These gift baskets were just brown paper bags.
Recycling takes a fanciful turn with these yarn-decorated gift
baskets. Each is made with four brown paper bags. Three of the
sacks-slipped into one another and rolled down at the rims-form a trio
of plump, stacked coils for the basket sides; a fourth bag, with bottom
cut out, rolls into a sturdy handle that slips over the basket. You
thread yarn through the bags with an embroidery needle to add color and
hold the layers together. A child age five or older can easily manage
the folding and sewing, although an adult might guide hands on the first
few rolls of a bag's rim to make sure the paper doesn't tear.
At triple-bag strength, the baskets can support a fair amount of weight;
use them to convey anything from homemade cookies or jams to a pretty