I know they've been around for a long time now, but it took me a while to warm up to the idea of gift cards. Somehow it seemed like the easy way out. I've come to realize they're really handy. Need to mail it? They fit in a regular envelope. Don't know what the person needs? GIve a gift card so they can pick out something useful. They also let you give things you couldn't otherwise, like a visit to the movies or dinner out. I still don't always use them, but there are a few situations, like weddings and teacher gifts, where they're always perfect.
My only remaining issue is that I like to give something a little creative. I've given many a coffee shop gift card along with a handmade coffee cozy. But I needed something cute I could put a card into, and that's how this project was born.
To make this you'll need:
- this pattern
- 7 1/2" square cotton fabric for the outside
- 7 1/2" square cotton fabric for the inside
- 7 1/2" square Craft Fuse (heavy crafty interfacing)
Cut one outside, one inside, and one Craft Fuse using the pattern.
Fuse the interfacing to the wrong side of the outside piece.
Pin the outside and inside with right sides together. Stitch 1/4" from the edge. Leave 2 1/2" open on one curve, but leave the needle in the project and change your stitch length to a long basting stitch. Baste the opening closed.
Press both sides of the fabric under along the basting stitches. Remove the basting.
Clip in at each of the corners. Turn right side out. Push out the curves. Press, turning in the opening where you pressed previously.
Top stitch all the way around close to the edge.
Draw a line from each inner corner to the next, creating a square in the center.
Stitch along the lines.
Fold each tab in, along the stitching line, and press.
Fold each tab in, overlapping the previous. Tuck the last under the first, the same way you'd close the top of a cardboard box. Press well.
Open back up, place the gift card in the bottom.
Refold and tie a ribbon, baker's twine, or other stringy thing around the middle.
And with that, I fulfilled my need to give something crafty, while also giving something useful - hopefully yours too!