Impress The Big Guy in Red: Create Your Own Santa Sack!
There’s no denying that the most exciting part of Christmas Eve is preparing for the arrival of the big guy in red! If you fancy adding an extra touch of magic to the moment before bedtime, when Santa’s on his way, then have a go at our gorgeous Santa Sack project! Whether you hang them by the fireplace or leave these gorgeous Santa sacks at the foot of the bed in excited anticipation, these fabulous present bags are bound to be a hit! And who knows? Perhaps he’ll be so impressed by them when he arrives, you’ll get an extra Christmas present for your crafty efforts!
Imagine waking up on Christmas morning to find these gorgeous rustic sacks filled with goodies? Easy to make and perfect for children and adults alike, these sacks could make the ideal alternative to traditional wrapping, too!
You Will Need:
- Two pieces of lightweight burlap/hessian measuring 12 x 16in (30.5 x 41cm)
- Two pieces of lining fabric measuring 12 x 18in (30.5 x 46cm)
- Four squares of fabric for the appliqué, each measuring 4in (10cm) square
- A 30in (76cm) length of string to tie
- Tape to thread the string through, 24in (61cm) long
- Tape ribbon to decorate, 30in (76cm) long – you will cut this into two strips of 8in (20.5cm) and tie a bow with the rest
- Repositionable spray adhesive
- A large safety pin
Santa Sack Step-by-Step:
Cut and prepare all your fabrics before you begin.
Place the four squares together on the front of the sack; position them centrally, about 4in (10cm) from the bottom of the bag, and fix in place with the spray adhesive.
Sew around the edges of each square. Add the tape ribbon strips on top, sew in place, then hand sew the bow to the top of the ‘present’.
Place a piece of lining fabric on top of the front of the sack, with the right sides facing, and the top edges aligned. Sew along this top edge. Repeat this process to join the second piece of lining fabric to the piece that will form the back of the sack.
Open out the pieces and place them right sides together. Sew all the way around, leaving a gap of about 3in (7.5cm) in the base of the lining for turning.
Turn the right way out, and hand sew the opening closed using ladder stitch.
Push the lining inside the sack. As the lining fabric is 2in (5cm) longer overall, it will fold over to give a contrasting trim around the top of the sack; press.
Pin the tape around the top of the sack, 2in (5cm) from the top edge. Leave a gap in the centre front to allow the string to pass through.
Sew along each side of the tape, back-tacking at the start and end of each row to strengthen the stitches; leave the ends unsewn. You may need to use the free arm on your sewing machine for this.
Knot the end of the string and attach to the safety pin, then thread through the tape. Your sack is now ready to fill with gifts.
Make a set of matching gift tags from rectangles of corrugated cardboard with the corners snipped off, and glue a frayed square of lightweight burlap/hessian and a heart to the front.
Have you started crafting for Christmas yet? It’s sooner than you think! Let us know what you’re up to in the comments below, and share your festive makes on social media using the hashtag #lonelytree so we can check out your crafty projects!