Santa Tote Bag pattern

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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108 Responses to Santa Tote Bag pattern

  1. rrjane011749jane d says:

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

  2. 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.

  3. Katharine says:

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

  4. Michele Timms says:

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

  5. 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.

  6. Cynthia C says:

    It would make an adorable gift bag.

  7. Serena Powell says:

    I’d use it to give gifts in

  8. shannonsfun says:

    This would be great for parties.

  9. eleanor says:

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

  10. Joyce Mitchell says:

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

  11. Sallie says:

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

  12. Mary White says:

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

  13. Carla G says:

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

  14. Robin says:

    Adorable. So fun to give gifts in fun packaging!

  15. Wanda Bergman says:

    I would use it when I go to the mall.

  16. 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.

  17. Linda King says:

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

  18. Sue C says:

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

  19. Mel Meister says:

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

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

  21. Renata says:

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

  22. Karen at A Glimpse Into My Reveries says:

    Such a great seasonal tote! Great tutorial!

  23. aglimpseintomyreveriesKaren at A Glimpse Into My Reveries says:

    Such a fun tre! Great tutorial!

  24. Cecilia says:

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

  25. 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!

  26. Allison D says:

    The Santa Tote would make a great alternative to wrapping paper

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

  28. Chris says:

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

  29. Dodie says:

    These will make wonderful gift bags!

  30. Melissa says:

    Looking forward to using this for teacher gifts! Thanks!

  31. 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!!

  32. \Krista says:

    im totally going to make these!!!

  33. 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!!

  34. 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.

  35. Heather says:

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

  36. Anne says:

    That would make a great hostess gift!

  37. 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.

  38. Robyn Collins says:

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

  39. Lori Meyer says:

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

  40. Ginger says:

    I would use the tote as a Christmas purse.

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