I can’t believe that it has been a month since I last posted! I am retired but that doesn’t mean that I am sitting in my rocker doing nothing. It seems that my time just flies by! I keep myself busy every day.
Since this isn’t actually a sewing blog, but more of my personal journal of what I like, and see, and do, I am just going to post my random stuff. Today, I am going to show that I have been expanding my sewing to include bag making.
Ta da! My latest creation: a fold over clutch that can serve as a wallet.
This little gem has a secret. I sewed Faraday fabric into the card area, to protect my cards from RFID skimmers. What’s that? Its a fine metal fabric that protects personal information by blocking any incoming or outgoing radio frequencies. Now, this material will also block the use of my cell phone so I had to make sure that the part where my phone goes is not near my credit cards. This is important also because, just in case someone out there hasn’t experienced it, a cell phone will demagnetize your credit cards (not to mention your hotel room key…ask me how I know…).
Just looking at it, the Faraday fabric is not visible. It is hidden on the inside between the layers.
My first experience with Faraday protection was when I bought cardboard sleeves for my credit and debit cards and passport. We often travel internationally, and while we lived in Mexico I became aware of how valuable one’s passport is to others on an international level. Now, I want to protect my identity carefully, especially when I travel. Those cardboard protectors are okay but they make for a lot of fumbling when I need to present my passport or use a credit or debit card.
By the way, here is a safe travel tip: When you are in a foreign country, do not carry your passport unless absolutely necessary, like in an airport. Leave your actual passport in a safe place, like in your hotel room safe. But do take a photocopy of your passport with you. Also, if you are in a country where a Visa is necessary, carry a photocopy of that too.
Guess what my next project is? Right! A Faraday protected passport cover! No, not made of cardboard like the one I have now. One made out of suede; actually two, because Mr. M needs one too.
Have you ever made a wallet? Have you had experience with Faraday protection?