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9 DIY Holiday Gifts to Sew

As temperatures drop and our thoughts turn to the festive season ahead, we’ve gathered nine DIY holiday gift ideas that you can sew as gifts or holiday decor. They also make nice sewing projects to work on with little ones. We’ve gathered several lovely sewing tutorials from our quilty friends and are unwrapping a few projects of our own. Keep reading for quilt, cross stitch and sewing projects to make your holidays bright!

A Bright Corner's graphic header for her DIY hoop ornaments
Make these cute Christmas ornaments with embroidery hoops and iron-on sheets!

Sketch Stitched Ornaments Tutorial

Learn to make these fun, scrap-friendly Sketch Stitched ornaments using this free sewing tutorial by Andy Knowlton of A Bright Corner. These easy ornaments are fun to make using a simple raw edge applique technique, paired with some sketchy stitching to outline each piece and give it a unique finishing touch.  I’ve included the template for each of these ornaments along with instructions for tracing, fusing, and stitching the shapes. The free pattern includes options for finishing and embellishing each ornament. 

You can find me on my blog or follow me on Instagram, (@abrightcorner).

graphic header for zen chic's free christmas stocking pattern
stockings made with Zen Chic's Free Christmas stocking pattern

Free Christmas Stocking Pattern

Don’t you love Christmas Stockings? They are the cutest thing to ring in the Christmas season and can be filled with yummy surprises. Of course, they are most beautiful when sewn by yourself. We sewed ours in orange and white with fabrics from Zen Chic’s Lazy Afternoon collection for Moda Fabrics. They are ready in no time – we have the necessary templates and also a video tutorial for you in our Free Resource Library. By the way, there are many other free ideas in it – just sign up for this library, and we will send you the access password immediately.

See more inspiration on our blog post here or follow me on my Instagram, (@zenchicmoda).

Laundry Basket Quilts graphic header for her christmas patterns that make great DIY gifts

Holiday Forest Quilt Pattern

Follow me through a Holiday Forest of jelly rolls for a colorful adventure. We are going to have SEW much fun! This project is simple and easy to customize to make a wall hanging, table runner, or an accent block. Make a Holiday Forest from your favorite Laundry Basket Collection!

Alaskan Star Pillow Pattern

I love making a quick fun project and learning something new, it feels like receiving a gift during the holidays. Our Alaskan Star Pillow is the perfect gift for you, so treat yourself and create this festive pillow with the pattern, Alaska Ruler template, and some fabric from Laundry Basket Quilt’s Noel Collection.

Find me on my blog or follow me on Instagram, (@laundrybasketquilts)

Miniki Kim's Holiday Gift idea graphic header
These Quilt As You Go stockings are easy to make! Minki Kim sewed hers in her Forgotten Memories collection for Riley Blake Designs.

Flying Geese Stocking Tutorial

Growing up in Korea, Christmas stockings were not familiar to me, as we don’t have fireplaces in Korea. (We have heated floors instead.) The inspiration for this came from my sewing friend Kristin’s cozy winter living room. It was decorated with lots of candles, cinnamon sticks and pine cones, and there I saw quilted stockings hanging by her fireplace. I loved them so much, and she made one for me! Ever since then, Christmas stockings have become one of my favorite holiday gifts to make for others!

I hope you enjoy making my Flying Geese Stockings and brightening someone’s holiday!

Find me on YouTube or follow me on Instagram, (@zeriano)

More DIY Holiday Gifts and Decor to Sew

Do you want to display some holiday cross stitches on your tree this year? These Cookie Cutter Ornaments by It’s Sew Emma are cute as can be! Finishing these cross stitch ornaments is easy as pie with the Tart Tin Ornament pack. Follow along with this video tutorial to learn how. Make one for each person on your gift list and warm their hearts with these snack-size cross stitch treats!

DIY Oven Mitt Christmas Gift Idea

Oven Mitt Tutorial

Not only does making oven mitts of your own allow you to match them to your kitchen décor, but it is also a quick project you can make in a day. These make great hostess gifts when attending holiday parties, or a special gift for your favorite cook. Make yours following our free oven mitt tutorial on the blog!

DIY Quilt Ornaments

How to make DIY Quilted Ornaments

Turn some of your smallest quilt blocks into cute, quilted ornaments for your tree. We sewed some of our 3″ blocks from the Sewcialites Quilt Along into ornaments to hang on our sewing room tree, and we’ll show you how you can do the same in 10 easy steps in this blog post!

Fat Quarter Stocking Tutorial and Template

Christmas Stockings and Template

Are you ready to “Deck the halls”? The Fat Quarter Stocking Template Set will help you make the perfect Christmas stockings for your loved ones! Kimberly guides you through making a stocking in this video tutorial and shares a personal touch you can add to make them extra special. 

Share Your Holiday Makes with Us

We have even more free tutorials for you! Keep crafting on your list this holiday with these cute projects that you can find on the Fat Quarter Shop Youtube Channel.

We hope that you found a DIY holiday gift to make someone on your list this year! Share your projects with #FQSJollyHoliday on Facebook and Instagram and tag @fatquartershop so we can see and share your work.

Don’t forget to leave a comment below telling us what you’re making this winter. If you have any DIY holiday gift ideas we didn’t include, share those too!

Happy sewing!


    1. Hi Cheryl! We are so happy you found some inspiration here. Can’t wait to see what you make!