The Gifted Blog

October 5, 2009

Wrap Story: Correspondence Kit for H. & J.

This Wrap Story is part of a mini-series, documenting every present I’ve wrapped since the launch of The Gifted Blog. Click here for the whole series!

As the wedding of our friends H. and J. approached earlier this year, I was excited to plan their gift. They are a unique couple, and I knew that the bride for sure is a fan of handmade things.

Personally, one of my most-appreciated wedding gifts was a few books of stamps. Utterly practical, these were quickly put to use on the countless numbers of thank you cards we wrote.

I saw this tutorial on making a fabric envelope and got inspired. These two posts helped seal the deal. I was making one!

I wanted to gather all the essentials together so the thank-you writing process could flow. Also, the couple's wedding theme was 'correspondence', with even a typewriter on the invitation. Perfect!

I picked a combination of fabrics that I hoped were suitable for a man and a woman. I sewed up the envelope and added a little slot for a pen on the left-hand side. Then I filled it with some handmade cards, postage stamps, postcards made out of cereal and other food boxes, and one of my favorite kinds of pens (we used this exact kind to write many a thank you card).

I had a few embroidered tags leftover from my last big creative project (a reconstructed t-shirt and accessory line called Phoenix) and couldn't resist adding that last handmade touch!

I put the kit in a patterned gift bag and taped a card with a contrasting design on the outside. That was the official wrapping for this gift. However, it was wrapped before The Gifted Blog began, so I didn't think to take a picture of it. Luckily, H. was kind enough to bring the gift to our apartment so I could snap some photos (yes, the kind of thing you can only ask of a friend..."Um, can you bring the gift that I gave you back to my house?").

I like this as an alternative to throwaway wrapping. It might be nice to make a variation for gift certificates or other flat items.


  1. Oh, cute... but I really want more details on the goodies inside. Please share.


  2. You flatter me!

    The flat cards in the back of the pocket are postcards made out of food boxes (mostly cereal, and some interesting stuff from the Asian market, I think). I rounded the corners with a punch.

    The background of the cards in front are the patterned linings of envelopes. They're decorated with canceled postage stamps, air mail stickers, and postmarks. I worked at MOCA for a year and made a happy routine of rummaging through the recycling in the mornings in search of discarded foreign mail.

    I am really happy with how these turned out. I was also tickled that they tied in with the 'correspondence' theme.

    Thanks for asking!

  3. How cool! This is very useful. There are several times I've taken cards/postcards on trips and they've taken a beating in the travel process (especially jamming them in packed backpacks/purses). The cloth envelope would have proven itself very useful during those times!!

  4. I think this is my favorite one yet! Love how unique and personalized you were able to make it.

  5. Hm...good idea, sis. I didn't line this one with interfacing (iron-on material to make it stiffer), but I can see how a really sturdy version would be nice for travel.

  6. Thank you! It was fun to try to think outside the gift registry box (no pun intended).

  7. This is just a beautifully executed idea! I wish I received one at my wedding! I guess I'll just have to make one for myself!

  8. Thanks for your kind words.

    I know, it's initially so exciting to have a gift registry, but in the end I really appreciated the folks who took a risk and got us something they thought we'd like.

    Please let me know if you end up making one! It's so nice to have all those supplies in one place.

  9. Wow I like this combination of fabrics...These are really cool! I can imagine how much your friends were glad with your present.


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