Santa Tote Bag – Seasonal Sewing Series

Hello!! This is Amber from Crazy Little Projects here to share a very fun Christmas project with you today for this great Seasonal Sewing Series! This is kind of the combination of two projects on my site-the simple tote bag and the Santa hand towels. Combine the two and you get…a Santa Tote Bag!

Santa Tote Bag Tutorial by Crazy Little Projects

And the best part? It’s really easy to make!

Santa Tote Bag Tutorial:

Supplies Needed:

  • About 1/2 yard of red fabric (mine is canvas and was 60″ wide. If you get 45″ wide you may need a little more than 1/2 yard.)
  • 1 yard of fusible fleece
  • Wide, black ribbon (3 inches wide or so)
  • Narrow silver ribbon (about 1/2 inch wide)
  • White fur (small amount)


For basic construction of this bag, I am going to refer you to my Simple Tote Bag Pattern. In this tutorial I will teach you to make it look like a Santa suit!

Once you have your pieces cut out (following the cutting guidelines from the tote bag pattern), cut your black ribbon the width of your main bag pieces. Pin it in place right across the middle:


Sew that along the top edge of the ribbon and the bottom. (Don’t worry about the sides.)

Then, add a strip of the white fur to the bottom of the bag. Make it about 3-4 inches wide:


Pin that and sew it in place as well, along the top and the bottom.

Now, cut 4 pieces of the silver ribbon. You want them to be about 1/2 inch longer than your black ribbon is wide so that they can overlap like this:


Line up all 4 in a square and sew around the outside of the square AND the inside.

I did all the same steps to the other side of the bag EXCEPT the silver, so that it looks like Santa from the back.

Now construct the bag according to this tutorial and you are done and have got a festive bag for the holidays!

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105 Responses to Santa Tote Bag – Seasonal Sewing Series

  1. Becky R says:

    So cute! I’m going to make two of these for my nephews!

  2. Mimi O says:

    Very, very cute…I actually think it could be used as a gift bag for possibly two bottles of wine. Maybe shorten the handle or change it to two short handles.

  3. Bess Bauer says:

    That bag is so adorable!

  4. Angela says:

    I would use the bag to transport holiday treats to friends’ houses.

  5. Cathy Robinson says:

    For Christmas shopping, of course!

  6. DJ says:

    This bag is very cute. My niece would love it.

  7. Teckla says:

    That’s a cute bag! I love Connecting Threads. Unfortunately, I’m on a fixed income and not able to purchase much, but it’s sure fun to look at everything! Would love to win this contest. Thanks for the opportunity.

  8. Tanja Haack says:

    These would make great Christmas stockings! I love doing non-traditional stockings and this is perfect for the little ones.

  9. Sandra :) says:

    HAHA the Santa tote is great – it’s a tote AND a gift bag :D

  10. Lydia Varona Trainor says:

    Nice bag. I think it could be used instead of the stocking to hold stocking stuffers

  11. calipidgious says:

    Fantastic! Love the bag and thanks for the opportunity!

  12. Brenda Sutton says:

    Love the bag.

  13. Barb Farmer says:

    Perfect for the handmade gifts for my family!

  14. Deidra says:

    I would use it as a gift bag.

  15. I would use them as gift bags for our Mail, UPS and Fed Ex delivery people.

  16. arrrgh! this is awesome, i just love it xx

  17. Kerry Clark says:

    I would use it to carry things to/from family events during the holidays. :)

  18. Laura K says:

    What a cute idea-great for packing up small things for the grandkids. Love the giveaway, too!

  19. CarolAnn H says:

    Cute Santa Bag! I will be sewing a couple of these and the towels too!

  20. Sandy says:

    I would use it as a gift bag for someone special.

  21. Kim Leavens says:

    I would use them for gift bags for the grandkids!! Thankx

  22. Mandie Marie says:

    Definitely for my daughter as a gift bag for a small gift, maybe coloring books, crayons,etc. Next year though – she’s 2 and this year she’s terrified of anything Santa related :)

  23. Melissa Miller says:

    I’d give it to my daughter.

