November 27, 2020

We are approaching the 2021 Holiday season, and I think we are all trying to avoid the malls this year - and concerned that the shelves may be empty! Why not stay home and get some sewing done instead? Bonus, with some of these you can use up some scraps AND make beautiful & practical gifts that will be appreciated.

Here are 12 gift ideas that you can sew:

1. The Cufflet

The Cufflet (Make it Last Patterns) is a unique stretchy wrist wallet, perfect for keeping your valuables handy without needing to carry a bag! This quick and easy sew is an amazing scrapbuster. Use your favorite cotton lycra scraps, or even make it swim fabric to wear at the pool or the beach next summer.

2. Grow With Me Clothing

When making special clothing items for kids, you want them to last as long as possible! A perfect way to do this is by making Grow-With-Me clothing, such as The Joggers and The Hoodie by Max & Meena - with extra long cuffs that fold up at first, then down as the child grows.

3. Sweaters

The perfect cozy sweater always makes an amazing gift! We have several great patterns to offer - including the Yorkshire Cardigan and Pullover (Toby K Patterns) with a fantastic shawl collar, and the Rogue Cloak (Buttons & Bibs Patterns) with a ton of great options including two pocket styles, two hood sizes, two lengths, and more!

4. Mittens

Here's a classic gift with a bit of a twist. The Convertible Fingerless Gloves (Tie Dye Diva Patterns) are perfect for the texter in your life, and the "I Glove You" hand-holding mitten (Make it Last Patterns) is the perfect sentimental & fun gift for couples, siblings, parents, and more!

5. Beanie / Toque

A cute winter beanie (or toque if you're Canadian) makes a wonderful holiday gift - practical and adorable! The Bennett Beanie by PoppyMonroe has a ton of options included - slouchy, fold over brim, optional ear flaps and/or tie, and optional animal ears and other accessories. It also includes sizes from baby to adult.

6. Slippers

Slippers are another fantastic scrapbuster, and the Rocky Mountain Slipper Boots (for woven fabrics) and Canmore Cuddle Boots (for stretchy knit fabrics) by Goober Pea Designs come with a huge variety of options and sizes, from baby to 7 youth in the kids pattern and 4 womens to 16 mens in the adult pattern (US shoe sizes).

7. Pajamas

Pajamas are a classic holiday gift for kids! If you're in the southern hemisphere, check out the summer Somnus Sleep Set from Jennuine Design. If you're in the northern hemisphere, the cozy Nini Noni Nightwear from Designs by Call Ajaire is a perfect choice.

8. Neckwarmer

Here's another cute winter accessory that makes a fabulous gifts, for both kids and adults! Menta Sewing Patterns offers two great patterns - a classic Neckwarmer and the hooded Neck Hoodie / Snuggle Hood. Both have plenty of options and sizes.

9. Bags

For a gift that will be truly appreciated by the fashionista in your life, how about a stylish bag! Check out the Beachcomber Clutch or Ocean Tide Shoulder Bag by Needle & Anchor.

10. Headband

This stocking stuffer sized gift is a great way to use up your fabric scraps! The Quickie Headband has everything you need in one file - printable pattern pieces (no drawing your own from tutorials!) that fit on individual pages (no taping!!), multiple widths, multiple elastic styles, sizes for everyone (kids and adults), and pieces for knit or woven fabric!

11. Dollies

There are plenty of patterns for larger homemade dolls, but the tiny cute Felt Dollies and Leaf Beds (Muse of the Morning) are a super quick sew and make a great stocking stuffer!

12. Doll Clothing

If your child already has a larger doll that they love, how about making a new outfit for the doll? The Sugar Pea Doll Dress (Goober Pea Designs) is perfect for using up scraps of knit fabric, and comes with a large variety of sizes for dolls such as American Girl, My Generation, Bitty Baby, Cabbage Patch, Minikane, Baby Alive, Wellie Wisher, and more! You can even make a matching dress for your child, with the Sugar Pea Tunic & Dress pattern for babies, children, and youth.

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