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Dec192013

THE TWELVE DAYS OF HOLIDAY PACKAGE NO.11

Package No.11 of The Twelve Days of Holiday Packages was inspired by my love of stitching on paper. One of my favorite ways to achieve texture and simple details in my packaging is pairing thread and paper. Although I like the ease of using a sewing machine, you can also use a needle and thread. The patterns can be simple or ornate and you can use one color or multiple colors of thread.

Another way to add texture to your packaging is to create little pleats by creasing the paper in uniform (or non-uniform) folds. You can use tape adhesive to secure the pleats, but I love adding stitching to the pleats.

Although I love the simplicity of the stitching on kraft paper, I added a little felt gift tag to Package No.11. This was my first time printing on felt and I’m hooked! The best felt to use for this project is lightweight stiff acrylic felt, something with minimal texture so that it will feed through the printer with ease.

MATERIALS

1. Kraft paper

2. The Twelve Days of Holiday Packages No.11 / Merry Christmas Gift Tags

3. 8.5”x11” piece of white acrylic felt

4. Printer

5. Scissors

6. White cotton thread

7. Sewing machine (or needle)

INSTRUCTIONS

1. Download The Twelve Days of Holiday Packages No.11 / Merry Christmas Gift Tags here.

2. Print Merry Christmas Gift Tags onto white acrylic felt.

3. Cut out Merry Christmas Gift Tags.

4. Determine the area on the kraft paper that will cover the top portion of the box. Create a series of pleats in this area on the kraft paper.

5. Thread sewing machine or needle (if sewing by hand) and stitch 1/8” from edge of pleat, insert gift tag inside the pleat and stitch over the gift tag. Repeat stitching for remaining pleats.

6. Wrap gift with stitched paper.

TIPS

1. Use multiple colors of thread.

2. Create non-uniform pleats or folds on the paper and stitch the pleats and folds.

3. Use cardstock instead of felt for the gift tags.

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