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Fabric gift bags

In an earlier post I mentioned my family's conversion to using fabric as gift wrap at Christmas, a few of you liked the idea so I figured I'd post more details.

A few years ago my eco-friendly brother in law started introducing non-paper-gift-wrap ideas into our gift exchanging and it was awesome. Baskets, boxes, even yards of fabric with pinking sheered edges so they wouldn't unravel.

I took the yards of fabric they gave me a step further - I could wrap four times as many gifts if I sewed them into bags.

So here's what my pile of presents looks like this year:

The benefits:
1) No more paper we're throwing away, that's awesome
2) Super fast to "wrap" your presents
3) They only take five minutes to sew when I make new ones
4) Once they're out into the world they last for YEARS. My non-sewing family members are using my last years' bags, now that we've had this going for a while we don't even get the trash/recycle bins out for gift unwrapping time, our trash consists of a few ribbons and sometimes not even that if I splurge for nice ones.
5) Throw them in the trunk of your car without worrying about them getting crushed or wrinkled, unlike paper bags
5) Cheap as hell. Christmas fabric goes on mega-sale after Christmas every year, you can wrap 3-4 good-size gifts or a million little ones with a yard.
6) Good project to use up the last of a spool of thread you're tired of since nobody's looking too closely at thread color on these
7) They store flat and take up no space in storage, unlike gift boxes and baskets

To sew them, I just sew a side seam, then sew the bottom, then hem the top. Here's the inside-out view:

Then to close them I either just tie up the top, bag style, or I fold the extra into the package kinda pillowcase style:

tie ribbon or string and you're done. the end.

cross posted to my much neglected crafty blog

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( 9 comments — Leave a comment )
Dec. 21st, 2015 12:40 pm (UTC)
Very nice. I actually used some festive micro fiber clothes for wrapping this year and they were great (and as you say, easy).

Dec. 21st, 2015 02:42 pm (UTC)
I love this idea. I am terrible at wrapping things.
Dec. 21st, 2015 03:59 pm (UTC)
That's a brilliant idea!
Dec. 22nd, 2015 01:03 am (UTC)
Nice! I'll have to see what kind of fabric I can find near me after Christmas and look into doing this.
Dec. 22nd, 2015 05:51 pm (UTC)
Lovely idea. What do you do with packages too oddly sized for the existing bags?

Edited at 2015-12-22 05:52 pm (UTC)
Dec. 23rd, 2015 12:08 am (UTC)
That's why I buy a yard or two of fabric every year, usually I run out of big bags since I'm always the one feeding bags into the rest of the family members' stashes and you can use a too-big bag for a smaller present, but you can't use a too-small one.

Odd sizes aren't really an issue - you can throw a teddy bear or battle gauntlet or whatever into a bag and if it fits, tie it up!
Dec. 27th, 2015 04:15 am (UTC)
i MUST start doing this. Thanks for the simple instructions. It's not that I don't know how to sew a bag, but somehow having the how and why all spelled out like you have done has given me what it takes to actually consider how it would play out around here. One thing it would do is make wrapping so much simpler for the kids. :)
Dec. 30th, 2015 09:22 pm (UTC)
I love this idea, must start doing this next year. This may be a silly question, but why hem the bag last? Wouldn't it be way easier to hem it flat?
Dec. 31st, 2015 03:11 am (UTC)
yes but I think it looks better when the side seam gets tucked into the hem so you can't see it, if that makes sense.
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