Saturday, December 18, 2010

Re-Gifting

Did you read Carrie's post about her ribbon obsession? I can relate. Carrie and I do keep in touch about other things too, and in my last email to her I thanked her for the ribbon inspiration. "Now I have something to blog about too." People, we take inspiration where ever we can. Just be grateful I didn't decide to post about my groceries again.

So.... ribbon. I have been using the same ribbon on my packages for years. Years. Probably about 30 years. Where do I begin? Well, for one thing. I started quilting before rotary cutters existed. There was a time when I made a template of my quilt shapes (sans seam allowance) and took this template and traced on yardage and then cut out each piece with scissors and a seam allowance I judged "by eye." The seam allowance was less important, because I was hand piecing and sewing on the drawn seam line. Yes, I am as old as dirt.

So..... when I was cutting this yardage out, whenever I needed big pieces for borders and backings, I did not use the scissors. I tore fabric. And, I am going to admit that when I need large pieces for borders and backings I still tear fabric. Do not judge.

So.....when I tore this fabric, I also tore off the selvages. Tons and tons of them. I kept them and put them in a basket and kept them for ribbons for packages. It was well known in my family that whenever they got a present with a weird cloth-like ribbon, it was from me. I still have several baskets of selvages that will live out their destiny as ribbon.So.... a couple of years ago my niece was having a baby shower. She was handed a present and without looking at any tag said, "This is from my Aunt Laurie". She was asked how she knew and she said - "The ribbon." So.... she was untying the ribbon and her eyes got very big. "WOW. How did you get yours and aunt Polly's name on this ribbon?" I told her "I know people." Seriously, one of the best perks of designing fabric is having your own personalized ribbon.Speaking of presents... Polly and I are re-gifting. This was sent to us by Lissa and Deb at Moda and we want to give it to you.
A whole bag of Petit Fours ™ . There are 2 bags, actually. If you comment on this post about anything at all, or maybe about recycling (ribbon) or re- gifting (we won't tell) and make your comment before midnight on Tuesday December 21st, you could win a bag of Petit Fours ™.

Laurie

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Jenni said...

I would love to win. I wish I was better at recycling....

Kathryn said...

I don't regift, but I do keep ribbon and gift bags from gifts I receive and pass them on with gifts I give. Kathie L in Allentown

Anita said...

I have re-gifted in the past but haven't passed on a gift in a few years. I usually feel pretty guilty about re-gifting.
Hope you and your families have a nice holiday.

sbmeeks said...

I save boxes, but that's it... I love the selvage idea. I night have to use that next Christmas!

L said...

I love that you use selvages for ribbon. I wish you and your's a Very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.

Rosalie said...

I reuse gift sacks all the time! Those things get expensive! Lucky you- ribbon with your name on it! ;-)

Pamela said...

Using selvages as ribbon is a fabulous idea!

Lizzie said...

I have to tell you a little story about my Mum and saving gift bags, we've always done it.. Anyway, my Mum has Alzheimer's and it was her birthday earlier this month, I bought her a present and put it in a gift bag. We had a lovely visit and as I was leaving she handed the bag to me and said "I've been saving this for ages, I knew you would like it so I saved it for you'! Even Alzheimer's can't knock out ingrained recycling, it really made me smile that day..........
I wouldn't regift those gorgeous little squares though :o)
Lizzie
xxx

irishgirlsews said...

I would love to win, those little gems look wonderful. I reuse ribbon all the time, my mother lived through the depression, and I think her generation are really the greatest recyclers of all.

Robin said...

Hey, I like your posts and pictures of food. But, this ribbon idea works too.

Lori said...

I love your story about how your name got on the "ribbon" of fabric!!!
I'd love to be entered into the drawing.

Pookie said...

"Your own personal ribbon"! HAHAHAHAHA! Nice!

I can't have any ribbon (or loose strips of fabric) in the house because Rollie (the cat) has an insatiable taste for ribbon/string and an uncanny ability for finding it no matter where in the house it is. My favorite ribbon story though, is from my mom. Her mother couldn't deal with not knowing what her gifts were, so she's sneak in and carefully unwrap them to see what they were, then wrap them back up. Somewhere along the line, though, someone figured out that if they put that weird stretchy thin silver ribbonish cording on the corners of the gifts, Gram couldn't figure out how to put it back on the gift correctly. She was completely foiled by it and would have to just wait for her gifts. How awesome is that?

Val Miller said...

Using the selvedges as ribbon is brilliant! Now I just have to remember to cut them off and save them. I always forget, and then end up with little pieces at the end of a project.
Merry Christmas!!

DaisyJulz said...

I am busy making a selvage quilt but still have so many selvages left thanks to the donations from many wonderful fabric friends. So now I can use the left overs to wrap their birthday presents through 2011. Simple yet effective idea! Thanks.

Bevie Pearl said...

What a perfect idea for ribbon. I like it. Thanks for sharing your story about how the fabric ribbon started. I remember my grandmother saving the wrapping paper, so we learned early to open gently.
Have a Merry Christmas and thanks for a chance at a wonderful give a way!!

Alicia said...

I love to make the ribbon blankets and, on day it dawned on me that every wonderful Moda JR (and LC) comes with a great textured ribbon. So I have started reusing these!

(See my post, look for Moda's in the bottom Right Corner) here....http://alimaui.blogspot.com/2010/11/yay-for-taggies.html)

Jan - Big Brown Dog Primitives said...

