|a homemade seed packet for gifting my garden-grown seeds|
This is what I have used to package both the bath tea, and some seeds that I collected from my garden this summer.
(Forgot to mention this the other day, but before sliding a tea sachet into one of these decorative envelopes, I put each one in a snack-sized ziploc, to hold in the fragrance. I did the same, as well, for the seeds, to keep out moisture until planting season.)
If working with paper and sewing happen to be your thing, these are easy to make and enhance some of your hand-crafted gifts. I enjoy the process of using images on sites like Graphic's Fairy to craft something new and unique. And they're very inexpensive to make, just the cost of the printed out sheet of paper and a little thread.
Yes, you can sew on paper. I've had to experiment on a piece of scratch paper to find the right stitch length, tension and needle, to avoid skipping stitches. But once I got that down, the sewing went quickly, and surprisingly well.
For my envelopes:
The ones with the script, I typed up a poem that I enjoy, in a scripted font, and printed out onto paper. On these, I then tea-stained those sheets.
I found the center portion of the script that I wanted for my envelope, and marked the paper with cutting lines.
I cut along those lines, then cut that center portion in half, width-wise, leaving me with 2 pieces of equal size.
Next, I cut off a 1 inch-strip off the top of one half. Placing the 2 halves together, right sides facing out, both front and back, I lined up the bottom edges of both halves. This leaves me with one side of the envelope longer than the other (for the folded flap).
I snipped the upper corners at an angle on the back (longer) piece of paper.
I used a zig zag stitch of medium length and width, and sewed the front to the back, around 3 sides. And last, I folded the back, upper edge over, to close the envelope.
For the seed packets, I used Graphic's Fairy for the free images, and added my own text with content information. I chose a taller print for the main side of the envelope, and a shorter image for the back side. I was able to fit the pieces for 2 envelopes onto 1 sheet of paper.
After printing out my sheets of images, I marked my cutting lines, giving myself plenty of margin for the stitching on three sides, and added a 1-inch space above the carrot image, for a blank flap to fold over the upper part of the jardin side of the envelope.
I stitched these up along 3 edges, using a zig zag stitch in dark green thread.
These could be cute for a variety of gifting purposes, such as gift cards, cash gifts, home grown tea bags, garden-grown seeds, bath salts and tea, and home-made spice mixes.