Friday, December 18, 2009

Potato Sack Christmas Stockings

What would be better this time of year than a Potato Sack Christmas Stockings?

The back is made of nice soft velvet-type fabric. I love the contrast of that with the "rough and tough" potato sack burlap....

A lot of blue of course, since that is my favorite Christmas color...

You can make them any size you want of course, but I made mine nice and LARGE...!!!

See the gallon of milk for size comparison...

Have a very MERRY CHRISTMAS and Happy Sewing!!!
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Friday, December 11, 2009

Easy to Make Potato Sack Card

These cards are so much fun and what I like about them especially is that they are so simple to make!!!!


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Monday, December 7, 2009

EASY Extra LARGE Potato Sack Gift Bag -- NO Sewing!

Just in time for Christmas, the Potato Sack Gift bag!

Great for LARGE and extra LARGE presents!!!
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Thursday, December 3, 2009

Sinterklaas Bag = Burlap Potato Sack

As most of you know, I was born and raised in the Netherlands, where we celebrated Sinterklaas. Growing up celebrating this fun holiday may explain my fascination with gunny sacks....
Early November Sinterklaas (dressed as a Catholic Saint) arrives in Holland per steamship from Spain accompanied by his many helpers: Zwarte Pieten (Black Petes). He parades through the streets on his white horse. The Black Petes look for "bad" children, whom they will put into their bag (burlap!) and take back home with them to Spain.
Throughout the next few weeks children can place their shoes by the fireplace at night (with some treats for the horse in them), sing some fun Sinterklaas songs, and if they've been good, they may expect a treat in their shoe in the morning (hopefully this will be a chocolate letter~ the initial of their fist name). Zwarte Piet climbs down the chimney during the night to make the switch. Of course, the chimney may get him quite dirty, which explains why he's "black as soot."

On December 5 (Sinterklaas Eve) a loud bang on the window announces the arrival of a whole lot of packages from Sinterklaas, which he has left on the doorstep (or by the hearth) in a large burlap bag (aka de zak van Sinterklaas)!
Fun FUN times, and GREAT memories!
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