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Gift Wrapping Economically and Resourcefully

When you are wrapping a gift for a Bridal Shower, Baby Shower or House Warming present, be resourceful and have the wrapping and bow be included as part of the gift. Below I'm showing how you can wrap using a new white dish towel and a knit dish cloth as the bow. I've used ribbon to show how you can liven it up, or keep it simple. Most of the ribbons are left over from sewing and craft projects or from previous gifts.

Baby Boy Gifts

Baby Girl Gifts

Dish Towels

Below is a picture of how you lay your dish cloth out and scrunch the center together to form your bow.

How to make a bow

ADDITIONAL GIFT WRAPPING IDEA'S:

  • Use a new beach towel for a kids birthday present, graduation or any occasion you want to jazz up a little.
     
  • Sew or knit your own bag for the recipient to use as a grocery bag and wrap your gift in it.
     
  • Look for inexpensive tote bags at your local Craft or Sewing Store that are to be used to add your own personal touch. Complete adding your own items to the outside of the bag or wrap your gift in the plain tote bag.

 

Pattern for Dish Cloth

U.S. size 7 knitting needles and 1 skein of cotton worsted weight yarn.

Cast on 4 stitches.

Row 1:  Knit across.

Row 2:  Knit 2 stitches, yarn over as to knit, knit to the end of the row. Repeat Row 2 until there are 41 stitches on your needle.

Then start Decreasing rows. Knit 1 stitch, knit 2 stitches together, yarn over as to knit, knit 2 stitches together, knit to the end of the row. Repeat decreasing row until there are 4 stitches on your needle. Knit 1 row. Bind off, leaving about 7" to 8" of yarn to weave in with a tapestry needle. Weave in your extra yarn from when you cast on.

You can make the dish cloth larger or smaller, by using larger or smaller knitting needles OR knitting more or less than 41 stitches before you start decreasing. Knitting is relaxing for me and my friends and family appreciate and enjoy receiving them as gifts! You will probably not use a full skein of yarn for each dish cloth.  I use partial skeins of the same color to make additional dish cloths. When I have small amounts left over of different colors, below are funky colored, partial clothes I keep and use myself.

Dish Cloth



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