Nifty Christmas “Thrift Wrap”

Nifty Christmas “Thrift Wrap”

Can you believe that we’re well into December already? The countdown to Christmas is officially ON! And if it’s a new month, that means it’s a new project post for The Good Life, the DIY/Lifestyle blog from Goodwill Industries of Upstate/Midlands South Carolina.

In celebration of all things holiday, I found inspiration in a motherload of old sewing patterns I found on the Goodwill shelves. I had an idea in mind and these were a perfect medium to play around with.

Vintage sewing patterns to be repurposed as gift wrap by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

My muse…

I’ve done project posts on “thrifty gifts” before…but what about thrifty gift wrap? In other words… Thrift Wrap. And with farmhouse/rustic décor all the rage, I figured that the neutral colors of sewing pattern paper would fit right in. And as I played around with things, I ended up with THREE “thrift wrap” ideas. This post contains affiliate links for your crafting convenience.

DIY Christmas Crackers

First “thrift wrap” idea: Make-your-own Christmas crackers. These are super easy to make and use materials you already have around the house. To make mine, I gathered some cardboard tubes (from paper towel rolls, etc.) and some sewing pattern tissue paper.

DIY English Christmas Crackers with cardboard tubes and vintage sewing pattern tissue paper by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

Ready to get crackin’?

I cut out a rectangle of tissue, rolled my cardboard tube in it (and while mine were empty, normally you’d put a small gift or trinket inside first), and twisted the tissue at each end of the tube.

DIY English Christmas Crackers with cardboard tubes and vintage sewing pattern tissue paper by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

How easy is that?

Then, I used red and white baker’s twine to tie off the ends before trimming off excess tissue. Aren’t they cute as can be?

DIY English Christmas Crackers with cardboard tubes and vintage sewing pattern tissue paper by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

…and done!

DIY Rustic Gift Bag

For “thrift wrap” idea #2, I decided to decorate a plain brown gift bag. First, I gathered a rubber stamp (a Christmas tree, in my case- but anything Christmas-y would do) and white ink; then, I just stamped the front of the gift bag.

DIY rustic farmhouse style Christmas gift bags with repurposed vintage sewing pattern tissue paper by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

“Thrift” wrap #2, coming right up.

DIY rustic farmhouse style Christmas gift bags with repurposed vintage sewing pattern tissue paper by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

Step 1: Stamp

After the ink dried, I used sewing pattern paper and plain white tissue to stuff it with. With a little green burlap bow at the handle, I was all set- and it was wonderfully rustic in a farmhouse-style way.

DIY rustic farmhouse style Christmas gift bags with repurposed vintage sewing pattern tissue paper by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

Step 2: Stuff!

“Thrift Wrapped” Boxes

Last but not least, I simply used the sewing pattern tissue as straight-up gift wrap some boxes. My boxes were already brown/beige, which worked well under the tissue. Other colors may require a double layer of sewing pattern tissue, but you’ll get plenty of it in a single packet- so no worries there!

Repurpose vintage sewing pattern paper as holiday Christmas wrapping paper for a rustic farmhouse look on the cheap by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

Rustic wrapping: A farmhouse look for just a few pennies.

There you have it- three ways to wrap gifts using STUPENDOUSLY CHEAP old sewing patterns! And you know what, I really do love the rustic look…they fit right in with our Christmas décor.

Repurpose and upcycle vintage sewing pattern paper as Christmas gift wrap for gift bags, wrapping paper, and DIY English Christmas crackers by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

Ta-da!

And here’s a bonus idea for eco-friendly present-wrapping: Turn a reusable grocery tote bag into a festive gift bag! Now, it’ll be a gift within a gift…cheaper than the paper gift bags, and reusable all year long!

Repurpose a reusable grocery bag into a festive DIY gift bag for a green, eco-friendly Christmas by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

Craft on!

S

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PIN ME!Repurpose and upcycle vintage sewing pattern paper as Christmas gift wrap for gift bags, wrapping paper, and DIY English Christmas crackers by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

 

Repurpose a reusable grocery bag into a festive DIY gift bag for a green, eco-friendly Christmas by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

Comments

  1. WOW!! You are one clever girl. The packaging is beautiful-and those crackers are so cute. My mom used to sew all mine and my sisters clothes. She was so talented. Seeing those patterns brings back fond childhood memories!! Have a Merry Christmas!

  2. What a wonderfully ( is that a word? Is now ….😉 )
    cute idea!! Love it

  3. I like everyone of these ideas. I love that paper. It is so crinkly!

  4. I have some sewing patterns that I was just about to donate to Goodwill- but after seeing this I’m totally going to use them to wrap! This is such a clever and cute idea!!!!

