It’s about this time of year that I start doing some sewing. Last year, Jackson was too young to really understand what Christmas was all about. This year, however, he is old enough and is really excited about the prospect of sending Father Christmas (or Christmas, as he calls him) a letter. Of course, he can’t write so it will be a pictorial letter, but still the idea of communicating with the big guy is top priority in our house.
So… I wanted to find a special way of ‘sending’ the letter. Something that we can re-use year after year and something that is personal to Jackson. His very own communication channel, if you will.
I hit upon the idea of making an envelope that would hang on the tree. And when you put the letter inside it magically ‘disappears’ by the next morning in a toothfairy-esque fashion.
I love making things out of felt and so put together this simple, hand-sewn pattern for an envelope that is personalised but also has a detachable address label and stamp. Here’s how I made it.
Firstly cut out the patter pieces in your chosen fabric. I’m using red felt. You will also need some embroidery thread, matching cotton and some self-adhesive velcro.
Next personalise the back of the envelope with your child’s name. Next add some post-like adornments to the front of the envelope. I’ve added a post mark but you could do and ‘Urgent’ or ‘Airmail’ sticker if you like. Then, stitch the words ‘to Santa’ on the address label and some jagged lines onto your stamp. I’ve also added the date to one of the back pieces.
Next attach the backing to the flap and blanket-stitch it down. At the same time add the ribbon that will be used to hang the envelope from the tree.
Pin the main backing on the envelope and stitch it down using matching thread following the pins.
Pin together the three ‘envelope’ parts of the backing. Using the red thread sew together the two internal seams (the ones pinned down in the photo above). Then line up the three pieces with the main part of the envelope and blanket stitch around the three edges.
The last thing to do is to cut two small squares from your self-adhesive velcro and attach the address label and the stamp. Now your Santa Envelope is finished. All you need to do is write a letter to Santa and pop it in!
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that’s a lovely envelop for Santa and Jackson. I’ve made and used red felt envelops very similar to this one as gift wraps. I embroid stitched with blue, I blogged about it in the autumn, it’s nice to see we have very similar taste :-)
Great idea and looks lovely. Must confess we bought one, shameful but very convenient!
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Wonderful idea and much more memorable than dropping a letter in a mailbox. That’s something he’ll cherish and someday use as a tradition with his own family. Nice job!
What a wonderful idea, you have created a piece of hopefully long-lived personal Christmas for Jackson. Maybe he’ll use it for his child! I just unearthed the Father Christmas that always hung on our door at home when I was little, so I know all too well how precious these personal Christmas pieces are. Love the postmark!
It’s wonderful having lots of personal Christmas traditions. It’s what makes Christmas so magical.