crepe paper + kraft wrap

I’m obsessed with using brown bags to wrap stuff right now. Mostly? Because I’m trying NOT to buy new wrapping paper. And yes, the wrapping paper I do have seems to be inappropriate every time I have an occasion to wrap something!!

I’m experimenting more with gift wrap lately, you see I want to MASTER the art of giftwrap. I’m more of a “sometimes it sucks, sometimes it rocks” girl right now. Today I played with crepe paper on a shopping bag to wrap a gift…

I also punched stars from patterned paper and scattered them to add more color & fun… but the part I am VERY happy with ont his project was for sure the crepe paper. I’ll be doing this technique a LOT in future. Just stick some in the sewing machine:

I used a big straight stitch and then keep feeding it so that it’s ruffled/bunched. I got in a nice feeding-the-machine groove and it went super fast. I *LOVE* how this looks, and I’ll be doing it again ASAP.

I used crafty power tape by Scrapbook Adhesives – it’s a great super strong double sided tape that worked to hold this in place.

I think this could be REALLY cool done at the top of a gift bag (where you stitch the crepe paper directly to bag) – and I’ll be trying that and sharing for sure!

Who knew that my scrapbook stash + party supplies could = gift wrap?!