Fabric Gift Wrap – Experiment using Fabric to wrap

Hamper Wrap using Fabric

I created this hamper-wrap using fabric. The idea is inspired and adapted from “Furoshi” which is a Japanese form of fabric wrapping or carrying cloth using beautiful silk square fabric.

For this hamper wrap I had actually used my leftover fabric from some other projects. The general idea is to cover the basket with fabric as it contains three glass jars. The main idea is to tie knots to anchor or secure the base of the item to wrap (in this case it is the basket), additional fabrics are knot again to serve as handles,  some creative masters even make folds or pleats from the ‘excess’ fabric which serve as decoration. As this hamper is to be given for Christmas, I have added some Christmas frills to the mood.

If you like fabric and have excess of it, this is one great idea to use as fabric is extremely easy to use and even save money, I had use cotton fabric here.

However if you like to take it one level up you can even sew up two square fabrics of different colours as any knot or tie makes a visual treat when viewed from different angle.  Maybe if you are feeling very generous, purchasing a silk scarf as a wrap to your gift item is not wasted as the scarf is recycled or meant to be.

Have loads of fun experimenting with fabric wrap and Merry Christmas to you in advance 🙂

Food Jars Fabric Covers

I love cooking (besides crafting) and my fascination with food packaging like food jars decoration always attract or distract my attention. There are tons of beautiful images and great idea on the internet but I guess there is still a little room for a few more ideas.  Save the environment by using recycled food jars from jam or sauces.

Materials needed : Glass Container with lid, rubber band, ribbons, wire-tie and even optional items like spoons

Here are some of photos  to share that I have “dress-up” for giveaway.

Pickled Green Chilli with Lemon Grass Condiment

For this food jar packaging I have added some frills like wooden spoon and ribbon to the fabric cover. As the pickle contain vinegar I had to match it with non-metal spoon, these small wooden spoon look rather rustic and they are not expensive. I bought them at Lim’s Art and Craft (Singapore) for $1.60 each.

Acar or Pickled Salad Condiment

This food jar packaging is rather basic, fabric cover and wired-furry tie. The colours are co-ordinated to match the colour of my condiment.

Well hope this give you another general money-saving and home-made idea for gifts, it is not how much the value of the item matters but the thoughts and prettiness that counts.

Sewing Machine Cover or Cosy

Finally a cover for my beloved sewing machine.

I have been looking at all the beautiful and wonderful sewing machine covers out there; from images on the internet to even quilt shops that I had visited. The images struck on mind for ages, I guess I am going crazy but my sewing machine does talk to me too.  She  would asked me “when am I going to sew something in return of all the hard work and beautiful projects she had completed for me?” So today I’ve made this gift to reward my beloved tool that has been the centre of my happiness in terms of sewing joy and creations.

Simple Assembly and Sewing Concept – 1 panel or flap, sew 2 joints and sew 2 corners from the joints

From what I have observed and partly had set me back was the “complications” in sewing a cover, just too many prices of fabric panels to assemble and joining of seams. As I am rather hard pressed for time I was thinking long and hard how to make it easy to assemble and sew. I did this cover in one sitting or an evening, about 4 hours plus sewing time.

My cover actually consist of only one piece / panel, fold the panel to half then sew the side of each seam. To achieve the “box” top just fold the corners (of the joined seam), draw a straight line across the corner and sew on the line. Trim off the corner after that, turn the cover wrong side and out and “walla” !

Centre Fabric as Main Attraction / Focus

My main attraction of the cover is a piece of furnishing fabric sample I saved since years ago, I only have one piece of one design as it was bought from a furnishing shop that I happened to chanced upon while doing some other errands for the day. As I had bought some items from the store I took the chance to ask the lady who was dismantling a fabric sample book whether she could sell me two pieces. I bought it at $1 dollar! The fabric is so beautiful but there are some minor defects in terms of “runaway” threads on the surface which makes it unsuitable to make as a item for sale or swap.

Hope you like this fun idea of adding some “design” to your sewing craft room and dressing up your sewing machine. The manufacturer’s cover is always so plain and just boring, having some variety is the spice of life!