Wrap-Along Contest Reminder + Book Giveaway

on November 23 | in Contests & Giveaways, Products | by | with 87 Comments

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

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87 Responses to Wrap-Along Contest Reminder + Book Giveaway

  1. Laila says:

    I almost never buy wrapping paper! I like something a little different. I have painted newspaper sheets with left over house paint before, stripes, spots and stars were the pattern of choice that year. I also bought an old road atlas and pulled out the pages and had a lovely stack of map parcels a few years ago. This year I may go for magazine pages with mini scrap fabric bunting. I also steal my partners misprints from his studio and use them for wrapping too but the paper is thick so this works best for square parcels and good quality tape is needed!

  2. Rebecca says:

    Oops, forgot to mention that I usually sew little fabric bags out of scraps to put presents in… But they could stand a cuteness boost!

  3. Rebecca says:

    What a beautiful and timely book! I’m feeling inspired already.

  4. M says:

    The book looks great! I actually never really wrap anything since I’m not that creative… So this book seems inspiring:)

  5. Crystal C says:

    I would love to win this book! For holiday wrapping, I usually recycle brown paper bags and “dress it up” with potato stamps or my children’s drawings.

  6. Marita H says:

    My aunt-in-law whipped up some easy holiday wrapping paper substitutes with some Christmas fabric and ribbon, adjustable for multuple size packages. Now we just pass these back and forth within the family each year via gifting, and it is a great reminder of how to reuse and save at the holidays.

  7. Fabiola says:

    For wrapping, I like to reuse pretty magazines with twine and a handmade tag. Also, scrapbook paper with vintage ribbons and a handmade tag.

  8. Judy in Oregon says:

    When my kids were little I had them stamp white tissue paper with Christmas stamps in red or green ink to make wrapping paper for gifts. Also I will use actual ribbon instead of bows on some gifts so that the recipient can reuse it if they choose to. I have also sewn fabric gift bags to give gifts in.

  9. Kristina says:

    Lots of great ideas I’m sure. I was hoping to make our own gift wrapping sacks this year but didn’t quite get around to it in time so next for sure. I try to repurpose old boxes to use for wrapping but will cover them nicely instead of opening an old box with who knows what inside, it now looks just like a new gift box.

  10. Danijela says:

    What a lovely book to win!

  11. Shannon says:

    I would love to have totes and bags enough to skip wrapping paper. Sew a few every year and perhaps I will get there. . . Santa always uses brown paper and lovely ribbons that the elves have woven.

  12. Prachi says:

    I am just learning to sew and hope to create environment friendly wrapping in the form of bags and pouches for all the gift giving once I have acquired the necessary skills. Until now, I have usually done plain paper with hand-drawn motifs to add that personal touch.
    Would love to win a copy of the book!

  13. Deb Cameron says:

    Love the elephant!

  14. jessicac says:

    I love repurposing magazine pictures, maps from Nat Geo, coasters from bars as gift tags.. I would love even more ideas!

  15. Elizabeth H. says:

    I love wrapping gifts! This book looks like a great resource for fun ideas! One thing I do is use tissue paper as wrapping paper. I always have it around for stuffing into gift bags so it’s also really handy to double as wrapping paper when needed.

  16. KeriCan says:

    I like to have my kids decorate the insides of paper bags – gotta go to Trader Joe’s to get the good ones!

  17. Nicole says:

    kraft paper is easy to customize for my wrapping needs!

  18. Theresa N says:

    Gosh wish I could say I make totes for all my gifts, maybe this book would inspire me.

  19. Christine B says:

    Gotta’ love the elephants! A few years ago my sister wanted a new ironing board. Got it home and realized that there was no way to wrap it that would hide the fact it was an ironing board, so I went with it. I opened it up and set it up to ready to iron. Then I took wrapping paper and covered every bit of it like an ironing board. She loved it! She took all kinds of pictures to show people. And, she still talks about it every year at Christmas. I still look for interesting ways to wrap. The Japanese believe the wrapping is more important than the present.

  20. Sewing Dervish says:

    This Christmas My son asked for a bow-tie so i am wrapping his other gift and using the bow tie for the package bow!

  21. Ginger says:

    I’m not a fan of wrapping but maybe this book could make it more tolerable.

  22. SS Sews says:

    This is great. I try to whip up some draw string bags, and to reuse some brown paper packaging, but am always looking for more ideas.

  23. Deidra says:

    I’ve always loved wrapping gifts. I’ve seem to started a collection of wrapping paper.

  24. Erin Phelps says:

    This book looks so fun, I would love to win.

  25. Lee says:

    Super book! I love to make pillowcases and wrap a gift in that! thank you!