I have used torn strips of homespuns for ribbon for ages, but they sure don't have my name printed on them! What a cool touch, and such a good story. Thanks for the chance at that lovely fabric.

rebecca said...

I can always, ALWAYS, count on your blog for a laugh, chuckle or smile. Thanks and Happy Holidays.

By the way, I am a no ribbon, just a bow wrapper.

Sandy said...

I love recycling my my paper and ribbons. I have re-gifted but now that I quilt, I have a closet full of gifts!

scottylover said...

These are too cute! Thanks for the re-gifting! :)

The ribbon idea is great, especially since you can get it with your name on it ;) You were "going green" when it wasn't popular!

Regifting-my thought is if I give you something you don't want or can't use, it is yours to do whatever you want with! If you know someone else who can use it, by all means, give it to them!

Nancyz said...

I save the gift bags to reuse. I love the idea that you use the salvages as ribbons. Very cool! My favorite re-gifting is at Valentines day. I give my husband the same card each year, but write a new message on it every year. Thank you for the giveaway. Happy Holidays. I really enjoy your blog.

Pokey said...

What fun! I teach recycling in my classroom, my second graders know that they can have one (yea, 1!) skittle for bringing in any plastic bottles or cans from the playground. I then give them to a needy family to recycle for cash. She says it is milk and bread money, that's cool!

Quilting by the Lake said...

Would love to win! I only save boxes until they are too tattered then out they go! Happy Holidays!

Lisnaweary Quilts said...

I recycle clothes, I remove and reuse zips and buttons, usually to make something crafty. Now I shall be making some ribbon like yours, thanks for the idea. Merry Christmas to you and yours.

Claudia said...

I don't regift, but every year my mom puts bows on all the packages and say "be careful to to break or damage the bows. She saves all the bows, and has a box full of bow pieces. She will make all kinds of differant ones. She has all kinds of colors. This way each year she gets wrapping paper in a differant color and just goes to her box to make the new bows. I think this is here form of quilting.

Rhonda P. said...

What a great idea for selvages. I am going to start doing the same but probably just for my quilting friends. My family just doesn't understand me! lol
Great giveaway!
Merry Christmas!

Jan said...

Very bright idea, one I hadn't considered. I've always just tossed the selvages. I'm keeping my fingers crossed, I'd love to win the Petit Fours.

Mom on the Move! said...

My mother always uses real ribbon on her package and I always save it. It ends up back on all sorts of things: my luggage so I can tell which black bag is mine, other gifts, my daughters stuffed animals (makes a great leash), etc, etc. And I have been known to CAREFULLY regift.

Thanks for the giveaway.

James-Linda said...

MERRY CHRISTMAS TO YOU!
SWEET LITTLE GIVEAWAYS!
I don't re-gift, but I'm a saver of all ribbons+decorations-boxes of them!

jldouglas@wispwest.net

Becky said...

I absolutely LOVE the idea of using selvages as ribbon for packages. I quit using ribbons and bows years ago because they kept falling off the packages. My friend using the selvages to tie her tomato plants to the tomato cages in her summer garden, but I don't garden. Thanks for this great tip! Merry Christmas to you and your famly!

Manda said...

Love the idea of selvage ribbons! I'm too much of a hoarder to re-gift things tho :D

Vickie E said...

I try hard to save gift boxes and reuse them each year. I do the same with bows. As for re-gifting. I nearly ALWAYS re-gift hand creams, body wash and any other scented body products. I never use them and figure, what's the sense in keeping them...when someone else will use them happily.

Lesly said...

I do pass on gifts that I know I won't use, but I don't pretend to have bought them especially for the new recipient.

Margo said...

I'm a rug hooker and use wool strips for ribbon lots of times. Even been known to wrap hookers gifts in pieces of wool. Double gift!

Quilting Mom said...

I would love to win! Thank you for the chance! I like to save the printed ribbons that come with jelly rolls and layer cakes, then use them for wrapping gifts to my friends.

Anonymous said...

My sister and I have a Christmas box we fill and regift to each other every year. It's been taped together a few times, coutesy of my dogs getting ahold of the top, but it's always fun to see what's inside. This year was my turn to fill it with goodies and send it on.

Gretchen said...

I love recycling ribbons and bows. I have boxes of them and I think some of the bows may be 10 years old or older. I have even been known to reuse wrapping paper. I love the idea of using selvage for ribbon.

Belinda said...

Many moons ago, big fat yarn was my ribbon of choice. I reused those yarn ribbons & bows until they were frayed beyond belief. Each child knew which presents were theirs because they each had their own "ribbon" color. I no longer use the yarn, but still use the designated color for each grown up child :)

beth said...

I would love to have ribbon with my name on it!! How fun!!

Susan McCrea said...

Recycling selvages! It's a clever "green" idea to use them as ribbons. One idea all quilters would approve of. My family would think it strange if selvages showed up on their presents but they would know who it was from! Merry Christmas!

SheilaS said...

I really liked your ribbon. Now, I must remember not to throw away any of those edges that I have been tossing! I know people that would actually love their gifts tied with one of those. Have a very Merry Christmas!

May Kristin said...

Love your way of recycling! :-)
Merry Christmas!

Dawn said...

Don't forget tho - you could always join the "selvedge craze" and make a quilt with one of those baskets of selvedges :-)
Kind regards - and a very Merry Christmas ........

Ellen said...

