Fabric Envelopes

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Since my blogging career has been on hiatus, I needed an easy low-cost (in terms of time) craft to get me back on track. Fabric envelopes featured in the February’s Martha Stewart Living were perfect! The only thing I had to purchase was Valentine’s Day appropriate fabric as I had the other supplies (decoupage finish, paintbrush, waxed paper, paper envelope, and skirt hanger) on hand.IMG_1461

I got one yard of four different bright prints; at $2.99 a yard, my total was just under $12.00. I only ended up using a half yard of each fabric which made 26 envelopes.IMG_1472

The first order of business was to protect my work surface with waxed paper. I secured it in place with my favorite Target impulse purchase of the month: heart masking tape!

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Next, I brushed the decoupage finish on both sides of the fabric. I started with the back-side so that when I flipped the fabric to do the front, any smudges would not be visible once I folded the envelopes. After thoroughly coating both sides, I clipped the fabric to a skirt hanger and let it dry over the shower rod for one hour.

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After drying, the fabric was surprisingly stiff. I say “surprisingly” because I had no idea what to expect and frankly my crafts never turn out looking quite alike they do in the magazines. I laid the sheet of fabric back on my work surface and traced an opened paper envelope as a guide to cut the fabric. The pencil worked perfectly, showing up clearly on the dried decoupaged fabric. I used an A4 envelope for this because I wanted my fabric envelopes to be be dainty for Valentine’s Day cards.

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Here is what they look like cut out. The next step is to fold in the sides and brush the entire front side with a healthy coating of decoupage finish. I put a piece of waxed paper inside each envelope to be sure that the sides didn’t stick to back, making it impossible to slide a card inside the envelope. Again, I let them dry for about an hour and then removed the waxed paper.

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Since I was making envelopes for Valentine’s day cards, I needed valentines to fill them. I didn’t want the packaging to outshine the cards, so I decided the make those too. I really like simple stationery and since the the envelopes are somewhat busy, I went with a classic embossed heart in gold. Heat embossing is awesome; I love it so much I used it to make my wedding invitations (described here). Here’s a tutorial for how to heat emboss from another previous post.

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And here’s the finished product! My favorite is the cherry print, while Jason really likes the Victorian roses. They came out great, I just need to work on my handwriting as pictured in the first photo.

4 thoughts on “Fabric Envelopes

  1. KristySamone says:

    Girl, you did an amazing job! In fact, I read the Martha Stewart tutorial first (which is where I saw your link) and although her’s was good…yours really broke down/explained well how to make fabric envelopes! I’m excited to try now! Thanks for writing this:)
    http://kristysamone.com/

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