Christmas sewing projects – 7 fun crafts to make and give

Christmas sewing projects, to me, need to be two things: simple (time is always precious but it seems like there’s less margin for error this time of year) and special. So I’ve rounded up a bunch of patterns that I think hit both of these marks. Pattern links are all at the bottom of the page, and I’ve tried and tested every one. Most are patterns that you can sew up in less than a day, and everything but the tote could be classified as an easy sewing project for beginners … one doesn’t even require sewing, just some scraps and a bit of glue!

Christmas tree skirt

This Christmas Tree Skirt pattern is by . I made my version, pictured below, with fabrics by Lizzy House (Whisper Palette and Printmaking collections) and Cotton and Steel (various holiday collections but mostly Tinsel).

Candy Stripe Tree Skirt

This is a free tree skirt pattern by Gotham Quilts. It’s reversible and I used a continuous bias tape method to create my own bias tape (sounds scary but it was actually kind of magical the way it worked)!

Geranium Dress

This tiny Geranium Dress was whipped up as present for Christmas last year, and I think it was the fifth one I made. The Geranium Dress pattern from Made by Rae is my go-to for gifts for little girls.

Geranium Dress Pattern

It’s simple to sew, with a tidy construction that leaves few raw edges. Best of all, it has a modular design, with interchangeable shoulder and collar styles, allowing you to create multiple styles from a single pattern (over 50 variations if you get the expansion pack)!  It’s a tunic style which means as littles grow they can continue to wear it as a top, but I have also made more dress-like versions by adding an inch or two to the bodice.

Letters to Santa Mini Quilt

This adorable Letters to Santa Letterbox pattern is by Rosebud and Penny. It’s a paper-pieced pattern that you can use as a standalone mini quilt, or incorporate into one of the larger “Letters to Santa” quilt patterns you may have seen on Instagram.

Letters to Santa Mini Quilt with Pocket

I sewed a pocket into mine before quilting so that it can be used as a play mailbox, and it’s the perfect size for vintage postcards!

Social Tote Sewing Carryall

I’ll admit it, this is a gift I made for myself last year (^_^). This sweet little quilted basket (pattern by Carolyn Freedlander) holds all of my hand-sewing odds and ends, and moves with me from room to room as I work on various binding and applique projects. This one is a little more advanced so be sure to check out the supplemental photo walkthrough Carolyn has on her website as well.

Social Tote Bag Pattern

No Sew Fabric Christmas Ornaments

This free tutorial from Sunny Day Supply is just the thing if you want something quick and easy with lovely results. To make Scrappy Ornaments all you need are (of course) scraps, mod podge, paint brushes, clear plastic ornaments (there were bins of them on sale at Michael’s the day I went) and some ribbon or twine. This is a great group Christmas craft activity as it’s suitable for all age groups (if your kids are old enough to paint, they should have no problem with this).

Scrappy fabric ornaments

Quilted Holiday Banner

This Christmas sewing project has endless possibilities. I used my Ribbon Letters alphabet pattern to make the letters below and at this point am debating adding more words to make a table runner, or finishing it as a mini quilt and using it as a Christmas banner. The great thing about an alphabet pattern is that it can be reused for quilts large and small. In addition to two full alphabet quilts I’ve also made mini quilts for Halloween (“Boo”) and a nursery (“ABC”). The JOY letters pictured below is made up of scraps from other projects using Heather Ross’ Sugarplum and some more Cotton and Steel Tinsel.

Joy quilt block banner

Retro Christmas Table Runner

This beautiful Melody Miller border print fabric is something I’ve been hoarding forever. To me the mint and coral colour combo is the perfect vintage Christmas palette. No pattern here, I just measured the length and width of the top of my sideboard, and added an 8 inch overhang, plus a half inch seam allowance. I then doubled these measurements and cut out a single long piece along the border edge. Next I folded the piece in half lengthwise, and sewed right-sides together along the length. Finally, I turned the right sides out before hemming the short ends. I wanted it to lay very flat so no batting or quilting. Easy!

