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Making Reusable Wrapping Paper Sack Style

Amy Jensen

Posted on December 20 2019

     I am just going to start this blog by saying... I HATE WRAPPING GIFTS! There I said it! I REALLY hate wrapping odd shaped gifts. In this blog I am going to show you how I fix that hate and turned it into a simple thing to do.


     This concept is super simple and fast to sew up. It saves you money rather than buying new paper every year. Did you know that most wrapping paper is not recyclable??? Another reason to switch to reusable paper! I also hate the clean up so there is another plus for reusable paper.   


What you will need

  • Fabric of choice. I used poly which is one of the best options because it stretches and isn't see through. You could use any fabric however non stretchy fabric may limit how your gift fits in the package of course. 
  • Cutting tool
  • Pins or clips
  • Ribbon 
  • Sewing machine


     Start by cutting your fabric in either a square or circle depending on the shape you are going for. I will do a square in the blog. I made mine 16.5". This is a smaller size so go bigger for larger gifts.

     If you are doing a square, round your corners. I like to lay all four corners on top of each other and cut them at once. 


Fold your fabric in half a cut 3/4" slit on two sides opposite each other. 


     Fold in all of the edges 1". If doing square you will bunch the corners so that the ends will all fall within the 1" to be hemmed down.


     Stitch down the edge of the hem. If your fabric is getting caught you can lay a sheet of tissue paper on the bottom to give it some structure and rip it away when complete. You can also try using a walking foot. 

Once you sew the inside edge sew around the outer most edge.


     Now we add the ribbon. Put a safety clip on the end of your ribbon and start feeding it through one opening of the wrapping paper and come out the other side. Be careful to keep it flat and not have the fabric bunched up over your ribbon or your ribbon will be too short. Keep the fabric flat. 


     Now you will have one piece of ribbon on the top half. Leave about 2-3 inches of ribbon on each side.


Now do the same for the bottom half. Then tie the ends on each side together. 


     You can either be done here or you can add an optional tack down stitch on the center edge opposite the ties to help keep the ribbon in place.


Now you are all set and ready to wrap. Just pull your strings to wrap up the gift! 

Fabric From Hushabye Fabric

 Click here to see it in action.


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