I always enjoyed it when our Christmas presents were wrapped and everyone took turns to open one present at a time. This seemed to make Christmas last longer rather than just having all the presents under the tree unwrapped. But it certainly takes more time as a parent, especially a procrastinating parent as I am.
A few Christmas Eve’s ago, late at night, I was at my Mom’s house trying to wrap presents after our two kids were in bed to be ready for Christmas morning. As I am all tangled in tape and paper I look over and see my sister-in-law (who had just hauled in her presents not five minutes prior) just finishing all her wrapping. HOW?!? Fabric Christmas bags. GENIUS!!! She had some that were passed down to her from her childhood. Think of the memories just these bags alone held. I have been hooked ever since. We put our bags out on Christmas Eve and by morning Santa does his magic (in 10 minutes instead of hours) and they are filled with presents! No plastic bags full of ripped wrapping paper – just fold up the fabric and you’re ready for next year!
My kids now get excited just seeing these bags come out of storage!
I know a tutorial is not necessary, but I’ll explain. I just cut the fabric in two pieces, put right (print) sides together, and sewed three sides. I didn’t even hem the top because once you tie it with ribbon and it bunches over, you can’t even see the top. (If you use material that frayes you would want to hem.)
You can make them to match your holiday decor and put presents out as you buy them, if want presents under the tree. Or you can use themes your kids are into just like the wrapping paper. Christmas fabric always goes on sale after Christmas so you can stock up for next year!
Thanks Emily for enlightening me a few years ago!
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