Synopses & Reviews
This is the ultimate resource for those who are as creative as they are willing to conserve. Ruby Star Wrapping
inspires you to think resourceful, think reusable, think unusual when it comes to gift packaging. The projects here illustrate how to create beautiful packaging from the common materials in your home. In raiding the pantry for boxes, using old linens for pouches, and making beautiful accessories out of fabric and paper scraps, Ruby Star Wrapping will help you rediscover the lost art of packaging while celebrating the handmade and promoting the sustainable.
All of these things were once very much a part of our everyday lives. They can, and should be, again. Not only can gift wrapping become something as interesting and lovely as the gift itself, it can be something that begins to help and not harm our ecosystem. By pairing cast-off household items with pretty notions from your stash, shopping flea markets and thrift stores, and looking at your would-be trash with a new eye, you can create packaging that is sustainable, unique, and delightful.
The book includes 30 projects made from fabric, paper, and boxes, as well as all the embellishments you need—bows, tags, ribbon, and more. Looking for a way to wrap the baby blanket you just crocheted? Or the art print you picked up at the craft fair? From the big and bulky to the soft and squishy and everything in between, this book offers original wrapping ideas for every gift—even that warm dish of cheese grits can get a pretty quilted cover.
From the detailed instructions, use what you wish and improvise when necessary or just for fun. Consider the ideas in this book to be the launching pad you may need, or the minute details you crave. We even include tips, suggestions, and inspiration for how your recipient can reuse your packaging. Once they see the possibilities, they too will want to get into gift packaging to reuse, regive, and relove, passing on the tradition of recycling with beauty and creativity. We can create a beautiful chain reaction!
About the Author
With a background in fine art, Melody Miller has done everything from study industrial design to work as a makeup artist and, later, as graphic designer and marketing maven. Melody's first line of fabric, Ruby Star Rising for Kokka, was released in the fall of 2010 to rave reviews; Melody has since released two more lines of fabric with Kokka. Melody lives in Atlanta with her amazing photographer hubby and two charmingly quirky children.
Allison Tannery studied journalism at the University of Georgia, but that career track lost its luster upon graduation. She is the Brand Champion and personal cheerleader for Melody Miller's work. She lives just outside of Atlanta with her husband, four children, and one incredibly annoying dog.