Cloth wrapping paper

I love finding, making and giving presents to people. I often have gifts months in advance now as I buy gifts when I see them; I hate having to buy a gift for someone as I feel you are buying whatever rather than giving special thought into the gift. Wrapping a gift is all part of the surprise but then you have to buy paper and then throw it away again. What a lot of waste – money and resources.
I used a piece of cloth out of my ever growing stash
For the past few years I’ve been reusing wrapping paper or reusing the colour paper bags we’ve received gifts in. I don’t use sellotape and generally use ribbon to keep the gift together. The last few pressies I made I used scarves to wrap them up. So with another birthday pressie made I thought I would make a little cloth bag to put my pressie in. 
This little bag was overlocked on the edges, stitched across the top then I added three snaps from my new super cool snaps machine; but you could use cloth, ribbon, elastic or add some handles to tie the bag closed. I’ve been thinking of making cloth wrapping paper for a while and it feels pretty cool to have made one. I was thinking I could either give the bag as part of the gift or take it home again to reuse it for another gift.
When you’re going to a party a name tag is not so important as it’s pretty obvious who the gift is for. However when everything is under the Christmas tree it’s a bit more confusing so I thought I would make labels out of the left over chalk cloth I have. Write the name on the bag then wipe off and reuse for another birthday/ Christmas. 
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6 thoughts on “Cloth wrapping paper

  1. September 9, 2011 at 12:07 am

    Using cloth to wrap gifts is traditional in Japan. They call the cloth furoshiki. Look it up, they do some amazing things!

  2. September 9, 2011 at 12:23 am

    I know don’t they do amazing things? When I lived in Japan the wrapping was so nice that you wouldn’t want to unwrap the gifts esp the sweet wrappings.

  3. September 9, 2011 at 2:59 am

    I didn’t know you lived in Japan. You were cool before, but now you’ve leveled up!

  4. September 9, 2011 at 3:03 am

    Ha ha Mel you make me laugh so much!!! I used to be an English teacher so I have lived and worked in 6 different countries. Japan is an amazing country; so beautiful. You love Japan I’m guessing then?

  5. September 9, 2011 at 6:30 am

    Japanese culture is fascinating. I took a couple of years of Japanese at uni-not that I remember much of it now and I couldn’t read katakana or hiragana to save my life anymore, much less kanji. Sensei would be so disappointed!