Who says stocking fillers need to go in a stocking? How do you make your Park Homes Gloucester life more festive? Get together with everyone in the area and start collecting fabric, have a brainstorming session and get creative. Invite more people to have a look at buying a home and maybe to one of the open days they offer by visiting links like www.parkhomelife.com/our-parks/orchard-park. You could just opt for a Santa sack instead. Here’s how to make your own.
You’ll need fabrics to make the sacks – at least 4 pieces measuring 60cm x 80cm. You’ll also need a needle and thread or sewing machine, scissors, extra fabric or decorations like buttons and beads, and possibly fabric glue or Bondaweb.
What to do
Lay out your fabric and cut two rectangles measuring 80 x 60 cm for the outside of the sack. Place the right sides (patterned) together, then pin and sew the edges along three sides. The fourth side will be the sack opening. Fold back, iron and stitch a hem around the opening. This should be hidden when you turn the fabric right side out.
You also want two rectangles the same size to make a lining, using the above instructions. Fabric in a festive colour or pattern will look brilliant. We love the French Christmas designer fabric.
Turn the fabric for the outside of the sack right side out. Leave the lining wrong side out, so the pattern is facing inwards. Now place the lining inside the sack.
To finish, stitch both sets of fabric together around the opening to attach them. If you like, you can turn down the top of the sack, so you can see the contrasting lining on the outside.
Your sack is now finished! If you’ve used a patterned fabric, it should already look great. If you’ve gone for something plain, you may want to decorate the outside. Sew on beads, buttons or a ribbon bow. Alternatively, use Bondaweb or fabric glue to attach shapes like Christmas trees cut from contrasting fabrics.
Craft ideas for grown-ups
Now you’ve made your own Santa sacks, why not think about more handmade gifts?
If you’ve got any of your French Christmas designer fabrics left over, you could use them to make mini sacks for adult gifts. You could even use them as an alternative to wrapping paper, to create a classy present. Country Living has some inspiring ideas on how to do it.
Whoever you make gifts or bags for, they’re sure to appreciate their uniqueness, as well as the time and effort you’ve put into giving something special.