Super-quick Christmas gifts to sew for the ones you

We hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving weekend filled with fun, family, tasty food, and maybe even some time to stitch. Perhaps there’s a piece of pumpkin pie left over to dig into this afternoon! Now that we’re just a few days away from December, the countdown to Christmas has begun. Do you have a lot of gift sewing left to do? Before you start to stress, today Martingale is having a sale on four super-handy books filled with quick and easy gifts for everyone on your “nice” list!


Sew Many GiftsSew Many Gifts: 19 Handmade Delights to Give or Keep

In Sew Many Gifts, you’ll find 19 fun and gifty projects that you can sew in a snap. Want to make something special for your quilting buddies? These pincushions designed by Adrienne Smitke are both practical and adorable. You can use the Four Corner or Star blocks that Adrienne suggests, or customize it by using the recipient’s favorite block and favorite colors.

Biscournu pincushion
Biscornu Pincushions from Sew Many Gifts

Are there any little ones you need to sew for? I designed these super-soft fleece Kitty Pals specifically with speediness in mind. If you set up your supplies assembly-line style, you could make a Pal for several grandkids or nieces and nephews in just one weekend.

Kitty Pals
Kitty Pals from Sew Many Gifts


101 Fabulous Small Quilts101 Fabulous Small Quilts

With only a few short weeks before the 25th, there might not be enough time to make a big quilt for someone, but you have the perfect amount of time to make a small one! It’s likely you might even have all the supplies you need already on hand. 101 Fabulous Small Quilts is an amazing bargain with so many patterns at such a great price. The sweet doll quilt Scrap Squares by Kathleen Tracy is so fast that you could whip up several to give as gifts—and maybe even keep one for yourself.

Scrap-Squares-quilt
Scrap Squares from
101 Fabulous Small Quilts

If you have a bit more time to spare, the festive Little Forest quilt by Mary Hickey would be a joy for a loved one to display at the holidays for years to come.

Little-Forest-quilt
Little Forest from
101 Fabulous Small Quilts


Sew Gifts!Sew Gifts! 25 Handmade Gift Ideas from Top Designers

Sew Gifts! has 25 lovely gift patterns to choose from. One of the ideas I’ll definitely be using for my sisters (spoiler alert!) is this little Card and Key Wallet by Cinzia Allocca—it’s so fast to stitch up, and you could also include a little treat of some kind in the pocket. Sometimes giving a gift card or cash seems a bit impersonal, so this will help add a thoughtful touch.

Card and Key Wallet
Card and Key Wallet from Sew Gifts!

If you have any knitters to sew for, make them this handy Triangular Knitting Needle Case by Josée Carrier to help keep their supplies in order.

Triangular Knitting Needle Case
Triangular Knitting Needle Case from Sew Gifts!


Patchwork Loves EmbroideryPatchwork Loves Embroidery: Hand Stitches, Pretty Projects

Best-selling author Gail Pan’s book Patchwork Loves Embroidery includes a delightful array of gift options. The embroidery designs are charming and unique, but also simple enough that you could complete them in a few cozy evenings. The Garden Delight needle book featured on the cover is another great idea for a sewing friend, or the Secrets and Dreams folder is the perfect place to stow letters, recipes, and other treasures.

Secrets and Dreams folder
Secrets and Dreams folder from Patchwork Loves Embroidery


What’s your go-to quick gift to sew? Tell us in the comments!

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21 Comments (leave a comment)

  • fabric pillow cases

    —Linda Losinski on November 28, 2016
  • I love to make tissue packet holders.They are fast and easy.

    —Kathy Straatmann on November 28, 2016
  • My go to gift is making tablerunners and placemats. Easy to make and quick to long arm on my Gammill.

    —Fran Claassens on November 28, 2016
  • I like placemats, potholders. Quick, easy, fun, and themes and fabrics make for personalizing.

    —carol on November 28, 2016
  • Un pequeño edredón o un camino de mesa rápido.

    Translation: A small quilt or a fast table topper.

    —Margarita on November 28, 2016
  • Placemats or hot pads or pot holders

    —Carol on November 28, 2016
  • All these ideas are very good. I’ve been recently making tablet/iPad holders that you can set on a table, your lap or on the bed. Even though I work full time, I can still make one a day – pretty quick. I’ve been making them using a favorite sports team fabric.

    —Kris Valle on November 28, 2016
  • I like making tablerunners and/or placemats for gifts. They are easy to make for any occasion!

    —Eileen Heinze on November 28, 2016
  • Tote bags are quick and easy to sew and people l9ve them. Plus they are useful. They are the perfect gift.

    Amie Gaudet on November 29, 2016
  • Tote bags and table runners seem to be the "go to" projects. We know we never have enough of either of them. With all the fabrics and patterns available, the variety is endless.

    —connie b on November 29, 2016
  • This year, everybody’s getting a new apron. I found perfect fabric to match everyone’s personality and interests! If I have time, I’ll make matching potholders with the leftover material – and oven mitts if I REALLY plan well!

    What a cute idea, Rose, thanks for sharing it! –Jenny

    —Rose D. on November 30, 2016
  • Shopping bags…especially since they voted out use of plastic bags in my state.

    —Jackie Wisherd on November 30, 2016
  • I need new ideas for my many scrap pieces.

    —Jackie Wisherd on November 30, 2016
  • small make up bags or zippered pouches and table runners have been favourites of mine to give as gifts.

    —Marion on November 30, 2016
  • I love making bags.

    —Kim on December 2, 2016
  • I like making MugRugs and coasters. As a gift for a dozen friends at a retreat I made "Shoe Fly" coasters for everyone, then baked a Shoe Fly pie. I also made MugRugs for a group of non quilters. They were a hit! This year I think it will be quilted bookmarks. When you are making things for a dozen or more friends, it needs to be simple and fast.

    —Marcia on December 2, 2016
  • Microwave potholders. They are such a nifty idea and everyone appreciates them.

    —Michele on December 2, 2016
  • I make speedy table runners for my quick to make gifts.

    —Linda on December 2, 2016
  • I am always looking for gift ideas. My daughter in law loves anything that is homemade.

    —Linda Klungle on December 2, 2016
  • I love making hot pads and tablerunners for gifts, and nothing could be easier than a set of napkins! At Christmas, I often make several tree ornaments to give to my 7 brothers and sisters and their families when we get together.

    —Linda Towers on December 4, 2016
  • Pot holders

    —Melissia C Goscha on December 11, 2016

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