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.

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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.  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.

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111 Responses to Sew a Gift Card Holder

  1. Jennifer says:

    For fabric to make new curtains for the master bedroom. I made curtains for my daughters’ rooms, but ran out of time so just put up cheap Wal-Mart curtains in the master … really want pretty, handmade ones!

  2. Cindy says:

    what a great idea for Christmas and other special occasions.

  3. Jessica says:

    Hmm, hard to say. I would let me inspire for new sewing projects…the only issue is to choose out of the awesome range…

  4. AnnCP says:

    I like the fabric choices that Online fabric store ha!

  5. Diane says:

    I would buy quilting or apparel fabric – they have a lot of choices I’m interested in. Thanks for the chance to win!

  6. Sherry S says:

    $50 in fabric would go a long way to clearing my Christmas list. I have hostess aprons, pj pants, handbags and t-shirts on my to do list and not much $ or fabric, so I really want to win!

  7. Sherri says:

    Great tutorial. I am going to try this. Thanks.

  8. Tabitha Klucking says:

    I’m done with classes 12/6 and I excited to get stitching again–I’d buy more fabric to do some presents with!

  9. Terry says:

    My daughter has requested a new quilt, so that’s what I would use it for. Thanks for the sweet giveaway 🙂

  10. rrjane011749 says:

    I think I’d buy some apparel fabric if I won the $50 card!

  11. DonnaRae says:

    These would be perfect for all those store cards too!

  12. Julie Henry says:

    I would buy some home decor fabric.

  13. Tracey says:

    I would stock up on Joel Dewberry Aviary or Amy Butler 🙂

  14. Judith R. says:

    I’d spend the gift card on coordinated quilt fabrics.

  15. I’d definitely buy fabrics for some quilting fabrics. There is no end to the projects that I want to make.

  16. Jacklynn Grimm says:

    I would get some fabric to recover my second hand desk chair – I’ve been meaning to do it forever. Thanks for the give away!

  17. Carey Miller says:

    I’d give it to my mother. She’s working on quilts for each of the grandchildren and this would help defray her costs some.

  18. Ashley says:

    I would give the gift card to my friend Sarah who makes a lot of art quilts. She would definitely put it to good use.

  19. Victoria says:

    I would definitely use it toward apparel fabric.

  20. norikl247 says:

    i would use it on fabric for clothes for my daughter & her american girl dolls.

  21. Serena Powell says:

    I’d spend it towards fabric for either a Harley Quinn hoodie or an Ursula dress I’ve been dying to make

  22. Shannon says:

    I’m not familiar with OFS. Headed over to check out their site now.

  23. Tanya Boerhave says:

    I’d have to talk it over but I know my fellow crafting residents(of my care facility) would come up with some amazing projects.

  24. Natalie says:

    I would spend it toward seat covers!

  25. eleanor says:

    I’d like to make a baby blanket or quilt.

  26. Barbara Lima says:

    This project is a great presentation for a gift card.

  27. Cynthia C says:

    I would get some nice quilting fabric.

  28. Joyce Mitchell says:

    Thanks for the gift card tutorial. I’d buy some baby fabric – have a new great nephew due in 2014. Thanks for the chance to win.

  29. Shelley says:

    I would buy Amy Butler! A bag for my sister…an apron for my mother-in-law…matching outfits for my nieces and their dolls? Oh the possibilities!

  30. Paula says:

    I would buy neutral and dark brown burlap and also some Amy Butler goodness. Thanks for the chance!

  31. Meriel A says:

    I’d spend the $50 on lightweight cottons for little doll clothes and quilts!

  32. Xenia says:

    I would spend it on quilting cotton, because you one can never have too much…

  33. Anke says:

    Fabric for bags, bags and even more bags!

  34. DeborahGun says:

    I would buy quilting fabric – love their selection!

  35. Mystica says:

    Just fabric! the holder is so simple and easy to follow. Thanks.

  36. Karen says:

    I have no idea will decide when I have money to spend.

  37. Pam says:

    I’d get some Amy Butler fabric to make big beautiful pillow. Thanks for the fun!

  38. Carla G says:

    I’d get some fabric to make to make some clothes for my kids & for some new bags. 🙂

  39. Patti says:

    I have a ton of gifts to make! This would be awesome!

  40. Michele T says:

    I’d get fabric to make a quilt.

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