  24. Angie says:

    I am going to make one for my neice. It’s a perfect bag for books and art stuff!

  25. Pam says:

    I’d use it a package for a gift for my best friend. Thanks for the giveaway!

  26. Judith Gake says:


  27. Lauralee Hensley says:

    I’d use it to put a Christmas gift in, and it would also become part of the gift, to be used again and again.

  28. fayzer says:

    Really cute bag for gifts.

  29. Judith says:

    I think that it would be great for delivering Christmas presents (generally, home made jams and chutneys) to my neighbours. Much more festive than a plain canvas bag. Thanks for the great idea.

  30. Cindy says:

    Love the quilts. Thanks for the post.

  31. onelmonl says:

    Cute santa bag! And looks simple to make too! Thanks for the tutorial!

  32. Jenna O says:

    Cute bag! I would use it home on christmas :)

  33. Carol P. says:

    Love these seasonal projects!

  34. Geni says:

    OMG … I would hang it on my front door knob to hold Christmas cards!

  35. Sherry says:

    So cute!

  36. Elaine Botka says:

    OMGoodness, there’s so much that you can do with this bag,
    so I would have to sew a few and defiantly give my Granddaughter
    Emersyn the first one.

  37. Pattie C says:

    Very cute, nice as a gift bag too.

  38. Betty H says:

    The bag would be so cute for gifting an Ipad for Christmas!

  39. Pauline Gudas says:

    I would use it on my mom’s walker to dress it up for the holidays.

  40. Alissa says:

    I LOVE Connecting Threads!!

  41. Ginger says:

    I would use the tote as a Christmas purse.

  42. Lori Meyer says:

    I am becoming a bag lady. would use it to hold Christmas Presents waiting to be given

  43. Robyn Collins says:

    I would use it as a bag to hold small gifts.

  44. kbo says:

    For the local “Adopt A Child” program, I would wrap small toys and “stuff” them into Santa’s belly with a letter from Santa Claus.

  45. Anne says:

    That would make a great hostess gift!

  46. Heather says:

    This tote would be super cute to stuff for a Secret Santa gift!

  47. Lisa Cowell says:

    I really need to win something. I need new inspiration.

    • Lisa Cowell says:

      Oops. Forgot to say what I would use it for. This would make a great bag for my baby granddaughter to haul her Christmas loot.

  48. Melissa Greenfield says:

    My grandkids will love this. It can be used as a gift bag and then they can use it to bring treasures back and forth from their to mine daily!!

  49. \Krista says:

    im totally going to make these!!!

  50. Pam says:

    Last year I made purses out of Santa hats…I am thinking these Santa bags will be the perfect go-with for those bags! Cute, cute, cute!!

  51. Melissa says:

    Looking forward to using this for teacher gifts! Thanks!

  52. Dodie says:

    These will make wonderful gift bags!

  53. Chris says:

    I’d use the bag with my grandsons. They’ll love it.

  54. I would like to make one for my daughter.

  55. Allison D says:

    The Santa Tote would make a great alternative to wrapping paper

  56. Cheryl B says:

    I’m going to make several of these bags and put each of the kids’ gifts in their santa bag. so cute!

  57. Cecilia says:

    I would use it to carry my handwork in to and from my weekly sit n sew. :-)

  58. aglimpseintomyreveriesKaren at A Glimpse Into My Reveries says:

    Such a fun tre! Great tutorial!

  59. Karen at A Glimpse Into My Reveries says:

    Such a great seasonal tote! Great tutorial!

  60. Renata says:

    Would be good to win a gift certificate from Connecting Threads. I really like their fabric.

  61. Give to my grand daughter, she would carry it everywhere!

  62. Mel Meister says:

    Very cute bag! I can see making several of these.

  63. Sue C says:

    What a cute idea – it makes a great gift bag as well! Thanks for sharing!

  64. Linda King says:

    This tote bag, is definitely better than Christmas paper wrap. Its also a quick gift for an unexpected guest.

