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April 01, 2011

 

Have you ever had someone ask for one of your business cards and have to wait while you fish around in the bottom of your purse for one? I had mine in an envelope, but of course it was worn and eventually split, spilling my cards out. Unprofessional and embarrassing.

Then I thought it would be great to have them in a holder that looked like the products I sell. Anytime I give out a card, people get a little ‘preview’ of my work.

I had wanted to try some new materials on my new sewing machine, so I bought some fake leather catalogues from starofsupplies. The pages are small, about 10″ x 7″, and there were between 20 and 30 pages in each. I got two catalogues and began making some prototypes of business card holders.

I created the owl first, since the shape lends itself easily to the card format. I lined it with felt, but I guess I didn’t need to. A pretty fabric might work though.

Moths and butterflies were trickier as I didn’t want a simple appliqué. The holder is starting to take the shape of a moth, but it’s still mostly just on the surface (appliqué!) so I’m still working on these.

Next up is a ladybug!

In the meantime, I’d love to know how you carry your business cards.

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