Carly Rubach
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Make a Fabric Mail Slot

By - Apr 15th, 2012 04:00 am
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I was walking around the apartment looking for a new project ideas when my special man friend asked if I could make some sort of mail slot so that we don’t always have bills spread out across the dining room table. Challenge accepted.

When it comes to materials, I always have plenty of fabric. So for this project, I decided to use a heavy and sturdy fabric that could lay nice and flat on our wall. I was pleased with how the project turned out and now I want to make cute pockets to organize everything!

I also decided to try out Instagram on my iPhone to see what all the fuss is about with the recent Facebook buy. I definitely like the look and might utilize some effects with future projects. Do you like Instagram?

Alright, time to get busy. Let’s gather materials for our Fabric Mail slot and get started. Remember, you can be flexible with the design here. Try using bold, patterned fabrics. Create four or five smaller slots, or use a painted piece of scrap wood and tack your fabric pockets to the wood. Time to get creative.

Materials

2 – 18″ x 19″ pieces of fabric A
2 – 6″ x 15″ pieces of fabric B
thread and sewing machine
fusible tape
iron/ironing board
scrap fabric for initials (optional)

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How-to

 Cut out two pieces of Fabric A (above) and your two pieces of Fabric B (below, left)..

Use fusible tape to fold all four sides over to create a clean edge. These two pieces will be your pockets. Center and pin the pockets to the front of one of your Fabric A pieces. Sew the pockets to the fabric about 1/8″ around the three sides, leaving the top open for your mail!

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Make sure both pieces of Fabric A are facing each other (pockets on the inside) and pin all the way around, leaving about 5″ open at the top so that you can turn your fabric inside-out. Sew 1/8″ around the sides of the fabric. Again make sure that you are centering your pockets in the middle of your larger fabric pieces during this process. When you are finished, remove all pins and turn the fabric inside out and use your iron to press the fabric flat.

Use a blind stitch to sew the 5″ gap you left to turn your fabric. If you want, you can now add initials to your mail slots or any other graphic. I just cut out some rough letters and used fusible tape to secure. I used a couple small nails and drove them right through the fabric to hang. I will eventually add a couple metal grommets to make the product look more finished. Have fun!

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