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String-Tie Closure Envelope – A Tutorial

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I had the pleasure of creating string-tie closure envelopes for wedding invitations. The client had seen the envelopes I have listed in my Etsy boutique and after carefully selecting the perfect paper for her invitations, we created these envies:
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If you have the tools, you can create these yourself! It’s really pretty easy! I had posted the tutorial on a previous blog but in case you didn’t see it way back in the day, I am re-posting here!
First you need to create the template. I use the Big Shot Pro with an envelope die but most people don’t have this monster machine kicking around their studios so the next best thing is creating your own template. Simply carefully take apart an existing envelope and trace the envelope with all wings spread out.
I would though suggest you trace the envelope pattern onto a study and clear plastic material such as Template Plastic.
Template
It’s best to use the clear template plastic in the event you are using a patterned paper which has a distinct direction.
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Next, gather your tools!
You will need: circle punch, eyelets, eyelet setter and wax string. Well really, you can use any time of string, floss, yarn, etc. but I prefer the wax string which you can find in the jewelry/beading department of most craft stores.
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After you have traced and scored the envelope, punch two circles from a co-ordinating piece/scrap of cardstock. Do not use light weight cardstock. Because the string has to wrap under the punched circles, you need a heavy weight cardstock for the closure to last more than for a few opens/closes 🙂 Fold the envelope as it will appear finished and mark the center on both back flaps to indicate where to punch the eyelet size hole.
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Because it was difficult to see where the pencil marks were indicating where I would be punching an eyelet hole, I used the eyelets to show about where the holes should be punched.
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Either pre-punch the circle or, put the punched circle above and centered on the mark you made and punch an eyelet size hole.
Take the string and feed about 1″ through the opening so the 1″ is on the inside of the envelope. Hold the string to the side and….
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…add the punched circle and eyelet (I used 1/8″ eyelets). Use your eyelet setter and secure the eyelet. The eyelet setter will also secure the punched circle and the string.
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Repeat the same on the other flap but omit the string. For the opposite flap, you need one punched circle and one eyelet. Presto and voila! you have a string tie closure on an envelope! The same principle can be applied to fabric using real buttons but you would instead sew the string to the area under one button. A shank style button works well but regular buttons will do a great job, especially if the ‘holes’ are towards the center of the button and not near the edge of the button.
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If you are planning to use the envelopes in journal pages simply punch the holes or use your binding system on one side of the envelope. Get creative! You can use so many materials to create these envelopes. Think fabric or try using the grocery and store bags, not the flimsy plastic bags but the nice bags you use to get groceries these days.

If creating the envelopes yourself doesn’t work for you, you can simply visit my Etsy boutique where you will find a nice assortment of handmade envelopes with either string tie closures and adhesive strip closures.
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