Are you in need of some handmade-holiday inspiration? With Christmas marching toward us (let’s put it in perspective: 77 days and counting), we’re all starting to think about gifts—and how much time we have left to make them.
Start your gift-giving idea search right now by browsing our top-five free patterns below. These patterns aren’t only quick to make; they’re also free to download! Plus, the list is ranked according to how many times each pattern has been downloaded by Stitch This! readers. How’s that for an instant stamp of approval?
Match up a free quilt pattern with a name on your gift list; then sign in or register at our site to download any—or all!—of these quilt patterns for free.
|#5: “Buttercream Twist”
From Homestyle Quilts: Simple Patterns and Savory Recipes by Kim Diehl and Laurie Baker
Strip piece checkerboard blocks that twist and turn, basket-weave style. Use leftover scraps in a coordinating table topper—a make-in-a-day design that’s perfect for a quick gift.
Download the “Buttercream Twist” free quilt pattern now.
|#4: “Fat Quarter Bag”
From Fat Quarter Quilts by M’Liss Rae Hawley
Sew this pretty, practical bag using six fat quarters, plus yardage for the lining and handles. Whip up a retreat bag for a fellow quilter, a duffle for a gym junkie, or an overnight bag for your favorite kid.
Download the “Fat Quarter Bag” free pattern now.
|#3: “Purple Haze”
From Quilt Batik! by Cheryl Brown
Accumulated a few Jelly Rolls or Bali Pops along your quilting journey? Share them with someone you love by transforming them into this generously sized lap quilt—with enough snuggling room for two.
Download the “Purple Haze” free quilt pattern now.
|#2: “Picnic Basket”
From Quilting for Joy by Barbara Brandeburg and Teri Christopherson
First time quilting for Christmas? This super-quick pattern for Jelly Rolls also doubles as an easy quilt for beginners. It doesn’t get much simpler than Four Patch blocks, Nine Patch blocks, and strips!
Download the “Picnic Basket” free quilt pattern now.
|#1: “Peppermint Candy Table Runner”
From Deck the Halls: Quilts to Celebrate Christmas by Cheryl Almgren Taylor
This table-runner pattern is so simple, you can make it in multiples and check off lots of names on your gift list! Bonus instructions are included for making festive Pinwheel-block pillows too.
Download the “Peppermint Candy Table Runner” free pattern now.
Want more gift ideas? Browse our specialized gift-giving books! Find small, quick projects to make for most everyone on your gift list, from kids and grown-ups to that one person who seems to have it all.
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