Make sure you’ve attached a label to the quilt that identifies you as the maker. You’ll also want to include care instructions, Color Catchers, and maybe even a repair kit with extra fabric. You’ll find these and more covered in detail (including printouts) in an excellent article by Rose Johnston from Threadbare Quilts.
Once you have everything ready to go, make sure you have photos of the quilt. Take more photos than you think you’ll need and make sure they’re clear and accurately depict the colors of the quilt before you start wrapping.
A “beauty shot” of it nicely thrown over a pretty chair
At least one picture with you and the giftee and the quilt, if you can.
We’d add that it’s a good idea to get some close-up shots as well, of special details, a quilting design you want to remember, and whatever else you may want to refer back to in the future.
Now that the prep work is done, it’s time to consider how to wrap the quilt.
While you could simply fold the quilt up and wrap it the standard way in wrapping paper, there are several more creative ways to present a gift quilt – and you don’t need to worry about ink from the paper rubbing off onto the quilt (although putting it in a box first will prevent that).
We love the way Kimberly from the Fat Quarter Shop uses a crate for giving a quilt. Watch how it’s done in the following video.
Click here to watch the video at YouTube if it doesn’t play on your device.
Another idea is to roll the quilt up and tie a pretty ribbon or twine around it. Or simply fold the quilt nicely and tuck a card into the fold. Learn more here.
You can also make a matching pillowcase to serve as gift-wrap. You can complete a pretty “Magic Pillowcase” with finished seams in less than an hour. Learn how here.
Reusable fabric gift bags are also good choices. You’ll find a selection to choose from here. A drawstring laundry bag can also work.
Large gift bags and tissue paper also work, as do large decorative gift boxes. Or try the idea shown below from Quilt Doodle Designs. Learn more here.
Whatever you do, don’t give a quilt in a trash bag. You don’t want to minimize the value of your hard work by subliminally associating “quilt” and “trash” – OR run the risk of it accidentally ending up in the trash can.
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