Thursday, May 23, 2013

Birthday Wishes Gift Wrap - May 23rd

Hi everyone! It's Audrey, here today with a fun gift wrap idea that's a bit of a twist on traditional gift packaging. Rather than using the standard gift bag or box, why not create your own custom gift envelope instead?

Sizzix Die Cutting Tutorial: Birthday Gift Holder by Audrey Pettit

 The process is really quick and easy, and only requires a little bit of paper and a few simple folds. Add some trims and embellishments made with your favorite Sizzix dies, and you are done. Best thing is, you can adjust the size of the envelope to suit your needs or change the theme to match any occasion.

For another custom twist, I added a fleece fabric liner to my envelope to safely protect the jewelry I'm wrapping up for my friend's birthday. If your gift is completely flat, or doesn't need the extra padding, you can eliminate this step if you wish.

To begin, cut a 5.75" x 12" piece of patterned paper. I used a beautiful floral paper from Glitz Design's Dance in Sunshine collection for mine. Using a bone folder or scoring board, score the long side of the paper at 4", 4.5", and 9".

 When you fold up the envelope, this is what it will look like.

If you want to add the liner, cut a piece of fabric to 6.75" x 9". Line the fabric up so that it cover both the front and back of the envelope, not including what will become the flap. The fabric should extend about 1/2" from each side. Machine stitch down both sides and across the bottom.

At the top of the front panel, place the oval tag die from the Thinlits Tags die set in the center, extending over the edge, as shown. To get the die perfectly placed, line it up face down and add a small piece of tape to the edge of the die. Then turn the paper over, and run it through your machine.

die cutting

Remove the die and stitch across the opening. This little notch cut out will make it easier for your recipient to remove the goodies packed inside.

Line the flap of the envelope up with the On the Edge Tattered Doily die using the same steps as above and run it through your machine. Add a panel of contrasting paper behind the flap so that the beautiful cut work will really shine.

Machine stitch the edges of the fabric together using a zig zag stitch, as close to the edge as you can.

Add your gift, fold up the envelope, and tie it shut with trim.

Now have fun adding your own custom embellishments. I added a few additional trims, and a pretty layered flower I cut from felt using the Sizzlits 3-D Rose Flower die from Scrappy Cat.

Last step was to add a tag die cut from the same oval tag die we used before. I cut the tag from white cardstock and stamped a fun birthday sentiment in olive green ink, and edged the tag with a bit of yellow ink to perfectly coordinate.

Hope next time you're in need of a quick gift packaging, that you'll give this fun envelope idea a try!


die cutting supplies

Patterned Paper: Glitz Designs
Stamp: Papertrey Ink
Trim: Glitz Designs, 7Gypsies
Flower: Petaloo
Ink: Stampin'Up, Clearsnap

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  1. This is a beautiful gift bag. What did you use to cut the contrasting paper underneath the distressed doily?

    1. Thanks, Barbara! I just adhered the contrasting paper below the distressed doily and hand-cut along the edge, leaving about a 1/4" margin. It was just gentle scallops, so it was easy. If you look closely, it is by no means perfect, but it looks ok anyway. :)

    2. Thank you...great cutting! Again, thank you for the wonderful tutorial.

  2. Brilliant! Thank you for a great tutorial x


  4. Such a pretty project!! And the idea of adding the fabric liner for a delicate gift is superb!!

  5. This is AWESOME!! LOVING your FUN idea with the Doily die at the top of the Flap!! THANKS for sharing and have a FABULOUS MEMORIAL DAY Weekend!! =)

  6. What a terrific tutorial! I love the Beautiful presentation for a gift!

  7. This is beautiful Audrey! What a clever use of the doily die! Love the colours too.

  8. It is so beautiful - but I can't sew and I do not own a sewing machine. Would it be okay to glue everything in place?
    Thanks for replying

    1. Absolutely, Nessie, glue would work just fine. I would perhaps just recommend that if you are using the fabric liner, to allow for a bit extra on each side than the 1/2" I used, as the adhesive will take up some of the space. Fine if your gift is flat, but if you need the envelope to have some depth, you may need the extra fabric width. :)

  9. Oh good grief Audrey, this is ridiculously awesome! Can you send some of that crafty brain power cleverness my way! Your scallops are perfect!

  10. Your envelope packaging is a GIFT IN ITSELF!! Truly BEAUTIFUL, Audrey! I am sure that your friend LOVES her handmade jewelry AND her handmade envelope. And, YOU, of course!

  11. I am really enthralled with your effort which you have so evidently perfected into this content. I have also liked that you have presented your own point of view with this topic, especially while making your points very much clear with this topic

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