Wallet Card or Gift Card Holder

This card is the size and the shape of a wallet and it a perfect way to present cash or a gift card.  Alternatively, cut out a green piece of paper the size of a dollar, write your message on it, and tuck it into the wallet.  Don't be intimidated by the stitching.  Even if you don't sew, it will be quick and easy to add the stitched detail to the card.

You will need:

1.  The wallet card pattern

2.  A sheet of brown paper

3.  A sheet of paper in a contrasting color

4.  A thumb tack

5.  A bulletin board or piece of cardboard

6.  Embroidery thread and a needle

7.  Scissors

8.  White glue

A card shaped like a wallet with a gift card inside.
The pieces of the wallet cut from colored paper.

1.  Cut out the pieces.

Cut the outer side and the pocket out of the brown paper.  Cut the liner out of the colored paper.

 Using a tack to punch holes for the stitching in the wallet.

 2.  Punch holes for the stitching.

Line up all three pieces of paper.  Lay them on the bulletin board or piece of cardboard.  It may help to lightly tape them down so they don't move.  Use the thumbtack to punch holes all the way around the outer edges of the card.  You can place the pattern over the pieces of paper and use it as a guide to evenly space the holes.

The wallet when it has been stitched together. 

 3.  Stitch the wallet together.

Thread your needle with the embroidery thread.  If you have never used embroidery thread, there will be six small strands twisted into a large strand.  Seperate the large strand in half, with three of the smaller strands in each half.  Thread one half (all three small strands) into the needle.  Knot the thread and stitch all the way around.  Clip the thread close to the paper and put a small dab of white glue over the cut end to hold it in place.  Allow the glue to dry.

The finished wallet with a gift card inside.

Step 4.  Fill the wallet.

Fold the wallet in half and crease it.  Slip a gift card or a note into the pocket.

Gift certificates have been around for a while, but the first gift card was introduced by Blockbuster in 1994.  It was a good replacement for the gift certificate as it was durable and easy to carry and use.  Since then, gift cards have become one of the most popular gifts in the United States, with most companies offering some version. 

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