Cloth wrapping paper

I love finding, making and giving presents to people. I often have gifts months in advance now as I buy gifts when I see them; I hate having to buy a gift for someone as I feel you are buying whatever rather than giving special thought into the gift. Wrapping a gift is all part of the surprise but then you have to buy paper and then throw it away again. What a lot of waste – money and resources.
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I used a piece of cloth out of my ever growing stash
For the past few years I’ve been reusing wrapping paper or reusing the colour paper bags we’ve received gifts in. I don’t use sellotape and generally use ribbon to keep the gift together. The last few pressies I made I used scarves to wrap them up. So with another birthday pressie made I thought I would make a little cloth bag to put my pressie in. 
This little bag was overlocked on the edges, stitched across the top then I added three snaps from my new super cool snaps machine; but you could use cloth, ribbon, elastic or add some handles to tie the bag closed. I’ve been thinking of making cloth wrapping paper for a while and it feels pretty cool to have made one. I was thinking I could either give the bag as part of the gift or take it home again to reuse it for another gift.
When you’re going to a party a name tag is not so important as it’s pretty obvious who the gift is for. However when everything is under the Christmas tree it’s a bit more confusing so I thought I would make labels out of the left over chalk cloth I have. Write the name on the bag then wipe off and reuse for another birthday/ Christmas. 
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