Project Design Team Wednesday~Reusable Christmas Bags

Posted by administrator on Tuesday, November 13th, 2012

At Christmas each year we have a tradition that our kids can open one present on Christmas Eve, which is always a new, sparkling set of pajamas for Christmas morning pictures.  It's a fun tradition and the kids love it....but it has always been a hassle finding those presents under the tree. 

So, I  had an idea to make reusable Christmas bags that we can use year after year for that traditional Christmas Eve gift.  One, so we can easily find the gifts and secondly, to save a bit of paper and add some cuteness and fabric-love under the tree as well.

The bags themselves are a simple drawstring bag with a gusseted-bottom to hold lots of goodies in them.  Little time and effort, but a cute addition to the Christmas tree for years to come.  (I am imagining a Christmas with all reusable bags one year---but my kids would have to be wayyy older as to not peek in ;)

The gift tags are also made with fabric, some batting and are reusable too so they will last holiday after holiday.

Here's what you will need if you want to make some Christmas bags for your gifts this year:

1/2 yard fabric (per bag)  I used Alpine Wonderland fabrics for all the bags and the tags.
2 yards of white cording (I found mine at Hobby Lobby on a roll)
Matching thread
Sewing Machine

And here's what you do:

And you are done.  The reusable gift tags stay on the drawstring bags with some coordinating vintage buttons that I found in my stash.
 Head HERE for the gift tag tutorial.
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  1. Wow! I love this!
    by Kara
    November 13th, 2012 at 7:33 p.m.
  2. Love Riley Blake Fabrics!!!!!!
    by Nita R.
    November 13th, 2012 at 7:57 p.m.
  3. Do you sell these bags? They are adorable!     Hi Paula ... I am not sure if they do ... I will ask them :) THANKS! 
    by Paula
    November 13th, 2012 at 8:02 p.m.
  4. who sells the winter wonderland fabric in the salt lake valley?     Hi Sue. Here is a list of stores in Utah that carry Riley Blake. Call before you go, but they should have Alpine Wonderland in stock. Good luck~Paige 
    by sue
    November 13th, 2012 at 8:21 p.m.
  5. Love the bag idea!
    by Lynne Tilley
    November 13th, 2012 at 11:26 p.m.
  6. What a great idea!!!! I can't wait to sew up a few to use instead of stuffing stockings.
    by Beverly
    November 13th, 2012 at 11:46 p.m.
  7. What a fun tradition to have on Christmas eve. Love the fabric and the tutorial. Thanks for the chance to win some.
    by Karen Sykes
    November 14th, 2012 at 5:43 a.m.
  8. Great project idea! Http://
    by Nouveau Stitch
    November 14th, 2012 at 6:10 a.m.
  9. Can't wait to make some of these. Do cute!!
    by Brenda
    November 14th, 2012 at 7:39 a.m.
  10. Love all the Riley Blake fabrics and projects!!!
    by Marilyn
    November 14th, 2012 at 9:39 a.m.
  11. What a great way to package things! Riley Blake fabric is always the answer.
    by kadybug
    November 14th, 2012 at 10:15 a.m.
    by Linda
    November 14th, 2012 at 10:47 a.m.
  13. I had already planned on making drawstring bags for Christmas presents this year. Our daughter is getting a few treaties with small pieces, and this tutorial is perfect!
    by TheMostess
    November 14th, 2012 at 2:14 p.m.
  14. Great Fabric and Love the idea. Bags are so fun and memorable! Super cute ^_^ Hugs from
    by Puddles & Price
    November 18th, 2012 at 11:42 a.m.
  15. What a Fantastic idea. Love these bags Homemade bags like this would also be great to make and use for a birthday gift, baby shower gift or any type of gift. Thank you for the instructions ColleenB.
    by ColleenB.
    November 28th, 2012 at 4:20 a.m.
  16. Have been making these for the last two Christmases. Going to make out of reg material for gift bags eg. birthday/ shower
    by Erika
    May 31st, 2013 at 5:54 a.m.
  17. Help! I cannot seem to get the link to the gift tags to work. I have the fabric, etc. and just need the instructions.
    by Debbi
    July 14th, 2014 at 5:39 a.m.
  18. Hi Debbie. We are so sorry! It's fixed now. The link was broken. Have a great day ~
    by Riley Blake ~
    July 14th, 2014 at 1:45 p.m.
  19. I had so much fun making these! I pulled names from our church Christmas tree for homeless men..I thought they could use the bags for their personal items in there backpacks! They easily filled with necessities! Thanks!
    by Lynne
    December 06th, 2014 at 7:31 p.m.
  20. Excellent idea....neat and clean
    by sandra
    December 20th, 2014 at 9:44 p.m.

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