Friday, December 3, 2010

Quick and easy fabric gift bags!

     Did you know that in America 5 million tons of waste is thrown out during the holidays? 4 million tons of which is wrapping paper and shopping bags. So to make the season a bit more green use reusable bags when you shop for those gifts. If you can fit it into a regular bag, great! Why would you want all of those shopping bags hanging around anyway? Not to mention, they make more noise than a fabric bag!! 
     Another way is to make and use fabric gift bags. I made a couple of these last year and they work great! Plus we cut our paper usage down. Now I'm not perfect and I still love all the pretty designs and shiny, bright colors of wrapping paper and still use it, just sparingly. A plus to making bags to is all of the cute fabrics out there! You can make any size and have colorful prettiness under the tree still.
     Seeing as my craft corner will soon be taken over by 17 little gingerbread kids costumes I should get some projects out of the way! So here is my quick little tute on making fabric gift bags!

You'll need:
Fabric (I used a yard folded it in half and just cut out different sizes until I had cut it all)
Sewing machine and serger if you can

First, cut your bag pieces.

Second, serge or sew both sides and the bottoms of bags.

Third, hem or serge the top edge. I choose to serge in white thread because it reminds me of snow!)

Fourth, flip right side out.

Fifth, cut a lenght of ribbon at least 10 inches long and singe the ends so they don't fray. And sew it on to the bag about 2 inches from the top. (Father down for larger bags.) Just make sure you have room to gather and tie around the top of the bag once it's filled.

Sixth, fill and give! Your receiver will love it! Last year my mom said, "Do I get to keep it?" I'm sure someone else will probably get it this year and that's already two gifts given without wasting more paper, awesome!

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As with all of my projects, I have designed them for my family and love to share with you so you can have them for your families as well. All projects, patterns and directions are meant for your personal use and neither the patterns nor completed projects are to be used for monetary gain. 

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