Skip the rush! Free Christmas patterns to sew now

It’s July—the heat is on! Time for beach play, star-spangled parades, dripping popsicles, and showy fireworks. But what are quilt shops across the country gearing up for in July? Why, a quilted Christmas, of course! They remember what we quilters can forget during the lazy summer months—without a nudge to start stitching now, there might not be quilts for Christmas under the tree.

To inspire your holiday ahead, download four quilt patterns for Christmas today—on us! You can download the Christmas patterns below for free when you subscribe to our Stitch This! blog (also free). Already a subscriber? No problem—simply type in your email address here and we’ll take you straight to your free Christmas patterns.

Happy holidays (in 5 1/2 months and counting)!

Freebie #1: World of Christmas Joy Quilt

World of Christmas Joy QuiltLooking for heirloom quilt patterns for Christmas—quilts to be cherished for generations to come? Look no further! This traditional beauty from Beth Kovich (a contributor to the bestseller Sew the Perfect Gift) features big 14″-square blocks. Thanks to the magic of paper piecing, you can make these intricate-looking blocks with incredible accuracy. From the book Merry Christmas Quilts; visit Beth’s website.

Download free paper-piecing pattern.
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Freebie #2: Home for Christmas Wall Quilt

Home for Christmas Wall QuiltMake it a wonderfully wonky holiday with this free Christmas appliqué-quilt pattern. The funky folk-art Christmas tree pattern mixes with bright patchwork for a fun display. Make up Elissa Willms’ free appliqué pattern by hand, by machine, or with fusible web. From the book Christmas Quilts from Hopscotch by Heather and Elissa Willms—visit the authors’ website.

Download free appliqué pattern.
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Freebie #3: Christmas Cat Chat Quilt

Christmas Cat Chat QuiltEvery quilter knows a cat lover—or maybe that cat lover is you! Cat quilts are always popular, and here’s one especially for the holidays. Simple repeat blocks make for easy assembly-line sewing. Stitch the full-size quilt or make several small wall hangings as gift quilts for cats (and their people). From the book Christmas Cats and Dogs by Janet Kime.

Download free cat-quilt pattern.
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So, what’s the one handmade Christmas project you cherish and display year in and year out? Tell us your Christmas story in the comments!

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13 Comments (leave a comment)

  • thanks for sharing the feebies.

    Carrie P. on July 6, 2012
  • When my sister and I were growing up in the 50’s, the local park offered free craft classes for kids during the summer. On one of our times there, we made little Santa Claus ornaments from egg cartons. I am surprised they have survived all the years and moves in between Christmases. I hang a lighted garland on my banister every year and display all my special ornaments on it. These 2 little Santas always hang in a prominent spot. Takes me back to my childhood every Christmas.

    —Karen on July 6, 2012
  • Karen, thanks for sharing your Christmas story! I have a similar one–I hand-stitched and stuffed a yellow horse ornament when I was around 7 (not sure why the yellow, or why a horse for that matter), and it still hangs on our tree every year. My sister made adorable pom-pom sheep ornaments that I still hang to this day too! Now my two little boys make a handmade ornament each year to add to the tree. When they leave home, I plan to give them a shoebox full of their own handmade ornaments (although I reserve the right to keep one or two for myself).


    —Jenny on July 6, 2012
  • I can hardly wait to start on Christmas projects, my favorite time of the year and since it is 106 degrees here today maybe this will cool me off.
    Thanks for the patterns

    —ann hoffman on July 6, 2012
  • I love your site, thanks a million

    —Janice Daniell on July 6, 2012
  • I once took a ceramics class and made a 17 piece nativity scene and hand painted each piece. It is a must at for Christmas, and the kids already fight about who will inherit it! I told them they will have to take turns with it.

    —Madeline on July 6, 2012
  • Our tree skirt that my mother made is used each Christmas.

    —MarciaW on July 6, 2012
  • I made a tree skirt about 15 years ago and we use it every year.

    Connie Campbell on July 7, 2012
  • Very cute patterns. Thank you for sharing these patterns.


    SewCalGal on July 7, 2012
  • i crocheted white christmas ornaments in the round 30 years ago that are still gorgeous today. i sugar starched them and sprayed them with sparkle hair spray, each that were kept [i made for others and for bazaars] were different, all about three inches tall. angels and snowmen, bells and balls, wreaths, candycanes, icicles, teddy bears, stockings, snowfakes, reindeer, rocking horses, toy soldiers, elves, santas, choir boys and girls, and many more pieces.

    ritainalaska on July 10, 2012
  • not a comment but help in finding a book I have been trying to find a patchwork place book.I don’t know the author or the complete title

    Hello, thanks for your question. I’m not quite sure which That Patchwork Place book you’re looking for, but you can browse all of our Christmas-themed books here. Hope the link helps in your search! –Jenny

    —patchwork on December 1, 2012
  • I have a wall hanging I made many years ago, before I was Married (that was 41 years ago) I didn’t have a lot of access to fabric so used an old green curtain, The scene-a walled city-was made of felt. I hung it up every Christmas until a few years ago when I decided to wash it. As most people know felt does funny things when washed, so I put in my craft closet until last years when I repared and added new felt and inserted a navity scene(also made of felt about 25 years ago) It is now up on the wall again.

    —ELIZABETH CROSS on December 3, 2012
  • I am having trouble registering

    —sharon on June 4, 2015

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