If you do stuff, stuff gets done.......

If you do stuff, stuff gets done.......

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Sewing a new cash spending billfold

I sewed a cash spending envelope system about 2 years ago and have been using it ever since.  It worked pretty good but had a couple of flaws and was also getting worn from so much use. 
you can see it here and read a little about my method.

I wanted a new one and searched for some tutorials.  I did not ever find one exactly like I wanted but I did like this one
Except hers is made from oilcloth. I like oilcloth but I tried  to buy some in my town a few months ago and no store here carries it. 
I used that tutorial, but for fabric.  So I added a 1/2 inch for seam allowances to all the pieces,  added some batting to the base and back pockets for a little stability and used less pockets. 

Since I am trying to use-down my craft supplies,  I made this strictly from supplies on hand too. 

a little larger than a regular wallet or billfold
but I think this size and number of pockets will suit me.
to make the labels,  I just used some bias tape and rubber stamps,
 then I machine-sewed on the labels.
I put my rewards cards in the front pocket.
Change is in it's own pocket and the only one with a zipper. 
On the oilcloth tutorial,  she used zippers on 6 pockets,  but I did not need that many pockets. And the pockets that hold paper money and receipts are deep enough that I don't think mine will require zippers to be secure. 
the back has a pocket for my checkbook. 
The checkbook cover already has a spot for my license, insurance cards and money cards
so I did not make special pockets for them on this wallet.

It may seem silly to mainly use cash for spending and then to also carry credit cards and a checkbook but this system works for me.

If you have any questions,  I will be happy to try to answer them
but I don't have any plans to do a real tutorial.


  1. I like it. I've been wanting to make myself a new wallet for my cash envelopes. Need to look at that tutorial.

  2. Like Mary Ann, I'll be taking a look at the tutorial.

  3. You are such a creative lady, you inspire me very much!
    Have a lovely day, Cindy

  4. I like this. And I like the material you used. :)

  5. I was so hoping that you would post a picture of this. I love it! You need to make some and sell them on etsy.

  6. Hi Rhonda,
    How neat. What a wonderful job you did. Miss Candi said tell Theo he would love the weather here. It is nice and sunny today.:)

  7. This is such pretty fabric. If it works for you to carry credit cards even though you are paying cash for things, then by all means do! Whenever I leave my credit cards behind, it seems I always needed it so better to keep it with me. I use both but mainly try to pay in cash or use debit, esp. for groceries, then I can get cashback and not have to pay the $1.50 for cash withdrawals. BTW, I've just noticed that you have listed my blog on your side bar. I'm very honoured. ((Hugs))


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