Tuesday, August 11, 2009

SewSweet Stitched Packaging: Part One- Handmade Bubble Mailer

My first blog series!
We'll be talking about how to make homemade packaging and shipping supplies. Recently Etsy had a great series in the Storque about spiffy-ing up your packaging before the holiday rush that inspired me to find cheaper and more unique solutions to shipping. I've only had the opportunity to package a few sales, and I'm disappointed in myself for how boring they were! So I went to the scrapbook store (a very dangerous place!) and brainstormed. Here's what I came up with- I hope you find it helpful!
To start off, pick up some cool scrapbook paper. It's usually cheapest at the big-box craft stores, but if you're fortunate enough to have a local scrapbook specialty store, they're more likely to have the best selection. To match my nostalgic-themed shop, I chose some whimsical-patterned paper with cheerful colors. You'll need one sheet of cardstock for each bubble mailer, and if you can find a matching paper pad grab it too for the matching packaging and gift tags.
Card stock sheets: 65 cents
8" x 8" paper pad: $7

You'll probably be able to round up all the other supplies from your craft room- paper punch, tape, scissors, etc. Also pick up a roll of bubble wrap. I got mine at the dollar store.

To begin, choose a sheet of carstock and cut a piece of bubble wrap to match, leaving about 4 or 5 inches on one side. You'll want to make the fold-over flap now, so cut out a sqare half the size of the cardstock sheet.

When you fold the sheet in half, you should have this:

Now you can secure your bubble wrap if you want. I used a couple pieces of looped tape, just to keep the plastic from slipping when I sew the envelope.

Using a separate needle, (it will get dull after punching through paper!) stitch up and down both long sides and the short side without the flap.

Now, fold the flap over and stitch a line down the raw edge. This is optional, it just gives it a more finished look when you fold it over.

Now you're ready to stuff the envelope with your product and packaging!

If you chose a patterned or bright paper for the envelope, it's best to add a plain address label. I made mine with spare cardstock and decorative-edged scissors. You can get those at the craft store for about a dollar.

I love the look of hand-written postage. Slap it on with some shipping tape, and you're done!

If you need a larger envelope, you can get up to about 10" x 10" by sewing 2 sheets of carstock together instead of just folding one.

I haven't heard any feedback from this customer yet, but the postal worker who took the package went crazy over it! I hope my customer does too!
If you live in Dayton Ohio, check out Simply Scrapbooks. They are so wonderfully organized, and have the best selection around!


Anonymous said...

That is so ingeneous! I will very certainly be making those. I will even go shopping tonight!
I can see using those envelopes for my etsy yarns and hats and for my soaps as well! Thanks so much!

Lisa said...

Garsh, you're so talented! That is really a great idea.

WearableByDesign said...

That's a really cute idea! Well done!

Beadin By The Sea said...

What a fabulously, creative idea! I'd like to try this as a way to use up some scrapbook paper (since making jewelry I don't seem to scrapbook much anymore) and some bubble wrap that I have lying around. I suppose you could also use some heavy wrapping paper? Thanks!

Jesse said...

Given my very non-creative, lame, "guy" status, you should take this as a serious compliment: That's AWESOME!

Seriously, uber-cool.

Redd said...

This is a fabulous idea! Your creativity obviously knows no bounds!

I may have to give this a shot.

Maiysha said...

Excellent idea! I now have to come up with something to sell in my shop that is small enough to send in these! I used to make purses, and have a beast of a Husqvarna that is kind of lonely... INSPIRING!!

Angeloco said...

Great idea. Thanks so much. I'll be making them for my jewelry. Good luck to you.
Angeloco on etsy.

Lori said...

This is CUTE! I'm so going to try it out. Thanks for the tutorial and have a great day. :)

Leyla said...

Found you on Totally Tutorials...GREAT idea. Given that I make cards out of scrapbook paper, I have plenty lying around. Now I can't wait to sell something so I can make one of these cool envelopes!

Pink Rufflez said...

Very nice!

Phiphi said...

this is cool:)

InMyOwnStyle said...

I wish I had found your post a few days ago as I had to send out 6 items in a protected way. I ended up using boring boxes as I couldn't come up with any clever ideas. This is a great way to expand on your style and be cretive at the same time. I love that they are sewn shut.

Marie@PoutyPinkPrincess said...

I love this!! So cute! I'm getting ready to mail some cute necklaces!!

Seedlings: Jewelry Because said...

Great tutorial, made a bunch tonight with 12x12 paper and had a giant roll of 12x12 perforated bubble wrap so it worked out beautifully! Can't wait to use them on my next outgoing order :D

Roundy Clan said...

What a great idea! I am going to be sharing this on my blog tonight and making some as soon as possible. Thanks for sharing.

Courtney said...

Wow! What a cute and useful idea! Found you from Something About Katie... I'm a new follower :)

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Anonymous said...

Awesome Post. I Love your Way of Handmade handmade packaging. Its Really a good Post.

Anonymous said...

Great tutorial...I never would have thought to actually sew the envelope (most tutorials I've watched used glue.) I have been looking for a more personable, cute, inexpensive way to ship items. This is wonderful!!

I cannot wait to go shopping for cardstock tomorrow.