Last Christmas, I was organised enough to take photos of a few Christmas presents as I wrapped them. Those photos have been sitting on my computer for almost a year, waiting to show you nice and early for this Christmas. With a little planning, I was able to avoid having to buy commercial wrapping paper.
Child painted artwork makes very colourful wrapping paper. It really doesn't matter what they paint; it will look great and the kids will be so proud when they see presents wrapped in their paper. IKEA rolls of art paper work well.
Make ribbons and bows from long, thin offcuts of fabric. They don't have to be neat or even - roughly cut just adds to the appeal. If you're lucky, you'll be able to match your scrappy ribbon to the wrapping.
Pillowcases make great wrapping, especially for large gifts - a present in a present. Again, scrappy fabric bows and ribbons finish them off.
If it's a handmade pillowcase, so much the better and pillowcases really are quick and easy to make.
Fabric gift bags are another way to give reusable wrapping. The matching pillowcase and drawstring gift bags were given to the same person. I must say I was thrilled when I saw the drawstring bag in use several months later.
Choose fabrics that suits the recipient, if you want them to use the gift bag afterwards. I tend to avoid Christmas fabric, but I'll sometimes make bags from Christmassy colours.
Use your imagination when choosing drawstring cords - ribbons, cords, lace, fabric offcuts.
Make gift bags girlie by adding a ruffle at the top of the bag. For the guys, I sew the drawstring right at the top.
There's lots of drawstring bag tutorials online. If you click on the photos, they will take you to the tutorials I used. In almost all cases I have changed the dimensions of the bags...
- Treasure Bag tutorial - small, unlined and with French seams
- Small Lined Drawstring Bag tutorial
- Drawstring Bag tutorial - lined, with large ruffle and boxed corners
- Drawstring Gift Bag tutorial - lined, boxed corners and no ruffle at the top
Changing the dimensions is easy - measure the height, width and depth of the gift and estimate how much extra room you will need. Gift bags don't have to be a perfect fit.
Have you started getting ready for the holiday season? I know the countdown is on, but I really don't want to know just how many days or weeks are left. I'm pretending I still have another three months. How about you?
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