Today I have a genius eco-friendly gift wrap idea to try from Camille Wilkinson, author of the new book Gift Wrap Green*, and photographed by Michael Wicks.
Camille’s beautiful book shows you how to learn the tricks of beautiful gift wrapping, from making simple bows and neat corners to mastering elaborate Japanese fabric techniques, all with material that is recyclable, reusable, and sustainable.
Today she is showing Moral Fibres readers how to transform a favourite sweater that has seen better days into a stylish wrap for a bottle of wine, as well as giving eco-friendly gift wrap variations for different shaped gifts.
You Will Need
A Wine bottle
An old sweater
Needle and thread
1. For this eco-friendly gift wrap idea, insert the bottle into the sleeve of the sweater to measure where to cut. The cuff should start just below the top of your bottle. Mark the bottle length and remove. Cut the sweater sleeve off so that it is at least 3cm (1¼ in) longer than your bottle. (If you would prefer a nice snug fit, use a child’s jumper, but do make sure the sleeve is long enough.)
2. Thread the needle with a double thickness of thread and run it through the loose loops at the cut end of the sweater sleeve. Pull gently to gather and tie off.
3. You can leave the cuff end as it is, fold or roll it, or tie it with a ribbon.
There are quite a few gift eco-friendly gift wrap variations that you can make using a similar technique:
To make a woollen belly band
Neatly cut off the ribbed waist of a child’s jumper and slide it onto your wrapped box. You are looking for a snug fit, and if using an adult sweater, this could be achieved by using the cuff.
To make a gift bag
Cut the sleeve to the desired length, turn it inside out and sew straight across the raw end. Turn through to the right side and finish off with a ribbon to close.
I love this idea – it’s such an easy and creative way to reuse something that could have otherwise ended up in the bin.
PS: Like this post on eco-friendly gift wrap? You may also enjoy this post on how to wrap gifts in fabric. And if you are looking for present inspiration try my posts on secondhand gift ideas and eco-friendly gift ideas. I also have a fantastic post on how to make a cushion cover from a jumper that I think you will love too.