If you’re of a certain age (i.e. around 40) then chances are you had one of those giant plastic Santa sacks for Christmas when you were little. Mine was white and neon yellow with a scary looking Santa face on the front. Let’s face it they were essentially a jazzed up bin bag which lasted only a few Christmases before it started to disintegrate in the way that plastic bags are wont to do.
Fast forward a few (far too many!) years and those plastic sacks are very much a thing of the past. These days Christmas isn’t Christmas without a hand stencilled or personalised fabric Santa sack. While I really like the look of them I’m not so keen on the hefty price tag so I decided to have a go at making my own.
I’m so pleased with the result! I can’t wait to fill this with prezzies for Bubs on Christmas Eve. I’m sure it will stand the test of time and be used for many more Christmases to come.
If you’d like to make your own Santa sack you will need:
A large fine weave hessian sack (mine is from Amazon) or a large plain pillowcase or you could sew your own
An Inkjet printer
An iron & a flat heat proof surface that is NOT an ironing board
A graphics program such as Paint or GIMP which are both free, or Photoshop if you have it
Create a new A4 document in your graphics program and add your chosen text and images. I found some suitably festive fonts on Dafont.com and added colour to them but you could use clipart. Google “free Christmas clipart” for a whole host of options. If you’re intending on selling the Santa sack then please make sure you’re only using royalty free images.
Print out your images following the instructions for your printer and the transfer paper.
If your printer has a mirror image printing facility then you can use that to make sure the images print out in the correct orientation otherwise you’ll have to flip your images horizontally first so that they print out backwards.
Cut around the images leaving a slight border.
Lay your towel on your heat proof surface (I used our electric hob) and prepare the sack as per the instructions for the transfer paper. For mine I had to iron out any creases and heat the area for 30 seconds before applying the transfers but yours may vary.
Lay your images face down onto the sack. Make sure any text is the right way up. I was almost caught out by this and very nearly had an upside down Special Delivery.
Iron the images according to the instructions for your transfer paper. Check whether you need to allow them to cool before removing the backing.
Fix the images following the instructions for your transfer paper. Fixing sets the image in place and allows you to wash the Santa sack if necessary.
And there you have it! Five easy steps to a very special Santa sack. And there isn’t a speck of neon yellow or a scary Santa face in sight!
If you don’t have access to a graphics program you can download the templates I created here. They have already been flipped horizontally and are ready to print.
I’d love to see your Santa sack if you make one. Tag me on Instagram using @apocketfulofdandelions so I can take a look.
This post was originally published on 22nd December 2015