Beginner Santa Sack Sewing Project

10 Materials
$5
2 Hours
Easy

When I was seventeen, my mom gave me a Singer sewing machine for Christmas. And even though I was really happy to finally have one of my own, my fear of using a sewing machine, paired with a severe lack of motivation to learn the basics, resulted in that lovely gift sitting unused for years.


However, a few months ago, all of that changed! Because I wanted to make a decorative banner for our wedding, I

diy easy santa sack

To get started, you'll need to set up your sewing machine with the thread you want to use, and plug in the iron. Next, measure out the two pieces of fabric you're going to need to put together your Santa sack.


I chose to work with some leftover linen, and I cut it into two 20" x 26" rectangles.


I folded one of the shorter sides on each piece of linen half-an-inch down and then pressed it in place with the iron. Pressing creates a nice, crisp edge, which will make future steps much easier to accomplish.

diy easy santa sack

I placed one piece of linen on top of the other, and made sure the pressed edges were facing out for each of them.


Next, I measured four inches down on each side. With a pin, I marked the four inches, and then I transferred the fabric over to my sewing machine.

diy easy santa sack

Starting at one of the pins, I stitched down the side, across the bottom, and back up to the second pin, which secured both sheets of linen together.

diy easy santa sack

I then inserted the top of my ironing board into the sack and made sure one of the unstitched sides was facing up.

diy easy santa sack

I folded back both seam allowances and pressed them with my iron.

diy easy santa sack

After the first two folds had been pressed, I folded each side a second time and pressed them, too.

diy easy santa sack

Once again, using my sewing machine, I stitched down the first pressed seam allowance and stopped just after I'd passed the very first stitch I'd made when sewing the two pieces of linen together. With the needle down, I turned the fabric, stitched across the bottom, and then turned it again before stitching up the second pressed seam allowance.


I then repeated those steps with the other unstitched side of my sack.

diy easy santa sack

To create my drawstring casings, I folded each side of the sack down approximately one-and-a-half inches and pinned them in place.

diy easy santa sack

I then stitched along the bottom edge of each side, making sure to leave enough room so my rope could be threaded through.

diy easy santa sack

I decided to use silk rope for my drawstring. Because of the size of my bag, I needed to cut two 48" pieces.


To thread them through the casings, I taped one end of each drawstring and attached a safety pin to it.

diy easy santa sack

After turning my Santa sack right-side out, I used the safety pin to guide my first piece of rope through both casings. I brought each end of the rope together and tied a knot before cutting away the excess.

diy easy santa sack

I repeated that process with the second piece of rope, but made sure to thread in the opposite direction.

diy easy santa sack

Just like that, the Santa sack was complete!

diy easy santa sack

All that was left to do was fill it with a bunch of goodies! Isn't that nutcracker tin just the cutest?

diy easy santa sack

Who wouldn't want to receive one of these adorable, treasure-filled creations on Christmas morning?!

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2 comments
  • William
    on Dec 4, 2018

    Looks great. Very professional. The nutcracker tin IS cute. Never saw one before. The sack is a great surprise. And reusable.

    • Katie Sara Creates
      on Dec 5, 2018

      Thank you, William! You're right, I hope it's something that will be used for years to come. I'm considering adding a personalized monogram to it, too, just to make it even more special.

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