Holiday Wrap-Up Pt. 1: Ballet in a Bag


Ballet tickets wrapped in handmade baggies As a Christmas gift last year, my sister bought tickets to the ballet for the ladies of the family, packaging them in a very inventive way. This year, she topped herself.

My aunt, mother and I each received a tiny cloth baggie — red with white polka dots, with a green ribbon drawstring — that my sister had sewn herself. Peeking from the top was a little tuft of tulle. As they were, the bags were sweet little packages, but my sister went a step further.

Ballet tickets wrapped in handmade baggies

When she handed us the bags, she instructed us to pull out the tulle first. As we did, a ribbon attached to the end of the tulle unfurled from each bag; on it, she had embroidered the name of the ballet. What fun, eh?! Inside the bag, there was also a little card with the date and time of the performance we were going to see. The bags will be a nice keepsake of what promises to be a great evening together.

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, Feb. 10

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It seems to be all about paint this week! Here are three DIY projects I pinned that each use paint to create gift containers.

* Spray-painted cookie tins: turn those tacky tins into stylish ones with a bit of paint. By Cynthia Shaffer. I'd be inclined to leave the tins just a plain colour, without adding the extra decorations. Maybe just tie ribbon around them.

* DIY glitter gift bag. This time paint dresses up a plain muslin bag. By Jenny of Hank + Hunt on The Sweetest Occasion blog. Also includes instructions on how to switch out the bag tie if you don't like the colour the bag comes with.

* Cigar boxes as gift boxes. By the bbbcraft sisters on Design*Sponge. Here they dressed them up in red paint for Valentine's, but even plain, I think cigar boxes make a nice gift container.

Find of the Day: Heart-in-a-Jar Bag


Leading up to Valentine’s Day, the Friday Find goes daily, with a love-themed wrapping treat every day until the 14th. heart-in-a-jar cloth bag from We Love Citrus

Give more than a card this Valentine's; like, how about a little cloth bag such as this one filled with cinnamon hearts? Heart cloth bag with drawstring closure (4x6"), $10 US, We Love Citrus.

This Week on Pinterest, Feb. 3

Pinterest Logo* Folded-paper treat bags. A simple way to make patterned gift bags without a lot of cutting and gluing. A great option for customizing wedding or party favours. By Emily on Not So Idle Hands. Find the full how-to tutorial on Not So Idle Hands. * Valentine gift tag using washi tape and a rolling alphabet stamp. By Heather on WhipperBerry. The tag is just a small part of the packaging for some heart-shaped doughnuts on WhipperBerry.

* Canelé cake favours wrapped in tissue and string. Beautifully simple. By Chelsea Fuss on Project Wedding.

* DIY lace wrapping paper. Scan, photo edit, print, wrap! From Martha Stewart.