gift for the grad on the go

it’s almost cap & gown season . . . we whipped up this super quick and easy how to make a business card tutorial for the soon-to-be-grad on the go! (plus it was a good reason for us to dip into our new dear STELLA fabrics)

Materials

  • Fabric: 1/4 yard each of 100% cotton fabric in two complementary prints (shown: dear STELLA Mara and dear STELLA Squiggles)
  • Lightweight interfacing
  • Matching thread
  • Pins, a sewing machine, and fabric scissors

Some Prep Work

  1. Cut out two rectangles that are each 9.75″ long by 4.5″ wide out of the two prints you’ve selected (i.e. you should have one 9.75″x4.5″ rectangle in each of the two fabrics)
  2. Then cut out 2 pieces of interfacing that are 9.25″ long x  4″wide
  3. Then, center the interfacing on the WS of each piece of fabric (leaving a 1/4″ border around each edge).  Iron the interfacing so that it adheres to the fabric. 

Now . . . to Sew!

  1. Pin the right sides of the two pieces of fabric together. 
  2. Sew around all four sides about 1/4″ from the raw edge (start sewing about 1/4″ inside of each length and width), being sure to leave a 1″ gap (that will be used to flip the piece inside out) along one of the long sides.  Finish the edges with an overlock stitch (serger) or zig-zag stitch (as we’ve done). 
  3. Next, turn the piece inside out.  Use a point turner or narrow stick to make sure that the corners are crisp.  Finger press the raw edges of the gap inwards.  Then, iron the entire piece flat.
  4. Fold one of the short edges 1.5″ towards the interior of the wallet.  Then fold the other short edge 2″ towards the interior.  Pin in place and iron the fold flat.
  5. You should be left with a rectangle that is 5.5″ wide and 4″ long.  Sew as close to the edge as possible along both 5.5″ lengths.  (We recommend going slowly and adjusting the tension as you will be sewing varying thicknesses).
  6. Finally, fold in half and iron the fold.

And voilà . . . now your grad can venture into the world organized and with style!

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