Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Logo Card Holder :: A Tutorial

One aspect of joining the online quilting community and blogging that I did not anticipate was the mail. The incoming and the outgoing have increased dramatically. By participating in quilt-alongs, bees, and swaps of one sort or another, and just plain getting to know other quilters, it's become rare for a week to go by without me needing to label a project for mailing, share my blog info, or write a quilty note. And to be perfectly honest, after 18 months, I was kind of tired of using post-its. 

So, after having it sit on my to-do list for months, I finally got around to ordering business cards. And then, just for fun, some MiniCards. And while I was at it, why not some note cards? So all of a sudden, I had a variety of logo cards here and there, and I needed a way to organize them and keep a supply fully accessible in my sewing room. So that's where the idea for my Logo Card Holder originated. At some point I decided that it would be handy to take to Sewing Summit, and of course, if I added a little notebook, that would be even better yet. So here you are - a portable little organizer for your logo cards, though easily adaptable to your own needs. I hope you have fun with it!

Supplies Needed
  • Approximately 4 fat-quarters coordinating fabric or assorted scraps
  • Lightweight interfacing
  • 2” piece Velcro
  • Coordinating thread
  • 3 1/2” x 5 1/2” Moleskine notebook
All seams are 1/4”

Cutting Instructions
Cut out fabric pieces for large and small covers and strap.

For main organizer:
8” x 11” piece for main front
8” x 11” piece for main lining
2 - 6 1/2” x 8” pieces for main pockets

For moleskine notebook cover:
6 1/2” x 8 1/4” piece for cover front
6 1/2” x 8 1/4” piece for cover lining
2 - 5 1/2” x 6 1/2” pieces for cover pockets

For strap:
6 x 14” piece 

Cut out interfacing for large and small covers and all 4 pockets.
For main organizer:
2 - 7 1/2” x 10 1/2” interfacing for main front & lining
2 - 3” x 7 1/2” interfacing for pockets

For moleskin notebook cover:
2 - 6” x 7 3/4” interfacing for cover front & lining
2 - 2 1/2” x 6” interfacing for cover pockets

Interfacing is cut 1/4” less on all sides of main front, main lining, cover front, and cover lining pieces. Carefully center each interfacing piece on wrong-side of appropriate fabric piece and adhere per product instructions.

Interfacing is cut 1/4” less on three sides of main pocket and cover pocket pieces. Carefully place each interfacing piece on appropriate pocket piece, allowing for 1/4” seam allowances on left edge, top, & bottom. (Right edge of interfacing piece will align with center of pocket piece.) Adhere interfacing to all pocket pieces per product instructions. Fold each pocket piece in half and press.

Top-stitch all pocket edges.

Pin pockets of notebook cover to right-side edges of main lining and baste in place. Repeat for pockets of cover lining.

Mark left main pocket with removable marker as desired to fit the cards you wish to store. (To allow top & bottom slots to fit regular-size business cards and center slot to fit mini-cards, I measured & marked 2 3/8” and 2 3/4” from both top & bottom, then 3/8” in from left side on center slot only.) 

Stitch on lines you have drawn, to create card slots.

Pin main front and main lining, right sides together. Stitch all around, leaving hole to turn. Clip corners before turning right side out. 

Press well and topstitch close to edges of cover.
Repeat to finish notebook cover. You now have two separate completed pieces.

Due to the thickness of the multiple fabric layers of the strap piece, it is not interfaced. Fold and press in half lengthwise, then fold and press long edges in to meet in the center. Fold and press in 1/4” on each long end.
Fold strap so raw edges are all enclosed and press well. (The strap is now 4 layers thick.) Top-stitch as desired. (I sewed several lines along the length of the strap.) Stitch one half of Velcro piece to each end of strap, stitching on alternate sides, as shown.

Draw a removable line down center of both main lining and cover lining. Align them, centering cover between top & bottom of main organizer. Pin in place.

Flip project over and pin strap in place, lining up strap to right edge of organizer, centering strap between top and bottom.

Flip project back over and sew all layers together along lines, removing or carefully sewing over pins as you choose, being careful to keep all layers aligned. If desired, reinforcing stitching at top and bottom of cover as you sew over those edges.

Your logo card holder is complete!

This tutorial is part of the Let's Get Acquainted Blog Hop. If you make a Logo Card Holder or are inspired by this tutorial, please feel free to post a photo in my flickr group ~ Quilting with A Quilter's Table. Thanks!

Linking up with T.N.T. ThursdaySummer Sewing Contest, little quilt monday, Fabric Tuesday, and Craftilicious.


  1. This looks both cute and useful. I hope to make one for me, thank you for the tutorial.

  2. Love this, Debbie! Great tutorial and great fabrics!!

  3. SO cool! I love my little moleskins, and this is a fantabulous idea. Pinning for future reference!

  4. What a great idea! And so beautifully made!

  5. This is so lovely , and is such a great idea - thanks for the tutorial Debbie!

  6. Very fun project, Debbie! Thanks for the tutorial!

  7. What a great tutorial Debbie! Congrats.

  8. That is so cool, but then you had me as soon as I saw the typewriters ;-)

  9. Hi! That is so great and you have used beautiful fabrics! Just what I need ... hope to find time to make! x Teje

  10. Love it! The fabrics - typewriter and typewriting - are just perfect for this project!

  11. Love it, love it! Can't wait to make one. :)

  12. Awesome tutorial! And I love the use of the text print with the typewriter!

  13. Adorable! What a great idea!

  14. I love the holder and the fact that you provide a PDF of your tutorial. I can't wait to make one myself. I haven't hear of the hera marker...Ill have to look that up. Thanks for sharing.

  15. That looks great, very practical! Thanks for the tutorial =D

  16. LOVE this! Thanks so much for a great tutorial...this is definitely on my to sew list!

  17. That is a truly awesome little goody you have created! Thanks for the tutorial.
    Where did you get your cards? What are mini cards?

  18. Very cute, and I love those typewriters!

  19. Awesome - a place for my mini cards!!!! This is fantastic!

  20. I'm going to have to make one of these soon, so great Debbie! You are oh so talented!

  21. Very cool! Great tutorial, definitely on my to do list. Thanks!

  22. I did see this earlier from last week and I love it!

  23. This is great! I must get some logo cards!

  24. I can't believe I missed this tutorial. What a lovely card holder. Using this pattern, I think I am going to make a holder for only cards. Will let you know when I finish it (o:
    thank you for sharing!

  25. This is awesome, Debbie! I see making this in my future! Thanks for sharing it!

  26. Simple and easy to made, share your ideas about designing plastic card holdersand add video tutorial in it....

  27. cute and useful all at once. Am definately pinning this for a free moment!

  28. rockin cool. I hear you on the mail business, never in my life have I gotten so much non-bill or advertisement mail, stuff to get excited about! But my little stack of envelopes (for return addys) and post its has gotten out of hand, now requiring it's own drawer! Thanks for sharing this tutorial, I look forward to making one.

  29. This is cool and you have made the beautiful fabrics...I appreciate you share it.Order Business Cards

  30. Great job. This will help me so much in making Plastic Card Holders. Thank you so much for sharing.

  31. Gracias por el tutorial, lo voy a intentar. un abrazo