Make an envelope from a magazine cover

I like my envelopes to be sturdy, sometimes paper doesn’t cut it when you want to include something that needs a little extra protection. Also plain white envelopes are BORING, why be blah when it’s so easy to make something really special that won’t cost you a cent.
Magazine covers are abundant, why not recycle them into eye catching, sturdy envelopes that won’t get lost in the mail.

This envelope was made from a Marimekko catalog cover, but you can use any front or back cover with a colourful design. Sewing instead of gluing is an easy mess free alternative especially if you are short on time.

You will need:

  • Magazine cover
  • Scissors
  • Sewing machine
  • Self adhesive address label
  • Adhesive tape or a cute sticker

How to:

Cut out the front or back cover from a magazine. Try to be neat and keep the edge nice and straight.

Crease about two fifths of the distance from the bottom and then again at around one fifth from the top, cut the corners off the top flap.
Fold up and sew sides with a long straight stitch
Paper Sewing Tips: Set your stitch length to maximum to avoid cutting through paper. Paper will blunt your needles so use old ones that are too blunt for fabric.
Label and address. Seal the back up with adhesive tape or a cute sticker.

Now it’s ready to post to your faraway friends.

You’ll never buy another envelope again!

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Cintia has a craft blog My Poppet Makes that ‘recognises the possibility in the ordinary’.

Her desire to create, along with her ability to see the potential of an unloved object and give it new life, is the driving force behind Cintia’s craft tutorials suited to all skill levels, which she has been sharing with readers since 2007.

Cintia tries to avoid working with new products when she can, preferring to re-purpose second hand or vintage finds, and inject history into her creations. Tutorials, include crochet, needle felting, paper craft, quilting, digital media, photography and Cintia’s favourite, sewing.

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