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

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


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