This Christmas card holder wall hanging pattern has been made simple enough that you can run it up fairly easily for yourself or for any Christmas charity stall. It’s probably no good as a Christmas gift because everyone will have their cards already hung by Christmas.
You can buy the complete kit including Christmas fabric, ribbon, wadding and backing fabric with a 10% discount in this week’s special offer here.
I have used the lovely Baroque Christmas fabric and used less than 1/4 yard of each of three colours. The wall hanging measures 9″ wide by 54″ long but you can adjust the length to whatever suits your requirements.
Cutting requirements for the Christmas card holder
3.1/2″ squares: twelve gold, eighteen green, twenty four red
ribbon: about 6 yards
backing fabric and wadding: rectangles about 11″ wide, 56″ long
Making the Christmas card holder
I’ve used a basic two row block repeated all down the Christmas card holder. I kept going until I had used all the squares that I had cut, but it’s probably ended up a bit longer than necessary.
Altogether I made eight sets of the two rows – sixteen individual rows altogether.
Sew the squares together across each row and then sew the rows to each other.
The pattern uses more red squares than gold or green so I used up a few of these in the top and bottom rows. I made two rows of gold, green, gold and sewed one to the top and one to the bottom of the Christmas card holder.
Press the patchwork and layer with the wadding and backing fabric: lay the wadding down first, then the backing fabric with right side up followed by the patchwork with right side down.
Smooth gently and pin in place.
Sew around three sides using a 1/4″ seam – two long sides and one short side. Leaving the fourth side unsewn means that you have created a pouch and can use this to turn the fabric right side out.
Clip the corners and trim the excess wadding and backing fabric.
Pull the fabric down on itself to turn the whole thing right side out.
Make sure that you turn between the patchwork and the backing fabric so that you don’t end up with the wadding on the outside.
I have deliberately kept this project simple by making it a straightforward rectangle. You may prefer to trim the top and bottom to make a curve or a triangle if you would like to add something more to your Christmas card holder.
Turn under a small hem across the fourth side that is unsewn and pin in place. Topstitch across this side to close the gap and then continue top stitching the other three sides as well. This just helps to keep the three layers in place. For this topstitching I used my normal sewing foot rather than a walking foot and it seemed to work okay. (Saving time again!)
Adding the ribbon
The cards are held in place by a zigzag of ribbon running all down the Christmas card holder.
Place the end of the ribbon on the top left corner of the first red square. Turn the end of the ribbon under to avoid fraying and sew in place. Run the ribbon across to the bottom of the second row on the other side and sew in place. Continue adding the ribbon in a zigzag right down to the last but one row.
Take the ribbon across the card holder in a straight line, running along the seam line above the bottom row. Then start to take the ribbon back up the card holder in a zigzag which crosses the first line of ribbon in the middle. When you get back to the top, take the ribbon across the seam line to join up with the beginning of the ribbon, cut and sew the end in place.
Finally sew down the middle of the Christmas card holder to fasten the ribbon in place where the two ribbons cross. This holds the ribbon in place when you push cards in. I sewed a line of machine stitching for speed but would probably have been better hand sewing – the fabric bunched up a bit as I got near the bottom.
Add a loop with a small length of ribbon and that’s the Christmas card holder wall hanging complete.
Here’s the video: