Sunday, June 29, 2008

Start a Family Tradition and Make ReUsable Gift Wrap

My sister Cathy suggest to me a few years back to make fabric gift bags for wrapping Christmas gifts. My first thought was, "Oh my gosh, that isn't practical with 8 kids. I'd have to have a ton of them." Then my sister Stacey sent my kids party bags from her boys birthday party and she used fabric bags to put the goodies in. My kids loved the bags and have used them for lots of things so far.

So last year for Christmas I started making a variety of sizes of fabric gift bags. I just use Christmas fabric and then because I know my kids, big and little, try to peek through the wrapping, I line mine with flannel. They turned out cute and they were nice for the kids to carry their gifts home in. So these are some of the ones I made last year.

This is a Valentines Bag and my sister Stacey wants some spider man bags for her boys birthday presents.

I was thinking that Furoshki would be great for those gifts that don't fit into bags.

I think these bags are going to be a nice Christmas Tradition. The kids will look forward to getting them out every year and they will be so much easier for me, besides being environmentally friendly. I usually end up wrapping everything and this will save me a lot of time, once I have the bags made, and I can always use more time at Christmas! I am using Michael Miller fabrics for some of the bags and then I think I'll buy some cheaper gingham and plaids for the rest. I can't afford Michael Miller fabric for all of the bags but I LOVE his retro Christmas fabrics and since these will last a long time I figure I can make some out the more expensive fabric for a few of the bags. I am using penguin fabric for one of my daughters, Precious Moments for another and so on and so on....... This is some of the fabric I bought for this years bags.

Anyway, I just wanted to share this idea with everyone. I wasn't crazy about it at first but after trying it out, I love it!!!


mysteryhistorymom said...

Your bags are darling!! Lori

cateepoo said...

When a friend of mine first told me about the bags, I thought, "We will really miss the crumpling noise of the paper." However, we didn't miss it at all. In fact, it was awesome! Everything was so calm and quiet and afterwards, we didn't have a mess of paper to pick up. My kids picked out the cheap fabric for our gifts and special fabric for Santa gifts. I look forward to using them every year.
Sherry, your bags are gorgeous and I love the lining which we didn't do. I am excited to pull all the bags out again this year.

Melinda Cornish said...

I love the michael miller retro fabrics too! I did stockings for a set of grandkids using them. the bags are really nice! Melinda

Marcia said...

Brilliant idea! I love the retro fabrics.

Sandi said...

I ran across your post while searching for fabric gift bags. Love your fabrics. Hadn't thought about lining them - but that's a great idea.

Angela Harris said...

What a GREAT idea. The fabric gift wrappers are GENIUS! Someone should get to making those in an Etsy shop b/c I can not & do not want to sew. Great for people who are conscience of the waste they create and will save tons in wrapping paper. Thanks for sharing!

cateepoo said...
My friend Darcy posted in her blog the other day about gift bags also. She shared the idea with me originally.
We recently had a corn flour bag that is so cute. Once the flour was gone, we washed it and plan to add it to our birthday bag collection.

My DIL made this up using the pictures of my 5 oldest boys. So funny!

Personalize funny videos and birthday eCards at JibJab!

All 8 of my kids

All 8 of my kids

My 6 Grandkids

My 6 Grandkids

Me, Earl, My daughter-in-laws, son-in-law, kids & grandkids

Me, Earl, My daughter-in-laws, son-in-law, kids & grandkids

The Whole Family

Use This Calculator and the Math Problem to Find Your Birthday

Calculator Code

This free script provided by
JavaScript Kit

Birthday Calculator............................................................ You can try this trick on the calculator, but it will also work with a pen and paper......... (With this calculator, you have to hit the equal (=) sign after each operation.)................................... Enter the number of the month of the birthday.......... Multiply that number by 5............ Add 6............ Multiply by 4........... Add 9............ Multiply by 5......... Add the number of the day of the birthday.............. Subtract 165......... The result will show the first one or two numbers as the month and the last two numbers is the day of their birthday.

On what day of the week were you born?

Enter your birthday

(then hit the "Update" button):

Numeric Month (1-12):

Day of Month (1-31):

Year (eg. 1960):

Date of Birth:

Day of Week:

This free script provided by
JavaScript Kit


Click to Mix and Solve

Well, here I am - this is me, Sherry

Well, here I am - this is me, Sherry

Valentines Swap- video made by Graham Neale from Kirkcaldy, Scotland

In Your Eyes-- Only Sadness by Abby Kaplan

Swaps for 2008

2008 swaps updated

2008 Swaps cont...., Things I Participated In and Awards


Let's Give Each Other a Make Over! Click on Me & I'll Take you There!

Blog Archive


My spirit is craving to take me here - a quiet tranquil place!

My spirit is craving to take me here - a quiet tranquil place!
I would love to get away and just find me. Find my artistic side and just be able to let my spirit go!

Personality Test

You Are 9: The Peacemaker
You are emotionally stable and willing to find common ground with others. Your friends and family often look to you to be the mediator when there is conflict. You are easy going and accepting. You take things as they come. Avoiding conflict at all costs, you're content when things are calm. At Your Best: You feel connected, trusting, and fulfilled. You feel at peace with your place in the world. At Your Worst: You compromise your values to make sure peace is maintained. You give in to bullies. Your Fixation: Harmony Your Primary Fear: Causing conflict Your Primary Desire: To preserve things as they are Other Number 9's: Marge Simpson, Ronald Reagan, Audrey Hepburn, Jerry Seinfeld, and Abraham Lincoln.