My first and favorite tarot deck is The Herbal Tarot by Michael Tierra and illustrated by Candice Cantin. I bought it over twenty years ago from a Barnes and Noble when I was first starting down my Pagan path. After so many years of use the box is starting to fall apart, so I decided to make a wrap for it.
That’s the craft I’m sharing today. The wrap is easy to make, requiring only two pieces of fabric and some ribbon. You can either hand sew it or use a sewing machine. Start to finish the whole project takes 30 minutes to an hour depending on how you wish to sew it.
For my wrap I used a scrap of embroidered linen and a piece of cotton I had dyed with black walnuts. The cotton was from an altar cloth I made for The Natural Home Wheel of the Year. Linen is associated with the element of water, and so emotions and intuition. Cotton is associated with the earth element and grounding. The two fabrics work together to aid my understanding of the cards I draw. You could easily work in color correspondences, as well, using a purple colored fabric on the outside and black for the inside.
The wrap has a pocket that fits standard tarot cards. It also has a place to lay out three to four cards in a spread. The ribbon tie holds it all together when not in use. For my wrap I made the tie from another scrap of linen. I cut a piece 20” long by 2” wide. Using my bias binding tool I folded the tie to 20” by ½”. After pressing the folds I topstitched a decorative stitch along both long sides. This is optional however, as a ribbon or other piece of cording works just as well. You can also finish your tie with beads and charms.
You can download the tutorial in this post. As always, if you end up making a wrap of your own, please share photos. I would love to see what you come up with.
You can download the PDF instructions here.