I decided that I needed something that I would be excited to carry...so I went digging through my fabric stash determined to find what I needed without spending any money on it. I came close to accomplishing that! I stumbled across the Wonder Woman print at Walmart in the fat quarters bin for $1.47. I was planning on covering it with Super Mario, but that made 2nd place and became the inside print. I decided a little iron-on vinyl would keep it clean and durable longer and some stiffener would help give it shape and stability. All in all I spent about $4 on those 3 pieces. I couldn't resist embroidering the envelope designations just to really make it my own. You can really tell that I was born in the late 70's by the eclectic combo of 60/70's movies & tv shows, 80's and 90's cartoons, and the overall vibe of it. I get compliments on it everywhere I pull it out to make payment! So often, that I am actually working out a few technique issues and will likely be listing them in my Etsy shop!
In a future post, I'll be doing a step by step of how I do the envelopes. But for this post, I'm just dropping a teaser!
The outer layer is covered with iron-on glossy vinyl. With as much love this wallet will get, I definitely wanted to boost the durability for the long haul.
I added a little pocket kinda last minute. I stash any receipts in there until I'm ready to toss them.
Each category represents what we use the most. Other purchases (like my car inspection) are coming out of the "misc expenses" envelope as needed.
And of course, I needed a coin pocket so I can make exact change when possible. I used snaps in this one since it pretty much gets folded up snug enough that the coins won't fall out. I didn't have Velcro handy and didn't want to make a special trip or spend the money on that. I made due with some coordinating snaps I already had from some other past projects.
Just before closing up the final opening, I added a loop of ribbon for a pen. I'm glad I did! It has already come in handy to make notes on receipts or document something I needed to deduct from the budgeting app we use. Even with cash, I keep account of where it all goes. It's so easy to see where our money goes, and it's freeeee!