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Project

Gift Bags

Paper bags, slightly modified, make distinctive wrapping. A novel sealing method garners the most attention, since recipients will be intent on getting past it.

Materials

  • Thread
  • Sewing kit
  • Scallop-edged scissors
  • Rubber stamp

Steps

  1. Step 1

    Using a contrasting color of thread, sew bag shut a half inch from top, with scallop stitch (rear). Trim top of bag with scallop-edged scissors; add initials with rubber stamp.

  2. Step 2

    Spruce up brown bags with grommets and a few fitting words (right). Before filling, hand-write or calligraph your names or a message. Fill bag and fold top down by a quarter; insert a grommet through all layers; loop ribbon through.

  3. Step 3

    Refolded, a classic-shaped bag becomes a whimsical trapezoidal package. Pinch centers of front and back; pull sides out. Fold top of bag over, and tie a ribbon around to close.

Source
Martha Stewart Weddings, Summer 2000

Reviews (7)

  • 12 Mar, 2009

    Could you tell me where I can purchase the brown bags featured in Item #1 above? Thank you!

  • 17 Sep, 2008

    rsvoboda, could you please tell me where I might find directions for your applesauce-cinnamon ornaments? They sounds delightful! I could not find it on this website, altho I might have missed it. Thank you!

  • 17 Sep, 2008

    I wrap all my gifts in the brown craft paper and tie securely with Jute twine. For females, add dried flowers or greenery. For men, leave as is. For Christmas I make the applesauce-cinnamon ornaments (they are brown in color) and string them through the twine. Everyone knows which gift is given by me because of the wrapping!

  • 16 Sep, 2008

    LOVE IT! UNIQUE GIFT WRAPPING IS MY CALLING CARD AT GIRL PARTIES. ALWAYS LOOKING FOR SOMETHING NEW....ESPECIALLY SOMETHING THAT I HAVE IN MY CRAFT ROOM.

  • 16 Sep, 2008

    How easy are the grommets to install?

  • 16 Sep, 2008

    Your craft idea came just in time, I was trying to think of a unique way to wrap a housewarming gift. Thanks a lot!

  • 16 Sep, 2008

    Simple and quick. I cannot ask for more. I found grommets on sale at the hobby store, now I know what to do with them. And I LOVE the refolded trapezoidal package. That is so novel. Thanks.