Fabric Envelopes

Published July 19, 2012

Now that the school year is winding down a lot of us are scrambling to organize Teacher’s gifts and other Birthday presents. This year, with a bit of planning ahead, you can give gift cards and other small presents in fabric envelopes. These envelopes take only minutes to assemble so it’s a good idea to sit down and make a number of them at once so that you have them on hand when you need them. With recycling at the forefront our priorities these days these fabric envelopes are much more environmentally friendly than the paper ones we use on a day-to-day basis.



  • Leftover fabric at home or felt pieces (available at Michaels)
  • Sewing machine (optional)
  • Decorative pieces (buttons, ribbons, beads, etc.)
  • Velcro (optional)


To get started, cut your fabric in pieces measuring 12 inches long by 8 inches wide. With wrong sides together, fold up the 7-inch piece four inches to make the envelope section. Pin and sew by hand or use your sewing machine to secure. Turn right sides out. You should have a flap left over. If you prefer a scalloped edge or curved flap, simply cut the edge with scalloped scissors or with regular scissors make a gentle, curved edge. To secure the envelope simple tie an organza ribbon or cut a small piece of Velcro and attach one end to the flap and the other to the pouch.

These envelopes should fit a standard greeting card measuring 5 inches by 8 inches long and they can be re-used many times over.

Think green!