It may be too late to stitch up a handmade gift, but you can sew a Gift Card Holder and it will take you hardly any time at all. It’s the perfect way to add a touch of handmade goodness when you’re short on time. Scroll through these six quick ideas, choose one and get stitching. I’ll keep my comments short to help you be speedy!

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Image source: BH&G.com

Tree Shape Gift Card Holder

Let’s start with this one from B, H & G since you may need a little more time. It’s super-adorable, festive and will make a great ornament in future years. The pattern calls for hand stitching with floss, but you could easily use a buttonhole stitch on your sewing machine.  Green and brown felt, matching thread and a few sparkly beads are all you need. The Better Homes & Gardens site requires that you “sign in”, but they’ve provided a pattern download, so it’s well worth a few minutes. Click here for the tutorial.

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Stag Applique Gift Card Holder

Amy from While Wearing Heels shared this fabulous project on the One Artsy Mama blog. She designed a simple gift card holder that includes an option for one or two pockets.  Including a sewn or glued on applique is a terrific idea! I love the on-trend stag applique she chose – it’s just right for anyone who loves modern style. An applique template is not included in the post, but you can easily search for “stag outline” and find an image online to use. And, if you go for two pockets, you can include a Merry Christmas note, too!  Click here for the tutorial.

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Image source: thesewingloft.com

Ribbon Gift Card Holder

A tree or other holiday design full of ribbons is a fabulous way to package a gift card in a sew-friendly holder!  Heather on The Sewing Loft blog designed a lovely way to use up your trim and fabric scraps to create a unique holder that’s easy, quick and practical. Have fun arranging the trims and deciding on the “window” design to use! Click here for the tutorial.

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Embellished Gift Card Holder

A little pocket uniquely embellished by you makes a cozy way to package a gift card! Bits of fabric and interfacing plus the trims or decorative stitching you choose are all you need. Pull out your scraps or buy a few coordinating fat quarters and stitch up a stack you can use for everyone. Click here for talented Kari’s tutorial on the Make It and Love It blog.

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Hanging Gift Card Ornament

You can make the gifting a fun game with this version of a sew-friendly gift card holder. Hang them on the tree and see who finds theirs first! Jess of the Sewing Rabbit blog designed a sweet little pocket and finished the top edge with bias tape and a ribbon hanger. Make them all match or create a personalized style for each one you gift! Click here for the tutorial and free pattern download.

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Simple, Quick Gift Card Holder

And, when all other sewable gift card holders fail to be quick enough, you can count on Coats and Clark! This is a simple holder that can be charming on it’s on in festive fabric or embellished with whatever time and materials you have available. Click here for the PDF pattern download.

You’ll love these holders and their flexibility! Post-gifting they can turn into business card holders or a place to keep mad money. Add a hanger to any of these and you’ve created a fabulous ornament full of sweet memories of your hand created love and care. It just may become a tradition!

About the Author


Annette Millard began sewing at the age of three, made her first dress at ten and is always happiest with needle, fabric and thread in her hands. Annette feels very privileged to have spent most of her work life in the sewing industry and loves teaching, making her own handmade wardrobe and writing about sewing. She spent over ten years as the newsletter and web site content writer for the Pacific Northwest's largest locally-owned family of fabric stores and is now thrilled to have the opportunity to share her passion for sewing with the Sewing Secrets community. Follow Annette and more of her sewing adventures on her own blog, www.sewfullife.com.

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