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You know all those Christmas cards you get and after Christmas is over you throw them out, anyone else feel a little bit guilty about that? You’ll be asking your neighbor for their cards after today’s post! I’ve been staring adoringly at these pictures for a month now. Ever since Andrea sent them to me I’ve decided they’re the prettiest gift bags and tags I’ve seen. What makes them even more special is they’re homemade and I love her story behind them.
I think the story of how her family has made gift tags from their Christmas cards since the Great Depression is a beautiful testament to re-using what we have and as a family tradition. You guys know my love of Great Depression Era tips. These bags are cute enough to hide things on the shelves and leave out all year long. Here is Andrea’s homemade gift bags and tags tutorial!
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Fabric gift bags are a simple, frugal, quick, and stylish way to wrap up your handmade gifts.
An experienced seamstress can whip up several of these in an hour, and even a beginner will find them a simple and satisfying project.
With two layers of fabric they are sturdy and durable for use year after year. I have made mine with muslin for rustic country charm, but they would be equally as beautiful in patterned Christmas cottons, velvet, satin, or even burlap.
This tutorial makes a bag approximately 11″ x 15″. This is the perfect size for holding two large mason jars or other medium-sized gift. It is easy to make a smaller or larger gift bag simply by increasing or decreasing the size of fabric before you begin.
I like to pair my bags with handmade gift tags. Having grandparents who grew up in the Depression years brought a strong “waste not, want not” attitude to our family celebrations. Each year my family would carefully save all of the Christmas cards we had been sent, as well as the ribbons and bows when unwrapping gifts, and then use them the following year to make our gift tags. This can be a fun family project, as well as a pretty way to decorate gifts!
Melissa K. Norris inspires people's faith and pioneer roots with her books, podcast, and blog. Melissa lives with her husband and two children in their own little house in the big woods in the foothills of the North Cascade Mountains. When she's not wrangling chickens and cattle, you can find her stuffing Mason jars with homegrown food and playing with flour and sugar in the kitchen.