This is one of my favorite projects for this season. It costs less than $5 to make and is good for beginning sewers!
- 1/2 yard red felt
- Scraps or a little craft sheet of white felt
- Pinking shearers
- Sewing machine - walking food recommended
- Sewing needle
- Pearle cotton thread - white and red
- 5 buttons
- Fabric marking pen or pencil
- Rotary cutter, cutting mat, and cutting guide are helpful
Begin by squaring up the edges of your red felt. Then cut the following red pieces:
1 - 11" x 10" (envelope front)
1 - 7.75" x 10" (envelope back and flap)
4 - 5" x 1.5" (straps for the back)
Using the largest red piece, mark the middle of the top (5" in). Measure down the sides and mark at 3". Cut from side mark to center mark on both sides.
Now, using your scrap piece of white felt, trace the flap portion of red felt that you just cut.
Using pinking shearers, cut about 1/4" outside of the traced line.
Sew the white and red flaps together. I used about a 1/8" seam, but you could us 1/4" if that is easier.
Sew your back strap pieces together in the same manner. Layer 2 together, and sew around with a 1/8" seam.
Sew all the way around the remaining 3 open sides of your envelope with a similar 1/8" seam.
Iron your envelope flap down.
Next, lay your buttons out on the straps. Cut small slits through both layers, making sure the button will fit.
Lay the straps on the back of your envelope. Using a fabric marking pencil, make a mark through the slits so you know where to sew your buttons.
Sew the buttons on well.
Using your needle and Pearle cotton thread, stitch about 1/4" in around the sides and lower section of the envelope.
Embellish however you'd like! I cut a felt heart out and used a blanket stitch (great tutorial here) around it on the envelope flap.