A Quick Christmas Gift Idea!

This is a cookie bag made two ways: a gnome and a simply decorated bag.

Let’s make the gnome first. If you want the simple bag, follow the instructions all the way until I begin discussing how to make the hat and then skip to the last paragraph.

For the gnome, I had alot of red and grey felt in my stash, along with white pom poms for the noses. You could use any combination of fabrics in your inventory or go buy some at your local fabric shop.

For the bag, you’ll need one 7″x 22″ rectangle of fabric. (You can get 10 bags out of a yard of fabric, if it is 44″ wide.)

For the hat, you’ll need a piece about 7″ x 12″. You can get about 6 out of 1/3 yard.

I didn’t have any beard fabric, so I used some grey yarn for the beard. You’ll need about 30 5″ pieces.

For the cookie recipe, you can use your own, or the one I have included below.

This is an easy recipe: 1 box Duncan Hines Devil’s Food Cake mix, 1/4 cup baking cocoa, 1/2 cup chocolate chips, 1/2 cup mint chocolate chips (Andes mints chopped up work well too.) Put all the ingredients in a quart size ziploc and set aside.

To begin making the bag, fold the rectangle in half lengthwise. Stitch both sides of the long edges of the rectangle:

Now, measure the width of the body. In my case, the fabric was only 6″ wide:

Cut your hat a little larger than the width measurement so that once you sew the hat, it will fit over the bag. I make mine about 12″ tall, but you can make yours any size you want.

Turn the bag right side out:

Grab the cookie bag that you put together above and being careful not to puncture the bag, put it on its side and make it long and skinny like this:

Put the ziploc into your bag:

Print out the recipe on card stock if you have it. I went over to https://www.itsalwaysautumn.com/cookie-mix-gift-sack-easy-diy-christmas-gift-idea.html for this recipe and the printables.

Tie the printable onto the bag:

If you don’t want to make the gnome, skip down to the bottom of this post to get an idea on how to decorate your bag.

But, if you do want to make the gnome, you’ll need a hat. I made my hat so that it can be taken off and used again. Once the recipient uses the cookie mix, they can fill a quart sized bag up with rice and put it back in and use the gnome for decoration next year!

You’ll need two hat shapes that are identical. I didn’t use a pattern, I just eyeballed it based on the width measurement you took earlier and how tall you want the hat to be. Cut out the two hat shapes per bag.

Stitch the hat sides leaving the bottom edge open.

You can use an embroidery stitch along the bottom if your machine has embroidery stitches. You can also hand embroider some stitches if you have alot of time on your hands. It is not necessary to do any stitching.

Next, I open up the inside of the hat and run a short line of hot glue along the edge of the hat:

Place the tips of the cut pieces of yarn over the glue:

Keep gluing until you have filled up the front of the hat.

Once you have all the yarn pieces glued along the front inside edge of the hat, start taking each yarn piece and pull it apart in half lengthwise to make it more fluffy. You’re just pulling apart the ply:

Of course, if you have fake fur for the beard, you won’t need to do this step. Just glue some fake fur to the front edge of the hat.

Next, Hot glue a pom pom or other nose feature just under the front hat edge. You can glue another one at the top of the hat as well.

If you’re choosing not to make the gnome, just tie a jingle bell or a piece of evergreen or a pick onto the string as shown in the photo below:

These make great gifts for neighbors, friends and family. I hope you have a blessed and wonderful Christmas this year! Much love to you all!!