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Special delivery from the North Pole! Santa has been busy checking his list and counting it twice. Make a DIY Santa Sack to deliver presents Christmas morning. This burlap bag is very inexpensive to make. I am not a perfectionist nor do I have a ton of time – so my crafts to have to be quick and easy.
How To Make Your Own Santa Sack
- Burlap – 1 yard
- Red Sharpie Paint Pen
- Freezer Paper
- Cutting Machine – Circuit or Others (Can use paper templates)
- Sewing Machine – need basic sewing skills
- Ribbon 1″ wide – 1 1/2″ yard
How To Make Your Own Santa Present Bag
- Press burlap with a very hot iron and lots of steam – Keep Folded just like straight off the bolt.
- Cut burlap to 30″ tall by 22″ wide or whatever the standard width is straight off the bolt. No need to cut the width since there is already a sewn seam
- Create the freezer paper templates.
What Size To Cut Letters For Santa Sack
- Do Not Open Until – 2″ tall
- 25 – 11 1/2″ tall
- “TH” to go next to 25 – 2″ tall
- December – 3″ tall
- Swirls top and bottom – 1 3/4″ tall x 11 ” wide
Step 1: Make your “templates” using freezer paper. Glossy side down for paper. Freezer paper is so easy to use. I cut out the text to the correct size, kept the
“stencil” part of the cutout and threw away the inner part. Do NOT forget to keep the middle parts for “O,” “P,” “B” etc.
Step 2: Once you have all of your words and shapes cut out. Measure 2″ off top and 1″ off the bottom for sewn edge in next step. I put painters tape, 2″ across the top and 1″ across the bottom to make sure I didn’t put anything in that area that is for sewing the bag together.
Step 3: Measure and measure again the center of the bag (Don’t forget you will lose 1″ off side for seam allowance)
Step 4: Layout all the temples, measure from top and bottom to make sure they are straight. Once you have the templates where you want them, hold your hand on one template to start. Verify that the paper doesn’t move while you are trying to iron it to the burlap. The wax on the back of the freezer paper makes it perfect for a template. It will stick to the burlap once ironed and not move.
Step 5: Repeat the process for all the templates. You will have to do the “TH” last once you peel up the 25.
When finished, your Santa Sack should look something like this. Now you are ready to add some color. This entire bag can be made a million different ways, but this is the method I picked and it is super fast and easy. It is nice to complete a whole project in a short amount of time. I would say it took me maybe an hour and a half and I wasn’t working hard at all. You could vary the designs and create any templates you want. If you don’t have a cutter machine, you could always print out a design and hand cut it or buy templates online.
I used a Sharpie marker, jumbo, from Joann’s. Of course with a coupon! One marker is all you will need if you have this jumbo Sharpie. It took only a few minutes to color the whole Santa Sack lettering. I let it dry for a few moments and peeled off the paper. So EASY!! Nothing to it!
Now is the time to go back in and add the “TH” next to the 25.
Now that the front of the sack is complete it is time to assemble the bag. Flip the painted front to the middle. With the edges lined up, pin across the side and bottom. Stitch a 1/2″ seam along the side and bottom. Press the seam open with a hot iron. Remember use plenty of steam.
- Step 1 – Fold top of the bag over 1″ and press with hot iron. Move the bag as you go folding over the 1″ seam. Once that is complete, move to Step 2.
- Step 2 – Fold over seam again 1″ and press and repeat the same process for step 1.
- Step 3: IMPORTANT – you have two choices, adding a draw string ribbon or gather the bag and tie with a ribbon to close. If you choose a tie with a ribbon and close – Proceed to step 5. If you want to add a draw string to the bag, open up the pressed top seam. Right below the second press line (1 1/2″ from the top”) make approx. an 1″ of zig zag stitches to reinforce the drawstring. You could also make a button hole if you choose.
- Step 4: Take sharp scissors or rotary cutter and slice an opening in the middle of the stitches.
- Step 5. But seam back to the way you pressed it with 2″ folded. Stitch the entire top seam closed.
- Step 6: Using a large safety pin attach to the end of ribbon and thread through the opening. If you need further instructions on weaving ribbon to make a drawstring see this.
Once you are finished assembling the drawstring. Fold the bag right side out and press again using a hot iron and steam. Now you are ready to fill up the goodie bag full of presents for the good little boys and girls on the NICE list! This DIY Santa Sack would look great as Christmas decor sitting by a fireplace surrounded by presents (if you children are older, of course).
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