I’m overdue on a promise to share how to make the felt business card holder I took with me to ALT Summit. It held up quite nicely during the conference as well as in the subsequent weeks it’s been jostling around in my purse.
Without further adieu, here is the tutorial as well as a reveal of my new business cards.
DIY felt business card holder
Depending on your hand sewing skills, this project will take between 30 minutes and one hour to complete.
- 1 6 1/2″ x 3 3/4″ felt piece (body)
- 2 2 1/4″ x 3/4″ felt pieces (sides)
- Embroidery floss in a contrasting color
- Sewing needle
For cutting your felt pieces (not shown):
- Rotary cutter
- Cutting mat
With the felt piece for the body, measure 2″ from one edge, fold and press with an iron. From that crease, measure another 1/2″, fold and press with an iron.
From the inside, thread the floss on the top left corner of the short side. Tie a knot to secure it in place. Next, take one of the side pieces and align it with the inside of the short side’s left corner. Thread the needle through both pieces and through your original hole.
With even spacing between, continue with blanket stitches (watch this how to video if you need help) down the left side of the holder.
To create the pocket for your cards, you will continue the stitch pattern by connecting the bottom edge of the side piece with the 1/2″ creased section of the body piece.
It sounds more difficult than it is – the picture is more telling. Really, you just want to continue around the corners and then back up along the long side.
Continue with the stitch pattern all the way around, adding the second side piece in just as you did in Step 2.
When you get to the end, tie a secure knot in between the two pieces of felt, tucking it out of site.
Bonanza! You just made a felted business card holder!
Go forth and network with confidence.
Here’s my new business card. I’ve been playing around with adding little adornments to personalize it. What do you think? I like the idea of adding an extra little touch but I’m not quite sold on the bunnies or squirrels. They are cute but it’s starting to feel too much like a nursery, which wouldn’t be bad if my blog was about kids.