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How to Use Fabric to Wrap Gifts

There are many ways to wrap gifts with fabric, but this particular technique works best with square boxes.

Difficulty level: Beginner
Time required: 15 minutes
Age range: 12 and up

Things you’ll need:
Square gift box
Fabric (fat quarters work well for smaller boxes)

Things to do:
1. Cut your fabric so that it’s 4 times the width and height of your square box. If your box is 9″, for example, then you’d need a square of fabric that is 36″ square.

Tip: An easy way to measure this without a ruler is to place your box on the fabric edge, then flip it over three times on each edge. That will roughly give you an idea of where to cut the fabric.

2. Place the fabric right side down on a table, then place the square box in the center, aligning the box corners with each straight edge of the fabric.

3. Pull the upper right corner of the fabric over the box snugly.

4. Fold the lower left corner of the fabric over on itself, toward the corner of the box.

5. Grab the folded lower left corner of the fabric and pull it over the box, overlapping it with the opposite corner of fabric. You may need to use both hands here: one to hold the right corner taut as you use your other hand to fold the left corner over it.

6. Pull the lower right corner over the box.

7. Use your other hand to tuck in any excess fabric on the sides of the box.

8. Pull the upper left corner of fabric over the box, again using your other hand to tuck in excess fabric on the sides.

9. Tie the corners together in a double knot on the top of the box.

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