This week at Simply Christmas we are going to jump straight into preparing our handmade gifts and home decor with some fun tutorials. Don’t forget my talented friends Clare, Becky, Fee, Christy, Vikki, Kris and Linda will be popping in as well to share their creative talents for preparing a homemade Christmas.
Now, we know not everyone appreciates or wants a handmade gift. . . and we all have those really hard to buy for people on our gift list. . . mine is usually the teenagers. I’ve found the best gift for these guys is a gift card. The only problem is. . . they are a little scrawny for gift wrapping. What we need is a little fabric magic and a few embellishments to pretty them up. These could then be gift wrapped, boxed or even hung on a Christmas tree branch.
The best part is they are super quick and easy and a great use for those tiny fabric scraps.
You will need:
2 pieces of backing fabric measuring 8.5 cm x 12 cm.
2 x fusible interfacing for backing fabric, measuring 8.5 cm x 12 cm.
2 x pieces of fabric for front measuring 8.5 cm x 9.5 cm.
Embellishments for decorating – ribbon and trims, bells, tree ornaments, flowers etc.
Normal sewing supplies.
1. Iron the fusible web to the wrong side of the backing pieces.
2. Place the two backing pieces together, with right sides together and stitch all the way around. Leaving a 5 cm gap along one of the shorter ends. Use a 1/4 inch seam allowance and then clip each of the 4 corners.
3. Prepare the front panel the same way, without the interfacing.
4. Turn both the back and front pieces right side out and press flat, making sure to tuck in the raw edges of the openings.
5. Decorate the front panel with your chosen embellishments.
6. Keeping the openings at the bottom of your gift card holder, place the front piece on top of the backing piece. Line up the bottom corners and stitch all the way around the perimeter of the rectangle shape using a 1/8 seam allowance.
The options for fabric and embellishments for this project are endless. I’ve used Christmas fabric for these holders, but you could make them anytime of the year with all sorts of fabrics.
I’ve decided to gift this gorgeous poinsettia card holder with a gift card inside, to one of my lovely followers. . . woo hoo!!
You’ll need to read the post below to find out how to enter the giveaway.
Hugs ~ Kerryanne