It's time, team. It's time to think about what gifts you're going to sew (if any) before time runs out. There are only five weeks left before we have to fill Christmas stockings. Any desire to sew handmade gifts must therefore be satisfied without delay!
We've got a range of fantastic designs for you to think about and have narrowed down the options to some pretty perfect gift ideas.
We've created the ultimate gift guide for sewing extra special gifts for everyone in your life. And we mean everyone! And we've created a whole section of FREE sewing patterns (and I promise they're really good). Grab a mulled wine or hot chocolate, a notepad and get planning!
- Wildwood Unisex Jacket and Vest from Helen's Closet – a great heated layer that will teach you how to intersperse layers of fabric and fleece together to create a lovely quilted textile. Make one for yourself too!
- FREE Merchant & Mills Hot Water Bottle Cover – this is a perfect gift for anyone who doesn't know what to buy. Who doesn't love hot water bottles and the pattern is FREE!
- Atlas Victory Patterns Mittens – designed for use with primarily recycled materials, such as recycled knit sweaters, wool and leather items, there are several manufacturing options to allow you to personalize these mittens.
- Melilot Child/Adult Knut Hood – a quick and easy to sew jacket that will turn any jacket into a hooded jacket! You can make it from wool scraps, thick jersey or an old sweater. This model is suitable for beginners.
- Named Delia Beanie – if you're short on time, you can create this pattern in a flash! It's a very simple and quick knit hat to make and very personalized.
- Sew a Liberated Nocturne Pajamas – in my opinion, pajamas are the greatest gifts to receive and the loose, flowy fit of Nocturne should make it a good one for others to make.
- Helen's Closet Unisex Arbutus Dress – you can't go wrong with a dress. Make this unisex pattern in draped satin for a luxurious feel, or get cozy and make it in fleece or terry cloth.
- Sew DIY Unisex Quilted Slippers – Christmas isn’t complete without a new pair of slippers. The quilted exterior is constructed by quilting a layer of fabric and batting together, or you can use pre-quilted fabric for a quicker project.
- Pattern Paper Scissors Family Perri PJs Bundle – there's lots of family fun to be had in matching pajamas at Christmas, the stores are full of them and you can sew your own!
- Named Lahja unisex dressing gown – made this for me and my husband and never looked back. This pattern looks great in embossed cotton for a “spa dress” vibe.
- Fiber Mood Giti Cell Phone Bag – perfect for the person in your life who is always rummaging through their bag looking for their “lost phone”. They won't bother you with this problem when you give them this!
- Bag Atelier Scämmit Buenos Aires – you can sew everyone something different with this bag model because there are a total of 180 possible variations. But don't forget to sew yourself one!
- Kylie & the Machine Mule Tote – tote bags are so useful and this style is a winner. The standard size makes a great tote, and the maxi size is perfect for anyone who likes to lug the kitchen sink around with them!
- Klumhouse Woodland Dopp Kit – this little pouch can be sewn for many purposes and filled with pieces to complete the gift. Maybe make one for the stationery lover in your life and fill it with pens and pencils or for the beauty lover and fill it with pampering treats.
- Veronica Tucker Frankie Bag – a cute reversible tote (two bags in one!) with a pocket and knotted shoulder straps. This would look great in party fabrics.
- Merchant & Mills Betty Apron – spoil the cooks in your life with an apron they can cherish. Forget tedious ties, Betty slips over the apron with a pretty crossed back.
- Thread Theory Woodhaven Apron – sew an essential work accessory for the workshop or kitchen. Personalize the pockets of this apron according to the profession chosen by your loved one.
- Grainline Studio Field Bag – the way to your crafty friend's heart is one way to organize it! The Field Bag is designed to organize knitting, sewing, embroidery or other work in progress.
- Lasenby Samphire Duffle Project Bag – have a friend who won't waste a moment traveling? This compact project bag is perfect for knitting and crocheting on the go and can also convert into a basket for crafting at home.
- Sew Liberated Studio Tunic – this nifty tunic has been very popular since its launch. With roomy pockets for all the treasures and tools you might need as you go about your day in the kitchen, studio, garden or on the hiking trail, whatever their occupation, they'll love this gift.
- Merchant & Mills Francli Pocket Bag – dog walkers may appreciate this small but mighty bag for storing their poop bags and treats in one convenient-to-access location.
- Poppy & Jazz Poppy Dog Coat – this little dog coat is reversible so you can choose two different fun fabrics. How about a layer of cozy fleece on one side and stylish corduroy on the other?
- Merchant & Mills Grove Craft Set – Are you (or know someone) who can’t say no to their pup? The mattress topper in this set is ideal for covering a sofa that your dog might want to jump on!
