Thursday, July 23, 2009

not just a straight line...


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!

6 comments:

Lee said...

What a fantastic idea! I'm a hopeless sewer, but I think even I could manage this with my sewing machine. Thanks. Lee :)

Amanda said...

Wow! Looks just brilliant - & could solve the dilemma of never having wrapping paper when I need it!
Amanda

meohmyoh said...

Wow that is seriously awesome!

Kim Wallace :: Udessi said...

What a fantastic idea, and just gorgeous wrapping paper! I love the contrast of the thread and paper. Hope to be able to come say hello at the next markets, last time just flew by and we had to pack up before I knew it!

Sharnel said...

Wonderful idea! I have some beautiful decorative stitches that I must try now.
Thanks for the inspiration.x

Patty said...

What a great idea....I bought a sewing machine years ago when under some mad illusion that I would make all my family's clothes...I managed a few pairs of pants for my then toddler and a few cosutmes for the annual play...can't wait to try this out. Thanks