Easy Card Holder Sewing Pattern Tutorial for Beginners

11 Materials
1 Hour

This card holder sewing pattern is an excellent project for beginners to sew and sell.

I’m going to show you how to make a credit card holder with just a few fabric scraps and a snap fastener.

The pattern itself is very straightforward and you’ll learn a few useful sewing techniques as you put it together.

Tools and materials:

  • 2 contrasting fabric scraps
  • Lightweight fusible interfacing
  • Snap fastener or press stud
  • Awl
  • Small coin or bobbin as template
  • Ruler
  • Pen
  • Pins and fabric clips
  • Scissors
  • Sewing machine
  • Iron
Drafting pattern

1. Draft the pattern

Cut two pieces of contrasting fabric each 13.5 inches long by 5 inches deep.

You’ll also need a piece of lightweight fusible interfacing measuring 13 inches by 4.5 inches.

On the non-adhesive side of the interfacing, measure and mark 4.25 inches in from each side along the top edge.

Draw a vertical line 2 inches long down from each mark.

Place a mark 2 inches down along the left side edge and another mark 2.75 inches down the right side edge.

Drafting pattern

Join the ends of the vertical lines to the marks on the outer edge.

Drafting pattern

Cut away both the marked sections.

Fold the interfacing in half widthways and use a coin or similar to mark and cut a small curve on the top corners.

Cutting pattern out

2. Cut out the pattern

Decide which of your fabric pieces will be the lining and which the outer.

Iron the interfacing to the wrong side of the outer fabric, leaving a quarter inch free around the lower side and bottom edges.

Pinned fabric pieces

Pin the lining fabric to the outer, with the right sides together.


Sew the interfacing to the two layers of fabric.

Stitch along the very edge of the interfacing and leave a 3 inch opening in the center of the lower edge.


Cut the fabric pieces a quarter inch from the interfacing.

Trim the outer corners and snip into the seam allowance at the inner corners.

Trim around the curves close to the edge of the interfacing.

Assembling DIY card holder

3. Assemble the DIY card holder

Press the seam open along both sides of the lower edge.

Assembling DIY card holder

Turn the card holder right side out through the opening.

Push out the corners and curves with your fingers or a knitting needle.

Press well, folding the edges of the opening to the inside.

Assembling DIY card holder

With the wrong side uppermost, fold the straight edged side section across the central section. Line it up with the edge of the flap.

Assembling DIY card holder

Fold the diagonal side piece over it and line up the lower edges.

Assembling DIY card holder

Topstitch all the layers together along the bottom and side edges.

Optionally, you can top stitch around the edges of the open flap as well.

Attaching closure

4. Attach the closure

Fold the cardholder in half lengthways and mark the center of the flap.

Fold the flap down over the cardholder.

Attaching closure

Place the point of your awl on the center line of the flap about half an inch from the edge.

Push it through to make a hole in the flap and mark the top layer of the cardholder.

Attaching closure

Make a second hole at the mark through the front section of the card pocket only.

Attaching closure

Attach the first snap fastener to the flap, with the cap on the outside and the “hat” on the inside. 

Attaching closure

Press them together.

Attaching closure

Place the second fastener through the hole in the card pocket, with the cap on the inside.

If you’re using press studs, hand sew the top part to the lining of the flap, so it’s invisible from the outside.

DIY card holder

DIY card holder

DIY card holder

If you make tote bags or purses to sell, these DIY card holders would be excellent add-ons for them.

Make them as stocking stuffers for Christmas in sports team colors or as holders for gift cards and vouchers. They’re so quick and easy to sew and everyone loves them!

I’d love to know how you use them in the comments below.

Suggested materials:
  • 2 contrasting fabric scraps
  • Lightweight fusible interfacing
  • Snap fastener or press stud
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