For today’s Pullteeth Tuesday I thought I would bring a little bit of my DIY flare to Fora. If you follow my blog you may have seen the pleather bag I made last week. I couldn’t see the excess pleather go to waste, so I knew I had to brew up some other idea to make good use of the scraps. I feel like I’ve seen leather/pleather bags popping up on different blogs, but I’ve never seemed to find one that suits my taste. What to do in that situation? DIY!! Lets get started.
WHAT YOU’LL NEED:
– Sharp scissors
– Hot glue gun
Carefully open up your envelope. Try to not rip it, you want the general shape in tact.
Using your pencil, trace out all the outside lines of your envelope onto your pleather. I originally used pen but (as you’ll see later) the pen might transfer when applying heat. I also drew in the fold lines of the envelope onto the pleather to use as a guide later on.
Very carefully cut along your outside lines. Most of your cuts will be exposed so using very sharp scissors and taking your time on this step is essential.
Now to the ironing board. Fold over your first side triangle.
When applying heat to certain fabrics you may experience melting. Having a piece of fabric that isn’t as affected by heat in between your iron and your pleather at this step is very important. Create your fold on your envelope then cover it with the piece of fabric. Place your iron directly on your fabric. Moving your iron back and forth isn’t necessary. Apply pressure for 3-5 seconds and remove the iron.
Repeat the last step with all four sides.
Now you’ll be gluing your bottom triangle onto the two side triangles. If you’re unsure about where to place the glue, try taking another look at the original envelope to see how it was held together earlier. Be mindful about how much glue you use in this step. If you use too much it might show through.
As you can see I chose to add an extra cut out in my design. This acts as a closure just so the top flap will be secure. It isn’t necessary but it will definitely help. You can also see how some of my pen lines transferred in this photo. That is why I suggested using pencil in an earlier step.
Now that you’ve made one by tracing the original envelope you’ll have a general idea of how it works. I decided to make an even bigger envelope as well. I measured some of the lines on my original and ball-parked what would work for my new design. Have fun with this! Made one as big as a magazine or as small as a credit card. It’s really up to you.
Happy DIYing everyone! Good luck!
ANDREW CHIPMAN IS A PERSONAL STYLE BLOGGER, DIY GURU, AND MASTER OF GOOD TASTE FROM WINNIPEG, CANADA.