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Wrapping Gifts with Fabric

teacher avatar Daniela Mellen, Artist & Author

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22 Lessons (59m)
    • 1. Class Intro

    • 2. What Fabric to Use

    • 3. Extras

    • 4. Gifts by Shape

    • 5. Wrapping Plants

    • 6. Wrapping Plants Method #2

    • 7. Wrapping Boxes

    • 8. Wrapping Boxes Method #2

    • 9. Wrapping Boxes Method #3

    • 10. Wrapping A Soft Object

    • 11. Wrapping A Soft Object Method #2

    • 12. Wrapping Cylinders

    • 13. Wrapping Cylinders Method #2

    • 14. Wrapping Cylinders Method #3

    • 15. Wrapping Cylinders Method #4

    • 16. Wrapping Gift Cards

    • 17. Wrapping Gift Cards Method #2

    • 18. Wrapping Miscellaneous Shape Gifts

    • 19. Wrapping Misc. Shape Gifts Method #2

    • 20. Wrapping Misc. Shape Gifts Method #3

    • 21. Extras

    • 22. Skillshare Class Wrap Up

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About This Class

Learn various methods for wrapping gifts with reusable fabric in this fun and unique class. The fabric wrapping is completely reusable and easy to find. Practice sustainability and reuse objects in a thoughtful way by wrapping gifts in fabric, rather than paper to create elegant and interesting pieces.

By choosing the fabric size, based on the gift, you’ll create distinctive styled wrapped objects, that will enhance the appearance of the gift. Whether you’re wrapping a box of chocolates, a winter hat, or a houseplant, this class will offer creative ideas for gift giving that the recipient can use again.

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Daniela Mellen

Artist & Author


I'm an artist and author living in coastal Florida and surrounded by plants, animals, marine life, and the warm sun - all things that inspire me.

I am drawn to creating things and love to get lost in projects. Each day is a opportunity to learn something new, build on existing skills, and branch out to new ones. I was formally trained as a educator which is my passion and incorporating art into teaching makes my life complete.

I upload art classes every Friday, here on Skillshare. You'll see handmade books, memory keeping, watercolor, acrylic paint, unique art supplies, and photography composition. Thanks for joining me and I look forward to seeing your work.

Check out my blog for additional info on my website danielamellen.com or my YouTube Channel for additional c... See full profile

