Why?…For more fabric of course!

To help me stay on budget and keep track of my spending, I thought I’d use a cash envelope system. Bigger expenses are debited straight from my checking account, but for $$ spent on hobbies, entertainment,  groceries and things like Daisy and hair/salon appointments, I decided to make fabric envelopes so I didn’t overspend. 

No one said that being more responsible couldn’t be stylish and crafty. I found a tutorial on Moda Bake Shop and, being more responsible, dug into the scrap fabric bin to make me & the girls a set of fabric envelopes.

So simple. Using just two 7.5″ scrap pieces, white fabric for the label & fusible interfacing per envelope, I made 13 envelopes in a couple of hours time.

For mine I picked the Home Grown DIY panel from Blend Fabrics.

SewMod home grown blend

I wanted to use the words “Sew”, “Ride” & “Bake” for the front of the envelopes and use the pictures for the back. I cut the piece in half and sewed them back together so that when I was finished, the “word/picture” would be right sides up.

SewMod home grown fabric envelopes

I used a black Sharpie to write my labels.

SewMod fabric envelopes

I made my set last and actually ran out of interfacing on the “Bake” one so I left it out since the instructions say it’s optional. Don’t skimp on the interfacing. It’s so much better with the extra firmness.

I believe they are adorable if I do say so myself!

SewMod fabric envelopes

I tried to pick fabrics from the bin that I thought each of the girls would like. I choose Heirloom by Joel Dewberry for Wendy.

SewMod fabric envelopes

And used coordinating Oval Elements for the inside of these.

SewMod fabric envelopes

For Paige, I chose Art Gallery prints. She loves Blue!

Fabric envelopes

Now we just need to put these to good use. Head over to the Moda Bake Shop tutorial and start sewing up a plan to save for yourself so that you can save more money for fabric too!