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Are we allowed to mention the C word yet? I started my Christmas planning as soon as the kids went back to school in September and am pretty pleased to say I’ve finished most of my Christmas shopping and meal planning. I always feel that if I start early I can enjoy December and the lead up to Christmas Day.
Handmade gifts are something I love to give and receive and this is also something I make an early start on. However it’s never too late to start and I thought it would be fun to share some ideas for handmade gifts to sew this Christmas. Many of them are suitable for beginners or children to make.
You don’t need many supplies to make handmade gifts to sew. Whilst some of these gifts can be made by hand you will need basic sewing equipment and a sewing machine, I like these beginner sewing machines. I always enjoy shopping for Christmas fabrics, there are so many beautiful fabrics and colours to choose from.
10 handmade gifts to sew this Christmas
During the first Lockdown period I helped my son make his own patchwork cushion. With time on our hands it made a lovely project to stitch together and it was a great introduction to using a sewing machine. He chose the fabric charm pack himself and it made a lovely easy project, stitching the squares into strips and sewing them together. He quickly caught the sewing bug!
A while ago my daughter chose some Pokemon fabric she liked and I have been making gifts from it ever since. She loves spending time watching her favourite shows on Disney+ so I made her a quick and easy tablet cushion. She loves using it and it holds her table comfortably so she’s not sitting in strange positions.
Working in a school I go through a lot of face masks. I need one for every day so have been enjoying sewing my own. You can use any favourite fabrics for face masks but you will also need elastics to make sure they fit comfortably, I love these face mask kits. I also stitched myself a bag to hold them and a bottle of hand sanitiser in. face mask and bag
Cable cord wrap
Practical gifts are always welcome and I enjoyed making a cable cord wrap with a scrap of fabric. Although this is a small project it’s really useful. I dislike having cables everywhere and this encourages my children to keep theirs tidy.
At this time of year we have quilts and blankets out. Not only do they help add a touch of colour to a room but they also give a much needed layer of warmth.
Heirloom Advent calendar
I was toying with the idea of stitching my own advent calendar this year. I’ve made a few different advent calendars for my children but this year they chose plastic ones. Not very environmentally friendly, a fabric advent calendar is a real heirloom gift that can be used again and again.
Heirloom Christmas stockings
Even our Christmas stockings are eco-friendly, having been used for over 10 years now! Although my Mum made them from Christmas fabrics they are a simple drawstring bag., so easy to whip up and another heirloom item.
We’ve been cutting down on our single use plastic for a while and always make sure to have plenty of re-useable bags with us when we shop. This is a practical gift and quite simple to make.
Christmas table runner
I Pinned a gorgeous table runner a few years ago, and every year I look at it and think I really should make it. Our dining room table is the centre of our house and we are always round it for meals, homework or crafting. I’m sure I’m not the only person who changes the tablecloth to match the seasons. This year I would love to make a simple table runner with Liberty fabric stars. I think I may just stitch one for my sister too!
Fabric envelope/gift card holder
Although this fabric envelope was originally made for Valentines Day, I think it would make a great gift to give at Christmas too. Perfect for a gift token or hand written I O U.
I hope you have liked the sound of these 10 handmade gifts to sew this Christmas. Why not take a look at my handmade gift ideas on Pinterest for more practical gifts to give this Christmas.