A New Addition to the Family

Posted by on 17 December 2018 | 0 Comments

It's getting close to Christmas and this year I've had a new addition to the family, little Sarah, which means I need to make a new Santa sack. So far I've made all the kids one each. Amanda (her mother) loved the look of my butterfly quilt (pictured below) and requested butterflies on the new sack with a present or two.

I drew up a rough sketch on paper and then set about making the sack using Thomas's (Sarah's brother) sack as a guide for size. I started with the main background piece and added two gift boxes, one purple and one yellow. To add a little extra interest, I made a tie to form a 3-d bow on the purple box.

santa sack giftbox

Purple gift box with 3-d tie

To make the tie, I cut a strip of fabric and then folded over both raw edges to the back. I tucked one of those raw edges under and that covered the other, then I zigzagged down the middle.

santa sack bowtie

Making the tie

Next, I added 2 butterflies, one on the edge of the purple gift and one flying. The stitching definitely brought them to life.

santa sack giftboxes and butterflies

gift boxes and butterflies appliqued on the background

I also added Sarah's name along the top.

santa sack name

Sarah's name at the top of the sack

It didn't look very Christmasy, so I edged top and bottom with some red snowflake fabrics. I boxed the bottom so the sack can stand and added a blue snowflake lining to finish off.

santa sack sarah

Sarah's Santa Sack

These Santa sacks are always fun to make and being a designer I made mine up as I went - it only took an afternoon to create which was great because I am a little limited for time this week. If you need a pattern to follow, then check out Jennifer Houlden's design. She has some really nice Christmas designs and all the letters are included with instructions to make each sack complete.

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