They last me about 2 years and then something falls apart, usually the zipper.
My last one had the zipper break completely, so I had to resort to holding it all together with a rubber band around it!
The fabric was also getting really worn, so it was time for a new one.
I did some searching and was blown away that even at Marshall's, they are $20 or more! Nothing for less than that, no matter the fabric, matter the brand.
So, I thought I'd make my own since this most recent one was just normal fabric, nothing special or extra durable.
The Eiffel towers are pretty big, so one who tower wasn't going to be visible, but I thought I'd like it anyway.
I looked at the construction of my old card holder and it seemed pretty straightforward. There were really nice seams in there but I wasn't planning to get that fancy since I don't plan on selling it.
I realized that one of the things I really like about this one, and many of them don't have this, is the clear plastic in the front that lets me put my swipe card to get into school. That way, I don't have to take it out, I can just hold the whole thing up to the reader and it lets me in. I didn't have any vinyl or plastic, so I cut it out of the old one because it was just fine.
I wasn't sure I had a zipper that I could use but when I looked, I found these.
Blue doesn't go with these pinks but I thought it would be whimsical. Or something. I just couldn't cut up one of these white zippers.
I think if I planned to make another one, I would be sure to buy a heavy duty zipper since that is one of the things that really suffers in these card holders. They get a lot of abuse and this flimsy blue one probably won't last through spring.
I decided to make the little pocket since I had two scraps just the right size that I was going to throw away. And make it slightly looser.
It's slightly roomier than the original, which feels weird. The cards are just banging around in there. They will settle in. I really like it. It will be filthy and tattered really soon, but everyone will know who it belongs to, no doubt!
Oh, and here's the main feature.
And anyone who knows me knows my favorite part is that I recycled that stupid piece of plastic in the front.
It's the little things.