Monday, June 6, 2011

Crafty wrapping

Hello hello! We had a beautiful weekend here, and it continued into today. Although I was only able to sneak away for a quick 1/2 hour outdoor lunch break from work it was worth it.


I was in Ottawa this weekend to attend a beautiful shower for a friend who is expecting twins (!!) -identical  girl twins (if you want to hear more, check out her blog: Calmly Chaotic). It's so exciting, and her and her husband are ecstatic. Knowing my friend and how inevitably stylish she is (even with twins on the way), I figured I had to do something beyond the usual bag-tissue-paper-card combo for her gift. I also get irked by the amount of waste created by wrapping gifts -- but love the aesthetic of a beautifully wrapped gift.  Oh the conundrum.

By chance, I came across this lovely post from For the Love blog with a How-to for making fabric bows. Amazing? I think so. I made a test one and loved the outcome, so decided to take it and run with it. Add some pink ribbon for colour and some kraft paper for wrapping and I was all set.

This is what you do after you cut your fabric strips (I found this instruction was missing from the How-to). You staple each strip into a figure 8, and then glue them one on top of the other like this:

This is what you end up with - cute, non?  If you think you recognize the fabrics, you're right. The one on the top right is the same as our bedroom bench, and the other two use fabric from our ill-fated first attempt at an upholstered headboard. Here is the finished product:

I'm pretty sure this is going to be my go-to wrapping for any and all gifts leaving my hands in the near future.

Happy Monday (let's hope for a quick week, ok??)


Roma Jakubow said...

LOVE the pink ribbon to add some punch! Great work :)

Calmly Chaotic said...

I love loved your wrapping job! (I saved the bows!!). Very unique indeed. It was great to see you too!

amy walters said...

Love this - especially the pink ribbon wrapped casually around the kraft paper. Too cute ;)

Carol@TheDesignPages said...

This is awesome. U usually feel pretty proud of myself if I remember to BUY a bow. Now you've forced me to rethink my lazy strategy:)

Carissa @ the Fabulous Design File said...

Those are great! The pink ribbon looks fab.

Julip Made said...

Thanks for the sweet comment Heather! I love finding new blogs, especially ones with DIY ideas like yours. I'm also a present/ gift wrapping- aholic so this particular post got me really excited. I also have a drawer full of scrap fabric that would be perfect for this!

Janis@Home Style Interiors said...

Just found your lovely blog....and I'm LOVING this wrap job. Can't wait to use it on a gift.

PS: I'm a fellow Canadian blogger nice to "meet" a local in this big blogosphere.

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