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Oilcloth Receipt Wallet

Posted by  ·  February 16, 2010  ·  Last Updated: February 16, 2010

I am really going to do a better job this year of keeping my blog and personal receipts separate. I think this handy little receipt wallet will do the the trick! — personal receipts on one side, business receipts on the other. Really it could have many uses — coupons, lists, checkbook cover, etc!

The oilcloth receipt wallet went together quickly and I was able to use up some scraps.


2 pieces cut 7 1/4″ by 6 1/2″

2 pieces cut 2 1/2″ by 6 1/2″

about 14 inches skinny double fold bias tape

miniature clothes pins

Fray Check

Elmer’s Spray Adhesive (optional)

Teflon presser foot or masking tape to cover bottom of presser foot to keep oilcloth from sticking to presser foot (if necessary)


Slip bias tape around the 6 1/2 inch side of the 2″ wide piece and stitch. It can hang off the edge, it will be trimmed when finished.

Place the two large pieces wrong sides together. I sprayed just a touch of Elmer’s Spray Adhesive in the center to keep the pieces from slipping. Try to keep adhesive away from area that will be sewn. Place pocket pieces on each edge. Use miniature clothes pins to keep in place. Sew close to the edge all the way around the wallet, reinforcing when sewing over bias tape. Trim bias tape and place a few drops of fray check on ends. (I was going to just wrap the end of the bias tape to the inside before stitching, however it made it bulky.)

Ta Dah!

Note: I get my oilcloth from Oilcloth Addict! Be sure to check out her personal blog, ModernJune, for some fabulous oilcloth tutorials and great tips for sewing with oilcloth.

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  1. BradleyK
    Friday, August 19th, 2016
    Unfortunately http://www.etsy.com/shop/oilclothaddict shut down, for all practical purposes, on June 11, 2016. That is the date of the last post which included the following text: "After 8 great years Oilcloth Addict is closing it's doors." Dang, it is getting harder and harder to find a place with what I call "real" oilcloth which is of the quality of the material I bought in the 1980's.
  2. Thursday, March 21st, 2013
    Thanks for sharing where you get your awesome oilcloth prints from! The stores never have a great selection, so it is nice to have a trusty source online!
  3. Nancy
    Friday, February 17th, 2012
    You don't really need to use purchased oilcloth though! There is an alternative, you can make your own waterproof (oilcloth) fabric out of any cotton print. There is a product made by Heat n' Bond called flexible vinyl - it's an iron on! Various fabric stores carry it, it only comes in 17" width by how ever many yards you would like but it's so much fun to make fabrics waterproof for so many projects!
  4. Friday, April 30th, 2010
    Awesome! Ur blog really rocks!
  5. Tuesday, February 23rd, 2010
    You've been featured! www.sewittome.blogspot.com
  6. Saturday, February 20th, 2010
    Great little project - I love it! I'll be linking today!
  7. Friday, February 19th, 2010
    I have the perfect fabric for this!! woot woot
  8. Thursday, February 18th, 2010
    This is such a great idea! I'm a complete coupon mess, and this will be a huge help! Thank you!
  9. Wednesday, February 17th, 2010
    That is so cute! I made a similar wallet for myself and for gifts last Christmas and now I love taking my checkbook out of my purse and "showing it off" to the lucky people at the checkouts. :P Oilcloth is a great idea, too, b/c receipts will just slide right in!
  10. tiffany
    Wednesday, February 17th, 2010
    my word. the simplest of things and it makes THE most sense! instead of my wallet always being so filled. hmmm i might add a snap for closure. for some reason i always need a rubber band to close my wallet, it's always on full.
  11. Sue
    Wednesday, February 17th, 2010
    Love it! And love this blog...it is the only one I follow these days. Thanks for the great ideas.
  12. Wednesday, February 17th, 2010
    Love it. Thanks for sharing.
  13. Wednesday, February 17th, 2010
    This is so lovely! You are inpsiring me to try making something out of oilcoth - and thanks for the link of a supplier.
    I followed your tutorial for the reversible tote bag last night and I am so pleased with the results!!!!! Made it as a present from my friends birthday, hope she likes it (I want to keep it for myself!).
    Thanks for all the great tutorials :)
  14. Tuesday, February 16th, 2010
    This is awesome. Thanks for the tutorial. I'd like to make something similar for the envelope system. My purse destroys paper envelopes, and this would be perfect.
  15. Tuesday, February 16th, 2010
    great tutorial! thank you! I have some extra oilcloth in my stash - I'll have to try one!
  16. Tuesday, February 16th, 2010
    Oh, this is so cute, and even I could make it without tears of frustration! My husband got me a teflon foot recently; I think he's encouraging me to fire up the sewing machine again. Is oilcloth difficult to come by? What about Joann Fabrics? Thanks for the Oilcloth Addict link. I think I'll stop by.
  17. Tuesday, February 16th, 2010
    Super cute! I need to be better about this also. Thanks so much, I'll be linking.
  18. Tuesday, February 16th, 2010
    Hope you don't mind, but I thought this was the cutest thing ever! I blog about coupons and deals and had to blog about this link as well!!!

    I can't wait to make one for my purse

  19. Angel Pongrac
    Tuesday, February 16th, 2010
    Love it!!! Have I mentioned that you are my favorite blogspot to check out??? Thanks for all of the crafty inspiration!!!!!!!!!!
  20. Tuesday, February 16th, 2010
    Love this idea!!!!
  21. Tuesday, February 16th, 2010
    I blooged about this. It is too cute!!!

  22. Tuesday, February 16th, 2010
    What is oil cloth? Besides how cute the scrap you used is, what is its main purpose??
  23. Susan
    Tuesday, February 16th, 2010
    Hey I may need one of those as well!!
  24. Tuesday, February 16th, 2010
    This looks so cute, and simple, I think even I can do it!!! Thanks!
  25. Tuesday, February 16th, 2010
    Super cute!
  26. Lisa
    Tuesday, February 16th, 2010
    great easy to follow pattern...and great reminder to keep life in order!
  27. Jenny
    Tuesday, February 16th, 2010
    I want one! ;-) Love this idea -- very useful and the oil cloth is darling!