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Monday, 20 July 2015

Santa Sack Tute - Christmas In July 2015


Welcome to day 1 on the Christmas in July Blog Hop, as always let me start with a great big "hi" to my regular readers and a huge welcome to anyone visiting for the first time from the Benartex blog Sew in Love {with Fabric}.


Today you'll find my Santa Sack tutorial over at the Benartex blog Sew in Love {with Fabric}.  The Christmas in July Blog Hop continues through to Tuesday, 28 July with a new project tute and giveaway each weekday (not Sat and Sun).  

Want To Make You're Own Santa Sack With Different Fabric And Another Size?
The instructions in my tute over at Sew in Love {with Fabric} are to make a Santa Sack from the Happy Holidays Snowmen fabric collection by Michele D'Amore for Benartex Fabrics exactly the same as mine but you can make my Santa Sack using any Christmas fabric and to any size you want.  To make to your own measurements cut 4 pieces of fabric to your desired size (don't forget to add 1/2" seam allowance to the length and width) and 2 pieces of batting cut to the same size, you'll also need 4 border fabrics cut 6-1/2" x the width of your main fabric.  Follow the tute instructions as normal and quilt and/embellish to suit.

Trialling Threads and Embellishments

My thread of choice is Aurifil, all the threads I've used for this project are 50/2 wt cotton and here's a list of the colours:

Bright Orange #1133 (not in picture)
Light Sand #2000
White #2024
Wine #2260
Black #2692
Light Turquoise #2805
Fern Green #2888
Medium Turquoise #4182

I also trialled a handful of beads but finally decided against embellishments.


Free Motion Quilting
When I'm free motion quilting to speed things up I quilting all sections of one colour at the same time.  I fasten my ends for one section then drag my threads over to the next section - if you try this method just make sure there's enough length between the two areas of stitching to cut, knot and bury your threads later by cutting the dragged thread lengths at the halfway point.  I make sure there's enough length in my dragged threads too that the fabric doesn't bunch up and can remain flat.  You can see how I drag the thread in the photo below.


In the tute on the Sew in Love {with Fabric} blog I promised to share more detailed photos of my free motion quilting and here they are:


A reminder of how the Santa sack looks when it's finished...


...and how it could look full of toys on Christmas morning.




Don't forget I'll be posting a Fabric Coaster tute here so you can make good use of those sixteen left over Christmas scene squares from your two panels if you sign up for emails or follow me on Bloglovin, Facebook, etc you won't miss it ;D


And now for a giveaway - everyone loves a giveaway right?!

6 Chances To Win A Happy Holidays Snowmen FQ Bundle
(open to US residents only

Here's 6 chances to win a Happy Holidays Snowmen fat quarter bundle - you need to leave a separate comment here on my blog below for each chance:

1:  Leave a comment below telling me one of your Christmas traditions.
2: Follow me here @made by ChrissieD via email or blog reader then leave a comment letting me know where you're following via.  Existing followers can join in too :D


3: Follow made by ChrissieD on Facebook and leave a comment back here letting me know.
4: Follow made by ChrissieD on Instagram and leave a comment back here letting me know.
5: Head over to Sew in Love with Fabric, sign up to follow their blog by email or blog reader then leave a comment back here letting me know that you did so.
6:  Follow Benartex on Facebook and leave a comment back here letting me know.

Please be sure I can access your email.  
If you're a WordPress, Google+, no-reply or anonymous commenter, or maybe you're just not sure, please add your email address to each comment.  If I can't find you I'll immediately draw another winner.

This giveaway is open to US residents only and closes Friday, 31 July 2015 at 11.59 pm (EST).  A winner will be chosen from the comments using a random number generator, contacted via email and shared at the bottom of this post.

Best of luck!

And The Winner Is!!!
NB: Please note since selecting a winner - I have replied to many comments and this has changed the number sequence next to each comment.  The winning comment indeed WAS #162 at the closing point of the giveaway as you can see below in the screen print I took at that time but this is no longer the case due to my added comment replies - Chris



Debbie also shared with us her family tradition to play Monopoly on Christmas Eve with both kids - I love that, playing board games with my kids was always fun!  I've so enjoyed reading everyone's family traditions here in the comments sections, if you're looking to start your own traditions take a read, there's plenty of great ones for inspiration.

Congrats Debbie, I've sent you an email :D



If you want to know how to make my Santa Sack head over to the Benartex's Sew in Love with Fabric blog and there'll be another six great Christmas projects too each weekday through to Tuesday, 28 July .  The projects use a variety of Benartex Christmas fabric collections and the giveaway on each blog will be for a fat quarter bundle of the fabrics used by that blogger for their own project.

