Cloth Gift Wrap

This year has cemented my dislike for paper wrapping paper. The bags of waste, the expense and the fact that it is a nightmare, especially wrapping with children as it tears so easily. A couple of weeks ago I decided that next year I want to switch over entirely to cloth gift wrap. We can use it year after year, and depending on the fabric, for gifts all year round, not just for Christmas. I started making some “sheets” of cloth for wrapping (below) which I think will work out really well. You basically take a square of fabric and hem all four sides. You could use a machine or just some pretty embroidery thread and stitch around the edges. The bigger the better as you can always fold it down before you wrap a gift that is small. You could decorate with anything from ribbon, to crochet yarn ribbons and you can even spruce it up a bit by adding some fallen pine tree. A couple of days ago, SouleMama had a post about making cloth gift bags. I tried out her tutorial (above) with just a few tweaks of my own and I love it. The ribbons are attached so you don’t have to scramble when you are wrapping. Just pop your gift in, fold the bag over and tie it up. I think a combination of these bags and sheets of cloth paper will be the perfect combination for us. I plan on gathering supplies throughout the year as I find suitable fabric thrifting, and making a nice stash before the Christmas season arrives next year. If you have some time still these are very quick easy to whip up, and I think they are so beautiful and we can feel really good about no waste next year for Christmas (and birthdays etc.).

gifts, green • Friday, December 17th, 2010 • 9 Comments »
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9 Responses to “Cloth Gift Wrap”

  1. Jacquie says:

    Such a great idea . Your photographs are beautiful too.
    Jacquie x

  2. Great idea. Haven’t been here in a while, have missed your lovely simplicity and beautiful photography. Hope you are all well x

  3. amanda makes says:

    What a great idea! Thank you, Jennifer! Lots of love, Amanda xxx

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  5. Ruth says:

    I do love this idea. They look great.

    Ruth

  6. Mousy Brown says:

    I love this idea, although I am having a lot of fun hand decorating a big roll of re-cycled brown paper and once it has been opened we save it all to start our fire – so it keeps us warm too! Love your pine decoration – bet it smells beautiful! Take care and enjoy all your preparations Em xx

  7. Beautiful wrappings! I love the cloth idea too, especially because I’m the only person who sews on my husband’s side of the family. Several people use cloth (they don’t hem it or anything) and everyone ends up giving me the “wrappings.” I end up with a great stash for next year.

  8. sweetmyrtle says:

    Wishing you and yours a very Merry Christmas and a peaceful and happy 2011, warmest wishes
    Ginny x

  9. urban craft says:

    Oh, tree branches as present decor. That’s another awesome one! Just the festiveness I was looking for.

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