Sunday, December 11, 2011

Easiest Christmas wrapping ever

My friend Amy put together a Christmas swap on Twitter a few weeks ago as a quick and easy way for some of us in the online sewing community to exchange some little thoughtful gifts with each other. I had a good time scoping out my partner & figuring out a few things I could buy for her - it was hard to stay under the $15 spending limit!


stitching detail on my #ssswap package


I'll show what I got for her once she's received her package - don't want to spoil the surprise! Instead I can show how I wrapped up these little things - my favorite way to wrap things - with regular brown Kraft paper & my sewing machine! I've been wrapping like this for years, it's especially helpful when you're running out the door to a party last minute & don't have any appropriate wrapping paper.


#ssswap package ready to be mailed


Now I don't even buy regular wrapping paper, just a big roll of the brown stuff every once in awhile. In a pinch you can even use a paper grocery bag. Who cares about the writing on the inside?


My #ssswap package is on its way!


It's super easy to do - I first cut a rectangle out of the paper that when folded in half will make a little bag that's big enough to hold the gift. Sew up the 2 sides of the paper to make a bag, stuff the present inside, then sew a bunch of criss-crossing lines to seal it up. In this instance I had red thread on top & green in the bobbin, and flipped the present over for a few lines to get some green showing on the top too. So easy.


#ssswap package ready to be mailed


Easy, economical & it looks pretty cute, too. My favorite way to wrap presents! I can't wait to get my package from my secret partner!

Also our elf, Reginald, has returned for the season. We had him last year & Mason loved it, so of course he had to come back this year. Now Grahm gets all excited & wakes up in the morning running off to see where Reggie has landed for the day. This morning he was feeling a little snacky & was hiding in the box of donuts.


Reginald the elf was feeling snacky last night.


10 comments:

  1. Ha, genius! I absolutely HATE wrapping pressies, but I might give this a go instead of the usually gift bags...

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  2. Love the wrapping idea!

    What a sweet way to add something special to the holiday season with your elf.

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  3. Amazingly, fabulously, wonderfully clever. Thanks for this. Seriously--I will use this idea for the rest of my life!

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  4. Absolutely love your wrapping idea - I may just have to borrow that one. So cute and crafty!!

    Thanks for sharing

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  5. excellent idea! it looks like reggie is having fun!

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  6. I love this idea! I am soooo gonna steal this idea when I run out of wrapping paper for Christmas. Thanks for sharing.

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  7. That's a great idea, Erin. Incredibly versatile!

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  8. What an unique idea. Would be nice for birthdays too!

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  10. Great idea, Erin! Plus the rolls of brown paper can be purchased at All-A-Dollar stores - an added bonus = cheap!

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