Wednesday, December 19, 2012

DIY Yarn Shag Gift Wrap

Give your gifts a festive punch this year with this cheery DIY yarn shag gift wrap. In a few simple steps you can turn ordinary wrapping paper into a work of art. Inspired by the brilliant colors and textures of Moroccan rugs, the technique works with just about any color combination and can be applied to gift tags, fabric, and anything else you can think of.

Tools and Materials

  • Yarn
  • Scissors
  • Card stock
  • Wrapping paper
  • Sewing amchine
  • Ruler
  • Pencil

Step 1: Cut

Cut a 1-inch strip of card stock and snip a tiny 1/4-inch slit at the top to hold your yarn in place. Loosely wrap your yarn around the strip of paper.

Note: If youd like to create the pattern on your wrap before you begin, werecommend measuring out your paper pieceto the box youd like to wrap it with!Using a ruler and a pencil, lightly mark out your lines.

Step 2: Sew

Set your sewing machine to a smaller zig-zag stitch. Slide the yarn-wrappedtemplate up to your needle and with yourpresser foot down, carefully slide the yarnoff the strip as you begin to stitch the yarn onto your wrapping paper beingcareful to avoid catching your paper template with your needle!

Step 3: Fluff

Cut the loops youve created on each side of your stitching in half and fluff upyour yarn to make it nice and full.

Thats it!Happy crafting and happy holidays to you and your family!

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