Photo Gift DIY – Playing Card Holder Pattern

Are you ready to get started on some Christmas gifts? DIY Photo Gifts? Be the queen of the card game with your personalized Photo Playing Card Holder? This tutorial is going to walk you through how to create the perfect DIY photo gift for everyone on your list!

My favorite card game is FIVE CROWNS (You can get it here). By the end of the game, you are trying to sort and juggle 13 cards. I have bad hands, so I had to do something to help me tame those cards!

Read on to see how easy it is to create these for yourself and for gifts!

  • Skill level: Beginner
  • Fabric: 1/3 yard, fat quarter friendly pattern
  • Photo Fabric Blocks needed: 5×7 inch photo quilt block
  • Tools and supplies needed: ruler, marking pen, sewing machine, pins, thread, interfacing

What photos work best for this gift? Anything you want to remember! Pets are always a top choice! Family photos, vacation photos, wedding photos, or just about anything you love remembering! A photo is worth a thousand words and tells your story in one glance! So let’s get going!

Step 1: Print your photo on a 5×7 inch block with 1/4 inch seams allowances on every side.

My preferred way is to order a fat quarter of 5×7 photos from Photo Quilt Blocks online. This way you can make a bunch of gifts at once. You will get NINE of the 5×7 photos on one fat quarter. That makes each photo $3.88 without you having to remember how to do it yourself, figure out how to DIY print photos on fabric, or having to acquire all the equipment to do it yourself!

So go ahead, look through your photos and get those ready to go and ordered!

To learn how to order them online yourself, you can take a look at this little video tutorial that walks you through the process! It is easy peasy!

Order Photo Quilt Blocks here!

Step 2: Audition Fabric with your photo to make sure you get the best fit.

What does it mean to audition fabric for a project? Well, quite simply it means we are trying out fabrics with our photo to see which one makes our photo shine! Take a look at my fabrics I auditioned to see which one I liked best:

After looking at them, I decided that the fabric on the far RIGHT really made my dog pop the best.

So then I started experiementing with accent colors.

Step 3: Cut out your pattern pieces.

You will need 1/3 of a yard if you are doing all of this in one fabric.

If you choose to use fat quarters you have lying around, this pattern is fat quarter friendly (a fat quarter is approximately 18×22 inches).

Make sure to interface all the pieces that are on the left of the diagram.

Order Photo Quilt Blocks here!

Step 4: Start piecing your playing card holder together.

Layout your pieces so you can see how you will sew them together.

Sew the two side pieces to your photo block as shown. Press seams toward fabric and away from photo block.

If you make a mistake and have to rip out the seam, no worrries, you can do this without damaging the photo block!

Next, we are going to sew the bottom piece on to the bottom of your photo block. Press the seam toward the fabric and away from the photo block.

Now, it is time to sew the top piece to the top of your photo block. Press the seam toward the fabric and away from the photo block.

Top stitch around the edge of the photo.

Order Photo Quilt Blocks here!

Step 5: Prepare the pockets to sew on to your playing card holder.

Step 6: Draw the placement lines for your pockets.

Draw placement lines 1 inch up from the bottom and 2 inches up from the bottom as shown. You will have THREE POCKETS. The fourth piece of fabric will be for another purpose.

Step 7: Stitch your pockets to the body of your card holder.

Step 8: Prepare the strap that will make the card holder stand up.

For the last 11×4 piece that you have, you need to press it in half. Then, press the raw edges to the center fold line on both sides. Then, press it over on itself to form a strap with the edges enclosed, as shown.

Order Photo Quilt Blocks here!

Step 9: Trim strap to size, top stitch, and fold over end.

Step 10: Baste the end of the strap to the pocket end of the card holder.

Make sure the folded part is up as that is what holds the card holder in a standing position.

Step 11: Fold under 1/2 inch on the side of the card holder front and lining.

Step 12: Stitch around the raw edge sides, leaving the folded edge side open.

Step 13: Trim corners at a diagonal, turn right side out, and press.

Order Photo Quilt Blocks here!

Step 14: Measure and find the center of the card holder, mark a line and stitch on the line.

Step 15: Cut two pieces of cardboard 6 3/8 x 9 1/2. Depending on seam allowance, this could be a little different. So cut to size if my size doesn’t fit.

Step 16: Slide the cardboard into the two sides of the card holder.

Step 17: Stitch the side of the card holder shut.

Step 18: You can run a stitch down the other side if you would like it to be symetrical. 🙂

Order Photo Quilt Blocks here!

Step 19: Your card holder stands up by sliding against the tab we created!

Step 20: Play cards! My favorite card game is Five Crowns card game. This card holder is priceless when you’re playing this game!

You can take a look at the card game here on Amazon!

DIY Photo Gift Playing Card Holder Image of project

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Lori McCroskey is the principal creator of, a website dedicated to quilts, projects, and gifts created with photos printed on fabric. She also has a business where you can have her print your photos on fabric for you! Inspired by her love for sewing, scrapbooking, and family, Lori has a passion for capturing memories in useable gifts, quilts, and crafts that get your photos off your phone, out of the album, freed from a frame, and into memorable keepsakes that your friends and family will treasure. Learn more about Lori here!

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