Thank you kindly for giving me suggestions and advice for pricing my handmade gifts for an upcoming Holiday Bazaar! I’ve randomly picked a number using the random generator gadget, and numbered the comments that were left in order of their postings. The generated number was lucky number 2!
The second person to comment was the talented Katherine from Pillows A La Mode! Here’s a little bit about this lovely lady:
“Welcome to PILLOWS A-LA-MODE, a blog about my new hobby–designing and sewing pillows. Why do I need a new pasttime? When I was an elementary teacher, my hobby was writing children’s books, but now I get to write all day forBenchmark Education Company in New York. I work from home where I live with my walking-encyclopedia husband Dave, who sweetly puts up with all my quirks and whims and where we love to entertain our big family while embracing the motto “The more, the merrier!””
You absolutely must go check her out. She’s a great “bloggy friend” as she calls herself.
Congratulations Katherine! Please send me your address so that I can ship out your thank you gift!
My latest item is a sweet little business card holder. Enjoy!
Check out my turorial for making these little gems here.
This is a tutorial for making a batch of card holders using fat quarters and other scraps of fabric. If you are like me, I’ve always had a desire to purchase fat quarters and then make something out of them. Recently, I found fat quarters for 1.99 at Joann’s. Not knowing what I would do with them at first, I thought that I would indulge myself and figure out what to do with them later. Now, I think that I will start collecting them as inexpensive souvenirs when ever I go places and happen to see a fabric store. So here is what I though I would do with one of my fat quarters.. I would make card holders. I googled a few tutorials and really liked the one by The Crafty Cupboard. I used it to made a prototype. Unfortunately, it turned out too small. It was my fault though, because I used a fancy embroidery stitch for the top-stitching and then my card wouldn’t fit. I decided to cut my rectangles a tad bigger so that I could have more seam allowance. This can help when sandwiching so many layers together. I also thought it would be easier to fold the pockets in half instead of having just a single layer with a turned hem across each. (Way too fiddly) I also wanted to try to knock them out assembly line style. I usually make one thing at a time. This was a much easier way to do it.
Here’s what you will need to make 9-12 business card holders:
*3- 4 coordinating fat quarters: 1 for front pieces, 1 for lining pieces, and 2 for the pockets ( you could also use your scraps)
* Fusible midweight interfacing for crafts. (It’s cheaper that apparel interfacing)
* 2 mm elastic cording (Michaels has it for less than $2.00)
* buttons (hopefully from your stash)
Ok, here’s what I did:
Depending on how fat your quarter is, you may only get nine, and not twelve. You’ll need two pockets per card holder. (duh)
It’s much easier to attach the button at this point rather than after you’ve sewn it all up. Hopefully you can attach them with your machine. Put the feed dogs down and take of your stitching foot. Use the bar to hold the button in place and a zigzag stitch. Use the hand wheel to make sure your needle goes inside the holes and not on the button! This works for me on the Pfaff model. Your’s could be different.
I used a scant 1/2 inch seam allowance and top-stitched less than 1/4 inch so that the cards will fit inside.
There’s still time to weigh in on the price of the hand made bags and totes!
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