Sew a holly-jolly holiday! Sweet Santa embroidery patterns (+ fabric giveaway!)

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas . . . when Santa’s the inspiration for your needle and thread, every day feels like the most wonderful time of the year!

Just Be Claus

First Robin Kingsley charmed us with a flurry of sweet snowmen in her best-selling book Snow Happy. Now Robin is back to share more enchanting stitcheries in Just Be Claus—this time featuring Santa and all of his favorite things in beautiful redwork. Even the grumpiest of Grinches won’t be able to resist Robin’s renditions of jolly-old Saint Nick!

Santa Tea Time
Deck the kitchen with Robin’s darling tea towels—sure to bring a smile!

Now’s the perfect time to sew fun little gifts and decorations for your holiday home—there’s no Christmas rush! Savor some slow stitching and bring your own Santas to life in ornaments, pillows, framed embroideries, and a Santa sampler quilt that will fill your holiday guests with joy.

Jolly Santas quilt
Surround the embroidery in this Jolly Santas quilt with your stash of Christmas fabrics.

All of Robin’s projects are easy to create and put on display. And no worries if you’re new to embroidery—Robin’s embroidery basics have you covered. Once you get started, we guarantee you won’t want to wait until December to show off your Santa style!

Santa Collector table runner
Start a new Christmas tradition of setting out milk and cookies for Santa on this adorable runner.

Robin is our guest writer today, here to tell you more about her latest book. But before we get to more merriment . . .

BOOK + FABRIC GIVEAWAY! Our friends at Maywood Studio sent a festive bundle of Robin’s latest fabric line, Just Be Claus, to give away to one lucky winner!

Martingale + Maywood Studio giveaway!

Learn how you can win the bundle plus a copy of Just Be Claus at the end of this post. And be sure to visit Robin’s blog today too: she’s hosting another fun book-and-fabric giveaway!

Robin KingsleyHow wonderful be asked to design and stitch a WHOLE book about Santa Claus! That jolly old elf can be imagined so many ways. I had a terrific time playing with Santa and even more fun drawing and stitching the projects in Just Be Claus!

I created holiday projects you can enjoy in your own home or give as welcome gifts to family and friends. There are big and not-so-big projects to keep you busy right up until Christmas.

One of my favorite projects is the Oil Can Folk-Art Santa, which is mounted on a vintage oil can so people can admire the stitching on the front and the back.

Oil Can Folk-Art Santa embroidery
Add tiny buttons and jingle bells to complete this one-of-a-kind, three-dimensional centerpiece.

The Portraits of Santa Table Mat gave me the opportunity to add extra-decorative embroidery, plus an old button or two to finish.

Portraits of Santa table topper
How fun would it be to have Santa join you for a mug of hot chocolate?

Counting down the days until Christmas is SO important! Make your own colorful Christmas Countdown complete with chalkboard fabric and a pocket to hold your chalk.

Christmas Countdown embroidery
A Christmas Countdown to remember!

These are just three of the 24 special designs you can make in Just Be Claus. I wonder which will be your favorite design?

Santa Claus is quite the versatile character and will entertain you ALL year as you get ready for the holiday. In the book I also share my favorite tips and tricks for:

  • Transferring embroidery designs to fabric
  • Learning fun embroidery stitches that add special embellishment to your designs
  • Keeping the back of your embroidery neat (you’ll surprise all those nosy people who always turn over your work!)
  • Giving your embroidery a fine, polished finish

And, of course, there are many FUN embroideries to stitch!

Just Be ClausThanks for sharing your new book with us, Robin!

For your chance to win the Just Be Claus book and the fabric bundle from Maywood Studio, tell us:

How many Santas show up in your home decor at Christmastime?

  • 1 to 5
  • 6 to 10
  • 11 to 20
  • 20 or more!

Share your answer in the comments and you’ll be automatically entered into the drawing. We’ll choose a random winner one week from today and let you know by email if you win. Good luck!

➡ Buy both of Robin’s books, Just Be Claus and Snow Happy, to get some jolly stitching done before the holiday and we’ll pay for your shipping in the US and Canada.

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Thanks to all who entered the drawing! The winner is Shirley, who says:

“I’m guessing that I have at least 11 – 20 Santas all around the house during Christmas. There are enough that I’ve never bothered to count!”

Terry, we’ll email you about your prize. Congratulations!








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