Wednesday, February 6, 2008

Valentine Envelope Tutorial

It's here the Valentine Envelope Tutorial.  For this pattern it is helpful to have these tools;
clear thread   
sewing machine
self healing mat
clear angled ruler
rotary cutter
embroidery needle
small sharp scissors

The supplies needed are;
1/2 yard white wool felt
small piece of red wool felt
1/2 yard cotton fabric
red embroidery floss
white embroidery floss
2 buttons
(you will have fabric left over)

Cut out all pieces as shown.  

13.5 inches x 9.5 inches for the back, and cut just shy of 9inches and just shy of 13 inches, (meaning just under the measurement.) Also, cut two hearts out of the red felt that are slightly larger than the edge of your envelope closure.  Place the two hearts together and blanket stitch around heart with white embroidery floss.

After cutting the out the white pieces, use them to cut the red, especially for angles.  The red should be cut just under the measurement of the other.  

Using all six threads of embroidery floss, straight stitch around front of envelope using 1/4 in. stitches, 3/8 of an inch from edge.

Cut two straps for back out of the cotton print 15 x 3 in. The cut straps are not pictured.  Turn straps right sides together and sew 1/4 in. from edge.  Turn and press.    

It is helpful to press off center, to make room for the button hole.  Sew edge of straps closed.

Step 1: turn and press the squared and acute corners. Make two small cuts in the inside front of the envelope as shown.  Be sure that the raw edge is folded down and pin in place.

Next bring up both sides.  Press and pin.

Carefully pin the cotton fabric to the wool felt.  Now you’re ready to sew your cotton fabric to your felt pieces.

To cut the scalloped edge, measure and cut 1/4 of an inch in every 3/4 of an inch.

Curve your cuts to form the scallop.  It helps to use small sharp scissors.

Sew heart on to bottom of closure.

Pin flap of envelope to the back.  Be sure to line it up so your hand sewing will show when folded down.  Sew together.

Make a button hole on each strap slightly larger than the button.  Sew straps on about an inch from the top.  Then to secure it sew across the strap again, at the top of the envelope, where the sew line is already under the scallop.

Lay your straps flat and sew each button at the bottom of the envelope.  Sew the front of the envelope to the back and you're done!


Bethany Kartchner said...

so cute! Love your fabric!

purple and paisley said...

found you through sew, mama, sew...very nice tutorial...will save this for next valentine's day! thanks for sharing...=)

New England Quilter said...

This is so cute! What a wonderful tutorial!

Kathie said...

I also found you through sew,mama,sew . I love this idea.
Can't wait to try it and see more tutorials from you.

Jennifer said...

This is a very sweet and creative idea. Thanks for the clear tutorial--it shows how professional the finished item looks. I would love to try this. This would be great for kids who are interested in "playing post office". What a great place for a love note. :-)

caleigha said...

I just love this - so beautiful!! Thanks for putting together a tutorial. :)

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