Angelo really loved the Soft Leather Wallet Chain I had made for him a while back. But, like all good DIYs that were made a while ago, it needs a replacement (or at least an alternate). Enter this Woven Elastic Wallet Chain DIY. It’s soft, it’s stylish and it will stretch (when needed).
All I needed to make it was a length of colorful, woven elastic (from the sewing department of my local craft store),
A package of vintage-inspired key rings, clasps and a giant lobster claw clasp,
A pair of scissors,
And my sewing machine and thread.
To start this woven elastic wallet chain DIY, I needed to first determine how long it should be, and I doubled that. I used my scissors to cut off the excess.
Then, after opening the pack of clasps and key rings, I passed one edge of the woven elastic through the larger key ring. Being sure to keep the elastic flat (and not twisted) I then brought the other edge to meet the first. With the edges flush, I pinned them together right-sides facing one-another (wrong-sides facing out).
Using my sewing machine, I sewed a simple straight stitch along the inside of the elastic’s raw edges. Then, I sewed a reinforcing zig-zag stitch along the outside edge of that seam. Then, I trimmed any excess off.
With the ends sewn together, I brought the key ring to the seam. I used my sewing machine, again, this time to sew a top-stitch over the two layers of elastic, exactly opposite the seam, on the other side of the key ring.
Opposite the end with the key ring, I needed to affix the lobster claw clasp to the elastic. To do this, I made a loop with the opposite end, and I put the lobster claw clasp throught it. Then, I sewed another top-stitch, just like before, right next to the metal ring (in this case the claw clasp).
With the claw clasp affixed to one end, and the key ring hooked to the other, it was time to sew the woven elastic together. I pinned the sides together, being sure to make the edges perfectly flush.
Then, I was done.
This Woven Elastic Wallet Chain DIY is rad. (It is at least as good as the Soft Leather Wallet Chain DIY)
I especially love the way it looks with Angelo’s vintage Levi’s wallet and Levi’s jeans.
This could be made with simple, plain elastic, or something with a more subtle design. But, I think this colorful version is just so much fun. Let me know how yours turn out.