Crafternoon How-To: Oyster Card Covers

Time to add some sparkle to everyday travel with personalised oyster card covers.  These were really successful at the latest Crafternoon Cabaret Club and offer lots of possibilities for design.  This tutorial will create a cover to slip over your existing plastic oyster card which will also add stiffness to show off your design really brilliantly.  If you want to create this just for the oyster card itself adjust the sizes down and I would really recommend adding a button at the end to secure your cover shut to ensure your oyster card doesn’t slip out.

You will need:

  • One piece of decorative fabric (or the fabric you want to have on show) roughly 14cm x 40cm
  • I piece of felt slightly larger than an open oyster card holder
  • Beads, charms etc for some decorating options
  • Needle and embroidery threads and cotton
  • Scissors
  • Oyster Card in it’s holder on standby to help with measurements…
The Ingredients
The Ingredients

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Step One: Fold and hem

Place your Oyster Card cover in the centre of your decorative fabric (wrong side up i.e. the side you want on show face down).  Now fold the far left and right edges in  about half a cm and sew into place with a backstitch to hem.  Next fold your top and bottom edges in so they stick out above and below your Oyster Card holder by 0.5-1cm.  Sew into place with backstitch

Use your Oyster card ti measure
Use your Oyster card to measure
hem hem hem
hem hem hem

Until it looks something like this…

Oyster Card Cover How To

Step Two: Decorate

Now it’s time to decorate.  To make sure your design will be visible on the outside of the folded oyster card measure the space you have by folding your fabric in half lengthways with your oyster card cover inside.  you should have a couple of inches fabric spare at either end.  Fold this inwards to wrap around your oyster card and the space left is where you will decorate…

Here’s a little diagram to explain.  The shaded area in image three is where you will decorate:

oyster card how to diagram
easy as 1, 2, 3

I’m, naturally, making a Crafternoon Cabaret Club special!  I sketched the letters into place first and then used satin stitch for the C’s and backstitch for the rest of the letters

sketch with pencil and then sew to make letters or shapes neat
sketch with pencil and then sew to make letters or shapes neat

I then added a bird using satin stitch – proud doesn’t even start to express how chuffed I am with how it turned out!

check out the bird!!
check out the bird!!

Step Three: Line

Once you’ve finished decorating the front of your cover it’s time to line your cover with felt.  Measure and trim the felt in the centre of your fabric to make sure it doesn’t overlap at the top or bottom.  Now sew neatly into place along the top and bottom of your felt with backstitch.

Oyster Card Cover How To

Step Four: Construct

Hooray you’ve reached the final stage!  Place your oyster card in the centre of your fabric cover.  Fold in each side and then sew into place at the top and the bottom to create the two side pockets.  The only reason I advise to have your plastic holder in place is so you can ensure the fit is really tight.  If

Oyster Card Cover How To

And Finito!

Happy Crafternoon!

Oyster Card Cover How To

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