I have been experimenting with reusable gift wrap for a few years. I tried sewing cloth bags that I tied closed with ribbons and cutting out rectangles of fabric with pinking shears. But this year I decided to do something a little fancier but still reusable. The nice thing about this technique is that each holiday you can add a few new wraps to your collection until you have a full set for different holidays.
To make them you need:
large squares of fabric (I used 24 inch squares of fabric.)
a sewing machine or hand sewing needle
a matching or contrasting color of thread depending on your preference
an iron and ironing board
Step 1: Ironing the Fabric
Before beginning carefully iron the entire square of fabric. I choose cotton quilting fabric. Gift wrapping is a great excuse to use those really cool fabrics you see that just don't fit into any other project. These came from my holiday fabric drawer and were pieces that were too small for clothing or table settings.
Depending on the type of fabric you choose you may need to use a damp pressing cloth for the ironing. A pressing cloth is just a washcloth or other small cloth that you dampen (not soaking wet, ring it out well) and lay on top of the item to be ironed while ironing. After ironing with the pressing cloth be sure to remove the cloth and iron the project cloth dry. If you are using a stiffer cloth you may need to use this technique when pressing the seams.