It’s December already, how did that even happen? I hope you’re busy getting organised for the festive season! Is this going to be the year you have a handmade Christmas? Are you one of these people who starts making for Christmas in July, or are you frantically stitching on Christmas Eve, getting Christmas makes and gifts finished at the final hour? Well, if you have left things to the last minute, fear not, I have put together a guide of festive patterns that you’ll be able to stitch up in no time at all.
1. Big Pocket Family Advent Calendar by Sonia Spence of Fabric and Flowers
Advent may have already begun but if you’re quick you can make one of these adorable advent calendars complete with really generous sized pockets for sweet and chocolate treat and no one will even notice you’re a few days late. This beautiful Advent calendar really is a decoration in itself, with it’s cute appliqué Christmas trees and numbered pockets. It’s sure to delight adults and children alike. Visit Sonia’s website to purchase the PDF download of the pattern here
2. Snow Globe and Snowflakes Pillow Set by Jemima Flendt of Tied with Ribbon
I always adorn my chairs and sofas with Christmas cushions and pillows and I’m completely in love with this whimsical appliqué pillow set by Jemima Flendt. Featuring snowflakes, a gingerbread man and a gingerbread house in a snow globe, these gorgeous cushions are sure to get you in the festive spirit. Aimed at beginner sewists, all templates are included to make this adorable set. Visit Jemima’s website to purchase the PDF download of the pattern here
3. Foundation Paper Pieced Christmas Pudding by Jo Hart of Unicorn Harts
For me, a simple foundation paper pieced pattern is always going to be a winner, and if it’s Christmas related then even better! Look at how cute this Christmas Pudding pattern by Jo Hart of Unicorn Harts is. If you’re quick you might have time to incorporate it into a quilt, or why not make it into a cushion. Isn’t the pom pom trim the perfect finishing touch! You could go traditional with your colours, or why not use pink and lime green like Jo, for a modern twist. Visit Jo’s website to purchase the PDF download of the pattern here:
4. Christmas Tubs by Rosie Taylor of Rosie Taylor Crafts
These tubs, complete with fussy cut characters, Christmas fabric and pom pom trim are a must have for every household – after all, you’re going to need somewhere to store all that chocolate! Available in three different sizes, they are super useful, and are a great way of using up small scraps of fabric, too. I can see many of these in my future! Visit Rosie’s Etsy shop to purchase the PDF download of the pattern here:
5. Christmas Joy Wreath Cushion by Jo Westfoot of The Crafty Nomad
I just love the sentiments on this gorgeous patchwork by Jo Westfoot, encased in a beautiful Christmas wreath. It’s a traditional block with a twist of the added stars (‘flowers’). It’s traditionally pieced with two optional phrases that can be raw edge appliquéd in the centre: ‘Hope Peace Joy’ or ‘Be Merry’. Why not stitch it up as a cushion or wallhanging, to adorn the entrance of your home? You can purchase the pattern here
I hope that’s given you lots of ideas for some quick (and ‘quickish’!) makes that you can finish just in time before the festive season gets into full swing.
Have a wonderful time celebrating with family and friends and I wish you a happy and creative New Year!