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Cloth Christmas Paper | Wrapping Gifts with Furoshiki

Christmas furoshiki gifts

I have been wrapping Christmas gifts with cloth wrapping paper for over seven years now! The first year I only wrapped about 1/3 of our gifts using cloth. The next year a little more and I have only been using cloth for the past five years. I have even switched over our family birthday and special occasion gifts to cloth wrapping paper.

  • Cloth wrapping paper saves money because you can reuse it year to year. You can find Christmas material for 50-60% off during the Christmas season and up to 90% off afterwords (although you have to be fast!).
  • Cloth wrapping paper saves a ton of garbage. This is my favorite part about cloth wrapping paper. I never realized the sheer amount of trash created by opening Christmas gifts until it wasn’t there anymore.
  • Cloth wrapping paper looks great! The presents are bright and there are many different patterns. Some have tinsel worked in, some have sequins, some are just solid colors. I have cotton, silk, and even a few flannel ones.
  • Cloth wrapping paper is super easy to do. See the tutorial before for tips on sewing it and wrapping with it.

How to Sew Cloth Christmas Wrapping Paper

Christmas Squares: Cut the fabric in squares (varying sizes, but try to keep it square because squares are easier to fold when wrapping ). Hem around the outside (hand sewing is fine, a machine will be faster).Cloth wrapping paper

Christmas bags: Fold the fabric so the design is facing in and then sew the two open sides. Hem the third open side (the opening of the bag). Then flip it so the design is facing outward and you have a gift bag!

Christmas Bandanas: Buy a Christmas bandana! Hobby Lobby carries them (regular price is $1.27). Furoshiki cloth wrappingThere are many Christmas prints and they are already a good size square that does not need to be sewn. They will go on clearance with all of the other Christmas items. The package with the penguin tag is a bandanna. You can also find tons of prints and colors at Amazon for as little as $0.40 each when you buy them in bulk.

How to Fold Cloth Christmas Paper (Furoshiki)

The art of folding cloth paper is also called furoshiki. If you made a sack then just put your item in and tie the top with ribbon.

Furoshiki Fold – If you have a flat then there are a few different folds you can make. This page Green Christmas paperhas many of the traditional folds. The green package with the Christmas tree tag is tied using the second fold on that chart. The green stripe package (at the top of the post) with the red ornament tag was tied using the first fold on the chart.

Furoshiki Christmas wrappingThe Burrito Fold – put your item at the edge of the cloth, make one fold toward the opposite side, fold in the sides and continue the fold to the edge. Tie the package using ribbon in a T-pattern (wrap it all the way around the package and then twist it and wrap it the other direction). Tie a bow at the top! The package with the green ornament “Daddy” tag was made using the Burrito Fold.

The Bow Fold – put your item at the edge of the the cloth and roll it to the other edge. Green Christmas tagsTake the two loose ends and pull them together to the center of the package and tie them with ribbon. Fan the material out so it looks like a large bow. You can also do this fold starting the item at one corner and fold to the other corner. A corner to corner fold will result in a smaller “bow” but it will hold a larger item. The blue snowman package with the red ornament tag on it was wrapped with the bow fold.

Green Christmas Gift Tags

How do you mark your packages if you can’t use stickers! Hobby Lobby, Michaels, JoAnn’s, and many other “craft” stores sell wood ornament kits that you can personalize. These are perfect for tags! They range from $0.35-$0.99 each before discounts and you can use them again the next year.

Rainwater Harvesting | How to Harvest Rainwater

I came across this great infographic on rainwater harvesting (thanks to CustomMade). It shows you how to actively harvest rainwater.

I am having a lot of luck with passive rainwater harvesting, thanks to this great book by Brad Lancaster.  I have not set up an active system yet, but I hope to do so eventually!

The Thankful HomeAcre Hop 2014

Thankful HomeAcre Hop - submit your best thankful posts. found at www.PintSizeFarm.com

What are you thankful for?

This weeks hop is a special Thankful HomeAcre hop! Feel free to submit anything thanksgiving along with the usual homesteading, homeschooling, gardening, and livestock posts.

What are you most thankful for?

I must say, I am pretty thankful for our recent vacation. My oldest is 7 and all of his vacations have been either family or work related. They have been great, but having a true family only vacation was the experience of a lifetime. Disney world was amazing. Even our 2 year old loved it. Now to save up and try to go again in 4 years…

I’ve been out of the loop, so to speak, because of the vacation so I did not choose a featured post this week. Next week we will not be hosting a hop – stop back here to read up on all the great thankful posts that I am sure will be submitted. I will choose a post from these submissions as the feature for the following week.

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Kmart Fab 15 Toy Giveaway

Christmas Giveaway - Kmart Fab 15 Toys ends 12/5/14. Found at www.PintSizeFarm.com

Christmas Giveaway – Kmart Fab 15 Toys

It’s that time of year! Winning a couple of Christmas gifts can really save some time and money. I love doing DIY gifts (like this homemade barbie furniture) as well, but a few store bought is just… simple! Here are a great selection of kids toys.

We are so happy to partner up with Kmart to offer a fantastic giveaway for their Fab 15 Toys. We want to help make your holidays a little easier by giving you the chance to win these popular and trendy toys. In the spirit of the holiday season 13 winners will receive 1 toy from the Kmart Fab 15 Toy List. Toys included in this giveaway are listed below.

