There isn’t a big difference between Sinterklaas and Father Christmas. Both are spend with family and friends. Often presents are found near the fire place or under the Christmas tree. These Presents can be big or small, cheap or expensive.
Children in the Netherlands are allowed to put a shoe near the fire place in the evening a few times before the fifth of December. Then they sing a song or two and the next morning the find a small gift (some sweet, pencils, a pair of socks) in their shoe.
Christmas stockings are for Christmas and they usually hang above the fire place. Father Christmas fills them with small gifts and one can find many of these so called ‘stocking fillers’ in lots of shops.
EiWeih Nikolaus for small gifts
I’ve already made a small stocking and a Nikolaus Tasche but also a gnoom. One can find all kind of ideas on the internet in English but also in German to make stockings but also some other designs.
Some patterns are for free like this EiWeih Nikolaus that was found on a German website. The shape of the EiWeih reminded me a little clothes peg bag.
Pattern and Instructions
You make all kind of small gift bags with this EiWeih pattern. Seam allowances (about 5-7mm) are added to the pattern. All these EiWeih gift bags can be made in the size you want just by altering the print size.
If made in 100% the bag will be about 25 cm high. The pattern comes will all bag options. The instructions are in German but the illustrations will also guide through the sewing process.
This pattern is suitable for using your Christmas leftover fabrics.
I used a cotton Christmas fabric for the body of my EiWeih Nikolaus and pieces of leftover fabrics for eyes, beard and moustache.
The beard and moustache are made from white faux fur teddy, the eyes from white velours and the the pupil from black faux leather are all sewn in place using a small zigzag stitch.
Nikolaus can hang above the fire place on a red ribbon. The result? This was a fun sewing project that can be made on an afternoon or evening.
I made a 100% version and really would like to see how a smaller figure looks like so I put it on m list for next year.
Time and Cost
Time: cutting 20 minutes; basting, stitching and finishing 4 hours
Costs: printing € 0,15; Christmas fabric € 1,00