Hidden Sleeve Business Card Dispenser





Introduction: Hidden Sleeve Business Card Dispenser

About: "Logic is the beginning of wisdom; not the end" - Spock

The business card is considered an extension of yourself in Japan. It is treated with great respect. Meanwhile, in America, people often spend minutes combing through chunky wallets, purses, and binders for their business cards. It's time to ditch this fiddling around and streamline card handouts. 

This suave revolution requires just a few household objects and 5 spare minutes. 

Step 1: Materials

For this instructable you will need:

1 suit jacket
1 pair of donor slacks (or a piece of smooth wool fabric)
1 paper clip
1 needle and black thread
1 piece of chalk
1 pair of scissors
1 sharpie
1 business card

You will also need a basic ability to sew. 

Step 2: Cut the Fabric

Take the slacks or wool fabric and lay a business card on top. 
Take the chalk and mark where to cut. Leave an extra centimeter on each side of the business card. The top of this marking should swoop down about 1/2 inch. This will allow you to grab the business card
Once the area is marked, cut it out using the finest fabric shears (or scissors) available. 

Step 3: Attach Bobby Pin

Take the bobby pin and bend it open to about a 30 degree angle. Then, bend the ends of the bobby pin together by bending at the middle of the pin. 
Next, slide the cut fabric into the bobby pin. Keep the bobby pin in the center of the fabric and sew on the bumpy side of the bobby pin. Make sure not to leave the other side of the bobby pin detached. 

Step 4: Prepare to Sew

The business card dispenser should be sewn onto the bottom of the sleeve of your choice. If you are right-handed you will probably choose the left sleeve and vice-versa. 
Identify which sleeve to sew and where the bottom of that sleeve is. Roll back the sleeve there and mark it with a sharpie.
Next, flip the jacket inside out and line up the cut piece of fabric with the markings on the sleeve.
Make sure that the side of the fabric with the flat, un-sewn side of the bobby pin is facing down on the sleeve.

Step 5: Sew on the Dispenser

Now that the fabric is lined up with the un-sewn pin facing down, it is time to sew. 
I advise pinning down the aligned fabric as it will make sewing easier and cleaner.

Take up needle and thread and sew on the business card dispenser. Use small stitches, as large stitches will make the cards snag when inserting. Take care to avoid sewing the outer fabric of the jacket.
Tie up the thread once you've finished. 

Step 6: Load Cards, Make Contacts

Take your business cards and load them into the business card dispenser. They will go into the pouch and be held by the bobby pin. Make sure that they are held in by the bobby pin and then flip the jacket outside in. 

Put on the jacket and go out into the world, ready to impress.



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    16 Discussions

    I have to say that as some type of professional I would be somewhat creeped out and not even remotely impressed if someone whipped out a business card from inside their jacket sleeve, especially if they were wearing a message t-shirt underneath said jacket.

    5 replies

    Absolutely daccord. It is somehow creepy or strange unless you are a magician and you are promoting that.
    It's dangerous to deal with a professional gambler ;-)

    Oh man, if it was a magician, then I'd be disappointed that all I got was a lousy business card! I'd at least want a personalized rabbit, and it should probably materialize in my purse or something.

    Once, when I had breeding rats, in order to deal with the new generations, I would go to Penny Lane coffee shop in Boulder, CO, and give the pups away. I probably gave away a hundred or so (some litters were 16 pups). Today, two decades later, I still get recognized as the "rat man" in Boulder. Therefore, if you want to be remembered, give rats - not cards. --- And keeping them up your sleeve would be a nice touch.

    That sounds extremely awesome! It would be impossible to forget the guy who gave who gives out secret sleeve rats.

    Well, as some type of professional myself, I think this is great! You don't have to draw your card with a flourish and a puff of smoke, but it's just so convenient. I wear jackets like this all the time and spend way too much time figuring out which pocket holds my cards.

    As a Custom Tailor with 35+ years of experience the idea is a commendable starting point. One thing lacking is the finishing of the cloth edges to prevent additional fraying. Many high quality suits already have a small inside horizontal pocket on the left side just below the waist, dedicated for business cards or for a pack of cigarettes. As suggested, a quality tailor could easily perfect this so the pocket would be hidden beneath the sleeve lining & cost about $10-15 or so. Also, using light weight lining material instead of the heavier wool would create less bulk. I agree with those who say it is similar to a magicians coat & if worn in a gambling environment could be hazardous to the wearer.

    This is funny, and so suave... I would LOVE for someone to pull out a card like that! The obvious cheese factor would make me remember the person attached to the card no doubt! Factor in a," memorable" card,,maybe a crazy color, or something like that, and my points meter would explode! Good one!!!

    I was hoping for a James West style mechanical arm that shoots out the card into your hand. (instead of a derringer). :)

    I'd be more impressed if a spring-loaded card shot into your hand as you reach out to shake hands with someone :-)

    I like it! I might have to get some business cards and a suit!

    Okay, nice idea, but your implementation could use some work - your new pocket is just going to fray and fall off. You need to cut it large enough to fold the edges under the outside of the pocket so you have a nice neat edge. Also, did you sew all the way through the jacket sleeve or just the lining? Linings are usually pretty flimsy as proven by the condition of yours. But sewing all the way through the sleeve is unsightly.

    For me it was pretty light so the sleeve wasn't affected. Using heavy cards or a lot of cards would probably weigh it down though.

    Now that's smart! Going to do this eventually, just wonder if the sleeve doesn't get weighed down too much?

    That's a nice idea! One I will try when I get time!

    I wonder if it would be possible to integrate the dispenser under the lining of the jacket, I mean between the lining and the outer cloth, so that it would be invisible? There is probably a top tailor out there who could do it. Meanwhile, thanks for sharing the idea!