Thursday, February 24, 2011

Letter writing kit!

Have I ever mentioned the abundance of paper clutter in my house...everywhere I look there are stacks of random papers piled up...these piles are also on the floor...under furniture...and in every room in the house!

Now that Ruby is a certified letter writer, I knew that I had to have some system for dealing with all the cute stationery, envelopes and assorted other "paper" things that come along with letter writing! 
 Enter the pretty letter writing kit! 


So, using one of those paper folders, with the pockets as my template, I simply traced onto felt.
I sewed up some pockets...for cute stationery on one side, envelopes, pens, stamps and addresses on the other.
(and yes, I am aware that I "just" could have used the paper folder...but that just doesn't give a mama that same crafty feeling of accomplishment as doing this)!


Backed with pretty fabric...
and some ribbon to "tie" it all together.
Voila!


Now I'm not a great sewer, but this took about 20 minutes to whip up.  I just decided that it didn't have to be perfect, but it did have to be pretty!!!

Thank you everyone for signing up for our kiddie pen pal club!  It's been nice to hear from parents how excited their kids are to start writing letters.  Truly this has been a joy to put together.

I should have everyone matched up by Monday...if you haven't heard from me yet, or if you're waiting to hear about a sibling, please be patient...I'm hopeful that every child will be matched!

xo maureen


17 comments:

  1. That's so cute, I think I will make a boys one for the little guys new pen-pal letters :)

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  2. That is WAY more fun and letter-writing-inspiring than a plain 'ol paper folder could ever be! That fabric is SO happy in its fabulousness :-)

    Blessings and light...

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  3. You may not be great at sewing, but you're CREATIVE, and that is the key to your success. I love the organizer and I'll bet she will too.

    All joys across the miles,

    Sharon Lovejoy Writes from Sunflower House and a Little Green Island

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  4. What a super sweet idea!! We have been getting stationary together for my son who will be sending his first pen pal letter very soon..I may have to make him a folder to store all his bits and pieces :)

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  5. Shanti! I am so glad you received the Fairy House!! I hope it was not in too many pieces!! Keep inspiring! I am happy to have a new friend in Canada!! xoxo

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  6. Great idea! It turned out just beautiful! We may have to make some fabric folders... just because...

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  7. Maureen, how adorable and useful! I love it :-) I think we may have to have a young writers version and a mama version at our house - such a fun idea!

    thanks for the inspiration!

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  8. Hi, Maureen! I wrote a little post about an old friend who is a faithful letter writer, today, and am linking to Twig and Toadstools because of your penpal project and related tutorials. Could I snag a picture for my posting...maybe the one of your child holding her letter-writing kit? love, Beth

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  9. Beth...please feel free to use any pictures.
    Thanks ladies for your feedback...Ruby LOVES her little folder...oh for the joy of letterwriting!
    xo maureen

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  10. Your ideas for the envelopes and writing kit are adorable! My daughter would love to be a part of the pen-pal club, but when I linked to the post to sign up- the comments section was closed! It is still Friday- so I hope we are not too late. My daughter is 7 1/2, and we live in Kentucky. She would be happy with more than one pen pal, or just one- whatever is available. Any state or country is fine with us- we just like making friends! My email address is: jeng151@hotmail.com Thank you so much for doing this- I've been wanting to find just this sort of thing! You're a truly excellent mama!

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  11. im taking the chance to post here...i couldnt comment on the original post but it is still the 25th so i thought id give it a try here..i have a 7 yr old homeschooling daughter. she said she'd love to do this.thanks for the opportunity. :)
    fablejanesmom@yahoo.com

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  12. Hey there ladies...well, as it so happens you two make a perfect match! Signups are now closed...I have every kid matched up as of now.

    thanks everyone!
    xo maureen

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  13. Oh Maureen that is such a sweet letter writing kit! My daughter already has a couple of penpals so we didn't sign up but now I want to find a 'big girl' letter writing club *grin*. I have been longing to pull out some pretty stationary myself :)

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  14. Love this idea. Cant believe I missed signing up for the pen pals. If you need another one, I have a 9 year old boy that would love this.

    onepinkfish @ yahoo dot com

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  15. Oh, such an adorable organizer! We have papers everywhere as well. My daughter is quite the artist. Always begging to paint or draw. :-)

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  16. super cute and fun. You gave me a good idea for Easter gifts for my children.

    Thanks

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  17. I really like this paper folder! I think I might try to make one too for an upcoming present! Thanks for the idea!

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