We put together this little bundle of felty goodness to help celebrate our friend Abebech's second birthday. Her party was on Sunday and of all the rotten days to get sick . . . poor Ivo was so disappointed to miss out on the fun. I'd been telling him for a few days that after lunch on Sunday we would walk over to Abby's party, so when he saw Josh and I warming up soup and making sandwiches, he started trying to convince us that he was well. "Hey, mama, *sneeze* Hey mama I'm not sick any-*sneeze* anymore." And my favorite, with his hand on his forehead, "Hey Papa, my brain is cold, I can go to the party." We ended up walking over with Ivo in the jogging stroller to deliver the birthday girl's present, and wouldn't you know it, the party was in full swing and she was sound asleep with a cold and sniffles. Her mom was so sweet. She had a birthday bag for Ivo with a party favor, and the craft project (a clothespin doll), and even a hat and noisemaker AND a piece of cake. Ivo called it his "take home party."
Here is a picture of our homemade gift bag. This is just two pieces of scrapbook paper wrapped around a box, like a present, but with only three sides taped closed. Then slide the box out through the open end, and voila! A gift bag. Ribbon handles add a pretty touch if you have some ribbon lying around. The pretty paper and ribbon can be used by the recipient for arts and crafts, or the bag can be reused, or recycled.