Farewell to Jane Means London pop up shop at Clifton Nurseries

In September we had a grand opening of our pop up shop at Clifton Nurseries in London

We enjoyed the Autumn sunshine, with guests sipping cocktails and filled the store with design led products, loveliness and lots of ribbons.

We were due to be in residence until Christmas and decided to extend by a few weeks until the transformations at Clifton Nurseries took hold. It is an exciting time for Clifton Nurseries with refurbishments and new branding taking effect.

After 5 happy months our London pop up shop will close on Friday 24th February 2017 and we would like to thank everyone who have supported us in our West London home

Despite our move, we will continue to sell our ribbon collections online and have some exciting developments going on behind the scenes (we will of course keep you posted in the next few weeks)

Jane and Team x

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Enjoy up to 80% off in the Jane Means 48hr Spring Sale


We are delighted to announce the 48hr Jane Means Spring sale with many ribbons and gift wrapping lines up to 80% off
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We’re making way for new lines and our sale will be a perfect time to stock up your gift wrapping, sewing or craft cupboard.

jane means sale

Many designs are available and those of you who have a forthcoming wedding, party or event can benefit from this wonderful sale as many prices will be cheaper than wholesale.

If you are craft addicts or have a cottage industry, you can also benefit from our larger 50 and 100 metre rolls with huge discounts.

With Mothers Day around the corner, you could fill a hamper full of beautiful ribbons. This is the perfect gift for the lady who has everything, plus you can buy the tissue and tags to finish the wrapping!

Don’t forget our 48hour sale will end on Thursday at midnight

Happy Shopping!


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Gift Wrapping Project – Lining gift boxes with Tissue and Ribbon

You’ve bought the gift and have found a nice little box to pop it in but have no idea how to do the tissue bit.  This is something I am always asked to cover on my gift wrapping workshops and when I trained the staff in Harrods recently, they were desperate to find a quicker way, so here’s help at hand…


turquoise stacked gift boxes

You will need to find a box to house for product or gift and in this project I am using one from our Turquoise Gift Box Sets. I love this colour as it’s suited to any occasion or genre and the recipient will be able to use gift boxes again and again for storage.

Turquoise trio box set

You will need a sheet of tissue and some ribbon as we are going to give it a surprise bow detail inside

gift boxes turquoise

Firstly you need to measure the inside of the box (3 sides) with ribbon and then add about an extra 20cm for the bow.  This will be enough ribbon to tie a single bow around the gift.

Place your cut length of ribbon inside the box

Turquoise Gift Box

Fold your tissue so it is slightly narrower than the box.  I keep the box at the side of the tissue as a visual guide (you will then measure the correct amount).  Fold under any edges to give a polished finish.

Place the folded piece of tissue on top of the ribbon

Gift Boxes Turquose

Add another sheet(s) of tissue and scrunch it in to a cushion and place in the box.

In this case I have used a China Mug from Beverley Hewitt and ensuring there is plenty of padding around it

Turquoise tissue and box

Fold the 2 sides in neatly.  If the sides are too long you can cut them down or fold them under for a polished finish.

Gift Box Set

Tie a bow to finish and add a tag if you wish.  I have used a length of our Pink Gingham Ribbon and a Small white tag which I have punched by hand with a lace detail. (Available from The Range)

turquoise gift boxes

Even if you’re giving a small inexpensive gift, popping it in a gift box and following these easy steps will give it a luxurious finish and look like that you’ve spent a lot more on the purchase and thought.

Christmas gift boxes


Finally decorate your gift box to give it that really luxury element with inexpensive embellishments and Teal wired ribbons.  The recipient will love it!

gift boxes

I am a huge fan of gift boxes as they’re so handy for storing nick nacks, make up and jewellery.

If you’re wrapping a large item such as a tea set, follow these instructions and add a band of paper around the large box to make it look more balanced.


I would love t hear what you are all wrapping, and my next post will be about my forthcoming ‘giftwrapped’ book!

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Wrapping at the Country Living Fair

13 years ago I decided to take the huge plunge and book a small stand at the Country Living Spring Fair.  At the time I had a small business working from the kitchen table and my first fair not only cost a months work, but terrified me as I was only used to exhibiting my work at local craft fairs in Lincolnshire, and taking on small jobs

Suddenly I was thrust in to the London arena with my first experience of national press.  Country Living Magazine spotted me and asked if I would do the gift wrapping service at their shows.  I hadn’t done it before but was willing to give it a go.  I trained friends up for the first Christmas Fair, and was fine until I saw the crowd control barriers being erected by my wrapping desk!

The gift wrapping service was a great success with some of the exhibitors and organisers bringing their gifts too.  It was a great feature where the public could watch their gifts being wrapped and learn the odd trick.

Several years later I was asked to do Gift Wrapping Demonstrations which were extremely popular and would often cover how to wrap really awkward shapes that I found at the show

As well as the wrapping desk, we have thousands of ribbons for sale and I love to handpick unusual decorations and accessories from around the world.  One of my favourite events is the Country Living Christmas Fair where I have got to know the staff at the Business Design Centre and love that first impression (usually wow) when I walk in to the show, and see such beautiful stands.

The team really know how to put on a good show, year after year crowds flock in and we welcome back our regulars and speak to new press who are looking for a good storyline. At this show I was interviewed for Gulf radio based in Qatar!


As exhibitors we also are able to mingle with fellow standholders and organisers over a glass or two at the exhibitors party which always goes down a storm.

Since then I have pretty much done every show, and it’s once of the first things to go in the diary.  Over the years Country Living Magazine have featured me many times and I’m forever grateful that the show helped me get to where I am today. It has also been a great platform to promote my Gift Wrapping DVD


My next stop is the Country Living Fair in Glasgow, where I will also be dressing the Winter Cabin which is a show feature.  With only a 3 hour window to do this, I am being tested to the limit but know it will be fine (and will feature this in my next post).

If you haven’t ever visited the Country Living Fairs, it’s a shopping experience that shouldn’t be missed.  Just make sure that you have comfy shoes, and book early for Saturdays as they are usually sold out weeks beforehand!



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Haberdashery Closet Opening

Since moving to our new office at the Craft Workshops, customers have wanted to pop in to view our range and top up their ribbon supplies.  It has been frustrating not being allowed to open to the public, however after months of negotiations, we’ve been allowed by our local council to open our doors for 2 mornings a week.

After getting the wonderful news, it’s been a race against time to get everything prepared ready for the grand opening on September 12th!

The ‘Haberdashery Closet’ will be open on Wednesday and Saturday mornings from 10am-1pm.

Due to the strict council guidelines we sadly can’t accept any other visits (however you can always browse the range online from the comfort of your own armchair at home!)


Other than the 1000’s of ribbons, customers will be able to choose from our lovely handmade papers, old fashioned tags, cellophane and those hard to find wrapping accessories.

Whilst leisurely browsing the collections, customers will be able to enjoy cloudy lemonade and sweets!

Parking is right outside the door, and if you haven’t got wheels the Haberdashery Closet is only 2 miles from Lincoln City Centre and the Railway Station. (The Number 1 bus between Lincoln and Grantham goes right past the door!)

If you would like an invitation to the opening and sale on September 12th please email us at info@janemeans.co.uk

On a final note I always wanted a sweety shop, but I guess in my case it’s ribbons x

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