I love experimenting with new materials. Well, in the case with Tyvek® it would better put if I said new-to-me materials because people have been using this synthetic material in a variety of applications for years.
Not only have I seen it as housewrap during construction, but a lot crafty folks use it for day-to-day applications in things like bags or wallets.
And since one of the goals behind my monster of all projects list involves using materials and media that are new to me I decided to check one Tyvek® project off the list.
Not only is Tyvek® very lightweight, but it’s also tear and water-resistant. So one of the first things I considered was how I might use it for fitness-related applications. One of the easiest and most useful ideas that came to mind was a sturdy no-sew shoe wallet.
Make A No-Sew Tyvek® Shoe Wallet
To make this tutorial as easy as possible, I created a no-sew wallet, but you can also break out the sewing machine instead if the mood strikes you.
Tyvek® Shoe Wallet Materials
- Tyvek® envelope
- Packing tape
- Small piece of adhesive-backed Velcro®
For the purpose of this tutorial, I used a new, white 9 x 12″ envelope but you can reuse any Tyvek® envelope you receive in the mail or already have in the house.
In order to use the structure already provided by the envelope, I started in the bottom right corner in order to use the already-secure bottom and one of the edges of the envelope.
Use your ruler and pencil, mark a section that is 6″ high x 2.5″ long.
Cut out the rectangle.
Measure and mark 2″ from the top of the rectangle (this is the part with the opening).
Use your scissors to cut the seam of the envelope open stopping at the 2″ mark that you made.
You should now have two little flaps that are 2″ long at the top of your rectangle.
Cut off one of the 2″ flaps so that the remaining flap can be folded over as the closure for your sturdy shoe wallet.
Use the packing tape to fasten the open edge of the rectangle up to the flap.
Now you have a pouch!
So now you’ve created a little pouch, but you still need to create a secure wallet closure so nothing falls out while you’re walking or running.
Using the extra flap that you just cut off the rectangle, cut a 3/4″ strip to use as the little loop that you’ll thread the laces through when you tie it to your shoe.
Staple the strip to the back of your pouch. Pro tip: Make sure that you place the stapler inside the pouch when stapling so that you don’t staple the pouch shut.
While you have the stapler ready to go, you can also staple over the packing tape to make it super duper strong.I want to make this sturdy running shoe wallet! Click To Tweet
Place the adhesive-backed Velcro® on the inside of the flap and the front of the larger part of the pouch where you’d like the closure to be.
Staple around the edges of the Velcro® to make it extra secure since this will receive the most wear throughout the lifetime of the shoe wallet.
Voila, you’re done!
Fasten Shoe Wallet To Your Shoe
Unlace one your shoes up to the just about the top of the shoe and then place the laces through the loop before threading the laces back into the holes. The loop you created on the back of the shoe wallet be allow you thread the laces through twice.
Decorate Your Shoe Wallet
Consider the blank white envelope your canvas. Use a Sharpie to decorate it with a whimsical design or a mantra that will keep you moving.
It’s also smart to add a little piece of paper with emergency contact information just in case.
Share The Goods
How would you use Tyvek® to create something useful in your day-to-day?