It's a Wrap!

The end of 2016 is fast approaching so what better way to wind up a blog year then with a post all about wrapping gifts!

You've carefully selected gifts for everyone on your list, have you put the same thoughtfulness into how you will wrap them? Go beyond basic paper and turn the packaging into part of the gift with easily found materials.

Several of the items shown above I had around the house or picked up this summer while thrifting.

I have a hard time tossing out beautiful Christmas cards and have stacks of these from past Christmases. Why not cut out or use the entire front of an old card as a newly repurposed gift tag? Cut out Christmas card tag with (found) magnolia seed pod. See my Instagram feed sharonhollanddesigns for video on how to professionally tie up a package with a ribbon. 

Use a vintage (or new) cloth napkin. A napkin pairs well with food related gifts and makes those home-made goodies all the sweeter. 

Giving a gift to someone who sews? Why not wrap it in fabric! Twill tape, a repurposed greeting card tag, and evergreen sprig cut from the yard shows them how much you care.

I love a themed gift! A pretty dish towel, wooden spoon, thrifted vintage trivet, and repurposed greeting card tag tied with twine are the perfect gift cover-up for the Foodie on your shopping list. 

For the gifts that need a little extra bling, add a shiny ornament, sparkly repurposed card cover, and a gauzy scarf to tie it all up, cuz baby it's cold outside!

Photo via Mary Richmond of At Home On the Bay

Photo via Mary Richmond of At Home On the Bay

Are you wanting to make a quick ornament or package decoration? Why not make my Candy Cane Cover pattern and stitch up fast felt critters like Mary Richmond of At Home On the Bay did. Isn't this gray horse adorable!!??!!

Giving a gift to a knitter or maybe someone wanting to learn the craft? Use yarn to make a pompom and "ribbon" and add some knitting needles for the perfect gift topper they will love. Maybe next year you'll get a knitted sweater!

These are just a few ideas to help you get started thinking outside the paper and take gift giving to a new level (on top of the gift, that is). Merry Christmas to you and I wish you all the best in 2017. xxxx

Candy Cane Covers

The best part of Christmas is watching the joy in children's faces as they experience the wonder of the season. Having projects you can make for or alongside them is especially fun and a great way to make memories. 

The idea for this Candy Cane Cover project came from a candy cane cover I remember from when I was little. We would pull out the same boxes of decorations each year and put the hand-made and store-bought ornaments on our tree as if greeting old friends. They were just part of our history as a family and I loved everyone of them. I am not even sure where the old felt horse candy cane cover came from but it was part of the tradition. 

Last year my daughter made more candy cane covers using the original as her model. Not only did she make another red horse like the one I grew up with but also added a giraffe, a zebra, and an unicorn. She just had her first child last month and although it will be awhile till Madeline is old enough to help trim the tree, I am sure she will love hanging these decorations on the family tree in the future.  

Find the PDF download to make your own Candy Cane Covers on my Free Patterns page.

We still have two more days of sewing projects in my "A Week of Sewing" so stop by to see more sewing projects. If you have only just found my site, take a look at the previous four blog post for the other sewing projects posted this week. I hope you are getting some ideas and sewing done for your gift giving. Ho, Ho, Ho!