A New Collection – ID Card Holder

I love this little project.  After my daughters going off to high school last year, and losing their bus passes 3 times throughout the year, and two plastic pouches breaking, I knew I had to find a better solution.

This holder will carry your cards for tapping on and off public transport, can be attached to a fob chain for securing to a bag or keychain, and with the zippered pouch, can hold change for emergencies.


  • ID Card pouch design by Julie Hall Designs
  • Fat quarter of fabric cut into the following sizes:-
    • 2 pieces 13 x 16cm (6¼ x5½”)
    • 1 piece 21 x 16cm (8 x 6¼“) – folded in half lengthwise, and pressed.
    • 1 piece  8 x 16cm (6¼ x 3¼“) – folded in half lengthwise, and pressed.
    • 1 piece 6.5 x 6.5cm (2½ x 2½“)
    • 2 pieces 5 x 6 cm (2 x 2¼“) – folded in half, and pressed.
  • 1 piece of embroiders felt or lightweight wadding 13 x 16cm (6¼ x5½”) to give body to the pouch
  • 2 pieces of clear vinyl (soft and flexible) 8x11cm (3¼ x 4½“)
  • 1 piece of zipper 14cm (5½“)

Before you begin

  • Load your machine with bobbin thread, and sewing thread to suit your design.
  • Raise the presser foot height to assist with stitching over the zipper.
  • Keep your speed slow (around 500-600spm) to assist with stitching over your zipper and vinyl.
  • If you are using a directional fabric (like my star wars fabric), ensure as you cut and stitch that the fabrics (particularly words) are all going in the right direction – Learn from my mistakes!


Using your sewing machine, create a tab using the 6.5cm square fabric (fold in half with right sides together, stitch, turn inside out and press).

Step 1 – Hoop stabiliser

Step 2 – Load design onto the machine

Step 3 – Stitch the first colourway – showing you where to place the zipper.

Step 4 – Lay the zipper on top of the outline, and stitch down using the second colour way.

Step 5 – Colour way 3 stitches an outline, showing you where to place the zipper end cover.

Step 6 – Take you two pieces of fabric 5x6cm folded in half and pressed, and cover the outline with the fabric.  Stitch colour way 4 to secure.

Step 7 – Repeat steps 5 and 6 on the other end of the zipper tab, and the end of colour way 6 will stitch an outline showing where to place your vinyl.

Step 8 – Take a piece of the vinyl, and place over the outline.  Stitch to secure (colour way 7).  Once stitching is completed, trim away excess vinyl (to approximately ¼” around the stitching.

Step 9 – Stitch colour way 8 to show where to place the fabric for the front of the pouch.

Step 10 – Lay the 21x16cm fabric folded in half lengthwise on top of the outline, ensuring the folded edge attaches to the zipper.

Step 11 – Stitch colour way 9 to secure the fabric to the zipper.

Step 12 – Stitch colour way 10 showing where the window will be.

Step 13 – Carefully trim the INSIDE of the stitching (through two layer, but not through the vinyl).  Stitch colour way 11 to satin stitch around the window.

Step 14 – Once the satin stitch is completed, remove the hoop from the machine, and turn over. Trim off any excess threads, and remove the stabiliser from the inside of the vinyl square.

Step 15 – Take the second piece of vinyl, and lay over the back of the design, ensuring the vinyl covers the stitched vinyl.  I secure the edges with sticky tape, and return the hoop to the machine.

Step 16 – Stitch colour way 12 to secure the second piece of vinyl, and then remove the hoop and trim the excess away to approximately ¼” around the stitching (the top will be open to allow you to place the cards in).

Step 17 – Stitch colour way 13 to show where to place the top piece of fabric.

Step 18 – Using fabric 8x16cm (folded in half), lay the folded side over the zipper line, and stitch colour way 14 to secure.

Step 19 – Stitch colour way 15 to show where to place the tab.

Step 20 – Take the tab which you created in step 1, and fold in half.  Place along the placement line, with the folded edge facing the zipper.

Step 21 – Stitch colour way 16 to secure.

Step 22 – Take the final two pieces of fabric (13x16cm), and sandwich the embroiders felt in between.

Step 23 – Lay the fabric on top of the design, and stitch colour way 17 to secure all layers together.

Step 24 – The final colour way creates an “overlocking” stitch to stop the fabrics from fraying through.  Once complete, remove the hoop from the machine, and the design from the hoop.

Step 25 – Remove all excess stabiliser (particularly from around the zipper area), and trim close to the overlocking stitch.  Clip the corners of the design to allow for easy turning.

Step 26 – Switch your machine over to regular stitching, and after turning the pouch right side out (use an awl to square up the corners), press with a warm iron (careful of the vinyl) and stitch ¼” around the entire pouch to secure and complete.

I hope you have enjoyed this fantastic project, and I look forward to seeing all of the ID Card holders you create.

Until next time, have a Stitchin’ Day. Julie.

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