Note Card Holder Tutorial

The following instructions include those for a Finished Edge Note Card Holder & Pinked Edge Note Card Holder. Most of the steps are the same – so pay attentions to the variations!! As with all sewing projects, it is a good idea to read instructions thoroughly before starting.

1/2″ seam allowance is used in all steps ~ reinforce your stitch with a backstitch when you start and stop ~ top-stitching should be done at 1/8″

You will need the following for each holder:

1 Felt Fat Quarter

1 Fat Quarter

1/4 yard Ultra Firm (stabilizer)

3/4 yard 5/8″ Ribbon

Scraps of fusible interfacing – I use Decor bond:)

Finished Edge Note Card Holder


Felt Outside: 12 ¾”w x 8 ½”h Inside: 6 ¼”w x 8 ½”h (x2) Pen Pocket: 2”w x 5”h
Cotton Binding: 2”w x 8 ½”h Pockets: 14”w x 5”h (x2)
Décorbond Binding: 2”w x 8 ½”h Pockets: 7”w x 5”h
Ultrafirm 11 ¼” w x 7 ¼” h
Ribbon ¾ yard cut in half

Step 1: Prepare Pieces. Cut all pieces out. Fuse décorbond to wrong side of front half of each pocket piece and wrong side of binding fabric.

Step 2: Press top 1/2″ of felt pen pocket down & top stitch. Baste two long edges of pen pocket to fabric binding piece matching bottom edge.

Step 3: Sew two inside felt pieces to either side of fabric binding piece along the long edge. Press seam allowance towards outer edges.

Step 4: Make pockets by folding pocket fabric in half (should measure 5” x 7”) right sides together and sewing around two long edges and one short edge of pocket – leaving an opening on one long edge to turn the pocket right side out. *Do not sew the folded edge. Repeat for second pocket. Clip corners, turn right side out, press and top-stitch one long edge. TIP: when sewing two fabrics together where one fabric has a fused interfacing, place the fabric without interfacing down – towards the feed dog. This will help prevent the fabric from slipping or shifting.

Step 5: Pin pockets to inner felt pieces with top-stitched edges facing in toward binding fabric and interfaced sides facing up. Space pockets about 1″ from top, bottom, and outside edges. On back – pin two layers of Ultrafirm centered (you should have about 5/8″ all the way around) on the inside piece. Top-stitch around the three un-stitched sides of each pocket. This will secure the pockets and keep the Ultrafirm from shifting through the rest of the construction.

Step 6: Appliqué if desired to front piece of felt.

Step 7: Pin ribbon to inside piece of felt centered on left and right sides @ 4 1/4″ mark.

Step 8: Place right sides together of outer and inner felt pieces. You should not be able to see the ribbon at this point. Make sure your appliqué is positioned where it needs to be so that once the project is turned right side out – it appears the way you want it.

Step 9: Stitch around the perimeter leaving about a 4″ opening at the bottom back side of the holder (underneath the pocket on the right side). Make sure to backstitch when you start and stop. Clip corners, turn right side out, press.

Step 10: Top-stitch around perimeter or slip stitch opening closed.

Pinked Edge Note Card Holder


Felt Outside: 12 ¾”w x 8 ½”h Inside: 6 ¼”w x 8 ½”h (x2) Pen Pocket: 2”w x 5”h Binding: 2”w x 1 ½”h
Cotton Binding: 2”w x 7 ½”h Pockets: 14”w x 5”h (x2)
Décorbond Binding: 2”w x 8 ½”h Pockets: 7”w x 5”h
Ultrafirm 11 ¼”w x 7 ¼” h
Ribbon ¾ yard cut in half

Step 1: Prepare Pieces. Cut all pieces out. Fuse décorbond to wrong side of front half of each pocket piece and wrong side of binding fabric.

Step 2: Press top 1/2″ of felt pen pocket down & top stitch. Sew felt tabs to each short end of fabric binding. Press seams towards middle and top-stitch. Baste two long edges of pen pocket to fabric binding piece matching bottom edge.

Step 3: Sew two inside felt pieces to either side of binding piece along the long edge. Press seam allowance towards outer edges.

Step 4: Make pockets by folding pocket fabric in half (should measure 5” x 7”) right sides together and sewing around two long edges and one short edge of pocket – leaving an opening on one long edge to turn the pocket right side out. *Do not sew the folded edge. Repeat for second pocket. Clip corners, turn right side out, press and top-stitch one long edge. TIP: when sewing two fabrics together where one fabric has a fused interfacing, place the fabric without interfacing down – towards the feed dog. This will help prevent the fabric from slipping or shifting.

Step 5: Pin pockets to inner felt pieces with top-stitched edges facing in toward binding fabric and interfaced sides facing up. Space pockets about 1″ from top, bottom, and outside edges. On back – pin two layers of Ultrafirm centered (you should have about 5/8″ all the way around) on the inside piece.  Secure ribbon underneath the outer edge of each pocket – centered at 4 1/4″.

Top-stitch around the three un-stitched sides of each pocket. This will secure the pockets, ribbon and keep the Ultrafirm from shifting through the rest of the construction.

Step 6: Appliqué if desired to front piece of felt.

Step 7: Place wrong sides of outer and inner felt pieces together making sure you appliqué is placed where you want it. Pin in place. Stitch around perimeter making sure not to sew down the ribbon.

Step 8: Use pinking shears to trim seam allowance.

Embellished Notecards

I picked up this box of 100 blank notecards & envelopes in fun colors from Target for about $13 – and used fusible web to adhere fabric to the front. This is an easy way to personalize a gift for anyone on your list!

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