We recycle certain special Christmas bows with ornaments attached in my family. For example, my dad always got the box with the red shoe. Love your selvage idea. (I've always wondered why it isn't spelled selvedge - off to check wiki - maybe they know! Geez I'm tired & silly.)

Anonymous said...

I like to recycle wrapping paper. Pieces that are in good shape I make into envelopes for cards I make. Would love to win. Thank you.

Darlis

Mystica said...

This is enormous! I really would love to win (with eveyrone else of course). I keep gift wrap, ribbons, and make tags out of Christmas cards. Also pretty birthday cards are kept for tags!

Thank you for the giveaway and a very Merry Christmas.

Cheryl said...

Clever use of the selvage! I would love these little pieces of fabric since most of what I do these days is so small that it only requires 1" max.
Thanks for the opportunity.

Deb G. in VA said...

I don't regift, but I have been the recipient of regifting ... we received a wedding present and the previous owner wasn't smart enough to look in the box and remove the gift tag that was enclosed when they received it as a wedding gift!
Wonderful giveaway, would love to win. Thanks!

Debi said...

I honestly never thought of using selvedges as ribbon. I will have to try that out.

Anonymous said...

I also save the selvages and love torn pieces of fabric

Tammy said...

I don't believe in re-gifting. I've gotten several "re-gifts" and typically it's things that I wouldn't ever use or want, rather than say anything, I simply give it to a charity - someone out there can use it.

Nancy said...

I save all my salvages that has information printed on it. It is in a round ball shape. I keep adding each new salvage from my projects to this ball and it keeps growning larger. I want to see how large it will end up by the time I can't sew anymore....which I hope is many years from now. ;o)

Lorraine said...

Good idea to use selvages for ribbon! I wouldn't have thought of that.

I LOVE to win!

Dana B. said...

what a lovely regift! I love the idea of using selveges as ribbon. I reuse gift bags all the time..

Cathy said...

Frankly, presents around here are lucky to get a ribbon at all, and it's usually the curling variety.

Margaret said...

I haven't done regifting in a while. I don't think I would hesitate from doing it though. :D I'd love to win some petit fours!

Pamela said...

I buy quite a few FQ bundles and the lovely grosgrain ribbon is my ribbon for everything. When it's not long enough I sew them together. My girls always open the presents and then hand me back the ribbon. They know me too well.

krisgray said...

Haven't "had" to regift in a while. I do save strips that are less than an inch and use for ties/string. Ormandy occurred to me to use it as ribbon!

Kathy said...

I tear fabric, too, so I won't judge. Great idea with the selveges. You were being "green" before it became fashionable! Guess you're just a trendsetter.

Gayle said...

I don't do much re-gifting, but I love buying stuff and the thrift store and updating it for my home - guess that's more like recycling!

Anonymous said...

I am a recycler. Did it way back in the 70's when it wasn't the "in" thing to do. I do reuse ribbons, bows, gift bags. This year, I used salvages to make some ornaments and gave them to friends. They loved them because the words on the selvage applied to them -
"Best Friends" by Sandy Gervais selvages were used.

Charlotte S
no blog

Kwiltsfl said...

I don't have the patience to re-use ribbon (of course, mine wouldn't have MY name on it - LOL) I am guilty of the occasional re-gifting, though.......
Karen

Judy H said...

Loved your blog about using selvage edges as ties to wrap gifts! Excellent idea even if it doesn't have your own name on it!

Chris@Cats On My Quilts said...

I used to use the same ribbon year after year but then I got 2 cats and they would eat it. It's not pretty re-gurgitated.

Janet said...

I love your "personalized" ribbon! With everyone making selvage projects these day you could make something with your selvages and have your names all over it. :0)

Ned's Place said...

I can't re-gift as I'd feel guilty. But I do keep unusual boxes that I cover with fabric (sort of decoupage) to put presents in each year. Love the Idea of making ribbon from fabric will have to try that.

Hope you have a Very Merry
Christmas

debbie said...

would love to win, then I would regift some of the fabric while teaching my Grandchildren how to use the Hello Kitty sewing machine they're getting for Christmas!
Hope you, Polly and your families have a wonderful Christmas!
Thanks for all the blog posts ~ I enjoy all of them!
Debbie :)

Julia said...

I would love to have my name on a ribbon, but for now it would be lovely to win one of yours...
I can't regift my concience won't let me...I do reuse ribbon, it's such a waste not to!
Have a lovely Happy Christmas..
Julia ♥

Marge said...

I was at the womens shelter today as an elf for Santa. We ran short of ribbon and my daughter said when you quilt you never run short of ribbon because you always have a stash. How great to come home and read about your selvages. Keep up the good work and Merry Christmas.
Marge

DebrafromMD said...

I save ribbons and gift bags and some boxes to reuse. We don't give gifts that the recipient hasn't requested so we don't usually have anything to regift.

Linda said...

Love the ribbon stories! I recycle ribbon and gift bags, sometimes tissue paper. I regift occasionally, usually just duplicates. I would love to win those Petit Fours ™.

katie said...

I think regifting is fine. Just don't give it to the person you got it from. That could lead to some big explaining to do.

Laurie in Iowa said...

I save selvages too. I've completed a lap size quilt with the selvages.

Kris Miller said...

