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Santa Bag Tutorial

UPDATE: I am so sorry about the lack of pictures in this post.  I have lost them due to a photo storage issue and I am working on re-shooting this tutorial in the future.  Thank you for your understanding.

On Friday I shared about what’s going to be under our Christmas tree this year and today I’m going to show you something else that will be under the tree too.

diy santa bag santa sack tutorial pinGrowing up my siblings and I had Santa Bags from Thalhimers department store.  They had Snow Bear on them.  Each year my parents would put most of our presents in them and they’d be there under the tree each Christmas morning.  My mom still has them and uses them to this day.

In keeping with that tradition I decided to make some Santa Bags for my sons and I’m sharing the tutorial for this easy project with you today.  These bags measure about 21.5 inches wide X 36 inches tall finished.

You will need:

  • 1 yard of fabric for the outside of the bag
  • 1 1/4 yard of fabric for the inside of the bag and the tie to close the bag
  • thread

Step 1: Prewash your fabric. Cut your fabric for the outside of the bag (44 X 36 inches), the lining of the bag (44 X 36 inches), and the tie (44 X 4 inches).

I chose fabrics with a winter scene with bunnies and mice.  I found them at Zinks.  Each one is a little different so the boys each have their own but they are from the same fabric collection so they still coordinate.

Zink's fabric shop

Step 2: Fold the sash fabric in half with the right sides facing each other and pin.  Sew along the edge leaving a 1/4 inch seam allowance.

diy santa bag tutorial making the tie

Step 3: Turn the sash right side out.  Give it a quick press.  Tuck in the fabric on the ends and sew leaving a 1/4 inch seam allowance.  Turning the sash is kind of hard and takes a little time so if you want to speed things up you could buy some ribbon to use as a sash to tie the sack.  I’d say get ribbon that’s 2 inches wide or so.

folding the tie

Step 4:Then take your fabrics for the inside and lining and fold each fabric with the right sides facing each other.  Pin the sash about 8 inches from the the top of the open side of the bag.  Then pin along the open side and bottom for both the lining and the outside fabrics.

showing where to attach the ties

pinning the outside of the diy santa bag tutorial

sewing the diy santa bag tutorial

Step 5: Sew along the sides that you have pinned leaving a 1/4 inch seam allowance.

the outside of the bag sewn around the edges

Step 6: Turn the outside of the bag right side out.

the bag turned right side out

Step 7: Keep the lining wrong side out.  Put the outside of the bag into the lining. Pin the tops of the bags together.

lining up the inside and outside

pinned

Step 8: Sew around the top edge but leave a portion of the top unsewn- about 4 inches.

diy santa bag tutorial- bit left unsewn

Step 9: Turn the bag right side out, stuff the lining in, and pin around the top edge, being sure to pin the opening shut.  Top stitch around the edge of the bag and your Santa Bag is done!

bag turned right side out and opening pinned

bag sewn across the top opening

Step 10: Fill with presents!

diy santa bag santa sack tutorial

Now that I’m in the Christmas mood I need to start getting the decorations out.  But first I need to get my Thanksgiving Dishes ready.

diy santa bag santa sack tutorial pin

Sam

Wednesday 25th of November 2015

These bags are such a great idea! I love that Santa leaves his presents in a bag for each child!

If your looking to bring up the Christmas spirit a notch I recommend breaking out the holiday decor. We did last week and it just seemed like the mood around the house has changed, we cannot wait for Christmas. But we had Thanksgiving last month so we didn't have to wait.

Happy Thanksgiving!

Cat

Wednesday 25th of November 2015

Thank you! We actually have gotten the decor out now so we are totally starting to get into Christmas spirit over here.

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