In an effort to “Go Green” I am trying to use less wrapping paper when gift giving. Recently I made a few things for a new baby and instead of using gift wrap I made a tote bag to put the items in. It seems all new mom’s can use a bag to cart all that baby paraphernalia. Sometimes you need something big and other times you are just looking for a small tote to fit in the stroller or a bag to hold toys.
The size of the bag I make depends on the material I have on hand. I love to go through JoAnn’s remnant bin and look for bargains. That way when I need a quick gift and I don’t feel like running to the store I can look in my stash for something suitable.
One feature I like to add to my totes are side pockets to hold baby bottles and water bottles. If I can, I like to use a darker, sturdier fabric for the bottom. I line all of my bags – I hate looking at seams. On the inside, side pockets are nice for additional bottles and items. Using your leftover pieces of material is an easy way to add a couple other pockets.
Totes are a reusable, cute and a very appreciated gift to give.