Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Storybook Envelopes

I wanted to make my tags and letter for the toy society special so made my own envelopes with pages of an old beat up copy of a Richard Scary’s Big book of ABC’s. I’ve been snagging well loved children’s books just for crafting with. This one I found at Recycled Reads. Books that the Library is retiring can be purchased for very little. Children’s books are just 50 cents. This book had pages falling out of it and really could handle the beating my son would give it but I really love Richard Scary’s drawings so I had to get it and find a way to use it.
So I made some Tags by zig-zaging them with my sewing machine onto a rectangle that was an inch larger in both dimentions. My tags were 2x3 so the rectangle I cut from the book was 3x4. I Centered the tag on the rectangle and whipped it through the machine. Super fast and really cute.
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The Envelope was a little be trickier. I started with a full page torn from the book. I placed the letter (about 4x5) in the center of it. Then using my quilting ruler I measured and marked a 1/2 inch and an 1 1/4 inch from the edges of the letter on both sides.
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Then I cut along the outer lines using my rotary blade
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Then I folded the page around the letter. The bottom fold was a little more than 1/3 up the page and then the top was folded down just enough to fit the letter.
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Next I cut rectangles out of each corner using the fold and the line as the guide.
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I rounded the corners on the top and side flaps.
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Then I folded the side flaps in and glued them to the bottom flap
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I put the letter in and glued down the top flap.  I did put a sticker on the flap as well to make sure it stayed in place.
I hope the finder enjoys it as much as I enjoyed making it.

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