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How to Gift Wrap with Yarn Scraps
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How to Gift Wrap with Yarn Scraps

Difficulty Beginner
Budget < £10
Time 1 hr +

Make use of your leftover yarn by transforming it into gift wrap embellishment! We’ve got some great ideas to help you use your yarn scraps to create unique gifts for friends and family this festive season. Create tassels, pom poms and more!

Tutorial by @lottieandalbert.

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Furoshiki-Style Tassel Wrapping

This take on traditional Japanese-style fabric wrapping, Furoshiki, is a great way to showcase a pretty fabric, plus the wrap can be used again and again. You could also use a silk scarf, fun tea towel or fabric leftover from a project. Add some oversized tassels and you are good to go.

 

You will need

Fabric – I used a 45 x 45cm square of cotton, but tea towels or scarves work well too. 45 x 45cm and 70 x 70cm are traditional Furoshiki sizes, but you can use any size as long as it’s at least twice the surface area of your gift, to give you enough space to wrap.

Scissors

Scrap yarn

Card to wrap your tassel around

Step 1

Place your fabric square on the diagonal, and put your gift in the bottom corner of the fabric square.

Step 2

Turn your gift over, wrapping it in the fabric square as you do so. For a neat finish, the middle of your gift should align with the two opposite corners as you reach the middle.

 

Step 3 

When you reach the outside corner, fold the corner inside the wrap to create a neat edge across the middle of the gift.

Step 4

Bring the two remaining corners up and in, overlapping them, then tie the corners together in a double knot.

Step 5

It’s now time to make and attach the tassels. Using a piece of strong card approx. 10cm high, and wrap some scrap yarn around it approx. 50 times, or until your tassel is as full as you’d like.

Step 6 

Tie the top of the tassel tightly with a 10cm piece of yarn.

 

Step 7 

Slide off the card, then tie a second 10cm length around 2cm from the top of the tassel. Trim the loops at the bottom and neaten up. Make two tassels per gift.

Step 8 

Attach the tassels to your fabric-wrapped gift by passing the top ties of the tassel under the fabric knot. Tie your tassel onto the fabric here, then disguise the yarn knot by laying the fabric ties back down over the top. Your wrapping is complete!

Mini Macrame Wrapping

Add a special touch to a present using a small wooden hoop and some leftover yarn. Attached using a lark’s head knot, the two yarns are then woven in a simple but effective pattern to create a really special finishing touch.

 

You will need:

Wrapping paper – I used brown kraft paper

Small 2" wooden macrame rings

Scrap yarn in two colours

Masking or low-tack tape

Scissors

 

Step 1 

Wrap your gift in brown kraft paper, then measure what length yarn you need by wrapping one piece around the widest part of your gift three times. Use this piece as your guide.

Step 2 

Cut 10 lengths of colour 1 and 10 lengths of colour 2, using your first piece as a guide.

Step 3

Attach 10 lengths of colour 1 to the top of your ring using a lark’s head knot. To make the knot, first fold each strand in half and lay the folded mid-point on top of the ring.

Step 4

Pull the folded end over the top of the ring and round to the back, now pull the ends of the folded yarn through the middle, and pull to tighten. You have made one lark’s head knot.

Step 5

Repeat this process for all 10 lengths at the top of the loop in the 12 o’clock position. Now repeat the process for your second colour, placing them at 9 o’clock on the ring.

Step 6 

Place your hoop on top of your gift, and bring every other two-strand pair attached to your hoop to the outside of your gift, leaving five of each colour in the middle of the wooden ring.

Step 7 

Bring the 10 outside strands around to the back of your work, and tape in place with some low-tack tape, such as masking tape, that can be removed again afterwards.

Step 8 

On the front of the hoop, pull all strands away from the centre of the hoop then, starting from the top left, place back down in the following order, to create the pattern: white 1, mustard 1, white 2, mustard 2, white 3, mustard 3, white 4, mustard 4, white 5, mustard 5.

Step 9 

When your pattern is formed, bring the remaining 10 strands from the front to the back of the gift, and remove the tape. Tie the corresponding colours firmly together so that the wooden ring and pattern sit securely on the front of the gift, without moving around.

Pom Pom and Oranges

If you need a gift to both look and smell gorgeous, dried orange slices are a winner. Thread with pom poms in a complementary colour, such as dark greenish-blue, and place them against white wrapping paper to really make them pop.

 

You will need:

Wrapping paper – I used A2 white sheets of paper

Dried orange slices

Scrap yarn

Small 3.5cm pom pom maker OR a fork

Yarn needle

Scissors

Tape

Step 1

Wrap your gift in white paper. Using your scrap yarn, wrap it loosely round your gift 10 times, then cut this piece and set it aside for later.

Step 2

Create four to six pom poms using the pom pom maker, or a fork. If using a pom pom maker, start by wrapping yarn around two of the pom pom maker arms until the yarn fits snugly in the semi-circle. Repeat for the other side then close the pom pom maker.

Step 3 

If using a fork, wrap the yarn around the outside of the prongs of the fork about 50 times.

Step 4 

For the fork method, cut a 10cm length of yarn and tie it as tightly as possible around the middle of the wrapped bundle, going through the centre prong of the fork.

Step 5

On the pom pom maker, cut inside the grove around the outside edge, then tie a 10cm length of yarn tightly through the central groves to secure.

Step 6 

Cut the top and bottom of the fork bundle to release the pom pom. Then trim your pom poms to shape.

Step 7 

Taking your long length of yarn cut earlier, attach a yarn needle to one end, and secure the other end to the back of your gift using tape.

Step 8 

Start to wrap the yarn around your gift, threading a few pom poms and a piece of orange onto your yarn needle each time you wrap over the front of the gift. Repeat this around six times, wrapping without adding a decoration every couple of wraps. When you are happy with how it looks, tape the loose end to the back of the gift and trim any pom pom ties. Adjust a little and enjoy!

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