How to ruffle crepe paper + free Christmas tag printables from Emma Block

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How to ruffle crepe paper with your sewing machine

Hello Folks! For a few weeks now, Vanessa and I have been using this adorable ruffled crepe paper in our posts.  We’re here today to show you just how easy it is to make, and we also have some FREE Christmas tag printables illustrated by Emma Block! Can I just say that ruffling crepe paper is SO easy that you won’t be able to stop?! Imagine all the color and decor possibilities!

Ruffled Crepe Paper + Gift Tags by Emma Block

Disclaimer: This ruffled crepe paper is so easy to make, the most amateur seamstress can do it! That being said, I am a VERY amateur seamstress! There may be a better way to do this, so please feel free to leave suggestions in the comments! I always love to learn!

For the crepe paper, all you need is a sewing machine, crepe paper, and thread.

Set your sewing machine to the highest tension you can go, mine goes to 5. It works great!

Stitch a straight line down the middle and watch it ruffle!! If you’d like more ruffles (who doesn’t?) gently and loosely hold the spool of thread on top of the sewing machine as you go. That’s it!! Isn’t that easy? I’ll bet you could do it with your eyes closed! Don’t do that. I don’t want to be responsible for any sewn fingers.

Just in case you’re more visual, here’s a video tutorial!


Ruffled Crepe Paper

Using it on your Christmas packaging is just too cute. We love it against the natural colored paper!

Ruffled Crepe Paper Garland

Vanessa used hers as a garland, strung all around the house and on the Christmas tree as well! It’s so versatile, and you can do a whole roll of streamers or crepe paper in less than an hour. It would make a wonderful gift for a crafty friend!

Emma Block, an amazing illustrator from the UK, designed the Christmas posters for our market in November, and we can’t get enough of her amazing artwork. She fits our style right down to the faces of her characters, and we were so excited to collaborate with her to bring you some of the cutest Christmas tags around! The tags are available for download  and we just ask that you link back if you use these in any blog posts. Of course, they’re not for commercial use or for resell –they’re just for you to use during the busy Christmas season on your own packages! You can visit Emma’s Facebook page or her website to see more of her work.


Free Christmas Tags from Emma Block ||


We hope you enjoyed our tutorial, and Emma’s adorable Christmas tags! Christmas is getting close, and we are really getting into the spirit of the season!! We have a playlist on Spotify for those of you who need a little more inspiration. It’s full of classic tunes and new ones that you may not know! We hope you LOVE it — simply click on the picture to open Spotify!

 Tinsel & Holly: A Christmas Playlist from Folk Magazine + Vintage Whites!

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10 Responses to How to ruffle crepe paper + free Christmas tag printables from Emma Block

  1. Jackie says:

    What a great tutorial and so very cute! Thank you for sharing!

  2. This is SO pretty! I’m not a big fan of traditional garland but I LOVE the draped look so I will definitely be giving this a try. I too am an amateur with the sewing machine but this really does seem simple enough even for me! Thanks for sharing! :)

  3. Michelle-Sweet Pea & Roses says:

    How very clever….thanks for sharing…love the video tutorial.

  4. Ah, this is LOVELY. How beautiful and easy. I stink at sewing, so I’m trying to figure out if I could do this with hot glue. LOL! Great idea, Jana!

  5. This looks like fun to make! And thanks for the how to for the garland! Happy holidays!

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