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About four weeks ago my kids excitedly signed up and got their very own library cards for the first time. It was a big day; an important day that made them feel great.
Me? It gave me a headache. Not literally, but of the figurative kind. Now instead of one little card tucked into the credit card holder of my purse and one receipt to track between visits, I now had four.
Four cards, four receipts, and three little people who wanted to hold their own card and present that card at the library counter each visit. I knew we were going to need a solution.
So I got my craft on and came up with this neat little library card holder for us to keep our cards in. Because we don’t do anything difficult or too involved around here, this craft is easy enough for even the four-year-old with a little bit of help.
Library Card Holder Supplies
You will need supplies like these:
- Classic Soft Felt 9-Inch by 12-Inch, 25/Pkg-Primary Colors
- Kel-Toy Double Face Satin Ribbon, 1/4-Inch by 100-Yard, White – I am linking to this to show you an example. You only need 4ft per holder, so don’t get this huge spool unless you really need a bunch for other projects.
- We R Memory Keepers Crop-A-Dile Power Punch, 1/4-Inch – Similar to mine, but cheaper. Basically you need a strong hole punch to punch through two layers of felt at one time.
- Singer Large Eye Plastic Needles, 2-Count
- Stick-It Felt Shapes 68-Pack: Stars – We got ours at the local craft store and had a large selection to choose from.
- Sharpie Permanent Marker Fine Tip 8 Pack
Library Card Holder Steps
Use your library card to measure out the size of your pocket. The piece of felt you cut should be twice the height of your card plus 1/4 inch all around to allow for the seam. Our piece ended up being 4″ wide by 6.5″ tall. This would also be a great project for pinking shears — I just didn’t have any myself.
Fold your felt and match up the short edges. Use your heavy-duty hole punch to punch holes around three sides, including the folded edge. Punching an even number of holes will allow you to start and end sewing from the back of the pouch. The felt will not punch cleanly, so use your scissors to carefully trim away the “dangling chads.”
Thread your plastic needle with 4ft of ribbon. Pull the ribbon through the first hole from back to front and leave about an 18-20″ tail. This will be one side of your tie. Continue sewing around the holes with a straight stitch until you exit the final hole on the other side.
The ribbon does have a tendency to twist, so work with it to keep it straight based on your tolerance for twisted stitches. We didn’t stress too much about it. Once you exit the final hole even up the two ties, size the length of the pouch to the wearer, tie a knot with your two cords, and trim off the excess ribbon. Now you can have fun decorating!
We like the easy-peasy peel and stick felt decorations, but the possibilities are endless. Puffy fabric paint, glitter glue, ribbon, buttons. You are only limited by your craft supplies and your imagination. We used the Sharpie to label ours with our names, slipped in our library cards, and we ready for our next trip to the library.
Aren’t they cute? I also collect up everyone’s library receipts, fold them, and slide them in my pouch with my library card for safe keeping. When we aren’t wearing these to the library, we hang them on a hook by our back door, waiting for our next trip.
Do you have a handy tip for keeping up with library cards at your house? If you decide to make some holders of your own, we would love for you to share photos with us!
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