Giving presents to loved ones is one of the best parts of the holiday season. We’ve shared inspiration all season for special handmade gifts to make, and today we’ve gathered together some creative last-minute gift wrapping ideas. They’re perfect for those special gifts you’ve stitched, but you can certainly use them on your store-bought presents, too. Most of the ideas use scraps of different things you probably already have, so get inspired and wrap away! Unless otherwise attributed, the ideas shown here were featured in our holiday 2011 issue of Stitch Craft Create.
1. If you have a special gift for a dear sewing friend, why not decorate the package with some heirloom-inspired trims? The blue package on the left uses five scraps of lace topped with a flower; the flower is made by flattening, layering and scrunching mini cupcake liners and is held together with a tiny blue brad! A wide strip of lace serves as the centerpiece of the red box, which was covered in specialty Tilda paper, wrapped with mint green twine and topped off with two stacked buttons. Pom-pom trim also makes a great gift embellishment, as seen on the round box.
2. Kari Mecca used her Whimsy Pinwheel tools and zipper trim to create these festive poinsettia flowers. Featured in the Nov/Dec 2011 issue of Sew Beautiful, they’re the perfect keepsake garnish for your gift packages and can be used to adorn scarves, coats, bags, hats and more. The free tutorial is available here!
3. Have a button stash you don’t know what to do with? Buttons make great embellishments, too! On the first package on the left, buttons in the shape of an initial are glued in place on a chipboard tag. Beside it, a package is wrapped in a garland trim you can make by tying buttons onto twine or embroidery floss.
4. Dress up a package by simply adding the gift recipient’s name or initial. The blue box shown here was wrapped with jumbo red rickrack and topped with a glittered letter. The other two packages feature names cut out from patterned Tilda paper and glued in place. You could also use scraps of fabric or wrapping paper for the letters.
5. Print out these free downloadable gift tags from our sister site, Quilting Daily. There are six tags included, with sayings like “Made for you – a little love went into every stitch” and more.
6. Tiny paper flags became gift tags on these simple packages. On the blue package, a white flag was adhered to red gingham ribbon and then layered atop red silk satin ribbon. The red and white polka-dot gift was wrapped with thin white cotton yarn; a miniature wooden spool was painted white, and a blue paper flag was wrapped around and glued in place.
From all of us at Martha Pullen Company, we wish you a Merry Christmas!
Much Love to You All & May God Bless,