I wanted to share with you a wrapping idea that I started to use about 25 years ago. Wrapping gifts is a rather precise task and those papers and bags get so expensive.
I started taking bits of fabric and making draw string bags out of it. There was always a bit of flannel left from the PJs my Mum crafted each of the kids, so I made a bag to match their new PJs; then one liked cats, another penguins, and the third frogs and butterflies.
Each birthday I would make another couple of draw string bags. When people were traveling the world, I would ask for a bit of fabric from their travels and then make them draw string bags out of the fabric they shared with me.
The bride and groom can always use a personalized set.
Hanukkah, Christmas, Valentines….
If you don’t get one of your set returned, well just make a new set. Then friends got into the act and started making bags for taking lunches and snacks. My partner has one with the earth painted on the fabric and another with a Mickey Mouse motif from his early favorite pair of PJs from his mother – you get the picture!
Wrapping paper is often made with toxic dyes. Foil paper cannot be put in the recycling can. Ribbon is a hazard to plants, animals and the landfill.
Ribbons or draw strings are old hair ribbons, leftover lace, and odd ends from the fabric store. My mother chain crocheted a number of strings out of her knitting supplies to match the fabric theme.
We have several hundred bags now and they make the season bright. If the gift melts all over – wash and sometimes iron – back to new…
Just an idea – that is easy, fun and adds to the magic of this season without causing so much waste.
What tricks have you discovered for wrapping it all up?
Can’t wait to discover your ideas in the comments section: