Saturday, June 18, 2011

Fabric Envelope Tutorial

I have a lot of scraps. Lots and lots. So when I was trying to come up with a card for my mom's birthday using my newly acquired stamp set, I came up with this idea for a fabric envelope. It's a quick and easy way to put those great scraps to good use! 

The first thing you'll want to do is iron your fabric (which I obviously didn't do in the photo above....did I mention I'm a very lazy seamstress?)

Next, cut your fabric into a rectangle - the exact dimensions are up to you, but for the tutorial, I cut mine 12 inches x 5 inches. 

Iron the long sides inward 1/4 of an inch. You can repeat this (so for a total of 1/2 inch) for a more finished look. 

Now repeat on the short sides.  

Now, iron about 1/3 of the way up the envelope (see below). You are basically making folds so that the envelope will close nicely on it's own. There's no right or wrong here. You don't have to be exact or precise and it will still look great! 

Decide where you want the top third to fall, covering your envelope and iron. 

Isn't this a silly sewing project? You haven't even done any sewing yet! Okay, once you figure out how the completed project with look and ironed it all in place, open it up and just sew down one of the shorter ends. 

Fold the lower third up in place and sew along the lines as indicated below. 

You're almost there! You need to cut all of those dangling threads. 

And here you have it!!

You can add Velcro to close it or a button if you know how to do something like that (I don't!) You could silkscreen or stamp a message on the front...."Open Me!" Or personalize it with a name. 

Then I just cut my card stock to fit into the envelope. 

Make a bunch in an afternoon and have them ready to go for any occasion! And watch that scrap pile disappear! 

I used the orange one as a baby card to send to my sister-in-law. I made her one of my baby changing pads. You can find the tutorial here


  1. a good one! thanks for the tute! im a beginning stitcher so ill enjoy trying my hand at the one!

  2. Cute little envelope - and a great use for those scraps!

    I would love if you came over and linked this project to my weekly Round Tuit party at:
    Have a great week!
    Jill @ Creating my way to Success

  3. Thanks for linking to a Round Tuit!
    Hope you have a great week!
    Jill @ Creating my way to Success

  4. Awesome! Love this idea. I hate ironing, but for crafting (instead of housework), I'll do it! Thanks for sharing :-)

  5. Thanks, Martha! Let me know how it goes! Jill, thanks for hosting the link-up party!! Outlaw Mom, I hate ironing too! luckily the fabric amounts for this are so small, it's more like "pressing" than ironing. (And as demonstrated in my photo even works when one refuses to iron!)

  6. I am just reminding everyone about tonights link party that runs Friday evening through Mondays!
    I also have an ongoing give away link party now too.
    Hope to see you soon.
    come strut your stuff

  7. great idea!

    xo monica your blog

  8. So cute, love the idea.

    Hugs from Portugal

    Ana Love Craft


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