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  • Get more sleep on Christmas Eve with Santa Sacks
  • Maria Eckersley
  • be the fun momchristmasChristmas HacksKSL Studio 5Mom Hackssantawrapping

Get more sleep on Christmas Eve with Santa Sacks

Get more sleep on Christmas Eve with Santa Sacks


I hate wrapping Santa stuff because those presents are usually big and awkwardly shaped. I made a Santa Sack for each of my kids to help solve the problem. It's like a giant pillow case (as tall as they are) with a drawstring on top. We keep them out throughout the month of December so they're often used for sack races around the kitchen and sleeping bags on movie night.

Kids in Santa Sacks Christmas

They leave under the tree just like a stocking. During the night, we fill them with their Santa presents and their stockings so all of the treasures are cinched up inside on Christmas morning.

Santa Sack with gifts

I also use a sharpie and write down the year and what santa brought them on the inside of the bag so they can remember all the fun things they've received. It's a fun way to remember how many happy Christmas mornings we've had over the years.

MeckMom Santa Sacks Memory Hack

I'm not much of a seamstress so I tried to keep the bags very simple. To create them, I purchase two yards of 54" wide patterned fabric (I bought a different pattern for each one) and two yards of 54" wide white muslin. The drawstring is created with 3 yards of rope (the satin finish rope works best). I folded the patterned fabric on to itself (right sides together) and stitched up the long sides. I repeated the process with the muslin and then put the patterned sack inside the muslin sack (again, with right sides together) and stitched around the top edge.

From there, I just flipped it around so the muslin sack would be inside the patterned sack and stitched a straight line about 2" below the top seam...creating a pocket for the drawstring. I also stitched a straight line diagonally across the two bottom corners to help keep the muslin inside the patterned sack. From there, I used an exact-o knife to cut two holes in the patterned fabric and then slid the rope inside; tying it off on the ends. 

Each sack took me around 30 min to create, at the most, and I'm not a sewer. :) We've had the first sacks I created for at least 10 years and they're still going strong. I promise they're worth every minute. :)

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Comments on this post (2)

  • Dec 05, 2017

    Thanks for asking. I should have added that to the post. :) The finished bags are around 54" long and 42" wide. I don’t really sew either so I just bought two yards of each type of fabric ( 54" width) and two yards of muslin to create the liner. I also bought 3 yards of shiny rope for the drawstring. I hope that helps! :)

    — MeckMom

  • Dec 05, 2017

    Hey could you share the dimension of your Santa bags? I want to have some made (I don’t sow) but would love to be able to tell the person making them what size is good to make for them. Thanks!

    — Shannon

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