Fabric Envelope Tutorial

Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Fabric Envelope Tutorial - In Color Order
Fabric Envelope, originally uploaded by jenib320.
Fabric Envelope Tutorial - In Color Order
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.



Anonymous said...

That's great! Thanks for the measurements!

Cara-Mia said...

Love this! Thanks for the tutorial. :)

Carolyn said...

Super cute, thanks for sharing!

Jana@Weekend Vintage said...

Cute fabric!

**Danielle** said...

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

designer fabric said...

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

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Jeni said...

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!

Suzanne said...

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

Rachel Stevens said...

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!

Nynke said...

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

The Wishful Tinker said...

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.

Anonymous said...

thanks for sharing.

Lisa H said...

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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Sharon mcQuade said...

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

Unknown said...

Nice sharing ...:)
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