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