My hubby came home one day and suggested that "we" go to Spotlight and get some "red material" so that "we" could make some Santa Sack lolly bags for the kids. After I had a little chuckle, I responded that "I" would be happy to go and get the fabric and "I" would be happy to make the bags. Still, it was his idea, and he organised the rest of the evening, so I s'pose he can have some credit too! Love you babe!!
Anyway, I went and bought red felt by the metre (instead of the small craft felt squares). I was surprised at how cost effective this was. I also bought some ribbon, and some gold-coloured fine cord.
- 1 metre red felt
- About 10 metres of white ribbon (about 1" wide)
- Sewing Machine
- Scissors or cutting mat and rotary cutter
How to make them:
1. Lay out the felt and cut 30 rectangles 5" x 10"
2. Grab the roll of ribbon. Line the ribbon up along one of the short edges of the first felt rectangle. I found that with the felt, there was really no need to pin, as the ribbon just stayed put nicely enough as I sewed. Sew about 2-3 millimetres from the edge of the ribbon along the very edge of the rectangle .... like so ...
5. Repeats steps 2-5 on the other short side of the rectangles. You should now have 30 rectangles that have ribbon on each short end.
6. Now, with your scissors, cut each rectangle apart by snipping the ribbon in between.
8. When you get to the bottom, grab the next rectangle, and fold it right sides together, and butt it right up next to the side you just finished, and continue sewing into this next one. Keep going until you've sewn one side of each rectangle, then trim them all apart (Just a little warning in case you're new to sewing ... Whilst joining them all together like this is a huge time-saver, you need to be careful not to let your machine do more than 1-2 stitches in between each rectangle. A sewing machine is not like an overlocker (serger) and it's easy to get a "cotton-lock" tangle of nightmares if you sew through nothing for more than a stitch or 2).
9. Repeat Step 8 for the other open side.
10. Turn your bags out the right way, then fill with goodies, and tie a 12" length of the gold cord around it in a bow to keep everything inside and give it that "sack" look.