Monday, March 31, 2008

Business Card Holder Tutorial

Here it is - a real simple way to carry around your business cards without having them mashed to bits with ragged edges in the bottom of your bag:


pattern
Cut out 2 pieces of fabric using the above pattern - one will be the lining:
step 1
Next, cut out two business card-sized pieces of buckram or stiff interfacing. Center them on either side of the fold line (you may want to trim about 1/8" off of the edge with the tab).
step 2
Fuse or baste the pieces in place:
step 3
With right sides together, and a very small 1/8" seam, sew around all edges leaving an opening (about 1.5") along the side:
step 4
step 5 Close-up of opening:
step 6 Trim corners and snip into edges of the curve:


step 7

Turn right-side-out and iron flat. Tuck in the edges of the opening and iron them to the inside. You can use the rounded end of a paintbrush to carefully poke out your corners:
step 8
You can add stitching now, whether it's to hold down the interfacing or for personalizing:

step 9
Fold business card holder in half and sew very close to the edge of both sides (you will close the opening this way, too):

step 10
Ta da!
step 11
Fill with business cards:
step 12
And take it to go!
The End.
I made another one with some ribbon trim - you can see it at my flickr site.


I print my own business cards at home, here's a link to paper that I've used with great results - Avery Two-Side Printable Clean Edge Business Cards:


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Creative Commons License Tamdoll's Business Card Holder by SILVER Mountain Originals is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 United States License.

19 comments:

  1. Thanks for the great tutorial!

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  2. It looks great! I want one!

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  3. Wow, these are cute...and practical!Thanks for sharing the "how=to" with your readers!

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  4. These are very cute and professional looking. I know some 9-5 friends of mine would get one to match every outfit!

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  5. I thought this tutorial was judst so handy.Very clean looking and i know lots could use them. Thank you for sharing it with us!

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  6. That is just SWEET!

    You also wrote a very easy to follow tutorial!

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  7. Thanks for all your comments, I really appreciate them!

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  8. Thanks for the great tutorial :O)

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  9. serendipity. i was just digging around in my bag for cards today and cursing because i didn't have a way too cute holder for them. thank you for solving my dilemma

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  10. I know what a whole bunch of somebodies are getting for christmas now! Thank you!

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  11. nice holder.. but i wonder what if i add some elatic stuff to hold the cards? cos i m plannng to add more than 20 card and hopefully it will hold 3 card without slipping out..

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  12. I think elastic around the opening is a great idea to hold in many or few business cards - maybe something sewn into the bottom seam and brought up and over the holder vertically when turned right-side-out.

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  13. absolutely love this idea! I need to learn how to do that decorative stitching.

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  14. This used stitching on my machine - I love the Doodle Stitching book for easy embroidery stitches that would be great for this project.

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  15. This is fantastic! I'm going to make these as xmas presents for my coworkers

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  16. Nice! My business cards always get squashed :(

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  17. My fiance likes a business card holder over a wallet, and sometimes they come with tri-fold wallets. He always wears out the elastic on the outside for holding money. I made him one of these out of brown cordouroy, and made a hammered copper money clip that I attached to the card holder. It is beautiful and he loved it. Thanks for the tutorial!

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    1. It's great to see that folks still use and like this tutorial! Would love to do a blog post one day with everyone's project pictures if you have them!

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