Monday, July 15, 2013

A Handmade Gift Card Envelope

Last weekend I attended a wedding reception for a fantastic old friend. I got the couple a gift card (it seemed the best choice, since I knew they were moving shortly - and packing up a gigantic load of new gifts would probably just add stress to the situation.) I still wanted my gift to look fancy, though. I'm tired of the white envelope wrapping or the impersonal little card envelope that the store gives you. I spent a while browsing Pinterest (who doesn't for this type of stuff?) and eventually my brain concocted a mish-mash of ideas that I gathered from my research, and I created my first ever hand-stitched envelope. It is easy and fun, and I think the finished product looks down right cute!

The front of the envelope: I selected my favorite piece of scrapbook paper from a paper pack that I've been hoarding for awhile, and cut it to a size that I thought was right (It just looked nice!). I then sewed on a couple of buttons from my antique button collection (I even found a matching pair!) and then added some cotton string to tie it closed. I used my trusty label printer to add the names of the recipients.

Here's my envelope showing off its contents. I didn't get too crazy with the card. You can't tell, but it's just a complementary piece of scrapbook paper with a short handwritten message on the back.

The back: you can kind of see my stitching here (the paper pattern detracts from it a bit). I used heavy duty cream thread to match the detail on the paper.
And that's all - simple, but I was so excited about it that I had to share it :)

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