n this age of e-mail and instant messaging, it may seem that the art of hand writing notes may be a thing of the past.
You can buck that trend with these easy-to-make envelopes that will make you want to start leaving handwritten notes for everyone you love.
Oh, did I mention that these envelopes are made of FABRIC?
Throughout this post, I'll show you how to turn fabric scraps into fabric treasure in a way that just may inspire you to brush up on your own penmanship.
I have a ton of fabric stash left over from various projects over the years and these fabric envelopes were a great way to put some of that fabric to good use.
Yellow is actually one of my favorite colors so I pulled fabrics that matched closely for a more coordinated stationery set.
A few of the fabrics I used for the envelopes were left over from this basic, stitch-in-the-ditch quilt that I made years ago.
If you don't already have fabric scraps in-house, you could simply pick up a few matching fat quarters from your local quilt shop.
In addition to small various coordinating fabric scraps, you'll only need a few other supplies for this envelope project.
(1) decoupage solution, (2) foam brush, (3) ruler and pencil (4 ) envelope to use as a template (5) scissors.
To determine the size of the fabric sheets, open the seams of an envelope on all sides and lay it out flat on top of the fabric.
Cut fabric large enough to cover the fully opened envelope which will be used as a template to create the fabric envelope.
Use the foam brush to completely coat the front and back of the fabric with the decoupage solution.
NOTE: The first time I tried this, I used Mod Podge for fabric and it didn't work as well as I wanted. It dried too slowly and was still a bit sticky even after 48-hours of drying time. I recommend using a solution that is actually labeled DECOUPAGE with a matte finish.
With both sides of the fabric coated, hang the sheets (as opposed to laying them flat), so they can air dry freely.
Hanging the sheets will also help ensure that creases and crinkles aren't dried into the fabric.
I set up a makeshift clothes line in a doorway and the sheets dried in under 30-minutes.
Once dry, the fabric will be stiff and easily stackable.
The fabric at this point will feel more like textured cardstock.
Smooth out any puckers or wrinkles by hand. Do not iron.
The fabric sheets are very flexible and also roll up for easy storage.
I ended up preparing more sheets than I needed so I decided to stash a few decoupage-coated rolls to use later for other upcoming projects.
Use the straight edge of a ruler to help trace the outline of the envelope onto the back of the coated fabric.
I suggest using a pencil instead of a marker so no ink or errant color bleeds through to the other side of the fabric.
Once the pencil markings are made, simply cut along the lines to create the fabric outline for the fabric.
The envelopes are now ready to be folded.
Line the original envelope up with the cut fabric piece and then fold the fabric matching the folds in the paper envelope.
Remove the paper envelope template and use a clean finger or creasing stick to press the folds in the fabric so they're nice and flat.
Add a small amount of glue to the inside edge of the center flap and adhere to the top of the two side flaps.
Set fabric envelope aside and allow to dry.
NOTE: For a couple of these envelopes, I tucked the center flap under the two sides. However, the finished envelopes actually look much better with the center flap on top of the two sides so the points of the top and bottom flaps touch.
Slide a notecards into the envelope to complete this handcrafted stationery set.
Now, wouldn't these make a lovely Valentine's gift?
Of course, you'll also have to make a few sets for yourself as well.
I love how these look all stacked in a row like this.
They may look almost too lovely to actually use but don't let that stop you from sharing them with loved ones and friends.
I wouldn't recommend mailing these envelopes through the U.S. postal service.
It's possible the decoupage solution could be impacted by moisture and potentially damage other mail or create a residue that could raise a red flag when processed through postal screening systems.
I think hand deliveries (or packaged in a box for mailing) would be the safest way to share or gift these lovely enveloopes. ♥
COMING UP NEXT MONDAY
Coming up next Monday (1/27), I'll have part 2 of this handcrafted stationery series with a look at rubber-stamped images you're going to love.
Pop by again next week for Part 2 of my stationery set series.
WANT MORE DIY INSPIRATION?
Pop over to Trish and Bonnie's at Uncommon Designs for a ton of great ideas and projects. Be sure to check by Beth's over at Home Stories A to Z for a look at more beautiful projects from fellow bloggers. You'll also love the eye candy and ideas over at Debbie's at Confessions of a Plate Addict. There's an abundance of Inspiration and lovely projects over at Kim's at Savvy Southern Style. Don't miss all the lovely ideas over at Lucy's at Craftberry Bush. Take some time to check out the recipes and creativity over at Jen Rizzo's. I know you'll flip over the gorgeous inspiration over at Heather's at Whipperberry. Be sure to check out all the DIY ideas at Aimee's over at Twigg Studios. Check out the projects on display over at Jamie's at So Much Better With Age.