That’s right… as of today there are 11 months until Christmas 2009.
This year, as last year, we’re going to be having a mostly homemade Christmas. But this year, we’re going one step further and in order to get everything done so that I’m not rushing those last weeks, I’m starting now.
So what am I adding to this year’s homemade list that wasn’t on last year’s? Gift bags!
This past Christmas, we used up almost all of the Christmas wrap that I bought on sale in January, 08. When I went to buy paper on sale this year, I found that the after Christmas sales on wrapping paper weren’t any better than the before Christmas sales and to be honest, I wasn’t able to find any that I thought were all that pretty.
However, our local fabric store had some gorgeous Christmas fabrics that they put on sale for 75% off in the week after Christmas. And while it’s true that the upfront cost of buying fabric on sale versus buying paper is more, buying fabric is a one time cost as the gift bags will be used over and over for many years to come.
Of each of the fabrics pictured above, I purchased between 1 to 1 ½ yards depending on the fabric and how much was left on the bolt. I’m still hoping that the fabric will be further discounted to 90%, but I knew if that did happen, unless I was there when they posted the sale signs, I wouldn’t have much of a selection left from which to choose. So for fabrics that I really liked, I decided to go ahead and buy them at the 75% discount rather than wait for a possible 90% that may never happen.
Over the next couple of months, I’ll be sewing up various sizes and styles of gift bags. I’ll be posting pictures and tutorials, so if you’re wanting some easy sewing projects to get a head start on Christmas, while at the same time eliminating the need to ever purchase wrapping paper again, bookmark this post because I’ll be updating it with links to those projects as I complete them.