Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Christmas Santa Sacks

Getting into the Christmas spirit I was very busy last week sewing some Christmas Santa sacks for my kids!  Usually I drag some boring old pillow cases out of the linen cupboard, attach a hastily scribbled name tag, and leave these out under the Christmas tree.  However this year, with the help of Spotlight, I have been able to create proper sacks for all the kids presents using some of their gorgeous ranges of Christmas fabrics.  I was also able to buy ribbon, bells, felt, thread and all the other crafty bits and pieces I needed to get this project done.
Spotlight has a few themed ranges of Christmas fabrics, including 'Nordic Christmas', 'Merry and Bright' and 'Glam Christmas', which is a range of black and gold bling!  I decided to go with the 'Nordic Christmas' range, which is inspired by the Scandinavian lifestyle using simple whites and highlights of deep red and grey, and also the 'Merry and Bright' appealed to me, a range that is getting back to basics with fun splashes of red, green and blue.  Black and gold bling did sound very glamorous but as my children range in ages 12 to 2, and the eldest is a boy, I thought what I picked out was more appropriate for them.

I decided to work with the 'Nordic Christmas' range of colours for my daughter first, as well as working in a ballet theme (of course!), because she is crazy about the ballet.  Finding a ballerina printable template online I printed that out and set about cutting out a fabric ballerina.  It was fiddly but I got there in the end!  I also bought some lovely spotty red tulle to create a little tutu for my ballerina, just to give it that something extra.

With 'The Nutcracker' in mind I didn't think it was a bad thing to combine ballet and Christmas, and with a few well placed stars and hearts I was really happy with how this one turned out!
As I still class myself as a beginner sewer I decided to keep these as simple as possible, going for an easy sack or pillow case shape, using a plain white broadcloth for each.  I brought the colour in with each by going for a strip of decorative fabric across the bottom.  I love the rustic natural shade and the silver stars on this cute fabric.
I decided to go with the 'Nordic Christmas' theme for my 12 year old son too.  His Christmas sack design was a little trickier to come up with because I didn't want it to be too 'young' for him.  I figured he is a bit past Santa, Snowmen and Reindeer so came up with this geometric star pattern.  I was so pleased it turned out!
I think with this design I'm pretty safe that it will survive a few more years before he becomes 'too cool' a teenager to partake in Christmas!  Although do they ever really outgrow Santa??!

For my two middle boys, who are 6 and almost 5, I just had to go with the fun 'Merry and Bright' theme.  I decided to keep them simple like these first two, as I don't like fussy designs, and bring out the colour with the wide stripes of fabric on the bottom.  I picked up some coloured felt, pretty blue star 'jewels' and got to work making a Christmas tree and a Snowman!  I'm not very crafty (as in I can't draw!) but I was happy with how these turned out.
I was able to work in the 'blue' with the Christmas tree sack.  This one is for my six year old.
I love this Christmas tree fabric, it's really cute.  My five year old is a big ball of fun, and when I thought about what sort of 'Christmasy' thing could best describe him it could only be a jolly Snowman.  There was a bit of glue involved with this fellow, but so far he's holding together well!
I had great fun making these as they were nice and easy and came together quite quickly.  They'd be a great project for kids who are able to use a sewing machine, even with a little help from adults, as it is all just sewing in a straight line.  I hand stitched the Christmas tree, Snowman and Ballerina bags when it came to the decorations but I did use the machine for the big star, sewing on all the individual diamonds to create each point.  These are also great because there really is no limit to how you could decorate them...your imagination can run riot!
My kids love them, especially because I tied bells to the ends of the ribbons, (which are the ties of the bags) and they have been having fun making them jingle!
Thank you to Spotlight for providing all the gorgeous materials!  They have stores dotted around different locations all around Australia so you are sure to find one near you or you can shop online!
Happy Christmas Sewing!!
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  1. They're all so lovely and inspiring! I love how you did the 3D effect with the tutu on the ballerina <3


    1. Thanks Bianca! Since my daughter lives in tutus I just had to put one on her Christmas sack!

  2. What adorable santa sacks! I love Ethan's but the snowman is also super cute!!!! Really they are all great, well done! I like the sounds of the black and gold glitz (duh, it's me!) but I agree it probably wouldn't have suited the kiddos. Glad to see what you've been up to, too!

    Much Love!!!
    -Stephanie Eva

    1. I liked the sound of black and gold too actually, but it would have been a bit grown up for the kids. Maybe when they are older...although hopefully won't have to keep on playing 'Santa' when they are teenagers!! (it gets expensive!!!)

  3. So lovely!

  4. Amber these all turned out so lovely! I assume Santa Sacks are our version of a stocking? You know, hung by the chimney with care in hopes that St Nick- you get it right? (; I'm partial to the nutcracker one of course. I have a sweet spot in my heart for the Nutcracker Ballet. We used to go every holiday!

  5. Cute, and well-made too. Should last a long time. Happy Holidays, Amber, to you and your family.