I make envelopes for lots of things (why go paper when you can sew?!). They are quick, fully customizable (great for keeping track of reciepts, index cards, or sappy documentation) and cute. The latter being the most important, right? For the purpose of this tutorial, we'll be going smaller-- somewhere around note card size and adding elastic so you can attach it easily to a notebook or organizer. You could also flip the dimensions (making the opening on the short side) or leave out the elastic all together.
Keep it Safe (and pretty) Envelope
- Two pieces of fabric that will accommodate your rectangle dimensions (1/4 yards or scraps will work)
- Snap, button or velcro
- 7" of skinny elastic or FOE (Fold Over Elastic-- bolt has bins of it!)
- Optional interfacing/interlining
Cut one rectangle out of each piece of fabric 6 1/2" by 4 1/2" (front)
Cut one rectangle out of each piece of fabric 6 1/2" by 7" (back)
Make the interior and exterior envelopes separately. With right sides together and bottom edges matching, sew front to back around the three sides of interior. Use a 1/4" seam allowance. Pin elastic across the right side of exterior back. You might also try interfacing or other interlining on the wrong side of your exterior envelope, for extra stiffness.
You need to decide how you would like to close your envelope and attach it to the sewn exterior. I used a snap for this one, but I like velcro/hook and loop tape better. A loop and button would be pretty, too (pin loop to top curve exterior, facing inward on right side and sew the button to the front after the envelope is completely assembled.)
For final construction, place your interior and exterior inside of one another, right sides facing. Begin sewing along front edge and around top, leaving a 1 1/2" gap in your stitching line (along front). Turn envelope right side out through small gap. Top stitch gap closed and around entire top edge.
This project might also go by the name: Tiny Squares of Awesome. It's brought to you by the lovely Elizabeth (instructions here), a pile of 2" squares and a yard of Pellon Fusible Woven Interfacing. My distaste for interfacing of all kinds is curbed slightly with the woven variety, considering how lightweight and non-crunchy it is. I was totally sold on this project after Blair's version, and even though this colour scheme isn't so much *me*, I'm digging it. It's that great mix of strawberry-summer-come-and-get-it classic palette.
Simple patchwork like this is my summer fix. I've been drawn to classic florals lately, especially Liberty Art Fabrics from Westminster which mix the sweetness up a little with bold colour schemes-- check out some of them next time your in the store. They are going to be perfect for hiding berry stains and ketchup smears on our next picnic blanket.
We have recently started carrying precut solid bundles, first fat quarters and now charm packs (5" squares) as well. We have more color and content options coming from Robert Kaufman, including their cotton / silk "radiance" blend in half yards. I will admit, at first it was a bit of a hard sell to get me to try these out, my love of print, pattern, stripe, dot, getting in the way. I'm glad I was persuaded. These are such convenient, lovely packages. Perfect for spectrum quilt designs, many of Denyse Schmidt's quilts and other contemporary designers. Many of Cherri House's fantastically "urban" designs are done up in solids and are stunning. Bolt carries some of these and her new City Quilts book is arriving soon. For charm pack ideas, take a look at Elizabeth Hartman's Oh Fransson! and, I picked up a bundle for napkin backs. I'm realizing I like the idea of everyone's napkin being just a little different.
In other news, adorable, printed corduroy from Valorie Wells is in.
And, don't forget to check out the sale to beat all sales at Modern Domestic running Friday, the 25th through Sunday, the 27th! Great discounts on machines, both floor models and new as well as machine accessories. Find all the details on the MD website.