One of our Christmas traditions is re-usable gift wrap. I’ve made a number of fabric bags for the purpose over the years, and we have lots of hemmed lengths of holiday fabric that we use for Furoshiki style gift wrap. (Here’s a link if you want to see an expert doing a Furoshiki style wrap.)
Enter the red Kraft-Tex recently sent by C&T for me to experiment with. From the time I saw it, I wanted to make a flower to decorate a holiday package. It took a good bit of experimentation, but here’s what i came up with;
I started by cutting pointed ovals about 2″ long and then sewing a little dart in one end to make them 3-dimensional. I did tie a knot a the point of the dart, but there was no problem with back-stitching at the other end.
I glued the petals to a button with a concave surface to give them some support, then glued a piece of discarded costume jewelry in the middle. I’m going to glue an alligator clip on the back for attaching the flower to the package.
You may wonder how this flower will do being stored with the wraps between holidays. The answer is: just fine! Read on for why.
I recently made this little pyramid bag from Kraft-Tex (free pattern here, if you’re interested). There was no need for batting between layers because the Kraft-Tex has enough body to hold the bag up.
It took some DOING to get this little bag turned right side out after construction because it’s so tiny. The material actually looked better after all that squishing and twisting than it did before! There were no permanent creases in it, and it looks much more like leather now that it’s been manipulated a lot. So, as I’ve said before: was the Kraft-Tex, crumple it in your hands, etc, etc. It just improves the appearance.Please note: C&T provides Kraft-Tex for me to play with, but the links in this post are for your convenience. I do not make money when you buy from them.
Wow I like the little triangle bag, thanks for the pattern. The flower on the reusable wrapping is awesome and festive!
Thanks. That little bag is so easy that you may make dozens of them. We know you have a history of similar behavior 🙃
Little Zipper Bag Madness?!?! 🙂
Clever work! We were totally impressed with the wrapping of packages when we were in Tokyo, and picked up quite a few of their decorations for packages, saving them from year to year. None of them has that cute pouch, though!
Thanks! the Japanese wraps are so elegant that I always feel mine are klunky. Nevertheless, they save paper!
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