Sew a Gift Card Holder

Hello! I'm Palak from Make It Handmade and Sewistry– a blog all about sewing on the cheap. ย 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. ๐Ÿ™‚ 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.

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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.ย  When sheโ€™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.

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110 Responses to Sew a Gift Card Holder

  1. Lisa W says:

    I would use it for fabric for curtains. I just finished redecorating a bedroom for my grandsons. Just missing the curtains.

  2. A great idea, Palak. I’ve pinned.

  3. marybeezo says:

    What great fabric! Thanks for the giveaway.

  4. Philipa Core says:

    I’d love to buy quilting fabric. A bunch of fat quarters in some modern fabrics to do a sampler quilt

  5. More fabric and thread – what else?

  6. Mandie Marie says:

    I would spend my gift card on as much fabric as I could possibly get ๐Ÿ™‚ I like to get all my notions at Hobby Lobby when they are half off..I emptied the shelves last weekend ๐Ÿ˜‰

  7. Mimi O says:

    As to this quickie project…a very sweet and personalized way of giving a “gift card”. Thank you for sharing.

  8. Mimi O says:

    I am in the process of building and decorating a new sewing studio…$50 and a fantastic website like OFS could generate numerous possibilities as to where to spend a wonderful give-away like this!!! Or…my daughter is getting married in 2015…I could use it for supplies to make items for her wedding!

  9. Quilting Tangent says:

    I would buy fabric for my stash.

  10. Karen A says:

    I need some new drapes for my family room.

  11. Melanie says:

    I would absolutely grab some Amy Butler and Joel Dewberry quilting fabric if I won. It’s delicious!

  12. Zoe says:

    I’d buy a whole range of fabrics! I’m really into knits and rayon right now so I’d probably go for those and Online Fabric Store was some lovely lace too ๐Ÿ™‚

  13. Kerry Clark says:

    I would stock up on supplies for the Etsy shop my friend and I are trying to open soon!

  14. fayzer says:

    Gift cards are great. Wish I would get some for Christmas myself.

  15. Robin Coxon says:

    Gift cards are a God send. I always love to get them since it means I can buy what I need or want and no returns. If I win the gift card I would buy fabric, thread and other notions.

  16. Cecilia says:

    I would buy cotton fabric for quilting. Thanks!

  17. Julie C says:

    I would love to win this so I can get some fabric to make weighted blankets for kids on the autism spectrum that I work with at Touchpoint.

  18. Cute and quick- that’s a great project! Thanks for the chance to win. ๐Ÿ™‚

  19. Aparna Singh says:

    I’d buy some lovely fabric and make bags! I love fabric bags ^_^

  20. Lori Smanski says:

    I love your gift card holder, thanks for the tutorial. Hmmm I think I would get some fabric to make a purse for my daughter for Christmas.

  21. Annie Pray says:

    This is awesome! Thanks for this great giveaway I could always use more fabric ๐Ÿ™‚

  22. Palak, I love this quick and easy project! I think I’ll make some up for some gift cards I’ll be giving out this Christmas.
    We’re going to start a big home renovation project after the holidays, and I would love some home decorating fabric.

  23. Chris says:

    Thank-you for the tutorial. Look forward to shopping on the website.

  24. calipidgious says:

    Oh my goodness. There are so many great things you can get at their website that I couldn’t say for sure. It would take me hours of browsing to make my final decision. So many fun things!

  25. Theresa Brooks says:

    I would buy some knit fabric!

  26. Teckla says:

    There are some good looking fabrics here! What fun to make things for my niece and gifts for my family and others with these bright colors! Would love to win!

  27. Anne says:

    What a nice way to present a gift card! I’ve linked to your tutorial over at Craft Gossip:

  28. Catherine says:

    I would probably use it toward fabric for bedroom curtains.

  29. Elena Per says:

    Not sure yet. I look forward to win it and get inspired by it!

  30. Laura K says:

    I love to quilt and sew-not sure if I’d get quilting fabric, home dec or apparel fabric. ALL fabric is fantastic!

  31. Nita says:

    I would buy fabric to make a quilt for my new little great-nephew!

  32. Kim Leavens says:

    I would spend the gift card on either some silks, batiste or linen,,,,or maybe a little bit of all three!!! Thank you for the chance!

  33. Angela says:

    I’m a quilter so I would stock up on quilting fabric. I love Amy Butler and would love to add some of her fabric to my collection!

  34. kbo says:

    I would like to try sewing a windbreaker jacket for myself or a bike bag for the front of my commuter bike.

  35. Jeanine says:

    there are a million DIYs that I would love to attempt right now, especially the new trending fabric hanging wall art types–THAT is what I would use the fabric for if i won!

    • Jeanine says:

      SORRY! i got sooo excited over the fabric colours i thought i was just entering for any ONE of those pieces!!!
      BAM– THAT is still what I would do with the $50: spend it on purchasing one of those fabulously stunning patterns / colored fabrics above ; D

  36. Lydia Varona Trainor says:

    Perfect timing. I was investigating about making my own gift card holder. If I won the $50 gift card I would buy more fabric (no brainer).

  37. DJ says:

    I have been looking for some upholstery fabric. The Fabric Store’s selection is great!

  38. Becky R says:

    Cute project! I’ll be doing this! I would buy some knit fabrics to make something for myself!

  39. Georgia Beckman says:

    I would give this to my sister as a Christmas gift. She is a quilter.

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