Thursday, April 7, 2011
A funny thing happened...the post about making envelopes from magazine pages? It got a pretty wildly unexpected response rate. Glad you seemed to like it! Here's a fun idea for a next-step: ruffles! If you are using your repurposed envelopes for gift giving or hand-delivered mail a little embellishment can go a long way.
While usually I have an aversion for all things needle and thread, this couldn't be easier, faster, or more simple - and adds a great touch to envelopes, bags, or other packages.
Magazine pages, paper bags, old maps or other paper waste
Tape, glue, or staples to secure your final ruffle/bow
1) Gather paper you wish to make ruffles from.
2) Cut paper into even strips - in this case about 1 inch each.
3) Thread your needle and tie off a knot at the end. In this case I used a thick embroidery thread because I like the look and sturdiness. To achieve a solid knot I knotted three times in the same place.
4) Sew evenly the length of the strip. For a smaller ruffle sew more closely together, for a larger, more wavy ruffle, sew further apart.
5) Once you've sewn the length of the strip of paper begin to gather the paper by pushing down, along the thread, toward the knotted end.
6) Determine how long you want your ruffle by measuring against your envelope or package. Knot off the other end of the string at that length. Trim sting ends and space paper ruffle evenly on the thread.
7) Attach your newly completed ruffle to your envelope or package of choice. Secure with glue or tape.
For a smaller ruffle: sew more closely together.
If you've already made magazine envelopes try using grocery bags to make a contrasting ruffle.
To make a layered embellishment try making ruffles of various lengths and layering them.
Of course, if you happen to have fabric scraps you could use them as well - there aren't any rules so as long as you're having fun you're doing it right!
Enjoy all your repurposing craftiness!