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Free Pattern Friday – Smiling Santa Gift Bag


Welcome back to Free Pattern Friday!

I’m doing something a little different today and sharing an updated version of a tutorial I wrote years ago.

Smiling Santa Giftbag was a “Way Back Craft” in 2008, originally created by me for my previous website in 2000.

2000. Wow!

This easy-peasy tutorial that can be completed entirely by hand or with a little sewing machine assistance if you’d like.

I’ve added a face shape template or you can wing the shape for your own unique Santa!

Smiling Santa Gift Bag Tutorial

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Have Yourself A Fandom Little Christmas

Handmade Fandom Themed Christmas Ornament

So, I got a little carried away with this post.

Someday, I will have one tree dedicated to fandom (let’s face it, mostly Harry Potter!) themed Christmas ornaments. The ones pictured here are just some of my favorites.

Handmade Fandom Themed Christmas Ornament

A small disclaimer: I did not make most of these. They were gifts from fandom friends, all of whom are very talented!

Handmade Fandom Themed Christmas Ornament

Handmade Fandom Themed Christmas Ornament

Handmade Fandom Themed Christmas Ornament

Handmade Fandom Themed Christmas Ornament

Handmade Fandom Themed Christmas Ornament

Handmade Fandom Themed Christmas Ornament

There are FOUR snitches!

Handmade Fandom Themed Christmas Ornament

Handmade Fandom Themed Christmas Ornament

As you can see, I’ve been extraordinarily gifted by my very talented friends over the years. I love pulling out these extra special handmade ornaments each year and taking a moment to reflect on how lucky I am to have so many wonderful people in my life!

Stop back by every day between now and Christmas as I share crafts and ornaments that are special to me and my family.

I’d love to hear about your special decorations, too!


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Holiday Favorites

Smiling Santa Gift Bag Tutorial

It’s actually cold in Austin today. We had ice, which is so rare, I can’t even tell you!

Today seems like a great day to share some of my favorite things to make for Christmas.

Above, we’ve got Smiling Santa Gift Bag. I’ve been making some variation of this bag since my daughter was in kindergarten. She’s a college freshman now!

Click on the photo above or right here for the tutorial.

Candy Cup for Christmas

Candy Cups were shared with me YEARS ago by my aunt. These are wonderful gifts for teachers or anyone else you’d like to give something extra special to.


Handmade labels from recycled cereal boxes

These gift tags made from recycled cereal boxes weren’t originally a Christmas craft, but I’ve used them for Christmas many times over the years. This is a fun craft for kiddos, too. Make sure you use non-toxic stamps when working with little ones.


Stocking Ornament Tutorial

This is a little stocking ornament I came up with to teach my kids to blanket stitch. There are several of these on my tree. It’s an easy craft to make and share and no special tools are needed!

Tutorial & pattern

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Have a wonderful, crafty weekend!


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