Fabric Envelope Fun – A DrEAMi Project

Every once in awhile, something fun comes along and you just have to make it. Sandra of mmmQuilts! hosts a little party the last Saturday of the month for these fun DrEAMi projects….you
Make it!

A more recent post from from Spoonful of Sugar led me to fabric envelopes and thought it was a terrific idea, great for the fabrics you love. A quilty friend is going through breast cancer treatments and a little package was going her way and needed something hand made.

The Envelope

I found an envelope from a returned Christmas card and took it apart.

I had some fabric that was just perfect – I can’t tell you when I bought it – but the marbled fabric is from the early 90s I am sure. It is time to start using this beautiful fabric, and, the fact that it is like marbled paper makes it even more perfect for this project.

You then put the open envelope on the fabric and trace around. Sew around it, turn it inside out and then do the hand sewing. You can see the above mentioned tutorial for more details.

Voila! You have have a fabric envelope. I did add a snap but apparently after I took the photo.

And I had enough fabric for a second one, so as I finished Busy Bee for Monday’s post, I finished this too. Instead of doing hand stitching, I stitched by machine all the way around.

I used a permanent fabric glue to close it.

And I added a snap using my handy dandy KAM Snap Tool*.

This is really fast and fun. As I was looking for this tutorial, I found a few others. As I often do with recipes, I will combine the techniques and make up my own fun way of doing it. I have to say this little project is a fun diversion and a very fast finish when the sewing machine and iron are out!

Coming Up on My Blog

Fab Farm SAL – Block 6 (5/29)
Ships Ahoy
Fab Farm SAL – Block 7 (6/5)
Fixing a T-Shirt Quilt
Diatom QAL Parade 6/23-7/31
Rainbow Neighbourhood QAL Parade 6/30

Linking Up With

DrEAMi! #73
Finished or not Friday

Fabric Stash

I am down a 1/2 yard a few more to come with the finished Ships Ahoy early next week. I will be in a fabric deficit then…hooray!

Fabric in this month: 2.0
Fabric out this month: 4.5
Fabric in this year: 38.25
Fabric out this year: 36.25
NET Fabric: +2 yards!

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  1. May 28, 2023 / 8:14 AM

    Your envelopes are darling! What a cute idea to use a “real” envelope for the pattern. Hope your weekend is a fun one!

  2. May 28, 2023 / 8:30 AM

    What a fun idea, and a perfect little squirrel for some creative play!

  3. May 28, 2023 / 8:40 AM

    great idea to use the paper envelope as a pattern – it really looks pretty

  4. Cocoa Quilts
    May 28, 2023 / 8:54 AM

    Kathleen these envelopes are so cute! glad one made it to me!!! Thanks again!

  5. May 28, 2023 / 11:53 AM

    What a sweet personal touch, Kathleen! Love the marbled fabric/marbled paper idea! 🙂

  6. LA Paylor
    May 28, 2023 / 11:59 AM

    beautiful finish and idea…. useful way to be able to use our pretty prints

  7. May 28, 2023 / 12:20 PM

    Beautiful, functional, and so fun! I am sure your friend will be able to feel the care you put into the care package for her.

  8. Kate @ ArtsandSocks
    May 29, 2023 / 4:06 PM

    That is a very cute project. I can also see the envelope filled with little trinkets for a far away grandchild.

  9. June 6, 2023 / 3:38 PM

    What a great project Kathleen with faaaabulous fabric! I think I have some – is it Kaffe Fassett? I know this will be a perfect little lift to your friend’s spirits! Thanks for linking up with DrEAMi!

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