Funny gift recycling story: For years, I was pretty sure that my sister-in law was giving all of us recycled gifts. When I told my husband my suspicions, he thought I was crazy. One year he gave his sister a little wood carving that he created himself....well, you guessed it, about 3 years later, his sister gave it back to him as a gift and told him that it was made by a Michigan artist!!! She hadn't even remembered that he had given it to her. Now my husband doesn't think I'm so crazy after all!

Susana quilts said...

I reuse gift bags and ribbon, scared to re-gift! I know I have received some regifts! If you have a favorite thing and everyone gives you those things- don't give the ones you don't like away- people get suspicious!
Merry Christmas- I enjoy your blog!

Dortha said...

What lovely litle fabric swatches. I would love to be entered to win. I reuse my bags and ribbons. dorthac@aol.com

Laura said...

Great giveaway! I'd love to win. I used to spend hours making the perfect ribbon and bow combination for each gift. Until I had to start shipping everything to the recipients and all my hard work would just get squashed into unrecognizable shapes. So now I don't even add ribbon or bows. The gifts get shipped "naked" LOL.

paula, the quilter said...

I, too, still tear fabric for long lengths. Just sayin'. Thanks for such a great giveaway, I would love to win.

Barbara J said...

I've used selvages like you have, to wrap gifts with and sometimes when it's too short, I tie a couple of them together :)

I think it's such a great idea to repurpose!

Nancy said...

The only regifting I do is for Rob Your Neighbor which we play every year at Christmas. We bring at least two gifts person, so that means I have to have at least 6, but usually find more... Not only is re-gifting allowed it is encouraged....
Today was the day and I took 12 gifts...most of them regifts..
HOWEVER...I would NOT regift if I won those petites fours...no how, no way...

Melinda said...

I use my selvages mostly for quilts and other projects but I really only like the ones with words or dots on them so I have used the plain ones as ribbon.

Sarah said...

Merry Christmas to you both!

Our cat used to steal the bows off of the Christmas packages. She would carry them around, making happy sounds, and then "kill" the bows. We finally learned to tape the bows on tight, and give Thumper a sacrificial bow.

Emma said...

My mother taught me to recycle before it was "in". She grew up in a poor, but loving family who used up everything, then reused it in some other fashion. I learned early to clean my plate, turn out the light when I left a room, and never leave the water running when brushing my teeth. Bags, coffee cans, and string are part of my stash. My children are rolling their eyes..... Merry Christmas to all

Mary said...

I've already done a re-gift this year for Christmas. Don't tell anyone. I think winning this would be a whole lotta fun. Happy Holidays.
Mary

Vicky said...

I hadn't thought about using selvages - but, of course, selvages are only special if they have your name on them. I've gotten a bit of a reputation for packages wrapped with fabric ribbons, though. I use a pinking rotary cutter, cut a 2" strip or whatever size, out of Christmas fabrics, tie that puppy up and it's good to go. I never have ribbon when I need it. Fabric I have! Now if I could find a good substitute for Scotch tape which I never seem to have either.

Erin in MI said...

I've never tried tying my packages with selveges, but it's a great idea. I'd love to be included in your give away. Merry Christmas!

junglewife said...

I never thought of using selvedges as ribbon! And bonus points when it's your OWN selvedge! :-)

Logan said...

WOW! I woud'nt mind getting a re-gift like that! I don't think I've ever re-gifted (no jugdement here)...unless giving someone something made from fabric they gave you is re-gifting;) I'm with you on the selvege ribbon!
I save gift bags and make my own from leftover fabric. I also save little boxes and cover them in fabric scraps (no gift wrap needed!) Here's a new one, I'm going to make little button strings to attach to bows and bags (you can also use yo-yos.) I save and re-use anything I can!

Merry CHRISTmas!!!

Logan

Amy said...

I do re-gift gift bags. It seems a shame to use a cute bag only one time. So, I store them and then when I need one I can usually find something pretty cool in my stash.

I am inspired on the internet by all of the neat crafty things that selvages are used for. So I started saving them about a year.

Dee said...

Those petit fours are so pretty! There's no chance I'd regift them. I used to spend a lot of time wrapping each present and making pretty bows and ribbons for each of them. However, my cats wouldn't leave them alone and they never lasted until Christmas. Now I put a gift tag on them and call them done.

Fibercrafter said...

I've been slowly replacing our wrapping paper with fabric bags. Sometimes it's not possible to get them back to re-use!

Joan and Kevin said...

I love the fabric. Thank you for the giveaway. Yes I reuse bows and ribbon and I re-gift.It runs in the family, all my mom's family does it.
Sometimes it comes full circle.

Anonymous said...

I use my selvages to tie up the tomato plants in the garden.

Lee Ann said...

That is a cool idea to use selvages as ribbon. What a way to recycle. I try to use up everything and it's not easy.

Barb said...

I have a friend who believes that gifts are meant to be enjoyed for a while and then passed on to someone else to enjoy. Regifting, a philosophy.

aztel2000 said...

I have a huge basket of selvages and occasionally use them to tie things up--mostly tomato vines. I love the story about your name on the ribbon--cute!
Karen in Breezy Point

Janet said...

Merry Christmas.

Because we don't drink very much we often regift alcohol when people bring a hostess gift.

Thanks for the draw

Four dogs and one quilter said...

I don't regift but I do regift the idea. If someone sends us a fruit basket and I like it, will send one to someone else. Then I know the quality of the gift I am giving. But you can certainly regift those lovely fabrics to me! Could share with my quilting friends. PS. I use my salvages for making pincushions.

