Something Special Card + Envelope Tutorial

on January 18 | in Sewing Tutorials + Patterns | by | with 75 Comments

We hope Jennifer Casa’s Something Special Card + Envelope Tutorial inspires you to create something beautiful for someone you love. Learn more about Jennifer in her introduction, and make a visit to JCasa*handmade part of your daily routine.

After you make the basic card + envelope as a foundation piece you can then embellish, embroider, quilt, print… Do something to make it unique! Mix things up, and personalize your card to make it the perfect something for your special someone. Create your personalized fabric card or Valentine with Jennifer’s tutorial by February 12th, share it in the forum and you might win one of these fantastic prizes. This is just the start of a full month of February “True Love” at Sew,Mama,Sew!

From Jennifer: Our lives are overrun by email, texting, and virtual hellos-– With this simple fabric card + envelope project, I encourage you to take a step back from the everyday and make something memorable, something as one-of-a-kind as your special someone. Express yourself by transforming ordinary correspondence into something extraordinary. The possibilities to personalize this project are endless, so have fun! Make something special every day. And make every day something special!

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Finished Measurements
Envelope = 5.25” x 7.75”
Card = 4.75“ x 7”

What you need

  • Envelope fabric: 1 piece each of exterior + lining fabrics measuring 10” x 10”
spacer * If using a fabric with a directional print, be sure to cut the square so that the motif runs from corner to corner (see left image).
  • Card fabric: 1 piece each of front + back fabrics measuring 5.25” x 7.5”, you can cut the back fabric to size now, but do not cut the front fabric until you have “written” your note.
  • Interfacing (medium-weight fusible): 1 piece 9.5” x 9.5” (for envelope), 1 piece 4.75” x 7” (for card)
  • Water-soluble pen, embroidery floss + embroidery needle

Let’s make the envelope first!

spacer 1. Fuse the interfacing to the WS of your exterior fabric according to the manufacturer’s instructions, centering the interfacing ¼” in on each side.

2. Pin the exterior and lining fabrics RS together.
3. Using a ¼” seam allowance, stitch around the ENTIRE piece. Yes, you read that right-– Stitch around the entire piece, backstitching at the end.
4. Clip 3 of the corners (if your lining fabric has a directional print, pay special attention clip the top and both side corners – not the bottom).

spacer 5. On 4th corner (the bottom corner if lining fabric has a directional motif), make a mark on the edge of the fabric 2” in both directions from the corner. Using a straight edge, draw a line connecting those two marks and cut along the line – cutting off the corner.

6. Go back to the machine and backstitch at those cut edges so that when you turn the piece, you don’t end up unraveling the whole thing. (That would be a bummer.)
7. Turn the piece RS out through that corner opening, carefully pressing into corners using a bone folder or chopstick. Press on both the front and back.

spacer 8. On that open corner, turn the exterior and lining fabrics toward the inside of the work ¼” (RS together), press and pin closed.

9. Using a 1/8” seam allowance, edgestitch around the ENTIRE piece on the RS, backstitching at the end.

Form envelope as follows:

spacer 1. Looking at the WS with that notched-off corner of the square at the bottom, fold the bottom upwards so that the edges align with that of one adjacent side corner when it is folded inwards. Pin in place.
spacer 2. Repeat on the other side.
spacer 3. Using embroidery floss, hand-sew those adjacent seams of the envelope using any stitch you fancy.
spacer 4. Choose a small button and mark the spot for placement of the corresponding buttonhole on the corner point of the envelope flap. Make buttonhole and sew button onto envelope. Hey presto, you’ve made an envelope.

Now let’s get to the card!

spacer 1. If you wish to embroider your message on the card, do so NOW on the front fabric. A water-soluble pen is your friend, but keep your message short + sweet.

2. Once your message is complete, cut the front fabric to size (see dimensions above).
3. Fuse interfacing to WS of back fabric according to the manufacturer’s instructions, centering the interfacing ¼” in on each side.
4. Pin the front and back fabrics for the card RS together.
5. Using a ¼” seam allowance, stitch around the piece, leaving a 2” opening on one side for turning.
6. Clip the corners and turn the piece RS out through that opening, carefully pressing into corners using a bone folder or chopstick. Press on both the front and back.
7. On that opening, fold the fabrics toward the inside of the piece (RS together), press and pin closed.

spacer 8. Using a 1/8” seam allowance, edgestitch around the ENTIRE piece on the RS, backstitching at the end.

