Valentine’s idea: How to make envelope bunting

Send the most gorgeous snail mail ever with this exclusive envelope bunting by Sammy and H from Live it. Love it. Make it.

How to make envelope bunting | Valentines Day ideas | Mollie Makes
You just can’t beat the feeling of having a beautiful, carefully handcrafted package drop through your letterbox. This fabric envelope opens up to reveal a lovingly-embroidered string of letters emblazoned with hand-stitched messages – bunting with a difference! Tailor it to suit different occasions, such as Valentine’s Day, a new arrival or wedding celebration. If you want to add more letters, enlarge the envelope slightly to fit them all in.

You’ll need:
• Two A4 pieces of contrasting print cotton fabric (we used designs from the Petit Street collection by Wendy Kendall for Dashwood Studios)
• Medium weight iron-on interfacing, 25cm (97/8″)
• Fading fabric pen
• Two heart-shaped buttons
• Embroidery thread in three colours to match your fabric (we used pink, teal and grey)
• White cotton fabric, 25cm (97/8″)
• Scrap of white felt
• Round white stickers
• Twine or white pearl thread
• Sewing thread
• Embroidery hoop
• Scissors
• Sewing machine
• Embroidery needle
• Darning needle

How to make envelope bunting

How to make envelope bunting | Valentines Day ideas | Mollie Makes - step 1.

Step 1
Use the template from Mollie Makes 41 to mark out your envelope on the interfacing, then cut. Iron onto the back of your lining fabric.

How to make envelope bunting | Valentines Day ideas | Mollie Makes - step 2

Step 2
Leaving a 1cm (3/8″) seam allowance, cut around the interfacing. Use this piece as a template to cut the outside of your envelope from your contrast fabric. Take into consideration any directional pattern.

How to make envelope bunting | Valentines Day ideas | Mollie Makes - step 3

Step 3
Place your two fabrics right sides (RS) together and pin.

How to make envelope bunting | Valentines Day ideas | Mollie Makes - step 4

Step 4
Sew around the edge of your envelope, using the interfacing edge as a guide. Leave a gap for turning, then turn RS out.

How to make envelope bunting | Valentines Day ideas | Mollie Makes - step 5

Step 5
Cut out your felt label embellishments for the front of your envelope and stitch in place using embroidery thread.

How to make envelope bunting | Valentines Day ideas | Mollie Makes - step 6

Step 6
Use a sewing machine to topstitch all around the envelope, giving a neat finish and sealing up the gap. Next, fold up the bottom and sew straight down the two short sides to create the pocket.

How to make envelope bunting | Valentines Day ideas | Mollie Makes - step 7

Step 7
Using embroidery thread, hand sew one button onto the flap and the other onto the body of the envelope. Leave a long end of thread on the bottom button – use this to close your envelope by wrapping it in a figure of eight around both of the buttons.

How to make envelope bunting | Valentines Day ideas | Mollie Makes - step 8

Step 8
Take more interfacing and iron it to the back of your white cotton fabric. Trace the letter template onto the fabric using a fading fabric pen. Place in an embroidery hoop, then trace (or free hand) your phrases onto the top section. Neatly back stitch over the words.

How to make envelope bunting | Valentines Day ideas | Mollie Makes - step 9

Step 9
Cut out the letter shape and fold it in half. Take some more thread and hem stitch all the way around the letter. Repeat steps 8 and 9 for all the phrases you want to add.

How to make envelope bunting | Valentines Day ideas | Mollie Makes - step10

Step 10
Take some twine or pearl thread and, with a small knot in the end, thread it through the bottom corner of your envelope.

How to make envelope bunting | Valentines Day ideas | Mollie Makes - step 11

Step 11
Thread twine through each letter top with a darning needle.

How to make envelope bunting | Valentines Day ideas | Mollie Makes - step 12

Step 12
Once you’ve threaded all your letters, take two stickers and write PULL on them. Place them back-to-back over the end of the twine to make a tab, then insert all your ‘sheets’ into the envelope.

How to make envelope bunting | Valentines Day ideas | Mollie Makes

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As well as running the blog, the pair both have full-time jobs in the creative industries – Sammy runs her own haberdashery shop, Sew Crafty, with her mum, and H runs workshops at The Lightbox museum and gallery – and they use this crafty expertise to create a multitude of DIYs for the blog as well as, more recently, working together to host hands-on workshops. Join in and connect with the girls yourself at www.liveitloveitmakeit.com