Christmas bags instead of stockings

December 20, 2013 § 6 Comments

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I don’t know how long ago I picked up this vintage sugar sack.  I’ve been meaning to do something with it for awhile now.  But when my hubby and I started talking about Christmas stockings, this idea popped into my head.  We frequently decide to just do stocking stuffers for each other for Christmas. It takes away the whole crazy shopping burden and leaves us with more time to just enjoy the season rather than getting caught up in the madness.  I avoid the mall like the plague during the month of December… unless we just want to go window shopping.

After I had gotten somewhat into the process of making, I decided to do a semi-tutorial.  I was kind of making it up as I went along anyway, based on the size of the sugar sack.  So, I hope that this still makes sense after missing some of the  beginning photos.  The finished size is about 6″ in diameter and 10 1/2″ tall after the cuff is folded down.

For each bag cut a 19 3/4″ wide x 13 1/2″ tall rectangle and a 6 3/4″ circle.  Cut the same out of the lining fabric and a 2″ x 8″ rectangle for the hanging tag.  I used this handy Olfa Circle Cutter to cut the bottoms.  You can also use two pencils & a piece of string, a compass, or a yardstick compass to draw a circle on paper to use as a template to cut your fabric.

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Fold the bag rectangle in half and sew a 3/8″ seam along the side. Divide the bag and the circle bottom into four quadrants and finger crease, press, or mark with pins.  Match the bottom to the bag and pin in place.

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Continue pinning all the way around.

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Place the circle on the bottom and the bag on top and start carefully sewing a 3/8″ seam all the way around the bag, easing the bag fabric as you go.

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Turn the bag right side out.

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For the hanging tab, fold the 2″ x 8″ rectangle in half, then fold the edges in towards the center and press.  Stitch close to the edge to secure the fabric.

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Fold the tab in half and pin it approximately 3″ from the top of the bag lining.  Fold the lining in half and sew a 3/8″ seam.  Sew the lining circle to the bottom in the same way you stitched the bag bottom above.

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Place the bag inside the lining, making sure that the hanging tab is at the back, and sew a 3/8″ seam around the top, leaving about a 3″ opening to turn the bag and lining right side out.  Turn the bag, stuff the lining inside the bag and press the edge.  Slip stitch the opening to close up all the raw edges.  Fold down the cuff and hang the bag somewhere to enjoy.

The other thing on our list of things to do is to make a mantle for our fireplace…. something we’ve been talking about doing for several years and yet we just can’t seem to get it done.  Maybe next Christmas.  I’ve been having project ADD lately and can’t seem to finish much of anything. So I am happy that I finally finished this one!!

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