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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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August at Patch and Dot

So much to share with you this month, including some cool new work and initiatives from the craft community at large. Hopefully some of these projects tickle your fancy and you’re inspired to try them out/get involved!

Craft

This has been a summer for trying new things, experimenting, and generally just pushing myself forward when it comes to quilting.

kingfisher quilt stitchalong

My Kingfisher Quilt is coming along (I spoke a little about this last month). After much gazing-with-longing at so many beautiful English Paper Piecing projects on Instagram, I had decided it was time to finally give it a try, and I’m so glad I did. The Kingfisher Stitch Along started up in May, and it’s been the perfect project for a beginner. The way Jodi and Rachel have structured everything has made it very easy to learn the individual steps, starting with how to piece hexie flowers. I’ve been going at my own pace but because the finished quilt is only partially pieced (the flowers are appliqued to patchwork diamonds) I feel pretty confident I’ll have a finished quilt before the end of the year.

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Mega list of mini quilt patterns

Mini quilts just may be my favorite type of quilt project: the perfect way to scratch that itch to start something new, combined with the satisfaction of actually being able to finish it within a reasonable amount of time. (I’m talking quilted and bound here people!) My favorite mini quilt patterns have crisp, graphic motifs and layouts, and are designed thoughtfully to come together in a methodical way.

I’ve always got my eye out for new mini quilt patterns, and with that in mind I thought I’d try to start compiling a a mega round up in this space. I’ve tried to include a mix of traditionally pieced, paper pieced, and applique. If you have any favourites not listed below, please mention them in the comments, I’d love to hear about them!

To start the list off I’ve divided the minis into three groupings:

  • Modern
  • Traditional
  • Pictorial

(All photos are the property of the respective creators below.)

Modern mini quilt patterns

When you think of modern quilts one of the first names that comes to mind has got to be Libs Elliott. She designs quilts using a programming language called ‘Processing’ and lucky for the rest of us, she also develops some of this work into patterns. I made a Mini Rebel for a swap last year and was so happy with both the pattern (very clear and methodical!) and the result.

One of her latest patterns is Heartburst. It’s got a sweet hexagonal shape and uses EPP in a way that seems really novel … check out those hearts!  Also be sure to check out this particular pattern source, it’s quite cool because they sell kits with all of the paper pieces already cut for you.

Heartburst by Libs Elliott

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