Wednesday, December 15, 2010

stitched gift wrap

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So here is the deal- I don't think I have purchased wrapping paper in years (this is probably not a surprise)! I would never, EVER buy any kind of gift wrap when I can make my own so I am always looking for new ways to wrap holiday gifts. Since sewing has become such a big part of my creative life, I have been experimenting will all kinds of ways to create unique wrapping with stitched surfaces.

Here are some really easy ways to use stitching in your gift wrapping!


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A piece of recycled paper bag makes for a great surface to stitch stripes.


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Remember all those ideas for crafting with book pages that I posted a couple weeks ago? Well you can also sew on recycled book pages. Stitch a few pages together and stitch all over the surface to create texture.


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Create a matching card by layering book pages and paper and sewing them together with a zig zag stitch.


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Use fabric (just white muslin) and free motion stitch all over the surface- I created lots of loopy lines. I did not use any interfacing (typically used for stability under the fabric when free motion sewing) because I wanted the fabric to pucker for added texture.


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Try stitching on felt- it is colorful and super affordable.


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Stitching can also be incorporated into gift tags.


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You can purchase a package of tags at office supply stores and transform them into something unique!


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Stitch simple doodles on the surface


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or even a simple image.


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How about filling the surface with a stitched pattern?


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You can even stitch fabric to the top of the tag


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or create layers with fabric scraps.


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Use scraps fabric or painted canvas and cut out simple shapes to create a unique tag.


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Use felt and stitching to create leaves that can be added to the surface of a tag.


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Take it a step farther and create cards full of stitching by layering scraps of fabric stitched to the surface of a paper card.


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Use free motion stitching and write out a simple greeting.


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Create cards with lots and LOTS of layers of stitched fabric with a stitched word.

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