how to make the panel.
Sew the pocket on the right side of the lining. Make sure the bottom of the pocket is placed 4″ from the bottom of the lining and make a 1/4” seam.
Assemble the pieces by putting the right sides of outer and lining pieces together, place the strap with the ring 5 1/4” from the bottom and then sew them together.
Turn the pouch inside out and then sew the clear ID panel at the bottom of the pouch.
At first, I tried to sew the ID panel together in the previous step. But the vinyl became quite wrinkled and damaged when I tried to turn the pouch inside out. So I decided to top stitch the panel the last.
Because the vaccination proof is printed on a piece of paper, so I want to place it in the clear pouch.
I printed 2 pages on the same side to make the information a bit smaller and carefully fold it so all the necessary information can be seen in the clear window.
Because I increased the width of the pouch, the ID card would actually fall out of the pocket. So I made two small stitches at the opening of the pocket to make the opening a bit smaller. This way, ID card would not fall out easily.
I am just learning to sew and there are many parts I wish my sewing skills could have been better. I also need to improve on my precision. But overall, I am happy that I was able to create something that suits my needs.