Where would we be without cotton? Still covering ourselves in leaves and animal skins, most likely. Don’t get us wrong, we can get down with a furry shrug, but we couldn’t be more thrilled that cotton exists. Today we’ve teamed up with our friends at cotton and we’re going to show you how to use one cotton item two different ways. We made adorable cotton kitchen linens and wrapped gifts with them. Your friends will love these 2-in-1 gifts!
Check out the video above to see how fun and easy and versatile this method can be. And check out each of the wrapping techniques below for more detail on how to DIY!
All you need is some beautiful cotton fabric and you’re ready to go! First, turn your fabric into tea towels and kitchen towels. Here’s a list of what you’ll need:
– cotton fabric
– sewing machine
– measuring tape
– fabric scissors
And now for the instructions!
Cut your cotton fabric to the size you desire, and then iron your hem. Make sure to fold it a second time to make a proper hem. Now sew along your edges.
It’s that easy! That hem get you itching to sew something else? Check out our sewing e-class to ramp up your skills.
For a little extra flair we added pom-poms to the edge of our tea towel. These are the absolute cutest!
Now it’s time to take this towel and transform it into gift wrap.
– cotton fabric
– cotton yarn
– double-sided tape
– fabric scissors
GIVE THE GIFT OF CHAMPAGNE
Turn that bottle of champagne into a gorgeous hostess gift by wrapping it with a kitchen towel. Your host will be so pumped to get both a new towel and a bottle of bubbly.
Place the bottle in the middle of your cotton kitchen towel. Bring the ends together and then lift them up towards the top of the bottle. Begin to twist each side until the cotton fabric is hugging the champagne bottle. Separate the twisted ends and tie them in a knot around the neck of the bottle. Make sure any loose ends are tucked in and smooth out your knots.
How cute is that?!
THE LAYERED LOOK
For this one we’re indulging in some pattern-on-pattern action. We’ve got a tea towel for the main wrap and then we’ve cut up some other cotton fabric to layer on top.
Put your box in the center of your tea towel and wrap your gift as you normally would with paper. Use some double-sided tape to keep your fabric in place. You don’t actually need the tape because the yarn will secure the fabric, but it’s nice to have some there while you’re working.
Cut out a long strip of fabric and a triangle using two different cotton fabrics. You can use another tea towel, an old shirt or any other cotton fabric you have lying around. Then cut a few pieces of cotton yarn to wrap around the box.
Add your layers and adhere them with double-sided tape. Wrap your box with yarn and you’re all set!
We adore these layered patterns!
ALL WRAPPED UP
This one is simply tied up in a little knot using an everyday tea towel.
With your box at a slight angle, place it in the middle of a cotton tea towel. Take opposite corners and pull them to the center of the box. Tie a double knot.
Now grab the other two corners and tie another knot covering up the first. Tuck in any loose pieces for a cleaner look.
It’s the Minnie Mouse meets rockabilly gift.
EVERYONE LOVES A POCKET
Don’t want your card hanging off the side of your gift? Cover your box with a kitchen towel with a folded pocket.
Place your box at the end of the cotton towel. Fold the short sides up and over the box. Then fold the fabric over the box by rolling it. When you’ve gone about ¾ of the way, pinch the fabric and fold it over to create a pocket. Continue to fold the end of the fabric over so it’s on the back side of the box. You might have to do this part a few times to get it just right. Finally, cut a long piece of cotton yarn and wrap it around the sides to secure the fabric in place.
Add a card to your pocket as a final touch.
Follow our steps or get creative and come up with your very own way to wrap gifts using cotton. The possibilities are endless.
Here are a few fun shots from the video!
How else have you recycled cotton? Share your projects in the comments below!
This post is a collaboration with Cotton.