How to Wrap Gifts in Fabric

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New wreath bandanas!

Friends, we love sending out your orders in our custom fabric gift wrap. Earlier this week, we got our shipment of new collectible bandanas! They have a “calendar wreath” with pictures of the animals’ favorite plants to harvest in different seasons, and their major holidays like Egg Day and The Icicle’s First Twinkle. I’m so happy with how they came out! They come as standard gift wrap with your purchase of a doll or any purchase over $40. We usually change to a new design in the fall. 

That said, we get a lot of questions and uncertainty about how, exactly, we wrap our dolls in fabric. Sometimes people want to peek at a gift before they give it, but they’re afraid to mess up the wrapping. So we decided to show you with pictures. And words. Read on!

First step

First, arrange the bandana in a diamond shape in front of you. Center the doll sideways on the bandana like this. Note that all the doll’s appendages (arms, legs, tag, tail, ears if it has tall ears) are tucked in towards the center. If you were wrapping something else, you would make sure it was folded as compactly as possible here.

Wrap the bottom corner around the doll

Wrap the bottom corner around the bundled-up doll. PULL TIGHTLY! VERY IMPORTANT! I would say this is the most important part. If you are confident in your tight swaddling here, your odds of burrito success are much much higher. If you are too dainty here you are doomed to make a mess of it. You won’t hurt the doll! It is pretend!

Fold in the sides. Keep pulling tightly

Fold in the sides. Keep pulling tightly.

Keep pulling tightly

See how the fabric is stretching on the right hand corner here (through the printed mouse’s face) because of my tight pulling?

Roll it!

If you have listened to me and made a nice tight burrito, then this part is the easiest. Just keep rolling up to the end.

Keep rolling!

Rolling!

Sticking out corner

See how the upper left hand corner of this bundle is sticking out a little? If this bothered you, or you had more egregious sticking-out corners because you aren’t already a burrito master from doing this literally thousands of times, whatever... then at this stage you could tuck the corners in a little more and generally zhuzh the bundle until it looked good.

P.S. if you are curious about the etymology of “zhuzh,” which I was... it is Polari which was a secret language made up by the carnies, night life people, and gay scenesters of Europe and England over hundreds of years. Amazing but true! 

Add some ribbon to anchor it in place!

Now it is time to anchor everything in place by putting on some ribbon. I guess you could also use a pin, but we would never do that because we are terrified of pins around here. At least I am. 

Voila!

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