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1. Class Intro: Hello, I'm Daniella melon and author and artist. In today's class, wrapping gifts with fabric. I'm veering off the painting and paper arts genre, do use fabric as my medium. I'll show techniques using fabric as a way to wrap a beautiful gift. The fabric wrapping is completely reusable, easy to acquire. In fact, I bet you have supplies in your home right now. Aside from being striking and a bit unusual, using fabric as a gift wrap is a way to practice sustainability and placing value on reusing objects in a thoughtful and productive way. I've included the classify lists and a page of gift tags explaining that your fabric wrap is reusable for those friends and family, lucky enough to receive a thoughtfully wrapped gift. Now it might seem a bit intimidating at first, but relax, we're not wrapping fitted sheets. If you can tie a simple knot or rapid elastic band around fabric, you'll get great results. I've broken down the techniques by the shape of the gift that I rap. Be it a flowering plant, a bottle of wine box, chocolates, or even an unreleased sweater. So gather your supplies and join me for a fun class. 2. What Fabric to Use: To wrap your fabric, gifts will need well fabric. And it's kind of interesting. You can purchase Pharaoh shaky fabric, which is a Japanese fabric. It's very beautiful and it's designed to wrap gifts and give as the gift. They come in various sizes. This one is approximately 20 inches square and it's two-sided, so I can even wrap it so that the blue side is the focus or the red. Or I can have it with a little bit of the red showing. None at all for euro cheeky fabrics are two-sided. Here's another two-sided one with the green and the purple. But some of the other Prince and there are lovely prints or just one-sided. So here's a simple print, little cats, but the back is clearly not printed. And here's another one as well. Beautiful cherry blossoms. But the back is not printed and this will serve well. Now the keys to remember with this are the fabric itself is square, has a little bit of body, but it's not too stiff. And it has a hemmed edge. If you don't have a bureau cheeky fabric, that is not a problem, you don't even have to use it. There are plenty of alternatives available. We'll start with the simplest, most easy to acquire, and that's just a bandana. Now this is a larger band, Dan, it's 24 inches. I don't know if there's a standard bandana size, but this is just a very inexpensive dollar bandana that you could find at big box stores, pharmacies, dollar stores, pretty much anywhere. Even some clothing stores sell them and they come in some really beautiful prints. It's a lightweight, lately stiff fabric and it has a hemmed edge. So you can use these as well. And as you know, the bandana has come in lots of various prints and patterns for different occasions, favorite colors, et cetera. Another thing you can do, and I like to do this. Sometimes I just take fabric and all you have to do again is make it square. The fabric is not printed on both sides. That is totally okay. This is a very light flannel fabric, so it has a little bit of body. And to prevent the fraying on the edges, I didn't want to. So it so instead I just cut it with my little pinging shears. And these happened to be scalloped thinking shears. So it gives us somewhat decorative edge and it's going to last for wrapping the gift. Now, I would probably give fabric like this to somebody who I know would use it. So if I have friends who like to so are quilt, this is how I would wrap their gift because I do want them to reuse the gift or at least have the opportunity to reuse it. Another thing you can do is dinner napkins. No dinner apt-get napkins come in various sizes. This one's a little smaller than the ones we've already looked at, and that's okay for smaller gift. The thing to remember with dinner napkins is not all of them will work. This one has a very thick edge. And while the fabric itself is wonderful, the edge and the SIM, or very thick. So this will limit me to how many knots I can make in IT, in fold. But there are workarounds for that as well, particularly if you find one you really like. But we all have dinner napkins and they're easy to acquire. Here's another dinner napkin. This one has much less body and it's a little transparent, but I still get a lot of use out of it because it's just plain white. So I can enhance this with just some little extras that I'll put on the gift in the end. Another option, and this is quite beautiful in particular, if you find some really nice ones are men's handkerchiefs, women's too, but womens tend to be very transparent and very lightweight, but you can always find some good ones amongst them. This one's a little heavier weight. It has the seam. It's a little small, but it's beautiful for wrapping gifts, the body, the colors, and the size make it very nice, and they come in some different patterns as well. Once we venture out of that territory, we look at scarves. Now scarves come in various links, various sizes and various finishes. Here are the satin scarves or the polyester scarves. And as you can see, this is happens to be a holiday print. This one's a very large scarf compared to the size, compared to the ones I was using before. And it's very lightweight. The edges are finished and that gives a very pretty look. But because it's a slippery fabric, There are some things we have to do to use to make our gifts work. And not all gifts will work with the slippery fabric to wrap them in, but a good portion of them will, so I wouldn't give up if you happen to have a lot of these scarves. Here's another scarf, it's polyester. It's not quite as slippery, but will take the same precautions that will use with our super slippery satin scarves. And I have some cotton scarves here and these are really large and they're rectangular shape. So to use them, I'm probably going to fold them into a square, but I can use these for larger gifts. They're not super heavyweight, so doubling them up by folding them to a square will come in very handy. And these come in nice soft colors and these are beautiful for year round gifts. And lastly, this is a giant scarf. It's sold as a scarf or a throw, but it's a beautiful blankets scarf. This will be good for large gifts, not too much