So, we started following Dave Ramsey's baby steps. This isn't a personal finance blog so I won't get into details, but feel free to check out his program. It really has been life-changing for our family.
One of the things the program suggests you do is use cash envelopes. When you get paid, you refer to your budget to find out how much money you need for gas, groceries, clothes for the family, (anything you can pay cash for) and you take it out of the bank. You put the cash into an envelope marked for that category and when the money in the envelope is gone, it's gone. It does force you to make better buying decisions, that's for sure.
And even if you don't use cash envelopes, this project is too easy and cute to pass up... you can make envelopes for any purpose, including giving cash gifts to graduates, birthday kids, or bloggers who are super-awesome and need a pedicure.
I used my Silhouette to cut out an envelope shape. If you don't have a Silhouette, no worries... there are tons of envelope templates online or you can pull apart a regular envelope and trace it to get the right shape.
Damask paper on top of damask fabric. I think I just ripped a hole in time and space.
Fold the paper into the envelope...
At this point, you could just glue it up and call it done... but the hubs bought me a sewing machine and I'm trying to use it for everything. I have not yet figured out how to use it for cooking, but give me time.
I just sewed up the sides. To make the corners nice and neat, I sewed down the side to the bottom. With the needle down, I lifted the presser foot, turned the paper 90 degrees, put the presser foot back down and sewed the next side.
See? Love it. I sewed up all the envelopes just like that.
That's a dollar bill. I need another one in the envelope so they can meet, fall in love, and have lots of dollar bill babies. That's how Warren Buffet made his money, so I hear.
I warn you, once you make one of these, you'll be stalking the paper aisle at Michael's, trying to find perfect paper to make more. I hope you try this!