Make sure Santa knows exactly where to leave your gifts with Amy Phipps’ pom pom-tastic sacks.
If you think this year’s presents deserve more than being stuffed inside a pillow case or carrier bag on Christmas morning, up your game and have a go at making these colourful drawstring festive sacks. Combining simple sewing machine skills, decorative appliqué lettering and a liberal helping of easy-to-make pom poms, they’re a thoughtful way to add a handmade touch to your Christmas gift giving this year (bonus points if you’ve made all the pressies inside).
- Two pieces of calico fabric for the large sack, 42 x 60cm (16½ x 235⁄8“)
- Two pieces of patterned fabric for the large sack, 42 x 15cm (16½ x 6″)
- Two pieces of calico fabric for the small sack, 42 x 45cm (16½ x 173⁄4“)
- Two pieces of patterned fabric for the small sack, 42 x 12cm (16½ x 4¾”)
- Pom pom trim, 1m for each sack
- Ribbon, 80cm (31½”) for each sack
- Coordinating thread
- Yarn needle
- Different coloured scrap felt
- Erasable fabric marker
- Fabric glue
- Paint brush
- Pom pom makers in various sizes
How to make the sacks
With your calico fabric right side (RS) up, place the pom pom trim along the seam allowance at the bottom with pom poms facing inwards. Tack in place.
With RS facing, place your patterned fabric on top of the calico fabric and pom pom trim, aligning the raw edges that are both the same length. Pin in place.
Sew together along the length of the pom pom tape, making sure you keep the pom poms on the inside. Repeat Steps 2-3 with the remaining pieces of calico and patterned fabric, minus the pom pom trim.
Place front and back pieces with RS together and sew up both sides of your sack, matching the seams where plain and patterned panels meet. Zigzag stitch over the outer seam area to strengthen.
Sew along the patterned open edge to close the bag, then zigzag stitch over the seam area as before.
Fold the open top edge of the sack to the wrong side (WS) by 0.5cm (¼”) and press. Fold over the top edge to the WS again by 1cm (3/8″) and sew in place.
Take a length of plain or patterned ribbon, fold the raw edge under, and pin to a side seam on the WS of your sack, 8cm (4¾”) down from the top edge. Continue to pin in place along the width of the sack, then when you reach the seam you started at, cut, fold the raw edge under and pin in place on the reverse of the seam.
Sew along the top and bottom edges of the ribbon all the way round the width of the sack to create a channel for your drawstring, then thread through a length of yarn for the drawstring. Make a small hole in one of the side seams along of your drawstring channel, and thread the two yarn ends through to the RS of the sack.
Turn the sack RS out and press along the seams. Draw your chosen letters onto the different coloured felt pieces using an erasable marker, cut out, then position and pin in place in your sack. Appliqué the letters on using straight stitch and matching thread.
Make a selection of pom poms in different sizes for each sack following the pom pom maker instructions, and thread onto the ends of your drawstring with a needle. Tie securely, and trim off any excess yarn to finish.
About Amy Phipps
Amy Phipps’ is a teacher, author, mentor and creative. She is also the founder of Women Who Create UK, an active community and online platform for women who create in their business, careers and lives.