Cloth gift bags for the win!

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As hard as we have tried to downsize the gift giving on big holidays, three presents seems to be our average amount per child. However when we are wrapping three presents for each of our children, that’s a LOT of wrapping! 7 kids x 3 gifts = 21 presents!!!! My mom had talked for years about converting to a cloth bag system which would save time, energy, and of course the environment, but since she is the only one who can sew proficiently, it took a while to get the project off the ground! She began by buying designer Christmas fabrics on sale after the holiday so our selection ranges from Michael Miller retro to Alexander Henry jingle girls to traditional holly and ivy prints by Moda. She fashioned a pattern based on a pillowcase and simply increased or decreased the ratio. We use mostly the pillowcase size bag followed by a smaller format (8×10.) For closure we tie a ribbon around the gathered end, and slide a tag on before tying a decorative bow! Our tags were also made by my mom, PAXmommy Catherine; some were crafted from felt, and some in craft paper and laminated to last longer!

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Now that we have our Christmas bag stash, the next endeavor will be birthday, Easter, and miscellaneous other holiday bags! This is a fun, beautiful, and GREEN way to wrap your family’s presents! If you wrap in cloth too, please share your traditions!!!

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*happy babywearing*

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