heavyweight gifts. But if I was giving a big pillow or a big jacket or a vest, This is the type of fabric I would choose. The next chapter, I'll show you some tools and ribbons, some little trinkets we'll use to make our fabric wrapped gifts really stand out and you can also personalize it here as well. 3. Extras: So here are some extras that I like to use when I'm wrapping my gifts with fabric. These are things that will just help hold the fabric in place. They'll make a nicer result and they can add just a little pop of color here in there. I have some just little garlands, soap flowers. These are the wired Christmas tree pine branches here. I just have a little sprig of a pine branch. And these are all fake, but you can use real as well. These are like the acrylic. I have hair scrunch, he's here. These coming beautiful colors and patterns. And really I'm using these because of the elastic, but it also gives a nice little ruffled edge. I have some ribbon. I have just these little clothes pins, and these happen to have Santa is on them. So these might be helpful at Christmas time, but you can find clothes, pins with various things, flowers and smiley faces. I have some safety pins. Some people like to use pins. I don't like to use pins on my fabric. I have a theory that any pin will find its way into my hand. So I don't tend to use them, but they can be used if you do not have the safety pins. I also have some other elastic, so I have some heroin plastics here without the little metal part. And then I have some clear how Hero aeroelastic here. And these are really fantastic and I use these on a regular basis for the purpose of the video though, it's very hard to see when I'm putting it on my fabric pieces. So I tend to use this just because it shows up. I use a pair of scissors and this is just a bamboo stick. And I use this because I can wrap the wired trim around it to create shapes. I can poke things through knots. I just find it handy on occasion. And lastly, these are just some glue dots. You can use a little piece of double-sided tape or even a piece of regular tape that you wrap over itself on some objects and some fabrics like the shiny fabric, we need something to really give it a little bit of grit. And I find these little dots work very well. And Lastly, I have this piece of paper you can download and print out its little tags for your fabric that when you're wrapping your object, you can just cut out a tag and slip it in there. And it just explains that the gift wrap, the fabric is reusable and it was chosen specifically for them. The next chapter we'll take a look at some sizes and shapes, and then we'll start our wrapping. 4. Gifts by Shape: Now we all know there are countless different shapes to wrap. But for class I've broken it down into a few categories. We have plants. This is just one example. I will have better examples for class and I'll show you a couple of techniques on how to wrap a plant. The soft gifts. And these are like fabric gives, like shirts, clothing. This happens to be Sachs box gifts. And this can enclose things from chocolates to toys and games and boxed shirts and whatnot. Cylinders and cylinders are a fun group because there's good classic wine or alcohol bottle, but there's also candles and tumblers. Gift cards are another big gift. And then I have what I call the miscellaneous section. And that could be anything from an unusually shaped toy to a funny size mug or who knows what? We all have friends, we all have family members. And sometimes it's just ourselves who like very odd things, but it's still fun to wrap them in a fun way. In the next chapter, we'll start by wrapping plants in fabric. 5. Wrapping Plants: So to wrap plants in fabric for gifts, we want to protect the blossom or the bud and just basically wrap the pot. And so I'll show you two techniques for that. The techniques vary based on the vase, the jar, or the pot that the plant is in. If it's straight up and down, it will use one technique and if it's tapered or odd shaped, it will use another. So we'll start with our first technique. And this is for a vase or a pot that's straight up and down. What I like to do is I take a piece of fabric that will fit around my piece and yet give me a lot of extra so that I can make my nots and tie my fabric. I'm using immense handkerchief at 17 inches square. So I'm gonna take my plant and put it right in the center of my fabric. And I know that ultimately, when I'm doing my wrapping for this technique, I only want the sides to come up here on the pot or the jar. I don't want them to cross over and affect the buds here. So I'm gonna take my fabric and diagonally folded into inside to the center. And so I'll just take both the top and the bottom points and meet them in the center. Now I don't have to be exact with this and I don't have to iron Nader press it, but I do like to press it with my hands just to make it easier to work with. So there I have a much smaller piece of fabric to work with. It's still too high for my plants, so I'm gonna fold it over again. And I'll folded over both sides right to the center. And from here, I'll make my adjustments as needed. I like to work like this and then adjust as I go. So if I pull up my fabric on both sides, I do come up right to the edge of that jar and I like that look. So I'm going to pull up the fabric. And then on both sides, I'm going to create little wings here. Just like this. Keeping the plant on my table with all the weight of it, pushing straight down. I'm gonna bring my sides together. Again. I'm holding both sides and I'm going gently but snugly. And then I'm going to cross them around each other. Now this is a very lightweight plants, so it has a tendency to rise up. So I'm just going to keep that in mind. I'm going to bring my tails all the way around to here. And so now I have two tails. Turn this around so it's facing me. And I'm just going to make a nice firm not I go in once. You pull it snug, and then I'll go in twice and not those ends one more time. And this will work with any size plant. If you have the fabric long enough to go around to make that not. And there we have a cute little wrapped plant ready for a gift. Next chapter, I'll show a second technique. 