  26. chris says:

    I love to stamp on plain brown wrap! thanks!

  27. jackie in IN says:

    Great ideas!!!!! Old books or magazines that have fallen apart make nice wrapping for small pkgs

  28. Annette says:

    I love to make little gift bags out of substantial wrapping paper, and often use a Morsbag tied with a ribbon as giftwrap. This book would give me lots more ideas too.

  29. Brigette says:

    Sew Mama Sew inspired me a few years ago to start think about wrapping with reusable material. While I haven’t been able to make many bags to use for wrapping I have done that 1 time and I have used a vintage scarf as wrapping 1 time.

  30. Heather says:

    I love wrapping, I just think it’s so important. I would love this book, more ideas the better.

  31. Lowena says:

    I always wanted to know how to upcycle items for wrapping. Definitely a book full of great ideas.

  32. I love to use brown paper with white paint pens and yarn, or i whip up gift bags with fat quarters! Thanks for the giveaway!

  33. Gillian in OR says:

    I like to sew reusable gift bags as a warm up to other projects…the problem is I mostly make teeny tiny ones the size to wrap a one-inch button in, when the most useful size is like, pillowcase size. I also used to make hand-letter wrapping paper as a kid. I would spend hours writing out, for example, “happy earth day birthday” in rainbow pen colors (for my friend who was both on earth day) over and over and over until I filled up a 2×3 foot sheet of paper.

  34. Jen V in OR says:

    I don’t always have time to whip up the wrapping but I do keep thrifted fabric and re-useable clothes on hand for when I have the time. It is nice to have extra, inexpensive fabric on hand for that purpose.

  35. jen says:

    i like to make fun gift tags for presents – and wrap using plain brown paper

  36. Denise says:

    I love this :)

  37. anna says:

    I usually use scraps to make drawstring pouches for gifts. I like to include a pocket for a card as well.

  38. consuelo says:

    The book looks great. I have often wrapped using recycled paper from magazines, starbucks bags, plain paper bags, etc.

  39. Jenn B in Florida says:

    I’ve used decorated kitchen towels to wrap house warming gifts, baby blankets for baby gifts, etc.

    Would live to learn other cute wrapping tricks.

  40. christina says:

    I’m intrigued to go beyond paper.

  41. Jen says:

    And yes I love to use unexpected items when wrapping… Pom pom trim, Ric rac, yarns etc

  42. Jen says:

    I love love love wrapping and this book looks so adorable! I would love to find more creative ways to make a gift even more special!!

  43. Georgia says:

    Ooo, fun! I need some new gift ideas!

  44. Allison C says:

    This book looks like fun!

  45. persis says:

    Thanks for the giveaway. My goal would be to sew little totes, which would also be a great way to use up my stash.

  46. MarciaW. FL says:

    I looking for easy bags (that could be purses) to make as wraps for my grandnieces’ Christmas presents.

  47. Wendy says:

    This will be our second Christmas wrapping the majority of our gifts in reusable bags I sewed from thrifted fabrics and sheets–so much easier!

  48. Meriam says:

    I always keep the ribbons of the gifts I get, iron and reuse them. The book looks great!

  49. Molly Martin says:

    Oh, presentation is everything! I use my children’s paper scribbles as gift wrap. I make fabric bags & paper cones out of scraps and make a lot of tulle wands for bows.

  50. hueisei says:

    Great books! I love to wrap gifts with recycle paper :D

  51. sangeetha says:

    I make little newspaper bags for all my gifts

  52. Amy in UK says:

    I love using things from around the house as wrapping! I use twist ties to hold cellphane together, or elastics which helps make it easier for me to then add ribbon (usually the off-cuts from squaring up fabric edges. I also re-use tehbags that fabric orders come in – I just turn them inside out and it is usually black on the inside so that becomes the outside. A sticky note with the address taped on and voila – a reused plastic envelope bag for reposting.

  53. Sally says:

    A few years ago, I was at a ginormous yard sale for charity, and I happened across a vintage roll of wallpaper, the good kind that is not all papery. It is silver with yellow and green flowers and some white. So sometimes, I wrap a gift in the wallpaper and put some siver ribbon with it. It turns out so pretty!

  54. For baby gifts I have been using an Adian and Anais muslin blanket to wrap the gift.

  55. Heather says:

    I love to wrap beautiful presents. Always looking for new ideas!

  56. deborah b. in AZ says:

    my goal is to sew napkins to wrap small gifts in, tea towels for larger, or cute drawstring bags, but beyond that i am in need of further ideas! we use newsprint a lot, and have the kids decorate it for a personal touch.

