Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Crafternoon Project #4: Felt Giftcard Envelopes

"Is that a warm fuzzy, or just a piece of scrap felt?"
-Sara Lanan,

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
  • Needle
  • Straight pins
  • Scissors
  • Pinking shears
  • Buttons or other embellishments
  • Sticky-back Velcro
What you do:
  1. Cut one piece of felt using the pattern for the envelope.
  2. As shown, mark a dot where the strap will be sewn.
  3. [Optional] Cut same size [maybe a tad smaller!] from patterned fabric to fit inside.
  4. Cut contrasting felt 3” x 1” for the closure strap.
  5. Line up strap with the dot on the felt rectangle, and stitch with a 1-inch “X”.
  6. Stack patterned fabric on top of felt with wrong sides together.
  7. Fold the long ends towards the middle so that they are equal with about an inch between them, and pin.
  8. Fold in half, and pin.
  9. With the envelope open like a book, stitch the sides. [It works best to use 1/2 a strand of embroidery thread.]
  10. Use pinking shears to trim the sides.
  11. 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.
  12. Stitch embellishments to the end of the strap.
  13. 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.


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