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by dailylaundry 12 Dec 2009

These are just a few of the Christmas gift bags I make every year. We have a large family and went throught so much Christmas wrapping paper over the years!!! So, I began 5 years ago, buying the prettiest Christmas fabric I could find that was on sale (including remenents)! Then I began making gift bags - with a casing at the top with cloth ribbon. I would make these bags in all sorts of sizes...my stash of gift bags are well over 100, from very small to huge bags. Now, we still wrap a few presents with paper - but, mostly we use our gift bags. Each gift, I loosely wrap in tissue paper and then place in a bag, then add a name tag (with a hole punched through it) onto the ribbon. We even recycle our name tags!!! This has saved our family money and a huge amount of time as it is so easy to "wrap" our gifts, plus, we "going green"! My daughter, Katie, makes her own and even gives them away in groups of 12 as gifts to friends!

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by tippi 15 Dec 2009

Great idea. I will have to give it a try.

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dailylaundry by dailylaundry 15 Dec 2009

Oh, do! Once you make a couple of yard worth of gift bags, you will be happy to use them each year!!

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by oaro 14 Dec 2009

wonderful idea

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dailylaundry by dailylaundry 14 Dec 2009

Thank you!!!!

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by castelyn 14 Dec 2009

Laura these are lovely , thanks for sharing *4u

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dailylaundry by dailylaundry 14 Dec 2009

Thank you, Yvonne!! You are kind!! 4U*

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by vickiannette 13 Dec 2009

I started to do this last year. I used a 'xmas' embroidery on a piece of plain poplin. Pieced colours red, yellow, green or puple in a pleasing combination to make carry bags.

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dailylaundry by dailylaundry 13 Dec 2009

Good for you! Buy some mark down holiday fabric and make some more!! Go green!*

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by dollygk 13 Dec 2009

Very cleaver idea, great job!

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dailylaundry by dailylaundry 15 Dec 2009

Thank you so very much!! 4U*

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by sqdancer 12 Dec 2009

Fantastic idea Laura, I have 5 days left before I leave for Toronto for Christmas, how many can I make ??? LOL ... *4U

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dailylaundry by dailylaundry 12 Dec 2009

Actually - 1 yard of fabric will make many gift bags!!! You could do one yard...lol!*

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by michelej 12 Dec 2009

Great idea!!!!!

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dailylaundry by dailylaundry 12 Dec 2009

Thank you!!!!!*

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by asterixsew Moderator 12 Dec 2009

What a great idea

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dailylaundry by dailylaundry 12 Dec 2009

Thanks - it takes a little effort in the beginning .... but, it pays off in the long run!

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by almag 12 Dec 2009

Great idea!! I've wrapped pressies for quilting friends in pretty Christmas fabric but never made the drawstring bags for gifts. My children had Christmas bags from white net curtains with red drawstrings - I still have them, but I like the idea of giving pressies to friends and adults in gift bags. Everyone can use drawstring bags and monogram fonts on the plainer fabrics would make them so special. Thanks for the towards a greener Christmas and useful wrapping.

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dailylaundry by dailylaundry 12 Dec 2009

Thank you for your comments! When I first started doing this - I wasn't into Machine Embroidery, but now, that is my next step!!!

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by sandralochran 12 Dec 2009

What a great ideal They are all lovely

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dailylaundry by dailylaundry 12 Dec 2009

Thank you very much!*

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by samgeorgia 12 Dec 2009

Such a cute idea. I have bought gift bags so my DH and sons could wrap my presents. But I will be picking up fabric on sale from now on.

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dailylaundry by dailylaundry 12 Dec 2009

I am happy you are going to try this!! They are easy to make and being able to reuse them each years is great! 4U*

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by shirlener88 12 Dec 2009

Laura, these are lovely - what a wonderful idea - I think this is such a super idea - how much fun you and your family must have each year, too. Way to go - 'go green'! *4U

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dailylaundry by dailylaundry 12 Dec 2009

Thanks, Shirlene! You are a gem!*

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by dkatzmann 12 Dec 2009

Great idea. They are very pretty. *

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dailylaundry by dailylaundry 12 Dec 2009

Thank you!

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