Tutorial ~ Miniature Santa Sack Advent Calendar

by Destri on November 16, 2010

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Last year about this time I was thinking about making an advent calendar, and by December 2nd I was bummed I didn’t.  So I promised myself I would make one this year.  Me and the kiddos are leaving on a jet plane and won’t get home until December 1st, and so I needed to get this finished before we left.

I love how it turned out!  It was even fun to make.  Sewing the sacks actually took the least amount of time, they sew up fast with just a few straight stitches.

It took three days, about an hour and half each night.  Not too bad, eh?  By night three my husband was eying me curiously, asking what could be taking so much time, and I simply told him I was investing in our family’s memories.  He may or may not have rolled his eyes…

They could be used for so many things, like a gift card holder, or treat bags for party favors.  You could even whip one up and give it to your honey with a note that says, “insert glittery sparkly pretty thing here”.  Subtle hints….

How To Make Cute Tiny Santa Sacks

Supplies and Fabric:

  • all your sewing stuff
  • 2 yards of velvety fabric, or scraps if you are just making one
  • 30 feet white cord

Fabric Cuts:

You will need to cut out twenty four 8 in x 7 inch pieces.  For the tie you will need twenty four 9 inch pieces.

Sewing ~ I used about a 1/4 seam allowance throughout and always back stitched except in one spot, I will show you where.  I did not serge any edges, as my fabric didn’t fray.

Here is our 8 x 7 inch piece.

Fold over an 8 inch side 1¼ inch.

Using a straight stitch sew the fold like shown.

Now fold in half like shown with fold on top.

Sew down side.

Now sew up the bottom using a basting stitch (longest stitch on your machine) and only back stitch at the end.  You want to leave one side without a back stitch so you can gather the bottom.  Make sure you leave a good thread length on the side you will be pulling.  I did end up turning the side seam over to the center before I sewed the bottom, it just made for a rounder bottom.

Now just gather up the bottom and tie the loose ends in a knot.

Tie the ends of your cord like so, I did this while I cut to make sure it didn’t unravel.

Center the cord on the side seam on the back and sew on with a needle and thread.

All done!

Now just stuff and fluff it, and tie it up.  I put a little tissue in each of mine to fill out the shape and then put a little treat in there too.

advent calendar hanging on mantel

I hung them using the same cord by weaving it through the back of the ties.  I just wish all my Christmas stuff was all up to get the full affect…all in good time!  I will have to add a picture when I get it up.

So there you have it.  Little Santa sacks that fit in the palm of your hand.  Perfect for all sorts of little treasures!

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{ 23 comments… read them below or add one }

Admitted Fabricaholic November 16, 2010 at 12:27 pm

I am seriously in love with this, and LOVE that you hung them up on your fireplace! I may need to copy you, adding in a garland to hang them on! Love this!!!

Will have to take a pic and share if I decide I have enough time to make it! But know I will be kicking myself if I don’t!


Suzanne November 16, 2010 at 6:15 pm

super cute idea Destri :)


Aubrey November 16, 2010 at 7:43 pm

So so cute!


vonnie November 17, 2010 at 7:01 am

I need something to livin up my tree. What a great idea for little decorations. The grand-kids would love this also. Santa’s little bags all over the tree.
Also wanted to let everyone know that there is a new tradition in Destri’s family’s now.
This will reflect on past posts she had. We will be decorating Christmas cookies after dinner this year to give to who ever they want. I’ve started baking the sugar cookies now and freezing them for thanksgiving night. Have the parents bring their decorating supplies and grandma will furnish the cookies and frosting.


Michelle November 17, 2010 at 7:33 am

This is adorable. Destri, I’m really wishing you were my neighbor!


Karen keiper November 17, 2010 at 1:41 pm

love love love it.


Heather @ Life, Gluten Free November 17, 2010 at 8:30 pm

Aw how sweet! We have a wooden one but this one is really pretty, great idea!


Destri November 23, 2010 at 8:11 pm

Oh I would love to see pics of your wooden one!


darlene darden November 18, 2010 at 12:35 pm

love it…what are some of the ‘treats’ that you use?


Destri November 23, 2010 at 8:11 pm

Sorry for the late reply Darlene.

I found a bunch of little novelty candies from all over so each one has a little something different. I was going to put in little gifts, but really I like to do that with their stockings, so decided on just a little candy :)!


Anne November 21, 2010 at 8:01 am

SO cute!! It’ll be so much fun untying and unwrapping each little giftie! I linked to your tutorial over at Craft Gossip Sewing:



Bailey Miller November 23, 2010 at 1:17 pm

Love it! I’m so suggesting that to my mom! But also, I’m so excited because Minute to Win It will be back! Three special holiday episodes in a row starting December 7th! Minute to Win It is so great, I cannot wait to watch this with my family when I go home for the holidays! Yay!


Staci November 24, 2010 at 12:20 pm

These are adorable! I’m including this in my Friday Favorites this week!


REbecca Cooper December 6, 2010 at 7:28 am

very cute! thnx for sharing! :)


Ana October 22, 2011 at 9:24 am

I love this idea for Christmas, is cute, easy and economical.

I linked you in my blog, I hope you don’t mind. :D




Kim November 6, 2011 at 3:30 pm

This is adorable! I’ve been looking for a neat idea of something to do for my son who is away this year for Christmas. Thanks for sharing!


Melissa Alexander November 8, 2011 at 11:37 am

shared on my blog FB page! looks very easy. I was thinking about making a flat bottom by stitching across the bottom then turning to match the bottom and side seems and stitching across them diagonally. Makes a triangle that you clip off. Looks like a purse bottom, it makes an “I” shape on the bottom. I’m sure it has a name that you probably already know, lol. I’m not great with gathering… I usually break the thread, lol. gonna try though lol


Melissa November 16, 2011 at 2:29 pm

I love this! I’m going to do it with some nice red corduroy I’ve got stashed! Thank you!!


Dawn November 17, 2011 at 5:55 am

Oh wow! I love it!!! I have been on hunt for advent calendar. I didn’t want to spend fortune on advent calendar. I want to make it fun for my girls. Now I gotta hit dollar store & hobby lobby for those supplies. My girls are gonna be exciting. Thank you so much!


Dawn November 17, 2011 at 6:52 am

I love the idea BIG TIME!! I was thinking to make it for girls’ birthday party next year as favors. It could be use in many different ways for different holidays & more. I am going to use them as ornaments for my tree along with advent calendar. Thank you for the awesome idea. I’m exciting about it already :D I posted this on my Facebook.


Teresita November 18, 2011 at 7:40 am

me encantaron las bolsitas, son preciosas!


Emmy Duhon November 26, 2011 at 6:26 pm

Thank you Laurie,
This is the one I facebook you about :)


margarete November 15, 2012 at 4:27 pm

adorei o passo a passo,ficou muito bem explicado!!!


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