How many people would you love to delight with a handmade gift this coming Christmas?
Does your gift list start out long, only to get shortened after you factor in the time and money it takes to go handmade?
Let’s keep it real: the art of handmade gift giving lies in efficiency—in both time and dollars spent.
We say you should have your (fruit) cake and eat it too. Today we’re rounding up some sewing ideas for gifts that you can make—gifts that won’t break your budget because you’ll be sewing from your fabric stash! Spend only on the patterns needed to make those gifts and you’ll enjoy a budget-friendly Christmas, with handmade gifts for all.
But before we get to those ideas…
GIVEAWAY ALERT: Our friends at Marcus Fabrics sent us a gorgeous bundle of holiday fabric from their new “Holiday Blooms” line by Faye Burgos—plus a pretty poinsettia panel—to give to one lucky winner!
$5 or less
Christmas-stash dash: reduce your reds and greens
Save big when you sew from your stash! The reds and greens in these holiday gems don’t need to be holiday themed.
Download Christmas ePatterns for just $2.00 each (that’s more than 50% off) through Wednesday, July 22.
$15 or less
Fat-quarter stash dash: lovely lap quilts
Who on your gift list wouldn’t want to cuddle in a cozy lap quilt? The designed-for-speed patterns in Fast Fat Quarter Quilts will put your fat-quarter stash to work! Pick it up for just $12.99 (or just $7.99 for the eBook).
“Sherbet Punch” and “Ocean Waves” from Fast Fat Quarter Quilts
Stitch speedy lap quilts with bigger cuts of stash fabrics—check out the variety of designs in Super Quick Quilts ($12.99 print book/$7.99 eBook).
“Modern Maze” and “Nest” from Super Quick Quilts
$25 or less
A year of inspiration for a fabric stash: 2016 calendars
Let’s flip the stash idea on its head: is someone on your gift list a quilty friend with a hefty stash? Give her the gift of inspiration: one of our gorgeous 2016 wall calendars. (Quantities are limited so order now!)
Stitches to Savor 2016 Wall-Art Calendar of Designs by Sue Spargo: Experience Sue’s jaw-dropping stitchery in rich, close-up photography—you’ll find yourself reaching out to touch every page!
That Patchwork Place Quilt Calendar 2016: For 14 years this beloved calendar has been a favorite of quilters around the world. And this year’s calendar is the best yet! Includes a dozen step-by-step patterns from Carol Hopkins, Kim Diehl, Country Threads, and more.
$40 or less
Your stash + stash-busting skills à la Kim Diehl
Best-selling author Kim Diehl is big on mining her stash to make her stunning quilts, and she’ll show you how you can do it too. Pair any of her books (nine to choose from) with her brand-new appliqué freezer paper for less than $40 and make an extra-special stash quilt for someone you love—or for yourself!
“Christmas Magic” from Simple Seasons
Which part of your stash needs more thinning: yardage or precuts? Tell us in the comments
and you could win the bundle of "Holiday Blooms" fabric from Marcus Fabrics, the poinsettia panel, plus an eBook copy of ‘Tis the Season! We’ll choose a random winner one week from today and let you know by email if you win. Good luck!
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Thanks to all who entered the drawing! The winner is Janet, who says:
“Yardage definitely! I can’t help myself when I see material that I just have to have.”
Janet, we’ll email you about your prize. Congratulations!