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Monday, 11 February 2013
♥○♥○ Love letters just right for putting in a pocket, lunch bag or under a pillow! ○♥○♥
Send your loved one a sweet message in this re-usable, adorable envelope.
This tutorial is a great scrap-buster and can be made from a variety of materials: any fabric, wool felt, recycled wool sweaters, even paper would do. It requires only basic sewing skills (and could be handstitched, even glued, by a young child).
3/8" seam allowance.
♥ Fabric scraps, 2 x 9.5 x 8" or sewn together to make a piece that size
♥ Straight pins
♥ Sewing machine
♥ Chalk or fabric marking pencil
♥ Envelope template
♥ Scraps of felt or other embellishing materials
Print and cut out the envelope template (reduce or enlarge if you like).
Prepare your two main pieces~ if you do not have scraps 8.5 x 9" you can sew pieces together to make the required size.
It works very well if you attach pieces at the places you will fold the finished envelope (as in the middle one pictured below).
2) Cut out your envelope pieces (2) along the solid lines.. Do not cut the slit yet!
3) Using some scrap felt (or heavier fabric like denim) cut out two pieces to reinforce the portions of the envelope which will be the tab and slot for closing. Set aside.
Start by chalking the front square to insure that you stay within the bounds.
I have made a stamp (1") and label with wool felt for this example.
Use pinking shears or a zigzag stitch to create the edge effect for the stamp.
If using felt, set your stitches to short and narrow to best attach the small pieces.
I used a darning foot for creating the spirals on the heart (and the writing on the other examples).
7) Once you have sewn around, turn and check to make sure all of your seams are accurate and then trim neatly.
8) Turn out and be sure to use a finger or other implement to push out all corner seams.
11) Chalk and cut the slit through all layers. Finish the raw edges as you prefer (buttonhole, zigzag) ~ my buttonhole function and I are on the outs, so pardon my rough edges!.
You are welcome to make these for any reason you like (including to sell).
Copyright protects the text and photos of the tutorial.
And credit to the author is always appreciated!
©Beneath the Rowan Tree/ Lori Campbell, 2011.
And if you enjoyed this tutorial, please share the love~ tweet, like it... send to a friend and be sure to leave a comment here with any links to your finished projects, we'd love to see them!
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