🎅 13 easy handmade gifts for Christmas (start now, not later!) 🎅

From Simple Christmas TidingsHo ho ho, Merry . . . Christmas?

We say YES!

Around the country school is back in session—it’s the perfect time to think ahead to the holidays. Why? When you take time to plan and do a little sewing now, you can skip the holiday panic—mainly cutting, sewing, and wrapping at 11:00 pm on Christmas Eve!

Today we’ve rounded up 13 festive, simple-to-sew projects for everyone on your gift list (because we’re all about relaxing during the most wonderful time of the year). You can even make some of the gifts below in multiples—whip ’em up, give ’em away, and have a lovely holiday.


Stitch a Christmas Classic

Twilight Medallion Star Lap Quilt
Twilight Star Medallion Lap Quilt by Kim Diehl: this sparkly patchwork star is super easy to make from start to finish, and provides the perfect opportunity for Christmas cuddling.

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Christmas Ornaments Table Runner
Christmas Ornaments Table Runner by Cheryl Almgren Taylor: this make-in-a-day project features fusible ornaments and a glittery trick: metallic bias tape.

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Snowflake Pillows
Snowflake Pillows by Karen Costello Soltys: making one or all of these pillows will take you back to your childhood—you fold and cut out snowflakes from freezer paper, then use the patterns to cut wool snowflakes!

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Become an Embroidery Elf

Snow Days Book Weight
Snow Days Book Weight by Robin Kingsley: who couldn’t use a helper like this in the Christmas kitchen? Stuff with crushed walnut shells or sand like Robin and give as a book weight or as a winter-themed pincushion.

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Santa Tea Time
Santa Tea Time by Robin Kingsley: so festive
and so practical! Make all three of these helpful kitchen items and give them to hostesses of the parties you attend—imagine the smiles you’ll inspire.

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Christmas Cheer Ornaments
Christmas Cheer Ornaments by Kathy Schmitz: stitch this set of four ornaments and you’ll always have a little something special to give to anyone who drops by—hang them on the tree or on a doorknob, or place them in any nook or cranny that needs a little Christmas cheer.

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Sentiments Mini Pillows
Sentiments Mini Pillows by Gail Pan: your gift recipients will want to prop these sweet little pillows everywhere! Gail uses just four embroidery stitches and shares her ingenious single-fold binding technique to finish them off. (Watch a video of Gail’s binding technique
here.)

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Create a Little Frosty Fun

Snowman Shenanigans quilt
Snowman Shenanigans from Kim Diehl: grab your stash of white buttons and create this sweet scene for some who loves snow—and snowmen! 

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Snow Happy Door Banner
Snow Happy Door Banner by Shelley Wicks and Jeanne Large: give the gift of instant cheer with this quick-to-make fusible banner, complete with a button-juggling snowman.

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Button Blizzard pillow
Button Blizzard Pillow by Kim Diehl: in short, cute as a button. Wool appliqué will help you stitch up this cushy fella in just a few hours.

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Make it Sew, Sew Simple!

Hanging Around quilt
Hanging Around by Cindy Lammon: with chain piecing, this little wreath quilt is a cinch to complete in a day—and it’s easy to hang, drape, tuck, or arrange in most any spot. The center is left plain so your giftee can add a beautiful holiday centerpiece.

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Fat-Quarter Apron and Pot Holder
Fat-Quarter Apron & Pot Holder by Beth Bradley: Make this cute set for an avid cook! Choose Christmas fabrics or the cook’s favorite colors. The patterns require a total of just three fat quarters, so it’s ideal for your stash fabrics.

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Taggie Blanket for Baby
Taggie Blanket for Baby by Jennifer Keltner: what’s more magical than a baby who’s experiencing Christmas for the first time? Whip up this little lap blanket with simple squares, colorful tags, and tactile rickrack in holiday colors—Baby can pass it on to the next little elf when she outgrows it.

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P.S. Get more Christmas gift-giving ideas next week when we continue our Christmas Is Coming series at Stitch This!

How ready are you for holiday sewing?

  • I’m nearly ready . . . as soon as back to school’s wrapped up!
  • I’m amped—and now I’ve got lots of ideas!
  • I’ve already started my holiday sewing!

Tell us in the comments!


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