Monday, December 8, 2014

Reusable cloth gift bags

 

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I love gifting things, and I love crafting things to give people, but manoman, I hate wrapping stuff.  I don’t know why I find it so complicated—maybe just finding one empty flat surface big enough to roll out that huge and flimsy paper is too hard, but I also can’t find the tape and the hunt for the right size box usually ends in frustration, and then buying paper just so I can throw it away later is hard to swallow, too.  Amanda’s reusable gift bags is the answer!  No scissors, no tape, no hunting around for a ribbon.  I love this idea so much (did it involve a little bit of sewing?  And scraps?  And finally finding a use for my stashed hoard of the fabric handles from Anthropologie shopping bags?  Yes, yes, and yes!) 

15 comments:

  1. What a great idea, perfect for the season.

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  2. I really like these! I, too, hate to wrap. So I choose a few hours and do everything at once so it doesn't drag on forever.
    Blessings,
    Betsy

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  3. You can often pick up pre-loved scarves cheaply. Jumble sales are the best,from 10p up to about 50p. Freshly laundered they are great for wrapping presents.

    Jean
    x

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  4. I, too, hate wrapping. And I, too, found those fabric gift bags to be the perfect answer.

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  5. I don't like to wrap at all...this is a great alternative...now to learn to sew! :)

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  6. Thanks, Kristen! What a splendid idea! Funnily enough I also collect the ribbon handles of various shopping bags! (Must re-use everything, hehe!) :)
    Have a good week!
    Ingrid xx
    http://myfunkycrochet.blogspot.be

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  7. I personally hate wrapping, too. Once a friend of mine said she couldn't believe what a pathetic wrapper I was because she thought I was so crafty. Give me yarn any day, but wrapping paper, no way.
    Hugs,
    Meredith

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  8. I think this is a brilliant idea. Reusable how could one not like this...in our society we've become so use to disposing of items and purchasing new. I can remember when my parents would just tie bows around most things and just wrap a couple. I like this idea, thumbs up.

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  9. What a neat idea! If I was a sewer, I would have thought of it first! :)

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  10. I love using cloth gift bags. I started when the kids were little and Christmas fabric was on sale and made them for those big, odd shaped gifts. I still like wrapping with paper but I usually use brown paper bags and I save cereal boxes instead of buying shirt boxes. The first year I did this the kids thought I got them Cheerios.

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  11. What a wonderful idea! I will be sewing up some gift bags and I think I'll make some with birthday themes, too! I love the pom-poms on your wreath!
    Hugs,
    Deb

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  12. Ha! I just wrote a line or two about wrapping on my post as well.
    Seems everyone is in agreement about how much they dislike the task. Now UNwrapping, that's a different story.
    This is right up my street. Scraps I got!!!

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  13. What a clever idea and it really looks so beautiful. I'll have to give it a shot.
    Love your wreath.

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  14. Oh yes, wrapping stuff is so boring and such a faff, and then sometimes it has to go to be posted and that is another faff. Wouldn't it be nice if the recipient gave you the bag back to reuse another time, haha!
    This is such a good idea, I might do this for those who will appreciate a bag made from my precious (enormous amount) of fabric.
    I found your blog in my Web wanderings this morning, not sure from where, lots of interesting posts here from patchwork to crochet..

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  15. Love , love, love the idea. I will most certainly make some this year... But it think I will put it on my lust to make more through out the year and hopefully I can be independent and free of paper bags ( although I'm very proud to say that the ones for my kids and my husband we recycle them years after year ).i will get to work this coming week... Thanks for sharing the idea.

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