Carol Sc said...

Sure, I would love to win. ...but, more than that, I enjoyed reading about your beginning quilting techniques --- cause they are the same as mine. We used to wash our fabric and then pull it on the bias to get it on the straight of grain. Some of my templates were from Cheerios boxes --- but the tops of margarine containers didn't wear down so fast...so, there are more of us "older than dirt".

Sherrill said...

Wow, what a great idea for 'ribbon'. Never woulda thought of that! LOL And thanks for the great giveaway! Merry Christmas!

Janet said...

Nothing wrong with ribbon made from fabric edges. Recycling is really the "in thing" to do anyway!

Sue-Anne said...

I think selvedges look fantastic as ribbon and I have used them several times for gifts. I love ribbons and after this year doing a class with Sue Spargo when she came to Australia, I now have to buy a piece of every unusual ribbon I see. Merry Christmas to you and your family. Sue-Anne, Australia.

Beth said...

OK - sometimes I re-gift but I am sure to put a post it note on the item of the name of the person who gave the gift to me so I can get it in a different circle. Christmas morning I am the scavenger - boxes, bags, tissue paper that is in good shape, ribbons and bows all get put into rubbermaid tubs for the next year.

Linda in PA said...

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!
Thanks for the great giveaway.
I save ribbons to reuse. I also save and reuse gift bags and boxes. I have been saving selvages to make into items, but I really like the idea of using them as ribbons.
Thanks again.
lraetaylor@gmail.com

Mariel said...

I have never re-gifted. That's not to say I never will and I really don't see anything wrong with it. If someone else enjoys it more than you, why not? I would love to win your re-gifts! I do recycle though. Gift bags, bows, ect..

anniem said...

In our family we have some very special boxes that get used year after year. An aunt worked at Birks (Canada's answer to Tiffany's???) and would send things in their signature blue boxes. Well those boxes were so special that only a ribbon was required to keep prying eyes out. No wrapping necessary. Tante Alice has been gone for a few years now and retired from Birks many years before that but those boxes keep coming out year after year after year.

Frankie said...

Your selvage ribbon is genius! I am so going to borrow it -- no more tossing those selvage edges for me.

Allie said...

I think that's a brilliant way to use selvages. My friend, who taught me to sew and is 80 years old, still tears her fabrics - she taught me to tear - because then you get the actual straight of grain. She says fabric stores used to tear instead of cut. See? You're doing it right!

Cindi P. said...

I actually love the idea of using fabric strips for wrapping gifts. Thanks for the idea.

Pat said...

I love your ribbons. I like gift bags too, takes the hassle factor out of wrapping gifts and they can be reused.

Seams Sew Together said...

I have never re-gifted but there is no reason why I can't start. Love your ribbon.

Irene B said...

I would love to have my own ribbons. In my own small way I design and teach here in Australia and would love to have the ribbons on my quilts. I visit the US once a year and will one day hopefully get to visit Houston or somewhere where you are and get to meet both of you.

Irene (from Melbourne)

Mary @ Neat and Tidy said...

I am as old as dirt as well, and I love it!

Jane said...

It was funny that you posted about your ribbon. My Grandmother did the same thing. We would tease her about it, but she was right. It is strong and very useful. Oh what great memories, thanks!

Hector said...

I've never regifted. I have sent gifts that I have received straight to Goodwill in their original wrapper, unopened, but I have never had the guts to regift.

My birthday is on Monday, so I wouldn't mind winning, since I usually get gypped at Christmas.

Robin C said...

I re-gift! Why not, sometimes you just get a gift that you're not going to use.

K Cotton said...

Wow, that's very nice gift you are giving away! Me, too, saving the selvages for the ribbons. I wish I have my own personalized one! I have many MODA selvages! I think that's the best kind.

Mimi said...

Well, I have to admit that I just re-gifted gifts in the Christmas bags that my friends have given me the last couple of year and they didn't even recognize that the bags came from them, so I say just wait a couple years or two and you can get away with it without worrying too much. :D

Jan Hatchett said...

Oh, I love the ribbon idea. Our family has used the same boxes, bags, and fabric bags to wrap gifts in for years. Some of the shirt boxes are mostly tape at this point. We still have one in circulation that is from a department store that had to have gone out of business 20 years or more ago! We still laugh every time we see it, use it, and tape it back together!

Amy said...

I do keep ribbons and gift bags to re-use. I also have re-gifted or just given something to someone else. I feel better that it is enjoyed than shoved to the back of my closet.

WoolenSails said...

I admit it, I regift. Sometimes someone gives me something that is not me, but perfect for someone I know, so I rather give it to someone who would love it, then to have it hidden away.

Debbie

kshackabq said...

How fun is that . . . to have personalized ribbon! Hope you and Polly have a very Merry Christmas!

Mary on Lake Pulaski said...

My sister arrived yesterday from TX and we were wrapping gifts together today. I had set aside a piece of ribbon I was going to iron and put on a package and before I did, she had it on her package. She proceeded to use her hairdryer on it until all the wrinkles were out.

STLquilter said...

I line drawers with gift wrap that is either very pretty or from a significant gift or person in my life. My desk drawer is lined with the wrapping paper from my eighteenth birthday gift from my mom who I lost five years later. Even after many years of Maring Corps moves, it's hanging in there. Would love to win the diet friendly Petit Fours.

Nancy said...

