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Picture of Reusable Gift Wrap
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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

Picture of Ironing the Fabric
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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.
 
pchua2 years ago
Whoa! This is one of the best creative ideas I've ever known. This holiday season, you are going to produce a fantastic deal of garbage. The Environmental Protection Agency says that holiday wrapping paper will account for a 25 percent increases in garbage between Thanksgiving and New Year's, but that does not mean that you simply can't buck the trend. Here are some recyclable gift wrap suggestions for your Christmas presents, with an eye toward green recycling. Read more here
Wilmette2 years ago
We were instructed t cut tape and unwrap packages. All gift wrap was regarded as reuseable. I cannot recall how much actually was reused, just that it was folded and stored.