Valentine’s Envelopes

As a parent or grandparent, it is heartwarming to receive handwritten or hand-drawn notes from a little one. They turn out to be the memories that we cherish and hang on to…

The more time a child puts into his or her creations, the more it means to them and the more endearing it is when they give it with all their enthusiasm.So, add an extra touch of love and creativity by taking the opportunity this Valentine’s Day to teach a child how to create an easy and fun-to-make, handmade envelope out of felt. These simple but charming envelopes can be constructed in any shape or size and provide an amusing way to deliver a note or to store all the precious notes and cards from loved ones.

Supplies:Supplies

two sheets of felt in colors of choice
embroidery needle
embroidery floss in color of choice
sewing scissors
ruler
marking pen
heart-shape template

Start the project by deciding the size and shape of the envelope to make. This a great opportunity to use odds and ends scraps of felt. Whether it is tall and skinny or small and square, it will turn out adorable.

Long_Heart_Envelope

Trifold

Make a Pattern
Using a ruler, measure the length and width of a rectangular sheet of felt (any size or color). Measure and cut a sheet of thin paper to the same dimensions. On the paper, measure one-third the length from the top and make a dotted line across the width, indicating the fold of the flap. Everything below the dotted line will be the pocket of the envelope. Mark the center of the width at the top of the paper. At the dotted line, make a mark equidistant on each side of the paper toward the top for the sides of the flap. Next, using a ruler, make a line between the mark on the left side and the center. Draw a line from the right side mark to the center. Cut along these lines to create the V-shaped envelope edge.

Sew the Envelope
With the paper template prepared, lay the pattern atop the wrong side of the felt of choice and cut out the top flap. Fold up the bottom of the felt rectangle so that it reaches the dotted line indicated on the paper pattern and wrong sides face each other. Secure the folded edges with pins. Using embroidery floss and an embroidery needle, blanket stitch or whip stitch the folded edges of the envelope together. Upon reaching the other side of the folded edges, continue the same stitch on the open flap until it reaches the starting point. Knot off and run the knot under the stitching inside the pouch. Set aside.

Add the Heart
Using a heart template or heart-shaped cookie cutter, trace around the shape onto the felt color of choice with a marking pen. Cut out the shape. Fold the flap over the top of the pouch. Center the heart at the center exterior of the flap and pin it, making sure that it does not catch the inside of the envelope. Using a contrasting color of embroidery floss, attach the heart to the flap edge. Note: I used a simple criss-cross design to secure the heart.

The darling trifold envelope is completed. If you wish to make the flap more secure, you may add snaps, Velcro, or a button that works through a button-stitched hole in the center of the heart. The possibilities are endless!

Square_Heart_Envelope

Square

Make a Pattern
Using a ruler and a rectangular sheet of felt, any size or color, measure the width and length of the rectangle. Measure and cut a thin sheet of paper to match. The width measurement will determine the overall size of your square envelope. On the paper laying width-side up, mark the center of the length from side to side with a dotted line running from top to bottom. Next, mark one-third of the distance from the top of the width and draw a dotted line from side to side to indicate the envelope flap.  For the remaining two-thirds of the paper’s width, measure to the right of the center dotted line the same distance of the overall width measurement plus ½ inch. Repeat on the other side. Double check your measurements. With the ruler and marking pen, draw solid lines from the bottom vertically at these points and stop at the intersecting dotted line. These will be your sides.  In the upper one-third that will be the flap, mark half the distance of the overall width measurement. At these points from the dotted line to the top of the paper, draw a solid vertical line. These are the sides of the flap. Convert the dotted line between the two solid lines to a solid line on each side. It should look like a blocky pyramid. Next, at the center dotted line, make a mark toward the top on the solid line equidistant on each side of the paper for the sides of the flap. Using a ruler, make a line between the mark on the left side and the center. Draw a line from the right side mark to the center. Cut along all the solid lines to create the square and V-shaped edges.

Sew the Envelope
With the paper template prepared, lay the pattern atop the wrong side of the felt of choice and cut around the template. Fold in the left wing to make a flush edge. Press. Fold in the right wing to make a flush edge and overlap the left side. Being careful not to catch the back of the envelope, begin a simple basting stitch down the overlapping center. At the bottom, knot it off. From one of the bottom edges, baste across the bottom. This encloses the pouch.

Add the Heart
Using a heart template or heart-shaped cookie cutter, trace around the shape onto the felt color of choice with a marking pen. Cut out the shape. Fold the flap over the top of the pouch. Center the heart at the center exterior of the flap and pin it, making sure that it does not catch the inside of the envelope. Using the same color of embroidery floss as the stitching, attach the heart to the flap edge. Note: I used a simple criss-cross design to secure the heart.

This charming square envelope is done.  Like the trifold envelope, if you wish to make the flap more secure, you may add snaps, Velcro, or a button that works through a button-stitched hole in the center of the heart.

With love, Jenny Mock

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