50 x 5” squares of fabric.
6” x 19.5” x4 (we used 2 different fabrics, one for the inside of the sack, one for the outside).
22.5” x 19.5” wide internal fabric x2.
¾ yard of piping cord or ribbon for the ties.
Sew your 5” squares together, to make 2 pieces of patchwork, 5 squares long and 5 squares wide. Trim the panels down to 19.5” wide.
Sew a 6” strip along the top of each panel and then put the panels to one side.
You will do the next step on both sides of the sack. Mark 1/4” in from the outside edge, on the seam between the patchwork fabric and adjoining 6” strip, then mark 1” up from this mark (or up ¼” higher than the width of your chosen ribbon or cord). You will now have two marks, ¼” in from the outside edge. Cut up to these marks, fold the fabric back ¼” inch and sew into position. Repeat on the other side.
Fold the sack in back in half, so that the internal pieces are on top of each other and external pieces are on top of each other. Sew around the outside (you have already sewn one side, you don’t need to re sew it), leaving a gap of 2-3 inches in the middle of the seam at the bottom of the internal pieces, take care not to sew over the notches in the middle of the long side. Turn the sack out through the hole at the bottom.
Mark the channel for the ribbon/tape on both sides of the sack. The bottom line of the channel will be the seam between the patchwork fabric and the 6” strip, the top line, the one to mark, will be level with the top of the notch you made for the tape/cord. Sew along the marked line on each side (so you are sewing one layer of external fabric and one layer of internal fabric together at any one time) and then sew along the seam with the patchwork section on each side.
If you are using piping cord, tie knots in each of the ends and you are done. If you are using ribbon or tape you could just fold the ends over and sew a seam to stop the tape unravelling, but we would recommend making tabs for each of the ends, as these protect the ends and stop the cord pulling through the channel.
Take a piece of fabric, 2.5” x 2.5” and iron ¼” seams on all sides. Fold in half and sew seams down the two sides that adjoin the folded edge. Insert the tape end into the tab and sew a seam to close the tab, for extra strength then sew a cross, inside the rectangle. Repeat on the either end of the tape.
Make mini versions to give gifts to friends and family, children can use the bags to store toys and treasure, teenagers could keep their diary, jewellery or make up in them!
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We used: Red Rooster Here Comes Santa fabrics, Clothworks Not Even a Mouse Fabrics and Fancy Pants Text St Nick Ribbon.