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DIY Yarn Shag Gift Wrap

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Give your gifts a festive punch this year with this cheery DIY yarn shag gift wrap. In a few simple steps you can turn ordinary wrapping paper into a work of art. Inspired by the brilliant colors and textures of Moroccan rugs, the technique works with just about any color combination and can be applied to gift tags, fabric, and anything else you can think of.

Tools and Materials

  • Yarn
  • Scissors
  • Card stock
  • Wrapping paper
  • Sewing amchine
  • Ruler
  • Pencil

Step 1: Cut

Cut a 1-inch strip of card stock and snip a tiny 1/4-inch slit at the top to hold your yarn in place. Loosely wrap your yarn around the strip of paper.

Note: If you’d like to create the pattern on your wrap before you begin, we recommend measuring out your paper piece to the box you’d like to wrap it with! Using a ruler and a pencil, lightly mark out your lines.

Step 2: Sew

Set your sewing machine to a smaller zig-zag stitch. Slide the yarn-wrapped template up to your needle and with your presser foot down, carefully slide the yarn off the strip as you begin to stitch the yarn onto your wrapping paper — being careful to avoid catching your paper template with your needle!

Step 3: Fluff

Cut the loops you’ve created on each side of your stitching in half and fluff up your yarn to make it nice and full.

That’s it! Happy crafting and happy holidays to you and your family!

Comments (2)

  • Wow! Simply beautiful. Finally a creative new way to wrap gifts. The wrapping itself would make a lovely gift, framed, perhaps.

  • This is such a lovely tutorial! What a clever idea. I looove the texture the yarn creates on the wrap. I’ll definitely be giving this project a whirl. Folks may not even get to the opening part of the gift, they’ll be so impressed with the wrapping. How fun!

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