There Was a Pumpkin-Spice Loaf In This Bag...


fabric drawstring bag for home-baked loaves Last weekend my sister brought by a pumpkin-spice loaf, which I dug into and finished off (yum!) before I could snap a photo of how nicely she had packaged it. First she wrapped the homemade bread in wax paper, using light blue gingham washi tape to secure it closed, then she put the wrapped loaf into this gingham drawstring bag that she had sewn.

After making up a few drawstring bags at my request (I use them to keep shoes and dirty laundry separate from clean clothes when travelling), my sister realized how quick and easy they are to sew; she wanted an excuse to make more, so I suggested she package her baking in them. Besides liking to sew, she's also an avid baker and always looking for nice ways to package what she makes. She wants something nicer than a resealable bags, plastic wrap or tinfoil, but that's not too fancy. A fabric drawstring bag seemed to fit the bill perfectly.

It doesn't take long to sew up one of these bags (find the tutorial on the Purl Bee), and you can have a lot of fun combining fabric patterns and ribbon colours. (My sister used grosgrain ribbon for the drawstring of this bag.) The best part is that whoever you give your baked goods to will have a handy sack to use long after the treats have been devoured.

+ Photography by Corinna vanGerwen

This Week on Pinterest


Gold-leaf gift tags, The Happy Home Pinterest Logo+ Gold-leaf gift tags (above). By Belinda on The Happy Home. Use double-sided tape and gold leaf to make these edgy, graphic gift tags.

+ Partial puzzle as gift topper. By Hilda Grahnat. Love the look of this. Assemble part of a puzzle with a nice image, then tuck under the bow atop a gift. There are no instructions here, but I would recommend taping the back of the puzzle so the pieces don't fall apart in transport. Or even use a sticker label to turn it into a gift tag. A great use for old puzzles that are missing pieces.

+ DIY hand-lettered gift box. By Aimee Strickland of madeinthefold on The Sweetest Occasion. The white handwriting across the whole top of the box takes place of both wrapping paper and gift tag.

+ Metallic papers with natural toppers. On Southern Living. The combination of metallic papers with natural toppers — bear grass, seeded eucalyptus flowers, elaeagnus leaves, and cotton bolls — is trés luxe. Very stunning.

+ DIY fabric-covered box. By Auksė on Sheepy Me. A very easy way to cover a box with fabric (no messy glue) — click through for instructions. Just remember to iron your fabric first.

Visit my Gift Wrap and Packaging Pinterest board for more ideas.

Wrap on the Web: 3 Flower Projects


A roundup of pretty packages and wrapping ideas from the web: It must be my upcoming Paper & Petals workshop that has me thinking about flowers. I keep coming across great flower projects, so thought I would share three that I think would make for easy DIY gift toppers.

* Glittery crepe paper flowers on Under a Blue Moon Blog: Andrea Paulin uses glitter, glue and crepe paper to create a delicate blossom. Lots of photos and clear instructions make this tutorial easy to follow.

* Rick rack roses on Nostalgic NeedleArt blog: Quilter Janet Stauffacher explains how to turn rick rack into sweet buds. Cluster a few together to create a bouquet atop a gift.

* Layered fabric broach on the Cluck Cluck Sew blog: Allison Harris may not call this broach she made a flower, but I think it's reminiscent of layers of colourful petals. The project is a good way to use up scraps of fabric, and it makes a nice topper because the broach can be kept and worn long after the gift is unwrapped.