Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Wallet for Cash Envelope System

I’m just a little bit proud of this…in a good way.

I have been wanting a new wallet to make using the envelope system for cash easier to use. I currently just grab extra envelopes at the bank, and label them and stuff them in my wallet. I don’t think they’ll last very long though, and if I have to “sneak” a little from another envelope, I have to shuffle through and peek into a bunch to see what I have. With this wallet, I can see quickly what I’ve got!

It has a plastic dividers in it, a coin pocket, credit card slots, and an extra pocket in the back.

It took a lot of blood, sweat and tears though (not literally, thank goodness!). I goofed up a few times... lets's just say next time I’ll be making a paper pattern first!

This time I used a cheapo coupon organizer from the dollar store (I LOVE the dollar store!) for the dividers. It even has handy little stickers with it to label the tabs!

So despite all my mess-ups, I’d say it was a successful project! I have 2 other ideas in mind, so I think I’ll be making a few more!

If anyone is interested in making your own, and wants to know how I did it, leave a note and I’ll do a description. I didn’t take pictures during the process (thank goodness, how embarrassing would that have been…) but I can explain how to make your own. It is fairly simple with directions (and the right measurements!)!


  1. I realize you posted this a long time ago, but I am trying desperately to find a pattern for something like this. I understand people selling these things on Etsy but if I need to find a cash budgeting system, how do you think I can spend $40 on a wallet?? :)

    Sorry, not your problem... do you have any directions for making this?

    Thank You!

    1. Hi, I totally understand what you mean! this one was actually fairly simple, the fabric part is basically a rectangle sewn onto the plastic dividers (from a coupon organizer from the dollar store). I made a new one recently I haven't blogged yet; I'll try to do it asap so you can see it as well. I thought about trying to develop a pattern to sell, so maybe you could test it for me? :) I had a similar problem when looking for instructions online which is why i ended up making my own!

    2. in case you'd like to do one before I get around to developing something, you might want to check out this tutorial- it makes a bigger wristlet so i'm not sure how the envelopes line up, but it is very similar to what i'm currently using.