Recycled magazine business card holders | How About Orange

September 21, 2009

Recycled magazine business card holders

Residing in my house: clear vinyl, CB2 catalog, contact paper, sewing machine. Clearly these needed to join forces and become business card holders. (Not that I need another one, but it seemed good to try sewing with clear vinyl on a small, non-threatening first project.)

1. Choose a nice magazine page and cut it down to 4 1/2" x 5 1/4."

2. Laminate it between two pieces of clear contact paper. Burnish both sides with your thumbnail to get rid of any air bubbles, and trim off any overhanging contact paper. Score the piece horizontally across the middle and fold in half.

3. Cut a 4 1/2" x 2 3/8" rectangle from some clear vinyl (inexpensive, available by the yard at fabric stores). Put a couple miniscule pieces of double-stick tape in your seam allowance area and stick the vinyl rectangle to the inside of your business card holder.

4. With your sewing machine, sew around three edges of the vinyl to form a pocket. It's easier to sew on the contact paper side (less sticking to the presser foot), so mark your starting and stopping points and sew away. The vinyl side will tend to stick to the base of your sewing machine, so it helps to curl the unsewn part up, away from the machine as you sew. Tie off your seams by hand instead of backstitching. Round the corners if you like.

33 comments:

Christine @ Great Oak Circle DIY said...

This is super cute, great job. I think I could totally do it :)

Grandma G said...

Wore the fabric one out already, didja? lol

Actually, yours are pretty cool. Nice idea.

Tegan and Tage said...

Very clever! Great use of materials too.

Michelle said...

wow, great tutorial! I love stuff like this!

I noticed you have a etsy shop, my friends and I are hosting a boutique in December and are seeking promo items from etsy or other online sellers for goodie bags. about 20-25.

Hope you can contribute...I'm a huge fan of your blog!

~Michelle
http://faeriedustdreams-michelle.blogspot.com/

Barb said...

Lay a piece of tissue paper on the exposed vinyl before you sew. With that between the vinyl and either the presser foot or the machine bed it will not stick. And the tissue tears off easily and cleanly when you're done.

Jessica said...

what a great idea and tutorial!!

Jess said...

Barb, thanks for the tip!

Lindsey said...

interesting, I think I may want to try this :)

Sara said...

Love it! My husband made himself a beautiful rigid business card holder out of wood...this seems more my speed.

Marcy Tate said...

Your ideas amaze me! This would be a great fathers day present that the kids and I could make together for my husband or even my father. Love it!

tracy_a said...

this is a great idea! would be great for all my "frequent coffee drinker" cards. thanks!

Dani said...

great idea an great job! thanks for the tips.

Dorkys Ramos said...

Simply genius. It came out really good for your first vinyl sewing project!

brooklynechaos said...

This project is awesome! Makes me want to go out and find some clear vinyl.

Katie A. Mosher said...
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Jess said...

Mine's from either Target or Home Depot, I forget.

Catherine said...

What a great idea, thanks!

Melissa said...

Reminds me,
In college my sister and I used to use the jcrew catalog as envelopes to mail letters back to one another.
We'd find the cutest guy in the catalog and tear him out and fold him into an envelope. Stick on a stamp and off he'd go... our on little "joke"...
Love this idea!
Melissa

slmpetersen said...

This is really cute! Love the idea, might have to try it. Thanks for sharing!

Melanie said...

This CB2 catalog is the first one I didn't throw right in recycling. Its a sign...

But, can I just hire you to do it for me? ;)

burrito said...

Thanks for the tutorial! Any tips on sewing through the contact paper? I get screwed up tension in my stitches, no matter how much I adjust my machine. Is it the needle do you think?

Jacinda said...

I LOVE this!! Can't wait to try it.

ArtMind said...

Love it! Reason to get myself finally a sewing machine! :) Thanks for the great tutorial!

Petit Elefant said...

bless you. how did you know i needed a business card holder that was cuter than the random one i came home with from blogher?

also? my sewing machine is sitting on my kitchen table right now, so this is fate.

K-Sue said...

This is a really cool little project. And Barb's tissue paper tear-away idea is smart. Thanks for sharing.

Anonymous said...

Dab your finger in baby powder and rub a light coat on the vinyl. Then wipe off after.

Gigi said...

First thing I always do is change the needle if I get tension problems. Recently, I changed needle thread, re-threaded, and then finally sent it to be serviced. Now it is purring and ready for all the Christmas presents to make. A good investment.


burrito said...
....I get screwed up tension in my stitches, no matter how much I adjust my machine. Is it the needle do you think?

Lisa Brown said...

This is sooooo cute! I've made some out of Newspaper but I LOVE the magazine idea!

anneedensphotography said...

burrito said...
....I get screwed up tension in my stitches, no matter how much I adjust my machine. Is it the needle do you think?

Make sure you are using a Universal needle that is new. Lengthen the stitch length a bit, and test it out on scrap until you get a nice stitch.

Try stitching with tissue paper or a product called Stitch 'n Ditch between the project and the feeddogs (stitch 'n ditch is the same paper your doc uses on the exam table and the paper used for toilet seat covers). The stitching will perforate the paper and it will remove easily.

If you are still having tension problems, and you have tension problems sewing different weight fabrics, your machine may need a servicing.

Very cool tutorial!

Aimee said...

Great job. The most important part of the Business Card is not just the contact details but the graphic way in which they are conveyed.

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msagl said...

there aren't any pictures of what it looked when it was done. doesn't sound good. improve please

Jessica Jones said...

Hi Msagl, the first photo shows the finished product. There's a closed holder on the left, and an open holder on the right containing business cards.

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