Transform an Old Pair of Jeans into a Phone Wallet
Whether you’re always losing your phone in that bag of yours or you prefer to run errands with only a few essentials, we have the solution for you. This 4-1/2-inch-tall by 8-inch-wide wallet holds your phone, credit cards, cash, and change in one safe place. It is easy to make and requires just a few materials.
While a variety of fabrics are suitable for this project, this accessory provides a great opportunity for repurposing clothing. I used an old pair of jeans, to give the exterior structure, and a button-front shirt, to keep the interior lightweight and flexible. Pick up a 7-inch-long regular zipper and a 5-inch-long strip of hook-and-loop tape, and you’re ready to assemble your wallet.
To begin, cut the fabric using the following dimensions:
- 3 credit card pockets from shirt fabric: 5 inches by 8-7/8 inches
- 1 credit card backing from shirt fabric: 9 inches by 8-7/8 inches
- 1 pocket from shirt fabric: 10 inches by 8-7/8 inches
- 1 interior from shirt fabric: 11-7/8 inches by 8-7/8 inches
- 1 exterior from denim fabric: 12 inches by 9 inches
This is a diagram of the necessary pattern pieces. Click to enlarge
Create the credit card pocket
1. Fold and stitch. Fold the credit card pocket and credit card backing pieces in half lengthwise with right sides together. Sew 1/4 inch from the raw edges. You will end up with four folded and stitched pieces.
2. Press the seam allowances open. Then, turn the pieces right side out and press flat. Press the seam allowances open on all four pieces.
3. Arrange the credit card pocket pieces on top of the credit card backing. Pin the first piece 1/2 inch below the backing’s top edge. Sew in place 1/4 inch from the pocket’s bottom edge. Pin the remaining pieces 3/4 inch down from the previous pieces. Sew each piece in place 1/4 inch from its bottom edge. The final pocket’s bottom edge extends slightly beyond the backing’s bottom edge.
4. Divide the pockets. Fold the entire credit card piece in half widthwise. Press the fold and sew a line down the center, using the foldline as a guide. On both sides of the center line, stitch a parallel line 1/4 inch away. Set the credit card piece aside.
Sew the zipper pocket
1. With right sides together, pin the pocket 6 1/4 inches below the interior piece’s top edge. Draw a horizontal line 1 inch from the pocket piece’s top edge and a parallel line 1/2 inch below. Finish drawing a rectangle by adding two vertical lines 7/8 inch from the pocket edges, as shown below. Draw a line along the center of the rectangle and out to the corners. Add a few more pins to secure the pocket piece in place, if desired.
2. Sew around the rectangle’s outer edge. Clip into the center line, through both fabric pieces, and out to the corners. Be sure to clip as close to the stitching line as possible.
3. Create the pocket window. Push the entire pocket through the hole to the wrong side. Neatly press the opening.
4. Insert the zipper. Pin the zipper in place behind the pocket window with the zipper tab on the left side. Edgestitch around the zipper.
5. Sew the pocket bag. Turn the interior piece over so the wrong side is up. Fold the pocket in half widthwise, with right sides together, and pin around the pocket edges. Sew around the pocket’s three raw edges with a 1/2-inch-wide seam allowance. Trim the corners to reduce bulk.
Complete the wallet
1. Baste the credit card piece in place. With the interior right side up, place the credit card piece 2 1/2 inches below the interior’s top edge. Align the raw edges and baste through the layers 1/4 inch from the sides. Edgestitch the bottom credit card pocket edge to the interior piece.
Secure the credit card piece in place.
2. Add the closure. Pin, then edgestitch one side of a 5-inch strip of hook-and-loop tape to the lining’s right side, 3/4 inch from the top edge and 2 inches from each side. Place the coordinating side of the hook-and-loop tape on the denim exterior’s right side 1 1/4 inches from the bottom edge and 2 inches from each side.
This project calls for 3/4-inch-wide hook-and-loop tape.
3. Combine the pieces. Pin the interior to the denim exterior with right sides together. Sew around the edges with a 1/2-inch-wide seam allowance, leaving about a 5-inch opening along the bottom edge. Trim the corners and edges to reduce bulk. Finally, turn the wallet right side out, and hand-sew the opening closed.
Transfer all of your essentials into your new wallet!
This cell phone wallet has plenty of room to store your cash, credit cards, cell phone, and change.
This project looks great in a variety of denim shades and can be customized even further by using a printed button-front shirt for the interior pieces.
Create a style line on the wallet's back by cutting the exterior piece so the denim inseam sits about 4 1/2 inches down from the top edge.