Did you know that you can wrap a gift in fabric? This opens up a world of cool wrapping possibilities with one convenient trip to a fabric store. Another benefit of wrapping a gift in fabric is that your recipient is more likely to recycle and reuse the wrap after they have opened their gift. With a wide range of fabric prints, patterns, and textures available, you can really make something magical when you wrap your gift for someone special.

Some fabric gift wrap tips include the following:

Use Asian artistry.

The Japanese tradition of Furoshiki involves folding and tying fabric to cover the gift smoothly, and the finished edges allow for you to finish the package with a taut fabric bow. There are some online tutorials that explain some simple methods and clever techniques to wrap gifts of any size in your favorite fabric. It may be best to look for cotton or organic fabrics without the stretch or give of nylon or lycra for this particular approach.

Sack it.

Create clever sacks and bags from your chosen fabrics; a simple envelope-style bag is easy enough to stitch even for the most novice seamstress or tailor. Use a piece of grosgrain ribbon or raffia to tie the top closed for a useful and reusable gift wrap.

Basket of goodies.

Make a clever fabric basket by stitching a bag style sleeve, and then darting the two bottom corners which will create a basket when you turn your fabric inside-out. Choose an even portion of both bottom corner and stitch diagonally, which will provide the structure for the bag to sit and hold your trinkets and treats. Check out online instructional videos to help create these excellent recyclable gift baskets.

Velvet looks vintage.

Do you have a great vintage velvet garment that you don't wear but that you simply can't bear to discard? Consider cutting down these unwanted items to create various velvet wraps that will give your gift distinction and personality. Fold over your edges to create seams that can be stuck together and secured with double-sided fabric tape and a ribbon.

Ask fabric retailers, like Brandt's Interiors & Workroom, about buying remnant pieces of fabric or "fat quarters", which are typically square ¼ yard lengths of popular styles and designs. Keep a stash of various pieces of fabric, ribbon, double-sided tape, and adhesive Velcro tabs on hand to create sensational wraps for even the simplest gifts. Your recipient will appreciate the time and thought that you put into your gift presentation.