A Step-By-Step Guide to Fabric Gift Wrapping!

We all know wrapping a gift can be a hassle sometimes. Maybe you cut the paper too short and have to start again, or the paper folds funny so you try to fix it with some strategic scotch tape. But with patience, practice and a skilled hand, a well-wrapped gift can be an art form … especially when you think outside the box! Oftentimes at the end of the holiday season, the artful aspect is turned into a massive pile of torn wrapping paper to throw away, but not if you use reusable materials like fabric to guarantee a more sustainable solution to the gift-wrapping struggle.

Luckily, Craft Lake City has got your gifts covered this year (literally)!

Not only can you buy all of your holiday gifts in one place at the Fourth Annual Craft Lake City Holiday Market Presented by Google Fiber, you can also skip the struggle by getting them wrapped for you in beautiful, sustainable fabric wrap exclusive to this fun, festive event! When you make a tax-deductible donation to our organization at the Holiday Market, we’ll wrap your purchases on the spot. The best part is that the fabric doubles as a gift as well, allowing your recipient to reuse it however they choose!

Keep reading for instructions on wrapping your gift!

Fabric Gift Wrapping Instructions:

Getting started:

For best gift wrapping results, it’s important to find fabric that is opaque and doesn’t have much stretch (cotton is great!) If the fabric tends to fray at the edges you can sew a hem, use a non-fray spray or cut the fabric using pinking shears. You can use old shirts or sheets, or you could source vintage/deadstock fabric online or at your local thrift store. Fabric gift wrapping looks fun and elegant and is a great way to reuse material that would otherwise go to waste.

Step 1: Place Gift and Fold Corner Over The Item

Place the gift on the edge of the square piece of fabric and fold the corner of the fabric up and over the side of the gift.

Step 2: Wrap and Hold in Place

While holding the corner in place, roll the gift diagonally across the fabric then wrap the opposite corner over the gift and hold in place. Crease the fabric along the right edge of the gift (the same way you would wrapping paper) and pull the edge taut as you press down on the top of the gift with your other hand.

Step 3: Tie Fabric Ends

Bring the loose edges over the top of the gift and tie the ends into a double knot or bow to secure the fabric. If a corner of fabric doesn’t stay tucked, secure with double-stick tape.


Tuck a small plant leaf, flower or gift tag into the wrapping as a finishing touch and there you have it! A sustainably wrapped present ready to be gifted!

About Craft Lake City:

Founded in 2009 by Angela H. Brown, Executive Editor of SLUG (Salt Lake UnderGround) Magazine, Craft Lake City® is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization with the mission to educate, promote and inspire local artisans while elevating the creative culture of the Utah arts community through science, technology and art. Craft Lake City strives to further define the term “Craft,” by modernizing the definition for handmade creativity.

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Craft Lake City’s year-round programming is supported in part by the residents of Salt Lake County through the Zoo, Arts & Parks (ZAP) Program, the Salt Lake Arts Council, the George S. and Dolores Doré Eccles Foundation, and Utah Arts & Museums, with funding from the State of Utah and the National Endowment for the Arts. 

The Fourth Annual Craft Lake City Holiday Market Presented By Google Fiber is supported in part by George S. and Dolores Doré Eccles Foundation, Ogden City Arts, Visit Ogden and Utah Arts & Museums, with funding from the State of Utah and the National Endowment for the Arts.