Post # 1
So i am know in my everything stage of my wedding. You know, the stage where it hits you that you still have most of your vendors to book, and still so many decisions to make that your not sure where to begin. And than you feel so overwhelmed that your just stuck…. Does that make sense? Or is it just me that feels that way? haha.
Well right now, one of my current things i am working on is my invites. I am having them made by etsy seller down2earthpaperworks. Heres what my invite looks like:
And this is the back of it:
My envelope will be grey, and i really wanted to do envelope liners, just because i think they are such a fun surprise and makes the invite look so cute. (at least in my opinion).
I havent been able to really find a yellow pattern paper that i like, and if i do like it, than it costs a lot of money (i have 100 envelopes to line). However, i have found a lot of cute fabric that i really like. So this brings me to my question, Does anyone know if its possible to make envelope liners out of fabric? My biggest concern is what would i glue it down with? and will the edges of the fabric start to fray after i cut them? And will it make the invitation weigh more, and therefore cost more for postage? (actually that was more than one concern. )
Has anyone tried using fabric for liners? Did it work out for you?
And does anyone have any suggestions for just pretty yellow pattern paper, or yellow and grey paper for liners thats not super expensive. Or just any other paper that you think would look good with my invites. I am using a7 envelopes.
THANK YOU VERY MUCH!
Post # 3
i didnt use fabric, but wanted to say that i totally get the “everything” stage in the planning. good luck!
Post # 4
Sorry you are feeling pressure to get things done. I just finished my girls gowns; those were what were pressuring me. Now I am on to a few finishing touches. I only have one more vendor to book; the bar service. That can’t be booked until January. I also have a few DIY things to complete, but nothing big. The next thing on my list is addressing and tying up the invitations.
I think some fabric would work well for envelope liners. I suggest getting a sample of the fabric that you like and also get some heavy starch. Spray the heck out of the sample, iron the starch in or hand to dry and then cut your liners with pinking sheers, so the fabric doesn’t fray. You could also use fray check, but that is really messy; at least for me.
Cotton, muslin, or upholstery/decorator fabric would probably work best.
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I think that fabric is going to be really tough – The edges may fray and I’m not sure what kind of adhesive you would use.
We used scrapbook paper and were able to fit 4 liners to a 12×12 page. We bought the scrapbook paper on sale for 5 sheets for $1 at Joann’s Fabric. We only spent $5 dollars on the liners, for 100 envelopes, plus some scrapbook tape-roller thing. It took about 2 hours to cut them, and about another 2 hours to tape them down. By far it was the most affordable and easy project so far.
(BTW – we are also doing yellow and grey! Except our invites are grey, with yellow envelopes and grey liners).
Post # 7
Fabric is not going to be easy to work with as a liner, and will add quite a bit of weight n bulk to each envelope. Have you looked at gift wrap paper? Because that would make excellent liners and they usually have lots of different colors depending on what section of the gift store you go to.
Post # 8
I found scrapbook paper that I liked and used that. Keep in mind that a lot of fabrics are heavier than paper, so the postage will be higher. I hate to say this… but I lined all of my envelopes and only 2 people commented on it (and I think one of the people was my mom). Most people just threw them away without a second though. Just something to consider when you decide how much time/money you want to invest is something.
You’re invites are adorable!
Post # 9
- Wedding: June 2011 - Calgary Opera Centre
I think the paper vs. fabric weight battle really depends on what paper and what fabric. Chiffon = light. Patterned scrapbooking cardstock = heavy. Now, how you would get chiffon to behave enough to actually line an envelope is a mystery to me though. 🙂
Have you tried weighing a piece of fabric, vs a piece of paper?
I second the wrapping paper suggestion, wrapping paper is much lighter than your average scrapbook paper.
Post # 10
The easiest way to do it if you absolutely wanted to use the fabric would be to open the envelope, glue in the fabric then re-glue the envelope.
On the other hand you could scan the fabric you want to use and make color copies.
Post # 11
Thanks everyone for all your comments and ideas. I went to go look at fabric again and found one i really loved, but when i thought of everything you all said and all the work that it would involve i figured it was not worth it. So i went back to looking for paper and gift wrap, and i found a few cute ones from smock paper on etsy. (have i mentioned i LOVE etsy? haha)
I also did find a cute scrapbook paper from joanns and the best part is that its super cheap. HOORAY!
heres a picture of the smock paper
and i have attached a picture of my swirly scrapbook paper. (my envelope is grey, even though it looks purple in the picture.)
neontl– I wanted to know how in the world you fit 4 liners on one 12×12 paper. Did you use a7 envelopes as well? And did you use scissors to cut them out, or did you use a rotary blade, or something of the sort.
My only downside to doing liners is like EvaBostonTerrier said, how many people do you really think will appreciate them? Most of the people invited to the wedding are portuguese, and so i know that most of them are just going to throw them away (except for my grandma. haha). But i guess i should do it for myself, because it makes me happy.
Post # 13
you probably have already done your liners by now–but i took my fabric to kinkos and copied it on the copy machine and made my liners and they look AWESOME!!!
Post # 14
missmature– oooooooooo, that sounds awesome. How much did it cost you?