6. Wrapping Plants Method #2: So now in this technique to wrap this plant that has the tapered edge, I'm using a piece of fabric here and this is a dinner napkin, and this one happens to be 20 inches, so it's a little bigger than the men's handkerchief we used for the previous plant. But it again, it's all based on the size of the plant and the plant, or in this case, this one is gonna come up over our plant and it gives a cute little carrying handle. Now because this is tapered shape and because this fabric is very lightly stiff, I'm also going to use some paper clips to hold it in place. Some people like to use pins, littles, little stick pins, but I prefer the paperclips. There's less danger here. So I'm gonna do the same maneuver that I did before. I'm going to open my fabric and I'm going to fold each side, the top and the bottom corner down to the center. I have that same shape I had before. And then I'm gonna put my plant in to see where I mad. And once again, I have way too much fabric to come up the plant. So we'll just move my plant to the side and I'll fold it over again, meaning the fabric and the center and see where I am here. Now I'm a little shy here. So again, I just play around until I get what I think is the right size. And that's much better. It does come up on the plant a little, so I'll move it in just a little bit more. And that is much, much better. I liked the way that looks. So now I have my plant centered on that piece of fabric. And I have my two sides here, just in a fabric to come up to the edges with my paperclips. I'll start with one side and then do the other. I'm going to take one side with my hand and pull it together neatly. With my other hand. I'm just going to use it to brace this fabric tail. And I'll take that paperclip. And I'm going to clip it, read on the fabric. And then I'm going to slide it in right up against our plant and make that nice and snug. I'll come to this side of my planter. And it's easier now that I have one side clipped. Do the same thing. I hold my fabric with a nice neat fold and I add that paperclip right to the side. Then I'm just going to go the length of the fabric and pull it up. So now it's straight on these sides, the outer sides. And I can take my time and just make sure that Fabric looks nice. I'll take the end of my fabric from making not going over once, pulling it down, but not tightening it on my plant. And then when I have enough loop, I'll come in and make a double knot. And there I have my second technique for my plant. It's all wrapped. The plant is protected and it's a cute little carrying case. And the next chapter, we'll start wrapping boxes. 7. Wrapping Boxes: Now red boxes. And these are just boxes filled with things that I'll give as gifts. Whether they're rectangular, square, or somewhere in between. I'll show you three different techniques to wrap these. So for this square box, going to use a shiny scarf here, this is a set and the leopard print scarf. It's about 20 inches in diameter. It's about three times the width of the box. So I can put about three boxes here. I line it up so that it's diagonal, so that these points have a diet straight line on the edge here. It can be done the other way to, I just liked this way for my shiny scarves. I'll make one knot and pull it down. And then I'll hold my finger here and tie a second naught. Because it's shiny. It slips around a lot more than if I was using a stiffer fabric. Now take those other two corners and I'll tie that not as well. Same way. And then when I have it tied down, I kind of play around with it till it gets to the where I want it to be. And then I add a second not I play around with these little tails. Just unfolding them and folding them until I get the look that I like with all the right side of the fabric facing the same way. And there I have my first box, nicely wrapped. 8. Wrapping Boxes Method #2: For my second box, that's kind of a rectangle or a square. I have a piece of fabric here that is a napkin. This napkin is 17 inches square. And once again, it's roughly three times the size of the box. Long ways. What I like to do first and I started out is I'll bring one corner right to the edge of the box, just so that the box lines up to each of the corners here and here. I will hold my fabric here. And I'm just going to roll the box in just until I have just a little bit of the edge showing up top. And then I'll take that edge and pull it right over. I'll take one side of the fabric and I'm trying to keep this neat. And I'm going to pull that up straight up. Then I'll come to the other side, pulling it to the side to find out where the edges of the box are. And then I'll pull that straight up. I might have some edges sticking out and that's OK. And then I'm just gonna make a knot. When I have that not a hold it in place and make another not just like this. And now I have a cute little what looks like a picnic box, mainly because of the pattern on the fabric and the shape. And from here, I can take a little extra and just tuck it in. If I wanted to do that with a little ornament, hiding that edge right beneath those knots. 9. Wrapping Boxes Method #3: So now for our third box, this box is very long and narrow. Box chocolates media shirt box. A box of chocolates, maybe a shirt box, these type of things, tae box. And for this, you'll need a scarf or piece of fabric that's at least twice the length. So that's how you measure it. You don't measure it by the short side. Here I am using a 30 inch square scarf and this is a shiny little set, any fabric with a nice holiday print. So I'm going to take my box and I am going to put it down diagonally from the center so that the top right hand corner and the bottom left-hand corner, I can make a line right through them. It doesn't have to be perfect. And I just want to eyeball the center of it. From here, I'm going to take the opposite corners, the left top corner and the bottom right corner. And I'm going to pull them in. I'm going to make a fist down and just pull that depth of the fabric. And I'm going to start my nod could across one over the other and just pull it secure. And I'll double knot this. And what I'm left with is two corners, the top right and bottom left. And now I'm going to pull my fabric and manipulated a little. So I have nice edges along the box. And I'm going to pull my fabric up. And I'm going to take one corner and combine it with one of the corners and the other