Friday, December 9, 2011

Comfort and Joy. with Cinzia and her: Card Cases from Deux Petites Souris

I am so pleased today to be a guest blogger on Madame Samm's Blog! I am a WAHM, running my own crafty business selling my wares through my Etsy shop. Aside from designing and making quilts, I like to design and make smaller projects that can be offered as gifts for friends and family. You can find me writing about my projects on my blog: Deux Petites Souris.( 2 little mice)
When Madam Samm asked me to come up with a holiday tutorial, I knew right away what I wanted to share! I first made this card case as a way to carry my business cards in my purse. It is also a nice way to present a gift card to someone and is small enough to tuck into a Christmas stocking.

This is also a great project for using up all your little scraps of fabric and, once you get the hang of it, you can whip up a bunch in no time!


Make two pattern pieces from cardboard in the following measurements:

A) 1 piece @ 4 ½ in. X 5 in.
B) 1 piece @ 4 ½ in. X 3 in.

Using pattern piece A) cut:

2 from main fabric
1 from batting
1 from heavy interfacing

Using pattern piece B) cut:

1 from coordinating fabric (fold this piece in half so that you now have a 1 ½ X 4 ½ in. rectangle). Press. This will be the pocket for the case.

You will also need to cut a 2 X 33in. strip of fabric for the binding and the tie.


Lay your pieces on the table as follows:

Fabric piece(A) wrong side up
Fabric piece(A) wrong side down

(you are essentially making a quilt sandwich with an added layer of interfacing)

Place the pocket along the bottom edge of the quilt sandwich, matching raw edges.
Pin all layers together.


Sew down the bottom edge of the pocket using 1/8 in. seam allowance.

Mark a line down the center of the quilt sandwich. Stitch along this line through all the layers.

From the binding strip, cut off a 10in. piece to use for the tie.
Fold over one short end about ½ in. Press.
Fold each of the long edges in at ¼ in. Press.
Fold the whole strip in half lengthwise. Press.
Topstitch along the open edge of the strip.

Place the tie on the quilt sandwich on the opposite side of the pocket and the opposite end. Center it and pin in place. Sew in place using a 1/8" seam allowance.

Bind the quilt using your favourite method, making sure to sew in the tie.
Your card case is now complete!

This clever little case can be used in many different ways:

Also makes a great hostess gift, a gift for teachers with a little note from the kids tucked in.
Use it as a stocking stuffer or nestle it in the branches of your Christmas tree! You can even tuck a little secret note from Santa for the kids! The possibilities are endless...

Happy Holidays to all!


  1. This is a really nice little card holder that is wonderfully versital. Great tut!

  2. What a great little idea! And so cute! Thanks for sharing it with us!

  3. Great tutorial-- and I loved your illustrations of other possible uses.
    Thank you!

  4. Thanks for Sharing! This is really Cute!

    Happy Holidays!!

    Huggs, Nancy

  5. Good Morning Cinzia...what a delightful idea...and with all the scraps we all have, there is no doubt we could make a few of these within a morning..love the idea for my pins...
    A delight you are this morning...

  6. I love this little case!! So cute!! Thanks for the tutorial!!!

  7. With all the scraps I have, I can easy make a few of these. Great tutorial and thanks for the many photos.

  8. What a cute card case, thank you!

  9. Nice tutorial, Cinzia! Thanks for the ideas and possibilities with this - a great gift for all my quilting friends!

  10. Thanks Cinzia this is a wonderful tutorial.....I know just a few people that I could make this for...Thanks Madame Samm for putting the "printer friendly" button on these tutorials it has been most helpful.

  11. Wonderful tutorial! This would make a great business card case for me, and it would be a conversation starter...."oh, do you quilt?" LOL

  12. This is great! I love the fact that it can probably be made this afternoon! At this time of year, I'm always looking for quick and beautiful projects. This fits the bill! Thanks!

  13. This card case is very cute.Thanks !

  14. A pretty gift idea, Cinzia! Thanks for sharing your great tutorial.

  15. Great idea and well explained. Thanks

  16. Thank you for this tutorial. I love how easily changed to fit different items inside.

  17. Sew cute ..... and a little bigger you could use it for playing cards and a score pad

  18. Thanks everyone for all your kind words! It's been so much fun to be a part of this. And thanks MadameSamm for inviting me!!

  19. These are so cute!! Thanks for sharing a great idea and so very useful too!

  20. hi there! great tutorial... from montréal en plus!

    tricky question this morning! how do you put a ''print freindly' button on the blog???
    have a nice day

  21. I tried making one of these a couple years ago but the pattern I used wasn't half as cute as yours! It looks great!

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