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With my apologies to the Muppets (Muppet Fans, sing along, using the tune from the show’s opening song):

It’s time to get out fabric!Red Fabric Ready to Sew into Bags
It’s time to cut and sew!
It’s time to make some gift bags
For my presents —  Ho ho ho!

I look forward to this time of year. Yes, part of me dreads it, too, since there’s not enough time to do the things I want to do. And what is that, you ask? I want to make presents for all of the people I love. Do I have time to do that? More to the point, do you?

Okay, lean in. I’m going to tell you a secret. This is just for you, so don’t tell anyone else. I’m going to tell you the secret of how I find time to make gifts for everyone.

Ready? Here it is.

I buy gifts and then present them in handmade gift bags. Yup. It’s that simple. The bags are quick to make, can be made assembly-line style if you group the fabrics according to thread color, and you can use any fabric that suits you. And while I still think the gift is important, I find my family and friends are sometimes more excited about the gift bag. In fact, several family members hoard them in the fear that I will stop making them. I give them a gift bag filled with other gift bags so that they will actually use them. Plus a personal gift in, yes, a gift bag.

Why do I make my own gift bags?

  • I have a lot of fabric.
  • People love them.
  • I don’t have time to make personalized gifts for everyone I care about, but I can give each person a little homemade love in a bag.
  • I have a lot of fabric.
  • It’s faster to wrap a gift in a bag than it is to use paper, tape, and a bow or ribbon.
  • It’s a green alternative. No need to throw out piles of paper after the gift opening frenzy.
  • I have a lot of fabric.
  • The gift bags can (should!) be given away by the recipient to keep the love moving around.
  • Or the gift bags can be kept and used in other ways.
  • I have a lot of fabric.

Gift Bag CollectionAnd so I’ll steal time between writing projects and teaching and family stuff to play with my fabric and sew, sew, sew…guilt-free!

If you want to join my handmade gift bag movement, march yourself into your studio and start pulling fabric! Want more structure than that? You can order my gift bag pattern by clicking here or you can buy my pattern at Artistic Artifacts in Alexandria, Virginia, on Saturday, December 3, 10am-5pm (I’ll be there until 4pm) during their annual Holiday Open House. I’ll be there, demonstrating Paintstik techniques and chatting about upcoming classes.

For pictures and more information about my gift bags, visit this previous blog post.

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