Remnant Wrapping Redo

It’s never too soon to think about wrapping presents. A big pile of gifts, artfully wrapped and embellished…why, it’s the stuff of a lavish Southern Living Holiday Issue photo shoot! But, psst, we’re living in a down economy, and more people are whispering that it’s not going to be the same as it has in the past…you know, when all of us had jobs, and the cost of living wasn’t so high.

I can remember getting some home-made gifts, and I wasn’t opposed to it. I love to see people exercising their artistic muscles and wanting to share with others! I suppose now is the time to be planning for the holidays, since this weekend is already Labor Day.

I’m going to make some ultra cool and ultra cheap wrapping paper out of Vogue magazine glossy pages. The fact that some of the clothing and shoes in these spreads cost more than our two car payments together, each month, makes me realize that they are fun for the sake of art and drama, but not a realistic gift for anyone I know… but I did have fun reading the articles in Vogue, and looking at the pics, so what am I going to do, just throw it in the trash now that the season’s changed?

Prada and Bottega Vennetta make good wrapping

Fendi and Tiffany's --dreamy!

I sewed the pages together, some complete and some I just trimmed off some columns of text. I made my sheets of wrapping about 3 by 2 pages, then rolled the sheets onto an empty cardboard roll and tied it with a scrap of sheeting that I was practicing a Point de Paris hemstitch onto.

rolled and tied

Point de Paris hemstitch detail on roll tie

So what do you think, trashy? Or tra-shay?
Can you imagine what a little tweaking might do, like—sew together strips or squares, in clashing or monochromatic colors?


2 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. chrisknits
    Sep 01, 2011 @ 14:34:00

    What a neat idea. We always got presents from my aunt wrapped in the Sunday funny papers. And she always brings her hot dishes to a potluck wrapped in pages of newspapers. I think this idea is even better because of all the glossy, pretty, images a Vogue mag has. Kudos and thanks for visiting my blog.


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