DIY Personalised North Pole Sacks (It’s beginning to feel a lot like Christmas!)

DIY Santa Sacks

Given that we don’t get to kick off the Holiday season with Thanksgiving here in England, I feel I’m allowed instead to start to get a little bit excited about Christmas.  I love Christmas; absolutely unashamedly, whole-heartedly love it.

In readiness for the big day itself, I’ve been trawling through my cupboard of fabric pieces and offcuts, looking for bits and bobs to use to make these personalised gift sacks.  I made a giant one for Harry when he was small which still mysteriously finds its way down the chimney to the kitchen hearth on Christmas eve night.  This year I thought I’d go a step further and have made a handful for the rest of our nearest-and-dearest, each carefully calculating how good they have been this year…

Have you been good this year?

Each sack, once you’ve assembled the equipment, takes about 30mins to make.  You’ll need;

DIY Sack Materials

1. A length of hessian or sisal fabric, approximately 75x150cm. 2. Fabric for the inside of the sack, with the same dimensions.  I used an old fleece blanket and a length of faux fur for mine.  3.  Cord or rope for the ties.  I used inexpensive waxed cotton washing line from the DIY store.  4. Jute cord to form the pcoket for the rope; approximately 1m per sack. 5. fabric transfer paper for the label and 6. optional; bells for the ends of the cord!

Full instructions are attached in the PDF below; the thing that really makes these special is the label, so I’ve also included a blank label PDF so  you can personalise your own if you have the technology. And as a pre-Christmas gesture of goodwill, if you’d love a personalised label but don’t have either the IT skills or the time, leave me a comment below with the name(s) and % goodness of your chosen recipient (think carefully!) and I will email the first few responders a personalised version….  

Personalised Santa Sack Labels

…and even if you don’t make a sack, they look gorgeous as large gift tags…

Personalised North Pole Gift tags

And now I must leave you to attend to the giant foam explosion we’ve caused in road-testing our new gadget; a fake snow-blower!  Every house should have one; festive atmosphere at the touch of a button, if you can overlook the loud vacuum noises and the entirely random jets of ‘snow’ which are shot in every direction.  Shortly after this picture was taken we experienced a near total whiteout…

Personalised santa sacks on a sleigh


Template and instructions attached below… happy making!

And for readers across the pond, have a wonderful, wonderful Thanksgiving tomorrow; we have to wait until December 25th to practice wrestling unfeasibly large turkeys into incredibly small ovens, but I’ll be thinking of you…

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DIY Santa Sack Instructions

North Pole Sack Label for Editing


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