Quiltcon is coming up, and I’m so excited to be working at The Cloth Pocket booth during the show. I wanted something a little more durable an the plastic holders, and I really hate when my lanyard gets all twisted, so I sewed my own badge holder, and thought I would share it with you!

Materials:

  • Quiltcon Badge Pattern
  • 1 Quarter of fabric for badge 
  • 1 Quarter mid-weight Fusible Interfacing – I would use this for any light to medium weight fabric.  I like to use Pellon Craft-Fuse 808. ***Skip if using canvas or heavier fabric.
  • Scrap of vinyl measuring 4 1/2″ x 6 1/2″ – For window
  • Two 1″ ‘D’ Rings
  • Tissue paper or Teflon foot

This tutorial assumes you have a basic understanding of sewing and have all the necessary components like sewing machine, iron, thread, scissors, etc. Tutorial also uses 1/4″ seams to reduce bulk.

Instructions:

Download:

Cut:

  1. Three 5″ x 8″ rectangles from main fabric (one will be used in pattern)
  2. One 4″ x 3″ strip from main fabric
  3. Three 5″ x 8″ rectangle of interfacing (one will be used on pattern)
  4. One 4 1/2″ x 6 1/2″ piece of vinyl 

Badge Front:

Step 1. 

Download and cut out pattern. Center interfacing piece (Piece B) over wrong side of Main Fabric piece (Piece A); fuse together.

Step 2.

Cut Main Fabric of each inside corner on diagonal to meet corner of interfacing.

Step 3.

Iron fabric over to other side to form window. Set aside. 

Step 3.

Place a piece of fabric on top of vinyl; press. Do NOT iron directly on vinyl. It will melt and cause a big mess and muck up your iron. Also, do NOT skip this step! Your vinyl will shrink after being ironed, and it’s much better if it shrinks now than when it is already sewn into place to avoid puckering. 

Step 4.

Grab piece from Step 1 and center vinyl over window; sew into place 1/8″ from Main Fabric edge. 

Tip: If you don’t have a Teflon foot, you can get a piece of tissue paper, place that over your vinyl piece to make it run smoother in your machine. 

Step 5.

Fold over top 1/2″; press. Top stitch in place. 

Tabs:

Step 1.

Fold 3″ x 4″ strip in half; open. Fold edges toward creased line to create bias tape; press. Top stitch along both sides.

Step 2. 

Fold strip in half lengthwise, cut.

You now have two tabs! Set aside. 

Piece together:

Step 1.

Place wrong side of Badge Window to bottom of right side of remaining 5″ x 8″ piece of Main Fabric; baste together.

Step 2. 

Fuse interfacing to wrong side of Main Fabric to create Back Piece

Step 3. 

Place right side of Back Piece to right side of Badge Front together. Starting from top of one side, sew using 1/4″ seam allowance along three sides, leaving the top open. (Oops! I forgot to get a pic at this point. Sorry!)

Step 4.

Clip corners. Flip right side out; press. Don’t forget to poke your corners out!

Press seams; remember to not iron directly on vinyl. 

Step 4. 

Fold top over 1/2″; press.

Step 5.

Slide ‘D’ rings onto tabs; place tabs 1/2″ in on either side of badge. Top stitch 1/8″ from edge; go over tabs a few times to secure. 

Ta-da! You’re finished! You got a fancy schmancy new badge holder! Now slap a lanyard on there and you’re good to go! 

Don’t forget to share with your friends! I can’t wait to see what everyone creates! 

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