fabric envelope {tutorial}

My cousin is graduating from law school this weekend and I am so proud of her. I really can’t imagine going through the amount of undivided studying that girl has done these past few years, but hip, hip, hooray : she is done {okay, not completely since there is still the Bar to study for, but at least she has earned her law degree!}

fabric envelope

I have been trying to come up with something memorable and special to give her as a congratulation gift but finally came to the conclusion that money is always the most appreciated gift for any student.

close up

Rather than just giving a wad of cash, I created this fabric envelope as the wrapping for the money inside.


If you have a grad to celebrate, this might be a great gift idea for you too.

fabric envelope

Here’s what you’ll need:

what you'll need

:: fabric envelope template {download below}

:: two pieces of fabric

:: fusible webbing {I used heavyweight stiffness}

:: scissors, pencil, iron, sewing machine, thread

STEP ONE: print template, cut out and trace onto fusible webbing


Here’s a close up of what I used – purchased at my local fabric store.


STEP TWO: layer fusible webbing between fabric


Cut fabric slightly larger than the webbing and stack


adding the second fabric over top.

STEP THREE: iron to secure webbing {follow directions from the packaging}


STEP FOUR: trim edges


I trimmed about a 1/4 inch away from the fusible webbing, but you can trim right up next to it if you prefer.




Use the dotted lines on the template to place fold lines {or just eyeball it}

fold 2

STEP SIX: stitch along edges



Trying to sew and hold a squirmy 16 month old at the same time makes for pretty funky stitch lines – lesson learned. Don’t worry if your stitches aren’t perfect, they will be covered in the end.



Here’s what you’ll need:


:: button

:: elastic {this is flat 1/8 inch that I buy by the yard}

:: needle & thread

:: flower {I used a flouncy flower – tutorial here}

STEP ONE: cut elastic


STEP TWO: stitch button and elastic to top of envelope


STEP THREE: create a loop in opposite end of elastic and stitch to secure



Loop the elastic around the envelope and around the button to hold shut.


STEP FOUR: attach flower


I used a dab of hot glue to attach the flower to the envelope right above the button.

What a fun package!


You can add in money,


or a gift card to a favorite store



I think any grad would appreciate the thought and the gift inside.

To make you own, please feel free to use the template {click the image to download}


Congratulations to all of you amazing graduates!

53 Responses to fabric envelope {tutorial}

  1. jogarzann June 21, 2012 at 12:46 pm #

    How did you make the flower?

  2. Molly DeFrank December 18, 2011 at 12:10 am #

    Thank you so much for this tutorial. I just made one of these and realized halfway into it that I got the wrong kind of fusible webbing – it’s not stiff enough for a wallet-envelope. So I just made the envelope a bit bigger and am going to gift it as a glasses case instead. Now I think I’ll go make a few more. :)

  3. Jessica August 23, 2011 at 11:57 am #

    Hopefully sooner rather than later I am going to make these and stick ultrasound pictures in them…fun creative way to announce the news!

  4. Alison June 29, 2011 at 12:46 am #

    This is SO clever, and I featured this project on my blog today. Here is the link:


    Thanks for inspiring!

  5. shannon berrey designs June 17, 2011 at 9:18 am #

    Hey Emily! Thanks for this tutorial–my daughter and I got busy and made several for her friends who were graduating. We tucked a card, a CD and a necklace in ours: http://shannonberrey.com/_blog/Shannon_Berrey_Design_Blog/post/Giftbags_senior_gift_ideas_high_school_fabric_envelope_how_to_/

    Thanks so much for sharing!!

  6. John Briner- Arts June 16, 2011 at 12:38 pm #

    Hello! This is so girly! Putting flower in the middle of the envelope is perfectly okay! I also hopped around your tutorial page and it is really helpful! thanks! Now I can create my own personalized envelope! =)

  7. John Briner- Arts June 16, 2011 at 12:36 pm #

    This is so girly! Putting flower in the middle of the envelope is perfectly okay! I also hopped around here in your tutorial page and it is really helpful! thanks! Now I can create my own personalized envelope! =)

  8. Abbie H June 15, 2011 at 7:59 pm #

    Such a fantastic idea that I made it just a tad bigger (more like wallet size) and used it for my (shameless self-promotion alert!) first ever giveaway on my brand-new blog (and linked back to your tutorial, of course):


    Thanks for keeping the great ideas coming, Emily!

