Today I’m participating in the Ruby Star Wrap-along, sharing a couple of project ideas from the new book Ruby Star Wrappingby Melody Miller and Allison Tannery.
The book is full of creative ideas for making attractive, resourceful and reusable wrapping and packing options using things you already have including fabric, trims, etc.
I received a copy of Ruby Star wrapping at the Sewing Summit this fall and have been antsy to try a few projects ever since. The pictures in the book are beautifully shot and full of lots of creative inspiration.
I have been making present-wrapping using the Pillowcase Pouch pattern. We tend to give and receive a lot of books at our house so this felt like a simple way to create packaging that we can reuse year after year.
And it looks pretty. I couldn’t resist using Melody Miller’s adorable typewriters to create a simple pocket for a card or note.
Pillowcase construction is so easy. I made mine with french seams (where the seam allowance is enclosed) to make the appearance a little tidier and to keep the inside seams from fraying and looking ratty. Basically I sewed the pieces together wrong sides together first, then turned inside out and sewed 3/8″ seams with the fabrics right sides together, encasing the raw edges. Very slick.
The great thing about his idea is that you can customize your sizes according to the wrap size you need. There are good guidelines for customizing your size in the book. I made one bag in standard pillowcase size – an additional and usable gift in and of itself. Post Christmas is a great time to find great deals on Christmas fabric making simple, inexpensive, and useful holiday gifts for next season
To see other projects and ideas from Ruby Star Wrapping visit these other stops on the tour.
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