Do It Yourself, Snail Mail Kit
I love 'real' mail.
My best friend said she wished she could more easily send little notes and impromptu postcards here and there while traveling with work.
To solve her problem, I made her this 'Snail Mail Kit'.
It's got everything you need to send quick notes, impromptu, hand-drawn postcards and 'stickered' birthday cards at a inspired moments notice.
Real mail is fun to send and receive, so get in there and make it an easy part of your life.
Cost To Make: $20ish
Forever Stamps (.48 each)
Post Card Stamps (.28 each)
Mole Skin Address Book ($12)
Small Stack of Index Cards (pennies)
10 Small Envelopes (pennies)
pen (if you can squeeze it) (pennies)
1 Reused Button (free)
Thread (have it on hand)
Fastening Method (There are many ways to do this depending on what you make it out of)
Random Fabric Scraps (Thicker Fabric will be more durable, ie: leather, vinyl, canvas, felt, wool...)
*In mine I converted an old leather wallet-ish thing I found and sewed it to some scrap canvas and felt.
Gather all of your letter writing ingredients in a nice neat pile.
Write your name in the Mole Skin Address Book and tuck the stamps and stickers into it's built-in inner pocket.
Cut one piece of long fabric long enough to equal 3x the width of your pile.
Also allow for enough length to have a 'flap' to securely fold over your kit.
Allow for enough room around the edges to sew and construct and fabric 'purse'. (1/4 to 1/2 in.)
Sew the edges as desired.
Create your own fastening system to hold the 'flap' in place.
Velcro, Buttons, Elastic Straps, whatever works for you.
*This idea was submitted on 08/24/08 to VENUS magazine's Craft Off Contest.