Wrapping Paper Holder

An economical way to make a bag for storing wrapping paper rolls using discarded curtains.

Approximate Time: 15 min with a sewing machine, 30 if sewing by hand

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Supplies:

  • clean, old (or new) curtains or left over material
  • a sewing machine or needle and thread
  • the tie cord from an old hoodie
  • scissors
  • straight pins
  • 1 large safety pin

Instructions:

  1. Measure your wrapping paper rolls, then using the curtain rod holder as the top, measure your curtains four inches longer and two inches wider than the rolls for your stitch line.

  2. Cut the excess curtains off the bottom, and depending on how many rolls you want to store in the same bag, cut the excess sides off the curtains leaving an extra two inches for your stitch line.

  3. Turn your curtains right sides together, pinning them to keep them straight, and starting below the curtain rod holder (leave it open for the cord), sew the sides and bottom together one inch in from edges. If the material is the kind that unravels easily, do a second line of stitching to reinforce the edges.
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  4. Turn your bag right side out. Attach a safety pin to the end of the cord and push it all the way through the top (curtain rod holder).

  5. Place your wrapping paper rolls into your newly sewn bag and pull the two ends of the cord snug to close it, and tie in a bow.

  6. If you are giving these as gifts, you can buy pretty Christmas material and use this instead of curtains. But: You'll have to sew your own cord holder at the top.

By ann from Goulais River, Ontario

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