Friday, November 8, 2013

Christmas Inspiration- handmade gifts to sew!

So right when November began I suddenly started hearing Christmas music on a few radio ads- on the FIRST of November- when did Christmas start coming so early?! I was shocked! However, when I listen to my Christmas music on my own steam, it's okay. I visited my sister in Missouri this weekend and we went to the Missouri Star Quilt Company (SO fun! post coming soon), and we sewed, sewed and sewed while busting out the Holiday tunes! It is NEVER too early to start on Handmade Christmas gifts, so below I present some handmade holiday sewing inspiration! I'd love to hear your own ideas.

For your girlfriends:

Great sewing pattern for women!
The Seafarer Top as sewn by The Girl.Inspired, pattern from Sew Much Adoanother version here, here and a cardi version 

Pleated tote from Bend the Rules Sewing by Amy Karol. Purse review by EmmmyLizzzy via Sew Sweetness' PursePalooza-

FREE Kennedy bag pattern on Sew Mama Sew (also from Sara of Sew Sweetness).

Cookie Plate Crumb Catcher, Tutorial @ The Crafty Quilter
Cookie Plate Crumb Catcher from the Crafty Quilter
Paper Pieced Hexi - Super Quick by CreatingAtHome
Hexagon paper pieced potholder from Creating @ Home (via Craftsy).
Bella collage Quilt from luvin the mommyhood is a great starter quilt- I've made it and it's super fast to sew up (must post about it!) 

Try Noodlehead's Open Wide Zippered Pouch

For the baby/little ones! (most can be gifts for boys too, just make 'em in boy colors!)

Toms Inspired Baby Shoes from Homemade Toast, see Craftiness is Not Optional' version here

Speedy Gonzales footless baby tights from Shaffer Sisters

Kimono Top, as sewn by Made by Me & Shared with You. FREE 6 mo- 8 year pattern from Habitual

The "Bapron" from Craftiness is Not Optional to contain all those baby messes!

To help keep them occupied in church or car rides, try some quiet book ideas from Shaffer Sisters. Made by Me & Shared with You also has many Quiet Book Templates.

Sadie Grace Nightgown from Seamingly Smitten, sizes 6 months to 8 years!

Kimono Baby Shoes FREE pattern from Homespun Threads

Jumpsuit FREE pattern from DUTCH magazine Kiind

Little Tunic from This Big Oak Tree
Floppy Tie Onesie from See Kate Sew

For the Boy (or girl! Lets not be exclusive….):
Downton Duffle Coat from Peek A Boo Patterns, I love Nutta's version

Amazing Star Wars Lego inspired paper pieced quilt from Quiet Play (so I would probably want to make this for NEXT Christmas…but it's amazing, can we agree on that??).

Lunch Money Cuff From Lemon Squeezy Home

For the Girl:

Free Baby Bumble Bag Tutorial from
Baby Bumble Bag Free pattern- cuteness!

Angry Chicken's 5 minute skirt
For anyone on your list!
Travel Toothbrush kit, also from Noodlehead
Hot Mess Casserole Carrier from Sara Lawson

Since we always need more storage, a Fabric Storage Cube from Crazy Mom Quilts

Fabric covered box from Monkey Business

Zip Circle to store those pesky earbuds-Tutorial and more comprehensive Pattern from Dog Under My Desk
I've heard GREAT things about both, it's still circulating on the interwebs after almost 2 years!

Wallet Pattern from Dixie DIY

For the MAN in your life:

guys survival kit tutorial at ellison lane
Guys Survival Kit from Ellison Lane

tutorial: workout arm band || imagine gnats
Workout iPod arm band carrier from Imagine gnats

My Own list of handmade Christmas gifts to sew is:
Mystery Item 1 for Girl A
Mystery Item 2 for Lady B
Mystery Item 3 for Girl C
Mystery Item 4 for Man D
Mystery Item 5 and 6 for Girl A and Girl C

….. I'm sorry to be so vague, but readers of my blog will be some of the recipients of my gifts- can't wait to give you an update after the gifts have been delivered! I will try to keep you updated on my progress :)


  1. These are great ideas! I've made the earbud pouches (dozens of them - everybody LOVES them), pinned the Guy's Survival Kit (to make for my kids), am making fabric baskets for my nieces and sister for Christmas. I learned how to make felt finger puppets in time for Halloween, so all the kids are getting them for Christmas too (will check out Shaffer Sisters page).

    The duffle coat is particularly interesting since it covers sizes 3m - 12 - great for somebody (like me) who has kids to sew for ranging from 6m - 5y :D

    My favourite project, though, is the Bella Collage Quilt - I love that kind of simple but pretty design, and have downloaded the pattern to study - I can see it in girl prints, boy prints, neutral prints, theme prints - sweet!

    Something else to consider for gifts is pillowcases! Suits ages 2 to 102, quick to make, only a meter of fabric each, and the fabric choices can be personalized to the recipient - it's a great gift! It can also be used as the wrapping for another gift, lol!

  2. Wonderful roundup! My mom is getting my only sewn gift this year… a quilt made from the Sugar Block Club BoM.

  3. Your inspiration pictures are gorgeous! I can't wait to find out what you're making :)

  4. Thanks for including my Downton Duffle photo! I have to think about making some gifts! Well, it's so early but fun thing :)

  5. Wow such amazing ideas! I wish I was crafty/talented enough to pull half of these off! I love how they are not your standard DIY gifts!

  6. I'm pinning this for this Christmas! What a great list! Who knows - maybe I'll even start earlier than December 10th this year :)


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