Skip the rush! Free Christmas patterns to sew now

It’s July—the heat is on! Time for beach play, star-spangled parades, dripping popsicles, and showy fireworks. But what are quilt shops across the country gearing up for in July? Why, a quilted Christmas, of course! They remember what we quilters can forget during the lazy summer months—without a nudge to start stitching now, there might not be quilts for Christmas under the tree.

To inspire your holiday ahead, download four quilt patterns for Christmas today—on us! You can download the Christmas patterns below for free when you subscribe to our Stitch This! blog (also free). Already a subscriber? No problem—simply type in your email address here and we’ll take you straight to your free Christmas patterns.

Happy holidays (in 5 1/2 months and counting)!


Freebie #1: Peppermint Candy Table Runner

Peppermint Candy Table RunnerThis free Christmas table-runner pattern is chock-full of holiday cheer—use it to whip up Christmas table decorations in a snap for everyone on your gift list! Plus, find instructions for making festive pillows with the Pinwheel blocks. From the book Deck the Halls by Cheryl Almgren Taylor—visit Cheryl’s website.

Download free Christmas table-runner pattern.

Freebie #2: World of Christmas Joy Quilt

World of Christmas Joy QuiltLooking for heirloom quilt patterns for Christmas—quilts to be cherished for generations to come? Look no further! This traditional beauty from Beth Kovich (a contributor to the bestseller Sew the Perfect Gift) features big 14″-square blocks. Thanks to the magic of paper piecing, you can make these intricate-looking blocks with incredible accuracy. From the book Merry Christmas Quilts; visit Beth’s website.

Download free paper-piecing pattern.


Freebie #3: Home for Christmas Wall Quilt

Home for Christmas Wall QuiltMake it a wonderfully wonky holiday with this free Christmas appliqué-quilt pattern. The funky folk-art Christmas tree pattern mixes with bright patchwork for a fun display. Make up Elissa Willms’ free appliqué pattern by hand, by machine, or with fusible web. From the book Christmas Quilts from Hopscotch by Heather and Elissa Willms—visit the authors’ website.

Download free appliqué pattern.

Freebie #4: Christmas Cat Chat Quilt

Christmas Cat Chat QuiltEvery quilter knows a cat lover—or maybe that cat lover is you! Cat quilts are always popular, and here’s one especially for the holidays. Simple repeat blocks make for easy assembly-line sewing. Stitch the full-size quilt or make several small wall hangings as gift quilts for cats (and their people). From the book Christmas Cats and Dogs by Janet Kime.

Download free cat-quilt pattern.


So, what’s the one handmade Christmas project you cherish and display year in and year out?
Tell us your Christmas story in the comments!


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