Don't you just love a crafty challenge? I love them even more when you're using your crafty skills to help reduce waste. Sew Mama Sew is teaming up with The Green Bag Lady and encouraging folks to do just that.
Wrapping paper around the holiday season creates tons of paper waste. Sure, you can recycle some of that gift wrap, but wouldn't it be better if you didn't need to use all of that paper in the first place? That's where The Green Grocery Bag Challenge comes in!
They're encouraging folks to sew up simple, fabric grocery bags and use them to wrap their holiday gifts. The Green Bag Lady even shared a video showing you how to make your own, reusable bag:
I like her take on making a flat bottom! It's much easier to explain than the way that I normally do it. Her quickie handles are a great idea, too! If you don't want your handles to fray, you can iron the fabric right side in, use a straight stitch, flip it right side out, and iron again. A wooden dowel is handy for flipping your handle. Sewing it this way is a little more time-consuming, but it won't fray.
Want to get in on the reuse action? It's super easy. Just get yourself some fabric, get sewing, then wrap away! If you want to show your support for the challenge, you can check out the Green Grocery Bag Challenge page on Facebook.