DIY: zines + needles = homemade envelopes

i use to have this habit of taking weekly trips to the newsstand (and amoeba, but that is another story) to buy lots and lots of magazines. this habit gave me a large collection of printed zines, one i have been slowly trying to purge for years. see, i sometimes have a hard time throwing things away. especially pretty magazines with lots of pretty pictures.  this collection started staring me in the face and so i conjured up lots of little projects with magazine tear pages.  sewn envelopes being one of them! i did most of these years ago, but i thought it was a good DIY idea for the blog. (along with a few more projects to come!)

what you need:

magazine pages you like

spray mount


cardstock or brown paper bag

sewing machine


first you want to line up your magazine pages with either card stock or you can use a brown paper bag. this creates a sturdy backdrop so the paper is not so flimsy. trim where needed. be sure to leave an extra inch or two for the flap of the envelope, so you can seal it!

next, using spray mount (which i love but can be very messy…i suggest doing this outside) spray one side of your paper and attach the second piece of card stock or paper bag. pressing firmly to make sure there are no air bubbles!

pick your thread colors. line up the two sides of the envelope and sew with a 1/2 inch seam allowance all the way around the paper. you can stop at the flap, but i think it looks better all the way around.

to seal the envelope i used double sided tape ( or top stick, a wardrobe girl’s right hand). i had some shipping labels from around the house and used those for the address.

perhaps you can add a little letter on a page too! i use to send letters on magazine tears or wrap a cd mix in one.  snail mail isn’t so common anymore…but it should be. really! who doesn’t get excited when you get a hand written envelope in the mail? an email just is not the same thing.

you could even line these envelopes with bubble wrap if you want to send something a bit more fragile!

just another way to reuse those magazines instead of letting them pile up. although, i have always kind of wanted to keep them for my grandkids…vintage mags! these days, i only buy magazines that serve its purpose on an airplane or ones i wouldn’t dare tear any pages out of.  kind of sad magazines are becoming a past time…but i probably wouldn’t have this blog if they weren’t.

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Welcome to the bridge where I hope and intend to create a space for ALL the things I do and can't seem to quit. I am a stylist, a creator, a shop owner, a writer, an artist, a mama. Sabina Bloom was born FEB 2021 in a snowstorm and she has an extra special gift on her 21st chromosome. Here you will find us laughing, loving, creating, and navigating Down syndrome and our life together.

5 thoughts on “DIY: zines + needles = homemade envelopes

  1. Fabulous idea. Im a bit gutted that I dont have any mags lying around right now. But I’m going to keep my eyes peeled for any stray and discarded ones I come across, entirely for this purpose! So much more creative than a boring old envelope. Thank you so much for sharing 🙂

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