How to Make a Felt Holiday-Mix CD Case

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erika_kern Erika Kern, contributor
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A fun felt CD case adds extra spark when youre gifting a holiday (or any) music mix.
CDs slide easily into both sides of the case. An extra slit up the middle allows you to insert track listings and liner notes.
Cut three pieces of felt 12 inches by 5-3/8 inches and two pieces of thick interfacing 5 inches by 4-7/8 inches.
A fun felt CD case adds extra spark when youre gifting a holiday (or any) music mix.

A fun felt CD case adds extra spark when you're gifting a holiday (or any) music mix.

Photo: Erika Kern

Christmas is coming and, this year, our wallets aren't so fat. We're all looking for affordable yet thoughtful gifts to give out. Mix CD's are a wonderful option because you get to share the music you love with the people you love! Here's a fun and festive way in which to package your tunes for the holiday season. You can make this case with any color of felt for any sort of music, but since I do love the holiday music, I thought I'd remain festive.

To make one case, you'll need:

  • Felt (I used two different colors, green and red), enough for three pieces measuring 12 inches by 5-3/8 inches
  • Thick interfacing (I used Pellon Peltex)
  • Fabric glue
  • Measuring and cutting tools
  • Fine-tip permanent marking pen
  • Clover Water-Soluble White Marking Pen (the best tool I've found for making removable guidelines)
  • Embroidery floss and needle
  • Extra-wide double-fold bias tape
  • Paper
  • Paper scissors
  • Paper glue

Cut three pieces of felt 12 inches by 5-3/8 inches and two pieces of thick interfacing 5 inches by 4-7/8 inches.

I cut the middle piece of felt in a contrasting color since it will be seen under the disc.


Glue the two pieces of interfacing to the lining felt with a 1/2-inch gap between the two. Set aside and let the glue dry.

While the glue dries, figure out the layout of your design. I like to give my discs snappy names, so I chose to put the title of my disc on my case.


Figure out a title or design for your mix and write it on your felt. Practice your handwriting and layout on a piece of scratch paper before you start on the felt.

This is where the Clover white marking pen comes in super-handy. It's a chalk marking pen, and when you hit it with a steam iron the lines fade away. I drew out my guidelines and wrote out my title using the white marker. Once I was happy with my design, I went over the white marks with my permanent marker so that my design wouldn't rub away.

Now's the time to decorate your case cover. I chose to embroider mine (shocking, I know!), but you can also decorate it with foam pieces, felt appliqué, or with fabric paints. If you use glue or paints, remember to let the cover dry completely before you finish putting your case together.


Using a stemstitch, I stitched the script title onto the cover felt using three strands of DMC floss (color 321). I accented the title using little stars. I didn't make a pattern for the stars; I just put them where I felt I needed them.

Once my cover was decorated, I tacked it to the interfacing side of the lining felt with a bit of fabric glue. Now that the cover is done, prepare the interior of your case to hold your discs and liner notes.


Cut a 4-3/4-inch slit into the interior felt to hold your disc. I cut mine at a 45-degree angle. If, like me, you want to make a two-disc set, cut a slit on each side. Cut a 4-3/8-inch slit down the center of the interior felt for liner notes and track listings.

Glue the top of the interior felt to the lining felt. Add a small line of glue down the side of the felt as well. If you are adding a track list or liner notes, do not glue the center down just yet.

Now that all your layers are done, you'll need to bind them all together. I used extra-wide double-fold bias tape, but you could also sew along the edges with your machine and trim the seam allowance with some pinking shears. If you don't want to use a machine, you can sew up the edges using a blanket stitch.


CD's slide easily into both sides of the case. An extra slit up the middle allows you to insert track listings and liner notes.

To make the liner note sheet, I cut a piece of paper that was 12 inches by 4-3/4 inches, folded in half. I folded the edges back so that they fit into the center slit in the case and glued the two folded halves together. The liner notes slide perfectly into the slit in the case. Once in place, glue the notes down into the case.


Add your track listing and liner notes.

Now you're ready to share your craftiness AND your great taste in music with all your friends!

posted in: embroidery, felt, music

Comments (4)

erika_kern writes: Great ideas! I love it when I have an idea and then you all make it even better.
Posted: 2:43 pm on November 19th
RubyKitty writes: Ahh, they're really sweet. Such a good idea to personalize a shop-bought gift like a CD or DVD. The case could be adapted for all sorts of other gifts - small notepads, a couple of bangles, photos. Thanks for sharing this.
Posted: 3:21 am on November 19th
Lakeberet writes: I am making genealogy CDs for many family members for the holidays; this will be a great way to hold/wrap these simultaneously.
Posted: 10:05 pm on November 15th
pinsandneedles writes: That's cute!
Posted: 10:40 pm on November 12th
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