Here's the Christmas in July Blog Hop schedule:
Monday, 20 July: Chris, that's me, @made by ChrissieD and I've used Happy Holidays Snowmen!!
Tuesday, 21 July: Debby @Debby Kratovil Quilts using Homespun Holiday
Wednesday, 22 July: Kelly @My Quilt Infatuation using Ornamental Splendor
Thursday, 23 July: Kristen @KD Quilts using Santa's Here
Friday, 24 July: Melissa @My Fabric Relish using Frosty Forest
Monday, 27 July: Nikki @The Girl Who Quilts using Frosty Forest
Tuesday, 28 July: Wendy from Ivory Spring using Shades of Winter




Thanks for dropping by and taking part in the Christmas in July Blog Hop - Chris :D




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Disclaimer: Fabric was supplied at no charge to mbCD by Benartex to create the tutorial otherwise this post is for informational purposes only, no payment or commission is received on click-throughs to links shared.

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  1. Tradition is trying to figure out what a wrapped gift is. 24Tangent@gmail.com

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  4. Driving around the neighborhood with a thermos of hot chocolate looking at all the lights and decorations!

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  5. A family tradition passed down since our earliest ancestors to America - an orange must be tucked into the toe of all Christmas stockings hung. The bag just so cute - thank you for sharing.

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  6. I am going to make me a Santa Sack! Lol. No more stockings. Love your idea.

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  9. I follow you via e-mail. Our tradition is the Christmas dinner, everyone is in the kitchen. Thank you for the tutorial and the giveaway.

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  10. I have to say that our tradition has always been to give out our presents on Christmas Eve..

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  14. We gather on Christmas Eve, have dinner and open gifts.

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  19. Our tradition is having Christmas on Christmas eve. The whole family comes to a buffet dinner that is composed of one item requested from each family member. Sometimes what's on the table is a strange combination such as barbeque lil smokies, pizza, chicken nuggets, deviled eggs and jell salad but it's our tradition. and everyone is happy. After dinner we open gifts and anyone that stays over night is sure to find a gift from Santa when they wake up the next morning. Rina

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  22. I love baking cookies and desserts, and making gifts for Christmas. Cute project!

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  25. We had a Christmas tradition when my girls were growing up; a special way of opening presents when the gifts were identical. We would have them sit on the floor, back to back, and open the gift. But they couldn't say any words and couldn't turn around until each had the gift unwrapped. No spoiling the surprise this way!

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  26. I receive Sew in Love with Fabric's postings via email notification. Thanks for the opportunity to win! Love the Santa sack.

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  28. Family dinner @ my house Christmas Day! A full house!!!.

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  34. We always have hot chocolate in my special mugs, all the candles in the room lit along with the tree...no electrical lights! And of course we must remain in our PJ's until all presents are opened. Then we have a wonderful breakfast.
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  35. Our tradition is we all get to open one gift Christmas Eve !

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  36. oops first questions LOL, We have a day that we all get together and make cookies,,,, LOTS of cookies. Enough so that we have some and then all our friends have some.

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  40. One of our Christmas traditions is putting those tinsel strands all over the tree while singing "O Christmas Tree, O Christmas Tree" as loud and off-key as possible.

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  44. Watching a Xmas movie on Xmas eve whilst wrapping presents.
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  45. One of our favorite traditions is watching the Polar Express on Christmas Eve in our PJs with Hot Cocoa. It's such a fun and special time that I hope carries on from our children to our grands one day!

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  51. One of my Christmas traditions is to put my tree up and let my grandchildren help decorate it. Thanks so much for the giveaway.

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  57. I love cooking, and making gifts for Christmas.The bag is fabulous, love everything about it.Great job!

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  59. It has become a tradition for me to give lots of quilts as Christmas gifts! The last few years I make a big pile of them and have the family members choose numbers that determine the "quilt picking order". It's quite a process for each person to take their turn and choose the quilt they want to keep.

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  61. Love going sledding after lunch on Christmas Day.

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  62. Family photos in front of the fireplace and Christmas tree. Love seeing the families grow and comparing from years past. dorisquiltingqueen at yahoo dot com

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  63. I follow via bloglovin. Thanks! dorisquiltingqueen at yahoo dot com

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  64. Now following you on bloglovin'.

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  65. One of my newer traditions, since I moved far from family, is making Christmas stockings for kids in foster care and families at the Ronald McDonald House.

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  70. My favorite Christmas tradition is baking lots of cookies.

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  74. My mom started the Christmas tradition of having a yummy smorgasbord of food each Christmas Eve following church services. I'm sure it's not so unique, but it is something I've carried on since she passed away 5 years ago. I even use many of her recipes.

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  75. Hi Christie it's nice to meet you. first time I've heard of. Santa sack and it's such s cool tradition . Our small family has a breakfast together and I make the same casserole every year (ay their request) as I've done yearly since our boys were eelementary age.

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  76. I'm following via Bloglovin . thank you for sharing so much :)

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  77. I allso receive Sew In Love With Fabric emails daily.

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  78. What a cute idea, and such detail with the tutorial. Thanks so much for sharing!

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  80. We have an extended family brunch the Sunday before Christmas Eve. Everyone tries to be there and it's the best time to see babies!!
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  86. Hi Chrissie. I follow you through my blog dashboard reader

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  87. Hi Crissie...my tradition is to wait til the last minute...Christmas Eve ... to wrap presents.. but seriously..we gather on Christmas Eve to exchange gifts then drive out to a subdivision that decorates for the holiday.

