I am so in love with these! I saw the idea on Pinterest and thought it was a brilliant way to avoid paying for wrapping paper and gift bags… I reuse gift bags, but there’s really a limit to what those paper bags can take. Wrapping paper KILLS me because you end up with these huge trash bags of it to throw away and that’s sad for those trees. I know some people reuse it, but it’s really hard to reuse and it’s a pain to fold up neatly. Did anyone else have family members who would fold it neatly during the opening of Christmas gifts when they were kids? It definitely slowed down the playing with toys part… which at the time was annoying, I’m sure, but now I know that I’m going to be that person. Haha.
To avoid that, I’m just gonna help everyone transition to cloth gift bags by showing you how amazing they are! The cool thing too is if they start to look wrinkly from overuse, you can wash them and iron them because they’re fabric! Yay! Plus, I think they look like Santa bags which is so cool!
I used this tutorial, very veryyyyy loosely because I was hurrying. Afterwards I tried different ideas for the tag. I made little tags with chalkboard fabric a few different ways, none which thrilled me, and attached them to the bag with a safety pin or snaps. Finally I settled on adding a piece of chalkboard fabric directly to the bag (after I had sewn it). I just zig zag stitched it on. I’m not sure how that’ll effect it’s ability to be washed. I think for next year I’m going to just embroider name tags for them and snap them on, but this year I needed to work faster than that.
Note that I always try to buy fabric ribbon when I find Christmas ribbon at the stores because I like to be able to use it for multiple purposes. I don’t like the cheap papery stuff. I found the ribbon I used at Target I think… just had to keep an eye out for a cheap version. It’s expensive at the craft store!
These really are better looking in person. LOVE THEM!