Festive Projects to Make for the Holidays

The holiday season is quickly approaching, and what a fun time it is for sewing! Between Christmas decor projects, festive garments and, of course, special handmade gifts for friends and family, there is so much to keep us busy this time of year. Below I’ve gathered together a few ideas for your holiday sewing:

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Heidi’s Christmas

Seasonal Garments – One of the best things about the holidays is sewing beautiful clothing – from fancy dresses fit for family portraits, to cute and festive designs suitable for any day of the season. This charming little pinafore dress, Heidi’s Christmas, is absolutely perfect for portraits. It was designed by Kathy Dykstra and features ruched and ruffled silk with bands of vertical smocking and silk satin roses. The pattern (sizes 3, 4 and 5 years) is included in issue #81 of Australian Smocking & Embroidery magazine.

Another beautiful pattern for making holiday dresses is our classic Pascale pattern designed by Linda Jenkins Thompson. We have made so many Christmas dresses using the Pascale pattern over the years, many of which were feared in Sew Beautiful. See some of them here! The pattern is available in sizes 3-7 and 8-14.


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Angel Bust Ornament

Decor Projects – Decorating for Christmas is such a special time! This year, why not make a new project or two to add to your family’s decorations? Tone Finnanger’s book, Tilda’s Homemade and Happy  is filled with beautiful home decor projects for Christmas and all winter long. Look at this beautiful angel bust ornament from the book. You can quickly sew up a collection of these pretty ornaments and embellish them in different ways. They will look so sweet on your Christmas tree, or you could make several in a row to make a garland. You may even want to make a few to give as special gifts, as well!

Another great resource for Christmas decor projects is our Retro Christmas Stitchin’ machine embroidery collection. This collection includes 12 full-color 5×7 designs ranging from ornaments to Santa Claus to snowmen and more. And, it’s available as a digital download so you can download and start stitching right away.


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Merry Merry Postcard Hanging

Special Gifts – If you’re looking for special handmade present ideas, be sure to check out our back issues of Stitch Craft Create magazine. They are filled with quick and easy gifts that your recipients will love. Here’s a vintage-inspired Merry Merry Postcard Hanging from the holiday 2012 issue. Designed by Mollie Johanson, it features cute hand-embroidered detailing. Tie it onto a wrapped package for a one-of-a-kind topper! And by the way, if you’re feeling overwhelmed with your gift-making plans be sure to check out our guide for organizing your handmade holiday gift list.

I hope you all have a happy and blessed Thanksgiving!

Much Love to You All & May God Bless,

Kathy McMakin

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