10 handmade Christmas gifts to sew now (before the hectic holiday arrives)

Baking, shopping, decorating, party planning—party-going! There’s so much fun to be had during the holidays, but the closer you get to December 25, the more hectic the pace becomes. So why not start your giftmaking and decorating prep right now?

July’s the perfect time to start a sewing plan for the days leading up to Christmas (believe it or not, there are only 165 days left!). Today we’ve rounded up 10 projects to make that are easy, fun, and as festive as can be. So crank up the Christmas music, head to your holiday stash, and sew like you’re one of Santa’s elves!

These fuzzy wool ornaments are so warm and welcoming—we love the idea of hanging them from antique bottles:

Penny Rug Ornaments
Penny Rug Ornaments from
Christmas at Buttermilk Basin

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A stack of Jo Morton’s patchwork coasters would make a great gift—or serve as decorations with a practical purpose:

Christmastide Coasters
Christmastide Coasters from
Moda All-Stars: Merry Makers

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Grab your stash of greens and create a forest full of holiday cheer—author Susan Ache is hosting a quilt-along for her Tree Farming quilt right now (get the details and join the fun here):

Tree Farming quilt
Tree Farming from
Countdown to Christmas

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Prefer a season-extending theme for your holiday home? Blues and whites will take you through Christmas and beyond:

Nordic Winter Dreams Quilt and Wall Hanging
Nordic Winter Dreams Quilt and Wall Hanging from
Pat Sloan’s Celebrate the Seasons

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Jan Patek’s “turnabout quilts” do double duty—drape them this way and that to see both sides:

Holly Tree Lane quilt
Holly Tree Lane from
Tabletop Turnabouts

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This cozy snowman stitchery will be cherished by any gift receiver on your list (get Kathy Schmitz’s smart tip for flawless satin-stitched circles here):

Baby, It's Cold Outside stitchery
Baby, It’s Cold Outside! from
Stitches from the Yuletide

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Kim Diehl created these gorgeous patchwork stockings straight from her scrap basket:

Scrap-Basket Stockings
Scrap-Basket Stockings from
Simple Christmas Tidings

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Who wouldn’t love this little Christmas wish?

A Merry Little Christmas Wall Hanging
A Merry Little Christmas Wall Hanging from
Christmas Patchwork Loves Embroidery

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Looking for a long-term project that’ll shoot to heirloom status? Celebrate the season with Jan Patek’s folk-art sampler quilt, chock-full of winter’s charms:

Sleigh Bells sampler quilt
Sleigh Bells sampler quilt
from Sleigh Bells

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Or start a new Christmas tradition of setting out milk and cookies for Santa on this adorable runner:

Santa Collector table runner
Santa Collector from
Just Be Claus

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Your Christmas style: classic, modern, country . . . a merry mix of all three? Tell us in the comments!


39 Comments (leave a comment)

  • Classic leaning slightly country.

    —Sue H on July 12, 2019
  • Mine is just about anything that strikes my fancy. Mostly country and classic probably. I like the idea of starting early.

    —Barb Walsh on July 12, 2019
  • Love them all!

    —Angelia Ulrich on July 12, 2019
  • I have two Christmas quilts that I want to finish this year! The new puppy is requiring a bit of time, so I suppose I could gift the completed tops and take them back to quilt for next Christmas! Lol! I sincerely hope that they can be finished, laundered, and wrapped ready for Christmas Eve gift exchange!

    —Sandy on July 12, 2019
  • My personal style is classic. I love the old look, with real red, green, and white. I do admit however to have a mix of all three types.

    —Stephanie Woodward on July 12, 2019
  • I am a little more classic in my decorating but I do enjoy a little country. I make modern for gifts for my family and friends that enjoy that style.

    Kristie on July 12, 2019
  • Love them all!

    —Sylvia L on July 12, 2019
  • I like to mix it up. Projects in this book are adorable.

