The Ultimate Recycle-Reuse Wrapping "Paper"

comments (3) December 16th, 2008     

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JenniferStern Jennifer Stern, contributor
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If you run short of ribbon, too, use a trim twill tape or strip of fabric to tie a bow!
Use safety pins to secure the fabric to the box.
If you run short of ribbon, too, use a trim twill tape or strip of fabric to tie a bow!

If you run short of ribbon, too, use a trim twill tape or strip of fabric to tie a bow!

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Got lots of holiday-themed fabrics? Why not use some to wrap up your handcrafted treasures? Last night I was wrapping some gifts that I had finished for friends and family and I ran out of wrapping paper. I'm trying to be efficient because, in addition to making gifts, I'm packing up to move into my new house any day now (just waiting for the inspection that keeps getting held up). I didn't stockpile stuff like gift wrap (like I usually do) because I didn't want to add to the pile of stuff that I'd have to pack! Anyway, I had just one gift left to wrap when the paper ran out. As I sat on the floor, frustrated, I noticed the pile of Christmas print fabrics that was waiting to go into a box. I considered the gift I had sitting in front of me. I can't say what it is because it's for a friend who is an avid reader of all my posts, but I can say that she is a fabulous sewer. As I looked at the pile of Christmas prints, I decided that one of them would be the perfect wrapping "paper" for this gift. I can only begin to imagine what will happen to that fabric after that holidays—I know it won't end up in the town dump!

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Louella writes: I hadn't thought of that! You could use a pretty bandanna and the giftwrap would be a gift also! Or a pretty hankerchief, anything along those lines. How about using hair bows for your bows! Another gift!
Posted: 2:26 am on December 20th
JenniferStern writes: I love your idea of reusable drawstring bags!!!...it's kinda like my Polish Pottery baking dishes that I fill over and over with delicious food! Happy Holidays!
Posted: 7:17 pm on December 17th
vapeck writes: OOoooo, I want that pretty gift wrap under my tree. Years ago, I sewed some simple drawstring bags from red and green calico fabrics, and I use them to "wrap" odd-sized gifts. My family knows to return them to me and that they'll see them again at the next Christmas.
Posted: 2:36 pm on December 17th
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