If you own a sewing machine, and are anything like us, you probably use the straight stitch, zig zag and maybe the button hole stitch (at a push!), but that is about all. With my machine sitting on the dining table yesterday, I had an urge to experiment with some of the decorative stitches that even my basic model comes with. I practiced a few on some thickish paper that I had handy and, voila, original wrapping paper. There are so many different ways you could experiment with this idea - black stitching would look classy on white paper, while lines of beautiful pastel colours would be pretty for a little girl's present. You could stitch in grids, lines, randomly across the paper (as I did in the smaller present above) or even spirals if you were feeling brave. Cutting out a few lines of stitching and wrapping them round a plain coloured present would work well for a larger pressie and makes a change from ribbon. Send me a photo if you have a go!