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

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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 elliminate 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 year to year or let the wrapping be part of the gift... either way the environment wins!

1. Easy to Sew Drawstring Gift Bags

Collection of Fabric Drawstring Gift Bags
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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.

2. Free Directions to Sew a Fabric Bottle Gift Wrap Bag

Front & Back of Fabric Gift Bottle Bag
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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.

3. How to Tie a Bow

Finished Two Loop Bow
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Tie the perfect bow to decorate clothing, a package or any bow need. Find free directions here.

4. How to Tie a Multi Loop Decorative Bow -- A great package bow

How to tie a fancy package bow
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Tie a perfect bow for decorating clothing, packages, barrettes or other needs. Follow my directions here.

5. Use Fabric Scraps to Create Fabric Ribbon and Dior Bow

Create a Multi Looped or Dior Bow
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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.

6. Canning Jar Fabric Lid Covers

How to make fabric canning jar lid covers.
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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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