Sunday, May 16, 2010

make it: fabric envelopes

Things that go together:
peanut butter and jelly
fun and sun
Thanksgiving and turkey (Or tofurky - if you are a vegetarian like me.)
rest and relaxation . . .

and, of course, stationery and envelopes.  Okay, this may not have been the next obvious pair that came to mind for you, but stationery needs an envelope like carrots need ranch (according to my kids who won't eat raw carrots without ranch).  So here's the next tutorial in the pretend and play mail carrier kit for my eighth craft till Christmas . . . envelopes.

Grab this stuff:
1 - 8 1/2 x 10 inch rectangle of fabric 
1 - 8 1/2 x 10 inch rectangle in contrasting fabric
1 - 8 x 9 1/2 inch rectangle of Heat n Bond Ultrahold Iron-on Adhesive (or any double sided adhesive)
1 - 1 inch rectangle of fusible Velcro (My spell check says that this should be capitalized, so I'm going with that.)

Do these steps:
1)  Take both fabric rectangles and cut off a triangle measuring 2 inches at the base from the top corner.  Notice corners in picture.

2)  Place fabric right sides together and sew around outside edge leaving a two to three inch opening at the top (the flat edge between the cut off corners).

3)  Place Heat n Bond on top of this newly sewn piece.  Trim corners of Heat n Bond to match fabric.  Fuse with iron according to package directions.

4)  Take paper backing off Heat n Bond.  Trim corners of fabric and carefully turn right sides out.  Turning with Heat n Bond fused to one side is a little tricky but possible if you left a big enough opening for turning.     

5)  Fuse other side of fabric to Heat n Bond (which is now sandwiched in between two fabrics).   

6)  Sew straight line across bottom of this piece (not the top side with the cut off corners). 

7)  Fold bottom third up over middle third to form the envelope pocket. 

8)  Sew around the envelop starting at one corner of the fold. going up and sewing around the cut corners (this also closes up the opening used for turning) and ending at the other corner of the fold.  Do not sew across what is now the bottom of the envelop.

9)  Attach fusible Velcro according to package directions.

10)  Write a note to your child, friend, co-worker or random person on the street on fabric stationery.  Insert into envelop and the pair is finally complete!

I know I'm beginning to sound like a broken record, but if you try to make fabric stationery or envelopes, I would love to see a pic.  Feel free to e-mail me or link it up on your blog and let me know. 

Craft on!



Jocelyn Christensen said...

I totally want to make these...I have to get through my current project first but I will!!

Papgena Made It said...

they look awesome!

Leslie said...

so cute!!!

Mary Elizabeth said...

Hi! I found your blog on Marketing Mondays @ TT. Love it!! What an awesome idea for a blog!! I am now following and will try some of your ideas. Beautiful blog, btw!!

Kenzie said...

So cute! And reusable, they would be perfect in my purse to separate my junk!

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Thank you so much for your comment! It made me laugh!!

I've always had a crush on MacGyver...oooh the shame!! :)

Bird aka McGyver?! :)

HB, The Impulsive Minimalist said...

Cute! I love anything made with fabric!

Thanks for linking at Lucky Star Lane!

TheCraftInMe said...

Very CUTE!

Decor To Adore said...

Oh what a fantastic DIY project. You are one clever and creative gal.

I finally finished a project I have been working on for 23 years.

Pop on by.

Mrs. Kelley Dibble said...

Put a stamp on and mark me posted! I'm hooked! Ain't you somethin'!

Anonymous said...

I love it! My kids are all about writing letters and putting them in envelopes and this would save on envelopes! So very cute! Thanks for sharing..I'm making these tomorrow! :o)
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Anonymous said...

OK....not making them today...I need to buy some Heat n Bond first. It'll be a weekend project! I will share my pics once I'm done!

Join my link party tomorrow!

Mad in Crafts said...

These are great! I love your fabrics too.

Thanks for linking up to the Mad Skills party!

Anonymous said...

Thanks for linking up with PonyTails and FishScales! I will definitely be making these soon! Too cute!

Misty @Creative Itch said...

Cute!! I love the flower fabric! Thanks for linking @Creative Itch's "Sew Cute Tuesday"!

Fawnda@Fireflies and Jellybeans said...

THis is so AWESOME! Great job!

Anonymous said...

You have been featured on PonyTails and FishScales Link Party #2! Come on over and grab an I ROCK button from my blog! Thanks for linking up!

Unknown said...

so much fun
I can't sew but do have a sewing machine and tons of fabric... I love fabric... I need an intervention too.
Maybe we can find some sort of support group :p

Anonymous said...

I finally made your awesome envelopes! My kids love them and they were easy and fun to make!!! I posted mine on my blog with your link! Thanks again for sharing!!!

Jerri at Simply Sweet Home said...

Such a great idea! And you did a wonderful job! Thanks for linking your posts up to my Friday Favorites party!

Unknown said...

This is a fabulous idea. I love all things sewn and this goes beautifully with my theme today of handwritten notes as Gifts from the Heart. What a fabulous idea.
I wanted you to know I have featured you today on my blog

Have a blessed day!!

Waseem said...

May be i find some sort of support while i making my own Gift Card envelopes.

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