Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Last Minute Holiday Sewing Gift Ideas

I'm honored to partner with for this post on festive holiday fabrics and last-minutes sewing gifts you can make up quickly to surprise your friends and loved ones with personal and thoughtful handcrafted gifts. 


Super Cute Reindeer Linen from Fabric.com


The holiday season is here and in full swing, but it's not too late to enjoy some last-minute Christmas sewing projects with beautiful, high quality seasonal fabric.

Since time is getting tight, I'm going to stick to easy projects the average sewist (sewing artist) can complete in an hour or less - though the pattern or tutorial you choose can affect that time. 

Sewing Gift Ideas to Make in an Hour or Less

  • Fleece scarves: Fleece scarves are super easy gifts to make and you can get several out of a single yard of polar fleece from  You can add decorative stitching around the edges or leave the fabric unfinished. Or, add cute appliques or embellishments like fringe to the ends to dress up the look and create a unique scarf for each person even though you're using the same fabric for several scarves. This is great because it extends your fabric and gift-giving budget without making identical presents. 
  • Tote bags: You can stitch up a basic tote bag with nylon straps and a boxed bottom in about half an hour, sometimes less, with sturdy decorative canvas or basic woven cotton. Tote bags are great for loved ones who enjoy an eco-friendly lifestyle to use as shopping bags, or for anyone with an on-the-go lifestyle. 
  • Leggings: Leggings are a little bit harder, but if you use a basic one-piece pattern and especially if you use a serger, you can make a pair of leggings, which you can also call an under-layer for warmth for those who don't wear leggings, in just about half an hour. A regular sewing machine can take longer than half an hour, but you can still complete the project in under an hour. Choose a stretchy fleece or thermal-weave cotton for this type of project if the recipient lives in a cold climate, or a lighter jersey or Spandex-blend for loved ones who live where it's warmer. 
  • Mittens: In addition to making multiple scarves, you can use up some excess polar fleece, or just grab an extra yard or two when you're ordering from fabric.com, and make up some cute and cozy mittens in next to no time. The mittens can be paired with a scarf or given as a standalone gift. 
I hope these easy gift ideas inspire you to do some last minute holiday sewing, and be sure to visit to get great deals on all the fabric you need to complete your last minute projects. 

So, who's on your holiday gift list that you still need to surprise with a special gift this holiday season? 



Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Beautiful Christmas Fabrics for Your Holiday Sewing Projects

I'm proud to partner with Fabric.com to share these beautiful holiday fabrics with you...

Tis’ the season for DIY gifts, and Fabric.com has everything you need to get started on your next project. Whether you’re quilting, sewing Christmas pajamas or making festive accent pillows, Fabric.com has the perfect print and material to get you started.

Need some inspiration? See what others have created using the #madewithfabric hashtag, or by visiting the Fabric photo gallery.

Here are a few of our favorite holiday patterns!

Minky Classic Plaid Red

This Minky fabric comes in yellow, blue, green and red. Its softness makes it perfect for baby accessories, blankets, throw, pillows or stuffed animals.


Holiday Flourish Metallics Ornaments Black

This lightweight cotton fabric is perfect for home d├ęcor projects, quilting or apparel for the holidays. The print features poinsettias and metallic accents and includes hints of black, grey, various shades of green, various shades or red, golden tan and metallic gold.



Michael Miller Holiday Funky Christmas Yule Trees Santa

This whimsical pattern is not your typical holiday fabric! Enjoy a funky twist with fuchsia, green, pink and lime on a white background. Perfect for projects that bring a fun, modern update to the holidays.



Scandi 3 Reindeer Heads Linen

This 100% cotton fabric features white reindeer heads with red noses and is perfect for the Rudolph fans in your life! The simple yet fun pattern is perfect for small crafts, pillows, holiday stockings and more.

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