I just love Santa sacks, they’re such a fun tradition for the holidays! I love the idea of using Santa sacks to hold gifts for friends and loved ones (who says Santa sacks are only for kids?) Plus they add whimsy to your Christmas decor too! All the Santa sacks I’ve seen seem too big for the usual size of gifts I give, so I decided to design my own DIY Santa sack and share it with you folks. The design size is perfect to use on regular-sized canvas totes. You can also re-size them and make them smaller. These mini canvas bags would look so cute holding gifts for co-workers! Making them is easy as well – read on to find out how!
- Printable Iron-On Transfer Paper for Light Fabrics.
- Darice Natural Canvas Tote.
- Template – download the iron-on print here (for personal use only)!
- 1 Inch Vinyl Sticker Letters or Vinyl Roll.
- Die-cutting machine (optional).
- Darice Ruler.
- Darice Craft Knife or Box Cutter.
Step 1. Iron your bag to remove creases and flatten it as much as you can. You don’t want to skip this step as you want the fabric to be as flat as possible before ironing the DIY Santa sack print on.
Step 2. Print the template – make sure to use iron-on transfer paper for LIGHT FABRIC since the design is mirrored. Let the ink dry for about 5-10 minutes. Cut around your design – you don’t have to be perfect, just trim off the excess paper.
Step 3. Center your printed design onto the bag and iron it per package instructions – for mine, it was about 30 seconds per section. You will want to iron on a stable, solid surface (I used a TV table). Make sure not to over iron it as well or you will leave burn marks on your DIY Santa sack – I had a couple on mine but it wasn’t so bad.
Step 4. Wait for the paper to cool before slowly peeling the backing off.
Step 5. To add the name, cut it out of the vinyl roll, using a die-cutter. Once cut, stick onto the your DIY Santa sack. You can also use 1″ vinyl stickers for a regular-sized tote bag. I DO NOT recommend using heat transfer vinyl as the iron-on design might get damaged in the process of heat-setting. Also, I prefer using vinyl stickers as the giftee will be able to re-use the DIY Santa sack again to give to someone else by peeling off the vinyl sticker name and replacing it with their giftee. It’s reusable that way 🙂
And you are done! It’s easy enough that you can make a few in one sitting. I just love easy crafts like this, making them won’t give you additional stress this holiday season, and everyone will think you are oozing with awesome. If you’re looking for other unique gift wrapping ideas, check out this crochet bow pattern, for adding a cute finishing touch to gifts.
I hope you enjoyed this DIY Santa sack tutorial! Don’t forget to visit my blog or follow me on social media to keep up with what I create – happy crafting, friends!
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Aki is an avid DIYer at heart. She documents her crafting adventures over at Minted Strawberry where she shares various DIYs – but mainly focusing on jewelry, clothing and accessory crafts. She also shares printable cards, wallpapers and other graphic work. She loves trying out new craft materials, processes, and learning about new ideas.