Make A Chic Gift Card Holder (With Free Printable Template)

The winter season for many people heralds a time for family gathering, and thoughts of sharing and giving. Though many of us try our best to make or shop wisely, there are sometimes people that we want to buy or make something for, but due to particular tastes, or jut because they seem to already have just about every idea that you can come up with, a gift card seems to be the only solution.

Sometimes, however, a gift card can seem just a little impersonal. Make sure that your gift cards are personal as well as convenient by dressing them up in a beautifully handmade gift card holder.

These little gift card wallets not only look fantastic, but also put a little touch of handmade love back into the act of giving something that you know the recipient will actually be able to make use of.

To make your own, all you need is two sheets of coloured or patterned paper, plus a glue stick and scissors, and any embellishments you may wish to add, such as buttons, greetings card toppers or small Christmas decorations.

To begin, download and print the Eskimimi Makes Gift Card Holder sheet. This can either be printed directly onto the reverse side of one of your sheets of paper (the one intended for the inside of the holder) for maximum speed and ease, or you can print it onto sheet of card to create a template if you plan on making a number of wallets (which is more economical, but takes a little longer).

Once you have transferred the pattern onto the reverse side of your inner paper, cut along the solid outer line and score along each of the dotted an dashed lines. Fold along the dotted line so that the right sides of the paper meet, and cut out the grey shaded area through both layers. Fold back along the same dotted line, but this time so that the wrong sides of the paper meet. Put a tiny dab of glue onto each of the adhesive points as marked and fold before leaving to dry.

Whilst the inner is drying, cut a 19.5cm x 10cm rectangle from your outer sheet of paper, and round off the corners of one short side to match the shape of the inner.

Cut a 2.5cm x 15cm rectangle from the inner paper or another contrasting paper and leave to one side – this will form the band closure for any embellishment.

Once the inner is completely dry, mountain fold (so that the patterned sides meet) along each of the previously scored dashed lines. Place the card wallet outer wrong side up in front of you, and using a solid glue stick or double-sided tape cover with adhesive and line this up with your card wallet outer paper so that the edges with the rounded corners align. Stick the inner and outer papers together so that the wrong sides meet and re-fold along the previously scored and folded lines made on the inner paper to close.

Wrap the closure band around the card holder vertically and secure with a small piece of tape. If desired the closure band can be embellished with greetings or other decorations.

A Mounting Pile Of Sashiko Stitched Squares

After I had finished my first Sashiko embroidered square I was undecided as to whether I wanted to make a small project with the finished sampler (almost certainly a cushion) or to perhaps work some further pieces to eventually join them together for a much lager finished piece.
After some experimentation with Sashiko embroidery on polymer clay for the Sashiko necklace I realised that I was missing the quiet pace of working the simple running stitches in one direction at a time, watching the patterns build to a beautiful finished piece of embroidery.

Though most of my time has been given over to my new shawl design over the past couple of weeks I have still found time to work on and complete a second Sashiko sampler in white thread on an indigo dyed cloth and am well on the way to completing a third, this time in a lighter blue thread on white fabric.

I hope to complete a few more Sashiko samplers (I have two more lined up for stitching) and perhaps patch them with other squares of fabric: some or all of which I may look to embroidering or embellishing in some manner. Hopefully as long as I can maintain a similarity in the weight and fibre content of the squares and make sure that all are pre-shrunk before assembling I should be able to make something beautiful that I will want to own forever.

Winter Warmth Through Knitting

Last week was a bit quiet on the Eskimimi Makes, though I myself happened to be in a gentle flurry activity. We had booked a week off work which we were invited to spend with Grandma and Grandad Awesome, always a very welcome invitation where we feel warm, cosy and loved, both from the care and smiles of our wonderful grandparents and from the occasional glass of whiskey served in the early hours.

A visit to Grimsby to see relations always brings about many hours of comfortable conversation, where we sit and talk, catch up and sometimes put the world to rights, and all the while I like to knit. So, the evening before we set off on the road trip to begin our holiday I took to finding a couple of yarns for a project that was at that time still only a concept that was floating around my imagination.

The cold and increasingly long evenings brought to mind the need for the most basic needs of warmth and the essence of ember flames, and this Schoppel-Wolle Zauberball in the warm rust-red and orange hues of the Gebrannte colourway was a fantastic place to start.
I also looked for a contract shade to accompany this, something to provide a contrast to lift the knitting slightly, but one that would still suggest warmth in the finished project. I decided on a simple solid yellow yarn and pulled a couple of small skeins of Lang Jawoll Superwash Solids in ‘Custard’ from the stash.

I cast on during the car journey, and though I am not normally the most comfortable of travel-knitters (motion sickness being a particular affliction of mine) the simplicity of the design I had cast in my imagination was such that I did not really have to look at my knitting that often and could instead turn my attention to the unfolding countryside as Mr Awesome drove us onwards.

The same simple knitting kept my hands occupied through many hours of conversation, and as I returned home I was only a few rows off finishing. After just a short amount of work more I shall have the new project bound off and blocking, and assuming all goes well there will be a new pattern released very soon.