As soon as the pumpkins come out each year, I know I should probably get started with handmade Christmas gifts. I love adding embroidery to simple sewing projects. A simple design can add a lot of impact to a basic sewing project. Here are a few ideas for the folks on your list, hand-picked from our latest issue of Sew it All magazine (volume 11, if you can believe it!).
Gift making made easy! The Business or Pleasure by SN editor Jill Case is perfect for gifting, especially if you’ve got crafty friends on your list. Instead of the supplied applique templates, embellish a felt gift card holder with sewing-themed embroidery designs.
I’m kind of in the mood to sew up pajamas for gifts this year. The Short & Sweet pattern by Tara Miller is easy to hack into pajama bottoms (with or without the tie) and to adjust for different sizes. Plus, they sew up super quick. Simply add a sweet embroidery design along the bottom front hem to personalize the look.
I like making simple quilted items to give – they always look like they took more time to make than they actually do! I love the Running in Circles Table Runner by Teresa Coates – easy straight piecing creates a lovely one-size-fits-all table runner. Replace the hand stitching with a circular embroidery design for easy quilting!
For the folks on your list you’re planning to spend a little more time for, consider the 2-in-1 reversible tote by Lisa Polderman. Bags are a great gift option (hello, no fitting issues!) and this one is a great canvas. That front pocket is kind of begging for some embroidered embellishment. Or perhaps a matching border design on the handle and button closure tab?
There’s your holiday sewing list sorted, friends! We should probably get started!
You can find all these projects and more in the latest issue of Sew It All magazine, on newsstands now and available at shopsewitall.com.