After finishing last week's nasty cat quilt block, inspired by #pussyhats, it occurred to me that I could easily turn it into a useful cardholder. So here's round two.
Depending on the word you embroider, this project can be a political encouragement to speak out, or a fun present for a child. It can snugly hold a gift card, a credit card, or, more loosely, an Ace of Diamonds.
Last week's variation was a 1-hour project. This a 1.5 hour project, depending how fast you make embellishment decisions (30 seconds to 5 years in my case). You will need:
- Two 2" squares for ears
- One 4" square for the front as the head. I used blue (I was getting tired of pink)
- One 4" square for the area behind and above the head. I used gold
- One 4" square for pocket lining. I used light pink. It won't show on the finished project
- One 4" square to serve as backing
- One 4" square of quilt batting (optional)
- Two buttons
- A zipper
Fold each ear square in half horizontally, then fold the upper right and left corner inwards.
Pin that square smack on top of the head and ears.
Seize the 4" square you want to serve as the background, above the cat's head.
Baste the ear pocket onto the background piece.
Place the 4" backing square on top of a 4" square of quilt batting.
Embellish as desired. I added large stitches to the top of the background and the top of the pocket.
Sew up the turning gap on the side. Now it can snugly hold a credit card, a gift card, or whatever! (Below, my public transit card is halfway in.)
If you like, you can add a cat tail that will make the piece easy to clip to something.
I started out with fabric cut to 5.5" x 2". Fold in half, RST, the long way, and stitch as shown, leaving a turning gap along one side.