Christmas is a day of meaning and traditions, a day spent in the warm circle of family and friends.”
~ Margaret Thatcher (1925-2013), English political leader.
So much of the joys of the holidays stem from the traditions that anchor us and help us relive past holidays. As a family, we have made several traditions over the past 20 years:
- We attend the 5 pm Christmas Eve church service and then have dinner at my parent’s home
- Kate and Rob exchange their gifts with each other on Christmas Eve
- We always watch the movie, A Christmas Story (“You’ll poke your eye out!) on Christmas Eve
- My parents (who live 1 mile away) come to our home at 7 a.m. Christmas morning, at which time we all open our stocking gifts
- The kids then take turns being the ‘elf’ on Christmas morning and hand out gifts to each of us, one at a time, so that our Christmas gift opening lasts most of the morning
- We have Christmas brunch and dinner at our house
In addition to those listed above, we have one more Christmas tradition. I’m not sure when this tradition started, but for many years my mom has placed a small wrapped gift on each of our Christmas Eve dinner plates. Inside each box is an ornament that chose because of its significance to the recipient. The opening of the gifts is a very methodical process, each of us watching as an ornament is unwrapped. The conversation then turns to why this ornament is perfect for the person who just received it.
Several years back, I jumped in and started doing the same thing, but my ornaments have been gifted at Christmas morning breakfast. Not only did I want to enjoy the fun of finding the perfect ornament for each family member, but I wanted mom to have an ornament that she didn’t have to pick out for herself.
I’m so excited about the ornaments that I found for this year…I bought them a couple of days after Christmas last year and have been chomping at the bit since then to see everyone’s face when they open their ornament. #bestChristmasOrnamentsEVER! I think my giddiness over these ornaments this year is what prompted me to make these little bags to give them in. After I made my snowflake napkins, the red snowflake thing has become the ‘theme’ of my Christmas breakfast table and these bags fit in perfectly with the Snowflake plan.
What You Need to Make 6 Ornament Gift Bags with 4″ Base:
- 1-yard broadcloth fabric I used white
- Coordinating thread
- Sewing machine
- Felt Snowflakes or other decorations. I got my snowflakes from Sue’s Creative Workshop on Etsy.
- Coordinating ribbon, mine is 3/8″ wide.
- Spray Adhesive
How To Make Ornament Gift Bags:
- Using pattern, cut out circles from your fabric for the base of your bags. Just in case you don’t have a 4″ circle lying about, I’ve attached a PDF that you can use to print off and cut your base from. You can make the base your bags bigger or smaller, but the measurements I refer to assume a 4″ base.
- Using the following diagram as a guideline, cut your fabric for the sides of your bags. I didn’t have a piece of paper big enough nor a scanner that would accommodate a bigger piece of paper, so I just sketched out what I did on my fabric. But remember, it’s Not to Scale! However, the measurements indicated are the measurements I did use when I cut the material for my bags.
- Pin the bag bottom/base 1/2″ in from the end of the widest end of your bag side.
- Sew the bottom/base of the bag to the side of the bag. Slowly stitch, moving the bottom circle to align as much as possible with the straight edge of your fabric. Because a picture is worth a thousand words, see the video below to better illustrate what you need to do.
- Starting at the seam that you just sewed which attached the bottom to the sides, mark 5 1/2 inches up from the bottom seam. Sew a seam, starting at the seam you just sewed and stopping at the mark you just made.
- Following side seam, iron down sides of fabric above where your seam stopped. See the illustration below. Then turn under and iron 1/4″ on the top, opening, of the bag.
- Fold the top of the bag in half, having the folded 1/4″ you just ironed meet with the seam you just sewed up the side.
- Sew a seam, as shown in the picture above.
- Measure the width of your ribbon, then add about 1/8″ to that. Run a seam around your bag. You are creating the channel for your ribbon.
- Run your ribbon through your ribbon channel
- Use spray adhesive to stick your snowflakes on each bag. I sprayed one side of the snowflake (I did this outside) and then mounted it onto the bags.
- I added little tags to each bag, thinking that they will stay on the bags so that each person will have their own bag again next year.
The ornaments are already in the bags (Kate did this when she was home for Thanksgiving, except for hers of course) and they are ready for Christmas morning.
I love that when my children set up their homes, they will have a collection of ornaments that were picked out especially for them over the years.
Are you dying to see the ornaments and know why they are so special this year? I can’t tell you because my mom reads my blog! (‘Hi Mom!’)
I’d love to hear your Christmas traditions! It’s never too late to start a new tradition in my book, so please share them.
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