Cloth Wrapping Paper and Mother's Day Cards
I've been so inspired this week (and for the last few weeks) to make sewn items; mainly festive stuff like cloth bags and pouches, for the purpose of wrapping gifts in them, and a fun decoration I'll show you in a second.
I have been thinking of ways to make fun fabric wrapping paper for a while now. I love the idea of reusable wrapping, but I have to say that the one thing that's so satisfying about opening a present is ripping the paper off. So I've made these fabric bags, but my next feat is to make them fun to open... make the opening process take a little longer. More on that to come...
Slingers / Flag Bunting
In addition to these fabric bags, I've also made these fun things called "slingers" in Dutch - a string of flags you can hang in your house during a celebration, to add a bit of festivity to the air.
During my au pair exchange year, I enjoyed these immensely. When it was my birthday, my host parents surprised me by having these slingers strung all throughout the house when I woke up. It was a lovely feeling, and added extra brightness to the air that day.
The next day, they gathered them all again and put them back into a box to use for the next birthday. The ones they used were plastic, but I thought I could create some with fabric pretty easily and they would store a little better (without the wrinkles and flimsiness that plastic has).
I actually made some last year out of crocheted cotton yarn, but it took hours upon hours and the result was a relatively small, short string of them.
To make these fabric bags and party slingers, I purchased several colorful bedsheets and pillow covers from the local thrift store, then I began ripping seams and sewing triangles together. It was so much fun!
I currently have two sets of these for sale in my shop. They're priced at $30 each, or 2 for $50. The best part about them is that you can move the flags independently, in case you have to string them around a corner or tie them in an awkward way. They also have buttons and loops at each end, so you can connect two together and get a very long string of them! They are each about 4.5 meters long, or 14.5 feet.
Later, I will probably make a cute carrying case for them! Right now, I am focused on better fabric wrapping, and hopefully I will have time for some Congrats Greeting Cards, too, since it's graduation season.
Which reminds me, last week I also had the pleasure of making several Mother's Day cards!! Have a look...
I got to send a few to moms of my friends, one of my best friends bought this card for his mom.
I had one large order from the mom of a family I used to nanny for. She has several sisters and ordered a few for her best friends, too! As well as, of course, her mom and her mom's best friend, who has been in her life for decades. It was absolutely wonderful to be a part of spreading joy.
I was an especially large order, too, because she also asked for a few teacher's appreciation cards, since that was going on this week as well. I was happy to oblige! I had some stuff laying around that ended up working perfectly.
And that's about all the updates I have for this week! Thanks for stopping by!
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