Do you give them?? Birthdays, Christmas?? We (DH) never gave them years ago. We felt that shopping for that special gift was part of the giving experience. I have to say, that has definitely changed with the reality that all those we gift to are wonderfully blessed and giving has become a bit of a challenge. Enter the appropriate gift card, one that is paired with the interest of the one receiving it. OK, that’s settled. Now…..how to wrap/present it?!? Cards really don’t make much of a statement regardless of the amount ‘loaded’ on them. I searched out my (much neglected) felted wool pieces, raffia and glistening metallic thread. Cutting a piece 4” wide by 9” allowed me to fold it in half for the perfect size. Pinking the edges made for a very nice finish. Before stitching up the sides, I embellished a bit using Sulky’s “Holloshimmer”……….. In order to have a horizontal thread feed (oh so necessary for this flat strand configuration), I always have to get a bit creative with Ms Juki!! A clamp and large cone stand solved that!!!! I stitched the raffia “handle” on as I stitched the sides. The felt has enough loft so any decorative motif looks great on the single layer. It didn’t take long and all 3 needed gifties were completed!…… Again, the top thread is Sulky’s “Holoshimmer” and the bobbin is Connecting Threads Essential Pro poly 70wt.
A small note…….I stitched the sides using the fmq setting I had going. Perhaps, this idea would work for some “problem” gift presentation that you may have???? Now…..back to “elf-ish” tasks………………….