July 8, 2007

fabric card holder tutorial

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Do you want to make this cute card holder? Well here is one of my new tutorials to make it. It is very simple and you don't need a lot of fabric. You can use it to hold your business cards, driver's licence, library card or any other type of card. I use them for my library card or as a present with a gift card inside.
OK, let's start!

You will need
1)heavy fabric for the outside and flaps and a lighter fabric for the lining. 2) A ruler. 3) poster board or heavy paper to trace the pattern. 4) A pen. 5) Pinking shears. 6) Fabric scissors. 7) Velcro (I forgot to put it here for the photo, sorry.)


On the poster board or heavy paper, trace two rectangles. One should measure 4 1/4" by 5 3/4" and the other one will be 4 1/4" by 2 1/4". Cut them and those will be your templates for the cardholder.


Using your the large template trace onto the lining and a piece of the heavy fabric to get two rectangles. With the small template trace two rectangles on other piece of heavy fabric. Don't cut it yet until next step.


Cut your two bigger pieces with the fabric scissors. Cut the smaller pieces too with the regular scissors but use the pinking shears to cut on one of the edges (the wide side)of each small rectangle.
Now you have your 4 pieces of fabric; the lining , the outside and two inside flaps.


Using the pen make two marks on the inside flaps making sure they are in the same spot, like I show in the picture. Cut a piece of Velcro positioning the fuzzy and the rough sides together, that way the two sides of the Velcro are the same size.


Separate the Velcro and position them just above the marks that you made on each side of the flaps.

Position the Velcro in place and sew it. make sure they are centered and that you sew them on the right side of the fabric.


The assembling starts here. Lay your outside fabric face down, lining face up and the two flaps side up like the picture (click the picture to zoom in).

Pin the whole piece making sure that all the pieces of fabric are aligned and in place. Sew the piece around the edges with a 1/4" seam approx.

Your piece should look like this.


With the pinking shears cut around the edges to avoid unraveling of the fabric. Cut very close to the outside edge so you don't cut the stitches.


Fold your card holder in half and press with a warm iron to make a crease in the middle. You can add a little embellishment.
Now you have a nice cardholder for you or to give as a little gift.

Tip: I used a lighter fabric for this one but I ironed some fusible stabilizer to the fabric so it will make it a little bit more stiff and hold it's shape.
Have fun!

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This is too cute!! What a great idea for a day out and not wanting to drag the whole purse along or even to put gift cards in.

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Very pretty, I recently made something similar using fused plastic bags as the "fabric." So far it's been holding up well.
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Fabulous! I can't wait to try it out :)

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You make it look so easy. I want to make one now.

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Those are adorable! How kind of you to share your idea and pattern with other bloggers.

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Cute! This would make a great holder for my plethora of fellow etsy-ers' business cards that I've been collecting.

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Thanks for the great tute! Here's my first try. :)

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So cute! I wish I had time to make some this week. Maybe I can get to it next week???? Who's dumb idea was it to make a day only last 24 hours??? And why do I need to sleep? It's such a time waster!

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Thanks! I'm going to make some of these with my new Nigella fabric!

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Thank you for the tutorial! Beautiful work!!!

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I love your blog, I have tried this tut with some minor changes as I don't have pinking shears. You can take a look at it on my blog. http://quiltingcraft.wordpress.com/
Sorry don't know how to add link in post.

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Really nice! Do you think I can create with the same pattern a plane ticket cover?
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I love your tutorials. You explain things very clearly and make it all seem so easy. Thank you again for sharing your talent with the rest of us!

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I've been having a lot of fun when making the holder. And it's pretty to treat my credit cards well. They bring so many nice bonuses to me.

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Thanks for this! We're going to two weddings this weekend, and this will be perfect to put the gift cards in. Great tutorial!

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Thanks for this terrific tutorial and sharing it with us. I'm thinking this will be a great gift to give my friends this Christmas.

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Thanks for this tute - I am about to give it a go with some christmas fabric - and going to see how it works without a closure at all as it will be a once of item!

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