Homemade Trading Card Sleeves

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Homemade Trading Card Sleeves
Encourage kids to use various decorative materials when designing their card sleeves. (Jupiterimages/BananaStock/Getty Images)

Individuals who enjoy making something entirely new and useful out of spare parts and pieces will have fun pulling together the necessary materials to craft a trading card sleeve. Before beginning this project take inventory of storage areas in your household. Search for old or unused clothing, aprons, tool belts, towels, tablecloths and craft paper. When working with children encourage them to draw on their own favourite sports teams or video game characters for decorating ideas.

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Recycle Old Clothes

Spend the afternoon sorting through boxes of old clothes in your garage in search of materials to craft card sleeves. You'll want to use material that is lightweight and not musty or worn with holes. Start by determining the appropriate size sheet sleeve and then cutting out two pieces of material to fit those measurements. You can opt to use two different T-shirts, for example, and take a piece from each shirt; sew those two pieces together around the sides. It's now time to iron your creation. Next, cut out single square shaped card slots from the fabric, distancing each row equally from one another and glue two clear pieces of plastic to act as each pocket. Allow time for the glue to dry and hang as desired.

Barbecue Inspiration

If you're a person who enjoys a good outdoor barbecue crafting a homemade card sleeve out of a red and white, vinyl, checkered tablecloth suits your taste and needs. Begin by taking a standard size rectangle or square shaped tablecloth and folding it in half, then gluing the edges together. Lay the cloth flat with the creased side at the bottom and using a pencil draw squares across the vinyl surface in rows. Create as many individual spaces as you need for the card collection and with a box cutter cut out these squares. You only need to cut through one layer of the cloth. Affix clear pocket sleeves to each square, allow to dry and then slip your cards inside. Hang from your wall in a desirable location.

Simple Card Stock Option

Those of you already lucky enough to have spare coloured card stock laying around the house are half finished regarding the necessary materials for this option. After you've selected your desired colour card stock, punch three holes along the left hand side. Next, with a pencil, draw squares on the page. One design suggestion is to make two or three rows, with three card slots each. Use a ruler to correctly determine the same distance between each slot. Grab a roll of waxed paper out of your kitchen drawer and cut out square shapes, sized to fit each newly made pocket. Glue a piece of paper over the front of every square. Label each slot with a permanent marker adding applicable team and player names.

Kid Creation

Young children who collect sports or Pokemon trading cards and want a safe place to store their prized cards can make sleeves quickly with few materials. Start by utilising an old cardboard box and cutting one side to your desired size. Next, paint both sides of the cardboard a bright colour adding your child's name in a different shade along the left hand side, straight down. Help him draw four rows with four card squares in each row. Use a marker for this step for added visual appeal. You'll need small plastic zipper top baggies to complete the final step. Staple one baggie over each square, adhering the sides to the cardboard. Drop your cards inside and label accordingly beneath bags if desired.

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