Monday, August 10, 2009

DIY Fabric Envelopes

Not only are these fabric envelopes completely adorable, they also save paper, are more durable and if made from scrap fabric use up something that could otherwise just be thrown out. This would be a great idea for any design professional trying to put a cool spin on their work. Imagine receiving a packet of information in one of these chic envelopes. It would be like opening a present, even if it was just a boring business letter inside.

What You Need
  • Scrap paper to create the templates
  • Two pieces of fabric - one solid and one pattern (18” x 20” for large envelope, 6” x 6” for small envelope)
  • Fusible webbing - cut to same size as fabric
  • Scissors
  • Iron
  • Two buttons
  • Needle & thread
  • Thin ribbon or cord to tie envelope shut

Step By Step

1. Create a template by drawing a rectangle the size of your completed envelope in the center. Their envelopes measure 9” x 12” and 2.5” x 4”. add 5” to either side of the large template, or 1.5” to either side of the small template. add a 1/2” to 1” flap to the center bottom and a 1” to 3” mitered flap to the center top (as pictured).

2. Layer your fabrics with fusible webbing in the center, and fuse with a hot iron.

3. Trace template onto fabric and cut out.

4. Iron flaps and secure with small strips of fusible webbing.

5. Sew a button onto the center of the top flap and another onto the back of the envelope, about 1/2” to 1” down from the top button, depending on which size envelope you are making.

6. Tie a length of thin cord around the shank of top button and wrap it around the bottom button to secure the flap of your envelope.

[via Design*Sponge]