Tuck the card inside the envelope + present to someone special.

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Here’s another example of a card + envelope I made for my husband-– It includes nine different felt patches with embroidered words which can be combined in many ways to express sentiments appropriate on any given day.

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I like that it’s interactive so we can leave one another messages in a prettier manner than the sticky-notes we have been known to scribble on.

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You could also stamp the fabric using fabric ink, or piece together some fussy-cut patchwork-– Really, the possibilities are limited only by your imagination. Enjoy + happy making! xoxo

© Jennifer Casa for Sew,Mama,Sew! – January 2010

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75 Responses to Something Special Card + Envelope Tutorial

  1. Nina Vintage says:

    I love this idea as a gift for someone. Good one!!


  2. Nina says:

    I made one of those last year for my boyfriend, I’ll link it when I post the photos on my blog.

  3. Georgia says:

    This is fantastic !
    Thank you for sharing a great idea.:)

  4. Amy says:

    This is so cool! I want to make one right now!

  5. Terriaw says:

    This is SO adorable! I really want to make one of these for my best friend as a surprise, which I think she is going to LOVE love love! Thank you for sharing a great idea.

  6. brenda says:

    Short and sweet. I doubt if mine turn out as cute as yours but I am going to give it a try.

  7. Desirée says:

    oh this is really great, thanks for the tutoral, i am really going to make this!

  8. What are the finished dimensions of the envelope? Thanks!

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  10. Jess says:

    Wow. This is so adorable. I cannot wait to make one!! Thank you so much for this amazing project! 🙂

  11. This is a nice version of a fabric envelope, love the finished look you have given it.


  12. Meadowlark says:

    Working on one of these to welcome my new granddaughter. Of course, I suppose her MOM will be the one to read it first 😉

  13. Sue says:

    This is one of my favorite tutorials. This is a nice gift for any time of year.

  14. Lynn says:

    This is really cute.

  15. Kathleen says:

    I wonder if I could use this as a wallet? with a few minor changes…we’ll see 🙂

  16. JoPi says:

    This is just an amazing idea. I’ll be making this asap. Great gift idea. Thanks!

  17. These are so cute! I’ve posted them in a diy thank you note roundup on my blog, The Handmade Experiment –


  18. Brooke says:

    These are ADORABLE! I’m thinking of making these as CD covers/envelopes for my wedding favors. Does anyone know what dimensions would be needed to make the envelopes square (and big enough to fit a CD in?) Thanks in advance!

  19. Skebba says:

    I love the little interchangeable button on notes. So very clever!

  20. Stephanie says:

    What a fun project! If I knew how to sew, I think I would make these and deliver them to my friends with a chocolate bar inside!

  21. sew4my3 says:

    Thank you for this wonderful tutorial! I had been sick the previous week to Valentines day and didn’t get a chance to go to the store and get a Valentine for my Valentine. I remembered seeing this tutorial and went to work. My Valentine loved it and thought it was better than any store bought card! You can view it at Thanks again!

  22. Claire says:

    So cute! I can’t wait to try to make it.

  23. d marsto says:

    wow! where did you get your sewing pins??!? they are so cute!

  24. Julie says:

    Such a beautifull idea, like to put this to use

  25. aa says:

    This is sooo cute !!
    I have to do it!!

  26. Nicole says:

    This is absolutely spectacular. Thanks for sharing.

  27. GrissyPop says:

    Definitely the BEST Valentine idea I’ve ever seen!

  28. Sally says:

    This is the cutest thing I have seen for a long time… I love it! 😀

  29. Connie says:

    This is great project. Thank you. Can’t wait to try.

  30. Its_Lily says:

    I just made these with the kidlings over the weekend. I haven’t posted it yet, but I will in the next couple days. Oh, my goodness! How adorable.

  31. Ann says:

    Wow! what a wonderful idea. It is my sister’s birthday coming up in april which should give me enough time to make something exciting for her. Thanks for sharing.

  32. Anna says:

    oh this is so cute! i’m thinking of modifying it a bit and using it as a pencil case for school this year 🙂

  33. Sarah says:

    Wow, this has to be the cutest idea I have seen in a LONG time!! Thanks for sharing!

  34. Kim says:

    This is such a cute idea! I linked this on my blog. ^_^

  35. Raven says:

    This actually made me put my quilt to one side and run one up … AB FAB DARLING!

