Card holders can be life savers – especially during that defining moment when you want to slip someone your card with the hopes of forming a new business relationship. And we dearly hope you’re not among those who like to keep their business cards buried in their front pocket – that’s just tacky!
A great looking card holder can do a lot more than just hold business cards – IDs, money, notes and receipts, for instance. If you don’t feel like buying one for now or want to make the most of your craftsmanship skills, here’s a simple guide that shows you how to make a card holder at home.
Assemble the Following materials
- Rexine or faux leather
- Sewing machine
Guide to making your own card holder
Cut out the paper according to your desired card size. Place the cut up paper on the faux leather/rexine and start tracing around the sides using your handy pencil and ruler. Make sure you leave at least a centimetre extra space width and length-wise.
Now cut out two pieces of faux leather or rexine using your paper template. These two pieces will act as the internal layers of our card holder.
Next, you’ll need to cut a reasonably long strip of faux leather/rexine – the width should be a centimetre more than your typical cards’ width and at least four times the length.
Turn the strip around so that the wrong side is facing outward. Place one of the internal layers on this strip; fold the other side up. If you did this right then the folded part will be a bit shorter than the internal layer.
Sew neatly along the side, making sure that the internal layer is attached as well.
Now let’s place our semi-finished card on a flat, stable surface. Place the other internal piece we just finished on the unfinished card holder. Fold the side up just like we did in step two – and again, sew along the sides, ensuring that the folder part is a little shorter than the internal layer.
We’re nearly there. Cut out two arch-shaped patterns on the outside layer’s centre – the one which is a bit shorter than the internal layer as (we described in step 2 and 3). This will easily allow you to firmly grasp cards with your thumb and index finger, and pull them out in style!
We’re done – time for a little test run. Place as many cards as you can fit in your new card holder and fold it up. Open it, take out a few cards and put them back in to ensure they are secure.
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