Have you seen all the Santa Sacks floating around Pinterest? Aren’t they absolutely adorable? I’ve got two sweet little ones that I love making things for and just knew they needed their own Santa Sacks. I have no doubt you have some kiddos in your life that need some as well, so today I’ve put together a Free Santa Sack Cut File for you, just in time for Christmas!
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WHAT YOU’LL NEED
- XL Laundry Bags – I purchased my Santa Sacks from Amazon here. 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? That’s my kind of deal!
- Heat Transfer Vinyl – I purchase all of my vinyl from My Vinyl Direct. For these sacks, I used black, dark green and red.
Hindsight: I should have used a different shade of green. The dark green is so dark, it looks similar to black from far away.
- Download the Santa Sack cut files from our FREE community library. Simply subscribe to our newsletter below and get instant access to it and all of our 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 purchase a commercial license here.)
***Important!!!!!- I don’t have the design saved on the mat because it’s so large and I wanted to keep it true to size, therefore, the file may look “blank” when you download it. Once you open it in your Studio or Design Space, you’ll see the design. If you don’t see the sacks at first, please zoom out, as they are large.
Attention: Mac Users!!!! Don’t upload the file into the software, but rather drag and drop it into the cutting software to open the file. I wish I could tell you why that makes a difference in opening the file, but I, honestly, have no clue.***
Cricut users, if you need help ungrouping items in Cricut Design Space, check out this post here.
- Open the Free Santa Sack Cut File in Silhouette Studio.
- Add the name to the Santa Sack. If you aren’t sure how to add text, you can catch up here.
- Mirror the image by using the following steps:
Select the image you would like mirrored and open the replicate window on the top right bar
Select one of the mirror options
And finally, move the original image off the mat and the mirrored image onto the mat
- Group all like-colored images together on the mat and make your cut.
Helpful Hint: In the cut window, I always slow my cut speed to 4 and check double cut. I find it far easier to weed with these settings. See picture below.
- Weed your vinyl.
Helpful Hint: Use waxed paper to “store” your weeded designs until you’re ready for them so they don’t stick 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 center. (If you look closely in the picture to the right, you’ll see where I folded it.)
- Press all vinyl onto the sack. Don’t forget to place a teflon sheet over the carrier sheets before you press. If you need help adding the vinyl, you can head to this post for step by step instructions.
If you have a heat press, you’ll need to press half of the sack during one pressing and the other half in another. Be sure to repress everything after removing the carrier sheets.
If you are using an iron, press on a hard surface – not your ironing board. You need to use a lot of pressure and you’ll ruin your ironing board. (Ask me how I know this!)
And there you have it! An adorable Santa Sack for your favorite kiddo!
Thanks for joining me today! I’d love to see your Santa Sack. Be sure to share a picture on social media using #foisantasacks.
If you’re looking for more help with your Silhouette machine, I highly recommend Melissa Viscount’s books (from Silhouette School Blog). She has an array of e-books that walk you step-by-step through the process of creating your own masterpieces! You can find them here.
Until next time, my friend……
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