With the abundance of sophisticated wallets, signed by famous designers, it seems that handmade fabric card holders are a thing of the past. However, today we are going to talk about some very practical and beautiful card holders decorated with buttons, which have always fascinated me and which today we will develop together, step by step, which I hope will will be easy to understand for my readers, as I am not a great friend of video tutorials.

Card holder decorated with buttons

Card holder decorated with buttons

Handmade fabric card holders have advantages over modern wallets. First of all, you will have a personalized product, unique and very respectful of the environment, since, for its elaboration, you will not resort to any industrial process, to the sacrifice of an animal or to the use of sophisticated machines that consume of energy in spurts.

Another reason you may want to consider make card holders decorated with buttons, is that you can always wash, modify and improve them. On the other hand, having a space to store your bank cards, and even your identity documents, separate from the accessory where you carry your money, will always be an advantage. Although I wish you never had the experience of theft, but if you do eventually you will know the criminal is after the money. If you have your cards and documents in one place, chances are everything will go to the thief.

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Finally, and for finishing of card holders decorated with buttonsIt is worth noting that in a wallet you can barely store five cards, or in the best case ten, if it has two sections for storing documents of this format.

Someone will tell me they don’t have more five cards to keep in the wallet. If we are doing accounts we must have a place to store a debit card, credit card, DNI, driver’s license, and company card where we work. We already have five documents in card format. What if we have business cards to give to our clients or friends, and if we keep the business cards of important people in life, like our lawyer, our doctor, or our children’s teachers?

So without further ado let’s go Let’s get to work and start making our button decorated card holders. Let’s start with the materials:

Card holder decorated with buttons – Materials

step by step button-decorated card holder

After careful consideration, I have decided that our card holder it will have room for 20 cards and two pockets inside. The size of the finished card holder will be 11cm x 18cm. To do this we will have the following materials:

  • Fabric of different sizes and colors. The idea is to recycle the leftovers left by other tasks and take advantage of the combination of different colors and textures.
  • Needle and thread. Of course essential in any sewing profession.
  • Chalk, to make the marks, without leaving indelible marks.
  • A ruler.
  • Buttons, of course.
  • Pins, to temporarily secure the parts.
  • If you have a sewing machine that’s wonderful… it will make your job easier.

Card holder decorated with buttons – step by step

Let’s get to work. The first thing we need to do is select our two-part fabrics. We will call some of them “A” fabrics and others “B” fabrics. What is the difference? Tissues “A” will be visible, while “B” will not. For this reason, “A” fabrics must have the colors and textures that we want to have in our final product, while “B” fabrics can be of any type, even cotton felt, for example.

Let’s start by cutting 20 sections of fabric “A”, each 10 x 10 cm, then two sections of fabric “B”, each 13 x 20 cm. It is not necessary to be very precise in the cuts. They can be hardy, without much care. The important thing is to get the approximate measurements.

We fold the pieces we cut out of fabric “A” in half and iron them so that they measure 10 x 5 cm. Then we mark with chalk, two parallel lines on fabric “B”, separated from each other by the width of the pieces of fabric “A”, ie 10 cm.

Let’s recap: on fabric “B” we draw two parallel lines, separated from each other by 10 cm, which is the width of the 20 pieces of fabric “A”. These lines are drawn along the 20cm measurement, i.e. lengthwise and not widthwise. By deduction and if the lines are as centered as possible, each will be at a distance of 1.5 cm from each of the edges. Why ?: 1.5 from the right edge + 1.5 from the left edge + 10 cm separation between the lines = 13 cm, which is the width of fabric “B”.

Now as a scale we draw lines of cross and bottom spacing, separated by a distance of 1.2 cm. We need to mark ten horizontal lines in each of the two sections of fabric “B” that we are working on. It is very important that the lines exceed the width of 10 cm of the vertical lines.

Let’s place a section of fabric “A”, larger than the small ones we cut on the top end of each of the fabrics “B”. This section of fabric should measure 12 cm by 12 cm and should protrude at the head of this section of fabric “B”. We sew it on all four sides to fabric “B”.

The following is to place the first fabric section “A”, folded to a size of 10 x 5, with the first horizontal line that we have marked and that we sew on the sides and the bottom side. Please note: the upper part is not sewn, because the cards stick to it. The second you place it on the second row, also sewn on three sides, except the top one. The third on the third line, under the same conditions and so on on each of the ten lines, in each of the two sections of fabrics “B”, so as to obtain 20 sections of fabrics “A” on two sections of fabrics “B “.

We finish by placing a section of fabric equal to the one we use as the headboard, but this time at the end of each of the two sections of fabric “B”.

The following is very important: Take four pieces of fabric “A”, the same color you used as the headboard and finish in each of the “B” sections and cut them to the following size: 12cm x 6 cm. These pieces of fabric, you fold them in half, iron them and glue them on the sides of the pockets which, now, you will notice that they exist, leaving the fold outwards. This means that you sew on the flaps and not on the fold.

Once you have your two sections of fabric “B”, sewn and assembled, you just need to iron it and turn it over. You should now take a piece of fabric “A” and cut it to the following size: 26 x 40. This will be the cover of your card holder. You need to sew it on all four edges, on the back of the two sections of fabric “B”, which were previously placed next to each other with the pockets down.

If you want to give it more consistency, you can put some type of interfacing between the two before you sew. Some kind of foam or cardboard can work. You have to keep in mind that it should be a textile material, flexible and washable.

The end of the process will be indicated by sound logic. Sew all around (rounded corners), cut the excess, fold in half so that there are ten pockets on each side, iron and finishing touches.

With a piece of fabric that makes a very good contrast, make a strip of 1.5 cm wide by five long, which will serve as a fence. This one must have a buttonhole and be sewn on one side, at the height of the middle, to adapt to a very large, beautiful and impactful button that you will glue on the other half of your card holders decorated with buttons.

The job is done, but there is no need to be sad, as long as you have plenty of fabrics, time and creativity, you can make new button-decorated card holders for all of your friends. See you next time.

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