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Eeek!

I know – December the 1st which means I have gone almost a month without a post.

It also means that Christmas is less than a month away, so I thought it might be timely to offer some suggestions for creative wrapping and gift tag making.

Shall we start with the tags?

I LOVE these pads for making cards and tags.  They are strong, with a bit of texture and are great for painting on (of course).

The A5 size is easy to store, and if you score one down the middle and fold it in half you have a standard sized card, or….

You can cut shapes out of them, punching a hole in one corner and make your own gift tags.

I jazzed mine up a bit more by running them through the sewing machine, which was threaded with red thread (of course) and using a variety of decorative stitches – though the straight stitch and the zig zag gave a great effect without any bother.

If you don’t want to punch a hole in the corner, you can use the leftover thread to attach it to your present (just thread those ends through a needle and stitch the card to your paper), or stick it down with sticky tape.

On to some wrapping options:

On the Lincraft website we have a free project on FuroshikiFuroshiki is an ancient Japanese method of wrapping things in fabric to carry, contain or present.  Clicking on the ‘printable version’ will bring up a PDF with folding diagrams that you can print out to help you wrap.

To start with, rip a piece of fabric roughly 70cm x 70cm to get a raw edged fabric (you could hem it if you like).  This is large enough to wrap almost anything.  FOr smaller prsents you will need a smaller piece of fabric.

Place the items in the middle of the fabric in a diamond formation.

Then fold both sides over the contents so they will not fall out.

And tie the remaining ends over the entire package.

And stitch a card onto the fabric.

Imagine a pack of fat quarters and some quilting thread wrapped up like this.  Perfect present for a quilter!

And with your leftover fabric you could make some rag ribbon, by ripping long strips to tie around your gifts.

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