How to make a Mini Gift Bag out of an Envelope

The Quick and Easy way to make a Mini Gift Bag from an Envelope.

The Envelope Gift Bag is a great way use large envelopes and recycle old ones.

The gift bag was decorated using the Farmhouse Market Collection from Carta Bella.

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Directions:

  • Seal the envelope closed.
  • Cut the end off one side of the envelope.

  • Score the envelope 3/4″ on the remaining three sides of the envelope.  You will need to use medium to firm pressure when scoring to crease through all the layers.  Score on both sides of the envelope.
  • Fold the envelope on each score line.  Use the scoring tool to go over each line to make sure you have a good sharp crease.

  • Put your hand inside of the envelope and gently start opening it up.  Refold the lines as you open it up.   Create gusset folds on the sides of the bag.
  • Once the bag is fully open you will have two pointed flaps sticking out on each end.  Add adhesive to the flaps and adhere to the bottom of the bag.  (you can also add a piece of decorative washi to the bottom of the bag to hold the flaps in place.)

  • Start decorating the bag.
  • Add a decorative strip of washi tape around the bottom of the bag.
  • Add stickers to the front of the bag.  Stickers are a great way to cover up a name when re-using an envelope.

  • Fill the bag with your gift.
  • Fold the top of the bag over and crease.
  • Punch two holes in the top of the bag and add ribbon.

Remember the next time you get a card to carefully open the envelope on the side so

that you can recycle it into a cute little gift bag.

When your favorite cashmere sweater has a hole…

When your favorite Cashmere Sweater has a hole in it you make it into something new.

I was pretty bummed when I found out my favorite sweater had a hole in it.

My first instinct was to throw it in the garbage.

 After retrieving my sweater from the throw away pile…

I decided to make it into a super soft pillow instead.

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DIY Upcycled Sweater Pillow

Directions:

  1. Turn the sweater inside out.  Line up the pillow form with the sweater to determine best placement to hide the holes.
  2. For my sweater, since the holes were on one side…I decided to sew the bottom of the sweater together first and insert the pillow to determine how much I needed to cut off the other side.
  3. Cut the sweater slightly larger than the pillow form.
  4. Remove pillow form and sew second side together.

5.  To Personalize my pillow…Turn sweater back to right sides and iron the Joy Iron-On Embroidered Letters.  Cover letters with a clean soft cloth and iron the letters for 30 seconds.  Turn sweater pillow cover inside out, cover with cloth and iron for and additional 30 seconds.  Allow letters to cool before finishing the pillow.    

6.  Because there is a lot of give with the sweater material.  I was able to sew the 4th side       halfway and stuff the pillow form inside.  I hand sewed the pillow closed.

7.  To dress up the pillow…I created a sash to go around the pillow by sewing together flannel scraps.

    8.  Secure the sash around the pillow using a couple of big black buttons.

The pillow is perfect for marking my spot on my favorite comfy chair.

Look for Joy® iron-on embroidered alphabet letter sheets and appliques at your local craft store.

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