Brown Paper packaging Tutorial

Brown Paper packaging Tutorial

I am not a total- go green girl, but I do love to find totally different ways to wrap a little gift.  This is one of my favorite ways to use brown paper– or any kind of craft paper.  This would even work with Scrapbooking paper!

use brown paper to wrap or mail a litlte present. patchwork posse

This does include a little bit of sewing, and remeber that it does dull you needle- so after you are done, replace your needle with a new sharp one. {keep this one though as you can still use it on other projects that dull needles too}

Go to your nearest hardware store…..Lowes, Home Depot…maybe even Ace…and get yourself some of this. You find it in the Paint area, next to the plastic tarp stuff. Comes in a big roll for around 7 bucks.

Open it up, and cut it to length. I even used my rotary and big ruler. That is sooo nice. I know, it dulls them….but easy!! It is a little curly and warpy….just deal with it.
I cut mine into 10 inch strips. Like so:
Then i cut them into 10 inch squares. This is the size i need. You would measure the item you are needing to send and add a few inches to each side for your ‘seam allowance’
Fold in half:
Sew around 2 sides: Use a bit longer stitch length so you don’t perferate the paper. You wouldn’t want anyone taking a peak. I only sewed once since they aren’t traveling anywhere. I would recommend sewing twice, you never know.
Stuff item inside:
No pic sorry- i had one, but it showed what i was stuffing and this is for a little quilt thingie coming up and didn’t want to let the cat out of the bag so to speak. So trust me…stuff it and then sew the last side shut: Make sure that nothing is near the sewing edge. You don’t want anything sewn to the bag.
And there you have it:
A bunch of little ‘paper bags’ packages
Don’t look at me like that…she seriously sends this in the mail. I am thinking that if it is a flat item like her bibs and such, easy peasy. If it is something larger like my dolls or stuff…i might want to double up on the paper. Protect it just a bit more from getting in those eating, i mean sorting machines. Oh, and don’t leave any strings…they love to eat those!
Alternate Applications:
* Birthday goodies/ baggies for kids to take home
* Presents
* Mailing Pictures/papers/magazines/ maybe even a skinny book
* anything you can think of
I am not really a paper person…I am a Cotton person 😉 anyways. You could seriosly dress this package up!! Use some stamps, maybe even do some fancy stitching on it, the edges, in different colors even. I used boring white, lazy, didn’t want to change it…. Oh, let you kids draw on them! Then you can use it for wrapping anything up cute like.
What kind of paper would you use for this fun project?

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  1. Amy

    17 March

    I’ve done this before when I haven’t had any envelopes and it’s super cute! I’ve used brown paper grocery sacks too, that’s for free 🙂

  2. Nancy

    17 March

    What a super cute idea!! It sure would be fun…


    17 March

    Oh this is fantastic, I love it! I’ll be linking to this.

  4. Cathy

    17 March

    What a super idea! I mail a lot of patterns and CD’s and I think this would work great for both. Is this paper heavier than the plain brown craft paper? It sounds like it is cheaper. I’m so glad I found your blog and this fabulous idea! Thanks!

    Cathy ♥

  5. Melissa Crowe

    18 March

    I mail my orders in this same way, but I use recycled Whole Food bags–it’s free, and I feel good about reusing them. In order to protect the contents, depending what’s inside, I include a piece of rigid cardboard or wrap the piece in some bubble rap (also recycled if possible).

  6. Stephanie

    18 March

    Just another reason for me to run out and buy a sewing machine. Thanks for the tutorial!

  7. casserole

    18 March

    Very cool project!! I posted a link on Craft Gossip Sewing Blog–Anne

  8. Jedda

    30 March

    I love your blog and just found you via lazy girl. Thanks for the great ideas!

  9. Ronda

    30 March

    What a clever idea! A large zig-zag stitch works nicely, too!

  10. Megan

    31 March

    Beautiful and simple! Thanks so much for sharing. I always struggle with how to package things.

  11. SiSi

    8 April

    Lovely idea – thanks for sharing:)

  12. jeanamarie

    13 April

    great idea! i’ve done this before with baking paper (not the waxy sort) and coloured thread to make a pretty wrapping for presents 🙂

  13. Whosies

    14 April

    that sounds interesting. the string is way cute.

  14. whosies

    25 June

    i know! great idea– wish i used it more myself. hee hee


  15. kari_freshcutquilts

    25 June

    I like how “Green” this project is. Imagine wrapping your Christmas gifts like this. Let the kids decorate until their hearts content and you “sew” wrap your gifts. Seems pretty good to me, and compostible!

  16. whosies

    25 June

    i know! great idea– wish i used it more myself. hee hee


  17. Tissus

    9 September

    What a good idea of recycling. I will keep this idea in mind and probably dress the bag with some fabrics.
    Thank you for this nice tutorial.

  18. posse boss

    9 September

    Thanks— that would be totally cute..thanks for the ideas!

  19. Sophia

    9 July

    I know this is an old post, but I was wondering if she pays any additional postage for these. Also, I’m thinking you probably couldn’t use this kind of packaging if it was something “subject to postal inspection” like Media Mail or International Mail, right? (Since they couldn’t sew it back up once they opened it.)

  20. Dulce Guerra

    9 September

    We like to purchase Christmas items early and started shopping already. Thanks for the suggestions!

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