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First off, I just want to say that this post would make a PERFECT video, but I’m gonna save that from Christmas 2019- because, well, it’s 12/21/18 and we’re wrapping presents with our sewing machines- there’s not a lot of extra time!
So, that’s good news for my fellow procrastinators! This wrapping technique works best for gifts that are low profile or flat. Books would be great! There’s no tape required either, and you’re probably already in your sewing room- right?
First, gather paper bags. We have so very many paper grocery bags that when my mom asked for some, I brought her like 30 million- hope she has lots of presents for mee-ee!
Flatten your paper bags and press them.
You’ll also want some thick thread. It doesn’t have to be super thick, but it looks nice if it shows up on the paper. I’d choose a minimum 30wt thread and go up to a 12 wt- only in your needle. Speaking of which- put a size 90-100 topstitch needle in your machine and regular construction thread in your bobbin.
Sulky Blendables are the perfect thread for this project!
Choose a Shape!
We used a star here, but you could do a circle, a stocking, or a square that looks like a gift box (meta and cute). Just make sure to give your gift about 2-3″ of wiggle room from the edge of your gift to the edge of the paper.
If you need to keep a template on hand for more gifts, do so. Mom kept her star shape handy for future gifts. Then cut out one copy of the shape.
Sew the Paper
Never sewn on paper? Haven’t sewn on paper since you were a kid? No worries! Make sure and use a 90-100 topstitch needle and use a 4-5 stitch length, so as not to over-perforate your paper. Use whatever seam allowance seems reasonable. You don’t want the paper to rip too easily, so I’d say 1/2″ would be appropriate, or just the edge of your presser foot while the needle is in the far left position.
Place your shape on top of a flattened paper bag and tape it in place. Add any writing (to’s and from’s) to it at this time.
Start sewing around the edge, and once you have enough of the edge sewn up, but still a big enough opening for your present, shove it inside and continue sewing around your shape! Then trim away the excess layer of paper bag.
Then you’re all done! Here’s a close up of the trimmed edge.
Does this Dull Your Needle/Rotary Cutter?
Yes, everything does, to some extent. YOLO!
Step It Up
There are lots of ways you could step up this project.
- Sew decorative stitches onto your paper before stitching everything together.
- Include a ribbon hanger for small gifts and hang them on the tree.
- Apply glitter and such to the wrapping paper. Use stencils and paint, rhinestones, whatevah!
- Allow a kiddo to color on the paper before construction (always a hit)
- Use sturdy, sparkly wrapping paper, rather than a paper bag- just make sure it will stand up to sewing.
Here’s to hoping your last minute wrapping is full of holiday cheer!
Update: the latest gifts!