  57. Deana says:

    What a great book to win. My family loves ro repurpose items to use for gift wrapping. I also like to also think of things that I am going to use to wrap a gift in ot to hide the gift in before I wrap it as something they could use as well. One year my 3 girls wanted to get their dad some socks for christmas but fun ones to wear around the house, but they did not want to wrap it iin it’s usual packaging. Our oldest Leah who was 20 at the time went to Lowes and got anpiece of PVC pipe in a size she knew her dad could reuse and just happened to mention he needed. The girls put the sock down the tube and she even got the caps that fit on the ends. The wrapped it in red ribbon to look like a candy cane and used my name ad a decoy haha. We knew that everytime he walked past it that he wished the pipe was for him. He was really surprised it was and thought that was the gift till we told him to open it. Out came socks and surprise to me that small tools, nails, snacks ect. Came out. He never used it for outside but now he hides his secret candy stash in there from the grand kids and its in the wrk shop plain as day too

  58. Robyn says:

    Hi. I must get my hands on this book. My favorite way to wrap clothing items is to roll them up and wrap them like pieces of candy, with ribbon tied on each ends (like a tootise roll, I guess!). They look really cute. One year, I put these “candies” on the branches of the Christmas tree.

  59. Penny says:

    I’m just using fabric gift bags, nothing too fancy.

  60. Glenys says:

    I used mostly plain paper and decorate them with drawings and doodles to wrap presents.

  61. I am making reusable wrapping bags out of Christmas fabric for anything that will fit reasonably.

  62. Laura in VA says:

    This book looks like so much fun!

  63. Teresa Woolf says:

    I love wrapping gifts; it can make the simplest things look sumptuous!

  64. I really don’t do anything except reuse gift bags as much as possible. I’d love to get some ideas from this creative book! Those elephant softies are the cutest!!

  65. Sandy says:

    This book looks like it is full of great ideas!

  66. Sandryte says:

    This year I’ve decided to wrap all gifts in newspapers, and to make decorations from the newspaper as well.

  67. Deb H. in PA says:

    I would love to wrap all my gifts creatively, but alas, I am a bit of a procrastinator. I do make fabric gift bags from time to time and have even hand stamped my own wrapping paper. My daighter and i just made little paper boxes for jewelry.

  68. Kristy Kaye says:

    I like to make tote bags to give books in for kids. Hoping they like to fill them up at the library with more books! Would love this book to get more ideas for wrapping.

  69. julie says:

    So Cool. I love this idea!

  70. Becky Greene says:

    I have been the slackest and least-imaginative gift-wrapper ever! I need help and this book looks like the answer!

  71. Brooke Gilbert says:

    I would love this book. I really like quick projects for Christmas gifts and I just got my sewing room all cleaned up.

  72. Diana says:

    I make a lot of little gift bags for wrappings! I’m glad to know I’m not the only one.

  73. Tawny in CA says:

    I usually use the long scraps from getting a straight edge while cutting my fabric as ribbon for packages; especially when I’ve made a gift from those very fabrics. Thanks for a chance to win this book. Melody Miller is one of my very favorite designers.

  74. Kerry in FL says:

    I love Ruby Star fabrics, the wrapping paper is just as great.

  75. Ellen M. from OH says:

    I would love to win this book. My sister and I used to have gift wrapping competitions when we were younger! I love lots of bows or ribbons on a package – it dresses up even a plain package! Thanks for the chance!

  76. Alissa says:

    This is me commenting! Hurray!

  77. That elephant gift card holder is adorable :)

  78. elle says:

    Very cute elephant. Thanks for the chance!

  79. BreannaS in MO says:

    I like to wrap gifts in repurposed paper such as newspaper, and brown packing paper.

  80. Taysha Riggs says:

    I try to use brown paper and strips of xmas wrapping to save some $$

  81. Oh yes! I have been drooling over this book. It looks beautiful. On my Christmas list.

  82. Emily K. says:

    I would love to win this book! Thanks for the fun giveaway!

  83. Kathy Gordon says:

    I try to repurpose items when possible. For instance, sweater sleeves repurposed into wine bottle wraps! Thnx for the giveaway!

  84. Robin J says:

    Great little book for homemade wrapping and cute gift ideas

  85. Kristin says:

    I would love to whip up totes for all my gifts but I’ve never done it.

  86. Gigi in NJ says:

    I just started sewing so all my gift wrapping this year will be totes, drawstring bags, or zipper pouches! Talk about presentation!

  87. Carmen says:

    I’m just crazy about this book! I feel like I’m spending more time daydreaming about my gift wrapping and presentation than the actual gift now, haha!

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