Is there anything more exciting than getting mail from someone you love? Discovering a letter in the mailbox is one of my favorite surprises. Kids certainly enjoy it too. Think of how fun it would be for them to get a letter from their favorite character at Disneyland! With these simple felt envelopes, you can send and receive pretend letters over and over again. You may even want to tuck a special note inside surprising them with a trip to the Disneyland Resort for the best mail delivery of all time!
This tutorial is easy enough that even those with basic sewing skills can complete it. It is the perfect project for children who are learning how to sew because felt is easy material to work with and all of the stitches are straight, simple lines.
You will need:
• Pre-cut Felt Fabric Squares
• Sewing Supplies
• Hot Glue
Start by laying a felt square onto your cutting board. These are the kind you buy at the fabric or craft store for about 25 cents each. Cut it in half.
One felt square will make two envelopes. Starting at the top center point, measure diagonally in each direction 3 inches down. Cut along the line between the top center and the point on the side. It will look like a triangle. Like this:
Once you have cut across from the top center to each side, it will look like this:
Can you see the envelope shape? Good! Proceed to cut out all of the envelopes that you will be making. Next, you will need to make your stamps. Start with a piece of white felt. With pinking sheers, cut a strip of felt that is 1 1/4 inches wide.
Then cut the individual stamps from this strip. Cut the stamp 1 1/2 inches wide. They will be slightly rectangular.
You can download the shapes I used, here, or feel free to create your own! Cut the shapes from the scrap pieces of felt that you cut off of your envelopes. I traced the shapes onto the felt with a marker and then cut them out.
Now it is time to sew the stamp and address onto the envelope. Start by placing the white part of the stamp onto the top right of the envelope front, just under the cut triangle.
Sew the stamp edges with white thread. The address is sewn onto the front of the envelope with a zig-zag stitch. Start about 1 inch in from the side of the envelope. Make sure to back-stitch at the beginning and end of each address line. I started the first line of zig-zags at about the middle of the stamp. Place your sewing foot at the edge of the previous zig-zag when you start the next line.
Hot glue the Disney shapes onto the white stamp.
The envelopes will look like this:
Next, sew on the Velcro. Cut a piece of Velcro (about an inch) and put one half on the backside of the pointed top. Sew it in place. Then fold the envelope into thirds, bringing the bottom up and the pointed section down on the top. Mark where the Velcro meets the back of the envelope. Sew the remaining piece of Velcro here.
For the final step, sew the sides of the envelope together. Fold the envelope like you did for the Velcro placement. Start at the bottom of one side and sew up and around the top and down the opposite side.
Your envelopes are now ready to be stuffed. Include a letter from Mickey Mouse or your favorite Disney Princess. These cute felt envelopes are sure to deliver hours of pretend play and imagination fun.
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