I really don’t like wrapping paper. First because all the nice ones are so expensive and second because 30 seconds after the person has received the gift, the paper is ripped to shreds and in the bin.
So in the interests of saving money, saving closet space, saving trees and saving the planet here are a couple of small gift bags I made from my scrap bag.
The larger one can hold a tube of hand cream or a some thread, a box of pins, some needles and a seam ripper. The smaller one can hold earrings, or an emergency sewing kit with small scissors etc. The scraps I used here are the off-cuts from my It’s a Hoot baby quilt.
Small is beautiful but big is better
In the recycled gift bag world anyway. We’ve all got scrap bags and no doubt we will all have to wrap gifts at sometime or another. The gift bag you make doesn’t have to be small it can be as big as the gift you are giving. Just sew all your scraps together until you have a piece of fabric the right size and then make a fabric envelope. Even if you don’t want to make a bag why not just sew the scraps together to make a large piece of fabric and wrap the gift with it and tie it with string or ribbon. It will look wonderful, it will encourage the recipient to recycle it when they give a gift and you’ll have done your bit for scrap-busting and saving the planet!
If you’ve made any recycled gift wrappers please leave a link in your comment so we can all take a look.
Yesterday I began sewing together my scrappy squares in a haphazard sort of way. I’m not sure where it’s going and I’ll probably lay it to rest for a while now as I have another project in mind. Here’s what I’ve done so far.
The last few days have seen me, rotary cutter in hand, reducing my ever increasing pile of odd shaped scraps into various sized squares. They go right up to 8.5″ squares and down to 1″ squares. The 1″ squares (shown here) are destined for my granddaughter. I’m going to suggest she stick them with paste onto cardboard and make some pretty bookmarks for family and friends. They all look so lovely in their different sized piles, that I want to start sewing them together immediately. However I am resisting. I want to have as much choice available to me as possible before I dive in. So I guess today is another cutting day.
The appliqué cat
As I was working on my Arabesque the other night Mr Tiggy decided to help.
Design for a baby quilt
I’ve been working on a design for a baby quilt. It’s 4ft square and fairly simple. I’m planning to machine piece it. As I’ve taken the Process Pledge, I thought I’d share the journey with you from the beginning. What do you think? I haven’t come up with a name for it yet. No doubt that will appear as the project proceeds. I’m not even sure of the colours but I like the idea of being able to use scraps of interesting fabrics. I may even tweak it and make the coloured, pieced strips go the edge of each block just to make it easier.