Sew a Gift Card Holder

Hello! I'm Palak from Make It Handmade and Sewistry– a blog all about sewing on the cheap.  Although I do love giving (and getting) handmade gifts, I made the decision last year to quit stressing myself out over making handmade gifts during the holiday season. I called it my Happy Holidays Pledge.

So, when Deby asked me to participate in her seasonal sewing series, I knew just what I wanted to make– a gift card holder! This is the perfect way to add a handmade touch to an impersonal gift card. I have a special place in my heart for clever sewing construction, and I think this little gift card holder is clever! It's made out of a single rectangle of fabric to reduce the amount of sewing and turning. This makes it an especially quick sew for those last minute gifts.


Fabric rectangle 12″ by 4.5″
Gift card or credit card
Sewing Stuff

Making up:

First take your rectangle and fold it in half, wrong sides together as shown.

Using the gift card as a guide to make a crease, fold the top portion up. Flip the whole thing over and do the same thing for the other side.

If you look at the rectangle from the side, you should see something like this. The folded inside portion will become the pocket for the gift card holder.

Sew along the outside of your folded square leaving a small opening at the top for turning.


Now all that's left to do is turn the card holder inside out. Although you can just top stitch across the top to close the hole, I like to do the entire outside flap. Because I'm fancy. 🙂 You can also hand sew the opening closed using an invisible stitch like the magic stitch.

The you're done! Simply slip your gift card inside…

And close the flap. You can tie a little bow to do discourage peekers. We know who you are!

This little project was a great way to use up scraps of this winter themed fabric I've had for far too long. You can also make a pretty patch work version with multiple fabric scraps and a little bit of extra time.

Opt In Image
Introducing Palak from Make it Handmade

Palak is an engineer turned DIY blogger who has enjoyed making things her whole life. She loves knitting, sewing, and a good bargain.  When she’s not sitting behind her sewing machine, Palak writes about her creative exploits at her blog Make It Handmade where you can find weekly tutorials, project ideas and sewing inspiration. She also owns, a site dedicated to stretching your sewing dollar with money saving projects, product reviews and info about the latest sales posted daily.

Tagged . Bookmark the permalink.

111 Responses to Sew a Gift Card Holder

  1. Susan Podewitz says:

    I liked the instructions! The pic from the ‘side view’ made it easy to figure out and I made a bunch of different sizes. Thank you so much.

  2. Blondell says:

    Confusing as hell. You need to explain the folds better (and yes, I’ve made many things that are inside-out and with hidden/French seams)…the pics are not showing clearly what you are doing and the wording is ambiguous.

  3. Gianna says:

    Fabric, felt and filling.

  4. Christian Alejandro says:

    My girlfriend would probably buy some fabric with it.

  5. Buddy Garrett says:

    My wife would buy fabric to make crafts.

  6. lmurley2000 says:

    I would buy material for making a quilt

  7. Vikki Billings says:

    I would spend it on some Christmas fabric so I can make mini stockings.

  8. jessica schueler says:

    I would give it to my Mom who is handicap and loves to sew for somwething to occupy herself, for Christmas

  9. Lanicsha Wynn says:

    I would use the fabric to make shirts for my dogs

  10. Carolyn Daley says:

    I would give the gift card to my aunt for Christmas to buy materials she would like for the quilt that she wants to make.

  11. tina page says:

    i would give it to my friend for xmas

  12. Sarah Hall says:

    I would get fabric to make bears for a local charity.

  13. beth says:

    id buy some fabric for a quilt

  14. Rajee (@momsfocus) says:

    I love to learn it

  15. maryjgardner says:

    i would buy fabric to make my granddaughter’s holiday dresses

  16. I’d like to try oil cloth and maybe get some pretty knits.

  17. Jodi Clark Kershuk says:

    I would buy some cute material to make dresses for my daughter

  18. liz l says:

    puppy fabric for clothes!

  19. 4bluehouse says:

    I would buy denim for some garments I want to make.

  20. tina reynolds says:

    material to make my daughter more clothes

  21. Melissa S says:

    I would use it towards enough if this drapery fabric to make Premier Prints Suzani Wisteria Twill Fabric curtains for my dining room and living room.

  22. I’ve been wanting to make a cat bed. I’d buy the fabric here.

  23. Nancy says:

    I am getting ready to recover two chairs so I would buy fabric.

  24. i love your little gift card tutorial…. I’d buy more fabric of course!!

  25. Sherry VF says:

    I would definitely buy quilting fabric or perhaps a nice pack of aurifil thread. Thank you for the giveaway!

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *