Love Animal Crossing? Then, these reusable DIY Giant Animal Crossing Money Bags for gift wrapping or pillow covers is a must make DIY project.

DIY Giant Animal Crossing Money Bags under tree

Here’s another fun Animal Crossing project! Since this year’s Christmas tree theme is Animal Crossing, I decided to create DIY giant Animal Crossing Money Bags that can be used to decorate our sofa or to wrap gifts. I’m planning on using them as gift wrapping and placing the money bags under the tree. I think they make the perfect finishing touch and complete the look of the Animal Crossing tree.

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DIY Giant Animal Crossing Money Bags for gifts

DIY Giant Animal Crossing Money Bags

Yield: 1
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Active Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Difficulty: Easy

How to make giant Animal Crossing money bags to use as pillow covers or for gift bags. Don't be intimidated by the instructions. You are basically sewing a giant pillowcase (rectangle) for the money bags.


  • 2/3 yard burlap (48" width) - buy off the bolt
  • tan thread
  • 5/8" red satin ribbon
  • brown or copper acrylic paint


  • scissors
  • paint brush
  • cardboard or newspaper 
  • card stock, paper, or newspaper that is at least 9.5" wide x 11"
  • brown felt tip pen
  • Large ruler or straight edge
  • glue
  • printer + printer paper
  • sewing machine
  • tan or brown thread


  1. Make sure your burlap is folded in half and all the edges are even. If the edges aren't even, make sure to cut it to make it straight. Then, measure 1/2" from the cut edge and draw a straight line as a sewing guide.
  2. Sewing guide lines for DIY giant Animal Crossing money bags From the marked line, measure 18 3/4" and draw another line from the salvage edge to the fold. This will be another sewing guide.
  3. right side of money bag Next, measure another 1/2" from that line and cut. The bag width should be 19 3/4" wide with the drawn lines 1/2" in from the edges.
  4. I'm using blue thread to make it easier to see, but you'll want to use tan thread. Sew on the drawn lines.
  5. Finish money bag edges To prevent the burlap from fraying, paint on glue on all the edges or do a zig zag stitch. If using glue, set aside to dry. Once dry, turn the bag right side out. Note: If using regular fabric, you can skip this step or use a serger to finish the edges on the fabric and burlap.
  6. DIY giant Animal Crossing Money Bags Star Grab the template here >> Star template. Print the template on cardstock or paper. Cut it out. You will need a paper that is at least 9.5" wide x 11" high. You can use newspaper or tape printer paper together. Fold the paper in half and place the template on the fold. Trace and cut out to make a full star.
  7. DIY giant Animal Crossing Money Bags star placement Center the star on the bag, with the to point at the 14" mark. Carefully trace around it with brown pen.
  8. Place newspaper or cardboard inside of the bag. This will help prevent paint from seeping through. Use brown or copper paint to fill in the inside of the star. Let dry.
  9. DIY Giant Animal Crossing Money Bags for gifts Place pillow or gift inside of the bag. Cut 24" of ribbon and tie it around the top of the bag and close it with a knot. Optional - quickly run the ends of the ribbon through a lighter flame to seal the edge from fraying or paint glue on the edge.


Since burlap frays, you can substitute regular tan or yellow fabric for a sturdy everyday pillow cover.

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  1. I really like gift bags especially for hard to wrap children’s gifts, so handy. I was curious enough I had to go see what animal crossing was. Great Ideas