  9. Emily Katherine Designs June 13, 2011 at 11:19 pm #

    This is such a great idea!! I absolutely love the different fabrics that you chose. I’m sure she will love this!!

  10. Kate Clower June 13, 2011 at 3:08 pm #

    I L.O.V.E.D this tutorial so much that I just couldn’t wait to make one myself! I blogged about mine and added your link!


  11. Laura Ingalls Gunn June 13, 2011 at 9:37 am #

    This is truly a terrific tutorial. Thank you!

    If you get a chance, please stop by and enter the giveaway I am hosting on my blog.

    Happy Monday!

  12. tammy t June 12, 2011 at 2:24 pm #

    Love this so much! My daughter made one for a teacher gift and is so happy with it! We have also made your ikea “grain bag” pillows and love them so much! You have the best tutorials! So generous and lovely!

    tammy t

  13. Andrea . Charcoal and Crayons June 12, 2011 at 11:18 am #

    Such a great idea and adds a lovely personal touch to the gift! I’ll have to remember this one… thank you!

  14. Jessica June 11, 2011 at 10:56 pm #

    I love this! Emily, would you mind sharing where you found your gray material?

    Let me guess, it’s from forever ago… ;)

    • emily June 12, 2011 at 10:11 am #

      Ha! For once it actually is a recent purchase. The gray material is cotton shirting that I bought from Pacific Fabrics here in the Seattle area. Look for something similar in the apparel section of your fabric store.

      • Jessica July 9, 2011 at 10:41 pm #

        Yay! I live near the Northgate store. Here’s hoping they have some after the hayday of the Anniversary Sale! Thanks for sharing… :)

  15. Auntie! June 11, 2011 at 10:54 pm #

    This is so cute Emily–and very thoughtful. I am glad that you and Ryan are coming and I know it means a lot to Becky too!! See you tomorrow. : )

  16. RoseAnna Allen June 11, 2011 at 5:48 pm #

    Love this! I thought this was so cute and thought I will definitely keep it in mind, and then today I came across this on Martha Stewart similar idea and a little fancier hope you don’t mind me sharing!


    • emily June 12, 2011 at 10:12 am #

      Oooh … that is a cute clutch on the martha site … I like how she ties it with ribbon.

  17. Casey June 11, 2011 at 6:57 am #

    Thanks for the great idea I made one yesterday for my sister who is graduating from U of O we were just going to put her money in an envelope but this was a way cuter idea! Oh and I used your gathered flower instead and it turned out perfect. I plan on making a bunch more for gift cards down the road. Thanks for the inspiration!

  18. Jenny June 10, 2011 at 7:17 pm #

    i thought the same as another reader “cute clutch!” – so many uses – this is adorable – where do you come up with these ideas?! thanks so much for sharing with your loyal readers :)

  19. Amber daSilva June 10, 2011 at 7:17 pm #

    How? How do you come up with these amazing, creative ideas?! Truly lovely.

  20. Deborah Heck June 10, 2011 at 6:26 pm #

    My sister in law, Chasity has often shared your wonderful tutorials. Thank you so much for posting them! I hope you don’t mind that I posted your link on my facebook. You are so talented and so kind to share your ideas. I just love that about all the wonderful ladies I have met blogging. Have a wonderful night! Warmly, Debbie

  21. Alima June 10, 2011 at 5:41 pm #

    What a great idea! I love that striped fabric too! I don’t know anyone who is graduating, so that means I can just make one for myself, right?! :)

  22. rachel June 10, 2011 at 5:12 pm #

    You are so amazing!! I love all your ideas. Do you know how much $$ you would make if you sold these in your shop. I know you do not have much time, but they would sell girl.
    Happy Weekend!!

  23. Jordan G @ The Happy Homebodies June 10, 2011 at 2:30 pm #

    I love this idea! Thanks for posting the template!

  24. Krystal Wight Armstrong June 10, 2011 at 2:07 pm #

    I think the flower makes it! ‘Love that flower. These are so neat; I made a really similar tiny pouch for a business card case for my husband’s birthday last month. We just graduated ourselves last month, I know I’d love something like that, even it weren’t filled with goodness!

    Question- how is the elastic supposed to work with the flower glued on? Does the tiny loop still fit over the flower, or is that supposed to stay attached to the button and you just slip the band off one end of the envelope and back…always staying attached at the button? Thanks!

  25. Terrell June 10, 2011 at 12:47 pm #

    Seriously AMAZING!!! It always blows me away with these terrific ideas that you come up with and share. I love it!! I’m always so excited that my projects always turn out just like your tutorial..because they’re amazing too!! Thank you oh so much!!

