Gifts to sew for Christmas – quick!

Holly Jolly quilt detail
Detail of “Holly Jolly” from Fresh and Fabulous Quilts

There are 40 days till Christmas—is your gift list feeling unmanageable? So many names… and perhaps only a few crossed through, scribbled out, or checked off. It’s not that you don’t want to make something personal and heartfelt for every person on your list. But let’s face it: good handmade gift ideas all come down to two things: what to make for a special someone, and when will you ever find the time?

Help is here: It’s Martingale’s 2012 Holiday Handmade Gift Ideas Guide to the rescue!

Below are ideas for quick Christmas gifts that you can make for most every person on your list. These special icons estimate the time it might take you to complete each project.

sew in an afternoon An afternoon project:
No sweat. Make a bunch!
sew in a day A one-day project:
A bit more of a time investment. But at the end of the day, you’re done.
sew in a weekend A weekend project:
Carve out a few hours and spread it over two days to get it done in plenty of time for the wrapping…and unwrapping!

Grab your list of lucky recipients and start matching names with gifts. And because every book featured below is available as an eBook (and eBooks are FREE with your printed-book purchase), you can download the digital version of a book minutes from now and start checking names off your gift list right away. Let the inspiration begin!

Your 2012 Holiday Handmade Gift Ideas Guide

for the home

Patchwork Place Mats sew in an afternoon
“Patchwork Place Mats” from Sew Decorative
. Customize these cool placemats to match your gift recipient’s dishes or kitchen color scheme. All you need is linen or dobby fabric, quilt batting, and 2″ x 6″ scraps for the patchwork.
Charming Garden quilt sew in a day
“Charming Garden” from Fast, Flirty, and Fun
. This quilt is so simple and speedy, you’ll want to keep making more—as table toppers, wall art, or even baby quilts. Dig into your precut charm squares; then add a bit of easy frayed-edge appliqué. Finished size: 31½" x 31½". Also available as an ePattern ($4.99).
Griddle Cakes quilt sew in a weekend
“Griddle Cakes” from Fast, Flirty, and Fun
. Feature precut Layer Cakes in this "stack, cut, switch, and stitch" design, or cut 10″ x 10″ squares from your stash. Show off a range of fun fabrics with lots of pattern and pop. Finished size: 53½" x 79″. Also available as a ePattern ($4.99).
Coin Collecting quilt sew in a weekend
“Coin Collecting” from Easy Quilts for Beginners and Beyond
. Got stacks of “spare change” (a.k.a. leftover fabric strips)? Make up this super-simple throw by sewing random strips together; then cut them into strip sets and add a background fabric. Finished size: 55″ x 70″.


Mustachioed Man iPad Case

sew in an afternoon
“Mustachioed Man iPad Case” from Everyday Handmade
. This envelope-style design protects a tablet and makes a statement, too! Try other appliqué designs to suit the personality of the person you’re making it for—customize the case with a monogram, geometric motifs, or even a photo transferred to fabric.

Dinner Party Grocery Bag sew in a day
“Dinner Party Grocery Bag” from The New Handmade
. Inspire your gift recipients to go green—make multiples of this roomy, versatile tote that they can use again and again! Ideal for groceries, picnics, and more, the bag’s water-resistant oilcloth lining and nylon straps make it easy to load up. Includes instructions for optional inside pockets. Also available as an ePattern ($4.99).
Water Bottle Sling

sew in a day
“Water Bottle Sling” from Sew the Perfect Bag.
Stitch the perfect present for gals or guys who like to get in quick trips to the gym. Bottled water, cards, and keys are all in one place, easy to cart back and forth.

For babies and kids

Schoolgirl Skirt

sew in an afternoon
“Schoolgirl Skirt” from Make It Sew Modern
. Dress this adorable skirt up or down—it’s amazingly fast to make! All you need is ⅝ yd. of fabric for the skirt plus ¾ yd. of ½"-wide elastic. Pattern for sizes 4T–5T.

Lunchtime! quilt

sew in a day
“Lunchtime!” from More Quilts for Baby
. Two simple quilt blocks, Four Patch and Snowball, combine to make this quick-and-easy quilt for babies, toddlers, and even big kids. Choose prints that fit the interests of the recipient. Finished size: 56½" x 72½".

Rainbow Hearts quilt

sew in a weekend
“Rainbow Hearts” from Jelly Babies
. Stitch this colorful quilt for a baby or toddler with just one Jelly Roll and a background fabric. Or, use the stash option included in the pattern to tailor the heart hues to a child’s room, or to the holiday. Finished size: 31¼" x 40½".

for teens

Little Wool Bags

sew in an afternoon
“Little Wool Bags” from Sew the Perfect Gift
. Make this cute little stocking stuffer with felted wool. All you need is a 5″ x 12″ piece for the bag plus scraps for the motifs. Include a gift card, movie tickets, or stuff in something any teen would love—cold, hard cash. The book includes patterns for the penny and flower motifs.

Clean Your Whiskers pillow

sew in a day
“Clean Your Whiskers After a Meal” pillow from Back to Charm School
. Make this fun, frayed-edge pillow with 42 assorted charm squares—or use your leftover scraps to cut circles freehand. Perfection is not required! Choose colors that coordinate with a girl or boy’s bedroom. Finished size: 20″ x 20″.

Vintage Bouquet quilt sew in a weekend
“Vintage Bouquet” from Cool Girls Quilt
. Easy fusible appliqué makes this pretty quilt a snap to create for a teen, who can use it as a wall quilt, a decorative throw, or a cuddle quilt for movie night on the couch. Also available as an ePattern ($4.99).


Your quilting friends are busy making handmade gifts—and they know you are too. Why not shower them with special gifts that spotlight your shared passion?


Quilter's Mini Spool Lights Quilter's Star Block Lights
Transform your friend’s sewing room into a place to party—with scissors and sewing machines, of course!—by giving these hanging lights to enjoy all year: Quilter’s Mini Spool Lights and Quilter’s Star-Block Lights.


That Patchwork Place Quilt Calendar 2013 Simply Beautiful Quilts 2013 Calendar Award-Winning Quilts 2013 Calendar
Raise your hand if you want a 2012 quilt wall calendar to inspire you year ’round. Yep, that’s just about everyone—including your quilting friends.


Kim Diehl Note Cards Rose of Sharon Note Cards
Handwritten notes are not a lost art! These beautiful quilt-themed note cards from Kim Diehl and Sharon Pederson are always helpful to have on hand.

See more gift ideas for quilters in Gifts.

What kinds of quick gifts have you made for the holidays? Share your holiday handmade gift ideas in the comments!

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