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Crafts ideas: Felt Gift Card Holder Tutorial

Cards, Felt, Sewing  |  September 27th 2011  |  0 Comment

Crafts ideas:  Felt Gift Card Holder Tutorial

I am honestly a person who loves to receive a gift card, since I enjoy having the option to choose exactly what I’m wanting or needing. I have to say, though, that when giving gift cards to other people, I tend to feel a bit guilty about the lack of personal touch such a gift entails. Enter these little gift card holders. Quick and easy to make, these will give your gift card some real personality. And with some rhinestone Silhouette bling, these make even more of a statement! What a great option for Mothers’ Day (or for upcoming graduation gifts)!
This was my first project to use my brand-spanking new Silhouette machine. (Yippee!) After pulling it out of the box, it took me only minutes to get on to the business of creating. Using the Silhouette rhinestone kit and some rhinestone designs I downloaded for 99 cents apiece from the Silhouette website, I was able to really take this little project to the next level! 
Interested to see how I put these together? Let’s get started!
If you’ve been reading a while, you might remember these fun little Bird Sachets I made for a friend’s baby shower last year. The technique I used to make these holders is very similar to the process I used for those.
To make a gift card holder you, will need…

Felt in various colors
Silhouette rhinestone kit (optional, of course, but they really do look terrific!)
Embroidery needle and floss
Cotton batting
Hot glue
step 1 / Cut (2) 4.5″ squares of felt, and (1) 2 x 4.5″ rectangle for the card pocket.
step 2 / Use your Silhouette machine to cut out a rhinestone placement template in your chosen design. Arrange your rhinestones onto your template using the method detailed in the package directions, and adhere them to your transfer sheet. 
Note: If you need detailed instructions for how to use the rhinestone kit, there are some great tutorials on the Silhouette website, as well as a helpful (hilarious!) video. 

step 3 / Iron your rhinestone design onto one of your felt squares, making sure to use a pressing cloth to avoid scorching the felt.

step 4 / Cut various felt strips that are 1/4″ wide and anywhere from 12 to 20″ long. Roll these up as shown, and secure the end with a dab of hot glue. Adhere these to your square felt piece with the rhinestones, as desired. Accent with small felt leaves, if desired.

step 5 / Place your embellished felt square on top of your other felt square, right sides facing, lining up all of the edges. Align the small rectangle with the lower edge of your back square piece, as shown. Using your embroidery floss and needle, stitch around the perimeter of your holder with a blanket stitch. Stitch three sides, then fill your holder with batting before stitching the final side closed. 

All finished!