    —Linda Lee Ahn on July 12, 2019
  • I would have to say a merry mix of all! I never set up the same way each year so I mix things up. When I started making gnomes, I just had fun with them, by putting them in different places, pondering the season. My grandchildren look for them each year and see what they are up to!

    —Alfreda on July 12, 2019
  • I love a mix of all three. But I have a preference for classic country style.

    —Lisa on July 12, 2019
  • My Christmas is a mix of everything. Have collected things from everywhere we have lived.

    —Tammy on July 12, 2019
  • I would have to say country! I love the wool ornaments from Buttermilk Basin, the embroidery and the patchwork stockings from Kim Diehl!

    —Patty F. on July 12, 2019
  • At Christmas time I’m more a mix of all three. Just can’t pick one way to decorate.

    —Vickie Keith on July 12, 2019
  • What a charming collection of gift giving ideas. I’ll be sure to try them out.

    —Kathryn Smotryski on July 12, 2019
  • I’d say my style is a mix of classic and country, with a hefty dose of nostalgic 1950’s and early 60’s!

    —Geri on July 12, 2019
  • You have me excited to get started, but where to start? There are so many great designs and choices.

    —B. A. Fellers on July 12, 2019
  • like the scrap piecing ideas.

    —Sieg on July 12, 2019
  • I generally lean towards the classic side.

    —SandyMay on July 12, 2019
  • I love Christmas. My decor is both classic and country. I love making primitive decorations. I guess it’s time to pull out the books and find this years projects.

    —Donna K on July 12, 2019
  • I tend to decorate in a "Classic Christmas" with a touch of country/whimsy.

    —Beth T. on July 12, 2019
  • My style is Classic I guess. I like red and green and all the special little things I’ve collected over the years. Abundance is the effect I go for.

    —Sherry Jurykovsky on July 12, 2019
  • Definitely country!!

    —Renée Welton on July 12, 2019
  • Oh these are all such great ideas – will I get to the gifting spirit?

    —Arlene on July 12, 2019
  • I like the simple patchwork look usually associated with country.

    —Teri D. Gailey on July 12, 2019
  • My Christmas style is more classic but with a little country thrown in. I absolutely love Jan Patek’s folk-art sampler quilt. It is the perfect quilt to curl up with in a cabin in the woods on a snowy night.

    —Ann West on July 12, 2019
  • A Merry Mix of all 3. Love Decorating and giving at/for Christmas.

    —Elizajane on July 12, 2019
  • My Christmas Style is a mixture of Classic and country.

    —Clare on July 12, 2019
  • I like a mixture of all three! So many cute patterns in this e-mail! 🙂

    —MS Barb on July 12, 2019
  • Country but I love all three.

    —Linda Christianson on July 12, 2019
  • classic is my style. All decorations are things collected from gifts to places we’ve lived over the years.

    —Karen on July 13, 2019
  • I love everything Christmas and my house is a mix of all.

    —barb on July 13, 2019
  • I love CHRISTmas. My Style is a mixture of Classic and country.

    —Darliss Peabody on July 13, 2019
  • I, too love everything xmas. I have already started some ornaments. I want to make a couple of quilts for gifts; so need to get busy. Great ideas from wonderful designers. Happy stitching all!!

    Barb H. on July 13, 2019
  • I love them all.

    —Mahide Er on July 14, 2019
  • I have got two of her books and they are adorable!

    —Margarita on July 14, 2019
  • My Holiday style is a mix of all three. Very nice selection of holiday books! Thanks for showing them.

    —Patty B on July 14, 2019
  • The hardest part is to pick one but that blue and white quilt from Pat Sloan: LOVE!

    —Sharon Ray on July 16, 2019
  • I love a mix of Christmas styles but if I have to choose, I would go for the traditional classics.

    —Judith Carlon on July 16, 2019
  • My style is Classic I guess.

    text twist 2 on November 20, 2019

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