A “2nd Helping” to Episode 6: Make Reusable Gift Bags!

April 22nd, 2010

We have really enjoyed reading everyone’s comments about the great things you are doing to help in recycling, reusing, upcycling, and more. Even the smallest things can make the biggest difference!

Many of you use reusable shopping bags. Some have gone to cloth diapers. Some have chosen to recycle old food containers and boxes for craft storage or even planters. I loved to read how Lori pulverizes junk mail with some water and glue for her artwork. And many more of you compost!

All of these ideas and MORE that have been mentioned on the blog are so very inspiring! It’s a wonderful thing to hear and to see what each of you are doing. Thank you so much for sharing!

For today’s 2nd helping, I thought I’d share a little story with you that came to mind as I have been thinking more and more about “going green.” Last year at Christmas time, my wonderful friend, Kerilynn gave me a set of fabric bags made from Christmas fabric. I fell in love with the idea immediately! What meant even more to me was that she used old fabric that she found of her mother’s after she had passed away just a few short years before.

She told me that her mother did this quite often with old fabric pieces. She would sew the two sides together to create a bag and then tie a ribbon around it. It was a great way to not have to purchase gift wrap over and over again during the years. (And they’re so easy to store, too!)

Let me tell you, those bags came in handy for me! I especially loved that I could fit just about any odd-sized object in any of them and it sure cut down on my wrapping time in a MAJOR way!

Since then, I have looked for other fun fabrics to use as well- even for birthdays! We now have many on hand and wrapping has never been easier when giving gifts in my family. We just continue to re-use, re-use, re-use. It’s awesome!

*And one more thing before we sign off today….don’t forget that you have a free PDF download available for you which will help guide you through the steps of finishing that felted wool sweater purse! Kim has loved hearing that she’s not alone in the “Oops” department on accidentally throwing a wool sweater in the wash! You’ve all made her day! :) You can download that PDF HERE.

Have a wonderful Earth Day everyone! See you next week for our Mother’s Day special!

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  • April 23, 2010 at 12:26 am
    #1

    Great idea about the fabric gift bags…. should keep that in mind for the next party

  • Cindy Olson
    April 28, 2010 at 8:20 pm
    #2

    Thank you for showing that mixed media collage is easy. I thought that it was complicated but you showed that anything goes.

  • May 3, 2010 at 3:26 pm
    #3

    I love this idea. It would be cute with some eyelets around the top with the ribbon strung through. I’m going to have to keep that in mind this year!

  • charlotte poteet
    May 5, 2010 at 10:47 am
    #4

    This is so great! I’m going to use this idea for those unusually large or awkward gifts for the grands!

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