It's my favourite time of the year and it is just as much about the lead up for me and my family as the day itself. It's also the best excuse for lots of making, creating and baking - so lets start [although I did technically start earlier this month] with my favourite - children's present post/mail bags. Last year, I made some small versions for my Godchildren [stockings and bags], but this year I have a nephew thrown into the mix and I have bigger presents to give. You will probably have seen versions of these all over the Internet, but I have made some personalised bags and they were much simpler and easier than I worried - and required no more than the bags, stencils and some Sharpies.
I picked up 5 bags from eBay [from this seller if you are interested] around 50cm by 80cm, but there are plenty of other sellers now offering similar bags and shapes.
[right click and save to your desktop to print]
Remebering that these are for children, not me, I kept the design basic, big, bold and clear. I made a feature of the name and postage stamp, with simple stars to add variation and decoration and a simple 'Special Delivery' stamp at the base.
I used Mac font style 'Modern: Futura: Medium' with the first names at around 190pt in size and these [that post mark terribly drawn, just use it as a guide - sorry!] shapes:
...then tracing over these outlines with the Sharpie, but once I got the hang of it, I just went straight ahead with the Sharpie:
I then outlined the names in the centre of the bag, before filling in and adding the extra details:
To finish the bag and create a 'mail bag' effect, I folded the top of the sack outwards to create a large top hem and then threaded red wool, with a long and wide running stitch, starting and finishing at the front to create a pretty tie fastening:
....adding a little detail with some bells at the ends.....
- If you have a hessin bag that likes to moult a little more than you'd like - an old [or cheap] pillow case makes the perfect lining.
- If you have time, some embroidery around the name letters or as extra embellishment, decoration and details would look gorge-ous.
- I went for simple red wool ties, but thicker ribbon with a big bow would be be-aut-iful.
- You could add pockets to the front in a bright colour, such as red felt, for any smaller presents, or even a letter from Father Christmas himself.