Gift Wrap Alternatives

I heard a report today that people use enough wrapping paper during the holidays to wrap around the world eight times. Eight times! And what happens to most of that paper? Tossed into the garbage on December 26th. Would you like some better ideas for holiday gift wrapping?

Blue Q Bags. Not only are they re-usable, but they’re cute and colorful and come in all sizes. The small zip pouch is great for little notions (or gift cards, or money) and also makes a great little stocking stuffer.


The X-Large Pouch and Large PouchΒ work well for needles, travel Soak packets, tape measures, post-it note books, notepads, journals, pens, and small knitted gifts like hats, gloves, socks and mitts.


The Handy ToteΒ is my favorite size, because it makes a great project bag when the gift has been opened. Tuck Soak bottles, yarn, books, coffee, tea, mugs, or handknit scarves in there. Since this one doesn’t zip shut, you can tie it shut with ribbon (or fabric or yarn strips).


The Shoulder Tote is huge and can hold a lot! Use it for Soak Kits, Fabric Short Stacks, Needle and accessory organizers, shoes, clothes, knitted sweaters and afghans, and more.


You might also use The Calico Bush Project Bags as very cute gift wrap. The drawstring cinches it up tight (no peeking!) and it would be perfect filled with yarn for your favorite knitter or crocheter. We’re very good at picking matching yarn, if you want to call and get some ideas from us.


Finally, another alternative is to wrap all of your gifts in fabric. For the one below, I used a fat quarter and simply tied ends together that are diagonally opposite. There are all kinds of cute fabric options and if you want the presents under your tree to go well together, get some Short Stacks that match. Our Short Stacks come with 8 fat quarters, so you can wrap up 8 different gifts with one stack. Or get bigger pieces of fabric for bigger items. Wrap them up, tuck in the ends, and tie with ribbon or fabric strips to hold it all together and keep the contents secret until it’s time to unwrap gifts.


Of course if your gift recipient isn’t into fabric, you can offer to “re-cycle” that for them after they’ve opened the gift. Right into your beloved fabric stash. Because you’re thoughtful like that. πŸ˜‰

Sheri youknowChristmascomesquicklyafterThanksgivingthisyear,right?


  1. I made a bunch of drawstring fabric bags over 25 years ago that we still use every year. We have added a few more in different sizes and shapes along the way. Make for must faster wrapping and we just fold them up and put them away with the other decorations. So much better than tons of wrapping paper.

  2. Oh, my goodness – this is a great idea! I’m definitely going to do this! I love the fabric idea (particularly the recycling part of it!). We seem to give a fair few gift cards, especially to the teenagers in our lives and those little zip pouches are perfect both in size and in the little money-related graphics on them.

  3. I love the idea of fabric bags! What a really good idea. I shall have to use up my paper gift wrap first since I have a lot. I think I will make a few bags to start this year!

  4. You sold me on this idea…just ordered three cute Blue Q bags to wrap up the Christmas gifts for my good girlfriends…they will love them! I also love the idea of fabric bags. That’s definitely going on the to-do list.

  5. Sheri! Thanks for all the nifty eco friendly ideas πŸ™‚ Amazing how much waste a single holiday can create…
    Cheers for a good holiday season all around – and yes, thanks for the reminder, turkey day is super late this year so Christmas is literally RIGHT AROUND THE CORNER!! πŸ™‚

  6. I’ve been collecting holiday fabric and sewing gift bags for about 15 years… We don’t make Christmas or birthday trash at all – even with children. I love seeing the bags I’ve made come back to my kids from other members of our family, but if they don’t come back, I know they’ve been re-gifted. After-Christmas sales are a great source of fabric and ribbon for future bags.

  7. This post reminded me of furoshiki – the Japanese art of using fabric to wrap packages. I always thought that it made really cool looking gifts. I don’t sew but you may have just sold me on some fabric to use for wrapping this year. Love it!

  8. Love these ideas! Thank you for sharing them. My grandmother who grew up during the first depression, always reused wrapping paper and boxes. She taught me do this and how to make it look good.

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