Have you seen all the Christmas Santa Sacks floating around Pinterest? They are just so stinking adorable! I’ve got two little cuties that I love making things for and just knew they needed one of their own.
So today I put together a Free Santa Sack SVG Cut File for you, just in time for Christmas!
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- XL Laundry Bags – I purchase my Santa Sacks from Amazon. They come in a package of two for about $11 and if you have Amazon Prime, you get free 2-day shipping! Dirt cheap, right? Now that’s my kind of deal!
- Heat Transfer Vinyl
- Teflon Sheets
- Heat Press Tape
- Download the Free Santa Sack SVG cut files from our FREE community library. Simply subscribe to our newsletter below and get instant access to it along with all of our other FREE resources. (This file is for personal use only. If you’d like to make products to sell using files from Footprints of Inspiration, you can check out our commercial licenses.)
***Important!!!!!- Because the file is so large and I wanted to keep it true to size, I did not save it to the mat. Therefore, the file may look “blank” when you download it.
Once you open it in Silhouette Studio or Design Space, zoom way out so you can see it.
Attention: Mac Users!!!! Don’t upload the file into the software, but rather drag and drop it into your software to open the file. I wish I could tell you why that makes a difference in opening this file, but I honestly have no clue.***
Cricut users, if you need help ungrouping items in Cricut Design Space, check out this post.
- Silhouette Cameo or Cricut Cutting Machine
- Heat Press, Cricut Easy Press or household iron
- Cricut Weeding Tools (I prefer these over the Silhouette brand)
- 12 x 24 Cricut Cutting Mat (I, also prefer these over the Silhouette brand)
Silhouette users, let’s take a quick moment to talk about Silhouette Studio.
When you purchase a Silhouette Cameo cutting machine, you get the basic edition of Silhouette Studio which is a great place to start and all you truly need for this tutorial.
However, you will notice in the images below that I have the Business Edition of Silhouette Studio. Even if you don’t own your own business, I highly recommend it.
It’s a one-time upgrade fee and includes everything you get in Designer Edition and Designer Plus Edition, plus it includes additional upgrades like my favorite of being able to export my designs in SVG, PDF, and JPG formats.
Seriously, Business Edition is worth every single penny!
Add a name in silhouette studio
Silhouette users, follow the steps below to add text to your Santa Sack. (Cricut users: skip to press your vinyl below.)
It’s a one-time, minimal charge to upgrade and worth every single penny!
- Add the name to the work area in your favorite font.
- Highlight the text and open the replicate window from the right sidebar menu.
- Select the right or left mirror option.
- Move the original image off the mat and the mirrored image onto the mat
Cutting your Heat Transfer Vinyl
- Open the Santa Sack SVG Cut File in your program. (As I stated above, when you first open your file, the mat will be blank. I made the designs to fit the XL Laundry Bags that I recommend. Simply zoom out to see the entire Christmas file.)
- Group all like-colored images together on the mat and make your cut.
- In the send window, choose which material you will be using (probably smooth vinyl for this project.)
- Slow your cut speed to 4
- Increase to 2 passes. (You may not need a double cut, however, I find it far easier to weed. I highly recommend that perform a test cut first.)
- Hit send and cut out that fun design!
press your heat transfer vinyl
Helpful Hint: Use wax paper to store your weeded designs until you’re ready to press them. This will keep them from sticking to everything on your work table.
Take some time laying out your design to make sure you have everything where you want it.
Helpful Hint: Fold the sack in half to find the center. (If you look closely in the picture below, you’ll see where I folded it.)
- Preheat heat press to 305°; 15 Seconds. (See below for instructions on using the Cricut Easy Press or your household iron.)
- Press all Heat Transfer Vinyl onto the sack, and don’t forget to use the Teflon sheet. (For more help on this, use the same steps in Applying Heat Transfer Vinyl to a Shirt.)
- Repress everything after removing the carrier sheets, always using your Teflon sheet.
Using the Cricut Easy Press or household iron
- Preheat your Cricut Easy Press to 350° for 30 seconds. (Preheat your household iron to the highest setting possible, making sure the steam setting is turned off.)
- Layout your design on the XL Laundry Bag with the clear carrier sheet facing up, (sticky side down) and secure using the Heat Press Tape.
- Place on a hard, stable surface. Do not use your ironing board.
- Place a Teflon Sheet on top of your XL Landry Bag.
- Begin pressing by applying mild pressure for the Cricut Easy Press or very heavy pressure if using your household iron. Be sure to overlap sections as you press for 30 seconds if using the Cricut Easy Press or 60 seconds if using your household iron.
- Use a cloth to wipe over the carrier sheet with mild pressure. I do this to ensure that the vinyl will not pull up when removing the clear carrier sheet.
- Carefully remove the clear carrier sheet by pulling back, not up.
- Place the Teflon Sheet on top of the XL Laundry Bag again, and repress using the same temperature, pressure, and time from above.
And there you have it! An adorable Christmas Santa Sack for your favorite kiddo!
Aren’t they just the cutest?
I’d love to see pictures of your Santa Sacks, so be sure to share them on your favorite social media platform using #footprintsofinspiration.
This book cut my learning curve in half when I was learning how to use my Silhouette Cameo and I often refer back to it for DIY projects that I’m not familiar with. As a Footprints of Inspiration reader, you get 10% off by using coupon code: FOOTPRINTS at checkout.
Thanks for stopping by the blog today! If you’d like to see some specific SVG designs from FOI, leave me a comment below and I’ll do my best to create them for you!
Until next time, my friend…
- Open the Santa Sack SVG Cut File into your cutting machine software.
- Add the name using your favorite font.
- Move the designs to your 12" x 24" virtual cutting mat by color and mirror the design. (I prefer to save on vinyl, so I put the designs as close to each other as possible.)
- Load your 12" x 24" Cutting Mat with the Heat Transfer Vinyl color of your choice.
- Cut your Heat Transfer Vinyl. I highly recommend performing a test cut first to ensure that your settings are correct.
- Weed your vinyl using the Cricut weeding tools.
- Fold your XL Laundry Sack in half both ways to find the center.
- Lay your entire design out on your laundry sack to ensure that everything lines up the way you want it.
- Press the design using a Heat Press at 350° for 15 seconds. (If using a household iron, be sure to press on a hard, stable surface as you will need to apply a lot of pressure.)
- Remove the carrier sheets and repress.
I'd love to see your gorgeous designs, so be sure to tag FOI on your favorite social media platform!
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