🎅 13 easy handmade gifts for Christmas (start now, not later!) 🎅

From Simple Christmas TidingsHo ho ho, Merry . . . Christmas?

We say YES!

Around the country school is back in session—it’s the perfect time to think ahead to the holidays. Why? When you take time to plan and do a little sewing now, you can skip the holiday panic—mainly cutting, sewing, and wrapping at 11:00 pm on Christmas Eve!

Today we’ve rounded up 13 festive, simple-to-sew projects for everyone on your gift list (because we’re all about relaxing during the most wonderful time of the year). You can even make some of the gifts below in multiples—whip ’em up, give ’em away, and have a lovely holiday.


Stitch a Christmas Classic

Twilight Medallion Star Lap Quilt
Twilight Star Medallion Lap Quilt by Kim Diehl: this sparkly patchwork star is super easy to make from start to finish, and provides the perfect opportunity for Christmas cuddling.

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Christmas Ornaments Table Runner
Christmas Ornaments Table Runner by Cheryl Almgren Taylor: this make-in-a-day project features fusible ornaments and a glittery trick: metallic bias tape.

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Snowflake Pillows
Snowflake Pillows by Karen Costello Soltys: making one or all of these pillows will take you back to your childhood—you fold and cut out snowflakes from freezer paper, then use the patterns to cut wool snowflakes!

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Become an Embroidery Elf

Snow Days Book Weight
Snow Days Book Weight by Robin Kingsley: who couldn’t use a helper like this in the Christmas kitchen? Stuff with crushed walnut shells or sand like Robin and give as a book weight or as a winter-themed pincushion.

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Santa Tea Time
Santa Tea Time by Robin Kingsley: so festive
and so practical! Make all three of these helpful kitchen items and give them to hostesses of the parties you attend—imagine the smiles you’ll inspire.

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Christmas Cheer Ornaments
Christmas Cheer Ornaments by Kathy Schmitz: stitch this set of four ornaments and you’ll always have a little something special to give to anyone who drops by—hang them on the tree or on a doorknob, or place them in any nook or cranny that needs a little Christmas cheer.

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Sentiments Mini Pillows
Sentiments Mini Pillows by Gail Pan: your gift recipients will want to prop these sweet little pillows everywhere! Gail uses just four embroidery stitches and shares her ingenious single-fold binding technique to finish them off. (Watch a video of Gail’s binding technique
here.)

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Create a Little Frosty Fun

Snowman Shenanigans quilt
Snowman Shenanigans from Kim Diehl: grab your stash of white buttons and create this sweet scene for some who loves snow—and snowmen! 

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Snow Happy Door Banner
Snow Happy Door Banner by Shelley Wicks and Jeanne Large: give the gift of instant cheer with this quick-to-make fusible banner, complete with a button-juggling snowman.

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Button Blizzard pillow
Button Blizzard Pillow by Kim Diehl: in short, cute as a button. Wool appliqué will help you stitch up this cushy fella in just a few hours.

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Make it Sew, Sew Simple!

Hanging Around quilt
Hanging Around by Cindy Lammon: with chain piecing, this little wreath quilt is a cinch to complete in a day—and it’s easy to hang, drape, tuck, or arrange in most any spot. The center is left plain so your giftee can add a beautiful holiday centerpiece.

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Fat-Quarter Apron and Pot Holder
Fat-Quarter Apron & Pot Holder by Beth Bradley: Make this cute set for an avid cook! Choose Christmas fabrics or the cook’s favorite colors. The patterns require a total of just three fat quarters, so it’s ideal for your stash fabrics.

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Taggie Blanket for Baby
Taggie Blanket for Baby by Jennifer Keltner: what’s more magical than a baby who’s experiencing Christmas for the first time? Whip up this little lap blanket with simple squares, colorful tags, and tactile rickrack in holiday colors—Baby can pass it on to the next little elf when she outgrows it.