corner, and combine it with the other corner. And it doesn't matter which one. And now I'm going to treat this as if they're just two pieces. And I'll make my knot. And I'll make one more not from here. If I wanted to, I could take a little sprig right into that fabric opening. Just like that for a box. 10. Wrapping A Soft Object: And now to wrap soft gifts. And these are usually clothing or accessories, scarves and such. And they're fun, but they don't have a lot of structure themselves, so we have to kind of play with that. So I'll show two techniques for that. Now, for this technique to wrap a T-shirt, which is a very common gift, or it can be an, another article of clothing. I'm using just a bandana which is approximately 20 inches square. I'm going to open it up and put my t-shirt right in the center. I also have two lengths of ribbon. They're about two feet each. A little less is fine. And then I have my plastics. I have my two thick hair elastic to demonstrate with. But in reality I would use these tiny little clearer plastics. I put my t-shirt, which is folded into a neat little square right in the center. And as you can see, I can roughly fit three lengths of the T-shirt here. I need to maybe a little less. But there's still room to give to make this t-shirt fold it one more time. So I'm gonna take it now and fold it one more time. And now it's kind of rounded. So I'll take my fabric, put it around the t-shirt and make it nice and neat and just roll it up like a burrito. From one side, I'll just pinch it off. And here's where I would normally go around with my clear elastic. I'm gonna take my darker elastic and just cinch it off on one side. And then I'll do the same thing with the other. Now to make it look even cuter, I'm just gonna take my lengths of ribbon and go around each side and make a cute little bow. Just a simple little Bo. I'm not a great bot maker, but I do like the way this looks at, adds a little bit of character to this gift. So I just wrap my bow around, pull the tails evenly over the elastic, and then make my bow. So that's one method to wrap a soft gift. 11. Wrapping A Soft Object Method #2: So here's another soft gift. These were a bunch of socks that I just coiled up and wrapped around with some ribbon. But I wanted to wrap it with fabric still, because this is a little larger. I have a 30 inch square scarf here. And once again, I'm going to take my scarf, opened it up and put my gift right in the center. Now this techniques a little different. I'm going to take opposite corners and it doesn't matter if it's top or bottom or left or right. And I'm going to take one corner and pull it down a little more than a fist. So you see this little tail sticking out. And I'm going to not that edge just on itself. So now I have a little bit of a tail, maybe three or four inches. I'll do the same thing here where I make my fist, I have my little tail. And I'll note that area. So there I have two knots on opposite corners. I'm gonna take this fabric and just fold it over. And now those knots, I'm going to fold into the center of the fabric, flattened out the bottom, and deposit my gift right in the center. And then I'll take the remaining corners that we haven't knotted. And I'll give those a nice tight naught all the way down. And this will pull in the corners and make like a little pouch. And then I'll take the top of the tails and I'll make a little not halfway, maybe a little less, so that I have a little handle for which to hold my gift. And isn't that adorable? You can play around with those first two corners to really tuck them in to make your little pouch. And there you go. 12. Wrapping Cylinders: Now to wrap cylinders, I like to break them up into categories. I use ones that have a neck and ones that don't. So a cylinder like this, I don't consider having a neck. But wine bottles, vinegar bottles, oils, medium, and some perfumes have that neck. And so there'll be wrapped differently. So we'll start with our wine bottles. So to wrap my wine bottle, just take a note that all wine bottles are different sizes and that will affect which pieces of fabric you can use. This is a smaller of the regular size wine bottles. So I'm using a 23 and scarf. Now what I'm going to do is open my scarf. But because my scarf is sat knee and shiny, I know that it's going to be a little more difficult to work with. So what I do is I take one of these blue dots and I just stick it on the edge of my wine bottle. And this gives me just a little traction. You can also use a piece of double-sided tape or a piece of regular tape, but you make into a loop, so it appears double-sided. Then I'm going to take opposite corners, diagonally opposite. It doesn't matter which one. I'm going to tie a knot and pull it gently down until it rests on the top of that bottle. And I want to hear it hit that tacky glue dots that I put down and I'll just make a double naught. And this gives me a lot of help. For the next part, I'm going to pick up the remaining two corners. Go right to the edges so that I'm holding the points. And I'm going to gently pull down on each corner and wrap around. And then when I have it in a position where it's complimentary to the top not. I'm just gonna wrap one more time around and make a double naught. And so that's a typical wine bottle, the way it's wrapped and will have a different effect based on the fabric that you use. So for this very easy technique, you can modify it slightly based on the shape of your bottle. And this one has a smaller neck. So once again, I am taking a small shiny 70 fabric, putting my peace, my bottle right down the center. I'm going to use that blue dot again right on the top. Tick opposite corners. And I'm going to tie a knot right up top and then double it. And so now the tails are sticking out. So now I have the opposite corners and I'm going to take them and just wrap them around going in opposite directions. It's suddenly come to the base of the neck. And then I'll do a double knot. And you could play with the height of this, not where you want it. And so depending on the bottle, you get a different effect. And it's very cute and nice way to dress up a bottle of wine or syrup. 