Check out my 6 best gift-wrapping tips that will save you a lot of time!
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- Christmas Stocking Pattern
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6 Smart Gift Wrapping Tips
Are you always late for parties? Leaving your home at the last possible moment just because you were actually ready to go, except for - realizing you still hadn't WRAPPED your gift? So you're just like me. Let me show you what tricks I use to make LAST MINUTE gift wrapping quick and easy.
Christmas doesn't have to cost you a fortune - Here are a few time-saving and frugal tips for Christmas gift decorations.
1 - Use gift TAGS
I put tags on my Christmas and New Year's gifts, for practical reasons, since I don't want to accidentally mix up the gifts when there are many.
So, if you are crazy about gift tags, make some in advance, use my free gift tag templates in 3 sizes from the FREE Handmade Holiday Series to make adorable hexie gift tags, or these other playful diy gift tags. The template is free, and both ideas are super easy!
A Super Quick solution - these free printable gift tags
Or, to make them even faster, have them printed out. You can get several cute and free printable gift tags here if you want them:
I made these gift tags specifically for New Year and Christmas. Feel free to use as many as you need, I made these free templates for you!
2 - Use decoration in Place of wrapping paper
Avoid the hassle of carefully and slowly encasing a present into wrapping paper: I often cheat by just using decoration instead, like here:
I used decorative twine - it often depends on the style, but in fact any will do. While you're at it, grab another decorative item, add it while tying the rope and you're good to go.
Make Your Own Diy Gift Toppers - In Advance!
You can make decorations for your gifts in advance by yourself, like
- these sweet diy felt bows
- these diy no-sew tulle bows
- these DIY pompoms I made from tissue paper a while ago
I keep my diy gift toppers in an upcycled box that is just perfect to store diy decorations (some call it hoarding, but it's creative storage, actually :))
BONUS HINT: Stock up on gift wrap materials after the holidays, when prices are down. You'll save money.
3 - Keep gift bags in stock
Ok, this one looks like a no-brainer, but you'll need to think in advance: you should make sure you've got a stack of gift bags ready... You might want to buy them or make them yourself. Here's how a plain black purchased gift bag saved the day:
This one in the photo was purchased, but honestly, I feel happiest when I have a few of DIY gift bags on stock. Did you know you can make a gift bag yourself? Read on!
4 - Make your own Gift Bags (EASY!)
Why not make your own, beautiful DIY gift bags? It's easy and quick - and the boxed corners are made the EASY way! (The best sewing hack ever!) And yes, totally BEGINNER-friendly!
This gift bag pattern comes in 6 variations, perfect to hold all your Christmas gifts. The PDF pattern has detailed step-by-step instructions with lots of photos, tips to make your project easy and fun. Make tons of them, fold them and save them - and you're safe for the entire holiday season! (Even a great Christmas stocking alternative!)
5 - Diy Drawstring bags Are So Useful!
You can make your own drawstring bags to put presents in. You know, just open it, tuck the present in, pull the string, DONE. I love drawstring bags. They take no time to gift wrap!
I made them some time ago and showed it here, too. I still remember, I made them in no time. Fast, easy and no tiresome measuring needed. They are perfect for me, and here's a post about probably my first batch of diy drawstring bags I made to store my gifts in.
And here's an easy tutorial I made later, for super quick drawstring gift bags:
But remember: it's best you get or make many of them at once and store these bags for future use. I keep them in a box, nicely stacked together, the largest at the bottom and the tiniest at the top of the box. Yes, I made them in various sizes, not bothering about the exact measures. Also presents are never of the same size, are they?
6 - Closing the gift bag: make it simple
Clothespins, washi tape or ribbon will secure the bags shut in no time. I use ribbon. All. The.Time. It's quick and easy, even in a jar gift variants like here:
Bonus Tip #7 - involves fabric!
Any chance you've got a pile of unsewn fabric, taking up space in your closet? Free some space in there, and make a crafty friend happy - not just by getting them a gift but also by getting them new fabric to sew with.
An eco-friendly version of wrapping gifts into something you love plus can be entirely reused and does not get ruined (or tossed away) - yes, all that. That is, fabric gift wrap!
There are a gazillion ways to wrap a gift in fabric yardage, some complicated and some not, my favorites are two: one, using the fabric just like paper, wrapping it around the gift, and using ribbon to tie off.
Or, place the fabric diagonally, tucking two opposite raw corners inside and using the other two corners to tie off a double knot, done. It's close to a famous Japanese gift wrapping technique, the popular furoshiki gift wrapping.
- Press the fabric.
- Cut fabric several times the size of your gift/box (4)
- Place the box diagonally on the fabric.
- Fold one corner over the box, directed towards the opposite corner.
- Fold the opposite corner in a few times to cover the raw edges.
- Grab the two remaining opposite corners, twist each a little bit to make them easier to tie.
- Tie them in a double knot at the top of the box/gift.
Pretty, and saves me time, too.
I hope you'll be able to use some of the ideas to save time AND make gift wrapping fun and easy. And happy gift-giving, of course! Save to Pinterest so you have this post at hand when you need it:
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About 12 years ago, I was visiting a friend who had 5 children. I wondered out loud about all the gift wrapping that she would have to do. That's when she told me about fabric gift bags. In her family, each child had their gifts put in drawstring fabric bags, which she reused each year. And, each child had a different fabric pattern, so no need for gift tags. I went straight to the fabric store and bought fabric for drawstring bags. This has saved wrapping time for years, not to mention all that wrapping paper.
Pam @Threading My Way
Some great ideas, Damjana. I use drawstring bags all the time, but only if time permits. Paper gift bags are another way I wrap gifts, usually closing with offcuts of fabric. I'm going to have to have a go at making my own.
Damjana at AppleGreen Cottage
thanks! Oh and when you do start making your own paper bags, you might fall in love with them. So easy and cute if you've got the right paper 😉 Have a great day!