Green Christmas

No, not the kind with grass showing and leaves on the tree (like my California relatives are enjoying currently), but the ecological kind.

Daughter #2 inspired us with her own creation of Christmas bags and Daughter #1 encouraged me to make many more cloth wraps and bags for Christmas presents in place of paper and tape. Its a very simple process: buy material on sale (sometimes up to 75% off regular price), cut material to desired sizes, sew a hem around the four sides, wrap the desired article and secure it with rubber bands or ribbon, paste on a label and you’re done. It’s much faster and less wasteful than paper (hence, the “green” part). Co-blogger Alison claims she wrapped 14 presents with cloth wrap in the time it took her husband to do 6.

cloth wrap for presents,  colorful ribbon, and rubber bands to secure the wrap while tying with ribbon.

Cloth wrap for presents, colorful ribbon, and rubber bands to secure the wrap while tying with ribbon.

Cloth wrapping is FAST!  No cutting wrap to size, no laborious folding with stiff paper, etc.

Cloth wrapping is FAST! No cutting wrap to size, no laborious folding with stiff paper, etc.

Apparently, this type of wrapping is sold online and elsewhere for $20 a bag! I figure they cost less than 50 cents to make. So for the past two years I have sewn up a collection of sizes of these coverings, and the look of the packages under the tree has slowly morphed into this.

Try it…you’ll like it.

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5 thoughts on “Green Christmas

  1. Am I understanding correctly that you re-use the bags? I had a Japanese friend who had a beautiful silk wrap that he used to present gifts. It was understood that the wrap was returned to the giver and was just for presentation.

    • Yes, we do re-use the bags. So far we have only circulated these wraps between family members, so it is quite easy to collect and reuse them each year. However, if wraps were made out of expensive silk material, I imagine the giver would definitely want those returned.

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