Are you trying to cut down on wasted paper this Christmas? Today's post shows more than 50 ways to use fabric to make reusable bags for wrapping presents. Bags range from very simple; just a couple of rows of stitching, tied with a ribbon and made in literally minutes - to more elaborate and a gift in themselves.
Some of the bags were designed specifically as gift bags, whilst others were sewn for entirely different purposes. Presents come in all shapes and sizes, so I've included bags in many sizes and shapes, so you can find one to suit the presents you are wrapping.
Sew the bags in festive season colours, or match the fabric to either the present or the recipient.
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.
Easy Gift Bags ~ Tutorial by Lisa, from Cucicucicoo Ecological Living
Pretty Drawstring Pouch ~ Tutorial by Lisa, from A Spoonful of Sugar
Drawstring Gift Bag ~ Tutorial by Ana, from The Lost Apron
One Chord Drawstring Bag by Pam, from Threading My Way ~ tutorial by Sew Delicious
Reversible Appliquéd Drawstring Bag ~ Tutorial by Mad for Fabric
Simple Unlined Fabric Gift Bags ~ Tutorial by Pam, from Threading My Way
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
Ruffle Top Drawstring Bag ~ Tutorial by Margie, from Nanny Craft 4U
Lined Patchwork Drawstring Bag ~ Tutorial by Pam, from Threading My Way
Patchwork Gift Bag ~ Tutorial by Jill, from Creating My Way to Success
Mason Jar Gift Bags ~ Tutorial by Joy, from Yesterfood
Drawstring Bag Tutorial by Pam, from Threading My Way
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
Rounded Bottom Drawstring Bag ~ Tutorial by Pam, from Threading My Way
Stand by Itself Drawstring Bag ~ Tutorial by Niki, from Roonie Ranching
Fabric Gift Cone ~ Tutorial by Josie, from SewforSoul
Wine Bottle Drawstring Gift Bags ~ Tutorial by Joy, from Yesterfood
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
Fold Flat Drawstring Bag ~ Tutorial by Cheryl, from Simply Shoeboxes
Simple Drawstring Bag ~ Tutorial by Cheryl, from Simply Shoe Boxes
Pyjama Bag ~ Tutorial by Lisa and Sarah, from A Spoonful of Sugar
Fabric Gift Bags with Cardboard Box Insert ~ Tutorial by Susan, from Organized 31
Adult Rope Back Pack ~ Tutorial by Wendy, from The Crafter's Apprentice
Drawstring Shoulder Bag ~ Tutorial by Pam, from Threading My Way
Reversible Drawstring Bag ~ Tutorial by Mad for Fabric
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
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
Reusable Gift Bags ~ Tutorial by Teresa, from Keeping it Real
Drawstring Bags by Kristy, from Hopeful Threads ~ tutorial by Sew Scrumptious
Easy Drawstring Bag ~ Tutorial by Joy, from Joy's Jots, Shots & Whatnots
Simple Unlined Drawstring Bag ~ Tutorial by Pam. from Threading My Way
Bow Tie Gift Bag ~ Tutorial by Joy, from Joy's Jots, Shots & Whatnots
Mini Carry Bag by Sherry, from Sew It Sherry ~ tutorial by Pink Penguin
Matchbox & Hot Wheels Drawstring Bags ~ Tutorial by Cheryl, from Simply Shoeboxes
Snowman Drawstring Bag by Kathy, from Running with Rocket ~ tutorial by Sandra Sews
Denim Jeans Drawstring Bag ~ Tutorial by Pam, from Threading My Way
Drawstring Bags by Fay, from Monkey Makes Three ~ tutorial by In Color Order
Unlined Drawstring Bag with Two Cords ~ Tutorial by Pam, from Threading My Way
Small Drawstring Bag ~ Tutorial from Crafting for Shoeboxes
Selvedge Drawstring Bag ~ Tutorial by Pam, from Threading My Way
Over the years, I've experimented with various ways of wrapping presents, and I'm pleased to say I haven't purchased commercial wrapping paper for a couple of years now. That doesn't mean I don't use Christmas wrapping paper...
... that's me! Each festive season I accumulate a store to reuse the next year.
Kid painted wrapping paper always goes down well, too, as does wrapping presents in pillowcases.
Since I began blogging, I've sewn many, many fabric gift bags - not all of them appear on Threading My Way. I plan to make a few this month. The rest of my presents will be wrapped with brown paper and embellished in one way or another.
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?
When wrapping gifts, think about the age of the recipient. Some of the bags in this post are not suitable for young children due to the length of the cords, small beads, etc.
Oh most definitely I gift with reusable bags for most of my gifting. They make a great presentation because they can be personalized to suit a theme or a favourite colour, they can be reused by the recipient for storage or for another gift, and they use a nice amount of stash - win/win/win :) A few minutes ago I grabbed a cute paper pieced Rudolph pattern from Craftsy to make some Christmas gift bags :D 'tis definitely the season!ReplyDelete