Santa sack / Pillow case

As we’ve been lucky enough to welcome a Grand daughter and a Grand son into our family this year, I’m getting back into the baby gifts.

Seeing fabric sales all over the place I went to grab some for santa sacks for the G’kids gifts, Christmas fabric is not as cheap as I remember it being.  Pillow cases are a much cheaper alternative. So here is how I made 2 pillow cases into simple Santa sacks.

The yellow line in each picture is where I sewed, my cotton was a really good match.

I continued the stitching around the back half (pillow scoop inside) of the case to give the consistent line around the top.


I sewed the bottom section of that pillow scoop so that it sat flat inside

Find the ribbon I wanted to use to tie the sack I sewed to the middle of the bottom part of that pillow scoop, the extra thickness making it a bit more sturdy to pull and tie.

I had several thoughts on how the ribbon would keep the sack tied/gathered.

You could sew a few loops to thread the ribbon through then tie.

The pillow case could be unpicked, cut off the inner pillow scoop piece to use as a casing to make it a draw string bag.

If you are not a sewer you can still use an iron on adhesive to keep the scoop part to the pillow case outer down and sew your ribbon on by hand.

If I’ve confused you more by my instructions (what’s in my head does not always translate to my typing skills) let me know via comments and I’ll help you all I can.

Baby clothes savings.

I mentioned to my daughters in law that if they had baby clothes that still fit the bubs if they’d like the sleeves shortened to take into summer clothes I can cut the long sleeves off and hem to short sleeves. They have a lot of legged and no leg onesies.

Well I cut off the first pair of sleeves and promptly remembered that sleeves are generally hemmed before attaching when they are on little clothes. So in this exercise I did a lot of muttering and thanking heaven that only one daughter in law took me up on this offer and it was only 4 sets of sleeves I had to alter.

Anyone had some fun sewing things that should have been easy to do and ended up being a little more complicated?

Stuffed Zucchini – Easy

Smokey paprika

My new favourite spice as a seasoning is smokey paprika especially accompanied by a little salt.

It goes fantastic on hot chips, chicken, french toast and fried eggs.

I’m probably behind the times but I’m working on this spice to see what else it’s good with.

Is this a spice you use and how?

My funny baking moment …

My funny baking moment I wasn’t even aware of making. My inlaws came over for morning tea and I decided to make some fresh pikelets and as far as I was aware I made a fantastic batch. My pikelets formed nicely, they rose and were nice and fluffy and everyone enjoyed them topped with jam and freshly whipped cream, a good morning tea.

A couple of weeks later when I saw my son and his family we were saying it was nice to catch up with the grand parents and they both started laughing.

Why did they laugh, well it turns out that my son found (by biting into it) a bay leaf in his pikelet but didn’t want to embarrass me so slid it under his plate. We all cracked up because he did it so well and no one was the wiser … except his wife.

You see I put bay leaves in my flour containers to stop the weavils,  we have hot humid summers and I don’t have the room in my freezer to store the big containers. Bay leaves seem to do the job.

I was totally unaware that that rogue bay leaf had slipped in as I had measured the flour, mixed the batter, poured the pikelet and flipped it and had no notion it was there.

So my question to you, have you had any similar funny moments with your baking?

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