  36. C. Michele says:

    What a beautiful idea! I can’t wait to try this!

  37. Heather says:

    Another wonderful project–so thoughtful and sweet!

  38. Bonnie says:

    I will be checking the stash bin to see what I can work with, this is so cute.

  39. Kelli says:

    This is too sweet. I think its so cute and would be the perfect gift for kids!! What a special gift to get from someone. THANKS!!

  40. Cayce says:

    i’ve never completed a hand embroidery project before….this one will be my first! yay! i’m actually already in the process of making one for each child and one for the dh. 🙂 I LOVE this idea!!! fantastic!

  41. Sara says:

    That is too cool!!!!

  42. Sara says:

    Definitely the cutest valentine I have ever seen. Thanks for making me smile. Can’t wait to make one.

  43. Sara says:

    So cute & clever! Thanks for sharing!

  44. Micmacker says:

    I went bonkers making the envelopes yesterday. Now for the cards – thinking about trying that method of printing on fabric through our home printer – you use freezer paper or something, I think.

  45. Trisha says:

    Love this! I’m thinking what a cute business card holder this will be. Thanks so much!

  46. Colette says:

    Oh how sweet! Can’t wait to make this for DH!! May have to make one for DD too ;0)

  47. Elizabeth says:

    This is such a sweet and thoughtful project. Thank You for sharing yet another great idea.

  48. Kelli says:

    So CUTE! I love the little create your own messages note! Thanks for another great idea!

  49. ~Helena~ says:

    Thanks for sharing, looks like just what I need to make for my kiddos(5), this year. 🙂

  50. Donna Ashton says:

    I LOVE this and am reposting it at my blog, I hope you don’t mind, but the contest sounds great! Your projects are always so inspiring 🙂

  51. Krystina says:

    What a sweet idea! Thanks, Jennifer!

  52. Anna says:

    I can’t wait to make one (or ten)!

  53. Maggie says:

    I totally love this project and can’t wait to make these for my husband and my girls. Then they can be used to play post office!

  54. kitty says:

    I love, love, love it! Thank you for sharing x

  55. SofiAlgarvia says:

    It is delicious!!!
    I’ll have to manage a way to find the time to accomplish this project!
    My Valentine will love receiving such a sweet envelope:

  56. Muriel says:

    This is great!!!

  57. Deece says:

    Thank you for this, it looks wonderful! My kids’ birthdays are coming up, so are my neices and nephews, I’d love to make these as birthday cards for all the kids.

    Here is a tutorial I posted the other day; it is beginner level, but even an experienced seamstress can enjoy the fun design:

  58. This is so awesome!

  59. Rashida C.H. says:

    Super cute Jennifer! Loves it! ^_^

  60. Skooks says:

    This is the most darling thing I’ve seen all day. I adore it and would love to make this. Thank you for sharing it. 🙂

  61. Emily says:

    i LOVE this idea! thanks for the tutorial 🙂

  62. nopinkhere says:

    I seriously LOVE the multiple choice version!

  63. Mary Margaret says:

    What a lovely, sweet idea! This little project just got pushed to the front of my (near endless) list! Thank you SO much!!

  64. Kris says:

    This is so sweet! I wish I had a Valentine to give it to. I might just try it anyway.

  65. Kadybug says:

    Love this! Thank you for the tutorial.

  66. Oh, I love this!

  67. Goldencrafter says:

    This is fantastic, I have lots of scraps that will work great. Thank you for posting this.

  68. sarah says:

    I. Love. This. I especially love that I have been looking for something with buttons to help my 3 year old who is having trouble with them. I can combine words her is learning and buttons and mail and Valentine’s Day all in one! So excited to make this!

  69. This is great, Jen! Thanks for sharing your talent!

  70. Lorrie says:

    Wow, what a fabulous idea!

  71. Desiree Fawn says:

    This is so completely fantastic!! I can’t wait to make one!

  72. Nikki says:

    This is awesome! I will be making one for my hubby and son; I know they will LOVE it! This is also a fantastic project to get me back to my sewing machine I’ve been neglecting thanks to all my knitting projects.

  73. eileensideways says:

    this is so sweet. i just love it. the tutorial is great. thank u

  74. suesue says:

    This is just darling! Great idea for those fabric scraps too!!

  75. Ali says:

    I have made cards from fabric before but never thought to make an envelope. This is beautiful and so clever. Thank you for sharing it.

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