Today Amy is sharing a free Fabric Envelope Sewing pattern with all of you! This project is a perfect DIY gift for Valentine’s Day. You can change the fabric colors and embellishements and use the pattern to create gifts for other holidays as well!
Why wrap a gift in paper when you could wrap it in a handmade fabric envelope! Perfect for Valentine’s Day present or any other special occasion.
You can decorate the front with lots of different designs, using a variety of hand or machine sewing techniques. Let your imagination run wild!
Fabric Envelope Sewing Pattern
- 1 Fat Eighth Main fabric if you are using directional fabric, you will need a Fat Quarter instead of a Fat Eighth
- 1 Fat Eighth Lining Fabric if you are using directional fabric, you will need a Fat Quarter instead of a Fat Eighth
- 1 piece Lightweight Interfacing; 9" x 17 ½" I used Pellon Shape-Flex
- 2-3 Fabric Scraps For Applique
- 1 Button
- 1 Heart Template Download in our Templates Library
Step 1: Cut out Fabric
- Using the diagram as a guide, cut out one piece from the main fabric and one piece from the lining fabric. Remember if you are using directional fabric you’ll need to cut out the shape so the point is at the top.
Step 2: Cut Interfacing
- Use one of the fabric pieces as a template and cut out the interfacing. Then trim ¼” off all the edges to make it slightly smaller. Secure the interfacing to the wrong side of the main fabric piece (following the instructions for the interfacing you are using). There should be a ¼” border all around the main fabric piece without interfacing.
Step 3: Create Applique
- Cut out the appliqué pieces; one heart (using the template) and a 1½” square “stamp”.
Step 4: Mark Fold Lines
- Using the diagram as a guide, mark fold lines onto the right side of the main fabric piece (I’d recommend using a Hera marker, or press the lines).
Step 5: Add the Appliques
- Now it’s time to add the appliqué designs. You can machine and/or hand sew any embellishments you would like. Make sure to add them onto the middle third of the main fabric piece, within the fold lines from step four. I have added:
- – machine appliqué heart; raw edge with a decorative stitch from my sewing machine
- - machine appliqué stamp: trim with pinking shears then straight stitch
- - hand quilting and back stitch details Appliqué tip: use fabric glue to hold your appliqué fabric in place, this saves having to remove pins as you sew!
Step 6: Assemble
- Pin the main fabric and lining fabric pieces, right sides together. Then sew around the edges with a ¼” seam allowance, leaving a turning gap of about 4” along the bottom edge.
- Clip all the corners before turning the envelope the right way out. Gently poke out the corners and press.
- Topstitch round all the sides, ⅛” from the edge. Be sure to catch all the layers from the turning hole to seal it closed.
- Add a buttonhole near the point on the angled edge. Make sure it is not too close to the topstitching.
- Re-press the fold lines that were marked in step four.
- Clip or pin the two shorter sides of the rectangle together and sew. These two lines of stitching will go over the top of the original topstitching.
- Press the final side down into placed mark the position of the button. Hand sew the button in place.
- [Note: if you don’t want to add a buttonhole (I know they aren’t everybody’s favourite thing!), at step six, before you sew, put a loop of ribbon between the fabric layers, either side of the point on the angled edge with the raw edges of the ribbon lined up to the fabric raw edges.] Now it’s time to fill your envelope with gifts and love!
About the Designer
Amy Ball is a modern quilt designer and founder of Coffee Rings Studio. Amy regularly contributes projects to magazines and creates online courses and workshops for beginner quilters. Subscribe to Amy’s newsletter to receive your free ‘Guide to (near) Perfect Patchwork’ and follow her on Instagram at @coffeeringsstudio. Also, check out Amy’s digital and paper patterns in her Etsy shop.