Mod Christmas table runner

Christmas sewing projects: the patterns

Free Quilted Christmas Tree Skirt Pattern

Geranium Dress Sewing Pattern PDF

Letters to Santa Letterbox Quilt Block Pattern

Social Tote Pattern by Carolyn Friedlander

Scrappy Ornament Video Tutorial

Ribbon Letters Alphabet Quilt Pattern

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Oliver + S pattern review: girls dresses

Hey guys! If you follow me on Instagram you may have noticed I’ve been trying my hand at sewing a few kids’ dresses. My thinking is that this is a good way to learn to sew clothes as a beginner … everything’s smaller, so each piece is that much less of a gamble, right? Anyway I started with a few patterns from Oliver + S and have since gotten so carried away with sewing clothes for some littles I know that I suddenly realized I have a bit of a backlog of dress finishes to share.

So I thought I’d do a little pattern round up with three of their cutest patterns for girls, deliberately ordered from easiest to more challenging (though, not too cleverly, I didn’t necessarily make them in this order):

  • Popover dress (an easy summer dress pattern)
  • Book Report dress (sweet and simple)
  • Garden Party dress (fancy but you can do it!)

Oliver and S Popover Dress

Popover Dress

This is a simple dress pattern for beginners, and if you’re looking for free childrens sewing patterns to download, this fits the bill as well. The absolute best part is that the sundress is offered in both kid and doll versions!

Oliver and S Popover Dress

With just front and back pieces (+yoke) to sew, it couldn’t be quicker to put togther … I made things even easier on myself by using contrasting, pre-made bias tape. I made one version in yellow Heather Ross Tiger Lily fabric and one baby-sized in Dear Stella sushi fabric. (Tip: I think the doll dress pattern is meant for American Girl dolls but it also fits Cabbage Patch Kids perfectly.)

You can download the free printable popover dress PDF here.

Oliver and S Popover Dress

Oliver and S Popover Dress

Book Report Dress

It’s a simple looking dress with some very sweet details, like hidden pockets and contrasting cuffs and shoulders. Perhaps this is partly down to my fabric choice (I used Cotton and Steel on the the top and delicate Liberty for the lower “skirt” portion) but in retrospect this was maybe too elegant a style for the still-very-much-a-baby, rough and tumble kidlet I made it for. But it was a pleasure to sew and I wouldn’t hesitate to make it again, just more for a toddler + up. Also I just love the fact that it has long-sleeves, you don’t see this all that often.

Book Report Dress Oliver and S

Garden Party Dress

This one was a real hit, though probably the most time-consuming of the bunch to sew.

Garden Party Dress girls pattern

If you’ve read some other reviews you may have heard others mention that sizing is a little off especially if you’re sewing for girls on the taller side. This was definitely in evidence here … if I were sewing this pattern again today I would be more confident in veering away from the age-suggested sizes to make modifications, namely a narrower waist and longer length.

Since I was just starting out I just went with it, rather than trust my own measurements, and the result was a dress that is a little on the wide side. However! The design is so nice (and the pink Heather Ross kitten fabric doesn’t hurt!) that the recipient loved it all the same.

 

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Road trip case pattern

Have finally gifted this project so I can share! The pattern is Anna Graham’s Road Trip Case and I had so much fun making it I already have two more planned (including one for myself). The instructions were really clear and there is something super satisfying the way it all comes together in the end.

Can I also just say, I think Anna Graham patterns + Carolyn Friedlander fabrics = a match made in heaven? (Other fabrics in this project are from Umbrella Prints and Cotton and Steel.)

Road trip case, pattern by Anna Graham

#roadtrip bag pattern by Anna Graham

Linking up with Blossom Heart Quilts for Sew Cute Tuesday and My Quilt Infatuation for Needle and Thread Thursday.