This tutorial was born out of a little experiment. I was searching blogs for a tutorial for travelcard holders but I couldn’t find any that I particularly liked so thought I’d just go for it and see what happened. These first two holders (matching gifts for my Mum and Dad!) are the results of my first try so everything needs slightly refining but they do work well.
I chose to make mine in ‘Wiltshire Berries’ in two different colourways – the green for my Dad and purple for my Mum. Isn’t it fun to pick prints which suit the people you’re making something for? Which print do you think would be picked for you?!
The quilting on this holder adds some strength and the top stitching makes sure it lies flat. You could alter the dimensions to perhaps fit business cards or make it A4 size for paper-y things, go crazy!
You will need:
2 x pieces of 11.5cm by 15.5cm Liberty print Tana Lawn
4 x pieces of 8cm by 11.5cm Liberty print Tana Lawn
11.5cm x 15.5cm piece of cotton batting
Thread to match Liberty print
Tailor’s chalk (or you can just use a biro but keep it sshh!)
Step 1: Pin your piece of cotton batting onto the wrong side (WS) of one of you 11.5cm x 15.5cm pieces of Liberty print. With WS facing mark your quilting lines onto the cotton batting using your tailor’s chalk. I made mine 1.5″ apart but you can make them smaller if you prefer.
Step 2: Machine stitch over the top of your marked lines, changing direction with each line to help stop the layers of fabric from slipping. I like to start with one of the middle lines and work my way out to prevent puckering too.
Step 3: Now to make the two pockets for inside the holder! With right sides (RS) together pin two pieces of your 8cm x 11.5cm pieces of Liberty print together along one long edge. Repeat for the other two 8cm x 11.5cm pieces so you end up with two lots of two pieces pinned together. Machine stitch them both along your pinned line with a 1cm seam allowance. Press your seam out then fold over along the seam so WS are together, press flat. Top stitch along the top edge of your pocket with a 0.5cm seam allowance to make sure it will lie flat.
Step 4: Time to layer up your holder! With RS facing place your pockets along the outside edges of your remaining 11.5cm x 15.5cm piece of fabric – there should be a 1.5cm gap inbetween your pockets where your holder will fold. Then place your quilted piece of Liberty fabric on top of your pockets, again with RS together. Pin all layers together.
Step 5: With a 0.5cm seam allowance machine stitch around your layers leaving a gap of about 3cm in the middle of one of the long sides. Trim the corners to make sure they won’t be bulky then turn your holder out the right way through the gap you’ve left.
Step 6: Now you need to top stitch around the whole of your holder to ensure it will lie flat and give it additional strength. Pin the layers of the gap in first to make sure you will catch the edges. Use a 0.5cm seam allowance and machine stitch around the whole thing.
Your travelcard holder should now be finished!
Let me know how it works for you if you give it a go, I’d love to hear your comments or suggestions for how to make it better!