When you sew, you can sometimes make just a few lines of stitching, and create something really gorgeous. Such is the case when you make assorted fabric envelopes. You can make them all different sizes and use them to gift many different things. Most any fabric can be used to make a fabric envelope. Denim, lace, satin, cotton – even wide ribbon. With wide ribbon the project is really quick and easy.
Give someone a new cd in a fabric envelope by cutting a piece of ribbon or cloth to be 6″ wide and 17.5″ long. Lay the ribbon flat on a table so that the right side of the ribbon is against the table. Place it so that one short end of the ribbon is facing you. If you want, hem across the two short ends, folding them over only an eighth of an inch, and sewing very close to the edge. Set the ribbon in front of you again with the short side facing you. Fold the edge that faces you up 5″ and crease the fold well.
Open the ribbon back up and turn it so that the wrong side of the ribbon is against the table. Decide on the look you want to give the ribbon envelope. Create one look by gluing two narrow ribbons down the center of the envelope. Leave a space between the two and glue them from one end to the other. Make a different design by gluing on one large ribbon that runs down the middle of the envelope.
Lay the envelope back on the table with the wrong side against the table. Fold the edge facing you up, the 5″ you already creased it, and pin the sides together. Stitch down both sides staying very close to the edge. Carefully turn the ribbon right-side-out and insert the cd. Fold the remainder of the flap over and use a Velcro dot as a closure. Decorate by gluing tiny bows to the ribbon areas.
Use the same technique to make any number of fabric envelopes. Make a baby-theme one to give at a baby shower, a wedding-theme one for a wedding, or make them for other occasions. Make a slightly larger envelope and gift lingerie. Make a really small one to give a ring or other piece of jewelry. Use the fabric envelopes to give cd’s, money, gift cards, photos, candy, and more. They’re perfect for a man, woman or child and for any occasion or holiday!