christ­mas present sack

Sew up a home­made gift bag to stash their loot!

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Fol­low Am­ber’s lead and have a go at sewing your own present sack, us­ing fun and fes­tive fab­ric.

Our easy-to-fol­low project re­quires only ba­sic sewing skills and is the per­fect way to keep your gifts or­gan­ised and give them ex­tra wow­fac­tor this year. Look out for good-value fab­rics to help keep the cost down – try Plush Ad­dict, Dunelm or Hob­by­craft for plenty of pretty choices.

1Cut two pieces of fab­ric mea­sur­ing 70cm long x 50cm wide. Take the first piece and fold the two long sides over by 1cm, press, fold again and press to hide raw edges. Fold the top edge in by 1cm and press. Then fold the same edge by 4cm and press (this will be the cas­ing for rib­bon). Pin and sew in place.

2Re­peat step one with the sec­ond piece of fab­ric. Pin the two pieces, right sides to­gether and, start­ing at the bot­tom of the cas­ing, sew down one side, along the bot­tom and up the other side. Stop at the bot­tom of the cas­ing. Turn the sack right side out and iron.

3At­tach the safety pin to the end of the length of rib­bon and thread it through the 4cm cas­ing of the sack. Once you’ve gone all the way through to the other end of the cas­ing, pull the rib­bon taut to close the sack. Tie the rib­bon ends to­gether in a knot to fin­ish, and trim off any frayed strands.

Why not make an in­di­vid­ual sack for ev­ery­one in the fam­ily as part of their christ­mas present us­ing dif­fer­ent fab­rics for each per­son

DO IT IN 2hrs rein­deer cush­ion, £16; alarm clock, £15, both m&co. snow globe, £7, Wilko. Felt ad­vent cal­en­dar, £21, the Con­tem­po­rary home. tejn rug, £10, ikea




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