‘Tis the season to start sewing… From a Christmas tree to quilted table runners full of festive joy, what better way to add seasonal cheer to your home than by stitching your own homemade decorations.
To give you a head start this Christmas season, we’ve searched the internet for you and compiled a list of the top patterns for a home sewn yuletide.
With a selection of both free and paid-for sewing patterns, you’re sure to find the ideal projects to brighten your home this holiday season.
So let’s get into the Christmas sewing spirit and dive right in.
Christmas Tree Ornaments
Many of us will put a Christmas Tree up as part of our seasonal decorations. Decked with tinsel, glass ornaments and maybe the odd candy cane, trees can look very similar from house to house.
Adding your own homemade items can give a unique and warm home-sweet-home feeling to your celebrations.
Home sewn Christmas Tree ornaments are one of the best ways to make your decorations stand out.
The Sewing Directory has an adorable Christmas Tree stuffie pattern. It’s just the thing to add festive fun to your decorations this year. This pattern for a dangling stuffed tree ornament is cute, easy to make and addictive to boot. You’ll be whipping up your own little fabric forest in no time.
Sticking with the Christmas Tree shaped ornament, this next project can be made with scrap fabric from other Christmas projects. Although they look complicated, these cute little trees are easy to make. Suitable for beginners and the more experienced stitcher, this tutorial from Life After Laundry gives step by step instructions to complete the project. They are sure to add a touch of finesse to your decor, without taking up too much of your time.
As far as sewing is concerned, you don’t get much simpler than this. A few fabric scraps cut into a star shape, sew them together and you have some cute little tree ornaments in next to no time. Perfect for the beginner sewist, or even as a quick last minute make for an experienced crafter, these little stars are sure to be hit this season. An ideal project from Craft Ideas suitable for anyone. Why not get the whole family involved in making a galaxy of stars for your tree this year.
A crafting technique often overlooked in holiday decor is the art of embroidery. Practice your hand sewing skills with these embroidered snowflakes from Swoodson Says. Made from felt, these snowflakes can be stitched quickly. Better still, using the embroidery hoop as a frame for your work, gives an instant rounded ornament shape and can be hung straight on the tree.
One of the most well known plants at Christmas time, other than the tree, is mistletoe.
Whether it’s hanging from an archway, a door frame or even on your tree, this symbol of Christmas cheer is a decor staple.
With this pattern from the Stay At Home Artist, you can make your own. Using felt and little beads, this simple project is sure to warm the hearts of your nearest and dearest this season.
Christmas Tree skirts
Now that we’ve decorated the tree, it’s time to look at ways to decorate the base. The bottom of your tree can start to look a little bare when compared to the selection of pretty ornaments hanging from the branches. Especially after all the presents and gifts have been opened.
Cover up those boring tree stands with a tree skirt. Designed to compliment the theme of your holiday decor, tree skirts can add the perfect finishing touch to draw your overall ensemble together.
One of the easiest quilt blocks is the Log Cabin. Although the effects you can achieve can look complicated. The free pattern from Crazy Mom Quilts is no exception. Combining color and the log cabin technique, this quilted design creates a stylish and modern tree skirt that oozes sewing skill and expertise. Suitable for experienced and beginner quilters, this tree skirt is an easy and quick project.
This design from 5 Little Monsters takes advantage of the versatility of fleece. An adaptable fabric combined with a low-sew project makes this tree skirt easy and quick to finish. Suitable for beginners and the more advanced, this free pattern will brighten your tree base for years to come.
Quilted Room Decorations
Christmas decorations are not limited to those on a tree. In fact this is one holiday season where the whole house can be wrapped in the Christmas spirit. Traditionally, your rooms should be filled with boughs of holly, but, how about a softer approach?
As any quilter will tell you, the best way to make a house a home, is to fill it with quilted goodies sewn with love. Christmas is a season of hope, joy and love to all. Which makes it a perfect partner for quilts and quilted decorations.
Let’s take a look at some of this season’s must have patterns.
Decorate your living room with a quilted Christmas Tree design made into a throw pillow. An adorable accessory designed by A Quilting Life, this pillow is sure to become a seasonal favorite. Spread the festive cheer all the way to your sofa with this easy to quilt and quick to sew project. The pattern is both free and suitable for all skill levels and comes with a step by step tutorial.
Bring the tree to your dinner table this Christmas with a delightful Christmas Tree table runner. A delightfully adorable pattern from Connie Kresin. Combining simple squares with triangles, cute little trees are created effortlessly in no time at all. A joy to look at and a pleasure to sew, this pattern will bring Christmas cheer to any table fit for a sewist.
This free pattern allows you to create Christmas tree blocks of any size to form quilted wall hangings or mini quilts. From Amy Smart at Diary of a Quilter, these little trees are fun and easy to make. The speed at which you can complete these tree blocks could prove addictive, leading to tiny trees all over the house.
The patterns covered so far are free. It wouldn’t be a complete list of Christmas Tree decorations if it didn’t include patterns you can buy from commercial companies.
Designed and released by some of the top names in sewing, commercial patterns are full of inspirational ideas. Better still, with some careful usage, the patterns can be remade year after year. Making their purchase a lifelong investment in your Christmas festivities.
First up in our round up of the best patterns by commercial companies, is McCalls.
McCalls M6453 has ideas for tree ornaments, tree skirts, wreaths and stockings. Everything you need for your holiday decor, all in the same envelope. Available for purchase at the McCalls website, this pattern is sure to inspire your Christmas creativity.
As you can see from the projects covered so far, general sewing and quilting are popular crafts when it comes to homemade Christmas Decorations. They are not the only ones though.
Have you considered an embroidery technique known as Counted Cross Stitch?
Embroidery is an art form consisting of a variety of stitches. One of the most popular is Cross Stitch. The tiny little crosses can be used to create simple or complex designs to great effect.
So, how about venturing into the world of cross stitch with Simplicity?
Christmas Tree Ornaments by Simplicity
This pack of ornaments is a counted cross stitch kit for adorable critters that can be used as tree decorations or gift tags. Complete with the materials you need to create the little cuties, this set of 6 designs will also make an excellent stocking filler gift for the avid cross stitcher.
If cute little animals isn’t your thing, how about a counted cross stitch Christmas Village? Containing all the materials, apart from glue and batting, this set of 6 village scenes will add a touch of olde worlde charm to your tree this Christmas.
Or how about a more traditional design with the Christmas Sayings collection? Things like “Noel”, “Merry Christmas” and “Peace on Earth”, can be stitched up quickly and easily. All the materials are included for these 6 little tag shaped ornaments.
Christmas is a time of enchantment and creation. This selection of tree themed sewing and craft projects is sure to bring out the festive cheer in your home this season. So create a little Christmas magic of your own this year with one of these adorable designs.