I don't get gifts to re-gift,
my exchanges are too small-
I sometimes receive from my kidlets,
and sometimes not at all.
I love the idea of selvages
being used as ribbons to wrap,
They're so so cute to look at,
and a good way to use scraps.

Anonymous said...

I recycle and regift. Keeps too much "stuff" around the house.

--Paula D.

Sandie ~call me crazy said...

lol I can just imagine your niece's reaction to the ribbon! How fun! I love ribbons and save and re-use them. Thank you for the fun giveaway! I have my fingers-crossed. :-o Have a happy weekend!

Lisa said...

I like your selvedge bow idea, what a unique personal touch.

Brooke said...

I love the idea of using the selvage of ribbon! Thanks for sharing!

Ynott said...

The is nothing better than using fabric for ribbon. You always have some. Love it.

cathy said...

I save ribbons and gift bags. But I try not to reuse them on a gift to the person who gave them to me originally-unless it's my sister. Then we both laugh.
I don't regift, but I do pass things along someone who will love the item.

Avon said...

I love to here that someone else does weird things LOL. I have never thought of saving salvages, but with the new quilt blocks sewn with salvages, you already have a stash.

By the way, Have you ever sewn a quilt using salvages?

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Carol said...

I would love to win your fabric.
I have just started saving salvages, but had not thought of using it as ribbon. I will have to give it a try!
Carol

Jeanne (RED) said...

At Christmas gatherings, my peeps all know by now that any ribbon or bows or gift sacks, or ANY little package decorations that they don't want, they hand it over! I love ribbons of all kinds and do recycle but I must admit I still have some years old beautiful ribbon that was on packages from my Mother. She passed a few years ago, and she loved to "gussy up" a package so when I see those every year it brings back wonderful memories!
What a great gift, I hope I win!
Jeanne (RED)

PatchworkRose said...

I try to recycle as much as possible. Gift wrapping is re used. Tins and boxes end up with projects in them Buttons move from one shirt to another. What we teaches the next generation. Cheers
Lynne

Mary said...

I don't regift, but I received several regifted wedding presents. I have no problem with regifting. Just be sure to remove the gift tags from it's first incarnation. My mom was a huge paper recycler. She must not have bought paper in decades. In the 50's and 60's we had this red and gold striped paper that lasted for decades, literally. Happy holidays

Ter'e said...

I don't re-gift or re-ribbon ---- but I do find ways to re-cycle food. Does this count?
My eyes got big as silver dollars when I saw the lovely gift you were offering!!!!
L O V E L Y!
Merry Christmas Girls,
Ter'e

Cheri C. said...

Oh, what a wonderful give away - and I LOVE ribbon and there is an awesome ribbon sale going on in Utah that I can't go to because I now live in SC... darn...

Rose said...

I save bags and ribbons to put gifts in, but I don't re-gift as such. I also do rip fabric sometimes. Love your give-away and hope to win!

Laura D at BVV said...

I loved the post today, especially about the TEARING of fabric. I still do that, too, and it makes my sister (also, MY quilting partner) scrunch up her face and watch through one open eye! And, oh yes, would love to have these arrive at my doorstep...WHAT FUN! Merry Christmas to you and yours!

Sedjo said...

I started using the selvages and the 1" trimmings from some beautiful batiks a couple years ago. Last Christmas, my DIL made beautiful "placecards" (a little booklet) with calligraphy & ribbon and the Christmas story from the Gospel of Luke for the Christmas dinnertable. I kept them and this year I've tucked them in the garland that decorates the kitchen bar.

Dorian said...

Another great thing to do with the selvages!! I am not into string quilts, and am always looking for things to do with them. I, myself, use selvages and other pieces that aren't big enough for me to quilt with...as hair ties. I have longish hair, and strips of cloth are perfect for putting it up in a pony tail with. Thanks for a chance at winning, Merry Christmas!

Vicki said...

I love your idea about using selvages for ribbon, but don't re-gift. Merry Holidays and the best in the New Year!

Barb said...

I used to use them as ribbons, then I started using them in quilts. Either way, they are always graphic and fun!

Love the give away, would love to win it :)

Me & My Stitches said...

Love your stuff! Also love the ribbon idea! I keep saying that "next year" I will be organized. Sure wonder when "next year" is going to come!

Heather said...

I don't have a problem with re-gifting, but it can be dangerous, folks! Don't want to re-gift back to the original gifter.

I very rarely regift, but I do reuse gift bags (aren't you supposed to? I expect they'll be reused when I'm the giver) and ribbon.

I would surely take no offense to receiving your regift of fabric!!

Mary said...

What a cute story about the baby shower gift. The best I get with reusing is with gift bags, and sometimes bows, but they usually get smashed in storage and have to be pitched anyway.
I would love to receive your re-gift. I promise I wouldn't re-gift it, too.

Sandy, Quilt guild president said...

What fun little projects these would make!! Precuts save so much time for me. Sewing and creating is the best part.

Cindi said...

I love your use of salvages. I have seen cute pincushions and small coin purses made from them. Are you wrapping a ribbon around the prize package?

Anonymous said...

Regifting should be thought of as a kind of "Pay it forward". The item might not be used by you, but sending it on to someone who will use it.
BTW, I'd love to win!

maria
marytarry@aol.com

aleta said...

Your idea of the fabric as ribbon was an "aha" moment for me. I was just looking for something to jazz up the packages under the tree.

Judy in Michigan said...

