How to Make a Victorian Music Wrapper

This Victorian Music Wrapper will have you carrying around your sheet music in style.

Victorian gift – sheet music holder, Fig. 5

Music Wrappers. — Victorian women loved to give music wrappers as gifts because they were very easy and very cheap to make.

Here are the instructions, as printed in 1869, to make your very own Victorian Music Wrapper.

Procure a small piece of American cloth (A name given in England to a cotton cloth, prepared with a glazed and varnished surface. In the United States, it was known as oil or enameled cloth).

Some persons, in order to cut two wrappers out of a single width of cloth, make both toosmall; the edges of the music get bent and torn. If the cloth is not wide enough for two, cut one; the piece left is sure to be useful for mats. Lay a piece of music on the oilcloth, and cut it larger in width, so as to cover the music well, and about a quarter of a yard long. The music should be placed in the wrapper with the back, or folded part, level from A to B, Fig. 3, below.

Victorian gift – sheet music holder, Fig. 3

Cut another piece for the pocket from the surplus. Black is the neatest colour in American cloth.

Bind the edge of the pocket, C to D, with black binding. Then tack it to the case. Begin at A, bind the two together to B, and go on binding all round.

Put on two long strings of black binding at E.

It is a good plan to write the name and address of the owner in large letters on the wrong side of the case, so that if lost, any honest person finding, would restore it.

Victorian gift – sheet music holder, Fig. 2

To make an elegant present to a musical friend, a case may be made like Fig. 2, above. The material is azure blue silk or satin, lined with white silk.

Tack a circle for the monogram. Embroider it in white floss, and a wreath round it. Tack the lining, and then quilt the case with the machine. Cut a piece of blue and a piece of white for the pocket, and quilt it also. Make it up like the plain portfolio was made. It should be quilted and bound with white; or, instead of quilting it, work in satin stitch, with white floss, an appropriate motto, such as —
“May harmony as sweet as this Lull thy gentle heart in bliss."

White filoselle is easier to work than white floss.

Victorian gift – sheet music holder, Fig. 4

A decorated Victorian Music Wrapper rolled up.

Such a wrapper made of black silk, quilted and lined with amber colour, is also very pretty and more durable. Fig. 4, above, is another design for an elegant music wrapper, designed to carry two or three songs to a party or concert. Make it of pink gros-grain silk.

Embroider the monogram and some pretty device in white, or with myrtle-green filoselle, and a border of an oval shape round each. When bound, tack to the edge a fringe of white marabout.

Victorian gift – sheet music holder, Fig. 5

A plain Victorian Music Wrapper rolled up.

Fig. 5 is a similar design, when completed and bound. Take a number of small artificial flowers, leaves, and short grass; tack them in a row to the edge, and then run over them neatly a second piece of ribbon, turning up the wire edges inside.

In making the pocket, some powder-scent should have been previously dropped between the lining. When rolled up, a bouquet is presented at both ends.

The details of the articles we have described may be varied according to the taste and ability of the maker; but if the principles of construction are adhered to, there is great scope for the exercise of taste in ornament, and the result can scarcely fail to be agreeable to the recipient of the present.


Wouldn't one of these look lovely laying next to a musical instrument on display in your Victorian room? It is certain to be a topic of conversation with friends and visitors.

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