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Subject: The best "wrapping" ever for your presents!--(only if you sew)
Date Posted: 12/22/2008 8:31 PM ET
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Right about now, and especially just after Christmas, Hannakh and Christmas fabrics will be on sale--cheap!  Buy a yard or a few of each one you like and inexpensive ribbon to match.  Cut into rectangles, and sew into drawstring bags with a "ruffle" above the casing, and two places for the drawstring to come out.  Insert two ribbons, one to pull out each side.  Make sure that the ribbon is long enough to tie in a bow when the bag is closed.   You could also sew on a small clear plastic rectangle for a tag.  Make different sizes from really small (for a necklace box or a small toy) to as large as you think you might need. 

These work great for those irregular shaped things that are so hard to wrap.  Not for use where there are people who can't be trusted not to peek!

Date Posted: 12/26/2008 11:46 AM ET
Member Since: 2/5/2007
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That's a great idea Linda!   And lots of time to make bags between now and next year!   I may even set a little of the fabric aside to make bags that are just the right size for odd shaped gifts, that I may give next year.  Thanks!

Date Posted: 12/28/2008 10:16 PM ET
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I made one of these to wrap the skateboard my son got this year, using paper would have been a real pain. The bags I made last year got used again this year. Instead of putting ribbon through a channel, I just tack a length of ribbon about 4 inches down from the opening of the bag. That way I can really tie it solidly.

I don't put the bagged presents out until the kids are asleep, they just are too tempting to squeeze.

Date Posted: 12/30/2008 5:58 PM ET
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Interesting!  If I could only convince people that ripping paper is not the end all be-all!

These would also eliminate some problems from gift bags--they don't stack & they rip!  Since we travel for the holidays being able to box up the presents is really nice.

I need to go shopping soon. Maybe I'll stop by the fabric store.   I have lots of fabric in the basement, but no holiday patterned fabric.  Hmm.

Date Posted: 1/13/2009 2:38 PM ET
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I must be different. I have been known to skipp the bag making process and just use fabric as I would  paper. My Quilting friends love this as a simple run of the iron and it is ready to sew with.


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Date Posted: 1/13/2009 11:48 PM ET
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