Handcrafted Fabric Envelopes

Do you have any projects you’ve posted over the years that you think deserves another look?

That’s how I feel about this handcrafted fabric envelopes.

I made a similar version of these sweet envelopes a while back but decided to make them again with fresh fabrics that may put you in the mood for the Spring season ahead.

fabric envelope collection

Yes, I did say FABRIC.

These envelopes are hand-constructed out of assorted fabrics and if you have any fat quarters or scrap fabric around your house, this is a lovely way to put some it to good use.

fabric stack

Here’s a look at the quilt I made using these pretty garden fabrics.

If you’d like to see more of my quilting projects, you can check them out in the QUILTING  drop-down category of this blog.

quilt garden print

To make the fabric envelope, unfold a regular square envelope and cut pieces of fabric a little larger than the open envelope.  Hang on to the unfolded envelope because you’ll need it later.

Brush a generous amount of Mod Podge or Decoupage solution over the front of the fabric square.

Then cover the back side of the fabric with the solution.

TIP: Use a sheet of wax paper under the fabric while applying the decoupage to prevent the fabric from sticking to any unwanted surface.  This also keeps the solution from getting all over the place.

fabric envelope decoupage

The fabrics will dry better if you can find a way to hang them.

I just strung a piece of jute across a doorway and use clothes-pinned the sheets to dry.

fabric envelope drying

Once the decoupage solution completely dries, you’ll notice the fabric will become stiff.

It feels more like textured paper scrolls at this point and you’ll be able to roll them up just like paper and store them for later use.

fabric envelope rolls

Pull out that unfolded envelope and spread it out onto the wrong side of the stiffened fabric.

This will serve as a template to shape your fabric.

Use the unfolded envelope as a guide to trace the outline of the envelope onto the fabric.

Be sure to use a pencil because pen ink or a marker may bleed through the fabric..

fabric envelope template

Follow the pencil guidelines to cut the fabric into the shape of the original envelope-template.

Then, fold the fabric envelope to create the same seams as the template.

You can see your fabric envelope taking shape.

fabric envelope folds

Remove the envelope-template and apply a small amount of glue to the inside of the fabric bottom and side edges.

I purchased a set of blank thank you cards and inserted one into each envelope to complete the stationery set.

fabric envelope flat

The envelopes look just lovely when they’re all stacked up like this.

When I first made these, several readers asked if they could be used in the mail.  Honestly, I wouldn’t.

I don’t think these decoupage-covered envelopes would hold-up to the rigors (and potential dampness) of the U.S. Postal service.

I suggest you only use these if you’re delivering them by hand or enclosing them inside a gift.

fabric envelope holder

Speaking of gift-giving.  These make a beautiful gift.

Tie a pretty ribbon around a stack of these and give them to the writer in your life.

I gave a stack of these to my neighbor as a thank you present and she loved them.

fabric envelopes gift

Be sure to take a look at my earlier version of this project.

It’s amazing how gorgeous these look in alternate fabric choices.

You can find my original vintage-inspired fabric envelopes HERE and my vintage-inspired coordinated note cards HERE.

fabric envelope thank you cards

Thanks for stopping by.

See  you back here next time. 

  • Claudia

    These are absolutely lovely!!!! What a wonderful tutorial.

    • Lisa Tutman-Oglesby

      Thanks, Claudia.
      I’m so glad you like these. It’s such a sweet project and handwritten notes are such a lost art.
      Happy crafting to you.

  • Monica

    Oh my goodness……what a beautiful idea!!!!!! Your fabric choices are gorgeous and sweet at the same time!!! I cannot wait to try this……I need to go to the fabric store so I can pick out some sweet fabrics too!!!! Thank you so much for posting! Now I need to go check out MORE of your ideas!!!!!

    • Lisa Tutman-Oglesby

      Thanks so much, Monica.
      You’ll definitely enjoy making these.
      Don’t forget they’re really for hand delivery only. I wouldn’t trust sending them through the mail because exposure to moisture may ruin them.
      Good luck and let me know how yours turn out.
      Happy weekend.

  • joyjc

    These are so nice; and I was thinking of using them (hand-delivered) for a tea I am planning. Very nice idea!

    • Lisa Tutman-Oglesby

      Joy, that is a lovely idea.
      You’re guests will love them and they’ll also be so impressed that you made them yourself.
      Have a wonderful weekend.

  • Iane

    I absolutelly loved this post. I’m going to make it for sure. You’re in my favourite list.

  • Marisa Franca @ All Our Way

    I must have missed this the first time around. I love the idea. What a special touch for notes. I’m pinning this! A super idea.

  • [email protected] Designs

    These are beautiful and they would so enhance any note or gift. People so appreciate when you do something special just for them. Love how you have stacked them together to present as a beautiful gift…

    • Lisa Tutman-Oglesby

      Thanks Shirley, I’ve made these so many times for gifts and they really go over nicely because they’re kind of unusual. Thanks for popping by.

  • Jeanne

    Lisa: These Envelopes are lovely and the corresponding Note Cards are Perfect. I never worked with Mod Podge, but will have to give it a go. Thanks for the wonderful inspiration.

    • Lisa Tutman-Oglesby

      Thanks, Jeanne. Mod Podge is oh-so versatile. There are so many uses for it. You should definitely have some in your stash (smile).

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