Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Upcycle: Used Dryer Sheet Envelopes

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Who loves laundry?  That's what I thought.  I have a little project below that might make the laundry a smidge more fun.  How about making envelopes out of used dryer sheets?  I found this great little idea in Green Craft by Paula Spahr.  I thought it was such a super idea I had to give it a whirl.  Here's what you'll need to get you started.



Materials
dryer sheets
iron
ruler
marker
buttons
sew-in velcro


Start by ironing those little crinkles out of the used dryer sheet.  Make sure to set the iron to a low or medium setting.  If it's too hot, you'll notice the dryer sheet starting to lose its shape.


Now take two dryer sheets and line them up on top of one another. 


Now fold the bottom up and the top down as seen in photo 1 {it should look like an envelope}.  Take a  ruler and mark 1 1/2 inches in on either side.  Take the ruler edge and draw a line from edge to edge of the top as in photo 2.


Your dryer sheets should look like photo 3 now.  Now it's time to sew it.  Pin together as seen in photo 4, BUT be sure to unpin and lift the top of the envelope before you sew around the edge.


Sew about a 1/4 of an inch from the edge.



It should look like this...


Okay, now you're ready to sew on the velcro and button.  ***Note: make sure to put the sew-in velcro on first.  This will help to hold the thread as you pull it through the button.


I cut out a little note card from scrapbook paper and used that as my card.





Great for notes to those loveys in your life.  These would make cute valentine cards too!

Happy Laundry Doing!!!

xo,
Jen

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51 comments:

  1. This is just genius! So clever and cute!

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  2. Very clever! I would have never thought of doing this with old dryer sheets. They would be fun for all the kiddos!

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  3. Sooooooo cute!!! I just love the idea!!!

    I'm going to share a link to this on my Facebook page!

    Check out my blog too:
    thediydreamer.blogspot.com

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    1. That's great. I'll check out your blog too :-)

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  4. Awesome, what a super cute idea! Love it :o)

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  5. Brilliant. I always feel bad throwing things out in these days of recycling,....glad to have another, very adorable, use for the dryer sheets.

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  6. Oh My Goodness!!!! Are you SERIOUS!!! these are just AMAZING!!!! Oh and I bet they smell so GOOD!!! CLEVER CLEVER Girl... :)
    http://shoprubyjean.com/2012/01/sew-crafty-tuesday-6-and-giveaway/

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    1. they smelled great! like clean laundry :-)

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  7. THAT IS AWESOME!!! You amaze me Jennifer!!!! ;)

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    1. thanks kymmie!!! congrats on all those hats you've been making...you go girl!!!

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  8. Gob smacked! How very clever of you! Love it! Cheers SpecialK XoXo

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    1. Thanks! I love that you said gob smacked! I think that might be my new favorite saying ;-)

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  9. Too stinking cute! I have to try this for Valentine's Day!

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    1. thanks Kara! I agree, they'd make great valentine cards/envelopes. Plus they smell nice ;-)

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  10. Cute idea thanks for linking up with us on Fabric Bows and More.

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  11. This is so creative! I would have never thought of this. Such a great use for something you'd normally just throw away.

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  12. What a great way to recycle! And they smell good! I found you through Polly Want a Crafter. Thanks for sharing! :)

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  13. Hi Jen, Very inventive! Thanks you for stopping by and commenting on my ottoman! I am your newest follower too! I have a craft linky going on now and would love it if you would link something up!
    Kim@madeinaday
    http:/madeinaday.com

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  14. So cute! Hopefully I can get my pin marklet to work, because I must try this someday!

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    1. You'll love it! It's quick and free :-)

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  15. This is really clever! Coming to you from My Girlish Whims

    www.notimefortea.com

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  16. ohmigosh this is an amazing idea, I love this post! I found you on Tip Junkie! I would like to invite you to share this post with our readers for Fun Stuff Fridays. http://www.toysinthedryer.com/2012/01/fun-stuff-fridays-7.html

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  17. Thank you so much for linking up your project to our party this week. I really do love these!

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  18. i have never thought to do anything but through these away! What a cute project!

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  19. Oh my gosh, I NEVER would have thought of this. How fun! Thanks so much for sharing!

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  20. Cute, cute, cute! And I'm doing the laundry as I write this!

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  21. Omg what a creative idea! I love how they are almost transparent but you still cant see through them! So magical...I hope you will link up with me here:
    http://www.thegingerbreadblog.com/2012/01/sweet-saturday-link-party-v23.html

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  22. This is beyond genius! I'm so impressed... I just pinned this fabulous idea! Great idea!

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    1. Pin away Alison! Thanks so much for stopping by :-)

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  23. I love it when people find great ways to use things normally headed for the trash. These are such cute envelopes!

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  24. Great way to recycle! Those look very cool. I am a new FB fan visiting from Family Ever After. Vicky from Mess For Less

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  25. Stopping in from Family Ever After, what a cute upcycle

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  26. Fun idea!! Thanks for sharing @'Sew Cute Tuesday'!

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  27. Awesome idea! I hope you stop by my party and link up…
    www.serendipityandspice.blogspot.com
    -Melissa

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  28. What a cool idea! Wow! I'm so glad you linked up at Shine on Fridays, girl! Please come back tomorrow with more...pretty please?! :) Have a great day!

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  29. WOW! this is SUCH a fabulous idea.
    i am so amazed with people like you.
    i am a new follower!
    {love} lauryn @ lovenotesbylauryn.blogspot.com
    stop by my place if you are interested!

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  30. this is so fun. and the great part is that i bet the notes smell so good!!! thank you so much for linking up to once upon a weekend.... you were the top hit, and therefore are the blog of the week on my sidebar!! :) see you tonight!

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  31. Oh my! These are SO adorable and would be great for Valentine's Day (next year, of course...) We usually just give our dryer sheets to the dog...she likes to shred them. Lol.

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  32. I tried it and it is totally awesome! It looks like expensive Japanese washi paper!

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  33. Those types of envelopes would definitely be a big hit because it has a cool design and made from unique materials.I would like to try that out too.

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  34. I have been saving these sheets for weeks now wondering what to do with them, this is a great idea. I love them. However, I did put my own spin on them and bonded two of the sheets together with Stitch Witchery and just sewed the sides. The Stitch Witchery gives them a more papery feel but are still transparent. These would make great sachet pouches as well. I love, love, love, the idea thank you very much.

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