Friday, 6 January 2017

sew simple card holder tutorial


I can not even describe to you the hideous state of my husband's old, beat up wallet!! A new one was well over due. He likes a simple folded card holder and it occurred to me that I could make one. Initially dubious, he is really pleased with the result!

Possible the easiest sew, with only three cuts, I thought I would share the measurements and a quick tutorial so you can make one too. It would be a perfect present for anyone that likes a minimalist style, needs a place to keep bank cards or business cards and it would also be a great way to give gift cards.


The sew simple card holder wallet is made of Kraft-tex. An alternative would be to use a good quality felt, it needs to be a material that won't fray.

I recently bought some Kraft-tex, I was curious about what it felt like and what it could be used for. It is described as "rugged paper that looks, feels, and wears like leather, but sews, cuts, and washes just like fabric... Durable fiber-based texture softens and crinkles with handling and washing". It is a great vegan alternative to leather. It feels like thick paper but slightly more flexible. It does fold and crinkle but it's also firm. It is really cool and has so many possibilities! I washed mine before using it because I didn't want it to look like card and it did make it look more wrinkled like leather.


I have ordered some in a paler colour because I really want to stamp on it, wouldn't it be fun to give someone a personalised card holder?! Kraft-tex isn't expensive and a quick search online will bring up lots of stockists.


Sew Simple Card Holder Tutorial:

Please note that I made a couple of different card holders. Trust the instructions rather than the scale or any measurements seen in the photos! 

You can fit 3 or 4 cards in each pocket (though my husband has stuffed it with more!).

Use coordinating thread or make it pop with a contrasting colour.



1. Cut the following pieces:    

(1) 8" x 3" 
(2) 3" x 3¼" 

Now you can chose to get a bit fancy or keep it super simple. 
Add a hole to help push the cards out or skip this and jump to Step 4.


2. Line your ruler up at 1½ along the 3" side of the smaller pieces to find the centre, then mark dots 3/4" from the top and 2½" from the top to give a guide for the length of the oval hole. Use the end of a teaspoon to mark the curves of the oval and a ruler for the straight edges. 

3. Use a craft knift or small scissors to cut out the hole on both of the smaller pieces.


4. Again this step is optional but I think it adds a nice decorative touch and keeps the card holder simple but professional. Stitch 1/4" from the edge on the 3" side and then top stitch, so you have a double row of stitching. Make sure you back stitch at the beginning and end when sewing to secure the stitches.


5. Position the smaller pieces on top of the large one matching up the corners, make sure the stitched edges are towards the centre and use clips to hold in place.


6. Stitch 1/4" from the edge on the 3" side and then top stitch, so you have a double row of stitching all the way round. As you are sewing, back stitch across the 4 sections where the pockets open. I backstitch 1/4" to just to the meet the first row of stitching on the smaller pieces.


7. Score down the centre, fold and your card holder is done!


You could chose to add embellishments, stamp or write on it! I actually wrote some positive words on the inside of the pockets to bring my husband luck. Make it your own and enjoy using or gifting your card holder!


If you make one I would love to see! Please share in the comments below or tag me @charmaboutyou on instagram and use #sewsimplecardholder



linking up:

at Quokka Quilts
and finish it up friday at crazy mom quilts

7 comments:

  1. This is so simple and yet so cool!! I'm going to try to find some of that material! Thank you for sharing Lucy. :-)

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  2. I had never heard of Kraft-tex but wen online and saw some on eBay. It does look interesting to use. x

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  3. I've been eyeing up Kraft-tex for a while, I think I've seen it on sotak blog, I love the faux leather look! I'm off to google and check eBay maybe to find somewhere that I can buy some here in Sydney

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  4. Neat! Looks like pretty cool material!

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  5. This is exactly the sort of thing my husband would like me to make, something he can use and more to the point enjoy using. Looks really well Lucy, I hadn't heard of Kraft-tex

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  6. This is a great design! I love the simplicity. I've got a Craft Gossip post scheduled for tomorrow that features your tutorial: http://sewing.craftgossip.com/?p=91179 --Anne

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  7. Great idea! My hubby could use one for his business cards :)

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