How can you not like a book called Wrapagami? I mean the name alone makes me happy and intrigued. Wrapagami: The Art of Fabric Gift Wraps by Jennifer Payford is the perfect book for those of us that don’t want to show up at a birthday party with the exact same gift bag that 15 other Target shoppers scored. Plus these gift wrap options are reusable AKA Earth-friendly. Did I mention that I am giving away a free copy of the book?
Let me start by saying that my love of Origami goes back a long way. Now I will confess I don’t fold a lot of paper these days and I don’t remember much beyond how to make a Cootie Catcher, but I do have a soft spot for it. Way back when I was a kid I went to something called Super Summer Camp and in-between Sign Language and Paper Making class was origami. Ever after I was always intrigued. When a copy of Wrapagami arrived on more door step and I realized the concept was basically wrapping presents in an origami style manner with fabric I was instantly planning how I was going to wow my next gift receipt.
The first thing that popped into my mind when I saw Wrapagami was one of my favorite vendors at the City Wide Garage Sale here in Austin. He has a huge table full of vintage scarves for a buck a piece. I always look at them longingly, but then remind myself that I have a closet full of scarves that I rarely use. Now I have the perfect excuse to dive in, Christmas is after all on the horizon and there will be gifts to wrap. My favorite project in the book under the heading of Repurposed Wraps was the gift wrapped in a long sleeve red and white polka dotted blouse! Mega cute. If the shirt fit the gift receipt it would be like a two for one special. There are so many fun patterned shirts from the 70’s at the thrift store just begging to wrap a present.
Another added bonus of Wrapagami is it works well for awkward items like bottles of wine, bowling balls and cakes. How many times have you just resorted to a boring old bag because your gift was an odd shape and the thought if trying to wrap it sounded like more trouble than it was worth? Those days are long gone with the right size piece of fabric, easy to follow instructions and a few twists and folds.
So hit the fabric store, thrift store or sewing scraps pile next time you are headed to a party. Also if you want some ready to fold fantabulous fabric options be sure to check out author Jennifer Playfords website and line of Furochic Wraps. All you need now is the complete folding instructions and lucky you we have a copy of Wrapagami to give away to one lucky winner! Leave me a wrapping paper related comment and one week from today we will pick a winner. Do you collect vintage wrapping paper? Do you hand silk screen your paper? Do you know a trick to make the best gift bows ever? Lemme know!