Tuesday, September 28, 2010

A Sewing Tutorial!

As a sewist who is constantly trolling the internet for free patterns, it's about time I give back! I once bought a pair of earrings in Doylestown and they came in a cute little fabric envelope. For a long time I wanted to make something similar, but on a larger scale. My friend Emily had a birthday the other day and it seemed like the perfect occasion to create it. Emily has flawless taste and has that "modern vintage" look down. I tried to choose fabric that she would like, but that would also match the only wide ribbon I have. Working from the same stash for 4 months can be a challenge. When working this pattern, it's best to not think about it. If you're like me, the folding and flipping will mess with your mind. Just follow directions, people.

Fabric Envelope
you will need...
  • one piece of fabric 6 1/2 x 20 inches (roughly. you could certainly go larger or smaller, but this is what I have pictured here)
  • one piece fusible webbing in corresponding dimensions
  • 5 inches of ribbon (or enough to span the width of the envelope) I used about an inch wide ribbon here, but that can also be adjusted to your liking
  • coordinating thread
  • straight pins
  • coordinating thread
  • sewing machine
  • iron

1. Fuse the webbing to the wrong side of the fabric (see the packaging on the webbing for instruction).
2. Sew the raw edges under on the short sides of the fabric. And don't make fun of my ironing board, I got it here!

3. Pin the ribbon about an inch or so from one of the short edges.

4. Fold the short edges in, leaving about an inch of space in the middle. Pin.

It should look like this after you sew it and turn it right side out...

And this when you fold it in half and flip the ribbon around both sides!

Then of course, I had to wrap it!

I know it kind of looks like a Valentine, but again, you work with what you have. I actually got the card stock here, surprisingly cheap. But the ribbon came from home. All I did here, was stitch 2 sheets together, trim about 3 inches off the top sheet (so the other one could fold down) Then, I stitched the top flap and tied it with ribbon.

And here's the birthday girl with her cake that her husband magically made appear at the end of dinner. This may be the cradle of civilization, but the cake situation is usually pretty dire. But this one was great! Happy Birthday, Emily!


kasthurirajam said...

wonderful tutorial

Michele said...

Ohmigosh, what a cute and handy tutorial. Let me know if you need anything from the US.

Hands Sew Full said...

This is a very cute envelope! I may have to make some!
The cake looks yummy too...may have to make one of those as well!

OrloSubito said...

this is a really good idea for a gift!!!
I mention it here: http://orlosubito.blogspot.com/2010/12/tiempo-de-regalos.html
thank you:-)