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I decided last year that i would try to make reusable fabric gift bags for the holidays. Do you use a pattern or just wing it for different sizes. I'm starting really late... to make these
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I made a ton last year from clearance fabric that I had bought after the holidays the year before. I totally was winging it when I made them. I cut out a bunch of rectangles of all different sizes and sewed a hem on one side and then folded the right sides together and sewed the three sides. I tied the bags with a pretty ribbon and they worked great! All of DS's presents last year were in fabric bags, including his big gift of a busy box.

Here is a pic of his busy box wrapped in a very large fabric bag.

Here is a pic of our tree with all of our gifts wrapped in fabric bags. I was so excited to use our bags, I wrapped absolutely everything I could fit into a bag to make it look like a present.

And just for fun, here is DS opening and playing with his busy box.


ETA: You really do not need a pattern at all. I really love the way my bags came out and I just folded my piece of fabric in half and cut to make a big bag, then folded the remaining piece in half and cut to make two smaller bags, etc, etc, etc. I even made a bunch of tiny bags and wrapped everything in our stockings. It was so fun to make so many pretty bags. I didn't buy any clearance fabric last year, but I think I will this year to make more for next year. It is so insanely easy and fun. The edges don't even have to be perfectly straight, as long as you don't have any holes, you are good. You can do it!

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Thank you: makes me feel like I CAN get it done this year!
Thanks for sharing the pics
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I made mine the same way as Pumpkin Pie. I don't make them in advance actually, I just make them as I wrap, so I can make them the correct size. They're just gift bags, so you don't have to worry too much about being perfect. Just bunching them up at the top and tieing them with a ribbon works well and is easy. You can also make a pocket at the top instead, and run a piece of bulky yarn or a ribbon through, and make a cinch sack type of deal. I always buy holiday fabric after Christmas at 75% off and use it to make my bags!
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Funny. I was just getting started on doing this for Christmas this year. Sadly, Xmas fabric is still expensive and I need to use up my paper from past years. But I found a few good sites.


http://www.craftandfabriclinks.com/e...g_pattern.html

http://mathomhouse.typepad.com/mommy...furoshiki.html

Hubby wrinkled his nose at the test furoshiki I made. Oh, well. I wrap most the presents anyway.
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I wing it! I just cut out rectangles the size that I want the bag to be.

Lately I've been sewing up drawstring bags as gift bags. I use simple 1/4" ribbon as the drawstrings.

We have only been using fabric gift bags for about a year now, but our family LOVES it!
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Funny. I was just getting started on doing this for Christmas this year. Sadly, Xmas fabric is still expensive and I need to use up my paper from past years. But I found a few good sites.


http://www.craftandfabriclinks.com/e...g_pattern.html

http://mathomhouse.typepad.com/mommy...furoshiki.html

Hubby wrinkled his nose at the test furoshiki I made. Oh, well. I wrap most the presents anyway.
Those furoshikis are beautiful! And so simple!! You could even use fleece and not even have to hem it, as fleece doesn't fray. So easy!

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That Foroshiki is REALLY COOL!!! I have lots of fancy fabrics that are too small to make skirts etc out of. I could definetely make a beautiful one. Thanks so much for posting that:
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I figured out that pretty much everything I want to wrap this year is on the small side, so I'm planning on picking up a bunch of fat quarters in fun coordinating fabrics, doing a quick seam around three sides and adding a drawstring to the top.

One thought for the ones with the tie-on ribbons; if you do a quick up and down stitch on the middle of the ribbon at the back, then they will always be attached to the bags and you won't have to go searching for ribbons each year. Or crawling around the floor trying to match ribbons to bags after all of the present opening fun!

If you run low on time, I've also done totally no-sew fabric wraps, by laying the present in the center of a rectangle of fabric (I sometimes pink the short edges). Fold the long sides in, then fold top to bottom and tie at the top. Like this. I've also done them with fancier fabrics and ribbon.
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I decided last year that i would try to make reusable fabric gift bags for the holidays. Do you use a pattern or just wing it for different sizes. I'm starting really late... to make these
I agree with the PP - no patterns. I made mine last year as I wrapped so I had the right sizes. I sewed ribbons onto the bags a few inches down from the top so that the bags had excess fabric at the top to tie the ribbons around. The bigger the gift/box, the more excess you need.

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I figured out that pretty much everything I want to wrap this year is on the small side, so I'm planning on picking up a bunch of fat quarters in fun coordinating fabrics, doing a quick seam around three sides and adding a drawstring to the top.

One thought for the ones with the tie-on ribbons; if you do a quick up and down stitch on the middle of the ribbon at the back, then they will always be attached to the bags and you won't have to go searching for ribbons each year. Or crawling around the floor trying to match ribbons to bags after all of the present opening fun!

If you run low on time, I've also done totally no-sew fabric wraps, by laying the present in the center of a rectangle of fabric (I sometimes pink the short edges). Fold the long sides in, then fold top to bottom and tie at the top. Like this. I've also done them with fancier fabrics and ribbon.
I thought about sewing on my ribbons, but realized the bags are much more versatile without. If you have a gift that is a bit small for the bag, you can tie the ribbon lower down the bag and if the gift is larger, you can tie it closer to the top.

I too was worried about losing ribbons, so as soon as anything was opened, the ribbon went right back inside the bag for next year. I also stuffed all of the bags into my largest bag that I made, so they are all in one place with all of their ribbons and that big one is tied up with its ribbon so I don't lose any bags either.

I can't wait to use my bags again!

Of course my parents thought it was the weirdest thing they had ever seen and asked me if I was having a hard time affording wrapping paper...

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I figured out that pretty much everything I want to wrap this year is on the small side, so I'm planning on picking up a bunch of fat quarters in fun coordinating fabrics, doing a quick seam around three sides and adding a drawstring to the top.

One thought for the ones with the tie-on ribbons; if you do a quick up and down stitch on the middle of the ribbon at the back, then they will always be attached to the bags and you won't have to go searching for ribbons each year. Or crawling around the floor trying to match ribbons to bags after all of the present opening fun!

If you run low on time, I've also done totally no-sew fabric wraps, by laying the present in the center of a rectangle of fabric (I sometimes pink the short edges). Fold the long sides in, then fold top to bottom and tie at the top. Like this. I've also done them with fancier fabrics and ribbon.
Awesome idea
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Last year I realised that in my no-buy Christmas I had also not bought wrapping paper! I sewed some big bags from a white sheet and put all (3!) gifts inside it and tied them with red ribbon. Dh wrote their names on the bags with a sharpie

Honestly it's not the wrapper that counts is it?:
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I'm using t-shirt totes to put the gifts I'm giving my family in.
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