Gift cards are just about the only things my teenage girls say they want for Christmas this year. Here’s an easy and festive way to wrap a gift card (or a crisp twenty-dollar bill): sew this little fabric envelope, embellished with a bell that jingles or a decorative button. This one is made with Christmas fabric, but you can personalize the envelope by using any fabric you think the recipient will like. Best of all, you can make these little envelopes from scraps of fabric and batting you already have in your sewing room. It takes less than thirty minutes to make a gift card envelope that can be reused over and over.
Supply List for Fabric Gift Card Envelope
- 5” x 8” rectangle of decorative fabric for the outside of the envelope. Some gift cards are larger than the standard credit-card size. If that’s the case, just make the rectangle large enough that the card fits inside when you fold the rectangle into an envelope.
- 5” x 8” rectangle of coordinating fabric for the envelope lining
- 5” x 8” piece of thin batting (cotton or bamboo both work well)
- All-purpose thread in a coordinating color
- Velcro dots or decorative button for pouch closure
- Sewing machine
- Rotary cutter
- Cutting ruler
Step-by-Step Instructions for Sewing a Gift Card Envelope
- Cut one 5” x 8” rectangle each of the main fabric, the lining fabric, and the batting.
- Layer the fabrics with the main fabric facing right side up on the bottom, the lining fabric right side down in the middle, and the batting on top.
- Make a curved edge by folding the sandwich in half lengthwise. Cut a curved line from the fold to the edge. I just cut freehand, but if you are concerned about perfection, use a marking pen or pencil to draw a cutting line and cut when you are satisfied with the shape of the line. The fabric layers in the photo above have already been cut into a curve on top.
- Sew around the edge of the rectangles with a ¼” seam allowance, leaving an gap of a couple of inches on one side so you can turn the envelope right side out.
- Turn the envelope right side out through the opening.
- Press the envelope. Pay special attention to turning under and pressing the seam allowance in the unsewn area.
- (Optional) Add quilting or decorative stitching.
- Fold up the bottom edge of the pouch, then press to mark the fold line for stitching later.
- Use your ruler to find a point halfway across the width of the envelope, then place a Velcro dot on the underside of the flap. I use the ones with glue so I can temporarily fix the dot in place for sewing. Put a matching Velcro dot on the body of the envelope.
- Stitch the Velcro dots in place. I like to use my sewing machine’s button stitch. You can sew them on by hand, too, but it’s harder to do than sewing them on by machine.
- Sew up the sides of the envelope with a ¼” seam allowance, making sure your stitches catch the unsewn section where you turned the pouch right side out.
- Hand stitch a bell, a button, or another embellishment to the envelope’s flap. This disguises the stitches that hold the Velcro dot to the flap. Here
That’s it! You now have a festive way to wrap gift cards for Christmas or other special occasions.