No doubt you're holiday'd out, but this hack will save sanity and trees later this year. I'm no seamstress, but from what I can tell, this is easy enough for anyone to do…even kids. My kids are always dying to sew things. And I'm always dying to wrap presents in anything but paper.
From the ever-resourceful Jill:
Too late to use this year, but not too late to buy holiday fabrics on sale.
My mother, my sister and her partner have started making fabric gift bags for the holidays (note that I am the lazy one who never uncovers her sewing machine). They've sewn bags in sizes from jewelry to huge boxes of Lego out of colorful holiday fabrics. The gaudier and more glittery the fabric the better they look under the tree. Some of the bags have drawstrings and others need a piece of colorful ribbon to tie closed.
We've swapped enough of these bags now to each have a great selection of colors and sizes. I didn't have a large enough bag around for my tot's new sleeping bag, so I used a colorful flannel pillowcase for it. The cleanup is simple, we produce very little waste, and save money by reusing the ones we were given the following year. Sometimes, for kids getting nosy enough to feel and shake gifts, some wadded tissue paper helps disguise the shape a little more.
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