I started making fabric gift bags several years ago for my family’s Christmas presents because I was tired of the waste generated from traditional wrapping paper. Who hasn’t filled an entire trash bag with paper and ribbon after your kids have ripped open their gifts on Christmas morning? One year as I was getting my bin of wrapping supplies, I just stopped in my tracks. I couldn’t bear to waste all that paper. I ran out to the fabric store, plopped the sewing machine on the ping pong table, and started making gift bags.
The next year, since I already had a stash of bags, my wrapping went so much more quickly — just drop in the present and tie the bag shut! What a time saver during one of the busiest times of the year. Next thing you know, I was sewing a bag every time I gave a gift — wedding showers, to welcome a new baby, birthdays, you name it.
I started selling bags on Etsy, but as demand grew I launched my own site and found a local sewing contractor in Philadelphia to help with production.
I’m committed to sound environmental policies, which you can read about here, but essentially we strive to keep production local, use recycled materials as much as possible, and always keep an eye on what we can do better. I’m also proud to be a member of the Sustainable Business Network of Philadelphia.
Why are the bags called VZWraps? My name is Isabelle Vesey, pronounced V-Z. Please follow me on Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest where I share green-gift ideas and new fabrics.