Wednesday, June 3, 2009

:: :: make your own mailer :: ::

have a gift you need to send but no mailer? here's what i did...

1. take some plain brown wrapping paper, leave it super wide and wrap it around your gift a few times (i wrapped mine so that it had at least two layers all the way around).

2. go over to your sewing machine and sew one end shut. i left about an inch between the gift and where i sewed. i recommend using cotton thread and a slightly long stitch length (i set mine to 5mm) otherwise you run the risk of simply perforating your paper.

3. repeat on other side, again leaving a bit of room between the gift and your stitch line.

4. cut the excess paper off about half an inch from the sewn seams. i used pinking shears to add a little something special. (i also used different colored thread for the bobbin thread back in step two, again just for a little interest.)

5. address and then send. wait for the happy call from your recipient.

** NOTE: i do think that if you needed something sturdier, you could definitely line your brown wrapping paper with a section from your newspaper, but i'm thinking you might need to use a denim needle or something. anyone have thoughts on that?


Pretty Neat Designs June 3, 2009 at 11:14 AM  

This is such a great idea! Thanks for sharing the idea and instructions.

Maggie June 3, 2009 at 12:49 PM  

I love this! Thank you for sharing. : *)

bettylws June 5, 2009 at 6:46 PM  

Great idea, I will have to try that next time I send a package!

Little Hen Designs June 6, 2009 at 3:06 PM  

Adorable! What a great idea! It's almost too cute to open!

julie green June 6, 2009 at 5:37 PM  

oh! but the gift INSIDE may be even more adorable! : )

Ben's Mama June 8, 2009 at 2:53 PM  

so that's how you wrapped charlie's fancy pants (and top!) - love the polka dots -

julie green June 8, 2009 at 8:18 PM  

if i have a girl i am SO getting polka dotted diaper covers in every size. and if i can't find them i am making them. : )

ooh, and stripes.

Natalia November 22, 2009 at 4:40 AM  


That's very useful!!!!

Thank you to share it!