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Project

Gift Bags

Introduction

By adding simple embellishments, ordinary brown or white paper bags are transformed into elegant wrappings -- and a ready-made way to carry a gift home.

Materials

  • Two buttons
  • Twine
  • Sewing kit
  • Scissors
  • Ribbon
  • Glue
  • Cuff link

Steps

  1. Step 1

    Sew two buttons to a bag, and wind with twine.

  2. Step 2

    Make two buttonholes in ribbon so that when it's draped over a folded bag, the buttonholes line up on the front and back; cut a small hole in the bag where the buttonholes fall, and secure with a cuff link. Glue the ends of the ribbon to bottom of bag.

  3. Step 3

    Lace ribbon through slits you've made along the flap of the bag.

Source
Martha Stewart Living, December/January 1995/1996

Reviews (3)

  • 6 Dec, 2011

    I realized the other day that Target sells red, brown-paper bags. I think they're just the perfect thing for holiday treats packaged this way!

  • 3 Oct, 2008

    This is such a great idea. I am in a cookie exchange in december andthis is how I an going to give everyone their cookies. thanks foor sharing.

  • 17 Jan, 2008

    This is a simple and lovely way to get our gifts wrapped personally.