It’s December already and the countdown to the big day is on! Have you managed any Christmas-related makes this year? Time is running out! But fear not, I’ve put together a list of my top 5 Christmas projects that you can whip up in no time to gift to your friends and to decorate your home. Be sure to add a handmade touch to this Christmas!
1) Happy House Block by Jo Hart of Unicorn Harts
First up is this Happy House foundation paper-pieced block that’s so adorable, it would be the perfect Christmas motif for a cushion. I just love Jo’s version with Santa in the doorway and and a penguin and reindeer in the window! This pattern presents so many fussy-cutting opportunities. You could even add embellishments and make it into a beautiful Gingerbread house. (If you’re super organised you could make a Halloween version in readiness for next year!) Visit www.craftsy.com/profile/unicornharts to purchase the PDF pattern, and to keep up to date with all of Jo’s lovely work follow her on Instagram @unicornharts
2) Improv Patchwork Trees by Amy Smart
If Foundation paper piecing isn’t your thing, then you may prefer Amy Smart’s Improv Patchwork Trees quilt. OK, so maybe it’s a bit late in the day to make a whole quilt now that we’re in December, but why not make a table runner or some place settings for that personal touch on Christmas day. You could even sew a few blocks each month and have enough for a whole quilt next year! Visit www.diaryofaquilter.com for the full tutorial where you can also purchase the printable PDF version. Amy can be found on Instagram at @diaryofaquilter
3) Ho Ho Ho Cushion by Jo Westfoot
If appliqué is for you, then you’ll love this ‘Ho Ho Ho’ cushion by Jo Westfoot of The Crafty Nomad Fleet. A cushion is the perfect quick project for a handmade Christmas and it won’t take long to whip up some ‘Ho Ho Ho’ letters and add the fun Christmas pudding details, complete with 3D holly and red button berries. Christmas pudding never looked so good! This pattern is available from www.thecraftynomad.co.uk/patterns and you can follow Jo on Instagram @thecraftynomadfleet
4) Wee Braw Bag by Laura Cunningham
Unless you’ve been living under a rock (or a sewing machine) all year, you will have seen the gorgeous Wee Braw Bag pattern by Laura Cunningham. This quick make is ideal for beginners and perfect for Christmas treats, chocolate goodies, makeup, or sewing notions to name a few. And if the small one’s not big enough, the pattern also includes measurements for a larger size. I’ve had great fun making this Christmas version, but I love that you can use any combination of fabrics to suit the recipient or the season. Visit www.craftsy.com/profile/zuckerkuss to purchase and whip up some cute bags for your friends just in time for Christmas! You can find Laura and all her gorgeous patterns on Instagram @laura_zuckerkuss
5) Vintage Christmas by Lori Holt
Vintage Christmas by Lori Holt is literally Christmas in a book. Made up of 42 Christmas-themed blocks, the Vintage Christmas Sampler Quilt has something for everyone; from snowmen, dogs and dolls, to gingerbread men, ice skates, reindeer, and everything else vintage and Christmassy in between. However, 42 Christmas blocks is no mean feat! So if you’d prefer something smaller, there’s the Christmas Eve quilt using 25 of your favourite blocks, and there’s also many other options, including two colour quilts and a gorgeous row by row quilt.
But with just weeks to go until Christmas, a smaller project is much more realistic! This book includes patterns for table runners, place mats, mug mats and of course cushions. And I’d love to share with you this gorgeous snowglobe cushion, made by my friend and talented quilter Kerry Green (@verykerryberry) Isn’t it adorable, and I just love her fabric choices!
What’s really fab about this book is it’s spiral bound, so it lies flat, making it SO much easier to read the instructions and measurements. It really is jam packed with Christmas inspiration, the tricky bit is deciding which block to stitch first!
Well I hope my list has given you some ideas for last minute Christmas stitching. The festive season really is a great opportunity to make something beautiful, which can be brought out and cherished year after year. Thank you to all the lovely quilters featured in this article for the use of their beautiful photos. And the inspiration of course!
Wishing you all a wonderful Christmas,