August 20, 2009
As much as I love gift wrapping, I am well aware that for many people it is a chore. When I got the idea for Gifted, a line of reusable gift wrap, I loved the thought of making things that both gift-wrap-lovers and -haters could enjoy. For lovers, it's a fresh, handmade way to package a gift. For the haters, it's as easy as throwing the present in a paper gift bag...but without the stigma of "oh, you just threw this into a paper gift bag"!
I found instructions for sewing drawstring bags and went to town. The first batch are small, 6"x5" ones perfect for a fancy bar of soap, mini journal, set of stationery, or other small gift (like a Leatherman multitool (see, who said this was a blog just for girls?)).
For weeks, I had an awesome rhythm of measuring, cutting, and sewing in the mornings while N. napped. Then I just ran out of steam. I was so close to finishing this little batch and I freaked out a little. I had in mind to sell these - but I was afraid of actually showing them to anyone!
It took a crafting get-together with a friend to get out my rut. Sitting at the dining room table, I began the final step of threading the drawstring ribbons through and knotting them.
It was a cool lesson in the power of doing something collectively. Anyone else up for making stuff together?