13. Wrapping Cylinders Method #2: So now this is a fun technique to use. If you have two bottles, they don't have to be the exact same substance, but they should be the same size. Urls at your end result will be lopsided. So for this, I have two identical bottles or at least very close. And this is just a standard 20 inch bandana with a really fun print. I'm going to open up the bandana, put the right side down, although there's not much difference this time. And then I just like to open it up. So it's on a diagonal. I'll put my two bottles end to end, and I leave a little gap in between them. May be just a fingers worth a wrap up around the bottles until until they're all wrapped up. And I have just the tail here. And then I'm just gonna gently take the bottles and pull them up. Now if I pull them up this way, I can only get this far. So I'll go in here and squeeze my hand in between until I can put them both straight up. And then I'll take these two tails. And I'll wrap them together, make one naught, and then wrap them together and make another NADH. And that's how you give two similar sized bottles. 14. Wrapping Cylinders Method #3: So for my last bottle, what do you do if you have a big bottle of wine and you don't have big enough fabric, he kept the largest fabric that you do have. And in this case, if I was wrapping it the way I wanted to from the start, I would have a bigger piece and I would know this because when I pulled the diagonal corners up, it barely covers the top. I would need a few inches more so that I can make my knot. But I can still make this size fabric work. So I have my fabric. I have an elastic band, and I have two pieces of ribbon, approximately two feet each, more or less. First thing I'm gonna do is pick up the diagonal side and bring corner to corner of the top of my bottle. Not gonna do anything more here, but I am going to pick up the next corner and bring it in and added. So now I have three corners in the center. And lastly, I'll pick up the fourth corner. So now I have all four corners being held at the top. And I'll pull and just neaten up all these little wings. I'll take my elastic, put it around the throat of the bottle. And I can go as high or as low as I want. And just add that elastic and we'll just go around twice. And again, if I was doing this, I would use clear elastic. But it's elastic will work. And then I just like to play up the shape of this pedal. Then I'm going to work on the sides here some more. I'm just going to fold them all around. Now you could play around and you could fold the pieces down. Because this is double-sided. So that's a beautiful look. And this is how I would give it. If I had the double-sided fabric. It's very pretty. If you don't have a double-sided fabric though, you wouldn't fold the corners down. You would take your corners and you'd wrap them all in the same direction around the bottle. And then you would take one of your ribbon and kind of give your bottle of belt. So I go around holding all those little wings together and I just make a double knot. And then I turn that not into a bot. You can play around with it. How long I want the loops. And then to make the top really nice, you can leave it like this. But I'd like to put a second bot can never have. And that is how I would wrap it. A wine bottle if I didn't have quite the size fabric that I wanted. 15. Wrapping Cylinders Method #4: Now write the cylinder that doesn't have a neck, so it's not a bottle of oil or wine or something like this, perhaps a candle or a Tumblr. It's the same procedure and there are, you can do any of the techniques that we used with the wine bottle and you'd alter it according to the top. Here I have my candle and I have a 20 inch bandana gonna put my candle in the center. And I'm just going to pick up all of the corners. And from here, I'm just gonna put an elastic right around the edge. There are no knots in this technique. You can add ribbon or trim if you'd like. And you just have a cute little bottle or cylinder. And you can play with the tails as well. 16. Wrapping Gift Cards: And now a wrapped gift cards. Gift cards are great gift, but sometimes you want them to have something to really open. The gift card itself can be extremely valuable, but just the idea of opening something a little more substantial than some cardboard is what we're going for here. So the first technique, we'll just use the flat gift card. This is put in a protective cardboard case, but it's still not very much to look at. You can just stick a bone and if you wanted, but a cute way is to wrap it in fabric. Here I have a 17 inch men's handkerchief. I put it on the diagonal. And then in the bottom corner, I'm going to stick my card just like this. And then I'm going to just wrap it by folding it neatly. And I'm trying to go for kind of a little bit of a neat look here, just over and over again till I come to the top. And if I have a little bit left over, that's okay. I'm just gonna pick it up and fold it under. So again, I have a nice flat edge up top. Then they take just a moment and really make this nice and flat on the sides. And from here, I looked for one end and I'm going to pull that fabric down, folding it completely over, and then over on itself again. And I'll do the same thing on the opposite side. I fold it completely flat, working on any wrinkles, and then flat on its self again. So now I have a piece here and two thinner tails. I'm going to use my fingers to hold down the sides. And then I'm going to pull, flip the sides over there, staying at one end of the gift card. Gently pull on either side. And again, I'm keeping my not at the back here. And then I'll pull it one more time. And not at again. Play with those little tails. And there I have a cute little package and I could stick a little card in here or a little ticket or something fun. 17. Wrapping Gift Cards Method #2: Now I wrap my gift tin, which contains a gift card or anything really flat. I'm using 820 and square of double-sided fabric and inelastic. So I'm hoping I'm opening up my fabric, choosing what side I want to be the side that shows the most. And I think I want this little purple pattern. And then I'm just gonna take the insides and fold them. Not terribly much, but enough so that when I flip the fabric, I'm not worried about them falling open. I'll put my gift card on one end. Rapid over and just flip it around. And then very carefully going to lift up one side and pull it down towards the center. And I'll do the same thing on the other side. And now I have both sides together. I'm going to pull them taught. So I have two little sections here. And they look my elastic, which I would normally use a clear elastic. I'll just come in here and wrap. And I'll just pull it out just like this. And I have another cute little gift wrapped. 