I would love to win those Petit Fours! Wow - what a wonderful prize. I can relate to your ribbon stash but mine are taken from gifts from years past. I now have about 4 boxes (20 ream computer paper boxes!!) of ribbons. Imagine my happiness? when DH brought home 2 bags of premade bows (you know 2 / $1) - what a deal! It's fun to remember who gave me those vintage ribbons as well as the "To From tags". Merry Christmas Laurie and Polly and Thank YOu.

Anonymous said...

I'm a ripper too! Just so much easier sometimes. Love your ribbons
Jill

Betweens said...

I selvage and use bags and ribbons that have been on my packages. people always give great ribbons wrapped around their gifts.
You have 2 historical memories to share the knowing of how their gifts will be wrapped and the one where they even have your name on it...great memories for your family
happy holidays to you and yours

Anonymous said...

You crack me up! One year I cut flannel to make quilt binding and used the jillions of yards of leftover bias tape to wrap all the Christmas gifts...even though it was a blue ticking stripe. Everyone joked that they received Hannakah wrapping that year. Merry Christmas, Juliet in SoCal

Wooly said...

I love the idea. I saw lamp shade that was covered in selvage with buttons in the base. I love recycling. I tear my wool.

Barb said...

Re-gifting is a great idea. Our family no longer exchanges new gifts. It's all recycles. And it's FUN!
P.S. I'd also proud to tie your name on any gift!

Anonymous said...

I would love one of the gifts. I use extra fabric from my stash to make gift bags for the gifts I am giving. I'm trying to save those trees!
Terry

Helen said...

I must admit that I save every gift bag, piece of ribbon, bow and gift/jewellery box I get (and usually tissue paper, too!) but I've never thought of using selvedges as ribbon - I save them for a friend who turns them into lovely quilt blocks, postcards, etc. but I'll look at them with different eyes now! I've never regifted anything but take anything I know I won't use to a charity shop (one I know the giver has little chance of going to!) so that someone else can benefit. I wouldn't part with the petit fours if I won them, though...they look adorable! Thank you for the giveaway!

Pam P said...

Oh Wow! I have to get in on this!! I've never re-gifted a present, but I suspect that I've been the recipient of a few :) I do save ribbons - all kinds!!! My favorite use for the long Moda ribbon(from FQ Bundle) is to cut six inches, or so and attach those little plastic rings to each end. I use them as tie-backs for my curtains! They're all over my house. I also use sheer ribbons when wrapping gifts - it's inexpensive but looks so much prettier than paper ribbon. Hope you have a great holiday!!
Pam.p@comcast.net

Joanne said...

what a great idea using the selvage for ribbons.

Happy Holidays!

Meg said...

You're not as old as dirt! I taught myself to quilt about 10 years ago, and the books I had available to me (thank you, library!) all advised me to use templates, hand-sew on the drawn lines, etc. Rotary what? Cutting mat huh?

Susan said...

Ahh, the ribbon issue....I love ribbon and I try to make my packages different every year, well, since my packaging is always so darn cute, I find myself receiving last years packaging model...my family saves my packaging and re-wraps using what I had used the previous year. I guess we are all about re-cycle, huh?? Hugs...Susan

Janet said...

I'm singing from the same song sheet as you but Use my selvedges to tie up stacks of old magazines for recycling. I too piece by hand and tear my striops rather than cutting them. works for me! And - OH OH OH!!!!! I so want to win some moda goodness - please santa I've been good.
Seasons Greetings from Coastal Nova Scotia where I'm also hosting a giveaway!

Karen said...

I am one who goes around at Christmas saving bows, ribbon, trim, tissue paper and sometimes paper and definitely bags. Those things are still brand new! I can't stand to just throw them away and will always reuse them again and again. I know for a fact I have bags and bows that have seen many, many Christmases. I also do that year round with other gifts we receive, save all the packaging. My daughter cannot understand it ...

Ginny Worden said...

I seldom re-gift, but I have had to stop using fabric, and or selvages for wrapping or bows, cause the family just groans. I certainly won't complain if I receive your "re-gifting" lovely. Merry Christmas.

Maxine said...

How about re-using gift bags??? We have birthday, anniversary and Christmas bags that have gone back and forth for as long as I can remember.

Joyce said...

I love those little petit fours. How sweet of you to pass them on.

Anonymous said...

I like to keep alot of wrapping and tissue paper that I get from gifts of my stitching friends. But now as I get older I know that I need to start getting rid of things. I'm not going to live forever. My fabric closets also need to be gone through also. I do love new fabric though. Would love to win. Thank you for doing this. Deb Austin

Anonymous said...

Wouldn't it be fun to win the Petit
Fours and regift them a special quilting friend!

Happy Holidays!

Janet

Mary said...

Why not tear fabric? It comes out on the straight of grain that way. All I have to do is press it and it's good to go! I have bags and bags of selvages and had no idea what I was going to do with them - now I know! I just wish I could have my name on them like you do but I don't design fabric. Bummer.

Janet said...

I'm ashamed to say that using selvedges for ribbon never occurred to me - what a great idea! I think I'm set for life!

Thanks for the opportunity and happy holidays!

Janet
jfquilts@gmail.com

Meredith said...

I do the same thing but I do not use the selvage. I use the end that I square up the fabric and make that a tie. They look nice on jars.

Megan said...

