My husband's niece has had her 18th birthday yesterday, and she is saving her money to go traveling after finishing school. I am no big fan of giving money as a gift, because its so un-personal and well, it doesn't feel right. So I decided to at least make the gift wrapping my business and this is what I came up with.
I am really chuffed to bits with it. I chose a traveling theme for her, to fit the purpose (and hoping for a few postcards from her, once she's off :)
I made a little zippered pouch in an envelope design with stamps and postmarks.
The back simply shows the outline of a sealed letter. Perfect for money gifts and the good news is: it's really simple to make! See for yourself:
The 'You've got mail pouch' TUTORIAL
What you'll need:
* 2 kinds of fabric (outer fabric on the sturdy side)
* fabric scraps for the stamps
* pencil for marking
* matching thread
* pinking shears
Off we go:
1. Cut 2 envelope shapes from each fabric.
2. With pinking shears cut 3 stamps from your scraps. Also draw your outlines for the address field.
3. Go over the outline with red thread a couple of times.
4. Zig Zag stitch your stamps.
5. Using the pencil again draw your postmarks and go over them a few times with black thread.
I improvised a little with the round mark...
Here is the wavy mark.
6. Moving on to the other piece of your outer fabric... outline the envelope and stitch.
7. Now iron on the vylene onto the wrong side of the inner fabric.
8. Lay the two outer fabric pieces onto the inner fabric pieces with wrong sides facing and attach the zipper.
Repeat on the back piece.
This is what you'll end up with.
9. Now open the zip, pin the inner sides right side facing together and pin the outer sides right side facing together. Sew close, leaving a gap in the inner fabric large enough for turning the envelope inside out.
Trim the corners and pull the pouch through the gap.
10. Sew the gap close.
11. Ta-dah... you're done. FERTIG!