18. Wrapping Miscellaneous Shape Gifts: So now the question of how do you wrap these miscellaneous shape gifts. We have the wine bottles in the boxes, the gift cards. So the here's kind of an awkward shaped gift here too. And then if you have a gift like this where you're putting it together to make sort of a gift basket, but you don't want to give a basket and I'll show a technique for that. And then for a large gift. So to wrap it, unusual shape gift, I would just do the simplest technique I know. And that doesn't involve knots. With knots you're pulling one side or the other. So for this, these two very different shaped objects, I would use the same technique. I would find the scarf or the fabric that I'm going to use. And in this case it's a 20th scarf and it goes up very high. I put my piece right in the center. I pull up all the ends. And just like with the technique earlier, I would just take an elastic and go over that center, synching it altogether. And it's a fun little look. I do the same thing with this. Now if I was giving a child a gift, I don't think I would wrap it in fabric. I think the excitement for a child is the tearing of the paper. But if we are just giving this as a collectible item to my father or somebody who used to drive that kind of establish a thing. I put my piece right in the center, fold it so that I knew it was sturdy and then I would just not off the top if I felt that it had too much top piece. Like this does here, I'd go back and fold up my piece. Probably folded just in half like this. So it's a rectangle. Put my piece parallel, and still treat each corner individually. That way I can pull up all my pieces, make sure my corners are up, and then cinch it off. So that's just a simple modification to a very basic technique with little tag on that. It becomes a very cute effect. 19. Wrapping Misc. Shape Gifts Method #2: So now I have my goodies for a gift basket. And I have a 72 inch square piece of fabric, which is a scarf, and have a cloth napkin. What I'd like the cloth napkin for is not so much the wrapping as it is a protective layer for this breakup. A little mug. So I'm just going to use it to cover the mug, to give a little buffer. Instead of using a box or something to put it in. And then I'm going to take my 72 inch fabric and folded. So it's half that size. So now it's 36 inches. I'm gonna take opposite corners. Just like this and tie them together. Maybe eight fist down. And I'll make a double knot. And you could play around with where you want this, the height of this. And see here you have the knot and then fabric on either side. So now I'm going to take my goodies and put them inside this little basket here. And then I'm gonna take these opposite sides. And I'm going to fold them down. And not at very close to the base. I'm going to twist the top handles here. And then when I get to the top, I'm going to create an odd for a handle. And then I have a little sack. Stick a little card in here, maybe a little gift ornament, and it's ready to go. We have one more gift to rap, and that's a big bulky sweater. 20. Wrapping Misc. Shape Gifts Method #3: So no wrapping a large gift like this, this giant shirt or a jacket, I'm using a large throw. There are some challenges with such a big gift and such a large throw, and I don't want it to look terribly sloppy. So the first thing I do is I bring in some other options here to help me make it smooth. I don't need them, and I'll show you a couple of variations. But I have just a big clamp here, little bulldog clip. And then I had these little sweater or scarf pins as they're called, just basically a giant safety pin. So I'll set those aside for now. And we'll go through our basic variations. This is the large throw the scarf and I'm going to fold it so that it's square. I'll put it in a diagonal. And then I'm gonna put my gift right in the center of that, just like a normal present that we've wrapped today. I'm going to pull from either side of the corners. And instead of making a knot here, because that will just be added bulk, I'm just going to fold it nice and flat. And then I'll pick up the additional corners. And I'll turn this around. And one option that doesn't involve any pins or clips is just to make a nice tight double naught over it, just like this. And depending on the size, square and the fabric, you can get a nice sturdy, not just like this. Now if you don't want that bulk, you can go back a step. So we'll take our fabric, keeping it in the center, folding it over just like we did. And then I'm going to fold over the edges just like a square. And from here, I'll grab these two pieces together, folding them up. And I can just clamp them and I could play around with the clamp to make it look nice. And so from here, I can take my card or my gift tag and just put it on that clamp and play around with it until I get a cute little look. Just like this. Another option is to use those safety pins. So again, I keep my piece folded on itself and I bring my scarf pins into play. Because this is a very widely woven scarf. I can put my pin and nicely and then I just tidy up the edges. Just like that. So basically you have to work with your materials. You will work with your fabric wrapped depending on the size and the bulk of that. And then you work with the gift itself and how much give that has in the orientation that you want it. In the next chapter, we'll go over just some little extras on the gifts and I'll show you some different ideas. 