Every year, after Christmas, I buy lots of Christmas fabric on sale with the intention of making bags for the books. This year it actually happened!
I cut the fabric into long rectangles. My mom folded it, pinned it, and sewed each side. She then cut the ends with pinking shears...done! Hooray! She finished all 25 bags and seemed to enjoy it! THanks, Mom, you are the best!
So, we've put aside the advent calender that I made last year (E has been slowly destroying it, and I am terrified that she is going to swallow a magnet), and we are now using the bags. Each bag has one book and either a craft activity or a notecard with an activity written on it. I've tried to tie the activity in with the book, but that hasn't always been possible.
Wrapping the books in the fabric bags is so easy...I put a book in the bag and tie the end with a ribbon or fold the fabric over and tie a ribbon over it to hold it in place, so that it actually looks like wrapping paper.
As the girls' open their book of the day, I take the bag downstairs so that I can use it to wrap gifts to put under the tree. I'm hoping that we won't have a single piece of wrapping paper under our tree this year! (although I'm just using these bags for the girls and Elliott, since we'll use them for our books next year, too).
O has really enjoyed searching through the packages to find the right number each day. My plan is to choose the books for next year and go ahead and wrap them in the bags with an activity when I pack them away in January. It will be great be organized next year!