I enjoy putting together furniture from IKEA. I browse through craft books, just reading the directions, looking at the step-by-step photos. I bookmark tutorials I find all over the internet, and now I'll add another very simple one.
Here are the instructions for making your own
sewn envelope favors (someone, please help me think of a better name than that!) petite pillow packets (thanks, Beth!).
1. Assemble your materials: glassine envelopes, rubber stamp, pigment ink pad, embossing powder, heat gun, whatever you want to put inside your envelopes, and sewing machine.
2. Stamp your design onto the envelopes, cover with embossing powder, shake off excess, heat, and try not to swear when you scorch your fingertips. Better yet, try to skip the scorching part entirely.
3. Fill your envelopes with whatever you like. In my case, 6 pillow mints per package. Try not to fill too much, maybe only two-thirds full, because you're going to have to fold the flap over and...
4. ... feed through your sewing machine, chain-piecing style, with at least an inch of thread (longer is better) between each envelope. Finally, a chance to use some of those decorative stitches on my machine!
5. Snip apart your little packets, cutting close on one side but leaving a long tail on the other. This will serve as the little pull-tab your guests will use to unzip the envelope.
6. Repeat 400 more times, give or take. Really, they do go together very quickly if you've got an assembly line going.
As always, the possibilities with something like this are endless. Size, paper type, decoration, color and thread are just a few of the many things that could be fiddled around with to create your own little unique sewn envelopes. I really wanted to include a little tag at the end of the threads, with my cousin's and her fiancé's name and possibly the date on it, but as usual, my plans were far grander than my time and energies allowed. But that would be cute, wouldn't it? Like a teabag? And since it's just around the corner (yes it is, don't laugh), I'd think these would be great for Advent and the countdown to Christmas. Or Hanukah gifts. Or whatever. Hope you have fun with them.
Now, will someone please get these dang mints away from me? Aren't they just pure butter and sugar? Oh, wait, no, there might be some condensed or evaporated milk in there too, or cream cheese, depending on whose recipe you use. Phew. Calcium and protein. Oh, goody.