Gifting Homemade Breads

Yesterday, I shared my favorite pumpkin bread recipe, and today I have a fun way of packaging it up for gifts.  (This is a very gift-able recipe – not only is it really yummy but it makes up a LOT of bread.)  I have only done this for small loaves, but I’m sure you could do it with larger ones as well (you’d just need a bigger fabric scrap).

What you’ll need:

A fresh small loaf of fully cooled sweet bread
Plastic wrap or tin foil (optional)
Freezer paper
Fabric scrap at least 8”x18”
You may want to test what size you need against your loaf by doing a test run with just paper, before cutting your fabric.  Once you’ve determined how big it needs to be, trim your fabric and freezer paper to the same size.  If the freezer paper is a little bigger, that’s ok, you can trim it down later.

Iron the waxy side of your freezer paper to the back side of your fabric on a medium setting.  

Once it’s stuck, trim any excess paper.

Depending on how long it will be before you gift it, you might want to first wrap it in plastic or foil as an extra layer of protection.  If it’s just going to be a day or so, this shouldn’t be necessary.
Gently place your loaf top-side down on the paper, so that the long direction of the loaf matches with the long part of your paper.

Do you see off to the right where the bread has already made a little grease spot on the paper?  That’s why we lined the fabric with it – the waxy side protects the fabric from getting any little ugly grease spots on it.

Now, bring the ends up, line them up together, and fold/roll them down like you would do to a lunch sack, until the fold is flat against your bread.  You can tape it temporarily if you want to, if you are finding this difficult to do.  We’re going to wrap the open ends like a present, so if you’re good at that you can probably managed just fine without taping it.

Now, fold the sides in to make triangles (as I mentioned, just like a present) and ultimately fold them down around the bottom of your loaf.  Tie a ribbon around it to hold those ends in place.  

The waxy/plastic layer of the freezer paper will help to keep it fresh for a few days, and the fabric gives it a fun and personal touch (because it’s all in the presentation, right?)  You can also tie on a little note with what kind of bread is inside if you like!

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  1. Kadie says

    What a cute fun idea! You could even put the recipe on a note and tie it on. It would be great for Christmas neighbor gifts. Because that's the only time I make and give bread. ha,ha

  2. Heather says

    This is a great idea, Adrianne. I love it! I'm always looking for new ways to wrap up a loaf – have used cello (of course) and a tea towel, but love the bright colours of some fabric. Didn't know the freezer paper would stick to it. Another use for my roll of freezer paper.

  3. TJParmele says

    I just gave away two loaves for a housewarming gift. I soooo wish I had seen your adorable idea!

  4. Colleen says

    Adorable! I just did a DIY jam hostess gift on my blog. This would have been a nice pairing :)
    Building Paisley

  5. Ann says

    That is super adorable!! Now I know what I'll be doing with my leftover fabric!! :) (And I never knew there was such a thing as freezer paper! Will have to get some!) Thanks for the tutorial!

  6. Linda Bouf says

    This is a great idea!! I love the fabric, too. I've always got fabric (lots and lots of fabric). Thanks, Linda

  7. Barbara Hiatt says

    Great idea Adrianne, and so pretty! Love the fabric you chose! These will make very nice favors come Thanksgiving! Thanks for joining the party at Keep Calm and Link Up!
    Barbara at Chase the Star :)
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  8. Joan Hayes says

    I love this! I'm always giving bread as gifts but finding and attractive way to package it…well, lets just say, at least my bread always looks good. Can't wait to give this a try! And Hancock fabric is having a huge sale and I'm headed there tomorrow!

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