DIY: String & Button Envelopes

What's more traditional than chocolates for Valentine's Day?  Problem is, all of those heart shaped boxes look alike and you are a thinking-outside-the-heart-box kinda person.  Here's a solution:  1. Buy a single, really, really nice chocolate bar (we love Dick Taylor's).  2. Whip up a bespoke envelope.  3. Slip in your elegant little bit of sweetness.  4. You are a gift giving rock star.  (We promise the envelope isn't difficult.  It's basically two pieces of paper, with one a bit longer than the other to make a flap.  Really!)

xoxo Karen June & Zandra




1.  Gather your supplies.
2.  Cut one piece of two-sided scrapbooking paper 4 3/4" x 8 1/2" and another piece 4 3/4" x 7".  Print and cut out "To and From" label.  
3.  Score the larger piece  1 1/2" from the top and fold towards the envelope lining.  Score the smaller piece 1" from the top and fold towards the envelope exterior.  
4.  On the larger piece, edge stitch the flap at 1/4" for a decorative touch (we set our machine to 8 stitches per inch).  On the smaller piece, sew the flap down with an edge stitch at 1/4".  Backtack at the beginning and end to secure thread and snip excess.
5.  Edge stitch the small piece to the large piece, lining up the bottoms and sewing around three sides at 1/4" to create a pocket.  Remember to backtack and snip excess.  
6.  Attach one button to the center of the top flap and one button just below the decorative fold on the pocket using 3-D glue dots.  
7.  Affix "To and From" label to the envelope, wrapping the "love message" onto the back. Wrap your pearl cotton thread around the buttons to close the envelope.  
8.  Mix and match papers and whip up a few of these to have on hand for any occasion.  We filled ours with our favorite small-batch chocolate from Dick Taylor!