Several years ago my daughter came home for Christmas and had all her gifts wrapped in cloth bags! What a great idea: No mess, nothing to go to landfill, reusable, easy to store, etc. So after Christmas I went to the fabric store and bought fabric for almost nothing and made bags. Well, each year since then I add a few more as I need different sizes and to replenish my supply. This year I also attached ribbon to them so now don't even have to search for a tie for the bag. Tonight I needed a couple more bags and decided to finish the piece of fabric into bags. I needed small ones so 1 hour later I had 18 bags made with a $2.00 piece of Christmas fabric! They are so easy to make using regular machine (or serger). Ribbon is quite inexpensive and they are so easy to use. No tape or scissors needed. I used a paper punch to put holes in the tags so just thread the tag on and tie it up! This year I even printed on tag paper To: (recipient)and From: (Grandma and Grandpa) tags so I didn't even have to write on the tags!! I am so excited about how eco-friendly this is! Now I am going to use fabric bags for birthdays and other occasions - not just for Christmas. Just in case you are a beginner sewer construction is easy, just fold fabric (right sides together) to desired size, sew bottom and side that isn't on the fold. Hem top (or just serge edge if you would rather) and attach a piece of ribbon for tying shut. Press and turn right side out. How fun and easy can you get??? I used my serger to cut fabric and sew all at once so I used every inch of my fabric.