My son has just started first grade this year, and we let him buy his lunch once a week. Instead of him having to carry his wallet, he can just wear this cuff that can hold his lunch money (or keys, notes, etc.).
I remembered when I was young seeing a watch with a detachable face that held money. I thought it would be fun to be able to make something similar that would hold money. I did do some research and saw that these types of things are sold online, but now you can make your own with some cute fabric!
*I made mine to fit my 5 and 7 year old. You can adjust the longer measurement to fit your child’s wrist. Just make sure to leave some room for the velcro.
What You Will Need:
-two pieces measuring 8.5” x 3” of the lining fabric
-two pieces measuring 8.5” x 3” of the outer fabric
-2.5” strip velcro
-two 1” x 4” pieces fusible interfacing
Iron the fusible interfacing down about 1/2” down from the top and centered, onto the wrong side of one lining piece and one outer piece. The interfacing is ironed on where the zipper will be placed.
Mark a 1/2” x 3” rectangle, using the markings you already drew to make the rectangle centered. See picture for reference. (To explain this better: You will draw a line 1/4” away on either side of the line that was 1” down, and then 1.5” marks on either side of the horizontally centered marking).
Stick in your seam ripper or cut a small slit with your scissors in the middle. Now cut a line through the middle, but at the ends cut diagonally to create little triangles:
Take the glue stick and rub on the fabric part of the zipper. Place the zipper in the rectangle—the glue will hold it in place while you sew.
Use your zipper foot and sew all the way around the zipper.
Take your other outer piece and place right sides together with the zippered outer piece. Place the other lining piece (the owl fabric in the picture), right side together with the other lining piece (that has the zipper with it). See the two pictures below for a guide.
Sew 1/4” seam around the edge. Clip corners and turn.
Tuck in the opening and topstitch around the entire thing.
Place the rough velcro strip on the top and sew on. The soft side goes on the other end of the cuff, on the back.
If you don’t want your money to go clear to the ends by the velcro, you can sew a couple lines indicated by where I am pointing, or around there.
You are done!