Prize List

  • Disney Doc McStuffins Sleepytime Lambie by Just Play (Kmart exclusive)
  • Holiday Auburn Barbie™ 2014 Doll by Mattel® (Kmart exclusive)
  • My Little Pony Equestria Girls Rainbow Rocks Mane Event Stage Playset by Hasbro® (Kmart exclusive)
  • Transformers Age of Extinction Optimus Prime and Grimlock 12-Inch Electronic Figures by Hasbro® (Kmart exclusives)
  • Zoomer Dino by Spin Master™
  • Disney Frozen Snow Glow Elsa Doll by TollyTots
  • FurReal Friends Get Up and GoGo My Walkin’ Pup Pet by Hasbro®
  • LEGO® Super Heroes Line from Marvel™ and DC Comics™
  • NERF® Zombie Strike SlingFire Blaster
  • Nickelodeon PAW Patrol Look-Out Playset, Vehicles and Figurines, and Rescue Racers by Spin Master™
  • Play-Doh® DohVinci Style and Store Vanity Complete Design Set by Hasbro®
  • Simon Swipe Game by Hasbro®
  • VTech® Kidizoom® Smartwatch

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Win a Solar Power System from Sun Power #WinSolar

Win a SunPower Solar Power Array

Some of my most popular posts are on solar power. The cost of solar power can be expensive, but it is cheaper in the long run (always a good strategy for sustainable living). I prefer purchasing a solar power over leasing, but winning one would be even better! If you are looking into solar power then you can also read up on the difference between micro-inverters and a whole house central inverter.

For more solar power details be sure to check out those posts, but in the meantime here are a few bullet points:

  • A solar power system on your home may deliver significant savings on your utility bills today, and act as a hedge on rising utility rates.
  • By purchasing a solar power system, you may be eligible for a 30% federal Investment Tax Credit, as well as state and local solar incentives.
  • In most states, homeowners with solar power systems also may be eligible to take advantage of net energy metering programs that allow them to receive a financial credit from their utility company for the excess solar power they export to the grid.
  • Generating your own emission-free solar power reduces your reliance on fossil fuels and your family’s overall carbon footprint.
  • Studies have shown that a solar power system may increase the value of your home (http://cleantechnica.com/2013/12/17/study-shows-rooftop-solar-adds-thousands-to-home-resale-values/).
  • With a solar power system on their roof, electric vehicle owners can offset the increased electricity costs with emission-free fuel from the sun.
  • Solar technology is proven and reliable. Systems generally are warranted for about 25 years, and there’s usually little to no maintenance required. You don’t have to turn it on in the morning – the sun does that for you.
  • Solar systems can be purchased outright or through a loan, and lease programs also are available.
  • Increasingly, Americans are going solar. The Solar Energy Industries Association estimates that a solar power system is installed in the US every 3.2 seconds.
  • Solar is one of the fastest growing industries in America. There are almost 150,000 U.S. solar jobs today.

Sun Power panels come with a 25 year warranty and are the most efficient panels on the market. SunPower was founded in California’s Silicon Valley nearly 30 years ago. The company has manufactured more than one billion cells and has installed more than 4.5 gigawatts of solar around the world (enough to power Paris, France for an entire year). (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Tv_pe1qdBrc).

How to Enter the Sweepstakes

There is no widget with this giveaway, to enter you must go to the SunPower Sweepstakes Page.

Here are a few other links you may find interesting:

Specific details on the sweepstakes can be found on the SunPower Sweepstakes FAQ page.

**Sweepstakes eligibility is limited to those who own a solar-suitable home within the state of California, New York, Hawaii, Arizona, or Colorado**

This is a sponsored post (that means I will receive some compensation for posting it). I only post things that I think my readers will be interested in and a sweepstakes to win a solar power array fit.

Make your Own Barbie and Doll Furniture | DIY Christmas

DIY barbie doll furniture, kids toys, and large doll furniture. Simple to do. Post found at www.PintSizeFarm.com

Christmas is coming!

Christmas is coming so it is time to start looking at personal, homemade, Christmas gifts. DIY Barbie furniture (and doll furniture like in the book above, which can be found here) is an excellent gift for the young girls in your life.

Some Homemade Christmas Ideas

Great DIY Christmas gift for kids (and easy)! Found at www.PintsizeFarm.com

DIY Play Kitchen

  • I love these hand warmers for the adults in your life (you can even make them for the guys!).
  • These washer necklaces are great for the adult women on your list.
  • These DIY spoon garden markers would be a hit with any gardener on your list.
  • And today I want to show you plastic canvas barbie furniture, plastic canvas doll furniture and plastic canvas play kitchen tools for the kids.

One of my favorite mediums to recommend to DIYer’s for making kids gifts is plastic canvas… seriously! It is so simple that it doesn’t matter what your experience level is… you CAN DO IT! Plus, it holds up well to kid-play and it is cheap.

While I have made plastic canvas barbie furniture before I do want to disclose that I have not made the doll furniture or play kitchen tools (yet). I saw them in my quest for some new doll patterns. I may try some this Christmas season because my littlest is in the play kitchen stage (and her favorite doll is 10″).

Learn How to Make DIY Plastic Canvas Barbie Furniture and Kid’s Toys

Most books will have a short tutorial, but if you want to get into some more complex patterns I recommend:

If you have some background in sewing or needlecraft then you will probably pick up on it just using the tutorials at the front of the pattern books.

This is super easy to make - DIY craft food found at www.PintSizeFarm.com

DIY Play Food

Where to Find DIY Barbie Furniture, Doll Furniture, and Kid Toy Patterns

  • Local library. Try here first. If they happen to have any pattern books they will be free :)
  • Amazon. I find some great books here. Many are out of print and too expensive to purchase, but the pictures will still give you ideas.
  • Make your own. Use those pictures for inspiration to come up with your own pattern!

A couple Free patterns:

Have fun crafting!

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