Sunday 22 January 2017

DIY Accessories | Card Holder

For travel cards, debit/credit cards or gift cards, carry them around in this simple card holder [plus it it features glitter material, so......]

I am a bag lady - I have big handbags and carry the world in them, including a fairly large purse. But or quick trips to local shop, or for storing cards that I need quick access to [rather than rummaging through my bag and/or purse], I have a simple, little & glittery DIY.

Glitter Fabric / Tape Measure or Ruler / Pins / Needle & Thread / Sewing Machine / Fabric Glue


I created my own template [please feel free to use below] but I'll also talk you quickly through the very simple measurements I used and why if you want to create your own to accommodate more cards or a slightly different layout.
[right-click and save to your computer to print]

Using a debit card as my template, I marked the card size and added a further 0.5cm to one side and the bottom.  This would give a little wiggle room and allow for the thickness of the card, without straining the fabric.  I then added a 0.5cm seam to each side, the top and the bottom.
I reflected this pattern from the line that would be the bottom of the card holder.  To ensure that the card could be removed easily, I created a dip in the top line.
Use this template to cut your fabric.
If you are using a particularly thick material, the fold at the bottom may not sit neatly, so you can cut the template across the bottom so that two separate pieces are being sewn together.
Simply, sew from the top of one side down, across the bottom and up the other side with a running stitch [this can be done by hand or with a machine].
Leave the start and end of the stitch long so that it can be neatened by hand if using a machine.
Tie a secure knot [or two] with the two threads at the start of the stitch and then use a needle to thread these back in to the running stitch for a couple of stitches, finishing on the inside of the card holder.
Trim the thread and this will create a nice, neat finish.  Repeat on the other side.
Because this is vinyl/pvc fabric, the edges don't fray, but to create a neat and secure finish, I added a line of fabric glue around the seams and left to dry completely
[held in place with some small bull dog clips] before trimming the edges to neaten.
Use to store your cards, travel cards or make as a great way to hold someones gift card!


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