Friday, January 13, 2012

Super Easy Fabric Gift Bags

Fabric gift bags.

After we opened all the Christmas presents this year, I was struck,as I always am, by just how much trash we were left with. It was a lot. 

The cat, surrounded by Christmas trash.
In an attempt to have a slightly less ginormous pile of post Christmas trash next year, I decided to sew up some super simple, reusable little cloth bags.

Another of my famously lame photos. You get the idea though, right?

I made a 20-25 in this size, which would fit cds, movies, small articles of clothing, etc. They'll be tied with a ribbon. 

I could have gotten fancy, and added gussets and trim to the bags, but since half of our presents are missing the tags, and have torn paper by the time Christmas arrives, I figured this was fancy enough for us.

(FYI, one bandanna yields two of these small bags, with an already finished edge. You can't get any easier than that.)

I'll be making some bigger ones later.

We'll still be using some wrapping paper, especially for gifts outside our immediate family. (Most of our friends and relatives would probably just dismiss this as another one of our hippie ideas, and not reuse the bags.) 

At any rate, every little bit counts, right?


  1. I've been meaning to ask did you hand sew these or use a machine? I'd love to make some but don't have a machine?

    1. I used a machine, for these, and cranked 'em out in a few minutes a piece. You could sew them by hand, for sure. It would take a while, but hand sewing while watching tv is pretty pleasant. :)
      Alternatively, you could try constructing them with iron on tape or fabric glue.

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