Wrapping paper, tissue paper, shiny bows - it's all so pretty, but such a waste. It's especially wasteful how trash bags of it are tossed out on Christmas morning after hardly being used. I've managed to go my whole life without ever buying the stuff myself. I contribute this to getting loads of grocery newspaper ads in the mail (the colorful produce section adds a nice pop of color) and not being shy of reusing birthday or baby shower gift bags for wrapping Christmas presents. But with a growing family, I've been having to get really creative with my gift wrapping. That's when a customer came to me with the perfect project...reusable fabric gift bags!
Simple fabric, simple design, super effective. These can be made into any oddball shape or size and be reused for years, or even passed along with the gift for a more personalized touch. You can find themed fabrics to create holiday specific bags or plain fabrics for gift bags that can be used year-round. The fabrics for the bags featured here were picked out by a couple four and five year olds, hence the cheesy 'Christmas Kitty' print.
Looks like my gift wrapping problems are solved....well....as long as I can find time to work on my own long list of sewing projects. I have plans of making gift bags with and without the drawstring closures and will update with more pictures once that happens. (I'm giving myself a generous deadline of next Christmas!)
These reusable gift bags are a much more simple and versatile version of my Santa Stockings. Check them out! And let me know if want a set of these so your next gift giving experience can be a little more green.