Why does “Christmas in July” come around each year, just like any other holiday? For many, August and September are packed with back-to-school activity. October and November have their own holidays to keep us busy. And all of a sudden—BAM!—it’s December. How’d that happen?!?
July is an opportune time to start stitching in anticipation of the biggest holiday of the year. And we’re here to help you prepare! Below you’ll find quick gift-making ideas for most everyone on your list (we’re talking weekend projects here!). Print out the handy Handmade Holiday Gift List below, write down your lucky gift recipients, and start browsing for the perfect present to make for each person.
Download and print your Handmade Holiday Gift List.
Whether you’re looking for a gift geared toward a recipient’s interests or a Christmas-themed project someone could enjoy year after year, you’ll find terrific projects to choose from below.
Think of it: come Christmas Eve, you could be sipping eggnog by a relaxing fire—or up with Santa speeding through last-minute stitches. What’s it gonna be? Take the opportunity to get inspired and prepared for Christmas 2013 now!
Create a gift that fits someone’s personality and style to a T, or make a project in multiples to have at the ready when the gift-giving mood strikes—or the gift-giving deadline arrives. From quick table toppers to pillows, wall quilts, and bags for every reason, you’ll find a go-to gift idea for most anyone on your list in this resourceful book. Choose from 25 fun projects that are small, quick, and easy to complete.
Simple Style: Easy Weekend Quilts by Sara Diepersloot
Attention, fabric stashers: if you think making stash quilts for numerous people on your holiday gift list sounds like too much of a time crunch, think again. The designs in Simple Style are inspired by large-scale prints and novelty fabrics—and Sara, a mother of four, assures that they’re worthy of your weekends. To quote Sara: “Many quilters today don’t have a lot of extra time in their busy schedules, and a quilt with 500 tiny triangles just isn’t going to happen!” Squares, rectangles, and a few strategically placed triangles—along with high-impact fabrics—make these 15 designs Christmas-gift friendly (especially when you start in July).
Everyday Handmade: 22 Practical Projects for the Modern Sewist by Cassie Barden and Adrienne Smitke
It’s a worry many stitchers have: people on your gift list who don’t sew won’t appreciate your gift-making efforts. But choosing gifts with a purpose—making them both beautiful and useful—will impress people who have never even been near a sewing machine! See just a few of the form-and-function projects from Everyday Handmade below; click the cover to see all the projects from the book.
Stitched for Fun: 35 Easy and Adorable Embroidery Projects by Fiona Goble
If you’re looking to do some really speedy gift-making, think about going hybrid—half ready-made gift, half handmade gift. Embroidery can personalize so many fabric items, and it’s a quick way to give any gift a unique touch. Plus, these motifs aren’t your grandmother’s elaborate, time-consuming designs—these are easy, whimsical, and fun. Check out all the motifs, and the many items to embroider them onto, in this blog post. Fiona also includes six items to make from scratch and then embroider.
For more Christmas in July fun, check out the Christmas-themed books featured below. Find wall quilts, cuddle quilts, bed quilts, tree skirts, stockings, table runners, and much more. All of these projects can easily become gifts, too! Browse the books below and start dreaming about decorating your home—or someone else’s—for the holidays.
The Quilter’s Home: Winter by Lois Krushina Fletcher
Adoration Quilts: Appliqué Nativity Projects by Rachel W. N. Brown
Christmas Cats and Dogs: Quilts to Celebrate the Season by Janet Kime
Who are you excited to stitch for this Christmas? Tell us your gift-giving story in the comments!