7 days to Christmas! 9 make-in-a-day (or less) projects

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Here Comes Winter

One week until Christmas: who’s left on your nice list? You want to make them something from the heart…but is there enough time left?

With a little quick-sew magic, the answer is yes!

Below you’ll find nine projects to put together in just a few hours. Projects are from our exclusive ePattern line at ShopMartingale. Download a pattern for only $4.99—within a few minutes you’ll be happily sewing a gift for that special someone on your nice list!

Zinnia pincushion 1. Zinnia pincushion
by Linda Lum DeBono, from the book Cool Girls Quilt: More than 15 Fresh, Fun and Funky Projects

All you need to make this pretty pincushion is four colors of felted wool, embroidery floss, beads, and fiberfill. Pair the gift with a new box of high-quality pins.
La Grande Poire pincushion 2. La Grande Poire Pincushion
by Joanna Figueroa, from the book Fig Tree Quilts: Fresh Vintage Sewing

Put this pear pincushion on a pedestal—display it on a fancy candlestick holder! Fill the pincushion with crushed walnut hulls (available at pet stores) to add a bit of weight, then round out edges with fiberfill.
Dinner Party Grocery Bag 3. Dinner Party Grocery Bag
by Cassie Barden, from the book The New Handmade

Why is Cassie’s reusable bag our best-selling ePattern of all time? Because it’s a breeze to make, fun to personalize with bold fabric choices—and it’s a gift everyone can use! Fill the bag with an assortment of holiday goodies.
Lovely Lavender Sachets 4. Lovely Lavender Sachets
by Joanna Figueroa, from the book Fig Tree Quilts: Fresh Vintage Sewing

Perfect for charm squares, these sweet sachets give off a gentle, relaxing fragrance. Embellish with buttons and lace or other trims you have on hand. Make one or make a bunch!
Jelly Roll tote bag 5. Jelly Roll Tote Bag
by Nancy J. Martin, from the book Rolling Along: Easy Quilts from 2½" Strips

A great gift for any guy or gal on your nice list! Transform a Jelly Roll into a roomy tote with reinforced handles, piped side seams, and a zippered top. Foundation piecing makes the body of the bag a cinch to stitch.
Pretty Crafty Apron 6. Pretty Crafty Apron
by Cassie Barden, from the book The New Handmade

Whether quilting, sewing, or playing in other creative ways, we all require one thing—a place to put our supplies. Whip up this cute apron for a creative soul on your gift list. Made with just three fabrics!
Evening Essentials wristlet 7. Evening Essentials Wristlet
by Cassie Barden, from the book The New Handmade

Make this little wristlet with only four materials—fabric, lining, interfacing, and a zipper. Perk up the gift by slipping in a gift card to a favorite restaurant, coffee shop, or movie theater.
Knit-Not scarf 8. Knit-Not Scarf
by Cassie Barden, from the book The New Handmade

So fast—and so easy to personalize! Choose a gorgeous cotton print for the front of this scarf and a soft, cuddly fabric for the back. You can make the scarf with 54″-wide fabric or piece together two lengths of standard 42″-wide fabric.
Waste Not Want Not quilts 9. Waste Not Want Not quilt(s)
by Karen Costello Soltys, from the book Bits and Pieces

Make these classic quilts simultaneously or individually—instructions are provided for both. Using a two-at-a-time method for making half-square triangles, you’ll have a little “Flags” or “Barn Raising” quilt completed in no time.

How many people are left on your gift list: more than five, less than five…or are you finished for the year? Tell us in the comments!


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