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Ruby Star Wrapping: Creating Packaging to Reuse, Regive, and Relove from Melody Miller and Allison Tannery is full of creative ideas to use items you already have in your home to make meaningful, sustainable and beautiful gift wrap. You’ll find inspiration from thirty projects, plus embellishments like bows and tags; the projects incorporate new fabrics, paper, old linens and more.

Organized by type of gift (“Small, Soft or Squishy?”… “Edible, Drinkable or Growable?”), you can learn how to make everything from the Plucky Pantry Box and Button-Down Shirt Bag to the Gift Card Elephant Softie pictured below.

See more from the book and check out the free Pretty Print Keeper and Newspaper Flower projects on the Roost Books site (click “Free Projects” in the bottom box).

Ruby Star Ornament Boxes, a variation on the book’s Ruby Star’s Chinese Take Out Box…
The tutorial will be here later today!

Ruby Star Wrap-Along
We’re thrilled to have Melody here on the blog a little later today with her Ruby Star Ornament Box tutorial! First we want to remind you about the Ruby Star Wrap-Along organized by the amazing Sukie. We’re mid-way through a fantastic line-up of posts from talented designers in the Wrap-Along. (See the full list and links below.) Each sewist is sharing their own take on a project from Ruby Star Wrapping, and giving you lots of chances to win prizes too!

Book Giveaway
Today we also have a chance for you to win here at Sew,Mama,Sew! Comment on this post for a chance to win a copy of Ruby Star Wrapping: Creating Packaging to Reuse, Regive, and Relove. Tell us about your creative wrapping ideas. Do you whip up totes and pouches for all of your gifts? Do you repurpose or incorporate unusual extras in your wrapping? Comment and you might win a copy of the book!

Ruby Star Wrapping Contest
Just a little sneak-peek at the fun ahead: We’re kicking off our very own Ruby Star Wrapping Contest here on December 10th! You can win gift certificates, fabric, books and more when you share your creative and conscientiously-wrapped holiday gifts. Start taking photos now so you’ll be ready when we announce all of details for our Ruby Star Wrapping Contest in December.

Comment on today’s post for a chance to win a copy of the book, and stop by all of the Wrap-Along sites for more fun:

11.7.12 – Anna of noodlehead

11.9.12 – Amanda of A Crafty Fox

11.12.12 – Elizabeth of Oh, Fransson!

11.14.12 – Brooke of Pitter Putter Stitch

11.16.12 – Erin of Two More Seconds

11.19.12 – Jenn of BettyCrockerAss

11.21.12 – Rochelle of Lucky Lucille

11.23.12 – Sukie of Sukie – don’t you know who I am?

11.26.12 – Elizabeth of Don’t Call Me Betsy

11.28.12 – Gina and crew of Bolt Neighborhood

11.30.12 – Ellen of the Long Thread

12.3.12 – Katie of Swim, Bike Quilt

12.5.12 – Faith of Fresh Lemon Quilts

12.7.12 – Lee of Freshly Pieced

12.10.12 – Maureen of Maureen Cracknell Handmade

12.12.12 – Sara of Sew Sweetness

12.14.12 – Colleen of The Busy Bean

12.17.12 – Amy of Diary of a Quilter

12.19.12 – Monica of Happy Zombie