No matter how hard you try to think of the perfect handmade something, sometimes a gift card is the answer. But you can still give with handmade style! These super-simple-to-make felt envelopes, using Cathy Gaubert’s too cute candy cane appliques (from Fa La La La Felt), are perfect for last-minute hand sewing on the road. Find out how to make them after the jump.
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First, gather up the following: 9 x 12 inch sheet of felt, a scrap of white or cream felt, two matching buttons, red and white floss, a fabric marker, and a needle.
Enlarge, trace, or free-hand draw the candy cane template from Fa La La La Felt (or draw your own simple shape) onto paper. Cut the shape out, trace it onto white or cream felt with a fabric marker, and cut out the felt shape.
Next, cut your felt to size. For a standard gift card, I cut a 3.5 x 11 inch strip of felt. Round off one of the ends of the strip.
Glue the candy cane shape to the front of the felt panel so that when you fold the envelope, it appears in the front right or left corner.
With red floss (using Cathy’s handy idea!), create straight stitches over the candy cane shape to hold it in place.
Next, add a button just above the candy cane in the center of the panel. Attach the other button to the front side of the flap, leaving a tail with the excess floss. Knot the ends of the tail.
Fold the envelope into shape, pin the side seams together, and straight stitch along each edge either by machine or hand. Insert your gift card and voila: “handmade” giving!
Hope you’re enjoying our “Tis the Season” felt event! In case you missed them, try these other fun felt tutorials: super cute paisley stocking, funky felt sphere ornaments, gingerbread house ornament, and green gift bag. Happy crafty holidays!