Like me, do you need a place to put all those punch cards, restaurant discount cards, gift cards, etc.? So you can take them out of your wallet, but still have them in your purse when you need them?
Or maybe you’d like to give your next gift card in style!
I’ve got a simple tutorial for sewing up a quick and easy fabric card holder for yourself, or to give as a gift, that takes only minutes. And it’s a great scrap-buster.
To make a this simple holder you’ll need to CUT:
One 4-1/2” x 5-1/2” rectangle of outer fabric
One 4-1/2” square of lining fabric
Two 4-1/2” x 3-3/4” rectangles of pocket fabrics
It’s nice to have contrasting fabrics, especially for the pockets & lining, but you can use all the same fabric if you want. I like using scraps or leftover layer cakes.
Fold pocket fabrics in half so they’re 1-1/2” x 4-1/2”
Place outer fabric right side up on your surface and place the pockets on either 4-1/2” end, lining up the raw edges. Sew each side seam ¼” from the raw edges.
Next place the lining fabric (centered) right side down over the top of the pockets & outer fabric. (Note: you’ll notice that the lining fabric doesn’t reach all the way to the ends of the pockets—so just center it.)
And sew just the top and bottom seams ¼” from the raw edges. Then clip each corner to reduce bulk
First turn just the lining fabric right side out & press.
Then turn each pocket right side out (over the lining) and use a blunt instrument to poke out the corners. Press.
To finish it off, topstitch about 1/8 to 1/4 inch from the edge all the way around the parameter.
And you’re done! Just press in half and add your gift card or cards.
Optional: Add an elastic & button closure. Simply sew an elastic hair band between the layers before sewing up the side seams/pockets, and sew a button on the front. Take care to sew the button only on the outer fabric and not through all the layers or the cards won’t fit in the pocket.
Have fun. I’d love to see what you create. Wouldn’t it be fun to send your graduate a gift card in a holder made out of their school or university colors? Or a baby shower gift card in baby fabric? So many ideas!
Hope you enjoyed the tutorial. Until next time, HAPPY QUILTING! …and gift giving!
(Printable one page instructions below.)