As the big day draws nearer and you’ve woven that last tail into your pile of knitted gifts, it’s time for the final step. Don’t devalue your lovingly handmade treats with shabby wrapping – check out our top hints and tips to make sure yours is the prize present under the tree!
1) Washi tapes
Decorative masking tapes, known as washi tapes, are all the rage in the crafting world right now and are used in cardmaking, homewares and can even add a special finishing touch to your wrapped gifts. Check out www.washitapes.co.uk for some inspiration and ideas!
2) Gift tags
When you’re giving a knitted present, it’s important to provide the necessary care instructions, especially if the recipient isn’t a knitter themselves. Remember to include a note about the composition of the yarn, whether it should be washed by hand or machine and how it should be dried, pressed and stored. Present these details on a pretty card or tag. Why not embellish it with a crocheted snowflake? Take a look at these cute crochet snowflakes by Caitlin Sainio – they would look cute on any card or gift.
3) Quick tips for neat wrapping
Use the right tape – Clear sticky tape is best for shiny wrapping paper, while translucent tape is better for paper with a matt finish.
Cut your paper to size – Avoid bulging edges by trimming your gift wrap to the correct measurements. The small off-cuts can always be used to make matching tags!
Work on a flat surface – Sitting on the bed or sofa whilst you wrap will only lead to higgledy-piggledy wrapping. A flat surface will enable you to make better creases and folds.
4) Easy knit bows
Stick this little bow to the top of your present for the perfect finishing touch! Using 6mm needles and chunky yarn, cast on eight stitches. Knit 26 rows and cast off. Stitch cast-on and cast-off edges together. With seam at centre back, sew a running stitch through both layers of knitted fabric and pull tight to gather. Wrap tail around front before securing. Ta-da!
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