21. Extras: So as you can see here, we have all our gifts and some of them are embellished and some are not. Sometimes the knot itself is just a very beautiful look, a very beautiful image. And so that gift is stand alone. You can always talk a card or a tag in there as well. And sometimes you can have just little more decorative knots. This cylinder shaped object is with a multiple knots. Looks really cute, all by its own. If you wanted to take it up even further, you can put something inside there. Here because it's a Christmas nii_T1, there's just a Christmas ball. And so that gives us certainly a fun look. And it works to support this little handle. For a different look. You can embellish it with things besides the simple knot. And the way it's nodded. With just a pin or brooch or something of that nature, or you could stick some different kicks in it. Another thing that's really fun to do is to take these inexpensive wired ribbons. This one happens to have a pine image on it, but there are different why ribbons, and you could create different shapes. You can make wreaths and circles. You can make hearts, squares or letters to monogram it. And just talking this on your gift is a nice addition. And sometimes just the simple addition of ribbon really makes the gift pop. 22. Skillshare Class Wrap Up: So for a class wrap up, I just wanted to go over the shapes that we wrapped. So for a class wrap up, I wanted to go over the gifts that we wrapped with fabric by shape and seeing how the different shapes, as well as the different fabrics, whether they be a scarf or a furor, cheeky, fat, rap. And see how the different fabrics BY a scarf, a napkin, a bandana, a bureau shaky wrap, or just a throw and a giant oversized scarf. It has a different effect. Here we're doing just to basic knots. We either tie a knot on itself or we combine two corners to make that not. And here we have the different wine bottles there or cylinder shape, but they've got a neck. Not that one. So here we have for the class wrap up. I just wanted to go over all the different things we wrapped by shape. So here we have the cylinder shape, but it's a wine bottle, so it has a neck. So each of these have a neck and it doesn't have to be a wine bottle. It can be a bottle of olive oil or a special perfume or hairspray or seasoning, but anything with a neck. And so this is the effect we got. These two are the same technique, but notice how the different shape of the bottle, as well as the fabric, produced a completely different effect. And the addition of ribbon kind of changes the dynamic a little bit. So there are different ways to go about doing it. Then we also wrapped cylinders and whether their bottles without the neck, candles, tumblers, something of that sort. It produced a different result. So here we have one with a little handle, two knots to create that effect. Here we have one with no knots whatsoever, just bound up with an elastic. Here we have it wrapped with just a little bit of ribbon holding it together. And here we have that same effect is here, but it's filled with a, with a little gift, little ornament inside. And here we have a same one. It's bound and just a little sprig tucked in. And it gives a completely different look from whatever angle you view it added. Each little embellishment also adds to that and you can be as creative as you'd like. Now we have some soft Good. Now we have some soft gifts that were wrapped here was a shirt and he was a bunch of socks made into a little sachets with a scarf. And the socks where we use a bandana and two pieces of ribbon and it kind of looks like a giant piece of candy. Another fun look for something that might be a little difficult to wrap and make it look neat. Otherwise. There's also the generic and the simple way. There's also the way to wrap just boxes. There kind of an easy thing to wrap just because there's no odd shape there had protected by the box. So it's easy enough to wrap around it, but it gives a really nice look with fabric and just a couple of little embellishments. Just the not, and that type of fabric you choose gives a, totally just the knots. And the type of fabric you choose gives a different effect from very festive and Chris Missy, to a little fun, to kind of down home and humble. Nice effects. Fabric, fabric wrapping. Fabric wrapping, particularly with just the knots, is a cute way to embellish a plant. And plants are great gifts for all types of ego. And plants are great gifts for all times. And plants are great gifts for all time of year. This is a cute little longer the carrying case. And just the beautiful nature of the plant is showing through with just a simple little wrap. Then there's cute little gift cards. Taking the simple gift card, which can be very valuable, and just wrapping it simply with a little bow. And simply wrapping it with a little, not that really makes it elegant. And depending on the fabric you use, you get a completely different look, whether you have a big tail or bunny ears as they might be, or a cute little elegant one. So this is kind of very much a masculine look, but it's good for anybody. And lastly, one of my favorites are the ones that are really unusual to wrap. Here we have a giant coat that's wrapped up in matching fabric to the coat with just a little scarf pin on top. And that's a nice gift in itself. And then they get the bonus of whatever's inside. From here, you could make a satchel and fill it with just miscellaneous stuff. This could be a nice little get well present for a friend or just to, I'm thinking of you or something. And it's very humbled depending on the different scarf material and fabric you use. Here's an odd shape toy. This was the little bus toy and is kind of a cute look with the satin. And it's a cute look with the sentence scarf. And here is the pentatonic box, which is little unusually shaped, tapered box. And it's a nice little look here. This would be a fun little gift to drop off for a friend at Christmas time. And lastly, I just love the way this president looks. I have a present here for a friend and it's a series of books that they like. So I put it inside this color which is so elegant and refine just like they are. And then I attach their favorite little ornament and a little sprig To make it ultra feminine. I hope you try your hand at Fabric wrapping. Not only is it sustainable, it's two gifts in one, and it gives a different feel. And fabric wrapping isn't for all gifts or for everybody. But I'm sure that you know, somebody who would really appreciate seeing something a little unusual for their gift. Thanks for joining me today. Please be sure to follow me here on skill share to get notified of future classes, please consider leaving a review. And if you don't mind, snap a photo of a gift that you wrap and post it in the project section. I look forward to seeing it. Take care.