Make Your Own Fabric, Reusable Gift Wrap, Gift Bags and Package Bows

Keep Your Gift Giving Green

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, you'll be investing in future savings. Gather your gift wrapping and save it from...MORE year to year or let the wrapping be part of the gift... either way the environment wins!

  • 01 of 07
    Collection of Fabric Drawstring Gift Bags
    Collection of Fabric Drawstring Gift Bags. Debbie Colgrove, Licensed to About.com

    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-ocassion" fabric so you have them on hand for gift giving throughout the year.

  • 02 of 07
    Front & Back of Fabric Gift Bottle Bag
    Front & Back of Fabric Gift Bottle Bag. Debbie Colgrove, Licensed to About.com

    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
    Finished Two Loop Bow
    Finished Two Loop Bow. Debbie Colgrove, Licensed to About.com
    Tie the perfect bow to decorate clothing, a package or any bow need. Find free directions here.
  • 04 of 07
    How to tie a fancy package bow
    How to Create Bows. Debbie Colgrove, Licensed to About.com
    Tie a perfect bow for decorating clothing, packages, barrettes or other needs. Follow my directions here.
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  • 05 of 07
    Create a Multi Looped or Dior Bow
    Create a Multiple Looped or Dior Bow. Debbie Colgrove, Licensed to About.com

    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 own ribbon to match any outfit.

  • 06 of 07
    How to make fabric canning jar lid covers.
    Canning Jar Covers. Debbie Colgrove, Licensed to About.com
    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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    Sustainable Baby Steps
    Sustainable Baby Steps. Debbie Colgrove, Licensed to About.com

    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.