Gift wrapping is one of my favorite parts of the holidays. We tend to keep our gift giving simple, so thoughtfully wrapping with coordinated papers and ribbons is something that brings me joy and helps make those presents seem extra special. This year, I decided to make the wrapping part of the gift for a few presents, and make drawstring fabric bags to "wrap" them. This works well for theme gifts that have a few smaller gifts together, or toys with small parts as it gives something to store it in after opening!
Drawstring bags are about as simple as sewing projects get, but if you need a refresher this tutorial on Purl Soho is good. I created the gathered ruffle at the top by folding over a large amount at the top- several inches- then sewing the channel for the drawstring at the bottom of the folded section.
You can take it one step further and personalize your gift bags! I got my kids to help by making a cream linen drawstring bag and letting them loose with a fabric pen. Charly is just learning to read and write so I had her write a sweet note for her grandma on the bag. Soon she'll know how to spell properly, so I wanted to memorialize this little moment where she'll sound out any word, but it takes some serious work to decipher. I just can't get enough of the fun ways she's spelling words, and I know Grandma will love it too! Charly and Caroline both took turns drawing on the reverse side- both drew girls flying kites, and there are a few candy canes on there as well!
This would be a great project for painting or coloring with fabric markers or pastels like Jane did. There are plenty of fun tutorials you could try here on Petit a Petit as well- try this Lego Print technique for a great bag for corralling those new legos, potato stamping like Celina did on this Tumble Tee, customize a finger print design like these bugs (maybe make them into Rudolph?!), make a galaxy print like this post, or try some dip dye or freezer paper stencil like this post. The possibilities are endless, and getting kids involved makes it a very meaningful addition to your gift- and gives them something to do while they're home for the holidays!