Source: Martha Stewart Living, December/January 1995/1996


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.


  • Two buttons

  • Twine

  • Sewing kit

  • Scissors

  • Ribbon

  • Glue

  • Cuff link


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

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


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