When everyone knows you like to make things, they tend to give you things that they think you'd find interesting. Such was the case several months ago when my sister-in-law gave me an envelope she found. It was simply a piece of textured brown card stock folded then stitched on the sides and around the flap. I loved it immediately and put it on my list of things to make. Of course, the list then sat untouched for a bit when other things came up. Then one day I signed up for a polaroid quilt block greeting card swap (more details on this soon). This envelope design was the perfect handmade touch to send each of the greeting cards and blocks in. And I think everyone loved receiving one.
The envelopes I made are six inches wide and just over four inches tall (smaller than the one I was given), but they could be made in almost any dimensions. You could even experiment with stitching two pieces of card stock together instead of folding one. The downside of these dimensions, though, is that the envelopes don't exactly fit a standard 4 x 6 greeting card since the stitching on the sides takes up about a quarter inch total. So, of course I had to make special cards to go inside them. You could also trim standard cards to make them fit. Either way, it's a fun and simple way to make snail mail even more special. Here's how you can make some, too.
- 12" x 12" sheet of card stock
- Paper cutter or scissors
- Ruler (preferably clear acrylic)
- Cutting mat
- 6" bowl or plate
- Scoring tool
- White glue (optional)