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How to Make Wallets for Kids…out of a Dollar Store place mat!

DIY Kids Wallets out of a Dollar Store Placemat

I found these super fun bright colored place mats at the Dollar Store and knew I had to make something with them since I wasn’t really in need of new actual place mats.Dollar Store CraftsI needed some wallets for my kids, (for their spending money and library cards) and I thought these would be the perfect material for them. I was right!

Wallets for Kids

First I used a dollar bill as my guide to see how big I would need it. I miscalculated on this pink one so I will give you the exact measurements so you can make one super speedy.

Easy DIY wallet

If you cut 8 inches, by 8 inches this will give you a perfect size wallet. :)

How to make a wallet for the kidsNext you will want to cut a couple of other pieces, one for your change pocket and another for your card holder (if you want more than one card holder just cut a couple more of the card sized ones in stacking heights). I used my Costco card as a guide.Make a wallet for kidsCan you see why you should use exact measurements instead of being all free style like me? The measurements you should use are 4in x 4in for the change pocket and 4in x 2in for the card pocket-otherwise you have space around them and that doesn’t make for the easiest sewing-and we all like it to be easy right?Make a card pocket in your kids DIY walletUse the finished edge as the opening to both pockets for ease of use.

I pinned this one up to show you, but on the others I made I just sewed them directly to the fabric and it went SOOOOO much quicker.

Bind your DIY kids wallet

I also added a ribbon trim around the rough edges. This step I would suggest doing, unless you want a really frayed edge that you have to trim for a few days until it stops. I put a ribbon under the pockets of the boys wallets, but not around the outer edges and I had to trim them for about 3 days before they got to be okay. How to make pockets in a DIY walletNext on one side about an inch in (this is on the side of the wallet opposite the pockets) hand sew on a button. Easy Peasy.
Button Closure for DIY walletOn the other side (opposite the button) either sew a hair elastic on, or just wait until you sew the whole thing together like I did. I just pinned it here to show you how it goes in the inside.
Easy Closure for DIY walletsThen…
Be way too lazy to go and find an empty bobbin to put matching thread in and sew with black and green thread so that everyone can see how ugly your stitches are. Wow. Laziness was taking on a new meaning this night! Oh well, now you can see that all I did was sew the pockets on first, then the ribbon trim….
Wallet with pockets DIY…folded the wrong sides together and sewed up the sides, leaving the top open for the money!DIY kids wallet tutorialSee the handiness of the change pocket…and the fantasticness (my word) of the card holder?Easy DIY kids walletThen see how it easily closes with the elastic and button closure? Now see how the bottom side is shorter than the top side?
Handy Manny always says, to “measure twice and cut once,” and I think that crazy kid is on to something! 😉
How to make a wallet out of a dollar store placematThen make two more for your boys without ribbon because your husband says it’s way too girly and then cuss him out under your breath when they both have 12 inch threads hanging all over them both night and day for 3 days straight! Trim them up nice for a picture and try not to focus on the salsa stains on your three year old’s new favorite thing ever!
DIY Wallets out of PlaceMatsSeriously these were really easy after I got the measurements figured out, they only took me about 15 minutes a piece for the last two and my kids have carried them around all week, especially my little 3 year old. They all feel pretty cool having a place to keep all their spending money and their own library card.
You could decorate them up cuter, but I like them simple and bright too.
How do they get spending money? I will share next week what we do in our family that has worked out really well for over a year now! :)

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Tiffany is a stay at home mom to four ridiculously cute kids and wife to one smoking hot Mc Dreamy lookalike. She loves remodeling, chocolate chip cookies and sunshine. She is the founder of Making the World Cuter, a site committed to doing just what the title states; Making the world cuter, one kid, DIY, yummy treat or crafty thing at a time.

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  1. Ashli says

    My son just made a DYI billfold out of paper, staples and tape. So I got online to see if we could find something more sturdy and voila! :) Thanks so much for this tutorial! :)