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Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Business Card Holder Tutorial

When I went to Breathing Space Blogger Retreat, I took along with me a bunch of business cards. I didn't want to just whip out a baggie or something to hand them out - I needed something a little more fun and useful! I found a great tutorial at The Crafty Cupboard and it was perfect for me! Even for a beginner sewer, this is a pretty fail-proof project.

What You'll Need:
2 Fabric Pieces cut to 5 1/2" x 4 1/2"
{One liner, one outside. You can use two different fabrics, but I just used the pink paisley for both.}
2 Fabric Pieces cut to 2 1/2" x 4 1/2"
{Green damask pattern}
1 Piece Fusible Interfacing cut to 5 1/2" x 4 1/2"
Small Hair Elastic

Following the instructions on the packaging, iron on the piece of fusible interfacing onto the back side of one of the outside/lining pieces. Set aside.

Next, fold one of the long edges of the smaller pieces over about 1/8", then over again about 1/8" to create a double 1/4" hem. Sew along the bottom of the folded edge. Do this to both pieces.

This is how the front of the pieces should look. {without the messed up edge of sewing on the right...}

Place the hemmed pieces on top of the lined piece, lining up the raw edges. Pin in place. 

Place the other piece of fabric on top of the pinned lining piece, right sides together. I put the elastic on top so you can see, but place the elastic in between the outer fabric and the lining. The amount of elastic you put between the layers will determine the size of the loop you'll have once you turn the holder. I put in about 1/4 of the elastic. Pin securely!

Sew around the entire holder using a 1/4" seam allowance. Leave a space on one side {see the lines in the image above}, be sure to backstitch so it doesn't come undone. I also went over the elastic a few times to make sure it wasn't going to come out. Clip each of the corners so you end up with clean points when you turn the holder.

Carefully turn the holder and use a dull pencil or tool to push out the corners. Lay flat and iron. Fold the holder in half, pockets together. Run the iron over the holder to create a crease in the center of the holder.

Sew a line over the crease, then topstitch around the entire holder to finish.

To add a button: close the holder, and fold the elastic over. Mark the inside of the end of the elastic lightly with a pencil or a water-soluble marker. Carefully sew on your button, being careful not to sew the pocket closed!

Add in your business cards and show them off!!

Would you like to comment?

  1. "A squirrel walks up to a tree, and says: 'I forgot to hide my nuts for the winter and now I am dead.' HA! It's funny because the squirrel gets dead!" ;)

  2. What a great little tutorial for a business card holder! I wish I could enter your giveaway - but I live too far away :(
    Good luck to everyone else!

  3. Two guys are sitting on a bar stool. One starts to insult the other one. He screams, “I slept with your mother!” The bar gets quiet as everyone listens to see what the other weasel will do. The first again yells, “I SLEPT WITH YOUR MOTHER!”

    The other says, “Go home dad you’re drunk.” :D

  4. What did the mother tomato say to the baby tomato? Ketchup. Yes, I totally asked my 8 year old because I know no jokes. lol

  5. What sandwich do sharks like? Peanut Butter and Jellyfish

  6. Christy stole mine! I love jokes, but have a terrible time remembering them!

  7. What did the water say to the boat?
    Nothing, it just waved.

    Love the card holder :)

  8. LOVE it Lindsay!! The fabric you picked out is wonderful!! I need one!!

    Thanks so much for sharing at The DIY Dreamer.. From Dream To Reality!

  9. I'm not a joke teller, I always mess them up. But my kids love knock knock jokes.

  10. Your business card holder is so cute! :)

  11. What did one snowman say to the other snowman?

    Do you smell carrots! :D:D:D:D

  12. Knock, knock. Who's there? Lettuce. Lettuce who? Lettuce in!

  13. Love this tutorial! My sister is starting a photography business and she could really use this! I would LOVE to have you share it at my link party!

  14. When did Anakin's Jedi teachers know he was going bad?
    In the Sith Grade.

    (star wars fan)

  15. Q. What did Geronimo say when he jumped out of the airplane?

    A. ME!!!

  16. Knock Knock

    Who's there?


    Ach Who?

    God Bless You! Do you need a tissue?

  17. Knock Knock.
    Who's there?
    Wooden shoe.
    Wooden Shoe who?
    Wooden show like to know?

  18. Where does a penguin keep his money?

    In a snow bank.

  19. what a great giveaway!

  20. This is awesome, cute tutorial! :)

  21. What is green and sings.... Elvis Parsely

  22. Ask me if I am a truck.............NO~it was the only thing I could think of and was from high school! LOL

  23. That turned out great! I might actually attempt it myself! :)

  24. what do cows drive to take their furniture to a new house? a moooo-ving truck :)

  25. This is so cute! Thanks for the great tutorial too. Thanks so much for linking up to Creative Thursday this week. I can't wait to see what you link up next week. Have a wonderful weekend.


  26. knock knock.
    Who's there.
    Amos who?
    A mosquito bit me.
    knock knock
    Who's there.
    Andy who.
    Andy mosquito just bit me again!

  27. Hey that's really cute! Now I need some business cards. :)

    Thanks for linking to Pin-ed it, Made it. You're such a faithful supporter! We love you!

  28. Love the business card holder! Thanks for the tutorial!

  29. Wow what a creative business card holder!So much cute and also so much impressive.I think all the steps to make it, is so much easy and thanks a lot for the Tutorial.Keep it up.

  30. I find this creative and artistic to come up with this business card holder which has simple steps to follow. But for those who are busy they can have ready-made business cards holders which are of various shapes ,size s and style depending on your needs these are of durable and will last long. For more information read more .

  31. Lindsay, I'm just swooning over this business card holder {finally I can get rid of the free vinyl one advertising my dentist's office on lame is that?}. I featured this today at the party! So glad you stopped by. I adore this blog of yours, girl!

    kristi from


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