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Card Holder Wallet Tutorial

Card Holder Wallet Tutorial

Credit Card / Business Card / Gift Card Holder Tutorial

These handmade business card holders are cute and functional.  Perfect for any girl who carries business cards around and a fun gift for the new graduate that is about to start their first job.

Two pieces of fabric cut to 6" x 4.5"
One piece 6" x 4" in coordinating fabric for inside pocket
One piece of interfacing cut to 6" x 4.5"
Closure - snap, button and/or pony tail band (I'll give instructions for each.)

Start by ironing all of your fabric. Attach the interfacing to what will be your outer piece of 6 x 4.5 fabric. {Update: It was brought to my attention that I ordered these incorrectly because I was using the same fabric as my outer piece and my lining, thus the new colors here in the updated version!}

Here you see the pink lining piece and my blue floral outer piece, with interfacing attached.

Take your 6 x 4" pocket piece and fold it down about 1/4 inch, then 1/4 inch again. Pin and sew.

Now we're going to layer the fabric pieces in preparation for sewing them all together. Place your lining piece of fabric right side up on the bottom of the pile. Put the pocket on top of that, right side up as well, as seen below.

If you're planning to do a button closure, use the version on the top of the photo, positioning the rubber band so it's half way into the fabric.

If you're planning on just using the pony tail band closure, use the photo on the bottom, placing as much of the rubber band as possible to the inside of the fabric.. When you're done, you'll pull the rubber band around the entire wallet to keep it securely closed.

If you're using a snap closure, you don't need to add it until the end.

Once you've positioned your fastener, you're ready to lay the outer piece of 6 x 4.5 fabric on top (with interfacing attached) right side down on top of the pocket. Pin and sew the sides and top, leaving the entire bottom open.

Clip the two top corners for easier turning. To turn, lift up the outer layer only and flip right side out. Press. You should have something that looks like this...

Now, if you chose a button and rubber band closure, this is the time to add your button. Fold the wallet in half and pull the band to the front to determine just where your button should be. Mark it with a fabric marker. Because the bottom of the wallet is still open, you'll have easy access to sew the button on.

Side note: One of the few things I remember from high school Home Economics is this tip for sewing a button. {Thanks Mrs. Tate!} Slide a toothpick between the button and fabric to ensure the wiggle room the button will need. Once you've sewn it enough, pull the needle up through the fabric, but under the button and wrap it around the threads holding the button on 5 or 6 times. While this is a great trick for buttons on clothing, it's important that the button on your wallet have the same type of wiggle room because the rubber band will need to catch on it.

Okay, back to the tutorial...you're so close now!

Lift up the pocket piece, which is still only attached on the left and right sides. Flip it so that it is inside out, but the other pieces are still right side out.

Press, then pin and sew the bottom.

Clip the two bottom corners for ease of turning, then flip the lining so it's all right side out. Iron again. Using a ruler and fabric marker, mark a line down the very center of the wallet. Be precise!

Card Holder Wallet Tutorial

Sew along this line. (Start at the bottom of the wallet and sew to the top; this will keep the pocket from bunching up.) This seam will give the wallet a natural place to fold in half. While you're there, top stitch all the way around the wallet.

If you chose the rubber band or the button and rubberband closures, you're done! If you chose the snap closure, you'll need to sew your snaps on like so...

Card Holder Wallet Tutorial

Card Holder Wallet Tutorial

The snaps are easy, I just suggest making them very secure. I'm always afraid of them pulling the fabric too much. I do think this is a more masculine look. Well, if the fabric was masculine, that is.

Card Holder Wallet Tutorial

Card Holder Wallet Tutorial

Card Holder Wallet Tutorial


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