Monday, November 10, 2008

GTS: Handmade business/credit card holder

I've updated this tutorial! You can find the new & improved version here~

One gift down, 27 to go! I made this little business card holder (would work for a few credit cards as well) for my mom for Christmas and thought I'd share a quick tutorial with you. My sewing machine is packed away due to some construction going on in our house, so I actually sewed this by hand. It took about 1.5 hours by hand without any pattern or instructions, so I'm sure one could churn out a few of these in an afternoon by machine. This is a great way to use up the cute fabric scraps you've been saving!

1. Cut out two rectangles that are 6" x 4.5". These will be the outside and the lining of the card holder. Cut one that is 6" by 3". This one will be the inside pocket. Iron them all.

2. Take the smaller of the three pieces (the pocket fabric), fold over 1/4" along one of the 6" sides. Hem this. This will be the top of the pocket. (I've figured in 1/4" seam allowances everywhere.)

3. Lay the pocket on top of the lining fabric. (sorry that picture is sideways)

4. Then lay the outside fabric on top, so that the right sides are facing each other. Pin them all together so that they don't shift as you sew them.

5. Sew along the top and the two sides, leaving the bottom open. Clip the corners. Turn it right side out and push the corners out with something sharpish. Iron the seams so that they are flat.

(Seriously...I keep flipping these pictures around, but when I upload them they're sideways again...sorry!)

6. I cut two pieces of card stock about the size of a business card and put them into the lining. (You could use interfacing as well, but I didn't have any on-hand when I came up with this idea.) This will keep the case a little stiff.

7. Now we need to close the bottom. At this point the pocket is only attached on the left and right side. You want to lift it and turn the pocket inside out. As you can see in the picture, the outside and the lining are still right side out, but the lining is now inside out. Sew the bottom closed, clip corners.

8. Turn right side out again and push the corners out. Iron seams.

9. I then sewed a line up the middle of the case so that there were two compartments for cards and also so there would be a natural place for it to fold. I see now that you can't tell from the picture, but the line starts at the top of the pocket and goes to the bottom of the pocket.

And there you have it! I am - by NO means - a good seamstress. I can barely sew a straight line, so I would rate this as EASY!

The only thing I'll change next time is adding a strap to keep it shut. It lays flat, but I am now thinking that it might come open in your purse or bag. For this one, I'm going to sew a tiny snap onto the inside pocket to keep it closed.

Edited to say: My mom loved this gift and actually uses it to house her driver's license, credit card, Starbuck's gift card and some cash. She grabs it when she's running into a store instead of bringing her whole purse.


Mazhar Shah said...
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The New Witty's said...

Thank you so much for this tutorial! Iwant to make one for my sis who's always partying it and carries her stuff in the back pocket!

Anonymous said...

Just wanted to say thank you for the tutorial. It was so easy to follow your instructions and I am really pleased with my card holder (made with brown suede and a pink lining and stitching) Thank you! Shu x

Mahmood said...
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Plastic Cards said...

Fabric plastic card holdersare not smooth and easy to use but they are easy to made and in expensive but i think they need to be washed after some interval of time.....

Emily Ilene Lamberts said...

I just made 3 credit card/gift card holders! They turned out amazingly well even though I am somewhat sewing machine challenged! Choosing the fabric was fun! I even made a wee flap at the top so the cards won't slide out! Thank you for the instructions.