How to Make Your Own Reusable Gift Wrap, Gift Bags and Package Bows

How many Christmas morning photos and Birthday party photos include a large trash bag of gift wrapping? Imagine how much that piles up with every home and birthday doing the same thing. Fabric wrapping can eliminate some of that waste. Watch the clearance racks, the remnant racks and other methods to obtain economical fabric, and you'll not only be saving the environment by making re-usable gift wrapping, but you'll also be investing in future savings. Gather your gift wrapping and save it from year to year or let the wrapping be part of the gift. Either way, the environment wins!

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    Easy to Sew Drawstring Gift Bags

    Collection of Fabric Drawstring Gift Bags

    Debbie Colgrove

    These gift bags are sized to hold the most commonly used gift boxes and will meet all kinds of gift-giving needs. Don't forget to make some in "all-occasion" fabric, so you have them on hand for gift giving throughout the year.

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    Free Directions to Sew a Fabric Bottle Gift Wrap Bag

    Front and back of a fabric gift bottle bag

    Debbie Colgrove

    Sure you can give a bottle with just a ribbon around the neck of the bottle, but you can wrap it in a fabric gift bag to extend the anticipation and allow the recipient to have a gift they will re-gift when the bottle is empty.

  • 03 of 07

    How to Tie a Bow

    A finished two loop bow

    Debbie Colgrove

    Tie the perfect bow to decorate clothing, a package or any bow need. Find free directions here.

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    How to Tie a Multi Loop Decorative Bow for Packages

    How to tie a fancy package bow

    Debbie Colgrove

    Tie a perfect bow for decorating clothing, packages, barrettes or other needs.

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    Use Fabric Scraps to Create Fabric Ribbon and Dior Bow

    A multi looped or Dior bow

    Debbie Colgrove

    This bow is a narrow but full bow. It works well on an oblong or rectangle package as well as on a barrette as a hair bow. You will need ribbon as wide as you want the finished bow. These directions walk you through using fabric scraps to create your ribbon to match any outfit.

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    Canning Jar Fabric Lid Covers

    How to make fabric canning jar lid covers

    Debbie Colgrove

    Dress up your canning jars with these simple to make fabric covers! Find full free directions here. Add a buttonhole, and you'll be giving a coin bank when the jar is empty.

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    Fabric Gift Wrap: Your Unique Wrapping Alternative

    Sustainable baby steps

    Debbie Colgrove

    You can be very decorative wrapping with fabric. This page offers all kinds of ideas for all kinds of shaped packages. You'll be using up your fabric stash in no time.