Reusable fabric bags are a great way to wrap presents. Not only do they look terrific, but there's nothing wasted or thrown out. Bags can be very simple; just a couple of rows of stitching, tied with a ribbon and made in literally minutes. Or they can be more elaborate and a gift in themselves, with the lucky recipient receiving two gifts in one.
Today I am showcasing 30 fabric bags that can be used as gift bags. Some were designed specifically as gift bags, whilst others were sewn for different purposes. Why 30 bags you might ask? Well, presents come in all shapes and sizes, so I've included bags in many different sizes and shapes.
Bags can, of course, be made in festive season colours, or the fabric can be chosen so the recipient can continue to make use of the bag throughout the year.
All of the bags have been chosen from either the Drawstring Bags or the Gift Wrapping link parties, here at Threading My Way. If you have a great idea for wrapping gifts, I'd love you to add it to one of the collections.
Pretty Drawstring Pouch ~ Tutorial by Lisa and Sarah, from A Spoonful of Sugar
Wine Gift Bag by Amy, from (Amy's) Crafty Shenanigans
Simple Unlined Fabric Gift Bags ~ Tutorial by Pam, from Threading My Way
Simple Drawstring Bag to Hold an OCC Shoe Box ~ Tutorial by Cheryl, from Simply Shoe Boxes
Drawstring Gift Bags by Sandra, from Sandra Sews ~ tutorial by In Color Order
Mason Jar Gift Bags ~ Tutorial by Joy, from Yesterfood
Drawstring Bag Tutorial by Pam, from Threading My Way
Padded Wine Bag ~ Tutorial by Deby, from So Sew Easy
How to Sew: Small Drawstring Bags by Cheryl, from Simply Shoe Boxes
Party Favour Bags ~ Tutorial by KC, from The Real Thing with the Coake Family
Medium Sized Drawstring Bag ~ Tutorial by Pam, from Threading My Way
Fabric Gift Cone ~ Tutorial by Josie, from SewforSoul
Fabric Gift Pouch Tutorial by Lisa and Sarah, from A Spoonful of Sugar
Fabric Basket with Drawstring Top ~ Tutorial by Pam, from Threading My Way
Wine Gift Bag ~ Tutorial by Marisa, from Passion et Couture
Simple Drawstring Bag ~ Tutorial by Cheryl, from Simply Shoe Boxes
Small Lined Drawstring Bag ~ Tutorial by Pam, from Threading My Way
Pyjama Bag Tutorial by Lisa and Sarah, from A Spoonful of Sugar
Adult Rope Back Pack Tutorial by Wendy, from The Crafter's Apprentice
Drawstring Shoulder Bag ~ Tutorial by Pam, from Threading My Way
Easy Reusable Fabric Gift Bag ~ Tutorial by Noreen, from Crafty Journal
Scrappy Drawstring Tote Bags for Shoe Box Gifts ~ Tutorial by Cheryl, from Simply Shoe Boxes
Long Sleeved Tee Refashioned to Lady Babushka Tote ~ Tutorial by Christie, from Joyfoolery
Double Skein Yarn Bag ~ Tutorial by Niki, from Roonie Ranching
Reusable Fabric Gift Bags ~ Tutorials by Pam, from Threading My Way
Penguin Gift Bag by Sandra, from Sandra Sews ~ based on In Color Order's tutorial
Drawstring Bags by Kristy, from Hopeful Threads ~ tutorial by Sew Scrumptious
Easy Drawstring Bag ~ Tutorial by Joy, from Joy's Jots, Shots & Whatnots
Mini Carry Bag by Sherry, from Sew It Sherry ~ tutorial by Pink Penguin
Drawstring Bags by Fay, from Monkey Makes Three ~ tutorial by In Color Order
Now that December is here, there's no denying that the count down to the festive season is on. I can't bury my head in the sand any longer. In my dreams, all my presents would be wrapped in colour co-ordinated fabric gift bags, with matching tags. The reality, however, is slightly different. I haven't made a start on any Christmas sewing yet.
A few months ago, the kids painted wrapping paper for me. Part of the excitement of opening presents for children, is ripping the paper, so I'll start with wrapping the kids' presents in their paper. There won't be enough for all my presents, however. I'll probably wrap a couple in pillowcases and hopefully I'll get a few fabric gift bags sewn. Really, there's no excuse not to, as they are so quick and easy to make.
I may buy some brown paper, but this year I am determined not to buy commercial Christmas wrapping paper. Last year I only had to resort to a little commercial wrapping paper, but I used up all the supplies I had, so my goal is not to buy any more. We'll see how I go.
I am well aware that not everyone likes or appreciates handmade. Have you ever gifted a present with reusable wrapping? If so, how was it received?