Inside: Learn how to sew a DIY business card holder with this simple sewing tutorial. These easy card holders are fun and easy to sew. This quick sewing project is useful and perfect for holding my cards.
I haven’t gotten new cards for many years and I wanted updated business cards to head to Houston Quilt Festival. I also thought it would be fun to create easy DIY business card holders with kraft-tex. This sewable paper product is perfect for this card holder and easy to sew.
DIY Business card holders
How cute are these DIY card holders? When I saw this kraft-tex I knew I wanted to make something with it. I had just ordered new cards from Moo, so this was a great first project. this stuff is amazing! It sews like fabric, but is paper! I’m super excited to make more fun projects with this soon.
I created templates for two different types of holders in two different sizes. I created the side by side double card holder and the single holder too. There are two sizes in the folder, a square one like seen here, or a rectangle shape for traditional cards.
The file types in the download folder are SVG-PNG-PDF, use the file type you need for your device or the PDF file for cutting with scissors. I’m going to hand out the single holders with the cards and I’m using the side by side to hold several cards and I can pass out from there. I love the colors that were in this pack of kraft-tex I bought.
Supplies for card holders:
- Kraft – Tex sewable paper
- Download template for square and rectangle cards
- ScanNCut or scissors
- Sewing machine
The templates seen here are in a zip folder. You can use the link above or the button below to download the files. The folder contains files for both the square and rectangle cards holders. Use the style and file format that works best for you. You can cut with an electronic cutting machine OR by hand.
How to sew kraft-tex paper card holders
Let’s make a card holder, two or ten! I only made the square version, but I did sew the side by side and the single. The process is the same for both. I’m first going to walk you through using the file on your cutting machine. I tried this in both canvas workspace for Brother and cricut design space for Cricut.
Like I said I tried this in two different design spaces, so I made sure it would work for whatever cutting machine you are using. Because there is text in the file you will get a message the some items can’t be supported. Just hit continue to to open the file. You can isolate just the single or double holder if you want to hold can one.
If using canvas workspace you will see a similar warning. Just hit ok. You can isolate the single or double card holder in the layers area.
I isolated the single holder and then copied and pasted that file so I could cut several at the same. time.
Use the super sticky fabric mat to hold the paper, if you are using a standard mat I would secure the paper with masking tape as well. I couldn’t get it to stay. Transfer the file from you computer to your ScanNCut.
If you have been cutting lots of vinyl like I do, make sure to turn off the half cut setting, so you will get a full cut through this awesome textured paper. When it finishes the cutting you should be able to pull the cut pieces out.
I cut a whole bunch of holders out before starting to sew.
For either the double or single card holder you will stitch with a straight stitch 1/8″ from the edge of the paper. You will be sewing two layers of the paper, keeping the edges lined up. For the double holder sew the three sides, and then the center line. I sewed right at the bottom of the V to the bottom edge.
I trimmed the threads on the back and then folded the double holder over. I pressed the fold tightly and rubbed it with my scissor handles to press firmly.
I filled my double card holder with several cards and I will be keeping this one with me and can hand out cards as needed.
The single holder is super simple to sew. The font piece is reversible so you can flip it over to have the angle on either the right or left side. Sew on the three sides with a straight stitch. Make sure to backstitch to secure the stitch on both ends.
With these single card holders I plan to hand out the card and holder together. So cute and an extra something to hand out with my cards.
Dee Kay says
Thanks for this Emily. I just started a new job as a mail carrier, and I need to only carry my driver’s license and $20 bucks on me (in case I am robbed), and I have felt like I would lose either just having them float around in my pocket. I am going to make mine super strong, with a grommet in it for a chain and loop it around my belt loop. And, I am wondering about identity theft with our driver’s licenses having a scan bar on the back now, I wonder if you can buy RFDI (I think that’s what it’s called?) proof material to sew in? Anyone know? Thanks again!
I appreciate the level of detail you provided on each point.