Felt Gift Card Holders

by Lisa Truesdell

Let's face it – we all fall back on giving gift cards from time to time.

They make a great gift for teens and young adults. They're a nice way to round out a smaller and more personal gift. They're convenient and always the right size.

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I've noticed that more and more stores are offering cute envelopes or boxes along with their gift cards, and I wanted to take that idea a bit further. I've put my sewing skills to work make three themed gift card holders. You can tuck them into a card, or they'd look adorable nestled in tissue paper inside a wrapped box. They'd even be perfect as a gift topper – see how cute they look on a wrapped present? I simply wrapped my package with yellow twine and then tucked the popcorn gift card holder under a couple of the strings. I punched a tag and embellished it with a punched heart before adding it to the packing – the back is the perfect place to write the name of the recipient.

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The construction of these is fairly simple. I started with wool felt, which is a bit stiffer and easier to work with than the felt you buy in sheets at a craft store. Since it's a bit more expensive and sold by the yard, I opted to buy just one neutral, and then dress it up with handsewn accents.

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For each gift card holder, I created a pattern on paper, making sure that my gift card would fit inside the shape. I then used that pattern to cut two pieces of felt. I added my handstitched accents to the top shape before sewing them together along three sides – leaving the top open so that the gift card could be added.

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I started with a coffee mug – the perfect match for a gift card to a coffee shop. I'm not an expert at hand stitching by any means, so I kept my designs simple and opted to do a simple back stitch, varying the lengths for interest. I also used my Round n Round squeeze punch as a template to create the scallops on the mug.

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For my next design, I wanted to try incorporating a bit of patterned paper. This tub of popcorn is designed to hold a gift card to a movie theater or rental place. I added yellow patterned paper behind my yellow popcorn buttons at the top, and added a hand stitched ledger paper label to the front of the container. Once again, I used a Squeeze Punch – this time That's Amore – as a template for a stitched accent. I also stitched stripes down the front of the gift card holder, reminiscent of the iconic movie popcorn tubs.

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When I made this shirt, I knew I wanted to add a decorative edge to the felt with my SoftGrip Pinking Shears. I edged both the bottom and the sleeves, and then did some zigzag stitching to echo the design. I added more stitching and a button accent along the neckline. Now all I need to do is add a giftcard to a favorite clothing store and it's ready to be gifted!

The possibilities are only limited by your imagination. I've made three examples – but here are a few more ideas:

Video game controller – electronics store gift card

Ipod / mp3 player – music gift card

Car – gas gift card or toy store gift card

Doll – toy store gift card

Purse / shopping bag – any gift card

I hope you have fun with these ideas – I can't wait to see how you dress up your gift cards for the holidays!

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