Here we are at week 12, the last week of my 12 weeks of handmade Christmas gifts series. Christmas is a week away. It is too late to DIY everyone’s gifts this year but hopefully the past few weeks have helped you get started on several. Today’s project is great for a last-minute project. If you have someone who is a little difficult to shop for or perhaps someone you don’t know well, a gift card is a great solution. A gift card can seem not-so-personal, but with this DiY gift card holder you can add a touch of personality in just a few minutes.
This DiY gift card holder is basically an envelope. It’s perfect for a gift card or cash. It can be made using any materials, but I’m partial to felt because the edges won’t fray. (And I honestly suck at buttonholes.) You can make it in any color, or with a different closure. You can embellish with embroidery, applique or maybe iron-on transfers.
12 weeks of Handmade Christmas: week 12
DIY gift card holder supplies
- thread or embroidery floss
- a button
- iron (optional)
DIY gift card holder instructions
This one is quick and easy. Start by cutting a piece of felt that is shaped like a house. I made the rectangle section 5-3/4″ by 6-3/4″, then just free-handed the triangle top. The key is to make the “house” twice as tall as it is wide because you will be folding that section in half.
Next, fold the rectangle section in half and stitch the short sides together. You could do this in minutes with a sewing machine. My kids were learning a blanket stitch, so we did ours by hand. If you like, fold the triangle down and iron over the whole thing to set the creases.
For the closure, sew a button on the rectangle section and cut a coordinating hole in the triangle section. This is where felt or any non-fraying fabric is useful, because you won’t have to hem the buttonhole.
I hope everyone has enjoyed this series and gotten some handmade Christmas gift inspiration. Feel free to email or comment with questions on any of the projects.