I usually don't cut off my selvages. I'm always afraid I'm going to need that last little bit to be folded into a 1/4" seam. BUT I don't have the heart to throw away those moda ribbons that hold together the jelly rolls and layer cakes.

mascanlon said...

I'm finishing up some last minute projects...maybe I'll grab that selvage from the bag! Thanks for the chance to win

mascanlon49 at hotmail.com

ytsmom said...

I like to save bows. If I saved selvedges,DH would freak! (He does the wrapping)

Amy said...

I would love to re-gift those petit-fors in quilts for friends!

Happy Holidays to you and yours!

llo said...

It is all in the packaging!! I spend more time wrapping with unusual items (especially natural ones like shells and pinecone adornments)than I sometimes spend choosing the gift.
I have saved every moda ribbon that came around a fat quarter pack. Wishing you a happy holiday season.
llo

I am a quilter said...

I hang all my ornament on the tree with red ribbon.... use over and over again year after year... Merry Christmas Emily Gail

Ashlea said...

Reuse & Recycle! I am all about finding a creative way to reuse material, ribbon, bags, boxes...etc!

Carol said...

If all the regifts were as great as yours, then regifting would have a better rep. Now we can benefit from your generosity. Since my immediate family consists of my five sons and husband, I don't bother with ribbon. Sometimes even wrapping seems overdone - but I still have some standards.

Doodlebug Gail said...

I don't regift but have been on the receiving end of an obviously regifted gift - LOL.

I do recyle gift bags, gift boxes and nice ribbon bows as well - even my daughter knows to check the bag for a gift bag first before we decide whether we need to buy one or not.

Anonymous said...

I save as much as I can after gift giving is done - my kids always gather up the salvages for Mom. Great giveaway! Merry Christmas, Linda G. at rgranch@pioneer.net

Kathy said...

I don't re-gift, but I will re-use the pretty boxes and bows. My quilting friends usually get their gift wrapped in a FQ and a strip of matching fabric for a ribbon and bow.

Thank you for the contest. What a great treasure to win for quilting in the New Year!!

Marcia W. said...

Occasionally I regifted (trinkets from seminars for the nieces/nephews when they were children) though not anymore. I do keep ribbons and bags that are in good condition, and use them the next year. My family knows that I do not waste anything that can be reused, and that I do reuse it. Please enter me into the giveaway because even a recycler likes some new fabrics!

Barb in Mi said...

Looking ta my scrap bag I must be doing some recycling. And yes, I have regifted as well - nope, don't tell...Thanks for such a generous giveaway!

Nancy said...

You do have some great giveaways! Thank you again for sharing with us. Have a wonderful Christmas from one Michigan girl to another.

Kris said...

Comment number 188, I think. So little chance of winning and yet I can't resist and MUST comment. Those petit fours are just too sweet for words!

I have a ribbon drawer. My children have grown up with this ribbon drawer and have been free to use ribbons from it. I just make sure to replenish it once a year or so. One of my daughters felt her school bag needed some decoration so went to the ribbon drawer. All her friends at school were most impressed with her decorations and asked her where she got the ribbons from. She said, "The ribbon drawer". They had no idea what she was talking about, and she said to me, "Mum, I thought everyone had a ribbon drawer, but they don't! I'm so glad you are a sewing kind of Mum with a ribbon drawer." High praise indeed!

corinne said...

I use ribbons, paper and bags over and over again. I have not regifted. Wish you and your family a very Merry Christmas.

Joyful Quilter said...

I don't do much re-gifting, but my family does re-use gift bags and wrapping. It is almost a joke as to how many layers of name tags can be put on gift bag before the bag falls apart.

Erzebat said...

the only recycling I do is use the funnies from the sunday paper as my gift wrap. I use it all year around. I was given a huge skien of red yarn which I use as ribbon. Havent had to buy wrap and ribbon for years! (mauh Liz)

Zegi said...

I am thrilled to report that in January I get a new trash handler who will support way more recycling than the old carrier did. Hurray! Now old school papers can finally have a resting place that isn't a landfill. I try to limit re-gifting but I have to admit that we did just send a duplicate kid gift to a birthday party for a kid we don't know very well.

Helen said...

Using selvage for ribbon is a great idea. Just one more clever use of selvage. And everyone would know it was from me because I am the quilter in the family.

JKnight said...

I used to work a Jacobson's, and have saved some of their signature silver boxes and red gross-grain ribbon. It's a little bit of nostalgia with these wrappings. Happy Holidays to all. Hope I'm lucky enough to win.
pk...Ann Arbor

Bethany said...

Now I have a great new use for selvedge edges. Woohoo!

Darlene B said...

We have recycled bows for years...but I've never used fabric strips for bows. I think I should start that as my "signature look."

I'm hosting Christmas here with my family. I'm determined not to stress over it, but to keep the "Reason for the Season" uppermost in my mind.

Also, my birthday is Dec. 21, and I will be spending the day with my daughters and not doing more "busy work" to prepare for company. Since my birthday usually gets lost in the midst of Christmas, I've decided to really enjoy the day this year!

Conni said...

I love to recycle...and will admit that I have regifted a time or two!! A bag of Petite Fours...YUM!

Patricia said...

As well as using trimmed ribbon pieces, I usually wrap gifts in fabric -- all seems very "green" to me.

hookinct said...

My Gramma always used yarn to tie her presents and I kinda took that over in our family. I stocked up years ago when really thick yarn was practically being given away. I think I have enough to last my life time!!

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