Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Tutorial: Birthday Card Album

It has been a busy busy week. I have been trying to get this blog post up since Sunday but I have been working late all week so I didn't have time to finish it. Thankfully I was able to wrap it up today because I still have one Christmas gift left to sew!

My daughter celebrated her first birthday in August and she was lucky enough to have had two birthday parties. As you can imagine she received lots of birthday cards. I wanted to have not only a place to store her cards but also a place to display them so I decided to make her a birthday card album.

I bought and cut the fabric shortly after her birthday but for some reason it just sat on my craft table unfinished. This weekend I decided to finish it and I loved how it turned out. It didn't take me long at all, I was able to finish it in an hour.

You will need
1. 1/2 yard of fabric for album
2. Matching ribbon and thread
3. Sheet protectors
4. Cardboard

Step 1: Cut your fabric 1 piece width 20 inches and height 13 inches and cut 2 pieces width 10 1/2 inches and height 13 inches

Step 2: On your long piece of fabric line up a sheet protector in the middle and mark the three holes on your fabric, make three button holes where you marked them.

Step 3: Place your two smaller pieces of fabric right side down and fold one end in 1/2 inch. I ironed them to make the sewing easier.

Step 4: Place the long piece of fabric, right side up, and the two smaller pieces, right side down as pictured above. Pin all of the pieces together and sew around all four sides 1/4 inch in. 

Step 5: Clip the four corners and turn the album cover right side out.

Step 6: Cut 2 pieces of cardboard, height 11 inches and width 8 1/2 inches.

Step 7: Insert your cardboard piece into the pocket and sew the pocket closed. Repeat on the other side.

Step 8: Insert 2 cards into one sheet protector. Sew a line in between the cards and sew one line at the top of the sheet protector. Repeat this step for all of your cards.

Step 9: Take your ribbon and thread it through all of your sheet protectors. Then thread the ribbon, both ends, through the button hole.

Step 10: Tie a knot and then a bow. Repeat for the remaining two holes.

All Done!


  1. What a cute idea! I still have cards from our wedding that I need to do something with, let alone every event since then. I will definitely be using this tutorial!

  2. This is super cute! I love the idea!