  26. Delia Garrett June 10, 2011 at 12:02 pm #

    Once again, you Wow us with your clever and classic designs! I will certainly try my hand at this one! Thanks for sharing.

  27. Liz Cheek June 10, 2011 at 10:38 am #

    May I just say that you are genius! Simple to make and yet fabulous! This is the best way to give money with meaning. Next for a wedding you will have to do a b/w one with a bow tie instead of a flower. Wish I had one coming up! Wow the ways you can run with this! Thank you for sharing the pattern as well.

  28. Shelley June 10, 2011 at 10:37 am #

    Love, love… love, love, love :D How great would this be for a sunglasses case?! I think I’m going to do that! Thanks for yet another fab tutorial :D

  29. Amy June 10, 2011 at 9:59 am #

    this is so incredibly thoughtful! and thanks for sharing the tutorial. what a beautiful gift!

  30. Allison H. June 10, 2011 at 9:43 am #

    so cute and what a creative way to give some moola! love it!

  31. christi @ burlap and basil June 10, 2011 at 9:42 am #

    emily! you are full of endless creativity! love this and am going to make a few this weekend. thank you!!

  32. brittany C June 10, 2011 at 8:51 am #


  33. Kristen June 10, 2011 at 8:40 am #

    Just want to let you know – I love reading your blog.

  34. Melissa June 10, 2011 at 8:36 am #

    This is such a great idea! I’ll definitely be making a few for some grads!

  35. Tricia June 10, 2011 at 8:34 am #

    Thank you so much for the wonderful tutorial! I definitely plan to use it! I have so many grad invitations this year.


  36. kristin M June 10, 2011 at 8:22 am #

    I seriously thought “What a cute clutch!”. Great gift envelope but I bet you could make it a bit bigger for a clutch.

  37. KellyB June 10, 2011 at 8:10 am #

    Perfect timing! Thanks so much….AGAIN :) BTW, I received the name print for my baby shower next weekend & it is SPECTACULAR! Seriously!! It will be our center piece at the shower and then my daughter can take it home with her for the nursery. Have a wonderful weekend and thank you again.

  38. Louise in NE OK June 10, 2011 at 7:58 am #

    What an adorable idea….oh, such creativity!

  39. susan June 10, 2011 at 7:56 am #

    Emily, emily, emily….I love your blog. Your generosity is so plentiful and gracious and I am so grateful to know you. I am so blessed

  40. Andrea June 10, 2011 at 7:35 am #

    Another great idea! Sew simple. Thanks for sharing this one.

  41. Pam @ diy Design Fanatic June 10, 2011 at 7:04 am #

    Love it! Thanks for the tutorial…what a great gift idea!

  42. Kristy June 10, 2011 at 6:58 am #

    Yes! Perfect for my sister’s wedding gift-cash- and my husband’s co-workers to hand around the office for a gift for the department secretary. Love this.

  43. cailan June 10, 2011 at 6:41 am #

    So cute, Emily! Love your fabric + flower choices – so cute! Will certainly tuck this one away.

  44. I Live in an Antbed June 10, 2011 at 6:25 am #

    Quite adorable, dear!

  45. Julie @ jam-n-jilly June 10, 2011 at 6:22 am #

    Amazing! What a simple and great idea! I think I can do this one! My cousin is graduating from Harvard next year! However, my cousin is a he! Do you think this would work?

  46. Liz June 10, 2011 at 6:02 am #

    Love this idea! I have two weddings to attend this month and this will be perfect to make those cash gifts have some charm and special-ness. Happy Friday! :)

  47. Irene June 10, 2011 at 5:14 am #

    Love the tutorial. Great idea for upcoming weddings and showers. Thanks for sharing! :)

  48. kelly June 10, 2011 at 4:55 am #

    Super tutorial and great idea! Will save in my brain idea file for next year’s grads (everyone here in Georgia graduated in May.) Be proud of your law degree cousin! My son just took the LSAT to start on his long journey in law school a year from now.
    Have a happy weekend!
    kelly in georgia

  49. melissa June 10, 2011 at 3:42 am #

    this is such a cute idea. perfect with summer weddings and graduations coming up. also- i love your fabric combinations!

  50. Susie Davis June 10, 2011 at 3:39 am #

    Emily, Emily – creative girl! I so don’t sew but I’d buy these from you in a snap! Happy day to you. :)

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