Written by editor Nicole Bennett of Gidget Goes Home.
Let’s be honest. Sometimes when it comes to certain people, a gift card is the simplest thing to give. I myself enjoy the excitement of receiving the occasional gift card with which I can go pick out a treat for myself. As a giver, and a lover of handmade, my only beef with gift card giving is how impersonal it can seem, even if it was indeed a deliberate gift choice.
Here is a simple way to make a seemingly-generic gift card into a more personal gift. Just give it in a cute, handmade pocket envelope!
Several years ago I received a Starbucks card in a fabric envelope and I’ve since repurposed it as the pouch I carry my business cards around in. Remembering that last Christmas inspired me to create something similar to house the gift cards we got for Gigi’s preschool teachers.
How to make a monogrammed pocket envelope for a gift card
- coordinating fabric- 2 prints
- hoop, needle & embroidery floss
- stick-on velcro dots
- gift card (for sizing)
1. Using your gift card, cut your fabric in strips. You’ll need 2 pieces (one of each fabric) that are cut as follows: Side A + 1/2″ by Side B x 3.
With this equation, you can make a pouch to fit any-sized card.
2. Hand-draw or trace the initial of your recipient. Place the fabric you want on the outside of the envelope in your embroidery hoop and embroider your monogram. I used a simple stem stitch.
3. Sew the two fabrics together, right sides together, leaving an 2″ opening on one of the short sides (the one opposite the monogram).
4. Turn right side out and gently poke the corners. Press.
5. Top stitch the one short end to close the opening.
6. Fold the bottom 1/3 of the way up. Make sure the monogram is on the top/outside of the envelope.
7. Press Top Stitch from the bottom (folded edge) all the way up and around all three sides besides the folded edge.
8. Place your gift card in the pocket and fold the top third down and press.
9. Place velcro circles in desired place to close the top flap down.
Whose gift card could you dress up with a cute, custom pocket envelope?