Packing and shipping work
For information about installing Wendy’s work, please see the page about installing Wendys work.
Please roll the quilt on the cardboard tube FACE OUT when re-packing to ship. Place the quilt in the original wrapping paper & roll, then double bag in the clear plastic bags. Tie securely. Remember to label everything. Place quilt in the shipping tube and tape the end to secure. The return shipping label is in an envelope inside the tube.
Making a custom shipping tube
Elizabeth Busch introduced Wendy to Sono tubes. (Thank you, Elizabeth!) Wendy’s work ships in tubes custom-made from these waxed heavy duty paper tubes. (The tubes are used in the construction industry to pour cement in to make columns, and are available in a variety of sizes. They are inexpensive and can be purchased at home improvement stores in the cement section.)
Cut the tube to size, wipe the inside with a damp cloth. Cut four circles of cardboard using the end of the tube for a template. Tape two of the cardboard circles to one end. I use duct tape for the first layer and then cover it with clear strapping tape. Label this end “NOT THIS END!” so it won’t be opened by mistake.
To make a removable end cap, cut a section of cardboard at least 8″ wide and long enough to go along the tube and overlap by several inches. Place the two remaining cardboard circles on the top of the tube, roll the cardboard strip around the tubes – not too tight – and tape the top circles to the cardboard. Cover the entire cap with duct tape, then a layer or two of clear tape. Make a label that states “OPEN HERE” and place it where the cap and tube meet when closed. Place your name, address etc. inside the cap, on the tube, on all wrapping materials, under the shipping label on the outside of the tube. Inside the tube, in an envelope I include: installations instructions, return shipping label and instructions, extra plastic bag (I use clear medium heavy weight soda/beer recycling bags). They can be purchased by special order from your local independent grocery store or from companies that specialize in plastics.
Remember your shipping container must be able to withstand the often brutal hands and feet of the “Bubbas” (what I call the people who are be pushing, tossing and yes, drop kicking your work, until it reaches the final destination.)
- Tube cardboard
- Utility knife
- Duct tape
- Clear strapping tape