Thursday, August 4, 2011

Card Holder Tutorial

These little card holders are so fun and easy to make!
They are a great gift idea for friends, family, teachers, etc.
If made with my measurements, they'll hold eight or ten
5.5" x 4.25" cards and envelopes, a pen and a packet of stamps or
business cards.
Please enjoy the use of this tutorial.
I do ask, however, that you do not sell any card holders made using my  pattern.

The first step, of course, is to gather your fabric.
This is a great way to use up some of your larger scraps.  If you prefer to use
fat quarters, you can make two holders with one main fabric fat quarter and two coordinating fat quarters.  For one holder,  you'll need one main fabric fat quarter and one coordinating fat quarter.
You will also need:
 light weight fusible interfacing
a piece of Warm and Natural quilt batting
matching thread
one button, 1/2" to 5"8" (with holes, not shanks)
and a piece of thin elastic cord or hair elastic without a metal clasp
For one card holder:
Press your fabric and cut to the following measurements:
Main fabric cut one 12 1/2" width by 8" height
Coordinating fabric cut two 12 1/2" W by 8" H
Coordinating fabric cut one 4" W by 5 1/2" H (Stamp pocket)
Batting cut one 12 1/4" W by 7 3/4" H
Interfacing cut three 12 1/2" W by 8" H
Interfacing cut one 4" W by 5 1/2" H

From your stack of cut pieces, pull out one of the large coordinating fabric pieces and the
small pocket piece.  Press them again.  Remember ~ if you iron with a back and forth
motion, you'll cause your perfectly measured piece to be come distorted.
Apply your fusible interfacing to the back of each piece.

Fold your larger piece in half with wrong sides together as shown and press along the upper {folded} edge.
For the pocket, fold it in half as shown with right sides together and pin sides.
Using a 1/2" seam allowance, sew the left and right edge of the pocket.
Turn to right side and press, making sure to
get those corners to a nice point!
Top stitch along the top of both pieces, using an 1/8" seam.
This is a great place to add a decorative stich.

Next, place your pocket with the unfinished edge down along the unfinished
edge of the larger piece that you folded in half.  Place it 1 1/2" in from the right edge of the larger piece.  Pin in place.

Using approximately a 1/8" seam {I line it up with the right edge of the keyhole in my
sewing machine foot as shown above}, attach the stamp pocket by top stitching down the left and right sides.

Next, press your last piece of the coordinating fabric.  Press and apply interfacing.  Lay your pocket piece down on top, lining them both up together along the bottom and sides.  Pin in place.  Baste along the bottom and edges of the pocket portion with a 1/4" seam allowance.

Now to attach the elastic that will eventually go around the botton to close the book.
Most of the time, if black matches my book, I simply use the larger elastic hair bands that do NOT
have the metal clasp.  This time, I used white elastic cord.  Cut one piece approximately 5".

Fold either the hair band or your elastic in half and placed as shown above on the right side of
your coordinating fabric.  In this photo, it's placed slightly above the top of the pocket.  It's actually best to place it right where the large pocket meets the lining.  That'll make it so your button is in the middle of your holder once finished.  Make sure that the folded portion is long enough for the 1/2" seam allowance and to fit over and around the button you've chosen.  Carefully baste in place.

Before I go onto the next step, I like to pin the end of my elastic down just so it doesn't work it's way back when I'm sewing the holder together.  Once this is done, take your front piece {this will be the cover}, press it and apply the interfacing.  Lay it facedown on top of the lining/pocket piece.
Then, center the batting on top of that.  I've had you cut the batting just a bit smaller than the main body since it tends to stetch a bit.  Pin all of the layers together, making sure to leave an opening along the bottom approximately 3" long.  Sew around with a 1/2" seam, making sure to reinforce at each end of the opening.

In order to make sure that the corner seams are strong, I like to overlap and end each seam at
the corner, rather than turning and sewing.  It seems to give it just a bit more strength.
Once you're finished sewing it together, trim the corners.  I also like to trim along
the bottom where the stamp pocket is located as it gets a bit thick there.

Turn your holder to the right side by pulling it through the opening you left.
Using something somewhat pointy, poke your corners to make sure they end up
with a sharp point. 

Carefully press along the edges, making sure that the fabric is completely turned as you go.
You might avoid the elastic holder ~ not sure if those melt!
Pin your opening shut.

Top stitch around the entire piece, again using approxiately an 1/8" seam.
I like to backstitch a couple of times when I get to the elastic.

Lay your piece down with the inside part facing up.
If you have a cutting mat with measurements, this is super easy.
Measure in 5 1/4" from each end and place a strip of masking
tape.  This will give you a straight edge to sew along without having to mess with
fabric markers or pencils.

Just to confirm ~ this photo shows where you're going to stitch.  The edges that the arrows are pointing to are the 5 1/4" measurement lines.  Stitch from top to bottom along the edge of the tape on those edges ONLY.

Your last step is to close the book and determine where to apply your
button.  If you put the elastic right where the inside pocket meets the lining,  you should be able to hide the thread from the button inside the pocket.  Otherwise, make sure your thread blends
well with the inside lining.

And you're done!

All that's left is to fill it with some homemade cards, a book of stamps and a fun pen.
Now you've got either a great (useful) gift or something to keep for yourself.
Please let me know once you use the pattern with a comment on this post.
If you're on Facebook, I'd love to see photos!
I want to make sure that it makes sense; I'd hate to miss a step!
Thanks for stopping by.
Next up:  I'm going to alter this a bit to be a notebook/colored pencil holder for children.

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  1. These are super cute! I really like the fabric that you used too! I found you on Tatertots and Jello! Thanks for sharing!

  2. Very cute - I never would have thought to make a card holder from fabric.

  3. Olá,
    Ficou ótimo seu tutorial e o seu trabalho muito lindo.

  4. What a wonderful idea!!!! I liket it. Thanks for your step by step...

  5. Wonderful idea and so easy to make. Great instructions, too. Thank you x

  6. I really like the fabric you look easy to make...I'll try it out for Metal business cards.