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« on: September 26, 2007 02:51:40 PM »

Last Christmas I was shocked to see that by the time the holiday was over our family had filled two garbage bags with discarded wrapping paper. It seemed like such a waste of paper to me and it got me thinking about what I could do differently next time. So I came up with this little idea for fabric gift wrap. It's probably not practical for everyone or all occasions, but I think it would be nice to make some to keep in your house and just use for your immediate family (or whoever you might live with). For example, make a Christmas set with holiday themed fabric, use them to wrap gifts for your family, then when the frenzy is over just put them away with the rest of your decorations until next year and use them again. Here I'm going to explain how it's used more than how it's made, but I can easily tell you that too if anyone is interested. I don't expect everyone to swear off wrapping paper forever after reading this, but I thought it was just a nice little idea to cut down on waste and be nice to nature.

So here's what you start with. It's basically two layers of fabric (outside and lining) sewn into a sort of plus sign shape with ribbon ties on each flap. Not sure if that's specific enough, so if you have any questions I'll try to answer them.

To wrap a present, first you flip it over and put the gift in the middle:

Tie the top and bottom "inside" flaps together:

Then the left and right "outside" flaps:

Flip it over and you've wrapped your gift!

Now, this is definitely not the only way to make these. You can make them in any size or shape that you want, using any fabrics you want. I made this one fun and kiddish because it's for my daughter's birthday, but it could easily be made more elegant with different fabric choices and embellishments. You could also make drawstring or envelope style bags, or use buttons or Velcro instead of ribbon. I like this style because since it needs to be untied there's still the suspense and excitement that comes with unwrapping presents, instead of just opening a bag.The possibilities are really endless. This is only my first try but I'm planning on making many more for this year's holiday season.
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« Reply #1 on: September 26, 2007 02:55:40 PM »

I hit this rocks! I think this is brilliant!!! I plan to make something similar for the holidays. I was going to make a bunch of drawstring but I like this better! Thanks for sharing!

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« Reply #2 on: September 26, 2007 02:58:17 PM »

This is a fabulous idea!  Thanks for the tutorial.  Garbage is sucko.

« Reply #3 on: September 26, 2007 02:59:12 PM »

I love this idea!

Hmmm... I'd like to make a giant evelope style one, with a fake stamp and everything!

« Reply #4 on: September 26, 2007 03:05:38 PM »

thank you so much,that is very cute!

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« Reply #5 on: September 26, 2007 03:11:41 PM »

you rock!!!
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« Reply #6 on: September 26, 2007 03:11:47 PM »

Wow, I just LOVE this idea!!!
« Reply #7 on: September 26, 2007 03:33:53 PM »

Incredible... This is such a fantastic idea.  Thank you!!!
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« Reply #8 on: September 26, 2007 03:44:13 PM »

That is absolutely genius!  Great work!  The only problem is I'd give it to someone, and then want it back, instead of letting them re-use it!   Shocked

« Reply #9 on: September 26, 2007 03:56:43 PM »

Whoa.  How cute is that?  I love it.

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