Felt Envelope for Tiny Creatures

Friday, April 2, 2010

Yes, technically, this felt envelope could be used for any number of things. Today it was made to hold all manner of tiny animals, bugs and other teeny-tiny little toys my little girls LOVE...and leave everywhere. They also have this thing about wanting "special toys of the day" to travel with them. TA-DA...felt envelope...with a surprise on the back! You'll see...
Here's what you'll need (aside from the basics):
-felt, I used 11" x 4"
-embroidery thread
Here's how I did it:
1. Cut felt to appropriate size. Fold up one side to the half way-ish point.
2. Cut the unfolded side in a rounded, hill-like manner.

Tip break: To thread a needle with embroidery thread see pics below:

That was fun! OK, back to it...
3. Using embroidery threaded needle, sew around the three sides of the rectangle to make a pocket. PS- You don't REALLY have to do the bottom...I just like the way the embroidery thread looks. :)

4. Whipstitch around the edge of the "flap" of the envelope. Just makes it a little sturdier and little kids are going to be using these...so it's necessary!

5. Cut a button hole in the flap (pinch and snip the fold). Whipstitch around the INSIDE of the button hole...also for durability. Check my "excellent" handstitching skills...a little bit of the handmade look isn't bad, right??
6. Mark where the button should go opposite the hole by holding the flap down and taking a pen and marking right through the hole. Sew a button on the main envelope part and...DONE!
But WAIT!!! Did I mention these are for my GIRLS...so I think we need a little something extra...

Here is the other one I made. Two girls=two of everything!

And the backs of both...SPRINGY!!
Finally, our tiny friends have a soft, little space of their own...and they are ready to travel and not end up in a crevice in the car! FANTASTIC!!


Kaysi said...

Those are so fun! My kids would love to get mail in one of these envelopes!

Sarah said...

I loved it! Thanks for sharing!
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Mandy said...

Thanks again, Kaysi!
And thanks for the tip, Sarah!

Stacey @ Fun to Craft said...

How fun. So cute!! Thanks for sharing at Fun to Craft's Spring has Sprung Party.

Amy @ peppertowne.com said...

Such a cute idea, my little girl loves to carry around the little petshop animals, I'll have to make one of these for her. Thanks for sharing.

Lenetta @ Nettacow said...

Isn't it amazing how the simple solutions are the best (and cutest!)?!? I linked to this on my weekly roundup - thanks so much for sharing!

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