Fabric envelope tutorial

I really hope you liked my Styling the Seasons post this month. The styling is based around the theme of love and the letters I will be writing to my loved ones for Valentine’s Day. I usually send shop bought cards but this year I decided to go one better and make pretty floral and gingham fabric envelopes with fabric I was sent by Laura Ashley.

If you would like to make these sweet gifts yourself, they are a really quick and easy sewing project and you can’t go far wrong.

What you will need:

Envelope template

Two pieces of fabric exactly the same shape and size as the envelope template (if you are using light weight fabric you will also need interfacing, but I used medium weight cotton). I used Laura Ashley’s Clarissa print, pink gingham, scarlet gingham, and Geranium print.


Fabric scissors


Needle and thread (or fabric glue)

Iron and sewing machine

To do:

How to make fabric envelopes | Apartment Apothecary

a. Draw around the envelope template with a pencil on to two pieces of fabric (one piece will be the lining and one piece for the outside of the envelope).

How to make fabric envelopes | Apartment Apothecary

b. Pin the two pieces of fabric right sides together.

How to make fabric envelopes | Apartment Apothecary

c. Sew the two pieces of fabric together and leave a 5 cm gap so you can turn it inside out. Once you have turned it inside out, press and slip-stitch the gap closed (or use fabric glue).

How to make fabric envelopes | Apartment Apothecary

d. Fold your envelope back together using the template to help you. 1. Fold the two sides of the envelope in and press. 2. Fold the bottom of the envelope up and press. 3. Fold the top of the envelope down and press. 4. Your envelope is now nearly complete.

How to make fabric envelopes | Apartment Apothecary

e. Slip-stitch the sides of the envelope to the bottom so that the folds are secure. You can do this using fabric glue instead of stitching it – just pop a piece of paper in to the envelope so that the glue doesn’t seep through. Finished!

Have you got any lovely makes planned for this month? I have seen some amazing Valentine’s wreaths that are simply beautiful. Pop back next week for a super quick homemade chocolates recipe that I will be making for Jules (poor boy never gets to eat sugar as I don’t let in the house so I like to treat him occasionally!).

Don’t forget to visit the Laura Ashley blog on the 10th and 11th of February to vote for your favourite Styling the Seasons blog post to be in for a chance to win a £50 voucher (and don’t forget that I am your favourite blogger!!).

Katy x




  1. Lennie
    4th February 2015 / 4:22 pm

    These are just gorgeous. That fabric is perfect, too x

    • Katy
      6th February 2015 / 9:32 am

      I love the Clarissa fabric – reminds me of vintage Sanderson with the big roses x

  2. 4th February 2015 / 4:23 pm

    Oh Katy these are beautiful!!! I need to start improving my sewing skills so I can make pretty things like this. I will definitely be giving these a go!! Thanks so much for sharing xx

    • katy
      6th February 2015 / 9:35 am

      Thank you, Soumya! I only ever do really simple sewing projects – all you need to know is how to sew in a straight line and there are so many things you can make. x

  3. Shelley
    5th February 2015 / 1:27 pm

    These are lovely, and a good way to use up largish fabric scraps…..thanks for the idea!

    • katy
      6th February 2015 / 9:36 am

      So true, Shelley. I’ve got loads of large scraps so constantly looking for projects for which I can use them x

  4. Stacey
    12th December 2015 / 11:59 am

    Hi Katy. These are gorgeous! Do you have an envelope template you would be happy to share?

    • Katy
      13th December 2015 / 11:12 am

      Hi Stacey. All you have to do is carefully unfold and unstick any envelope you have at home, which is what I did. You can hold it over steam to unstick it if it’s stubborn. Hope that helps x

  5. Shaida
    8th June 2016 / 6:00 pm

    Hi Katy, I was wondering if you have sent any of your fabric envelopes through the mail? I’d like to make one and send a card to a friend out of state but I wasn’t sure if the post office would throw a fit lol.

    • Katy
      8th June 2016 / 9:08 pm

      Think you may need to pop it in a paper envelope – not sure a stamp would stick to the fabric 😉 x

  6. Tina Rea
    19th June 2019 / 4:21 pm

    These beautiful fabric envelopes is just what I am wanting to do. Can you direct me to the template for a mini envelope

    • jude heather
      11th September 2019 / 10:44 pm

      I noticed a response further up that said to use an ordinary envelope, use steam to unstick the glued
      parts and draw round it, not sure if this meant to be the template though, can’t see any other directions..

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