How to Sew Small Credit Card Holders

by Lacy Nichols
Use a credit card holder to store your cards in one place.

Use a credit card holder to store your cards in one place. Images

An individual credit card holder is a convenient item for anyone who doesn't want to be bothered with a bulky wallet or purse. A credit card holder is practical and doesn't hold just credit cards. These nifty creations will also hold library cards, a driver's license, business cards and gift cards. Although credit card holders may be purchased, it is possible to make your own.

Items you will need

  • Poster board or cardstock
  • Pen
  • Ruler
  • Fabric scissors
  • Heavy fabric
  • Thin fabric
  • Pinking shears
  • Velcro
  • Headpins
  • Iron


Step 1

Measure and trace two rectangles on your poster board or cardstock using your ruler and pen. The first rectangle should 5 3/4 inches by 4 1/4 inches. The second rectangle should be 4 1/4 inches by 2 1/4 inches.

Step 2

Cut out the two rectangles. These will be your templates for the credit card holder.

Step 3

Trace the larger template onto one piece of heavy fabric and onto one piece of lighter fabric. The heavy fabric will be the outside of the credit card holder, so choose something that fits your aesthetic needs. The thinner fabric will be the liner.

Step 4

Trace the smaller template onto a piece of heavy fabric twice. These will become the inside pockets of the holder.

Step 5

Cut out all four templates from the fabric.

Step 6

Use pinking shears to trim one side of each small, heavy piece of fabric (the pockets). Cut the longest side of the pocket, but do not cut off a lot.

Step 7

Cut a small piece of Velcro, and sew the fuzzy part on the middle area of one pocket, and the rough part on the middle area of the other pocket. If this is done correctly, the two pockets should be able to Velcro together. Make sure the Velcro is centered and on the same part of both pockets.

Step 8

Assemble your pieces. The large piece of heavy fabric should be laid down first, with the part of the fabric you want visible, face-down. Lay the large piece of thin fabric on top, face-up. The two smaller pockets should be on each end, with the edges that have been cut with pinking shears facing each other.

Step 9

Pin everything together and begin to sew around the edges. Use a 1/4-inch seam (or as close to that as possible).

Step 10

Use your pinking shears to cut around the outside of the seam. This will help to prevent any fraying.

Step 11

Iron the finished product, and fold in half. Your credit cards should fit nicely into your pockets.

Tips & Warnings

  • Use a third fabric for the pockets for added flair.
  • Add a cute button or decorative item to the front.

Photo Credits

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