Tuesday, December 1, 2015

Wrapping with Craft Paper & Yarn (for odd sized and shaped gifts)

I struggle all the time with wanting cute wrapping for things that are weird sizes and shapes, don't have boxes, or are just so plain on their own that a little something extra in the packaging would go a long way.

This tutorial shows you how to make a gift bag of any shape and size using only craft paper, yarn, a weaving needle and scissors.  No tape, no glue.

First you need to cut the size of paper you want that will fit whatever object you're wrapping.

Second, fold it in half and along the folded edge, cut the corners off.  This will box out the bottom for you.

Third, while folded in half, place your paper on the carpet and stab through both sides, up along both edges.  Then fold the shortest sides to create the roll at the top of the bag and stab completely through the roll.

Fourth, snip the folded edge (the bottom) once on either side by the corner you cut.  We will thread the yarn through here to support the weight of whatever is in the bag.

Now start threading!  Make sure to do the bottom first.  You want the yarn to be on the outside of the bottom to support the paper.  Thread both bottom holes first and make sure you have enough yarn on either side to thread all the way up and create a handle.

Now go on up the sides.  

This is what it will look like once all the holes are threaded!

Now to add some extra flare, I added some calligraphy to the front.  You can always use sharpies, or stamps, or paint.

This bag is perfect for this huge infinity scarf I crocheted.  What's more perfect for a handmade gift than handmade wrapping??

I also made one for a wine bottle and I'm obsessed!

Check out all the other awesome holiday tips and tricks from the other #MichaelsMakers!

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