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2.24.2009

Tutorial Tuesday: Business Card Holder

So I just got back from the most amazing weekend I've had in a long while! I attended the Mom 2.0 Summit in Houston. I met some great new friends, and met a few people whose blogs I've been reading for a while. I had the pleasure of rooming with some amazing craft ladies: Christy and Deb. I also got to room with Surabhi who owns a math tutoring business. You guys rock! I can't even begin to explain the amount of energy there and the amazing women that I got to meet! I finally got to meet my mom's next door neighbor. Can you guess who it is? Here's a hint, her sister owns this site that's super awesome and she assists with it also! I met Maria, Alison (who had her entire wardrobe for the conference sponsered by Shade!), and April too! I had some great, hilarious conversations with Trisha of MomDot. I also got to talk to Gabrielle and Jordan. I wouldn't even know where to start in sharing with you everything I learned while there! There was definitely a reason that the conference sold out and I will definitely be going next year!

Last week I was all ready to go and decided that I needed a business card holder that held more than 5 cards at a time and that looked a little more like a Schlosser Designs product. So Thursday morning, hours before I had to leave, I came up with this simple pattern for a business card holder. (If you don't have business cards this would make a great holder for all those frequent shopper cards.)

So here's the tutorial for today:

Items you'll need:

2 scraps of fabric
1 piece of thin interfacing
coordinating thread

Piece A: Cut a piece of fabric to be 4 3/4" x 9 1/2"
Piece B: Cut a piece of fabric to be 4 3/4" x 6"
Piece C: Cut two pieces of fabric to be 2 1/4" x 4 3/4" for the inside pockets

Sew pieces C to either side of Piece B. Iron the seams open.
Layer all the pieces in the following order:

Piece A
Piece B/C (make sure the right sides face each other on piece A and B/C)
Interfacing

Pin and sew around the edges using 1/4" seams, leaving about 2" open along one of the shorter sides. See where my double red pins are on the top.


Trim the corners.
Turn right side out and top stitch only the top and the bottom. This will sew up the hole you left open for turning right side out. Sew a straight stitch along the seam where the two fabrics are sewn together. This will help secure the interfacing and make it fold a little easier. (You can barely see it at the seam between the green and blue fabric.)


Fold up the pockets and then top stitch up both sides.


How easy was that? You're done!




Happy Crafting!

28 comments:

  1. oh SO cool! Wish I could Sew! I have a machine but am a little nervous to try. But this seems easy - straight lines...hmmm.

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  2. Sheesh if my scrap fabrics were that cute...

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  3. Oh this is fantastic! I love the colors you used too. Thanks so much for sharing, I'll be linking.

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  4. Erin! I LOVED this holder when I saw it in person! I'm so excited that you're sharing with all of us on how to make one! The fabrics are soooo fantastic, too.

    It was sure wonderful to finally meet you!!! Come visit your mom sometime soon so we can go to lunch! ;)

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  5. Wow this is fantastic thanks for sharing , I carry business cards with me alpol the time now I will have a go at making one of these to carry them around in. What a really cool make!!

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  6. I recently came accross your blog and have been reading along. I thought I would leave my first comment. I dont know what to say except that I have enjoyed reading. Nice blog. I will keep visiting this blog very often.


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  7. Thank you ever so much for this tutorial i made one which you can see on my blog

    http://dailydoseofme.wordpress.com/2009/04/20/getting-ready/

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  8. awesome!!! i am so going to do this!

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  9. A business card hold is a must have if you want to keep your cards neat and clean. If your cards do not look crisp, you can only imagine the image you are conveying through them.

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  13. Thanks so much for the great tutorial! I've made one for my husband and it's so nice I don't care if he doesn't like it because I'll happily use it :)

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  14. So i tried your tutorial, but my cards didn't fit. I would suggest making your fabric 5 3/4 " instead of the 4 3/4" listed. Especially without letting us know your seam allowances. I was bummed I wasted fabric on a too-small holder. Hopefully I can save someone the trouble!

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  15. Anonymous-Sorry it didn't work for you! I tried to make it clear in the post that you pin the pieces and sew all seams with 1/4" seams. This is also for a standard sized business card so if you have a different size than the standard, some adjustments are necessary. Thanks for the comment!

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  16. I just finished making mine and mine ended up being too small too but I use bigger cards and didn't that in... Fear not though I am going to use it to keep my 'girly things for that time of the month' in there. I love your tutorial and will let you know how I go with the next one!!

    ps. found you through Juneatnoon...

    xo Steph

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  18. just cut my fabric! also prepping for a blog conference. will post to wanderingknits dot blogspot dot com Thank you for the tute!

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  19. Love it! Might have to make one for Blissdom '11 in Nashville! Thanks for sharing.

    Brittany
    http://www.prettyhandygirl.com

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  20. Made this for a friend! Turned out great. Also great to use for those times you don't want to carry a purse!! Ended up using felt instead of interfacing because I was out!! Thanks.

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  21. Love this tutorial. I have made a couple of these now. I use mine for times when I just want to grab my debit card, id and maybe a couple bucks and not have to carry a purse. Love it! I also used these exact steps with different measurements and made one that is long. So you can put in bills without having to fold 'em up. It also ended up being just the right size for a check book cover. Haven't posted about it on my blog yet ... but will very soon if you want to check it out!

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