More Vintage Repurposed

I bought a Retro 1951 brand card case 4 or 5 years ago at a stationery store and it is my wallet of choice. It’s designed after vintage cigarette cases. (A nice man at the fair engraved my name on it for me.) But after all my essential cards (credit, license, etc.) and photos fill the case, there’s no room left for my business cards or mini blog cards.

I have a few old cigarette cases I picked up at flea markets, or antique fairs. I never pay much for anything, so I’m sure these were each under $10.

The smaller case is pretty deep and my cards keep falling out. So I needed to pad it somehow to secure the cards. The larger one will be good for note paper, receipts, and other like items that usually fill the bottom of my purse.

Now that I have my new sewing machine, (no, you didn’t miss that post, I haven’t written about it yet, BUT I WILL!) I wanted to try something fun. And just sewing fabric isn’t quite enough to break in my new machine, so why not try cardboard.

On the smaller case, I removed the elastic cigarette holders, traced and cut two pieces of corrugated cardboard to fit inside each panel and covered them with fabric.

I cut shorter pieces of fabric, hemmed and covered the boards as well to create pockets. Before sewing I placed another piece of smaller board inside the pocket to create a gusset when sewing so the pockets wouldn’t be too tight. Then I sewed around the edges of each piece and popped them into the card case. Replaced the elastic bands and that was it.

On the larger case, I went through my stack of distressed vintage books and found a page of great dog illustrations. I gave the case a good slathering of Mod Podge (careful to avoid the hinges), added the trimmed out image and a custom little label I made and there’s my receipt & note holder thingy.

Fun, huh.

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17 Responses to More Vintage Repurposed

  1. #1 - Grandma Betty says:

    What a wonderful idea! They are just beautiful, great job!

    Grandma Betty

  2. #2 - w says:

    um. awesome.

  3. #3 - Janet says:

    Very nice! I sew thru cardboard, or rather cardstock, all the time when I make quilted postcards.

  4. #4 - Jazzy says:

    How fun. What a cute idea!

  5. #5 - BeckyKay says:

    That’s so stinkin’ clever!! Cute!

  6. #6 - april says:

    Great blog! Glad I found you through Etsy.

  7. #7 - MizSmoochieLips says:

    Super creative!

  8. #8 - earth and sun folk says:

    very cool indeed…love it!

  9. #9 - Elena says:

    Hey, thanks for the comment! I’ll definitely keep in touch 🙂 I’m going to be working with your idea very soon and let you know!! Great post, really cool! 😀

  10. #10 - High Desert Diva says:

    Oh man! Now I want one…or two…

  11. #11 - sherry says:

    excellent idea, my husband is the best bargain hunter, so I will have him look for some of these!

    thanks for stopping by my blog today, your blog is wonderful!

  12. #12 - Vintage Indie says:

    Very clever and great use of vintage. Great post!

  13. #13 - Christie Cottage says:

    I have one of these in my bag! My business partner and I went to the DOllar Tree type store and bought two cigarette cases. I brougt them home and painted them and then decopaiged our business cards where the original picture was. I sealed them in acrylic. One side has our cards and the other holds our customers cards until we can get them in the card file at each of our offices.

    They work great.

    As always, it’s a pleasure reading your blog. I read lots of blogs posted on etsy and yours always has a bright idea or a heart warming story to share. Thank you for doing such a wonderful job!

  14. #14 - suzy says:

    Great idea, this would work well with those old tin soap containers too! Love you ideas, keep them coming…..

  15. #15 - Miss B. says:

    Love, love, love this idea!

  16. #16 - Debra says:

    I love these and they turned out really good.

  17. #17 - shanghaicowgirl says:

    I'm definitely making one of these as a travel sewing kit. What a nifty idea!