Fabric Envelope Tutorial

Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Fabric Envelope
Fabric Envelope, originally uploaded by jenib320.

Fabric Envelope, originally uploaded by jenib320.
Thought I'd post the measurements and instructions for this simple fabric envelope! It is made to fit office paper folded in half. I made this one for myself to hold some travel documents, but it could be altered to hold coupons, or other documents!

Finished Size: 9.5"x6.25"

Sewing Level: Beginner Friendly

10.25"x15" piece of exterior fabric
10.25"x15" piece of lining fabric
10.25"x15" piece of medium-weight interfacing

1. Cut out all three pieces. On one short side, mark 1" from the corner. On each long side mark down 2 5/8". Draw a line between these marks and cut off the excess. This forms the top of the envelope.

2. Iron on the interfacing to the exterior fabric.

3. Using a 1/4" seam allowance, sew the exterior and lining pieces (right sides together), leaving a small opening at the bottom short edge for turning.

4. Turn inside out and poke out corners. Iron.

5. Sew around the entire piece with a 1/8" seam allowance or smaller to close the hole and finish the edges.

6. With the exterior side facing down, fold the bottom edge up 5 5/8". Sew along both sides to form the envelope.

7. To finish it off, sew (with a very small seam allowance) along the the top of the flap to help it stay closed.



  1. That's great! Thanks for the measurements!

  2. Love this! Thanks for the tutorial. :)

  3. Super cute, thanks for sharing!

  4. What are the final exterior measurements for this one?? Thanks!! :)

  5. Nice! Very nice! Thanks for the tutorial. I learned a lot. I'm gonna be making this one for Christmas!

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  7. Hello! I just found your blog by Googling fabric envelopes and love the name of your blog. I have been a little OCD about putting thing in color order ever since I was little. I also collect vintage Pyrex. Then I saw your name and that put me over the edge. Thank you for blogging, I'm sure I will be back frequently!

  8. This appeals to me on so many levels. Thanks for sharing!

  9. This would be the perfect size for a Kindle! I just measured mine. It's perfect. I am going to make this for my daughter as a birthday present for hers. Thanks!

  10. I liked your tutorial very much. I haven't had time to make one for myself, but put a link to your post on my blog: http://nynkestone.blogspot.com/2011/09/6-op-een-rij-beroepen-6-on-row-pretend.html

  11. I tried it out. Not nearly as neat as yours, but im still learning! Linked your tutorial here http://wishfultinker.blogspot.com/2012/02/fabric-envelope.html

    I might give it another go, keeping in mind the lessons i learned.

  12. thanks for sharing.

  13. Thanks Jeni for sharing this great project. I will be making some for myself and as gifts. I think that it would be a perfect way to transport small hand piecing projects (maybe my paper pieced hexagons that I have just taken up recently).

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  20. Thanks for the tutorial, measurement and wonderful idea for carring documents.


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