I made these felt & fabric gift card holders last year for Christmas & am creating them again this year. In fact, I’m going to create a surplus so it will save me some work next year. 🙂 Gift cards can feel impersonal, so these holders add a homemade touch and make the gift more special.
My sewing skills are pretty limited, so I love that this project is very basic. You use minimal fabric (=minimal measuring) & scraps are perfect for the lining.
If you have some budding crafters at home, this would be a great project for them. You can use this project to teach them how to use scraps, coordinate colors/prints and basic sewing techniques.
This year, I’m making mine with seasonal fabric & colors, but last year I used standard prints so the holders could be re-used after Christmas. My sister loved hers because it was crafted just for her (purple felt with black & white zebra print fabric) and she used it well after redeeming the gift card. These holders would be perfect for storing gum, business cards, money, keys, etc.
-Fabric (I prefer calico & something with a pattern)
-Thread (I like using a color that’s contrasting to the felt )
-Flexible sew-on velcro
1. Measure & cut panels:
Outside: 1 felt panel at 4″ x 5.5″
Pockets: 2 felt panels at 2″ x 4″
Lining: 1 fabric panel (I like calico) at 4″ x 5.5″
2. With the pinking shears, trim the top (long) edge of each felt pocket panel.
3. Sew velcro to the right side of the felt pocket panels. I just eye the panels & place them in the middle, but you could be precise by marking this point at 1″ x 2″.
4. Pin the wrong sides of the larger felt panel & the fabric panel together.
5. Pin the felt pocket panels to the felt/fabric panel, the wrong side of the pockets facing the right side of the lining.
6. Sew a 1/4″ seam around the outer edges of the entire piece.
7. Trim the outer edges with the pinking shears.
Add a crease in the middle by ironing, if desired. You can also add embellishments like ribbon, buttons, or bells to the outside if you wish.