For those of you who read the first post on my DIY fabric mailer envelope, here is your update as promised!
It made it!
My lovely sister-in-law was gracious enough to email me some pictures of its condition when it arrived and it looks like it did really well. She said it had some pink markings on the fabric from the postal stamp but we won’t tell her that may have actually been from my daughter messing around with pink chalk near my fabric. I had stuffed it with some sidewalk chalk and a little bug box for my very inquisitive niece and nephew to keep and examine any bugs they deemed “pet” worthy. Here they are opening the package.
So now that we know a fabric mailer will successfully make it through our postal system, it’s time to do a little how-to. Feel free to watch the video below on the making of a new mailer. I have a feeling I am going to make a boat load of these. I mean, what a great way to send a gift. It’s really easy to make, and it’s reusable, so the recipient can send someone else a gift as well!
A few notes to add: I lost my videographer at some point (see: kids needed hubby and I was on my own) so I didn’t get to show the entire project but I think you got the idea. I also decided after the video was made that I wanted to reinforce the edges of the window with some bias tape on the inside, to make it look neater and give it a little more strength. Another difference from the first mailer was that I didn’t double roll down the top flap to close it. Instead I added Velcro to the inside of the window pocket to keep it shut.
Here you can see the two pockets and you can see where the address paper is slipped into the window pocket.
That’s one of my large laundry bags folded up and packed in there!
And here are a couple more pictures just because I love these fabrics. They are so bright and cheery!
Thanks for reading and watching! If you have any questions about how this was made, comment below!
***Update as of July: I have now successfully sent fabric mailers out five times and my sister-in-law sent hers back to me successfully as well. I’m preparing to do a craft fair in a few months and I’m thinking about selling sets of these as “fabric stationary envelopes” (probably in sets of three). Would you buy and use fabric mailers? What would you send in them?***