Make family game night even more fun with DIY Playing Card Holders. My niece has a hard time with a handful of cards in her little hands, so I created these colorful holders to make card games more comfortable. One of our favorite games is UNO and sometimes you can end up with a bunch of cards. We love our playing card holders because they make playing games effortless and fun. And, it’s easy to see all the cards.
DIY Playing Card Holders is a super simple project using Kunin® Classic™ Felt, my free printable patterns, and the step-by-step directions below. Surprise your family on game night with handmade playing card holders!
How to Sew Playing Card Holders
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Here's what you need to make Felt Holders for Playing Cards
- Kunin® Classic™ Felt Craft Cuts 9” by 12” – Red (1), Black (1), Smoke (9)
- E6000 Fabri-Fuse Liquid Fabric Glue – Eclectic Products
- Straight Pins
- Scissors – I love my Fiskars!
- Scissors, Small Detail
- Sewing Machine
- Scrap Cardboard – think cereal or cracker boxes
- Chalk Pencil, White
- PLAYING CARD HOLDER PATTERNS – download below ⇓
Here's how to Sew Playing Card Holders
To begin the DIY Playing Card Holders, gather all supplies. Download and print the free printable patterns AT THE BOTTOM OF THIS POST ⇓ and then cut all patterns out with scissors. I am using Kunin® Classic™ Felt Crafts Cuts in Smoke for the base because I love how the red and black playing card symbols pop against the dark grey.
To create four playing card holders you will need to cut out eight base circles from Smoke Kunin® Classic™ Felt. I like to use straight pins to secure larger patterns onto felt because it is quicker than tracing. Cut out eight base circles, two for each playing card holder. Four will be the fronts and four will be the backs. Kunin® Classic™ Felt Craft Cuts are 9″ x 12″ and are the perfect size for this project, but you could use felt yardage as well.
Secure the playing card symbol patterns onto Red and Black Kunin® Classic™ Felt with straight pins and cut out with small detail scissors, which are perfect for accurately cutting the fine details. I was able to fit the diamond and heart onto one sheet of Red Felt, and the spade and club onto one sheet of Black Felt.
Using E6000 Fabri-Fuse, attach each of the symbols to four of the Smoke Felt circles. These will become the fronts of the playing card holders and can be set aside to dry. Fabri-Fuse from E600 is the perfect fabric glue for felt because it retains some of its elasticity after it dries.
Using the leftovers of the Smoke Kunin® Classic™ Felt plus one more sheet, measure 12 rectangles that are 2 1/4″ tall by 9″ wide using a white chalk pencil. The white chalk pencil shows up nicely on the dark felt but doesn't leave any permanent marks. Cut out each rectangle with scissors.
Secure the first pocket to Smoke Kunin® Classic™ Felt back base circle with straight pins, using the pattern as your guide. Sew the bottom edge of the pocket on a sewing machine with thread in a coordinating color, using a 1/4″ seam allowance. Make sure to backstitch at the beginning and end of your stitching to secure the threads in place. Remove the pins and trim any long threads. I love my Singer Heavy Duty Sewing Machine because it easily sews through layers of thicker materials like felt and it is totally portable.
Secure the second pocket to Smoke Kunin® Classic™ Felt back base circle with straight pins, using the pattern as your guide. The top edge of the second pocket will slightly overlap the bottom of the first pocket. Sew the bottom edge of the pocket on a sewing machine, using a 1/4″ seam allowance. Remove the pins and trim any long threads with scissors.
Secure the third pocket to Smoke Kunin® Classic™ Felt back base circle with straight pins, using the pattern as your guide. You will not stitch this pocket right now, but later when the front and back circles are sewn together.
Interfacing can be tricky for beginners, and I wanted these playing card holders to be super sturdy. My hoarding, I mean recycling to the rescue! Trace four chipboard insert patterns from recycled boxes, and then cut them out with scissors. Cereal and cracker boxes work best for this project. I found corrugated cardboard to be too thick.
Create a layered sandwich with the base circle on the bottom, and pockets underneath, making sure that the symbols and the pocket openings are in the upright position. Then the chipboard circle, and finally the front circle with the symbol facing up.
The chipboard insert makes it impossible to use straight pins, but plastic-coated paper clips work perfectly. Center the chipboard circles inside the layered felt sandwich. Carefully stitch with a sewing machine around the circumference of the circle using a small 1/8″ seam allowance, removing the paper clips as you sew. Make sure to backstitch at the beginning and end of your sewing to secure the seam. Trim any long threads with scissors.
Trim the excess felt from the edges of the pockets with scissors. Repeat the above steps to create the remaining three playing card holders, so you have one of each symbol – diamond, heart, club, and spade.
Download the FREE Playing Card Holder Patterns
Quick and Easy Playing Card Holders for Kids
Kunin® Classic™ Felt is the perfect fabric for a beginner sewing project like this because it won't fray when cut like traditional woven fabrics will. Felt is an easy, versatile, and forgiving medium that allows you to create affordable but trendy projects whether you are a beginner or an expert crafter. Mix and match the colors of felt, and if you have more than four members of your family try personalizing the playing card holders with an initial made from Kunin® Classic™ Felt. These Playing Card Holders are the perfect gift for kids, adults, and even seniors.
If you loved this DIY felt project then I know you will LOVE the Playing Card Inspired Coasters that I created for the Kunin Felt blog. There is no sewing involved, and the step-by-step instructions include free printable patterns. Make a set to keep and a set to give as a hostess or new neighbor gift with a pack of playing cards.
Did y'all know that Kunin® Brand Felt recycles tens of thousands of plastic bottles every year to create their Craft Cuts Felt Sheets and Felt Yardage? Well, they absolutely do, and I am excited to have had the opportunity to work with them for the past five years. My Upcycled Rainbow Scrap Wreath with Kunin Felt is a bright and colorful project for the home.
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