My Modern Quilters guild recently hosted a challenge to create a pocket or envelope project. I suggested this because I have been wanting to make an envelope quilt with functioning envelopes for quite a while. Because it was my idea, I also got to lead the demonstration on it to kick off the challenge.
You may have noticed a few posts on pockets and envelopes, I was creating samples of the types of projects people could make or be inspired by. Finally, I had to get to my main purpose, an envelope quilt with functioning envelopes. I wanted envelopes that were open and I could put things in.
Here’s how I created the first block which is NOT for beginners. You have to finagle the envelope.
- fat quarter bundle of fun fabric or scraps
- thread, needles, pins
- half a yard of binding fabric
- scissors, rotary cutter and mat
Cut the following for each 10″ block
- Two 3.5″ squares
- Two 2.5″ by 11″ strips
- Two 2.5 by 10″ strips
Lining of envelope:
- One 6.5″ by 3.25″ rectangle
- One 6.5″ by 4.75″ rectangle
Outside of envelope
- Two 6.5″ squares, folded diagonally
- Sew the two background squares diagonally on small lining rectangle
- Press to create V and clip. (Google how to create flying geese for help on this.)
- Place folded outside square on large lining to create a larger V. Pin just the two folded pieces.
- Sew half way along the fold line to attach two outside pieces. Trim as needed.
- Place the sewn piece back on larger lining piece.
- Sew smaller lining piece along the top, careful where you catch the folded triangle.
- Sew on both shorter background strips, one to top, other to the bottom.
- Sew on both longer background strips, one of the right side, one on the left.
- Press and trim.
I made a total of 12 and sewed them together in rows of 3. Make as many as you want.
Create a back, baste, quilt and bind.
I realize this is just measurements and steps, not really a pattern. On the other hand, it’s free and you didn’t have to figure it out!
I threw away my first two blocks, they just didn’t line up correctly.
Good luck and see the blocks and finished product.
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I’ve made other fun projects because of my guild. Check them out here.