This gift card holder tutorial is a super-quick, super-easy way to package gift cards in a way that’s meaningful and good for the environment.  It’s so fast, in fact, it will probably take you longer to read this tutorial than it will to make the gift card holder!  All it takes are some basic sewing skills and scrap fabric and you’ll have a lovely way to give gift cards that can be re-used or re-purposed.  I first found this gem over at So Sew Easy, and I have used it so many times!

Here we go!

Start with your 12″ by 4.5″ piece of scrap fabric.  I used this Spider-man left-over from a dress I made for Sun.

It looks uneven, because I am bad at photography.

Fold this fabric in half, wrong-sides together so that the right side is showing.

Of course, if you are fancy you will be ironing all your creases, to give it a professional look!

Place your gift card at the fold as guide to make a crease, keep it there as you will continue to use it as your guide.

I hope this unfocused picture is not hurting your eyes

Now, take the bottom edge and pull it up over your gift card.


Next, you will FLIP the entire project over (flip left-to-right, or right-to-left, but not top-over-bottom).


Now, you pull this bottom end up over the card, keeping the card and all the fabric in place.

Carefully remove the card

You may want to use a pin or something to keep all the fabric in place as you move it over to your sewing machine.

Now sew around, leaving a small opening to turn your project right-side-out.

Yes, that is a bobby pin.  Straight pins are good sometimes, but I keep bobby pin and clothes pins on hand too!

Turn your project right-side-out.

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Voila!  You may want to do some top stitching all the way around for a more together look, or because you are too lazy to hand sew an invisible stitch.

You could even use matching thread for your top-stitching if you were super-fancy!

I’ve tied a simple bow using T-Shirt yarn.

finished project

These babies are destined for a Birthday Piñata…but that’s for another post!