- Merchant & Mills Barka Parka – dogs deserve to be stylish (and dry) too! Maybe a festive coat is necessary for an unforgettable Christmas?!
- Mood Nousha Fiber Bag – another great option for dog walkers who like to put all the necessary items in one bag for the early morning walk. Make this viral Uniqlo bag dupe from a shower-proof fabric to make it even more practical.
- Juliana Martevjevs Kelly Coat – this nifty style is designed to be completely hand-sewn (which reads: from the couch to me!). The pioneer in your life will love the blanket stitch finish.
- Noodlehead Haralson Bag – this hands-free beauty is perfect for everyday use and probably makes the greatest gift to receive.
- Armoire by Me Half-Zip Sweater – half-zip styles are dominating sweatshirt trends this season, so this is a very interesting choice. It is particularly cozy in fleece fabric.
- Fiber Mood Gabriela Bodywarmer – this cute quilted number is such a fun and practical piece for someone to sew. Ties make it feminine and you can play with colors and prints.
- Sew Love Patterns Whitcomb Top – this is the ultimate pattern to make for someone else. This beginner-friendly confection can be sewn with woven or knitted fabric or a combination of both.
- Boxer Briefs by Me for Men – whip up a batch of boxers to freshen up what is potentially a tired underwear drawer! The pattern is designed for a lightweight woven fabric in a fiber such as cotton, but jersey fabric can be used if you size down.
- Klumhouse Slabtown Backpack – this sturdy wheeled backpack is ideal for cyclists and adventurers. This is a very useful brand that should be worth the money.
- Drew Sew Over It Unisex Hoodie – everyone loves a comfy hoodie…you can’t go wrong! Drew's instructions include false flatlock stitching for a beautiful ready-to-wear finish that can be achieved with a regular sewing machine.
- Mittens Set Condon (Bernie) – these fun mittens can use old sweaters or recycled scraps to make these warm and fuzzy mittens. They are iconic!
- Merchant & Mills Docker Hat – if you want to sew a gift on a smaller scale, this classic six-panel hat, featuring a rolled up band and elasticated back should be pretty quick to make.
- Under the Kōwhai Baby/Child/Teen Honu vest (quilted) – sew the cutest little gift to slip under the tree! This trendy, folky and fun layering piece for boys and girls will be ultra soft and made from Christmas fabric.
- Poppy & Jazz Pomegranate Pajamas – make bedtime even more magical with pajamas made by me! Designed for children aged 18 months to 6 years, they would be adorable made in festive prints.
- Noodlehead Road Trip Case – this portable case is easy to customize and perfect for organizing craft supplies, from pencils to sewing items – perfect for little ones on the go!
- Chalk and Notch Mini Page Hoodie – just like adults, kids love hoodies and the mini version of the Page Hoodie is a great pattern for kids to sew. They won't want to take it off!
- Waves & Wild Cool Time Lunch Bag – make packed lunches more fun with a handmade bag! You can choose a print to suit their favorite activity and they'll love it at lunchtime.
- Merchant & Mills Stocking – a stylish Christmas stocking to decorate any mantelpiece and use up leftover fabric. Merchant & Mills will donate 100% of sales from this model to UNICEF.
- Melilot Unisex Maggi Sweatshirt – if you're planning to make Christmas jumpers this year, this is the perfect base for any fun decorations you might want to add.
- Lasenby Star Garland – sew pretty decorations that will be enjoyed for years to come with this garland. You might be able to use some leftovers while you're at it!
- Lasenby Borage Table Accessories – sew your favorite table accessories that will enhance Christmas lunch year after year. An easy and pleasant gift to sew and receive!
- Paper Patterned Scissor Christmas Stockings – don’t let their stockings get tangled while personalizing them! This easy-to-follow pattern includes applique designs for stars, letters and numbers.
I wanted to include a few free sewing patterns in this gift guide – all of which lend themselves to batch sewing so you can save on the pattern and your time!
- FREE Juliana Martejevs Silvie Scrunchie – there is no easier project to make than scrunchies. You can make them in silk fabrics and offer them in sets of three for a luxurious gift.
- FREE Lasenby Teasel Knitting Pouch – a handy piece for the yarn lover in your life. This gift is quick and easy to sew!
- FREE Merchant & Mills Bucket Hat – this has been the hat of the season, so I'm sure your recipient will be delighted to receive this useful piece.
- FREE Simplicity Pouch SP113 – a pouch is a very useful bag to have in your wardrobe and this simple pattern is ideal for sewing gifts.
- FREE Merchant & Mills Drawstring Bag – a drawstring bag is a useful thing to have but can also double as a really cute gift bag. A template is also included for optional “Stuff” embroidery.
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