Tuesday, January 22, 2013

DIY Play “Mail” Kit for Kiddos

Play Mail Kit at Made it on Monday

This past week we attended a birthday party for one of Jace’s friends and her sister. Elli was turning three and Lilli one. Jace and Elli’s relationship is actually pretty comical. They were born two days apart and had very similar birth experiences. They’ve been in the same class at church since they were first checked into the nursery. And now, Jace annoys Elli like crazy. One Sunday after church I asked him what he did in his class and he said, “I ran around and said Aaaaahhh!!! And Elli told me to stop.” I’ve heard from Elli’s mom that on several occasions she has expressed a strong annoyance with Jace. So when it was time to come up with a gift for her, I though it might be helpful if Jace gave her something really fun. And since my son, who is practically the exact same age as Elli, things mail is just about the coolest thing ever, I thought maybe a mail kit would be fun.

This mail kit comes complete with a fabric pouch, stationary, envelopes and “stamps.” The pouch came together so quickly!

mail kit 1

You can use all of the same or coordinating fabrics (like I did). I cut two pieces that were 13x10 (for the main part), 1 13x6 and 1 13x4 (for the pockets), and two pieces of ribbon for the ties.

mail kit 2

Finish off the top edge of both pocket pieces by folding over and stitching. You could do it really well and iron, but I was too lazy to get out my ironing board, so I just folded and stitched.

mail kit 3

Lay out all your pieces how they’ll be assembled—inside main piece right side up, 6” pocket, 4” pocket, and ribbons.

Mail Kit Stitches

Top it off with the outside piece, right side down, pin, and stitch with a 1/2” seam allowance, leaving a 3” opening.

Mail Kit Stitchs 2

Turn the pouch right side out and stitch around the whole thing (I used a 1/8” seam allowance), this will close off your opening. Stitch a straight line down the middle. And all your sewing is finished!

mail kit 4

Using Publisher (although you could use any publication program) I designed stationary with “From the Desk of Elliana” at the top and an E monogram at the bottom. I made them to be 5.5 x 8.5 so I could print two to a page. I printed a chart of “E” for stamps on a sheet of  8.5x11 mailing label.

mail kit 5

Then I just cut everything to its correct size.

mail kit 6

Then all it took was slipping the stationary in one side, envelopes in the other, and stamps in the shallow pockets.

mail kit 8

See how nice it is folded shut and tied? (Side story—my ribbons were long enough to tie a bow until my cat decided to eat off half of one of them. So I had to trim them down to just be long enough to tie in a knot.)

mail kit 7

And that’s all it takes to make a personalized mail kit for kiddos! I think I might need to make one for Jace. I’d love to see all the “letters” he’d write!

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