Remember that Hollow Book I made a few weeks back? I have to admit I felt a little bit guilty about ruining a perfectly good book. As I cut out the center of the book I noticed the darling illustrations that appeared every few pages. I had to do something with them…wrapping paper it is! Sew unique if you ask me ; ).
Step 1: Ruin a perfectly good book (accidentally ruined pages will work just as well as those ruined on purpose).
Step 2: Cut the pages of the book to roughly the same size (if you make a hollow book first, this work is done for you).
Step 3: Sew the pages together end to end with a straight stitch on your sewing machine. In the picture below you can see that I did some back stitching on either end as you would when you sew fabric. This is totally unnecessary and I gave it up a few pages in.
Step 4: Keep sewing end to end until the strip is long enough to wrap your present.
Step 5: Now sew your strips together to look like this…a fairy tale paper quilt!
Step 6: Make sure you’ve made enough of a “quilt” to cover your super awesome gift (ie: Elsa Beskow inspired dinner ware for a friend’s baby from Bella Luna Toys).
Step 7: If you didn’t think of the size of your gift and just kept happily sewing (like me), no worries, just cut the quilted paper like you would any old wrapping paper. Then wrap it up!
Step 8: Decorate your freshly upcycled gift. If you don’t have ribbon, make your own (like I did) by cutting up that old worn-out yet festively coloured t-shirt into strips…if you’re really adventurous, make a t-shirt strip pom pom for on top. And if you are adventurous but lazy, don’t bother to cut around your pom pom because it looks fine just the way it is.
Step 9: Admire your awesome gift as it sits under the tree. Oh, and send me some pictures if you try this at home or a link to your blog if you share this tutorial.
Stay tuned for the t-shirt pom pom tutorial…