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Santa's Belly Christmas Favor Bag

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If you plan to host a Christmas party this year, be sure to send guests home with a memorable keepsake. Make a Santa's Belly Christmas Favor Bag from Cyndee Kromminga to give to all of your friends. Christmas craft ideas don't get much more adorable than this.


 

Materials:

  • Card stock
  • Ruler
  • Pencil
  • Scissors
  • Red felt
  • Tailor's chalk
  • Black felt
  • Heavyweight fusible web
  • Protective cloth (for ironing)
  • Gold lame fabric
  • Iron
  • Straight pins
  • Sewing machine
  • Black thread
  • Black rattail
  • Red thread

Instructions:

  1. Trace a 5-inch-wide by 6-inch-long rectangle on card stock. Cut out the rectangle. Fold the rectangle in half, matching the two short ends. Cut one of the matched corners into a curve. Unfold the rectangle. This is the pattern for the bag.
     
  2. Trace the bag pattern two times on red felt using tailor's chalk. Cut out the felt.
     
  3. Trace a 1 1/2-inch-wide by 6-inch-long strip on card stock. Cut out the strip. This is the pattern for Santa's belt.
     
  4. Trace the belt pattern on black felt using tailor's chalk. Cut out the belt.
     
  5. Trace a 2 1/2-inch square on card stock. Cut out the square. Trace a 1 1/2-inch square centered inside the 2 1/2-inch square. Cut the small square out of the center. Discard the small square. The remainder of the larger square is the belt buckle pattern.
     
  6. Trace the belt buckle pattern on the paper side of heavyweight fusible web. Place a protective cloth on your ironing surface. Lay gold lame fabric on the cloth. Place the traced fusible web on the lame fabric with the glue side down. Cover everything with another protective cloth. Iron the stack to fuse the web to the lame. Cut out the buckle shape.
     
  7. Lay one felt bag side on your work surface. Turn so that the curved corners are on the bottom edge. Center the black felt belt across the bag and pin. Sew a zigzag stitch along the long edges of the belt using black thread.
     
  8. Peel the paper from the back of the gold lame belt buckle. Center the buckle on the belt. Cover the lame with a protective cloth. Iron the cloth to adhere the buckle to the bag. This is the front of the bag.
     
  9. Lay the bag front on your work surface with the right side facing up. Cut a 14-inch length of black rattail (silk cord). Tie an overhand knot on each end. Measure down one side of the bag a 1/2 inch from the top edge. Pin one knot end over the edge of the felt. Repeat on the other side edge with the other end of the rattail.

    Santa's Belly Christmas Favor Bag
     
  10. Place the back of the bag over the front. Pin the side and bottom edges. The cord will be sandwiched in between the layers. Sew the pinned edges using a 1/4-inch seam allowance and red thread. Turn the bag right side out. Place the protective cloth over the bag front and press.

    Santa's Belly Christmas Favor Bag
     
  11. Lame is very thin. It should only be ironed with a protective cloth to avoid melting the fibers onto the bottom of your iron. The glue on fusible web will also seep through the lame fibers, making a protective cloth essential.

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