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P.S. Get more Christmas gift-giving ideas next week when we continue our Christmas Is Coming series at Stitch This!

How ready are you for holiday sewing?

  • I’m nearly ready . . . as soon as back to school’s wrapped up!
  • I’m amped—and now I’ve got lots of ideas!
  • I’ve already started my holiday sewing!

Tell us in the comments!


44 Comments (leave a comment)

  • I am never completely ready! In the end it doesn’t really matter….nobody knows but me!

    —Margaret Hynes on August 24, 2018
  • I’ll start thinking about it when I get home from this trip in mid-September!

    —Lynn Bohlmann on August 24, 2018
  • I’m in the gathering supplies stage. I will sew eight pillowcases for grandchildren for sure, and then make whatever else I have time for.

    —Maria L Zook on August 24, 2018
  • I started my ornaments last month – I make about 50 wool felt ornaments, so I need to start early. The other projects are kitted and I’ll start cutting them out Labor Day weekend…might even finish a few of them before Christmas! :0)

    —Suzanne Kuhns on August 24, 2018
  • I am starting to get ready for the holidays. Gifts are underway and house deep cleaning is also started. Still trying to find more time to work on the gifts, though. I have lots of ideas, thanks to Martingale.

    —Rosalie Knoll on August 24, 2018
  • I make Christmas pillowcases for the children and I need to get started right after Labor Day. I really like so many of these ideas I think I may have to make more Christmas delights.

    —Barb Walsh on August 24, 2018
  • Now I’m inspired!

    —Snoodles on August 24, 2018
  • I have already started Christmas sewing for others. My friend’s small quilt guild needs 40 lap size or larger quilts for Christmas baskets for needy families. I have 7 tops done and only need to birth or bind them. I love to quilt and since I have a small family, this gives me an place to send all those quilts.

    —Judy Clark on August 24, 2018
  • I just got out my Christmas fabrics and the projects that I didn’t quite finish last year. I love sewing for Christmas and love the ideas in this book! I’m looking forward to a new year.

    —Sherbie Tollefson on August 24, 2018
  • Been busy at it as well, just finished 8 Christmas stockings that hold a bottle of wine/other goodies and five more cut,ready to sew..few quilts etc..my list is long somust work year round lol. But I love it!

    —Betty on August 24, 2018
  • I have two quilts almost finished, and want to start some more projects as soon as I can. Have been inspired by the books offered today.

    —Ruth Spencer on August 24, 2018
  • I’ll stitch all year around as I have time!

    —Geri on August 24, 2018
  • Amped! now these are some great ideas!

    —Kathy G on August 24, 2018
  • I’m not ready at all!! Thanks for the reminder!!

    —Shelia Nelson on August 24, 2018
  • I have already started on my Christmas gifts. I hope to get alot of homemade gifts done this year. This post has so many really cute ideas.

    —Sue Goodin on August 24, 2018
  • Wonderful projects, each one! And to think I have some of those books. LOL
    Thanks for the reminders!

    —Karen on August 24, 2018
  • I’ve already started my Christmas sewing with tree decorations and a new Lynette Anderson wall hanging 🎅

    —Liz Tanner on August 24, 2018
  • I am almost ready to start. I make pajama pants for my family every year; this year I have 9 pair to make! I have my fabric already and am just waiting for my schedule to calm down just a little to start.

    Susan Case on August 24, 2018
  • I’m amped up and ready to go. Perhaps I have done too much in the past as my daughter has told me "No more Christmas quilts." I know she didn’t mean it though, who could These ideas are perfect.

    —Stephanie Woodward on August 24, 2018
  • I have not started on gifts yet but am inspired to start soon.

    Joyce on August 24, 2018
  • Not ready at all!! And I need all the hints I can get. Thank you for these. I will be doing some of them.

    —CZ on August 24, 2018
  • I am ready for Christmas stiching, love it.

    Delcia Lee Kisner on August 24, 2018
  • September, September…almost here and I start sewing.

