I came across a pin for sewn kraft paper into pouches filled with candy for party favors. I had mentioned before that I may make some to use as seed packets for sunflower seeds, which worked out quite well – and heaven knows I’ve got plenty of sunflower seeds! I also have been collecting marigold seeds from my garden – my marigolds took off this year and are still in full bloom – so I’ve been collecting the seeds from the spent flowers as they dry out to re-plant next year. Since I’ve got hundreds of marigold seeds, and a garden still full of flowers, I decided to make seed packets for some of them, too.
The tutorial shows stamping the paper, but as I don’t own any stamps (and I really don’t need another hobby), I cut some kraft paper off the roll into 8.5″ by 11″ sheets. It kept curling terribly, so I ironed it flat. For the images on the packets, I created some 4 inch circles on Microsoft PowerPoint with clip-art and text, and ran the sheet through the printer. I stitched them with my sewing machine on the longest stitch setting it has, inserted a ribbon loop, and used a dab of Elmer’s glue to keep the threads from unraveling. They seed packets will work well for giving away, or as accents to the gardening aprons I’ve made.
I’ve been thinking of what else this idea could be used for – such as wrapping very small gifts (and it’s tamper evident, if you’ve got somebody who likes to sneak a peek at gifts in the house!), or perhaps filled with little gifts or candies for an advent calendar. Wrapping paper may not be heavy enough to not rip, but scrapbooking paper from craft stores could be adorable! I also wonder what the kitties would do if I sewed up some packets with catnip inside – both seem to like attacking paper as it is.