My dad recently got me an awesome new tool for my DIY arsenal — a serger, so I’ve been dreaming up all sorts of ways to put it to use, including these easy fabric gift envelopes. If I do say so, these envelopes have a lot going for them — a greener, reusable alternative to paper wrappings, potentially a great use of any fabric scraps you might have lying around, a touch glamorous with a contrasting, metallic thread, and pretty unique. If you don’t have a serger, just use the zig zag stitch on your sewing machine (some machines — including my 1975 model — even have a serge/interlock stitch) to finish the edges. –Mandy Pellegrin
The full how-to continues after the jump!
-serger/interlocker or sewing machine
1. Cut your fabric. Each envelope is comprised of four cuts of fabric — a front, a back, and two sides. For this particular envelope, I cut my front and back to about 14″ tall by 10″ wide and the two sides to 14″ tall by 4″ wide. This isn’t a science so create whatever size envelopes you want/need.
2. Load your serger or sewing machine up with a contrasting and/or metallic thread, and stitch along the top edges of each cut of fabric.
3. With the right sides facing out, stitch the side pieces to the front and back pieces to create a sort-of boxy tube.
4. Fold the center bottom of each side panels in towards the middle sandwiched between the front and back panels. Pin into place, and stitch the bottom edges together.
5. Repeat with other sizes and fabrics.
6. Load up with gifts, and finish off with a simple ribbon and a gift tag.