Friday after Thanksgiving is a fun day. Most years, I do not leave the house that day as it is the time to put the 1947 version of Miracle on 34th Street on the DVD player, take down all the autumn decorations and begin to put up Christmas. Of course, this weekend begins the shopping frenzy for those with gifts to buy. I miss that as the family has stopped doing gift exchanges, so I only need to shop for My Sweet Babboo and his 101 year old mom. In recent years, we’ve gotten her things she can eat for the most part – scones mixes, box of candy, specialty coffee and the like. I like those things too, nothing more to store or dust, LOL!! Today, if you need some ideas for gifts, I’ll show you a bunch of my free tutorials for quick sewing. To start my holiday decorating, I’ll put out some cute things in the sewing room for festive cheer. A small tree on my antique Singer treadle sits on a Flying Geese Table Runner that I made last year with a portion of a panel.
I was happy to be a part of the launch of a new pattern from Fat Quarter Shop last summer. The pattern is called Starry Charms and uses charm packs with background fabric. This is Holiday Flourish by Robert Kaufman fabrics. I paired it with a golden Bella Solid from Moda. See my post on Starry Charms Christmas Quilt for full details. It is a table topper size, and it will be auctioned off at our annual MINI club’s Silent Auction at our Christmas weekend. The proceeds this year will benefit the Haywood County Flood Relief Fund, to help those who lost so much in the spring flooding earlier this year.
Christmas cookies will be on the agenda this week, to take to some gatherings. These make nice hostess gifts, too. Here I have my tray from last year, and I’ll make some of these again. My recipes for Chocolate Covered Oreos, Cranberry Eggnog Biscotti and Christmas Vanilla Sugar Cookies are on previous posts with step by step tutorials and downloadable recipes.
Now, for some gift ideas for quick and easy sewing to make for your friends and family. All these are linked to the free tutorials right here on my blog. Do you have a quilter on your gift list? This Sewing Kit is easy to make, has no hand sewing, and can be used for jewelry too! The link has a full tutorial.
Sew a quick, four block table topper from my post last year. Tree Bell Table Topper.
Make a Christmas Nine Patch Star runner. Or do it in other colors for every day use.
And one more design for you, my original runner design from a Christmas Quilt Along in 2015. I reworked it into a single post with a pdf download for Christmas In July last year.
Giving Gifts From The Kitchen comes from the heart. This post has my Double Dutch Chocolate Brownie mix recipe with a downloadable pdf of the recipe, along with a few more, and printable gift tags. It also has a recipe for grilling herb and spice mix for the guys.
A wool penny rug is quick to finish, and this Christmas one is my original design. See the post for the free pdf pattern – Christmas Wool Applique.
From my Autumn Jubilee event, this Tablet Cover is versatile and great for anyone who has a tablet. Made up in black and grey would be wonderful for guys, just use your favorite 8-inch block, or follow the directions for this one.
Small Christmas stitchery projects can be made into ornaments with just a bit of sewing time. If you don’t have handwork to frame like this, use your embroidery machine to stitch out some Christmas motifs. See my post on Christmas Stitchery with Ideas for Finishing for more ways to make ornaments from your handwork or machine embroidery.
If you can do letters with your machine, words make wonderful ornaments too, like these Christmas Ornaments. Plus there are more ideas for crafty ornaments on that post, using cookie cutters and more.
One last idea, my Christmas Hexagonal Table Topper free pattern is on this post – Christmas Hexagonal Table Topper.
Wouldn’t it be nice to have some holiday music while you sew your Christmas decor and gifts? Check out this wonderful New Age Jazz Christmas music cd. Light Jazz really is my favorite genre of music. This one is a wonderful collection from the Windam Hill artist group – A Jazz Noel. It is available on Apple Music and Amazon streaming too.
See my post Happy Thanksgiving for links to all the great deals this weekend.
Are you beginning your holiday decorating and baking? Are you ready to start some Christmas or Holiday sewing? Do you make your holiday gifts?