Super Simple Fabric Envelope Tutorial

These cute envelopes are perfect for cash, business cards, credit cards, ear buds, or any small item you need to corral.  A friend from work asked me to make a fabric envelope to protect her ear buds.  I’m not sure exactly how big her ear buds are so I made the envelope big enough for business cards.

The template below has patterns for both the business card envelope and one for a cash size envelope.  If you are using Dave Ramsey’s cash envelope system than the cash envelope would be great to organize your cash.  You can just throw a few cardstock dividers inside the envelope to separate your cash for the week or month.

This cash envelope specifically fits American dollars.  To make the envelope fit a different currency you can just measure your biggest bill and add 1” to the width.  You will also need to add 2” to the straight edge of the length and add the point on top of that.

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Envelope MaterialsMaterials:

Tools:

Fat Quarter Shop Quilting Fabrics and Supplies

Instructions:

Cut the fabric.First, cut out the template for the size envelope that you are going to make.  Then use that template to cut 2 pieces of fabric for each envelope.  I used two different fabrics to add some character but you don’t need to.  The envelopes use very little fabric so you may be able to find fabric in your scrap bin.  I did this for the business card envelope.

Attach the button.Next, sew the button to the fabric you will use for the outside of your envelope.  Sew the button to the center of the shorter straight edge.  Attach it about ¾” from the bottom for the cash envelope and about ½” from the bottom for the business card envelope.  Using interfacing on the back of the fabric behind the button is a good idea, I always forget, but it’s a good idea.

Pin the fabric right sides together.  Sew all the way around the envelope with a ¼” seam allowance.  Eventually you will need to turn the envelope so don’t forget to leave a hole on one of the long sides near the bottom.

Fold the envelope and iron.Turn the envelope right side out then use a pen to push the corners out.  Iron the envelope to get the shape you want.  Fold the envelope and iron the envelope again.  You should have a fold at the bottom and a fold at the top.  Use a business card or cash to make sure you get the fold where you want it.

Add a button hole to the top near the point.  Use the button sewn in earlier as a guide to make sure they match up.  If you add the button hole after you’ve sewn the sides up it will screw up your button hole foot and lead to frustration, not that I’ve tried that…

Finally, sew the sides of the envelope together to form the envelope with a 1/8” seam allowance.

You should now have a completed envelope.  This project is both quick and easy or at least it is if your button hole foot is working correctly.

I would love to see how your project turns out.  Post pictures to Instagram #boutsofspontaneouscrafting

Super Simple Fabric Envelope Tutorial

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