How to Make a Cute DIY Cardholder Wallet Quickly & Easily

Made by JOJO
by Made by JOJO
13 Materials
30 Minutes

Most people have stopped carrying cash and use credit cards for everything. It’s so easy now that you just tap to pay. If you’ve been looking for how to make a cardholder wallet to keep your credit cards in one place, look no further.

This DIY card holder waller is small but can hold 10 cards. My card wallet sewing pattern has five different patterns you can choose from. You don’t have to use credit cards only. You can make this as a DIY business card wallet instead as the ideal business or even graduation gift.

Let’s get started making this DIY cardholder wallet!

Tools and materials:

  • Card wallet sewing pattern
  • Fabric: lining and outer 
  • Non-woven fusible interfacing
  • Prong snap button (9 mm)
  • Pliers or snap tool
  • Ruler
  • Marking pencil
  • Clips
  • Needle and thread
  • Label (optional)
  • Iron
  • Awl
  • Spray bottle with water (optional but recommended)
Card wallet sewing pattern

1. Make the pattern

The overall dimensions of the finished DIY cardholder wallet are 4 X 2¾ inches. 

Variations of the card wallet sewing pattern

Download, print, and cut out the paper pattern of your choice or all 5 of them. Cut the fabric for the lining and the outer piece. The lining is 6 X 4¾ inches (15 X 12 cm) and the outer fabric is 10¾ X 4¾ inches (27 X 12 cm).

Cut the non-woven fusible interfacing into 2 pieces. One should measure 5⅛ X 4 inches (13 X 10 cm) for the body and the other 2⅜ X 4 inches (6 X 10 cm).

Marking the larger piece of fabric

On the larger piece of fabric, mark from one side along the length of the fabric at 2¾ inches (7 cm) and from that point another 2⅜ inches (6 cm). 

Attaching fusible interfacing

2. Attach the fusible interfacing

Place the smaller piece of fusible interfacing on the marking of the larger piece of fabric. Spray the fusible interfacing with water to lightly dampen it.

Pressing the interfacing

Fold over the top piece of fabric. Press to adhere.

Placing the interfacing on the smaller piece

On the smaller fabric, place the fusible interfacing on the wrong side. Spray with water and press to adhere. 

Stitching across the top of the larger piece

3. Start sewing

On the larger fabric, stitch across at the top.

Pinching at the marked line

Open up the fabric and pinch at the second marked line.

Pulling up to fold

Pull up to fold and then flip the piece over. 

Using an awl to mark a hole for the snap

Use your paper pattern and awl to mark a hole for the snap.

Measuring and marking the exact center

Measure and mark with a cross for the exact center.

Inserting the snap

Place the snap using your tool in the center mark. 

Attaching a snap closure

If you don’t have a snap tool, use the type of snaps you attach by hand sewing. 

Attaching a label

If you’re using a label, place it on your preferred side with the folded side towards the inside.

How to make a cardholder wallet

Lay the two pieces of fabric right sides together. Clip the fabric in place. Sew following the pattern guide but leave a ¼ inch (2 mm) or so unsewn at the flat bottom to be able to turn it right side out.

Using an awl to push the fabric through

You may find the awl useful in helping you push the fabric under the needle.

Trimming the excess fabric

Trim out the excess.

Cutting tiny snips in the seam allowance

Cut tiny snips in the seam allowance around the rounded edges.

Snipping off the corners

At all right angles, snip off all the corners.

Snipping off all the corners

If you’re making the DIY card wallet with only straight edges, snip off all the corners.

Turning the wallet inside out

4. Finish the wallet

Insert your fingers into the unsewn space to turn the wallet inside out.

Using an awl to sharpen the corners

Use the awl to sharpen the corners.

Hand-sewing the unsewn fabric closed

Fold in the unsewn fabric and hand sew closed. 

Marking the top snap placement

Lay the card wallet down with the flap open and facing you. Use the pattern and the awl to mark for the top snap.

Finding the exact center

Use the ruler and marking pencil to make a cross to find the exact center.

Inserting the top snap

Insert the top snap.

DIY cardholder wallets

DIY cardholder wallet tutorial

You’ve just learned how to make a cardholder wallet! Tiny, portable, practical, and perfect to hold your credit or business cards. Please let me know in the comments if you made this for yourself or gave it as a gift to others. 

Suggested materials:
  • Card wallet sewing pattern
  • Fabric: lining and outer
  • Non-woven fusible interfacing
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  • Penny-Marie Penny-Marie on Jul 25, 2022

    My sewing machine is out of commission so instead of what you did I just cut the corner off used envelopes in the size of the card & write the card type on it. Works very well for all my cards, not just charge cards.

  • Paula Bois-Brady Paula Bois-Brady on Aug 30, 2023

    I love could match it to your outfits. I stopped carrying a handbag a year ago due to shoulder injury. I found a small pouch like you made and added a small grommet and carabiner. I match a ribbon color to match/contrast with my outfit. I can clip my car and house key to the carabiner and I can tuck it inside my shirt/under my bra and am no longer afraid of being robbed.