After trawling the internet for children’s personalised Christmas sacks and not finding anything suitable I decided to have a go at making my own. These fancy Christmas postal bags will look beautiful filled with gifts, or simply sat as a decoration next to the fireplace. Unfortunately in Dubai we have no need for a fireplace but they look gorgeous just the same.
What you will need
- 1 yard of hessian. (You need hessian with a loose weave, it’s about 10AED a yard and can be bought from numerous shops in Satwa)
- 1 yard of cotton lining material. The material I used, also from Satwa was 15AED a yard.
- 2 yards of ribbon. I got beautiful velvet ribbon from Satwa.
- Marker or felt tip pens.
- Pints of text required. My name text is printed at 200pt
- Sewing machine
What to do
- Firstly cut your hessian to the correct size, you can have your sack any size you like, remember though that you will be creating two lots of seams so the the sack will be about 2 inches smaller when sewn.
- Print out the required text. I wrote the names in Times New Roman 200pt and the express delivery text at 75pt in Arial Bold.
- Place the print underneath the hessian in the correct position. Now all the need to do is trace over the lettering with the felt tip pens. (This is why you need loose weave hessian.) You should find the text is perfectly visible and that it’s easy to trace with little effort, the weave of the material helps control the lines.
- Cut you lining material to the same size as your hessian.
- Place the face of each fabric together, pin and sew the top and two sides of the fabric. Turn the right side out.
- Do the same with the back of the bag.
- You now have two bags each made with a hessian front and lining back. Place the hessian fronts together and pin sides and bottom (the currently unstitched part). You need to leave about 4-6 inches unpinned and unstitched at the top of the sides as this will form the decorative fold down.
- Fold the ribbon in half and pin the ribbon into one of the seams, remember the ribbon will need to be inside the sack with the join on the outside.
- Sew the sides and bottom of the sac.
- Turn the sack the right way round (it may help to get nice neat corners in the bottom of the sac if you cut away the excess material on an angle.)
- Turn the sack the right way round and sew the remaining seams leaving a 1 inch gap for the ribbon to thread through.
- Turn the top down, wrap the ribbon through the hole.
That’s it, now they’re ready to be left under the tree ready for Christmas eve.