Tutorial Tuesday: Brown Bag Envelopes

As you already know, I have an Etsy store but I also sell stuff on eBay occasionally.  And as you can imagine, at times, I am doing quite a bit of shipping.
I have heard of people making their own mailing envelopes and I really like the idea of having something that stands out to my customer as being different and makes a lasting impression on them.
It starts with the lowly brown paper bag.
Cut the bag open by cutting down the side and the cutting off the bottom.
Fold the bag in half and lay flat.  Measure and trim the bag so that it the right size depending on what you are shipping.  I was shipping men’s shirts so I did 13×17 inches.
Fold back one side, of what will be the opening of the envelope, a few inches.
To line the bag, grab a plastic grocery bag and cut the bottom off.
Spread the bag flat and lay inside the trimmed brown paper bag.
Sew around the perimeter with a contrasting thread in a wide zig-zag stitch.  Reinforce the start, the corners and the end.
Cut off the extra piece of plastic bag from the opening.
Print out a custom label with your logo on it and tape it to the envelope.
Will I never use another store bought envelope? Of course…but these are super easy to make and look so much cuter!

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  1. says

    Very smart! 🙂 Following from I Heart Naptime link party. Would love to have you link this up to my {wow me} wednesday link party going on right now over on my blog {if you haven‘t already!}. Hope to see you there.


  2. says

    This is such a great Idea I love it!! =) Now I just have to start asking for paper bags!! I was browsing your Etsy store and I saw that your from Minnesota =) I live in Minnesota too! Not near the cities a few hours north, but its always fun to find someone that lives in the same state! =) I am your newest follower!!

  3. says

    Darling post. I love the idea of the special, individualized envelopes! I shared this post on my Friday Favorites for tomorrow. Thank you for sharing the great idea. I am excited I found your blog–just became a follower!

  4. says

    What a clever and adorable parcel envelope! I’m all about making my own regular envelopes but never considered anything on a larger scale. I especially like how you have lined yours. It’s fabulous!!

  5. says

    this is a great idea – very unique and a good way to stand out! thanks for visiting my blog and commenting – means the world to me 🙂

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