Homemade Envelopes

Homemade envelope – front

Homemade envelope – back

Everyone loves the sincerity and personalization of a homemade card, and with all that time, energy, and effort put into it, don’t you think it deserves an envelope as well? Here I’m going to show to you how to easily create a beautiful, personalized envelope.

Supplies you’ll need:

  1. Thicker paper for your envelope (I used an old piece of thick wrapping paper. As you can see it doesn’t have to be in top condition)
  2. Scissors
  3. Tape
  4. Ruler
  5. Pencil
  6. Glue stick
  7. Internet
  8. Printer

Step ONE
Find a printable envelope template website such as this one.

Step TWO
Download the template of the desired size and shape envelope.
You’ll notice that the envelope template size is too large to print one one standard 8.5″ x 11″ piece of printing paper. Follow along for the solution.


Open template in “Preview” mode on you computer. (If you used the website I provided the template should already be open in “Preview.”)
Click the “Rectangular Selection” tool and select the left portion of the envelope on the screen.

Using your keyboard shortcut tools, hold down “Command” and click “c” to copy selected portion of the template.
Next, hold down “Command” and click “n” to open the copied selected portion of the template in a new window.

Hold down “Command” and click “p” to print selected portion of the template. Before printing, make sure to click the scale image option (not scale to fit page) and type in “100%.” Print page.

Step SIX
Repeat steps three to five but select the right portion of the envelope instead of the left.
Make sure to overlap the selections a bit in the middle for template constructing purposes.


Align the two printouts and cut off the majority of ONE of the overlapping sides.


Tape the two sides together. With a ruler measure to make sure envelope template it is the correct width.


Cut out template.

Step TEN
Tace template on the wrong side of the thick paper.

Using a ruler and a pencil, connect the sides of the envelope where the flaps are located for easier folding.

Cut out envelope.

Fold all four flaps of the envelope. Glue the bottom flap to the two side flaps with a glue stick making sure not to glue the envelope closed.


You’re done! You just made a homemade envelope for your beautiful homemade card/gift card/store bought card you wanted to jazz up.
Be sure to keep the template you printed out and taped together for future use!



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Easily Turn Flair Jeans into Bootcut or Skinny Jeans

Easily turn flair jeans into bootcut or skinny jeans

You know that giant pile of jeans in your closet? You know how you only wear four of them? Well that can change! In this useful post I’m going to show you how to turn your old flair jeans into fashionable bootcut or skinny jeans.

Supplies you’ll need:

  1. Flair jeans (Can be old or can be purchased for cheap at a second hand store)
  2. Sewing machine
  3. Thread (Close to the color of your jeans)
  4. Scissors
  5. Pincushion & pins

Step ONE
Put on jeans inside out. Pull outer fabric on ONE leg to the desired fit (bootcut, skinny, somewhere in-between, etc., don’t worry about the other leg yet).
Pin along outside of leg to desired fit.

Step TWO
Take off jeans and lay them on the floor or table. Make sure all pins are aligned following a smooth line (not necessarily straight).

Sew along pin line starting at the top where the pins begin to the bottom of the jean leg.

Try on jeans inside out again and see if it fits how you intended. If necessary, take off jeans and make adjustments with the sewing machine.
(Remember, if doubtful start off sewing the jean leg wider/bigger than you think it should be. It’s much easier to sew the leg smaller than rip seams and start over.)

Fold jeans in half (the sewn leg right above the non-sewn one). Fold back sewn leg where the stitch line is. Pin along the stitch line on the non-sewn leg (to match the stitch line of the sewn leg).

Step SIX
Sew along the pin line and try on the jeans again. Make adjustments if necessary.

Cut slack off each jean leg along stitch line.
(Make sure not to get too close or the stitches may pull and unravel.)

Put on jeans and you’re done! You just turned your old jeans into a pair you’ll finally wear. Now go out and show them off!


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