Today's tutorial has a few uses. As we head into the gifting season, it can be used to give a gift card, or it can be gifted as a wallet or business card holder. It can also be made for personal use, because sometimes we have to make gifts for ourselves, right? Either way, this tutorial is quick, easy, and can showcase embroidery in a very unexpected place.
- embroidery supplies
- sewing machine and supplies
- iron and ironing board
- two pieces of 9 1/2 by 5-inch fabric
- One piece of Wonder Under or light-weight fusible interfacing 9 1/2 by 5-inches
Step One: Transfer your embroidery pattern to the exterior fabric, at least 4 1/4-inches above the short edge, and stitch. The bottom of the design I stitched is 2 1/5 inches from the short edge. I used the retro star pattern from Jenny Hart's Sublime Stitching Stitch it Kit.
Step Two: Following the manufacturer's instructions, attach the fusible interfacing to the back of the exterior piece of fabric. If using Wonder Under, the gritty side of the paper-backed interfacing should be ironed to the wrong side of your fabric, once cool, you gently peel off the paper. You'll be able to feel the interfacing web attached to the fabric.
Step Three: Place the exterior and lining right sides together, stitch a 1/4-inch seam around the exterior edge. Leave a space open on one short end for turning. I found that it was easier to sew the fabric with the interfacing down and the plain fabric facing up, that way the sewing machine teeth can help pull the interfacing forward.
Step Four: Clip the corners and flip the fabric so that the right sides are facing outward. Push each corner out and press.
Step Five: Stitch a 1/8-seam along each short edge. This finishes what will become the fold of the card holder and closes the space used to turn the fabric.
Step Six: Fold the card holder in half and press along the fold to create the center crease of the card holder. Open the card holder and fold each edge in 1 3/4 of an inch in toward the center and press.
Step Eight: Add your cards or cash, and your card holder is good to go!