I'm so in love with the beautiful historic replica fabrics from the shops at Colonial Williamsburg. I couldn't resist using the fabrics to wrap holiday gifts and to make stuffed heart gift toppers just like my grandmother in Norway would when I was a boy.


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When I was a boy in Norway my Mormor would wrap the most special of presents in bits of fabric that she'd save over the course of the year. This thriftiness and thoughtfulness have really inspired me over the years. When I saw the absolutely gorgeous fabrics from the collections at Colonial Williamsburg I just knew I had to follow in Mormor's footsteps and create some gift wrapping ideas. To literally top everything off, I've created little soft-sculpture hearts to be used as gift toppers and you can then use them as ornaments after the gift is opened. I hope you enjoy these ideas as much as I have enjoyed the memories they have conjured for me!

This post includes the most beautiful products available in the shops of Colonial Williamsburg: 

WILLIAMSBURG Quilt fabrics by Windham Fabrics, CW Shop “The Art-full Tree” book, CW Hotch Potch Ring toss game, CW Shop Alphabet Dice Game

Get all these items and so much more at shop.colonialwilliamsburg.com
 


You will need:
Heart template or heart-shaped object
Fabrics
Thread
Needle
Sewing Machine
Batting
Ribbon
Scissors
Hot Glue
Safety Pins
Gifts!
  1. For the gift topper, search for a template of a heart online, or used a heart-shaped object from your home. I used a large heart cookie cutter.
  2. Pin the template to the fabric and cut out. Be sure to leave a seam allowance of 1/4 to 1/2 of an inch. It makes it so much easier to sew!
  3. Use a sewing machine and sew the hearts together right side against right side leaving a little space to add the batting.
  4. Turn right side out and stuff with batting and then sew up the opening by hand.
  5. Add a small loop of embroidery floss by hand to use to hang the heart as an ornament after.
  6. For the gift wrap, cut a piece of fabric large enough to fold around your gift.
  7. You can use a hot glue gun, safety pins or even hand stitch the fabric in place.
  8. Add a ribbon and tie on a soft-sculpture heart.
  9. You can also cut a large square and simply tie the fabric around the gift, Japanese-style.

TIP:

Save the fabric from your gifts and reuse them for gifts next year!

I'm so in love with the beautiful historic replica fabrics from the shops at Colonial Williamsburg. I couldn't resist using the fabrics to wrap holiday gifts and to make stuffed heart gift toppers just like my grandmother in Norway would when I was a boy.
Photography by Paul Lowe

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