9 quick last-minute Christmas gifts to make in multiples

From Simple Christmas TidingsOkay, it’s not a last-minute Christmas-gift situation yet . . . but it sneaks up on you f-a-s-t, doesn’t it? When you’ve got a holiday party, a work function, or an unexpected guest, you’ll want to spread a little Christmas cheer—quilter style! So why not prep some sewn gifts to give to the people you meet and greet this season?

Today we’ve got nine fun—and f-a-s-t—gifts that you can whip up in multiples. Make a few, make a dozen, make more! You’ll always be ready to hand over a handmade surprise that’s sure to make anyone’s holiday a little brighter. (Plus you give yourself permission to step away from the bustle of the season and sew, sew, sew!)

Embroidered ornaments
Whether you hang them from a tree bough or on a doorknob, these classic embroidered ornaments will bring a smile to everyone who’s lucky enough to get one! Give the ornaments as a set or as singles—get the patterns in
Stitches from the Yuletide by Kathy Schmitz.

Christmastide Coasters
Sprinkle a little patchwork-style Christmas cheer with Jo Morton’s Christmastide coasters—they’ve been a huge hit on our
Instagram! Make your quilt-block pick—Sawtooth Star or Broken Dishes—and then surprise a friend with a coaster or two (a bottle of wine or a tin of cocoa mix would be a great addition too!). Get the patterns in Moda All-Stars: Merry Makers.

Christmas Baubles
This little trio of Christmas ornaments can be fashioned from scraps of fabric and wool gathered straight from your stash. But these baubles aren’t just for the tree—your giftees can mingle them into garlands, perch them on mantels, or nestle them in nooks and crannies throughout their holiday home. Get the patterns in
Simple Christmas Tidings by Kim Diehl.

Strawberry Sewing Trio
Getting together with your sewing buddies for a party during the holidays? This adorable Strawberry Sewing Trio contains a cute needle keeper, pincushion, and scissors shield that are soooo easy to make, many at a time! Turn bits of wool and embroidery floss into fun little gifts that your sewing friends will treasure. Find the patterns in
A Little Something by Roseann Meehan Kermes.

Christmas mini pillows
Share holiday sentiments with these fun mini pillows from Gail Pan—super-easy to embroider and a snap to finish with her single-fold binding technique (
Gail shows you how here). Get the patterns in Christmas Patchwork Loves Embroidery.

Snowflake Faces Ornaments
You’ll find two options for gifting these Snowflake Faces Ornaments: as ornaments or as whimsical coat pins to wear all winter long! To turn the embroideries into pins, simply use a hot-glue gun to attach a pin backing. Get the patterns in
Snow Happy by Robin Kingsley.

Log Cabin Zippered Wristlet
This Log Cabin Zippered Wristlet by Jennifer Moore features bold fabrics in an easy-to-make wristlet that updates the traditional Log Cabin block. The patchwork is so simple, you’ll be gifting these to all your friends—who, incidentally, will think you’re a genius with needle and thread! Get the pattern in
Lunch-Hour Patchwork.

Christmas pincushions
Mini pillows or pincushions? Your choice! Either way, you can easily sew these cute trinkets with fabrics from your stash, and then mix and match them for holiday giving. Get the patterns in
Just Be Claus by Robin Kingsley.

Summer Fruit Coasters
Charise Randell’s Summer Fruit Coasters are super cute, just like all the projects in her book
Super Cute Paper Piecing! Consider making the cherry coaster with richer reds and greens for more of a winterberry feel, or keep the bright pinks and reds as a happy preview of spring.

What kinds of projects have you made in multiples for gifts: hot pads, ornaments, gift tags, something else? Tell us in the comments!


39 Comments (leave a comment)

  • I have made multiples of ornaments, mug rugs, and pincushions. Some of these projects look are really cute.

    —Rilla Burnham on November 30, 2018
  • I have been embroidering pillows.

    —Janet Flugum on November 30, 2018
  • Pot holders/oven mitts, & place mats.

    —Robin on November 30, 2018
  • I have mug rugs and ornaments ready for those last minute gifts.

    —Ann West on November 30, 2018
  • I’ve done needle cases and zippered bags for all of my quilting friends.

    —Judy Thompson on November 30, 2018
  • Pot holders, pillow cases, small quilts, hats, etc.

    —Judy Patrick on November 30, 2018
  • I have made multiple ornaments, microwave bowl holders and every year I make multiple pillowcases. I do love to give handmade gifts.

    —Maria L Zook on November 30, 2018
  • I have made small Embroidered Stocking, coasters, gift bags, wine bags, Pincuheons,
    small Christmas Wall Hangings and pillows cases.. It’s my favourite time of year to share gifts.

    —Evelyn on November 30, 2018
  • I love the holidays and make lots of little gifts like microwave bowls. I like to make table runners too.

    —Arliene Zeigler on November 30, 2018
  • A few years ago a friend and I made the ladies at work tote bags and the gents mug mats for Christmas. Everyone loved them. Every year since we’ve tried to make something homemade for them – hot mitts, tablerunners, and place mat sets.

