Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Reusable Christmas Wrap #3--Red Dot Envelope

This tutorial is sponsored by Cherry Lane Textiles.  
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Note: This tutorial makes 1 reusable envelope


Step 1: Prepare edges

Fold short edges over 1/2" and iron.

Fold over another 1/2" and iron.

Edgestitch 1/8" away from the fold.

Do this on both ends.

Step 2: Sew into a tube
Fold fabric in half...

...and with a 1/2" seam allowance.

Press seam open...

...and then back together, pressing both seam allowances to one side.

Trim corners of seam allowance.

Zigzag or serge raw seam allowance together.

Turn right side out and press.

Step 3: Cut velcro pieces
Cut one piece of velcro (just the scratchy side) to measure 5" long.

Cut two pieces of velcro (just the soft side) to measure 1 1/2" long.

Step 4: Attach velcro
Fold pouch in half and iron just enough make a small crease to mark center back of the pouch.

Mark the center of the 5" (scratchy) piece of velcro.

Center the 5" (scratchy) piece of velcro along the back seam and pin in place.

Sew it down, edgestitching 1/8" away from the sides of the velcro.
*Go slowly and be careful not to stitch through other parts of the pouch!  You should only be stitching through the back of the pouch.*  

Stitch all the way around the velcro twice to ensure durability.

On one end of the center back seam, align one of the 1 1/2" (soft) pieces of velcro lengthwise along the seam, about 1/8" away from the edge.  Pin in place.

Sew around this piece of velcro just like you did with the last one, sewing it 1/8" away from the edge of the vecro and making sure to stitch around the whole piece twice.  *Again, you should only be sewing through the back of the pouch.*

Do the same on the opposite end of the pouch with the remaining piece of velcro.

And you're done!

How to use your envelope:
Place your envelope on your ironing board really classy wrapping surface with the back of the envelope facing up.

Slip gift inside the envelope and position it in the center.

On one end, fold the corners in toward the the center.

Then, keeping the corners folded in, fold the side up so that the side velcro meets the center velcro and attaches in place.

Do the same on the other side and...

...that's it!

Unless you're me.  In that case, your ego has taken over by now and you're intent on dressing up the package with a bit of ribbon and a gift tag.

So just tie those on and you're good to go!  :)

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Happy wrapping!


Jess@craftiness is not optional said...

I'm loving these wrapping tutorials! so cute!

Kathy Haynie said...

Very clever idea. I like the way you put the photos together.

Polly @ Pieces by Polly said...

Hahaha...I like how it's folded to look like a "real" wrap job. I was just thinking that a pouch velcroed closed wouldn't keep kids from snooping...but the way you did would.

Unknown said...

You could make the bottom the top if you wanted and create a velcro-on bow. That might be cool because the folds on the bottom are pretty.