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Mar 2, 2012

How To Fold Envelopes out of Magazine Paper

I figured these out last week after deciding that I didn't want to buy small plastic baggies for shipping my butts and monster cozies anymore (you can read about that here). They work great and can be recycled.


The monsters are a bit of what I've been working on this week. I also have this knitting. It's the Oaklet Shawl and I LOVE IT. So pretty...

oaklet shawl wip

Back to the envelopes. You need a sheet of carefully ripped out magazine paper. I have chosen 3. I like to find pages that have a nice big picture on one side to be the back of the envelope. Sometimes I use pages from the garden catalogs that seem to be piling up at my doorstep. Watch out for those garden catalog companies. Somehow they know where you live. *shifty eyes* You might also can use a glue stick.


Fold your paper in half like this, and open it.


Fold your paper in half like this, and open it.


Now you have fold marks in your paper. Pay attention to these. Turn your paper so that it is facing you landscape style... not the way you would hold paper if you were writing a letter. Sadly, no one writes letters by hand anymore and "landscape style" is not the technical term. No one knows what I'm talking about. Follow the picture.


Take the bottom corner and fold it to the horizontal center fold line. It will not tough the middle. Repeat this on the other side. It's like a paper airplane fold gone awry at this point.



Now take the side of the paper and fold it about a half inch over the vertical center fold. Repeat this on the other side. Turn the paper so the folded bottom corners become the top of the envelope. (Follow me?)



Then take the now bottom and fold it up to the point of the corner folds as pictured. You can glue stick this part so that it stays put. I hadn't before, but it really makes the stuffing of these envelopes a lot easier. Do what makes you happy.



Next... and finally fold the top of your envelope so it just overlaps the bottom part. You can glue it shut, leave it alone, use a sticker... the possibilities are yours to discover (like in Reading Rainbow... maybe they didn't say that in Reading Rainbow).


pretty little envelopes

Then let your dog (cats, children, and husbands work well here too) inspect your work.

aggie approved!

I have compiled this entire photo tutorial  in my Flickr. Feel free to stop on over there if need be. It's also Fiber Arts Friday (barely), but head on over to Andrea's (WISDOM BEGINS IN WONDERto read about other fibery adventures.




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16 comments:

  1. Oh your little packages are so cute. Thanks for sharing how you made them....landscape term workded for me.:)

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    1. Oh good. I wasn't sure. Thanks for stopping in.

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    1. Trying to figure out how to recycle everything!

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  3. I want the pug. Cool envelopes.

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  4. I LOVE your little monsters popping out of the envelopes. I like the idea of using magazine pages to wrap them...great idea.

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    1. Thanks. I didn't have any cat butts finished to show how they are actually used. Just catching up.

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  5. The envelopes are awesome but your pug is the cutest! Give that pug some scritches and sniffs from me and LittleDog. I love your monsters.

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    1. We'll definitely give Aggie some cuddles...

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  6. I love the envelopes! What an awesome idea.

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  7. Ahh, I love this! I just bought a crap-ton of cello bags to put yarn/fiber samples in but this would be much more fun - especially if I use yarn catalogs, ha! Thanks for the tutorial!

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    1. It's funny you say that... I was just looking around for my old yarn catalogs too!

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  8. Great tutorial! I love reusing magazines. When my son was a baby I used to put up pages next to his changing table and we talked about the pictures, or rather, he talked to the people in the pictures when I tended to his business.

    Had to pin your last picture, you have the most handsome inspector!

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  9. Love the idea of reusing magazines, very clever :)

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