Here is a lovely quick and inexpensive way to present your handmade goodies. I finally gave Aimee her “sweets mats” (made from a pattern in Akiko Mano’s book “Linen, Wool, Cotton”) over the weekend and I wanted to dress them up a bit so I threw together this little gift pouch. Aimee was very impressed with my wrap-up job and thought it too pretty to open ~ thanks Aimee! Ha, ha D. laughed at me and said I must have spent way to much time wrapping it…but really I only spent a couple of minutes.
I got the idea of sewing together two pieces of tissue paper from the book “Last-Minute Patchwork + Quilted Gifts” by Joelle Hoverson. I just used the basic zigzag stitch on my sewing machine to go around the sweets mats ~ but not too close because you don’t want to sew the tissue paper to the gift. I added some ric rac from my ribbon stash, a basic card tag that I hand stamped with a small cupcake and “wishes” was taped down on top of the tissue paper, and then I taped that fantastic newspaper flower on top of it all.
The instant recycled paper ((newspaper) flower was super easy to make using hand shredder scissors. For a quick tutorial please visit one of my favorite blogs Maya*Made. The $10 scissors are easily worth the investment ~ think how many beautiful present toppers you can make and recycle at the same time? In her tutorial she stapled her flowers at the base…my stapler wasn’t up to the job so I ended up just wrapping clear tape around the base and it worked fine.