Gift Wrap Tutorial – joining pieces using ribbon


This wrapping tutorial is another great way to use up scraps and smaller pieces of paper. A pretty piece of ribbon or lace covers the join beautifully. What you need: 2 pieces of coordinating wrapping paper a length of ribbon or lace that can wrap around the box and overlap slightly double-sided tape or glue […] Read more…


Simple Gift Wrap with Paper Scraps


If you’ve ever been in the position of having a piece of gift wrap that is just a few centimetres short, you will know that no amount of pulling and tugging makes any difference. This simple way to bridge the gap uses up paper scraps and gives a lovely, stylish finish to your parcel. What […] Read more…


Simple Gift Wrap with Folded Flourish


This wrap is a great way to finish off a gift that is already boxed, like chocolates. It is simple to do, but the two colours and flourish make an elegant gift wrap. This also looks beautiful if you use a pattern backing to the paper. What you need: 2 pieces of gift wrap in […] Read more…


Folded Gift Wrap Tutorial


This Japanese-inspired folded paper is such a quick and easy way to add an elegant finish to a gift-wrapped box. What you need: a piece of gift wrap that is twice the length of your box, and can wrap all the way around the the box plus 2cm (¾”). double-sided tape Folding the paper: mark the […] Read more…


Sew a Portable Tic-Tac-Toe Game


Following on from the Drawstring Bag tutorial, I thought it would be nice to create a project where the bag was the gift itself. This Portable Tic-Tac-Toe Game is small, easy to make from scraps of fabric and buttons, weighs next to nothing, and would be perfect to pop in a handbag for those moments when […] Read more…


How to Sew a Drawstring Gift Bag with step-by-step photos


Drawstring bags are so versatile for wrapping gifts. You can make them any size, customising them to suit the gift you are giving. They are also reusable, so become part of the gift itself. To make a 17cm (6.5″) high gift bag, you will need: 2 pieces of main fabric, 18cm x 15cm (7″ x […] Read more…


6 DIY Gifts to Try This Weekend


These embroidered baskets would make lovely packaging for a food gift. You can find the tutorial by Hayley at Design Improvised. I love this beautiful embroidery hoop masquerading as a jewellery tidy. This clever and easy-to-follow tutorial is at Sarita Creative. If diamonds are out of your price range, how about these? Find the tutorial […] Read more…


Growing Flowers for Gifts – Garlic Spray & Flower Food Printables


If you are looking for a gift for an organic gardener, why not make them something yourself? If you are brewing garlic spray or flower food for yourself, it would be easy to pot up a few extras to give away as gifts. For a more substantial gift, you could add a pair of gardening gloves […] Read more…


Growing Flowers for Gifts – Make Your Own Flower Food with Comfrey


If you are a fan of organic gardening, or would like to keep the cost of your flower growing down, investing in a Comfrey plant is money well spent. Comfrey can be used in the garden in a variety of ways. Today, I’ve focussed on making a plant feed — Comfrey Tea. It can also […] Read more…


6 Beautiful Projects To Try This Weekend


A selection of beautiful sewing and knitting projects: Not a project to complete in a weekend, but one to admire and get started on. You can find the instructions for this elegant needlepoint clutch at Purl Bee. Minki’s thread calligraphy is an beautiful way to use handwriting to make a treasured gift. You can find the […] Read more…


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