What better way to show off your precious business card or gift card than a personalized DIY card holder. These easy to make fabric card holders are perfect for using up your scraps and are fat quarter friendly.
DIY Card Holder - Supplies
- MAIN FABRIC – Cut 2 pieces of fabric that are 4 ½ inches (11.5cm) wide by 6 inches (15.3cm) long
- CONTRAST POCKETS – Cut 2 pieces of fabric 4 ½ inches (11.5cm) by 4 ½ inches (11.5cm)
- ELASTIC – 4 ½ inches (11.5cm). I used ⅝ inch (1cm) fold over elastic but you can use any width that looks pretty. You could also cut up colored hair ties.
- FUSIBLE FLEECE INTERFACING – Cut 1 piece 4 ½ inches (11.5cm) wide by 6 inches (15.3cm) long. Fusible fleece is thick spongy interfacing with iron-on glue on one side. If you can't get any, then use regular fusible interfacing in a mid to heavyweight.
DIY Card Holder - The Video
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DIY Card Holder - Sewing
Step 1 - Interfacing
Press the fusible fleece on the WRONG side of the main piece that will be on the inside of the DIY card holder. (blue fabric).
By fusing it to the inside piece you don't need to worry if the fusible fleece causes a little wrinkling. If you don't have any fusible fleece you could also just substitute some thick soft fabric to give your DIY card holder some thickness and body.
Step 2 - Pockets
Take your pocket pieces (4.5x4.5") and press them in half with the WRONG sides together.
Step 3 - Layer
Place your interfaced inside body piece RIGHT side up on your table.
Place the pockets at either end matching the raw edges. Lay the elastic over one of the pockets ½ inch (12mm) from the inside pocket edge.
Step 4 - Outside Piece
Put the outside body piece on top with RIGHT sides together. Pin everything in place making especially sure the elastic is secure and won’t move when you start stitching.
Step 5 - Stitch
Stitch all the way around with a ¼ inch (6mm) seam allowance and leaving a 1 ½ (4cm) gap in the middle of one of the long sides. This means the gap will be in between the 2 pockets where the layers are not as thick
Step 6 - Turn
Clip the 4 corners to reduce bulk.
Turn the card holder the RIGHT way out and give it a good press. The seam allowance at the gap should be pressed to the inside. Make sure your corners and looking nice and square.
Be especially careful you don't put the iron on the elastic as it will probably mark or melt. I found that some of the metallic finishes on the fold over elastics were prone to discoloring when I accidentally touched them with the iron.
Step 7 - Topstitch
Topstitch all the way around being careful you don't stitch over the elastic.
IMPORTANT - When you get to the elastic, stretch it down and out of the way so there are no stitches over the edges of the elastic
DIY Card Holder - In Conclusion
Now you are ready to insert your beautiful business cards or that much-appreciated gift card for someone special. I hope you enjoyed this free DIY card holder sewing tutorial.