  65. Kathleen Lambert says:

    Very cute bag. Would have to send to my daughter-in-law. She teaches 2nd & 3rd grade students and would love to have the baq to carry supplies to school.

  66. Wanda Bergman says:

    I would use it when I go to the mall.

  67. Robin says:

    Adorable. So fun to give gifts in fun packaging!

  68. Carla G says:

    This would be a cool bag to deliver the Christmas ornaments I’m making for my staff Christmas party! :)

  69. Mary White says:

    The Santa Bag is adorable…a must for the Christmas season. CT is a great online fabric store!

  70. Sallie says:

    I’d use the Santa bag as a gift bag.

  71. Joyce Mitchell says:

    Cute bag – I’d carry by gifts for work in it. Thanks for the chance to win.

  72. eleanor says:

    I would use the Santa Tote bag when visit friends and family and giving them gifts

  73. shannonsfun says:

    This would be great for parties.

  74. Serena Powell says:

    I’d use it to give gifts in

  75. Cynthia C says:

    It would make an adorable gift bag.

  76. Victoria says:

    I would use the Santa bag as a gift bag for my grandchildren. I collect little gifts all year long and this would be a great way to present them. Then they could use the bags to play Santa for the rest of the season.

  77. Michele Timms says:

    This would be my out and about bag at Christmas time…. I love dressing festive!!!

  78. Katharine says:

    Definitely making this for my pollyanna gift. They will be thrilled that it is handmade.

  79. Sherry S says:

    Santa tote bag would be great for stashing cards, gift wrap, ribbon, tape etc. It would keep everything organized and you could hang it behind a door or on a door knob so everyone in the house kind find wrapping supplies all in one spot.

  80. rrjane011749jane d says:

    I would use this as a cute gift bag for a friend!

  81. DonnaRae says:

    I have been wanting to try their fabric out for a long time now. And what a cute santa bag. I need to make a few for my nieces. Am sure they would enjoy them!

  82. HennaLadyKim says:

    Love, Love Love this bag for the holidays! Thanks so much for sharing :)

  83. shawn says:

    I would use it all thru the holiday season.

  84. Marsha Kestner says:

    I would use the bag for a gift for my daughter! She would love it! Thanks for the series of sewing ideas!

  85. Tabitha Klucking says:

    I think this would be cute for two little girls my daughter babysits.

  86. Diane says:

    I would use it as a gift bag for a friend.

  87. Carey Miller says:

    I think I’d use it as a tote for the entire month of December. There is no place this baby wouldn’t go!

  88. Jennifer says:

    It’d make a great gift bag for a Secret Santa. And a smaller version would be cute to hang on a doorknob and keep that year’s Christmas cards in.

  89. Mom C says:

    Great gift for 4 DILs. They would all love one. And a great neighbor gift bag. Thanks.

  90. molli vandehey says:

    this one would be for my tween!

  91. connandvansmom says:

    I would give the tote to my daughter to use. She is into all things whimsical. And her friends would love it. conn_and_vans_mom atyahoodotcom

  92. Linda Webster says:

    I think the Santa tote is adorable!

  93. Jill says:

    I would use it for a friend’s gift. Would put a little something special inside.

  94. Jessica P. says:

    Cute. I still have to carry a small diaper bag around. I would use this for the month of December.

  95. Michelle Hz says:

    I’d wear it to a Christmas party to carry my presents for friends :)

  96. Carla S says:

    I would use it to carry my wallet keys.I would take it with me shopping and when I go to the gym.

  97. JenniferB says:

    I would use for gift bags instead of paper ones

  98. Lean S says:

    I’d use it as a gift bag for toys for my youngest cousins.

  99. Melissa S says:

    Cute bag, it would be easy to sew up a bunch of them to use as gift bags. I think it would be great to take Christmas shopping too,

  100. Buddy Garrett says:

    My wife would use it during the holidays when she visits family and friends.

  101. lmurley2000 says:

    I would use it as a purse threw the month of december

  102. Gianna says:

    For Christmas shopping and get togethers.

  103. Temple says:

    Project seems simple enough but my sewing skills are lacking

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