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. 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. 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. 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. This is such a great idea! I’m a complete coupon mess, and this will be a huge help! Thank you!

  5. 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. 😛 Oilcloth is a great idea, too, b/c receipts will just slide right in!

  6. 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.

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