Hello For The Love fans! My name is Carrie and I am so excited to be guest posting here today. Sarah is one of my most favorite bloggers, so it's a definite treat to be asked to participate in her gift-wrapping week.
I am the oldest from a family of 11 children. With at least one birthday a month, I am not ashamed to admit that pillowcases and newspapers were frequently used to wrap presents. Although I do like pretty paper for sure, this year I tried to think about that same childhood simplicity and incorporate my love of fabrics.
After buying the brown paper (paper grocery bags would work perfectly), I hit my stash of fabric and pulled out a few different kinds with textures and colors that I thought would work well together. (I buy linens and drapes at the thrift store for fabric a lot!)
This gift wrapping idea is ridiculously easy, which is very necessary in my busy life right now!
1. Use pinking sheers to cut 9 strips 1/2-3/4 inches wide: For length cut 3 at 10 inches, 3 at 9 inches, 2 at 8 inches, and 1 at 6 inches. (You can use a variety of lengths for different size bows)
2. Loop each end around and staple the middle.
3. Hot glue largest to smallest alternately to make the bow. Loop that last one into a round circle and glue in the center. Buttons look really cute in the center, too.
I used canvas, burlap, and a sheer stiff cotton (a curtain at the thrift store) for fabric. As long as it has some sturdiness to it to show the fold, it will work. You can see the difference in stiffness between the canvas and sheer cotton in the picture. Pinking sheers gives it a really nice finished edge. Sky is the limit with fabric choices and colors.
I love grouping them together to show the texture. Add some yarn and an old-fashioned tag and it completes the ensemble. Using the hot glue makes them easy to peel off the paper, so they are definitely re-usable!