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  89. Our tradition is to have the grand children over early on Christmas eve to open presents before the all of the extended family gets here.

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  95. Favorite Christmas tradition, when family comes during the season they each have an ornament to hang on the tree! Now that the family has grown so much, they get to take theirs home with them when they leave.
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  102. Our most favorite Christmas Tradition is to gather with family and friends on Christmas Eve to share The Christmas Story of Jesus' Birth ! Thanks for a lovely giveaway!
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  103. Our favorite Christmas tradition is the candlelight service at church Christmas eve

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  105. One of our favorite traditions is going to the woods to get our Christmas Tree. It's such a magical time for us.

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  106. We always attend the beautiful candlelight service at church on Christmas eve.

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  108. I always let my kids open one gift Christmas Eve -- it was always pajamas, lol. It's so neat to see our children following that same tradition.

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  109. We open 1, and only 1, package on Christmas Eve--the youngest child picks for everyone!

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  113. I make Chrismas "Boxes" instead of stockings for all my kids and grandkids. I put in all kinds of dollar store stuff and treats. The big kids love them just as much as the little ones. :)
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  117. We always go visit grandma to open presents. We pack them all up and take them with us so she us open our presents and we can help her open hers.

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  120. My sisters and I have a baking weekend before the holidays! So much fun! I love your Santa Sack - thank you!

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  123. We like to open our presents on Christmas Eve. This started when our kids were little and my husband worked nights. I love your Santa Sack!

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  128. We have a very large, blue, drawstring bag that gets used every year. Sometimes there is a big gift inside, other times a small gift in disguise. It's fun to guess just what is in it!

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  131. I love the sack. Too cute. I follow on BL.

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  133. I love to make sugar cookies with my grandsons. Yes we have flour and sugar everywhere.

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  134. One of my Christmas traditions is to make a new ornaments for my kids.

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  137. I already follow Benartex on Facebook.

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  138. I make the twelve days of Christmas little sacks for my grown children and I love receiving their emails or phone calls of what they got for that day.

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  139. I already follow on bloglovin

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  140. the only tradition is to have pizza on Christmas Eve.

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  141. Our tradition is Monopoly on Xmas eve with both kids :)

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  144. I am now following you on FB. Your photo is really cute!

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  145. I also follow Benartex's blog via Bloglovin.

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  146. We watch our favorite Christmas movies together as a family every year!

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  147. The thing I look forward to most is attending our church's Christmas Eve Service as a family.

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  148. One of our family Christmas traditions is painting cookies with egg yolk paint. After baking they look like stain glass windows. Too pretty to eat but we do anyway.

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  150. I already follow you on Facebook.

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  152. The tradition my family has had is to visit the local Christmas Tree Farm each year. This is the same tree farm I have gone to since I was a baby myself and my own children have gone to their entire lives. Now my children are taking their children to the same tree farm. The same family has owned the farm all those years as well, and is now in its 4th generation running the farm with their children now helping. I have not gone there in the past few years and hope this year to get back to going because I really miss it. It has been such a long standing tradition for myself and one that really reminds me of my parents who are both gone now.

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  153. I'm arleady a follower of your blog Chrissie by email and also on Bloglovin'

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  154. I'm also already following the Sew In Love with Fabric blog via email and Bloglovin'

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  156. We always go to Christmas Mass, of course we go to Mass every weekend as well! Thanks and God bless! ILuvTheEucharist @ aol.com

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  157. I am folowing you on Blogloving as Rose Santuci-Sofranko. Thanks and God bless! ILuvTheEucharist @ aol.com

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  158. I am also following you on Facebook!
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  160. I am following Benartex blog on Bloglovin.
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  162. For some reason, my first comment on this failed to appear, so here I go again. I now follow you on Bloglovin' after looking around your posts and I have to say I'm pretty excited about it!
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  163. This comment also failed to show up, even though my last four did fine. Shrug. One of our family traditions at Christmas is to put an apple and orange in the toe of the stocking. This comes from an older age when fruit was hard to come by in Winter and was quite expensive. It was really a treat! I like being reminded that we should be thankful for what we have now. I also like knowing that I am doing something my grandparents and parents did before me. Ho, ho, ho! I'm ready! I love Christmas!
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  164. Love the Santa sack and have not even thought about Christmas makes yet, perhaps I need to get a wriggle on

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  165. Putting out the handmade Santas is the first thing each Christmas. Don't you love using Santa sacks rather than paper?..your's is super cute.

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  167. I'm loving these sacks - my kids would adore them. Ot feels like winter in the UK currently - even though it should be toasty and warm and the middle of summer!

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  168. One of my favorite Christmas Traditions is decorating the tree. I do not know how many years this has been going on, but a few days after Thanksgiving Mom and I, plus various individuals who happen to want to join in or are there, pull out all of the Christmas decoration boxes and so forth. We then set up the tree, put on a Christmas show or music and with my father sitting in his recliner (he is the supervisor and expert...LOL) we spend hours getting the tree decorated. It is just a fabulous fun time for all of us!

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