Happy December everyone!
This month is all about the Holidays, decorating our home, the trees and wrapping the presents. All of these fun activities can take a toll on a person. Especially me! Today I'm going to show you how I do my gift wrapping with vintage fabric.
I love to see the presents all wrapped up and placed under the tree in time for Christmas. I remember as a little kid anxiously waiting to open those presents. And when my kids were young I'd sent them off to bed and stay up half the night wrapping boxes and adding embellishments. It had become a therapeutic ritual for me after all of the rushing around and shopping.
This of course was when the kids were little. As they grew older I tried to be frugal with the wrapping paper because it was a waste to throw all that paper away. And believe me with four kids, it was a LOT of paper. I even tried using it as a fire starter at one point but I think it was not the best paper for that idea.
In my effort to reduce all of this paper waste I started to wrap gifts with fabric scraps that I had at home - and not just for Christmas. I have lots of pieces of fabric either from old clothes or from curtains that I don't use anymore. You can use old tablecloths, old sheets anything really as long as you like the pattern and fabric. And I know you have them too, you just need to look at them from a different perspective.
This is the perfect example of taking fabric from a dress that no longer fit me and was out of style. I simply cut a square piece, gathered it at the top of the box and tied it together. Easy peasy!
And to top it off, you can add anything. Because I'm super frugal, I save any ribbon that comes my way. Any embellishment that is on a box or gift or even the department stores that put pieces of ribbon on their bags. I save them all! I have a box full of these things that I've collected over the years.
Who says we have to throw everything away? Many of these ribbons that are on the pastry box are so pretty... of course what's inside the pastry box is also very good, but that's another story.
If you have a ribbon with writing on it, there is a way to get the ink off. The solution was provided by L'Atelier de Marie-Anne over here. Thank you Marie-Anne, now I can use up all of my pastry ribbons! And they are aplenty!!
The lace you see below was part of a dress my girls wore when they were little and sweet. Well they are not little anymore and they don't wear lace, and as for sweet, well, as a mama I have to say they are still sweet!
The pink ribbon is from a wedding favor. The lilac ribbon was a strap of a blouse that no longer fits them. I made the fabric into pillows ... of course!
This package was wrapped with fabric from a shirt. And why not, if the recipient is a guy it is very appropriate and has a certain charm.
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I made this tag by cutting a circle and then using an old hole punch I found to make this pattern.
In this case, I placed the fabric so that one end was longer than the other end and simply twisted it and then tied the two ends together on top.
Of course this option is good for my pocketbook too. No need to spend money on paper that I will end up throwing out after a day.
But the most important reason I do all this is because I get to give the landfill a break. These fabrics have lived a full life as dresses, shirts, you name it. If I can extend that life just a bit longer it makes my repurposing heart happy. Once you open your present you can either save the fabric or toss it out, either way it has served two purposes already!
Are you wondering why I called this project vintage? Well the fabrics happen to be vintage, at least that's what they look like to me. You of course, can use any fabric that grabs your fancy. I just like this look a lot. Plus I can get rid of my fabric stash.... shhh, it's threatening to take over the house.
Now I know that my suggestion is not for everyone. Not everyone has the time or the resources to do this, because let's face it my fabric stash is almost as big as my basement. But in the future, if you have some article of clothing that is pretty, keep it around because you just never know...
I hope you have enjoyed my ideas on how to repurpose vintage fabric (or any fabric for that matter) for gift wrapping. Have you ever wrapped your gifts in unusual ways?
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I'm Mary and I live in beautiful Greece where I like to repurpose and upcycle anything that is old or looks like junk. Join me as we use our creativity to spark some life into old things. And do it frugally! You will also see lots of photography of my Greece.