How to Make a Man's Tri-Fold Wallet


A man's wallet carries the important items that he uses throughout the day. There are many styles of wallets, but the tri-fold is common due to its compactness. You can make your own wallet out of a piece of leather from a fabric or craft store. A custom wallet can be whatever color and style of leather that you want.

Things You'll Need

  • Leather in the following sizes:
  • 4-by-9 inches (2)
  • 3-by-2 1/2 inches (2)
  • 3-by-3 inches (2)
  • 3-by-3 1/2 inches (2)
  • Leather needle
  • Heavy thread
  • Thimble
  • Sewing machine (optional)
  • Books or other weight
  • Lay one 4-by-9 piece of leather on a work surface. Place a 3-by-3 1/2 piece on each side, lined up with the lower corners of the large piece.

  • Stack a 3-by-3 piece onto the sides of the wallet, followed by the 3-by-2 1/2 pieces. Align all pieces with the bottom and sides of the large piece to form sleeves for credit cards.

  • Sew the sides and bottom of each stack to the large piece of leather, leaving the tops open, using a leather needle and heavy thread. You will likely need to use a thimble to push the needle through the leather. If using a sewing machine, ensure that it is equipped with a leather needle.

  • Lay the sewn piece of leather onto the other 4-by-9 piece, with the sleeves facing up.

  • Sew the sides and bottom of the wallet together, leaving the top open for cash.

  • Fold the wallet into thirds and place it under several heavy books or another source of weight. Leave the wallet under the weight until it remains folded without help.


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