Fabric Backed Business Card Tutorial


Last summer I launched my new vintage shop and wanted to have cards to hand out to people I met who were interested in such fun things. The cards had to be special, though. Special enough to actually inspire someone to venture onto the interwebs and check out my shop.

So, I found an old dress I had been keeping for a while, but hated the cut of it, and made business cards from it!


To make your own fabric-backed business cards, you will need:

  • Good quality cardstock and printer
  • Wax paper
  • Thin, tightly woven fabric
  • Spray mount
  • Scissors for fabric
  • Xacto blade
  • Steel edge ruler
  • Cutting mat

Step 2

First, I printed out my business cards side-by-side onto a sheet of cardstock. Then I spray mounted it to a plain piece of cardstock, just to give it a heavier weight. After that, I trimmed around the edges.


Next, I laid the joined cardstock into the fabric and cut around the shape, so I had a piece of fabric about the same size as the cardstock.


Taking the wax paper, fabric, and cardstock outside, I laid out two pieces of wax paper and laid (face down) the fabric and cardstock onto them. Then, I sprayed the backside with spray mount. Carefully, I placed the sticky side of the fabric to the sticky side of the cardstock, started from one edge and making sure there were no wrinkles as I went along.


After the fabric and the cardstock was been joined, I used the steel ruler and Xacto blade to trim out the cards. The blade needed to be super sharp, and I changed it every other cut, lest the fabric fray or pull.


That could be the last step, but in order to add that extra special touch, I decided to machine stitch around the edges of my cards with metallic thread. This was a pretty time consuming process, but I’ve found that most people are pretty impressed with them, which means they are more likely to actually check out my shop. Mission accomplished!


20 Responses

  1. Rebecca says:

    These are beautiful! What a wonderful, original idea :D

  2. Alex York says:

    oh, they are amazing! Thanks for imspiration :)

  3. Christina says:

    These are so beautiful, and a great way to stand out among a stack of ill-designed business cards.

  4. zelina says:

    Wow Mandi this is so creative.

  5. RACHEL says:

    They are pretty fabulous! Love this idea.

  6. Chelsea says:

    oh HELLO amazing tutorial in my reader this morning… this would also be great for wedding invitations!

  7. LOVE it! great idea..so thankful for sharing!

  8. mandiegirl says:

    Great idea! I’m going to try this as tags for my shop instead of the more expensive moo cards! Thanks for the inspiration Mandi!

  9. Lynn says:

    SO cool Mandi! i love the way your mind works and the whole creative process for these amazing cards. LOVELY!!!!

  10. Vanessa says:

    Wow! These are great. Awesome idea, and they look fantastic!

  11. This one’s unique and more elegant than the typical business cards I’ve seen! For sure, your business will boom if you’re creative in making your own business cards!

  12. Ari S. says:

    The card looks marvelous. However, I wonder if the raw edges would fray after some use of the card? Have you run into that situation?

  13. Mandi says:

    If you use a good spray mount and a fresh blade, the fabric won’t fray badly. :)

  14. Your designs are perfect! It’s amazing how you were able to come up with these charming designs. The steps and materials used are so simple that even kids can follow those directions. For sure, a lot of business owners have asked for your help.

  15. Thanks for the tips on its designing,the stitching made these business cards much attractive.

  16. Nissa says:

    Wow I absolutely love this Idea, perfect for scraps!! This is definitely on my to do list!!

  17. I absolutely adore this project!
    I will use this idea to create mine for my new business, Sew Lambitious. You can find my page at http://www.facebook.com/LambitiousCreations. Thank you for sharing this wonderful tutorial!
    I’d love to have new friends on my personal FB page that sew, craft, garden and cook. Let me know where you found me n a message after sending a request. http://www.facebook.com/Lambitious