We always give a St. Nicholas bag to each of the girls on St. Nicholas Day which generally is a couple of weeks before Christmas. We put Christmas goodies in it like socks, an ornament, some candy and other little presents that they can enjoy during the holiday season. Even though they are now adults, the tradition continues and they love getting these little bags and love the little treasures in them.
This year, I made burlap bags to hold the goodies. Look how simply easy and fun they are to make!
I fold the bag at the bottom so I cut a piece of burlap twice the length of what I want the finished bag to be. These bags are about 15 x9. The beauty of working with burlap is that it doesn’t need to be perfectly straight; they are rustic you know!
After cutting my pieces I laid them out (I am making 3 bags here) and started decorating.
I cut out felt reindeer and stars to glue onto the front of the bags. Again, these shapes do not have to be perfect. The little imperfections make them perfect! I made the bodies green (doesn’t show well in this pic) and the antlers, ears and noses brown. Choose any colors that make you happy!
Then get your glue gun or craft glue and start creating!
I added buttons to the stars and googly eyes to the reindeer. I don’t know about you but I have boxes of buttons from my grandma, mom and aunt. I can always find some really cool looking buttons in there!
Then I sewed up the side seams with a zig zag stitch. I just leave the seam on the outside and don’t bother with turning the bags to get the seam inside. It just adds to the character of the bag I think.
I trimmed the seams just a bit close to the stitching and then filled with goodies.
I used a large knitting needle to pull some yarn through to close and tie up the bag. You could use ribbon too if you wanted to. All three bags turned out so cute and the girls loved them. They stated that they were “keepers” to quote one of them. Aren’t they adorable?
Do you make your own gift wrappings?