While "wrapping" the gifts or should I say "sewing the wrapping" I came across a few challenges. So I thought I would share a few tips with you that might save you some time, paper and keep your frustration at bay if you decide to use this method.
- Choose gifts that are not too big, quite flat and don't have sharp sticking out parts. Soft gifts are the best.
- Use strong craft paper, if you want to use wrapping paper, make sure that it's quite thick and strong too.
- Wrap your present in some cellophane or tissue paper before putting it inside the wrapping. It would soften any pointy corners and prevent the paper from ripping.
- Plan before you start sewing where you want to start and finish because half way through you might realise that the gift is too big to go through the machine or pulling too much and ripping the paper.
There are a few ways to sew the wrapping:
- You might want to put your present between two layers of paper and stitch around but make sure that the present is small enough to go through the machine.
- Another way is to sew the wrapping half way, then carefully push your present inside and finish sewing.
- Or you can leave the top part open and tie it with a ribbon.
- Once it's done, cut around the contour about 0.5cm from the seam.
- Attach a tag or a ribbon.
I chose the second method. I started sewing the stocking on the right side, went all the way down around and up (to where laces would be on a normal boot). Lifted the pressure foot and the needle so I would not rip the paper, carefully, without moving the stocking too much pushed the present inside, lowered the pressure foot and the needle and finished sewing. A bit fiddly but worth all the effort.
Happy Christmas preparations everybody! Larisa xox