Christmas Pudding Gift Bag Tutorial!

(This post is part of my Frosty Festivities 2013 Blog Event)

I’ve got a fun gift-wrap idea for you now – a cute Christmas pudding bag! I’ve seen lots of this type of project, often used to make paper pumpkins like the one here and here. But then this project here caught my eye, because they’d used the same method to make a favour bag for macaroons! I thought it would make a great way to give handmade biscuits for Christmas presents!

Christmas Pudding Gift Bag:

Christmas Pudding Gift Bag Tutorial by Jennifer Grace

Cute huh?!

Here’s how it’s done…

Step 1: Cut two circles of brown cardstock approx 3½” diameter, and twenty-two strips of brown cardstock measuring 9″ x 1″. My strips are actually 12″ x 1″ in the photo below, but I got to a certain point and realised they were too long:

Christmas Pudding Gift Bag Tutorial by Jennifer Grace

Step 2: Hot-glue the end of the strips around the edges of one circle, overlapping each one by about half an inch. Then hot glue the other circle on top to hide the ends:

Christmas Pudding Gift Bag Tutorial by Jennifer Grace

Step 3: Punch a hole in the non-glued end of each strip, and thread bakers twine through them all:

Christmas Pudding Gift Bag Tutorial by Jennifer Grace

Step 4: Thread the bakers thread through the first hole again so you’ve gone all the way around, and then pull the twine tight so the pudding is formed. This was when the strips were still 12″ long and I realised the pudding was huge:

Christmas Pudding Gift Bag Tutorial by Jennifer Grace

So I cut 3″ off each strip and repeated the twine process!

Step 5: Make a template for the cream on top by drawing a large circle onto a piece of paper (I drew around a plate 7½” diameter). Then draw a wiggly line all around it:

Christmas Pudding Gift Bag Tutorial by Jennifer Grace

Step 6: Cut it out along the wiggly line, and then use it as a template to cut the cream from white felt. Pierce a hole through the middle and thread the bakers twine through the hole:

Christmas Pudding Gift Bag Tutorial by Jennifer Grace

Step 7: Finish off the top of the pudding with two holly leaves cut from green patterned paper, and two red holly berries. My berries are kids craft pom-poms, I threaded one onto each strand of bakers twine using a darning needle. The only trouble with these is that the gift recipient couldn’t put them back on again if they wanted to re-do the parcel, so some big red beads might be better if you have them:

Christmas Pudding Gift Bag Tutorial by Jennifer Grace

Step 8: Fill with homemade biscuits or another fun gift this Christmas (these ones aren’t homemade I’m afraid). I would probably wrap the cookies in greaseproof paper too when I’m actually gifting them. Or you could use this as a table centrepiece for your festive meals – you could even hide a pudding inside:

Christmas Pudding Gift Bag Tutorial by Jennifer Grace

You should really try making one of these, it made me stupidly giggly with delight when I’d put it all together!

Be Inspired:

Make or decorate a gift bag for an extra-special present

Use pom-poms for holly berries on a project

Use lots of paper strips on the next thing you make

What do you think of Christmas pudding? I know lots of people either love it or hate it! I love it but only a small amount, and with lots of double cream!

I’ll be back in an hour with a challenge! Jennifer x

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28 thoughts on “Christmas Pudding Gift Bag Tutorial!”

  1. What a fun idea!!!!!!! The biscuits look scrummy!!!!!! I don’t like Christmas pudding…but you have to have it at Christmas…but the family prefer custard!!!!!!!!!!!!


  2. I love love love Christmas pudding and it is a big part of our family traditions as I make it and then we have a big get together for firework night and all stir in a silver coin and make a wish…. I also totally love this gift packaging idea and now need to check out how much brown card I have in!!! Thanks xxx


  3. I’m American and sorry that I don’t even know what Christmas pudding is….. 😦 I think these treat holders are cute, though!!
    ❤ J

    jwoolbright at gmail dot com


  4. very inventive wrapping idea and something that would be fun to make with the little ones! I can’t stand pudding! not living in the UK anymore, that is one part of my English Christmas dinner that I’ve been happy to leave behind. But turkey and all the trimmings? Christmas wouldn’t be the same without it 🙂


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