I have always enjoyed gift wrapping. I remember, in the 80s, being obsessed with stamping and gold paint on brown mailing paper to make my own wrapping paper after watching a lady on PBS doing that. You may have heard of her, Martha Stewart. (I have been a fan of her projects forever.) She explained how to use dried lemon slices, cinnamon sticks, and fir branches to decorate boxed gifts. (I bought my food dehydrator just for that use when I was 18.) That interest in bow-making, paper decoration, and gift design started in my teens and has only grown with the use of my sewing machine and Cricut die cutting machine.
I love using my Cricut for package decoration. This Christmas, with my busy work schedule, I have had to create a gift tag "factory" in my craft area to get it all done! I have simplified this year, choosing to only create tags instead of fully decorated boxes and bags, but I love how these have turned out and thought I would share some of them with you!
|The Santa tag was cut from Jolly Holidays at 9-3/4". The stocking was also cut from Jolly Holidays and cut at 5". The base is one I had on-hand from George and Basic Shapes. I used a Sakura Jelly Roll pen to write my messages.|
|These are bucket gifts for the ballet teachers. The pails were from Walmart for $1. I bought tons of them this year! The ballet shoes were cut from Twinkle Toes at 3-3/4". The base is from George and Basic Shapes cut at 3-3/4".|
|This gift was for a swap at my daughter's dance school Christmas Tea. The character is from Twinkle Toes cut at 7". The base is from George and Basic Shapes cut at 7-3/4". I drew on the face.|
|This snowman tag was cut from Jolly Holidays at 8".|
|This tag was cut from Jolly Holidays at 3". I drew on the face and details.|
|This is a candy dish I just found at a local department store. This is a teacher gift. I cut the snowman from Winter Frolic (page 31) at 4-3/4".|
|This ski bunny is from Winter Frolic (page 33), cut at 6". The base is from the same cart and page, cut at 3-1/2".|
|This is a gift from our cat! I used Four Legged Friends (cut without the layers and simply hand-detailed) at 5-1/2". I used a tag from George that I had on hand.|
|Christmas robot? Yes, if the recipient is a toy robot collector! This tag is cut from Robotz at 7". The circle base is from George and Basic Shapes, cut at 4-1/2".|
|Both 'Be Jolly' tags were cut from 3 Birds on Parade at 2" and 4-1/2" respectively. The base for the small tag is from George, cut at 4-1/2".|
|This ornament tag was cut from Joys of the Season (page 61) at 4-1/2".|
|The penguin was also altered from Create-A-Critter at 5". I found a fun photo clip as a tag holder.|
In addition to paper wrapping, I love to make stockings as a gift wrap. This year, I only made one. It was for a Circle message board swap. One of my favorite ways to add sparkle to sewing projects is to add a sparkly, sheer overlay to my base fabric.
Using this technique, I was able to match the butterfly ornament that would be my stocking embellishment. This was a purchased ornament that I loved.
I have a favorite stocking pattern that I use every year, over and over again, but any stocking will do and making your own pattern can be as easy as tracing a stocking you already have and adding seam allowance. My stocking pattern has a curled up toe and a cuff. I love those features!
When cutting out, I simply cut duplicate pieces of the sheer. I sandwich them with the base fabrics and stitch them all together. I also use a felt or batting in the cuff to give it body. You can simply interface that area, but I like the loft!.