Fabric Envelope Tutorial

Hello everyone! Kymona here, and I’m wondering if all of you are ready for Valentine’s Day? Do you give gifts to loved ones or perhaps to coworkers, maybe even your child’s class? If one or all is true, then I have the perfect project for you. Check out these neat fabric envelopes that are perfect for cards, gifts, or candy!

Fabric Envelope Tutorial: Finished Product

Finished envelope size: 4.5 inches x 3.5 inches

Materials to Create a Fabric Envelope

  • 2 Fat Quarters (I used Hello Sweetheart by Echo Park)
  • Lightweight Fusible interfacing
  • Straight ruler
  • Triangle ruler
  • Pins/Clips
  • Rotary cutter and mat
  • White thread
  • Point turner
  • Plastic snaps
  • Snap tool

Optional materials for label

  • Scrap linen fabric
  • black thread
  • sewing needle

Fabric Envelope Tutorial: Finished Product

Instructions to Sew a Fabric Envelope

Step 1 – Cut the fabric

Cut (2) different fat quarters to 5 inches x 11 inches.
Cut (1) piece of fusible interfacing to 5 inches x 11 inches.

Note: All seam allowances are 1/4 inch unless otherwise noted.

Step 2: Prepare the fabric for sewing

Fuse the lightweight fusible interfacing to the wrong side one of the fat quarters.

Fabric Envelope Tutorial: Prepare the fabric for sewing

Place the fabric pieces right sides together.

Use the triangle ruler and cut the top of the regular into a triangle.

Fabric Envelope Tutorial: Prepare the fabric for sewing

To do that, fold the fabric in half, iron press it. Open the material and line the tip of the triangle ruler with that center line. Cut the side off.

Pin or clip both fabric pieces right sides together.

Fabric Envelope Tutorial: Prepare the fabric for sewing

Leave about 4 inches open on the long side for turning.

Step 3 – Sew the front and back together

Attach Patchwork foot #97D to your machine.

Begin sewing on one of the long sides where the 4-inch opening will be. Backstitch and sew around the entire piece stopping to leave the 4-inch opening.

Fabric Envelope Tutorial: Sew the front and back together

Step 4 – Ironing and Cutting

Iron all of the stitches to set them in place. Use scissors and round the bottom corners of the fabric envelope.

Fabric Envelope Tutorial: Ironing and Cutting

Step 5 – Turning the project

Turn the fabric inside out. Use a point turner to poke out the corners.

Fabric Envelope Tutorial: Turning the project

At the 4-inch opening, fold the fabric in and iron to set the shape.

Fabric Envelope Tutorial: Turning the project

Step 6 – Edge-stitching

Fold the bottom of the fabric envelope up to 3 7/8 inches and pin or clip it together.

Fabric Envelope Tutorial: Edge-stitching

Fabric Envelope Tutorial: Edge-stitching

Attach Edgestitch foot #10D to your machine.

Set the needle position to -3.

Start sewing right at the fold and continue around the envelope.

Fabric Envelope Tutorial: Edge-stitching

Step 7: Attach the snap

Decide where you want the catch to go.

Fabric Envelope Tutorial: Attach the snap

Bore a small hole and place the snap through it. Attach the back and use the tool to snap it in place.

Fabric Envelope Tutorial: Attach the snap

Repeat for the closure.

Fabric Envelope Tutorial: Attach the snap

Super simple and easy fabric envelopes, right?!

Wait, the fabric label is optional, but such an excellent addition.

Step 8: Optional Label

To create them, cut out a small piece of linen fabric and non-fusible interfacing to your desired size. Then stitch them together on all four sides. Make a short cut in the middle of the interfacing. Turn the label inside out. Write your sentiment on the front of the patch using a fabric pen. Use thread or embroidery floss to stitch out the words by hand or your sewing machine. Hand-stitch the label to the envelope.

Fabric Envelope Tutorial: Optional Addition

Fabric Envelope Tutorial: Optional Addition

Giving someone a gift packaged in this envelope will blow them away!

Fabric Envelope Tutorial: Finished Product

Who wouldn’t want to receive candy in this envelope?!

Fabric Envelope Tutorial: Finished Product

Sending a card never looks so cute.

Fabric Envelope Tutorial: Finished Product

So, are you making and sending your Valentines in a fabric envelope this year? I would love to see them.

8 thoughts on “Fabric Envelope Tutorial

  1. This is adorable. I need fat quarters and snap tool. My plan is to make one for each grandchild and put chocolate hearts inside. I will make them Monday and post a picture. Thank you 🙂

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