Tuesday, December 7, 2010

frayed edge fabric ribbon for wrapping

I mentioned in an earlier post how much I love brown paper wrapped packages
for the holidays. I knew I would use brown paper,
but I still didn't have any set ideas
about how I would embellish my packages.
Then I saw a couple of great images, and I knew what I would do.

I saw some pictures of brown paper wrapped packages with
torn fabric ribbons and torn fabric rosettes. I fell in love!
I decided that I only wanted
to use fabrics and embellishments that I already had around the house.

These are the first three packages I wrapped. For one I used the red and white plaid flannel that I used for the outside decorating. I just ripped strips of the fabric to go around the package, and ripped another long strip to form a rosette for the center. I hot glued the rosette together, and then hot glued it to the package. I found a vintage button to put in the middle of the rosette.
For the other two packages I used cotton fabrics that I ripped into strips.
Again I used vintage buttons in the middle.

That was as far as I got last night, but I think I will try some more
combinations today.

Here and here and here for the images that inspired the wrapping. The first two inspiration images are from here. They sell stripped ribbon from cotton fabric and other items like twine, stickers, and such.

Have you started wrapping yet?


  1. What a fabulous idea, Ashlyn! I really love this! Especially in a year we're all being a bit more careful, this is so perfect!

    Hope you have a most beautiful day!


  2. Geez! I'm so far behind :( you're packages look awesome, I'm thinking I might copy you.... :)

  3. How lovely! I was thinking of doing brown paper wrapping but now I know that I will. And I will try fabric ribbons and rosettes like you did too, I just love the rustic look.

  4. hey, i recognize some of that fabric! it makes me think of my glue gunned finger tips... while trying to keep up with you on fabric flower making. what a great idea... i think i have a lots left over (since i quit the flower project). i need to get to work on it!

  5. Love this idea Ashlyn, they look so lovely. I'm going to add this to my package embellishments this year, thanks for sharing. I can't wait to give this a try tomorrow. Hugs-Carrie

  6. I love this idea! Practical, warm, and full of fun!

  7. Your packages are awesome, pure and beautiful!!

  8. These are delightful! I couldn't agree with you more. There is nothing as beautiful as brown paper packaging with an accent. Thanks for the inspiration!


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