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« on: November 21, 2009 06:32:30 AM »

I am new to crafting.  I have always liked projects but never found the time to do it.  Now, I am inspired to do some crafting this holiday season in order to save $$.  I'm excited...but I would like some advice.

I would like to make reusable gift bags to wrap my gifts for the holidays.  Wastefull paper wrap just makes me so sad when I see it go in the trash!  I made a prototype and it looks really good.  But my problem is I don't know where to purchase fabric.  Obviously, I want to purchase it cheap.  I live in northern NJ and since Rag Shop closed, there are no stores (that I know of) to purchase fabric.  I don't need holiday fabric because I want the recipients to reuse the gift bag in order to save on more paper wrapping.  Any ideas where to purchase fabric?

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« Reply #1 on: November 29, 2009 06:22:11 PM »

I thought I saw a tute on here showing how to fuse several layers of
plastic shopping bags together to make reusable plastic wrap or bags?
Maybe this post will jog someone's memory?

« Reply #2 on: November 30, 2009 06:53:57 AM »

I have tried the plastic fusing and haven't gotten it right yet.  I know a lot of other people have had great success with it, though, so it's a great idea to try. 
As for fabric, Hobby Lobby, Joann's, and Hancock Fabrics are chain fabric stores that should be somewhere in your area.  Some Wal-Mart stores still have a fabric dept. too, though many have lost them.  If you're just looking for something cheap and not something in particular, you might look at sheets.  They have a lot of fabric in them and you can score some great ones at thrift stores.  Even if you decided to buy some at a regular store (Target has great Christmas ones), you'd get your money's worth because you should be able to get many bags from a sheet set.  Good luck!! 

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« Reply #3 on: November 30, 2009 01:13:29 PM »

How about felt? It 'can be easier to find and not quite as expensive. It's also easy crafting. Smiley

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« Reply #4 on: November 30, 2009 05:39:54 PM »

Have you tried Joann's?  I know joanns.com sells fabric, though, obviously, you wouldn't be able to see it in person before you purchase.


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« Reply #5 on: December 03, 2009 11:07:23 AM »

Are there any curtain or upholstery stores where you live?  There quite often are remnant/sample bins where you can get large pieces of fabric for just a couple of $$ and the fabric will be quite heavy duty so will be sturdy and last. HTH  Smiley

« Reply #6 on: December 03, 2009 08:20:41 PM »

Try second hand stores.  You can usually find some random cool sheet or even pieces of fabric.  Also I am making gift bags out of tee-shirts I got at a second hand store...way easy.  You sew the bottom shut, cut off the sleeves and using a big bowl outline cut around the neck.  Because it is tee-shirt material it doesn't fray and they can reuse it as a grocery bag.
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