    —Barb on August 24, 2018
  • Lots of ideas bouncing around in my head. Love the embroidery.

    —Betsy P. on August 24, 2018
  • I absolutely love Christmas so I work on it year round. My oldest grandson is getting married in September so I have been making home made ornaments for them. I usually hand quilt someone a quilt for Christmas and this year I think it will be my youngest grandson. I made him a lap sized quilt top so that should work up fast. My kids say I celebrate all year and that is pretty much true.

    I loved the idea of the book weight. I may have to make one of those for myself. No matter how prepared I think I am, I am usually working till the last minute. 🙂

    —Phyllis on August 24, 2018
  • I haven’t even started! Every year, I tell myself to start early, and I always seem to end up in the same predicament! I love doing table runners and table toppers for gifts, so I’m looking forward to the freebie patterns in the "Christmas is Coming" emails!

    —Teri Gailey on August 24, 2018
  • Haven’t even started to think about Christmas yet! It is 103 degrees today… it is still summer even though the kids just went back to school. Maybe I’ll finish the gifts I started for last Christmas! 🙂

    Susan Madden on August 24, 2018
  • Can’t think about it yet! Too hot and smokey to be in a Christmas mood (even if I know I’ll be sorry I didn’t start sooner!)

    —judys on August 24, 2018
  • I’m amped up and now I have lots of ideas!

    Susan E Lester on August 24, 2018
  • I’ve already started and my sewing room looks like a bomb went off in it!

    —Judy Purcell on August 24, 2018
  • Hard to think of Xmas when it’s in the 90’s. But in the cool of the evening, I have worked on gift card holders, small ornaments, and package tags/labels.

    —SandyMay on August 24, 2018
  • There are some patterns that would easily adapt to Chanukah celebrating by using blues, whites, and Judaic patterned fabrics. Would be lovely to have a pattern or two dedicated to that as well. Haven’t started anything yet as I have 4 baby quilts sandwiched and waiting to be quilted with one of the little girls having just turned 2, the other 3 already 1, and now another one to make!!!

    —Roz Agulnik on August 24, 2018
  • Oh goodness,it is to early to even think about!

    —Wendy on August 24, 2018
  • I have 3 wall hangings that are almost finished. For the rest, I have to wait until my yard doesn’t need me any more.

    —Marsha on August 24, 2018
  • I started my Christmas sewing on December 26, 2017!

    —Betty on August 24, 2018
  • I am machine quilting a cuddle size quilt that I started last year. And I have plans for Christmas giving. But I might have to add something from your wonderful collection of Christmas treasures. They are inspiring.

    —Linda Towers on August 25, 2018
  • I’ve already made a bunch of Christmas gifts and more are on the drawing board – I usually get started end of spring so I don’t have to rush. Love making gifts for my friends & family!

    —Joy B on August 25, 2018
  • I’ve already started my holiday sewing. Beginning in January, I have been hosting a "Christmas in (whatever month it is)" for our guild to start working on Christmas projects. There have been anywhere from 2 to 6 people show up every month. I am currently working on a santa claus pillow, Christmas tree wall hanging and matching table runner, a a Christmas ornament valance for my dining room window. Starting on Christmas gifts next month.

    —Linda Ahn on August 25, 2018
  • l have started making christmas gifts already and some are quilts and table runners

    —Rhona on August 25, 2018
  • Seems like I’m always working on Christmas presents or special occasion gifts. With a large family, it’s a never ending party!

    —Mary Smith on August 25, 2018
  • Now that school has started, I’ll think that way. Always looking for ideas since I have such an age range to sew for.

    —Kathie Feller on August 25, 2018
  • Now that school has started, I can start to work on ideas for gifts. This book has a lot of good ideas!

    —Kathie Feller on August 25, 2018
  • Holidays?!! Yikes!

    —bookboxer on August 27, 2018
  • I am not even started, so thanks for the inspiration.

    —Kay McCaffery on September 8, 2018

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