This Might Be the Best Two-in-One Gift Wrap Hack EVER
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?!
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.
THE LAYERED LOOK
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!
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.
ALL WRAPPED UP
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.
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.
EVERYONE LOVES A POCKET
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!
Pocket doors are so delightful in and of themselves. They appear when you need them, get tucked away when you don't, and make it easy to define rooms while keeping an open floor plan. Add to the pocket door a joyful patterned wallpaper surprise, and you will be sent right into fits of visual jubilation! Or something ;) Today we're sharing two simple and impactful pocket door makeovers that zhuzh up your space in a jiffy.
Anjelika Temple here, co-founder of Brit + Co and proud owner of several pocket doors! When I moved into my first real grown-up house a couple years ago, I knew I wanted to incorporate wallpaper so reached out to our friends at Chasing Paper to see how we might collaborate. It felt like a total lightbulb moment when I realized I could create a surprise pop of pattern on a couple sets of pocket doors.
Not only is it a whimsical way to bring color into a space, but the doors double as picture-perfect backdrops for all your SFH (selfies from home, obvs).
A few pro tips about install:
- Removable wallpaper is miraculously forgiving! You can take it on and off multiple times without it losing integrity (or mucking up your surface).
- I ordered this adhesive wallpaper installation kit with a squeegee and xacto knife and it worked super well. I also recommend a sharp pair of scissors for cutting longer lines.
- This is a two-person job! Get a friend, put on a playlist, and get ready to bond.
- Wild, organic patterns like Tally are great because it's challenging to spot any imperfections in pattern alignment; keep pattern choice in mind if you've got a lot of corners to match up. More geometric patterns and larger shapes leave less room for error (but are awesome in their own right!).
BATHROOM POCKET DOORS
In our primary bathroom, we chose the wallpaper pattern Tally, designed by Kelly Ventura, in White and Navy. In our space, the navy reads as a soft black, which is perfect for the space. It's easy to combine an ever-rotating collection of linens with the Tally pattern.
I love how the white trim becomes the perfect frame around this pocket door piece of art.
My favorite moment in this space is the fact that you actually get a third pop of pattern thanks to our serendipitously placed mirror!
And yes, this one works pretty darn well as a backdrop too ;)
LIVING ROOM DOUBLE DOORS
This set of doors is definitely a focal point of our home. It separates our living room from our primary bedroom which opens onto our backyard. The doors are pretty much always open, but when they're closed we wanted to evoke a fun, nature-inspired vibe. With that in mind, we selected the Lines and Moons pattern by Thimblepress in Green and Brown.
Earth mama vibes up in here! I love how the shapes and colors echo the ferns you see through the windows and the acorn wood details throughout the house.
Love this pattern moment, and xacto-ing out the door handle is def on the oddly satisfying DIY list.
For a pattern lover like me, I love that now I have this instant photo backdrop!
Thanks to Chasing Paper for providing these rolls of pure pattern amazingness. Head to chasingpaper.com to find our own favorites and start adding patterns to your home!
(Wallpaper wingwoman: Kayla Haykin; Photography: Kurt Andre)