Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Scrappy Wrapping

One thing I'm determined to do better with this year is creative gift wrapping.  Typically I leave wrapping until the last minute and just throw some paper around it. 

I did do better last year with the stamped cookie cutter wrapping paper we made...until we ran out of it, and I went back to my usual bad habits.

Anyway...This year I've been pinning all sorts of fun and easy looking wrapping ideas on Gift Ideas Board on Pinterest.

I came across this post about wrapping with jean scraps from Rebecca at Older and Wiser on the perfect day.  (Rebecca is a genius by the way at creative wrapping.  You really should check out her post on 31 Ways to Wrap Your Crap.)  I was cleaning out my stash to try to get my craft mess under control because we had family coming to visit.  I had already thrown some jeans scraps away...and then went and pulled them back out to make some scrappy bows.

Yeah, yeah...I was supposed to be cleaning and I ended up making bows.  There's nothing like cleaning out your craft stash to make you want to work on crafts.  And I had this set of  burp cloths (tutorial here) I needed to get wrapped up, so they could be delivered...so it was really helping to clean the house, right?

Anyway, I used some denim plus some of the flannel scraps and some other pink scraps I  had around to make a coordinating bow.

And a card (You can see my post about these fabric note cards here or see a newer version with text added here.)

I tied the whole bundle up with another denim scrap and sent them off to be delivered.

There was a little bit of a learning curve.  For instance, I thought I'd get the scraps done quick and use a rotary cutter instead of ripping.  That was a mistake.

The ripped edges definitely add charm...and you need to "fluff" the bows rather vigorously at the end.   These show the same bow before and after a good fluff.

So make at least 3 bows before deciding if you like them or not.  I'm just excited to have something useful to do with those long skinny scraps that are always left after sewing projects.

If you want to make your own, check out Older and Wisor.

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  1. How cute! I am always saving the tiniest scraps... and now I have a cute way to use them!

  2. Those are great bows. And I am so happy for you to have a use for the skinny scraps! I'll stop telling you they aren't any use. :)

  3. SO CUTE!!!

    I would never even think about rotary cutting strips - I'm too lazy. Ripping is the way to go... no tools or measuring needed. The frayed edge is just a bonus :)

  4. Very cute!! I wanted to let you know that I'm passing on a blog award to you. Please check it out at http://craftymomsshare.blogspot.com/2011/11/another-award.html. Hope you are having a great day!

  5. wow, i love ALL of your gift wrapping ideas! i totally want to get more creative with this also. thanks for the ideas...so so good!

    i would love for you to come link up this or any other amazing project at my creativity party going on right now!


    thanks so much for sharing!

  6. I love those! They are so cute and different! I would love it if you would link it up to Find Your Craft Friday!!!


  7. Love the scrap wrapping. So proactical because I have so many scraps!

  8. What a great idea. I am one of those people that just throws the scraps away and then sit and feel guilty about wasting wonderful, beautiful fabric - now I have a reason to keep the narrow scraps!! Thank you!


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