Monday, March 18, 2013

Business Card Holders with Snap Closures

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I’ve made business card holders a few different times (set I, set II) and already have a tutorial for a ruffled business card holder.

I had the idea to improve the tutorial by hammering on snaps for the closures. I thought that making the fronts flat (meaning no button or elastic loop, instead using a hidden snap inside) would make the holder easier to put into a pocket. And the option with a small snap tab on the front was another idea.

 DIY Business card holder
I’ll tell and show you how to make both versions.

Ok, if you’re ready to get started, start by cutting fabric. I used the original dimensions from the ruffle business card holder but added about 1/8” on each side. I cut two large pieces 4 1/2” x 5 1/2”. And then I cut two small pieces 4 1/2” by 2 1/2”. (Add 1/8” on each of those cuts. Gives you more space for seam allowance.)
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Oh, and for the one with the snap tab on the outside, you’ll need one additional piece 1 1/2” wide and 5” long.

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Begin by folding, pressing under 1/4” and then folding, pressing under another 1/4” and then sewing the top of each of the 2 1/2” x 4 1/2” pieces.

Also, take the 1 1/2” x 5” piece and press in half, then open, press the sides to the mid point, fold in half again to hide the raw edges. Then fold the whole thing in half lengthwise. Top stitch the edges.

You’ve got to fuse interfacing to the wrong side of anywhere you’re going to place a snap.

If you’re making the one with the hidden snap, fuse some scraps of interfacing to the wrong side of the pieces you just folded over twice, pressed, and hemmed. I decided to place my snaps about 1” from the bottom of each and then found the mid point of the width. Mark this spot and make sure it’s covered by interfacing.

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For the business card holder with snap in front on the tab, place the interfacing in the middle and fuse it in place.

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I placed the front snap about 1 1/2” from the bottom and at the midpoint of the front. I placed the other half of this snap on the bottom of the narrow tab piece. If you need help placing snaps, check out this tutorial. I use a spool instead of the hammer tool she shows, but same idea. Snaps are easy.

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After you’ve attached the snaps, you can start assembling the business card holders.

Let’s start with the one with the snap front. Start by basting the pockets to the inside fabric piece (the 4 1/2” x 5 1/2” piece). Make sure you’re basting the pockets on with the hemmed side facing in. Place the snap piece in the middle of one of the bottom with the snap facing down. Baste into place.

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After the basting is complete, place the front piece with right sides together onto the basted inner fabric of the business card holder. Line up all corners and make sure the front snap is at the opposite side of where you placed the closure tab piece. That is very important!

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Next, sew around the perimeter leaving a space where the closure tab piece was basted. (Where to sew is shown in red below.)

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Make sure the space is large enough to turn the whole thing. Clip the corners.

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Turn the whole thing, press it flat, and then sew the opening closed.

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Fold it in half and press it again. That one’s complete!
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To make the business card holder with the hidden snap, follow these instructions….
Baste the 2 1/2” x 4 1/2” pieces with snaps to the short sides of the inside 5 1/2” x 4 1/2” piece. Place the hem side facing toward the middle.

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Next, take the outside fabric and place it right sides together with the basted middle piece.
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Next, sew around the whole perimeter leaving an opening for turning (shown at the arrow in the picture below).
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Clip the corners, turn the whole thing right sides out, and press it flat. Sew the opening closed and the business card holder is complete!

how to make business card holders

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  1. These look great! What a good way to use up some of those scraps too :)

  2. This is great!! Such cute fabric you used as well :-) Pinning to my Stitching and Sewing board now!

    Hannah ♫
    Sew Lah Tea Dough

  3. These are GORGEOUS! So happy I found you over at the RTSH link-up party! This is going on my "Need to Learn to Sew (and Knit)" board on Pinterest. :) Do you sell these? Have an awesome day! :) ellie p @ creative geekery blog

    1. Hi Ellie!

      I do sell these. I haven't made any except these two yet, but I have a bunch of the type I referenced with buttons and elastic loops listed on my Facebook page.

      If you'd like to purchase one from the Facebook page or you'd like to custom order one with snaps, please email me at and we'll work it out!


  4. Thanks for the tutorial, I am pinning it to use later. ;o)

  5. I need to make a few of these! I either never have cards with me, or the ones I do are shoved in my own wallet, and who knows what happens to them in there. And these are so cute and a great way to show off your cards in that DIY style! Pinned for sure!
    Thanks for sharing this-
    Kim @ Two Ten

  6. I love these! You chose beautiful fabric. Don't forget to link up to The DIY'ers!

  7. Too cute! What a great idea! I have to make some for my business cards and for my team! Pinning! Julia @

  8. Hey - these are great! Found you voer at Sugar Bee Cratfs. Very easy step by step tutorial and LOVE the colors/patterns you selected


  9. These are too cute! I love the chevron!

  10. This is such a great idea! And I love the fabrics you chose, too! I found you at Pincushion Creations--thanks for sharing!

    ~Abby =)

  11. Love this! I'll be pinning to share with my followers! Found you via Southern Lovely! Hope you will have a chance to swing by my blog: It's Always Ruetten!

  12. I found your blog through the tutorial that was posted on Craft Gossip, I love your business card walet, thanks for the tutorial. All your creations are beautiful! I hope you do not mind, I pinned this tutorial for future reference I am a new follower of your blog! I give you the link to my blog, I hope you will visit me and if you like my creations I invite you to follow me.
    Thanks for the inspiration you give us with all your creations!
    Marisa from

  13. Very cute! I have a card holder but without a snap... maybe I can tweak it a bit.
    Thanks for linking up to this week's Catch a Glimpse Party! I'll be featuring this tomorrow. :)

  14. This is so cute! I've never thought to add a snap closure, but so cute and smart.

    Stopping over from Serenity Now!

  15. What a great idea! Our site has a Pattern Party that begins at the 1st of each month. I’d love for you to check it out and link up. Thanks for sharing!

  16. Hey,

    Great project !!! I would love for you to stop by and share this project over at my Craft, Create and Inspire linky party

    Hope to see you there ;)

    Claire @ Polkadot pretties x

  17. This is really amazing cards are really great impact on any business for growing..!!!!!

  18. Thank you for linking up @ Craft, Create & Inspire linky party last weekend ..

    Your awesome project is featured this week!

    I would love for you to come and join us again this weekend ( this weeks party is now live )

    Claire @ Polkadot pretties

  19. This is absolutely so cute. I will definitely try to make this for my plastic business cards.

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