Cloth Christmas Bags

Cloth Christmas Bags

Trying to have a ‘green’ Christmas isn’t easy.  Over the past few years, I’ve been taking steps towards using green wrapping. I try to use recycled materials like newspapers and paper that comes in packages as well as reusing gift bags we’ve been given the previous year.

One of my favorite ways to wrap presents is using cloth Christmas bags which can be reused over and over, making them very ‘green’.

Making cloth Christmas bags is so simple. Mine are not super fancy and the edges aren’t serged but they’re adorable and I love that they’ll be reused over and over in our family.

The best part, they cost nothing but about an hour of time – I had several different Christmas fabrics in my fabric stash.

Cloth Christmas Bag Fabric

Step 1: Cut out your fabric in a rectangular shape. The size doesn’t matter, just base it upon how big you want your finished bags. I made several bags of varying sizes to hold both large and small gifts.

Hem Fabric

Step 2: Hem the edges of the fabric that will become the top of the bag. This step makes them look much neater.

Fold Fabric

Step 3: Fold your rectangle over with the hemmed edges touching and sew up the sides.

Cloth Christmas Bag

Step 4: You’ve sewn a cloth Christmas bag! All that’s left now is finding the perfect gift to place in your bag and tying it up with a ribbon.

Gift in Cloth Christmas Bag

Isn’t this cute? I used scrap ribbon (mostly ‘recycled’ from gifts I’ve received in the past) to tie up my bags.

Unwrapping Presents

We’ve been using cloth Christmas bags a few years now and love that they help prevent waste.

Are you taking any steps towards a ‘green’ Christmas? If so, what are you doing? 

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  1. I must hit the clearance racks after Christmas this year to get some festive fabric to make a few of these! I meant to do it last year and didn't get around to it!!! Thanks for the reminder again!

  2. What a great idea! I love it!

    One of my fondest memories of my dad's parents was their wrapping paper – the Sunday comics 🙂 I've done it a few times over the years but it just isn't the same. We re-use bags we are given and I have had the same wrapping paper for about 5 years – I use it very carefully! Once it runs out and the bag stash depletes I hope I remember this great idea!

    Hope you are feeling well and have the energy you need to keep up with your boys right now!

    1. I've used newspaper/comics to wrap too. And, one of my favorites is the brown paper that sometimes comes in packages. I am feeling great – love the 2nd trimester! I hope you are doing well adjusting to having 3 littles!

  3. Actually, is not really a cloth for Christmas. Its colors are red, green and white so it kind of related to the color of Christmas.Good designed fabric to use in decoration.

  4. What I brilliant idea! I have just begun making our gift bags but was making drawstring bags. Your idea of a pillowcase bag with a ribbon looks better and is easier to make.

    I have been reading your blogs from the beginning and am really enjoying seeing your family grow and change.

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