Martha Stewart Living, December/January 1995/1996
Sew two buttons to a bag, and wind with twine.
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.
Lace ribbon through slits you've made along the flap of the bag.
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.