I created a fabulous Envelope quilt with functioning envelopes

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

Background fabric:

  • 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

Sewing steps

  • 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.

Sew happy!

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