Honing your Craft
Thursday March 28th 2013

It’s a Wrap

Homemade Wrapping Packets from Catalogs and Junk Mail

I love to wrap presents. I love to reuse and recycle things. In an effort to use up some of the multitude of catalogs that are sent to us here at The MacKay Way, I came up with these ReUsable Wrapping Packets!

Here’s the How-To:
I folded sheets from catalogs (3 to 4 pieces) into knife-pleats/acordian pleats and stitched them together into a sheet. I calculated how large the sheet needed to be by placing the gift to be wrapped on top and guestimating. Then I stitch across the pleated edges, which we’ll call top & bottom, leaving approx. 1/4″ seam allowance.

NOTE: roll up the edges of the sheet halfway up your gift when guestimating…remember, it’s NOT like using wrapping paper!

Repeat making a second sheet of approximately the same size (you have a little wiggle room since you’ll be cutting the side to side edges.) I pinked the top and bottom edges of both pages.
Next I put one sheet on top of the other – wrong sides together – and stitched down the two sides (parallel to the pleats.) When stitching, I left enough seam allowance to be able to pink the sides after sewing (1/4″ worked fine.)

Returning to the top & bottom edges (which are independently sewn, but NOT sewn together, go to the center of this edge. I folded a line across the folds, between 1/2″ & 3/4″ in from the edge. Then I curved the fold from that point out to the corners where the stitch line up he sides met the ends. This creates a curved half-moon fold.

Do this on all four top/bottom edges.

You will have created a package/packet with self closing ends.

The thicker your “filling” (present), the further in you make your innitial fold for the half-moon.
I help to keep the package closed with the tying of ribbon. Then I added a gift tag (often two pieces of a catalog glue-stick glued together and cut.

Punch a whole in it. Thread the tassles through and tie tassles to the ribbon or yarn used to tie the package closed. SInce these were all hand knit gifts, I used leftover yarn from each gift for the tassel.

Other options? Replace ribbon with yarn. Try an i-cord bow! The possiblities are endless!!
Voilà. Got it! Thought so!
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