My last post was all about my stitch group's spring retreat. For the past few retreats, I've created a little gift for each person in the group to commemorate the occasion. This time, Pinterest yielded a cute little idea for a "Snappy Card Wallet" that was so appropriate for our group. You see, each month when we meet for our regular stitch day, we do a gift exchange. Our gifts range from the practical to the whimsical. We draw numbers for the order in which to choose, and then we're allowed to "steal" from each other after a gift is opened. It isn't as mean as it may sound, and we all ultimately love the gift we get.
One of the most popular gifts brought to stitch day is the gift card. It could be from Starbucks, Joann's, Hobby Lobby, Barnes & Noble, Cracker Barrel, among others. My idea was to make one of these little card wallets for each of our group members so that they could keep their gift cards in them. See? How useful!
|Yes. I know. This one looks like it has eyes.|
here to learn how. The process was easy, but don't do this on good furniture because it will leave a mark. I used an old wooden cutting board to hammer these snaps on. In my misguided attempt to protect the cutting board (?????), I put a piece of felt under the fabric and proceeded to hammer away. The result was that some of the snaps didn't join strongly enough and pulled right out when opened. Big mistake. But it was easily fixed when I just hammered those snaps into the fabric directly on the cutting board. So two of the wallets you see above were in for repairs. NOTE: I will say that when you're applying the pearl part of the snap, you may WANT to put some felt under that so that it won't be damaged. Just make sure that you hammer that part in good. This wasn't the part of the snap that I had problems with. The little snap fastener kit came with a piece of felt for that purpose. The kit also comes with a little setting tool that holds the snap in place and makes it easy to hammer in.
This was a fun and fast little project to make. As soon as the fabric was cut out, the sewing part was easy. And the snap application was a snap (ha ha), when I followed the instructions. These little snappy wallets are suggested for business cards, but I don't have a business card for work. I suppose I could get one that says "Awesome Crafter" or "Accomplished Stitcher". Or how about "Worthy Blogger"? No? I guess I'll use mine to keep my gift cards safe.