Gift wrap that keeps giving | Tutorial

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Gift giving - some people love it and some people loathe it. I am of the former category.

I just love giving gifts to my friends and family. I've been known to be working on a gift idea for years before finally finding what I'm looking for - but once you've found that perfect thing, the fun comes in the wrapping. Picking out some chic paper or maybe some fun washitape, getting your creative flare on can be the best part of gift giving.


But wouldn't it be great if you're gift wrapping was more than just paper to throw away?

What if you're gift wrapping could be a gift in and of itself?

Well over the years I've been experimenting with re-usable gift wrapping and I want to share one of my favourite DIYs with you. Not only are they re-usable, but they can be fun, beautiful and a great way to give old things new life.


Inspired by Furoshiki, the Japans art of cloth gift wrapping, here's my tutorial for making your very own cloth gift wrapping just in time for Easter!


For this DIY you're going to need:



  • Some unwanted white material
  • Fabric Dye
  • A Marker
  • A plate for a template
  • A metal sink or wash basin
  • Scissors
  • Ribbon (1cm thick)
  • Needle and thread (matching your dye)

How-to:
1. First make sure your material is clean. Then using your marker pen draw around you plate twice. Before drawing I'd recommend putting down a dust sheet to make surer you don't mark your surface through the material.


Tip 1: Don't go out and buy something new. Find something old lying around the house. I used an old bed sheet that had seen better days. Dying it will give it new life, and it won't cost you a penny.



2. Next simply cut out your circles and we're ready to get dying! I used a rotary cutter - a god send, but normal scissors work just fine. Make sure to cut inside the marker pen so there's no marks left on your circles.

Tip 2: Use assorted plates to create smaller and larger gift wraps. I made 10 out of one sheet!.




3. Now to give that material a new lease on life. To dye your cutouts make sure you read the instructions on your dye packet carefully. I want to use lots of colours so I'm measuring out just small batches of each of these Dylon fabric dyes*. I left them in to stain for about an hour to be safe, and after a rinse left them out to dry.


4. If you'd like, you can repeat this with your ribbon in your choice of colours. I chose a white ribbon which I think adds that Easter/Spring time look.  Next you want to iron your circles just to give them that finished clean look. Don't worry if they're frayed we'll be dealing with that next.




Tip 3: Be sure to make sure you're using cotton or silk. Some materials won't die. I learnt that the hard way when I cut up an old 100% polyester fitted sheet the first time round...gutted.


5. To make your Gift wrap, you want to take two circles the same size, and placing them face - to face you want to stitch around the top edge leaving about a half centimetre hem. Before you complete the circle you then want to reverse your material so the correct side is now showing and finally close up the whole.




6. Then below your stitch line you want to take your scissors and cut horizontal slits into your fabric roughly every 2cm being careful not to cut across any of your stitching.

7. And to finish of. Thread your ribbon through the slits weaving in and out to create a drawstring-like tie and an extra touch to your gift. Draw the ribbon and tie in a bow to cut to size.




It couldn't be more simple, but makes for such a sweet gift wrapping! I've chosen colours especially for Spring and Easter, but you can choose whatever colours you like and maybe even experiment with some tie dye effects.




Just wrap your gift, tie it with a bow, and you've got a gift in a gift. Let your loved one keep it and use it for trinkets, let them re-use it and pass it on to someone else or maybe make it a special wrap you always use for that one person and make it a treasure with many fond memories to come.




I like nothing more than a gift that keeps on giving.


I hope you enjoyed this simple DIY and try it yourself, and let me know in the comments if you have any DIY's you'd like to see this season.

*This is not a sponsors post, all ideas are my own. Dylon dyes were kindly gifted to me by Dylon.


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