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« on: April 26, 2009 10:11:37 PM »

I read about Re-velopes and decided to try my own.

Stitched up in about 5 minutes, using 1/2 of a vinyl placemat that I purchased at a thrift store for 25 cents. The labels on the front are affixed with clear packing tape and can be peeled off by the next user. The back flap is held by double-sided tape, which can be re-used for a while and then replaced.

I do recommend using a Teflon foot if you're stitching on vinyl, to keep it moving smoothly under the foot.
« Reply #1 on: April 26, 2009 10:44:53 PM »

The only potential problem I can see is the electronic eye printer they use on mail (at least in Australia). This probably wouldn't work on vinyl making the mail slower.

Maybe a clear window for the address to go inside?

Also, how secure is the stamp?

I love this idea, I'm just asking questions to help improve the design!
« Reply #2 on: April 27, 2009 07:04:55 AM »

I did go on to make some out of a vinyl tablecloth, and sewed on a clear plastic label for the address. There is a slit behind the label so the next user can change out the address card.

The stamp was very secure.

I've also seen these made from sailcloth; do you think that would work better in the postal system?
« Reply #3 on: April 27, 2009 07:08:26 AM »

I think this would work, but anything that they put that orange electronic eye printing on would then spoil the fabric.

I guess they don't have to use the electronic eye but the mail might be slower.

I like the idea about the slit for the address. I also like that you are making something and sending it away to be reused by others.  Grin
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« Reply #4 on: April 27, 2009 10:15:11 AM »

 I like the idea, but I also have reservations about how the postal service will handle it.  It's a great idea, though.  I hope it catches on.  I'm going to make one and send it to myself to see how it goes.  Good on you for recycling.

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« Reply #5 on: April 27, 2009 05:50:10 PM »

Very smart. I'm going to make some up this weekend!
« Reply #6 on: April 27, 2009 08:17:34 PM »

Well, I sent the pictured envelope from Texas (dropped it in a mail box by the P.O.) to an address in Ohio. It arrived in less than a week, with absolutely no problems. (Except that the recipient wants to keep it. Smiley)
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« Reply #7 on: April 27, 2009 09:51:59 PM »

This may sound odd, but what about using tyvek for the envelope?  I know that they make single use envelopes, but has anyone ever tried putting a regular stamp on one?  Or cutting a window into it for the address?  I think it would make it reusable.  If it worked, you could fuse plastic to make envelopes.
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« Reply #8 on: May 09, 2009 12:39:09 AM »

I sent another one of these, made from a thinner vinyl tablecloth, to Canada, and it arrived with no problems.
« Reply #9 on: May 14, 2009 01:04:22 AM »

great idea, do you have a weight issue on postage in the States.  Certainly useful, especially if you send regularly to a place, then they could send back to you for you to then re-use. 
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