Thursday

on green gift wrap, baseball bats, and british exports

while i love the idea of the make-your-own gift bags i saw posted about on the internet over the holidays, my modest crafting abilities do not extend to the sewing realm. the last thing i sewed was a actual-size baseball bat pillow in my eighth grade "teen living" class. i got a "c."

(our home-ec was inexplicably called that. if we learned to cook something there, i don't recall. i do remember that our teacher admitted to not owning an oven and doing all her personal home cooking in a microwave. mmmmm. her version of teen living involved the aforementioned bat pillows and making us watch a british hygiene cartoon entitled "some of your bits ain't nice!" my actual teen life involved a lot more flannel, "alternative" music, and being scolded for too much giggling.)

but about the gift bags...my sister tiffany (who is not only crafty but exceedingly creative) had a great reusable gift bag idea that even a non-seamstress like me can copy. you know how almost every store is selling their own inexpensive reusable shopping bags? she bought this little pretty (at forever 21, i think), and turned in into a lovely gift bag. i've already used it running errands twice. thanks, tiff!

(this post is part of "thrifty green thursday" over at the
green baby guide.)

7 comments:

Gabriel and Dorothy said...

I love it that these kinds of bags are so accessible now. I've amassed quite a collection by now, but loving having enough to do all of my shopping and then some. I say you could never have too many :-)

Joy said...

Isn't sewing incredibly hard? I received a sewing machine for Christmas and spend an entire day making unshapely pillow covers. What an incredible frustration! This bag is a good example of how it's sometimes easier and cheaper to buy than to make! Thanks so much for sharing your insights with us this Thrifty Green Thursday!

Cathy said...

that's really true--there are so many plain bags available that with a little creativity can be decorated! I love the story about your home ec teacher!

Debbie said...

That is a cute bag. Some of those bags sell for a fortune in the stores. Good for your sister!

The Bodman Family said...

Trust me I understand feeling completely uncreative and crafty. The stool that I did for the kids for Christmas really challenged my abilities. Great idea though.

Rebecca said...

Wow, that teen living class sounds very . . . educational. You should look around for that video on U-Tube.

I like the idea of using the nice reusable bags for gifts. I don't make any gift bags, either. You can wrap gifts in fabric instead of paper. No sewing required!

Thanks for joining our Thrifty Green Thursday blog carnival!

maryann said...

I was invited to a friend's house for lunch and wanted to take a little something. I had a bag of fancy chocolate, but it didn't look like all that. I put it in a blue and white fabric bag that I folded smaller and tied with a gold bow. It looked so cute and the hostess was delighted opening it and looked forward to taking it shopping. That home-ec class was pitiful!

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