Happy August everyone! Today is the 10th which means it’s time for our monthly Under $10 on the 10th Blog Hop hosted by
Tammy of Patina and Paint. That’s where I join up with other lovely ladies to bring you a project that you can make for less than $10. Our theme this month is “back to school,” so I’m sharing a DIY fabric or felt gift envelope to place your teacher’s back to school gift in. It’s both packaging and a second gift in one. I use them for makeup brushes, purse organization, bathroom storage, and more. You can either sew or do a no-sew version of these babies in just a few minutes!
You might’ve seen my free printable back to school teacher gift tags that I’ve shared over the past few days for
keychains or lip balm (7 different printables to choose from) and hand soap (4 options). Last year I shared my back to school supply basket idea with free printable tags and a monogram door hanger. Click the pictures below to head over and pin the posts or use the search box in the sidebar to find my many other teachers gift ideas for any occasion! Fabric or Felt Gift Envelope Supplies:
felt or fabric cut to fit the size of the gift- I used a standard 9×12 piece of felt.
iron-on interfacing for fabric (no need for felt envelopes)- Cut 1″ less than the size of fabric on the length & width. For example, for my felt envelope, I would have needed an 8×11 piece of interfacing. Felt interface will work as well.
ribbon- I used 1.5″ wired ribbon on one envelope and satin 7/8″ ribbon on another, so anything under 1.5″ will work.
sewing machine or needle & thread for hand sewing
or hot glue gun for no-sew method.
Cut Fabric to Size
Decide what size envelope you need for your gift. I used a standard piece of felt, straight from the craft store, for this project. Last year I made
a no-sew version that was a full-size “bag” that fit a 5×7 picture frame. If you’d like to make a gift bag without sewing, check out that tutorial. Remember to pin or share it for later. If you’re using fabric, you can make it as big as you’d like.
This gift envelope was used for a customized
fabric keychain with a free printable key-shaped gift tag, so I didn’t have to do a lot of measuring and cutting. I’m going to give you directions for a 9″x12″ piece of felt folded into an envelope, but just remember you can change the size to fit your needs. the measurements on the seams, the ribbon, and such will remain the same.
If you’re using fabric, cut an 8″x11″ piece of iron-on interface. I cut the interface so that I have up to a 1/2″ seam allowance on each side where I won’t sew over it. As a new sewer, I hate trying to keep the fabric flat over it while sewing. It seems to fold and wrinkle, and I’d rather just avoid sewing over it. Iron the interface in place before folding and pinning the envelope.
The picture below is of cut interfacing from my
lip balm keychain holder. Cut the “Envelope” Shape
Now you need to create the “enveloped” sides on the folded down flap. Make diagonal cuts on each side from the corner where the two pieces of felt (or fabric) meet to the edge.
Cut & Pin Ribbon on the Fabric Gift Envelope
Cut a length of ribbon that you will use to tie the flap in place. I cut 24,” leaving enough to cut some off to dovetail the bow ends later. Fold the ribbon in half. You will use this to tie the fabric envelope closed.
Another Ribbon Option
I had quite a time trying to get the fabric and ribbon into my sewing machine. The pocket wasn’t deep enough for it to slide onto the arm, so I had to finagle it quite a bit before getting it right. If you don’t want to fight your machine to get the ribbon section of the fabric under the needle, you can also cut it. This is also a good option if you want to change the ribbon out from time to time.
Find the center of the fabric gift envelope’s pocket just like you did in the previous step. Again, you’ll want it to overlap the with middle section of the front, about 1″ from the bottom once closed. Use a craft knife and cut two small slits about 1/4″ from each other, just like you did with the flap slits above.
Sew the Fabric Gift Envelope
Finally sew the sides of the felt together with 3/8″ seams. If you feel you need more of a seam allowance, you can do that, up to 1/2″ seams if you used interfacing and you don’t want to sew over it. If you don’t have a machine you can hand sew the sides. Want a no sew version? No problem. Add a line of liquid seam or craft glue, like Tacky Glue, along the sides of the felt or fabric and press the other side on top of it. For more details, check out my
fabric gift bag tutorial.
Place your gift in the fabric envelope, and, voila! An adorable, reusable gift package!
I made two blue felt envelopes. On the first one I used a white ribbon attaching it with slits in the pocket without sewing it in place. The third picture has the gray ribbon sewn on.
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Under $10 on the 10th Blog Hop
Now check out the other back to school projects that you can make for under $10! The bloggers on this hop are so talented, so I know you’re going to love everything they’re sharing!
Tammy – Patina & Paint (main blog)
Back to School Organization
Allyson – Southern Sunflowers (main blog)
Dollar Tree Apple Craft
Don’t go yet! There’s more to see!
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