Holiday Gift Sack Idea

It’s certainly not too early to start thinking about holiday gift giving.

That’s especially true when it comes to creating something handmade or handcrafted.

I’ve been making homemade gift for years and I firmly believe, it doesn’t take much to add a sweet, handcrafted touch to a gift. 

I think these striped sacks are a great example of that.

These sacks are filled with a store-bought pastry flour blend.

You can make these simple sacks in whatever size you need to fit whatever contents you want to place inside.

While these particular blue and white striped sacks were made as birthday gifts, this idea can be easily adapted for the holidays.

In fact, you can take a look at my similar holiday sacks from previous posts,  HERE and HERE.

Of course, you can use any type of fabric you want to, for this project.

The stack in the photo above is a cotton fabric called “ticking” and I think it evokes a vintage and old-fashioned sensibility.

You can find ticking at most fabric stores including Joanne’s.

Be sure to click over to my previously mentioned links to get the full directions on making these sacks.

I really wanted to elevate this particular (birthday) gift so, I decided to add a laminated copy of a favorite apple pie recipe along with a handcrafted burlap bag, filled with 1/2 dozen Granny Smith Apples.

Providing the gift recipients with all the main ingredients needed for the recipe, makes the offering that much more unexpected and quickly usable.

Just print out the recipe and take it to your local office supply store to get laminated.

By the way, if you like the trio of photos at the bottom of this laminated recipe card, you can find my lattice-feathered pie HERE, and the recipe for the hand pies can be found HERE and my leaf-covered pumpkin pie is HERE.

Meanwhile, I also attached an embroidered piece of the ticking fabric to the burlap apple sack with ticking trim, just to tie all the homemade elements together.

If you’re you’re considering buying a home embroidery machine this holiday season, I’ve written a great post to help you settle on just the right one.

You can read that previous post on buying a home embroidery machine HERE.

Consider one final inclusion to the gift in the form of a little box of leaf cookie cutters (with a matching ticking fabric ribbon).

These cutters can be used to cut out pie dough and and adorn the center or crust with little leaves.

If you buy a set as a gift… be sure to buy yourself a set too, to dress up your Thanksgiving or Christmas pie.

Top off your handcrafted gift with an easy gift tag.

These alphabet rubber stamps are good to have in your crafting toolbox.

I enjoy making gift tags and several years ago, I made the cutest, vintage-inspired holiday tags.

You can check them out in my previous holiday post, HERE.

I hope you’re inspired to give this gift sack a try.

Thanks for popping by.

See you back here next time.

Happy holidays.



  • Cristina Di Noia

    Hope you had a fabulous family time with your over the holiday period. Love that you post craft projects again. My sewing machine has been in the box since I moved to my current house …. 7 years ago! Happy New Year Lisa.

    • Lisa Tutman-Oglesby

      Oh, Cristina you must commit to pulling your machine out in the new year.
      You know, sewing is actually my favorite hobby (even though I don’t sew as much as I’d like to).
      It’s relaxing and I love taking raw fabric and turning it into something new-lol.
      I’m going to try to include more crafting and sewing in the new year around here too.
      Thank for letting me know you’d like to see more of that kind of handiwork.
      Happy New year to you.

  • Jeanne

    So charming. A wonderful idea. Thanks for sharing.

  • Nancy Olson

    Lovely Idea!

    • Lisa Tutman-Oglesby

      Thanks, Nancy.
      I hope you give this project a try.
      It’s super easy and I think you’ll enjoy making them.
      Of course, you can put just about anything in these sacks.
      Happy holidays to you.

  • Dana

    Whhhhhy are you not my next door neighbor?! This is amazing. I didn’t realize Joanne carries ticking fabric. I always wondered where I could find it.

    • Lisa Tutman-Oglesby

      Dana, we’ll have to be neighbors from afar-lol.
      Oh, yes, you can find ticking at Joanne’s.
      It comes in several colors but do look for the red striped for the holiday season.
      Check out the tutorial link for how to make the bags and you’ll see how festive the red ticking looks for the holidays.
      Have a wonderful week.

  • Janice Charron

    Good morning Lisa,
    Love, love,love all the great ideas you send. Wishing again I lived closer to share some of your incredible creativity. Our Thanksgiving has passed but wishing you and your family a terrific Thanksgiving Day. Enjoy! Take care and be well always!

    • Lisa Tutman-Oglesby

      The same to you, Janice.
      Thanks for the warm wishes.
      The kiddos will be home for the Thanksgiving break and we’re looking forward to having a full nest again (albeit briefly-lol).
      Hope you have a wonderful holiday season too.

  • Marisa Franca Stewart

    How adorable!! It was you who inspired me to buy several yards of red ticking fabric. It was on sale and I knew that one day I would make those cute gift bags like you showed several years back. I love the idea of the recipe and the apples. What could be better – oh well, I guess one of your delicious desserts. Only problem would be I’d hate to cut into it and eat it. Perhaps laminate it?? 🤣 I’ve already pinned the post. sending huge hugs!! Are you all ready for T-day??

    • Lisa Tutman-Oglesby

      Thanks, Marisa.
      You simply must put your wonderful red ticking fabric to good use.
      I love this project using the red for this time of year. It’s so festive.
      I sure do appreciate your sweet friendship and support.
      Happy holidays to you.

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