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Holiday Card Holder

Making a decorative snowman cardholder, is the perfect solution for containing all the holiday cards that pile up. As each new card arrives, you can place it in the pocket of the holder, which you can hang on your door as a decoration. You can easily remove the cards whenever you want to look at them.

  • Hole punch (optional)
  • Embroidery needle
  • 1/4 yard of 45-inch-wide blue pin-dot fabric
  • 81/2-x-12-inch piece of fusible white felt
  • Tracing paper
  • Small pieces of fusible felt in red, green, black, brown,& pink (or use regular felt & white craft glue)
  • 21/2-x-9-inch piece of red gingham, calico, or ribbon for trim
  • Black embroidery floss
  1. After the holidays, pack away the cardholder with the cards intact. The finished size is 8 1/2 x 14 1/2 inches. The navy blue-and-white dotted fabric is the perfect background for the white snowman, and you can iron on or glue the felt appliqués in place.
  2. Cut a 9-x-15-inch piece (which includes the seam allowance) from the pin-dot fabric.
  3. Turn under the raw edges of the fabric 1/4 inch and press. Turn the edges under another 1/4 inch and press. Machine or hand-stitch all around to finish the edges.
  4. From the white felt, cut a 7-x-81/2 inch piece.
  5. Enlarge all the pattern pieces  200 percent and trace them on the appropriate colors of felt. The body and arms are one piece, and the head is another piece. The bow is made up of three pieces, and the broom is also three pieces.
  6. Cut out all pattern pieces. A hole punch is handy for cutting out circles for the snowman's eyes and nose.
  7. Refer to the pattern. The numbers indicate the order in which you should place the pieces.  Put the larger green tree on the pin-dot background approximately 1 inch down from the top edge and 1 inch in from the left side to the top branch. Cover the felt with a piece of fabric to protect it and fuse with a medium-hot iron for five seconds. If you're using regular felt, apply each piece with a small amount of white glue.
  8. Position the smaller tree approximately 11/2 inches down from the top and 1 inch in from the right edge. Press to fuse, or glue in place.
  9. Position the eyes, nose, cheeks, bow tie, and buttons on the snowman as indicated in Figure 1. Fuse or glue as described in Step 6.
  10. Center the snowman 2 inches down from the top edge of the pin-dot background and fuse or glue it to the background.
  11. Add the top hat and shovel pieces to the snowman.
  12. Place the 7-x-81/2-inch piece of white felt across the trunk of the trees so that the felt abuts the bottom edge of the snowman and aligns with the side edges of the background. Fuse or glue in place.
  13. Fold under the raw edges of the gingham, ribbon, or calico trim 1/4 inch and press with a medium-hot iron for three seconds.
  14. Pin this strip of fabric to the top 2 inches of the plain red felt and stitch (by hand or machine) across the top and bottom of the trim edges.
  15. With the bottom and side edges aligned to the background, pin the pocket piece to the cardholder and stitch (by hand or machine) along the sides and across the bottom edge.
  16. Using three strands of embroidery floss and a chain stitch, create a smiling mouth between the rosy cheeks on the snowman's face.
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