-Sara Lanan, CraftSnob.com
The only Crafternoon project that required sewing was the Felt Giftcard Envelopes. I figured that even the least crafty among us could probably handle hand-stitching two straight lines and sewing a button on.
Gift cards are such practical gifts (and usually well appreciated), but sometimes they feel a little bit lackluster. These cute envelopes spice things up a bit and could totally be used later as a little wallet.
Felt Giftcard Envelopes
What you need:
- Different colors of felt
- [Optional] Coordinating patterned fabric
- Embroidery thread
- Straight pins
- Pinking shears
- Buttons or other embellishments
- Sticky-back Velcro
- Cut one piece of felt using the pattern for the envelope.
- As shown, mark a dot where the strap will be sewn.
- [Optional] Cut same size [maybe a tad smaller!] from patterned fabric to fit inside.
- Cut contrasting felt 3” x 1” for the closure strap.
- Line up strap with the dot on the felt rectangle, and stitch with a 1-inch “X”.
- Stack patterned fabric on top of felt with wrong sides together.
- Fold the long ends towards the middle so that they are equal with about an inch between them, and pin.
- Fold in half, and pin.
- With the envelope open like a book, stitch the sides. [It works best to use 1/2 a strand of embroidery thread.]
- Use pinking shears to trim the sides.
- Cut small embellishments from felt ... stack a circle on top of a flower shape, cut out a holly leaf & berries, cut out a triangle & a small rectangle for a Christmas tree.
- Stitch embellishments to the end of the strap.
- Place one half of sticky Velcro on the end of the strap, and then wrap around and stick the other half on the corresponding place on the envelope.