Homemade Gift Card Holders

Homemade Gift Card Holders
Homemade Gift Card Holders
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We’re giving away a few gift cards this Christmas, and I wanted to package them a little more personally than with those cardboard holders they come with, so I whipped up my own design.

This tutorial for one of the designs. They’re very simple to make, just adjust the instructions for each design.

You will need
cutting implements of choice
a needle
embroidery floss

I personally like to use my rotary cutter to make the rectangular pieces and then use my shears or embroidery scissors to cut out an applique, if I’m using one.

You’ll want to cut two rectangles approximately 2 1/2″ x 3 5/8″ (or just measure around a gift card). If you want to add an applique, cut that out too.


Next you’re going to do your applique and/or embroidery. Now’s the time to do as much or as little embellishing as you want. If you look at the individual card holders, you’ll see that I chose to only embroider some of them, but the one in this tutorial makes use of an applique as well.

Use whatever colors and variety of stitches you desire to attach your applique and make your design on one of the rectangular pieces. (Set the other piece aside for now.) The felt is not going to fray, so you can be fairly decorative with your attaching stitches without worrying about making it super tight or folding under edges. Also, don’t worry too much about perfection, with the stitching or the cutting that comes later. I think imperfections give the pieces a more “folksy,” homemade appearance that is quirky and fun.


And there you have the finished embellishments:


Then the cutting begins. You’ll still be working with just the front rectangular piece. You can choose to skip this part if you like (and you’ll see that I did so with one of the designs), but I personally much prefer seeing a bit of the card peeking through.

I used my embroidery scissors with the teeniest points so that I could make smaller, more precise cuts. Whatever you use, cut carefully and be sure to leave pieces of the center design still attached to the outer edges of the holder. I learned as I went that it’s better to make sure the attached pieces are reasonably thick; otherwise the felt could get strained or tear.

This is another area where you can get as creative as you like. My favorite design just involved cutting around the center design to look like a frame, but on another holder I used the scissors to free-form cut the design itself into the felt.


Once your cutting is done, it’s time to attach the two rectangular pieces with your stitch of choice. I preferred whip stitch for most of them, but you can use a blanket stitch or a straight stitch or anything else that suits your fancy. When you get to the edges where you want your opening, simply stitch on each individual layer instead of going through both at once.

And then...


Tada! Simple and sweet, it costs almost nothing, takes no time at all, and you’ve got an impressive way to present your gift. Enjoy!


Gretchen has created some other fun Christmas gift crafts! She'll show you how to make a drawstring box, this lovely crocheted twine bird feeder, and a fun pocket organizer for kids!


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Gretchen is the creative mind behind the blog June at Noon. Reprinted with permission.