Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Business Card Holder

Last week, I showed you the little business-size cards I made with my contact information. So then I needed a way to carry them in style!

This little holder requires only four short seams. If you'd like to make one too, here's how. Don't worry, the instructions look much more complicated than they are. These are really fast to put together and would make great little gifts for a job-seeking graduate this spring!

From left to right, you'll need a 4 1/2" x 5 1/2" piece of fabric for the outside cover, two 4 1/2" x 4 1/2" pieces for the pockets, and one 4 1/2" x 4 1/2" piece for the lining. You'll also need a 4 1/2" piece of elastic, preferably something nice and decorative.

Fold the pockets in half and press.

Place one of your pockets on top of your cover fabric, with raw edges aligned.

The side of the pocket that's facing downward at this stage will be the outside of the pocket later, so decide which side you like better now. I wanted the adult penguin to show, so I placed that side down.

Sew down the end of the pocket with a 1/4 inch seam, and repeat on the other end with the other pocket. You might want to overlock the edges too.

Fold the pockets away from the center, and cut a piece of elastic the width of the holder. Tape it down about 1 inch away from the pocket seam on the cover piece of fabric. Pick the side you like less.

And fold the pockets back over the cover.

Now, place your lining piece, right side down, on top of the pockets and cover. (The pockets will be in between the cover and the lining.)

Like so:

And sew the side seams with a 1/4" seam. Overlock too, if you like.

Clip your corners, and this is what it will look like. Notice that there is a gap between the lining and the cover/pockets.


You'll use that opening to turn it inside out.

Like so:

Then, you'll fold the pockets over.

There's the elastic and the tape!

 Remove the tape and pull the elastic over to the pocket side.

Put your cards in the pockets, fold shut, and fasten with the elastic.

Ta-da! Believe it or not, I didn't fussy-cut that cover fabric. The penguin just ended up on the front like that!

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