    —Jennifer C on November 30, 2018
  • I did place mats and pillow cases as last minute gifts. I need to get busy quilting a throw, done. yea!

    —Stephanie's Woodward on November 30, 2018
  • Ack! You make everything look so adorable–I want to make them all! I had plans one year to make multiple microwave "baked" potato bags, but it never happened–lol!

    —Karen D Martin on November 30, 2018
  • Christmas is my favorite time of the year for gifts. Dish towels, Christmas ornaments, scarfs are ready & waiting to be gifted

    —Donna on November 30, 2018
  • I made spa bags (9) for my quilting bee friends. Wine bottle bags for co-workers (19) and needle cases with our guild logo on them for my committee chairs and officers (16) when I was president of our guild.

    —Linda Lee Ahn on November 30, 2018
  • I do pot holders and pin cushions.

    —carol on November 30, 2018
  • I love making wool gift-card holders. They can hang on a tree, they are easy-peasey! AND if you are making them for quilting friends … they can also hold a package of needles! Machine or hand! Very popular (and fast!) doni @ Oregon coast

    doni on November 30, 2018
  • I’ve made lots of gift cards, Christmas cards and ornaments and this book looks like just the place for more inspiration.

    —debby on November 30, 2018
  • Pillow cases, pot holders, coasters, gift card holders and placemats are some of the multiple gifts I have made in the past. I’m seriously looking at those ornaments in Stitches From the Yuletide – so cute.

    —SandyMay on November 30, 2018
  • I made 5 small tablerunners using a Christmas panel, wool ornaments from the Primitive Quilts and Projects book, embroidered ornaments and gift tags from Kathy Schmitz "Stitches from the Yultide" and Gail Pan’s Christmas Patchwork Loves Embroidery! I also made 6 flannel Santa pillowcases for my grandkids! So far, friends and relatives enjoy getting my home-made gifts and ornaments!

    —Patty F. on November 30, 2018
  • I have made (42) microwave bowls for family and co-workers to give as gift this holiday season.

    —Denise V on November 30, 2018
  • Not actually a real sewing project but I buy the rectangular 2 year calendars that can fit in your purse- remove the plastic protector then use fusible fabric to adhere to the covers of the calendars and glue a small piece of grograin ribbon to the inside of the back, put the plastic protector back on and you have a quick gift to share with your friends and family. Everyone can use a small calendar and you don’t even have to find ones with pretty covers because you are covering them up. Good for even nonsewers depending on what fabric you use.

    —Wendy Bynner on November 30, 2018
  • Ornaments for nieces and nephews through the years, dated of course. Table squares and runners are great gifts and are easily mailed. Thanks for the additional inspiration.

    —karen on November 30, 2018
  • One year I made double layer fleece blankets (with bound edges) and a pillow to personally match each recipient. It was fun and lots of work to get them all done and wrapped by Christmas that year!

    —Gail K on November 30, 2018
  • Ornaments for me

    —Theresa j on November 30, 2018
  • I have made Mason jar tops, ornaments, and small mini wall hangings.

    —Jeanne Pope on November 30, 2018
  • I have made ornaments and coasters. These books are all wonderful!

    —Christy on November 30, 2018
  • I am making wraps out of throw blankets and extra fleece. It’s very easy and is going over as gifts very well. I have no stitching, except for the sleeves. I’m also making mug rugs. I add some cloves to the inside. When the hot mug hits the mat, the smell is amazing! You can do this with hot pads, too.

    —Emma Whittington on November 30, 2018
  • Coasters and pot holders are my favorites

    —Rachel on November 30, 2018
  • Great projects!!!!! I make ornaments every year for my family. I have also made potholders in multiples.

    —Susan L. on December 1, 2018
  • Mostly ornaments, but also table runners, napkins, and fabric boxes.

    —Linda Towers on December 1, 2018
  • I’ve made pot holders, mug rugs, ornaments, and tissue box covers. I love the ideas shown. On my wish list.

    —Donna K on December 1, 2018
  • For a few years now, I’ve made my daughter, my granddaughter and some of their friends, aprons of different kinds. Sometimes it’s a lot of work; going simpler this year I think.

    —judys on December 1, 2018
  • I have made pillowcases for the nieces and nephews.

    —Renee G on December 1, 2018
  • I embroidered zippered bags and had so much fun.

    —Fran Claassens on December 2, 2018
  • Mug rugs and coaster sets. All patchwork.

    —Teri Gailey on December 2, 2018
  • * Hot pads…. MANY
    * Dish towels with embroidered motifs & fabric trim
    * Snap closure small purses
    * Baby burp cloths
    * Pillowcases
    * Bargello Flags

    —Marianne from TN on December 3, 2018
  • Super Cute Paper Piecing would be great to show in my Paper Piecing guild group!!!

    —Jeanette S on December 3, 2018
  • Ornaments/ business card holders and scissor holders for luncheon favors.

    —Ruth Spencer on December 8, 2018
  • Vintage Legacies looks stunning!

    —Leisa Arnold on December 13, 2018

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