Make a Pretty Patchwork Card Holder

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Please enjoy this adorable free project from Sew Small—19 Little Bags by Jennifer Heynen.


FINISHED SIZE: 2 1/2 ̋ × 4 ̋

Materials

  • 8–10 scraps of quilting cotton, at least 1 1/2 ̋ × 31/2 ̋ each, for outer shell and tab
  • 1⁄8 yard or 1 fat quarter of quilting cotton for lining
  • 1⁄8 yard of batting to add padding to bag
  • 1 ̋ × 3 ̋ sew-on leather snap fastener (3DANsupplies on Etsy)
  •  4 ̋ of ball-chain key chain
  •  All-purpose sewing thread to match lining cutting
  • Cutting

    Outer shell: 16 pieces 1 1/2 ̋ × 1 1/2 ̋

    Tab: 1 piece 2 ̋ × 2 ̋

    Lining: 2 pieces 2 1/2 ̋ × 4 1/2 ̋

    Batting: 2 pieces 2 1/2 ̋ × 4 1/2 ̋

    Instructions

    Seam allowances are 1/4 ̋.

    1. Sew 4 rows of 4 different 1 1/2 ̋ × 1 1/2 ̋ squares each. Press the seams open.

    2. Sew 2 rows together to create a 2 1/2 ̋ × 4 1/2 ̋ rectangle. Press the seams open. Repeat. 

    3. Sew a 2 1/2 ̋ × 4 1/2 ̋ piece of batting to the wrong side of each pieced rectangle, either by stitching 1⁄8̋ around the edge or in the ditch between the squares.

    4. Sew a lining piece to the top of each rectangle from Step 2, right sides together. Press the seams open and set aside. 

    5. Fold the 2 ̋ × 2 ̋ tab piece in half and press. Open the piece up and fold the raw edges of 2 sides in to meet the fold. Press and fold in half again. 

    6. Edgestitch down each side of the tab. Fold in half. Pin the tab just above the centerline on the side, as shown. 

    7. Align the lining and the front outer shell with right sides together, matching the middle seam. Sew around the edge, leaving an opening in the lining for turning. Clip the corners and turn right side out through the opening. 

    8. Hand stitch the opening closed. Push the lining into the holder.

    9. Hand stitch the leather strap and magnet onto the holder. The placement will be determined by the length of the strap and whether you’re holding business or loyalty cards. 

    TIP: Place your cards into the holder to determine the best placement for the sew-on leather fastener.

    10. Slide the chain through the loop; fasten.

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