🎅 Short on sewing time? Try these 7 quick Christmas gifts to embroider

Family, friends, coworkers, sewing besties, party hosts, the mail carrier, teachers, neighbors, and more—don’t you wish there was time to make something special for everyone on your holiday gift list?

Well, we’ve got a little secret: little embroidery projects fit the bill! They’re simple, quick, portable, and fun—both to make and to give. So take a look at the make-in-a-day projects below and start planning who’ll be lucky enough to get a handmade gift from you this season!

Redwork Candle Mat
Brighten someone’s holiday with a redwork candle mat graced by whimsical robins—they can display it all winter long. (From
Christmas Patchwork Loves Embroidery by Gail Pan.)

Snowman Bookmark
Easy-to-stitch Christmas gift? Bookmarked! Everybody needs one, and this little snowman will inspire anyone to cuddle up with a good book. (From
Snow Happy by Robin Kingsley.)

Bunny Sachet
Dressed for a romp in the snow, this little bunny hops atop a lavender-filled sachet—give the gift of the sweet scent of summer all winter long. (From
Stitches from the Yuletide by Kathy Schmitz.)

Pincushion collection
This cute set of make-in-a-day pincushions, embellished with buttons, lace, and rickrack, is sure to delight your sewing friends! (From
Patchwork Loves Embroidery by Gail Pan.)

Embroidered Tea Towels
Embroider one of 130 sweet motifs onto purchased tea towels for a super-quick, practical, and personalized gift.
(From Lunch-Hour Embroidery.)

Red Bird Coin Purse
Whip up this cute Red Bird Coin Purse in multiples and enclose gift cards for an extra surprise. It also makes a great pouch for all of those people who can’t live without their earbuds! (From
Cottage-Style Charm by Natalie Bird.)

Embellished coffee-cup stoppers
Embellished coffee-cup stoppers do more than keep your coffee warm and from spilling—they look adorable too! Embroider initials on the back for a personalized touch. (From
A Little Something by Roseann Meehan Kermes.)

Redwork Christmas ornaments
Cheerful fabric ornaments are embroidered in red and easy to finish with a simple binding. They hang from wool strips—use two wool strips to hang from a wooden spool as shown or use a single centered wool strip to hang directly from a Christmas-tree branch. (From
Just Be Claus by Robin Kingsley.)

Christmas question: would you rather . . .

  • be one of Santa’s elves, or
  • be one of Santa’s reindeer?

Tell us in the comments!

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