  5. chris aka monkey says:

    sarah as usual that wonderful noggin comes up with a stupendous idea so rustic and dang cute xx merry Christmas

  6. Love them all, especially, the vintage patterns as wrap! Awesome idea!

  7. I have a friend that’s a sewer and I’m gonna use the tissue paper bag filler idea for her gift!

  8. Brenda Ackerman says:

    Good Evening Sarah! I am so delighted that I signed up to follow your blog by email! Every post that I have read just in these few days have been so inspiring, filled with such fabulous unique ideas! This special wrapping paper usage is absolutely marvelous! I have some old patterns that no longer fit (I lost over 150 pounds) and have tried selling them in garage sales with little luck. Although, I am pretty sure, I will not locate it in time for this year…it will be set aside for occasions throughout the year and especially for Christmas. My favorite are the stocking stuffer paper rolls and the twine on the ends, just adorable! Thank you so much for sharing this brilliant idea! Have a fantastic creative day!

    • sarahwpb@yahoo.com says:

      Thank you so very much, Brenda- I sincerely appreciate that! Subscribing is the best way to see everything AND support me in this crazy blogging world. I have two other sewing pattern projects on my blog if you search (or I can send you the links)…because it sounds like you might have a few to play with!! 🙂 (And CONGRATS on that weight loss- you go, girl!)

      • Sarah, Thank you for the compliment! It honestly took me 10 years to do it and I still have to work hard at keeping it off, but it is fantastic. I would love for you to send me the links; I am a quilter at heart, but love to sew and experiment with various projects using fabrics and other crafts also. I am discovering the thrilling adventure of making Wreaths this year and am having a blast. Hopefully, by the end of the year, I will have my blog up and going full force once again. Then I will give you my link and you can stop by and see the types of things I do and we can share ideas and so forth. I am a talker…just tell me to stop it…I listen without being offended. So Have a great day creating and look forward to a post later on! Brenda

  9. What a lovely idea, I think your wrapped presents look wonderful.

  10. Love this idea! I’m always looking for eco-friendly alternatives and never thought of using old sewing patterns before – thanks for the inspiration.

  11. I love this post. When i had a shop, I ordered all brown kraft paper boxes and bags, and tied them with colored saran strings—according to the season. Reminiscent of ‘brown paper packages tied up with string…these are a few of my favorite things! Love this, Sandi Merry Christmas!

  12. What a fabulous idea. I see old patterns at all the thrift stores and in my closet. Why buy tissue paper when we can use these?

  13. There’s definitely enough old/unused/unwanted patterns to go around the world 5,000 times! I’m definitely picking some up the next time I’m out. Tissue paper ALL.THE.WAY. Such a great idea Sarah! Thanks for sharing with us at Funtastic Friday!

  14. Sarah – these ideas are fabulous!! You ARE the recycle queen! thanks for sharing on the Pleasures of the NW’s DIY party!

  15. What a stunning idea Sarah. I have loads of old sewing patterns with pieces missing so this is just perfect, pinning and sharing.

  16. These are awesome. I love this idea and so happy you shared at Dishing it and Digging it link party.

  17. Sooooooo cute!

    I would love for you to share this with my Facebook Group for recipes, crafts, tips, and tricks: https://www.facebook.com/groups/pluckyrecipescraftstips/

    Thanks for joining Cooking and Crafting with J & J!

  18. Never know what you will find at Goodwill. Treasures! 🙂 Nice idea for unique wrapping. Thanks for sharing on Family Joy Blog Link-up. Please come back and join us again!

  19. I knew there was a reason for collecting all these old patterns. Thank you for sharing your gift wrapping ideas at Vintage Charm.

  20. Such a cute idea- these are great! Thanks for linking up at Feathered Nest Friday!

  21. Hey…I have several boxes of old (1950-60) patterns, some are still usable. Is there a market for theses?

    • sarahwpb@yahoo.com says:

      Hi, Mary Ann- some of the much older ones are fairly valuable…and some people collect the envelopes of 1950s/1960s patterns for the retro artwork. But I find them at thrift stores for $0.25-$0.50 each. Thank you!

  22. Such a clever idea! I love how the old patterns look wrapped around the gifts! Thanks so much for sharing this at my Creative Ways Link Party! Have a Happy New Year!

  23. Kristie Cook says:

    I love this!! Why have I never thought of this? I just bought tissue paper in Christmas clearance because I’m out. When I go through my patterns this year I’ll have a second use for them! I will never put my old patterns in the giveaway pile again – sorry! 🙂

  24. Those look lovely! Is it me or the sound and smell of that kind of paper add up to the cozy feel too?

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