Saturday, December 24, 2011

In a Jam - Tutorial

My husband and I worked together to pull together these affordable last-minute gifts of blackberry jam wrapped with seasonally-colored kitchen towels to give as hostess gifts and small gestures of Christmas greetings to extended family members.
On a shoe-string budget, we bought the blackberries when they were on sale and froze them until ready to make the jam. Then, we bought several packs of towels for only a couple dollars each and split them up to use as wrapping. In total, we probably spent less than $2 per gift, and I think they turned out pretty cute! Here is a tutorial for how to wrap jam in a kitchen towel making a merry, merry food gift.
Supplies: -Kitchen towel -Small jar of jam -Bakers twine or ribbon -Gift tag
Fold towel in half lengthwise. Then, place jam jar in the center.
Bring opposite corners together.
Repeat, bringing the other two corners together. All corners should be held together.
Cut a piece of bakers twine or ribbon to desired length. I find it better to cut a little longer than what you may need as it's easier to trim later than try to tie a piece that's too short.
Cinch the twine or ribbon around the towel just above the jar lid. Double knot.
Feed the gift tag onto one side of the twine or ribbon until it touches the double knot.
Tie a single knot against the gift tag. Then tie a bow. Trim ends to desired length.
Voila! You're ready to gift your lovely gift.


  1. Blackberry jam, how I wish we had them here :( they are just lovely gifts, I would be thrilled to berries ;)to receive this as a gift.

  2. Very nice. I sure miss your podcasts.

  3. What a great idea for gifts! I love the decorations you made with Olivia too. The new pattern collection looks like fun! Happy New Year!

  4. Great gift idea. I love Blackberry Jam... yum