Who else gets mega excited as soon as December rolls around? I, for one, switch into festive mode right away — all the stress and problems just instantly disappear, at least for a month. Christmas calls for lights and decorations, homemade bakes and treats, bonding with one another, and, for some, cheesy Christmas romance movies.
It goes without saying that I have all the boxes above checked, but I also have a tradition of taking part in fun, creative Christmas sewing projects nonstop throughout the month — not only are these projects perfect sewing practices, but they also give an extra home-y touch to my Christmas every year.
Are you one for cute, perfectly imperfect decorations scattered around the house and dazzling your December with reds and greens? You’ve come to the right place. Discover the top 11 fun Christmas projects you can get your hands dirty with as you count down to the 25th!
Decorations for the Home
There’s more to Christmas decorations than just the tree — we all know that. While it’s easier to buy them all, why not make a project or two out of them? Don’t worry, they’re as simple as ABC, and best of all, you don’t have to worry about them not being perfect — it’s the imperfections that make them even more special.
1. Christmas Stockings
We all need a Christmas stocking to hang in the house — how else is Santa going to shower you with tiny, fun presents? Impress Father Christmas by making one instead of buying this year — and you can’t really go wrong with handmade Christmas stockings.
There are tons of types of Christmas stockings you can make. The simplest one you can try your hand at is one made of felt. I personally feel like felt is one of the easiest fabrics to sew — not a lot of shifting or stretching, but just enough that’ll help you match end-to-end. Give this felt Christmas stocking project a try, or wing it and let your creativity run wild without a step-by-step guide. I’d recommend the latter option.
If you want to challenge yourself, try a knit stocking instead. You could buy knit fabric, or get an old sweater and revamp it into a sweater stocking. I’m a huge fan of fur, and if I can include fur in everything, I would — like a faux fur stocking!
2. Pillow Casings
Convert those throw pillows on your couch and bed into wonderful Christmas pillows with a few handmade pillow casings. This is really where you can let your imagination run wild! There are simply no rules to a pillowcase design — if you want to be more festive, go for a full-on quote pillowcase design. Mix it with a couple of snowflake pillowcases.
I know that not everyone’s a big fan of the colour red, and maybe want to tone it down without toning it down for Christmas — try going for this reindeer pillowcase with just a touch of red. Those that want to have a bit of a challenge, why do pillowcases? Go straight into making a reindeer plush pillow from scratch! It’s not only a great Christmas decoration but it can also double as a perfect cuddle buddy.
3. Gift bags
Skip the ribbons and wrapping paper this year — instead, personalise it with a couple of handmade Christmas gift bags. Nothing screams “I care about you” like a gift wrapped with a crafted bag made just for this festive season.
The thing is, you don’t even need to buy loads of materials for this. You could just use your scrap fabrics lying around and put together drawstring gift bags. Best of all, if you already know the gift you’re going to get the person, you can make a bag to the size. That saves you so much time finding the perfect box size to fit them in!
Similar to how you can convert your old sweater into a Christmas stocking, you can choose to give them a new life as a Christmas knit gift wrap too.
You could even do smaller ones for the kids and stuff them up with sweet treats. I recommend a cute Santa pants bag as a gift bag that’s so easy to make you’ll be surprised at how fast you can whip up a couple of them.
We got to keep warm this winter season — time to pull out that duvet. Alternatively, you could just make a Christmas quilt to sprinkle some festive spirit into your room. Grab basically any material you can find and patch them up together — let your creativity shine!
If you’re not into patchwork, you most definitely can go out and get red and green fabrics to make the perfect Christmas quilt. Why not try a Santa hat quilt pattern? Does it get any more festive than that?
Switch out a few of your framed pictures with some DIY banners for Christmas. Nothing screams holiday spirit than when it’s plastered on the walls all around the home. Want a string banner that hangs from one side of the room to the other? You don’t need to go on a hunt for one — just make it!
If a smaller one tickles your fancy more, there’s no wrong with that. Gather a couple of materials and give this canvas banner pattern a shot.
Okay, Christmas decorations aren’t just the tree, but let’s admit it: the Christmas tree is the biggest decoration of all. However, the tree itself without tinsels, lights and ornaments is just a normal tree. Shops sell tons of Christmas tree decorations, including creative ornaments to spice up your Christmas tree, but nothing can beat a handmade ornament for that special touch.
Want a Santa ornament? Make one. Want a snowflake ornament? Sew one. You can literally think of anything you want on your tree, and it’s simply a thread away from making it happen.
Decorations for the Kitchen
Enough about home decorations — what about the kitchen? Most of the Christmas baking and cooking happens there anyway. We’ve got to have some things around the kitchen to remind us that, hey, Christmas is coming!
Here are some fun sewing projects that are easy as well as brighten up your kitchen!
7. Cutlery Sets
I don’t know about cooking enthusiasts out there, but I’m a sucker for cute cutleries, kitchen accessories and everything related. One thing I have realised, though, is that the ones I want are always extremely expensive! And they’re not even close to what I have in mind.
So I ended up making tons of kitchen accessories myself, which ended up becoming decorations depending on the season. For Christmas, I go all out. If you want to as well, start with potholder sets. They’re a fun and easy project that greatly elevates your Christmas cooking experience. Accessorise your kitchen further with cute Santa suit hand towels — they even make perfect gifts!
Want a step further? Level up your dining table presentation with cute little cutlery stockings — I was so inspired by this idea that I got to sewing right away!
8. Chair Covers
Pair your dining table presentation with some fancy dining chairs. No, you don’t have to buy new chairs — just dress them up a bit! You could put on some basic chair covers you find at the store, or you can make Santa hat chair covers!
I bet Santa himself would be impressed and give you an extra present or two!
Table runners aren’t just for the kitchen — it can be anywhere in the house. But what better way to showcase your Christmas spirit than at the dining table, along with your customised chair covers and cutlery sets?
I love to go crazy when it comes to table runners — there are so many patterns you can make without forking out extra money and just using the scrap materials at home. They get my creative juices flowing. But if you think you’re not ready for that adventure yet, go with a few table runner patterns that are super cute and super festive. I like minimalist designs for table runners sometimes, depending on the year.
For The Christmas Spirit
It’s all about the Christmas spirit this season, isn’t it? Sometimes, just decorating the house isn’t enough — we gotta go up an extra level. Here are some ways you can get your mood up (even more!) for Christmas.
10. Matching Shirts
I mean, what could go wrong with matching clothes? Christmas sweaters are like a classic, but knitting isn’t my strong suit, so I have to improvise: matching shirts! Bond with your family or partner this Christmas with handmade matching shirts for everyone!
If shirts are too tough, sew up some patterned pajama pants — find a pattern of a size that fits all, so you don’t have to stress yourself out with bigger and smaller sizes.
11. Advent Calendar
What’s Christmas without a Christmas countdown? If you’ve missed your chance at snagging an advent calendar before it got sold out in stores, or didn’t find one that you like, why not just make one? There are so many designs and styles out there that you won’t want to pick just one!
Try a simple felt advent calendar banner if you’re worried about messing up your first one — as I’ve mentioned before, felt is one of the easiest to sew.
Maybe combine a pillowcase and an advent calendar together, and you’ll get a Christmas calendar pillow!
If you’re short on time but still want an amazing advent calendar, sew up mini stockings and get some numbers on them to make a DIY Christmas stocking calendar. Just pin them up on a string and you’re good to go!
Have any — or all — of these Christmas sewing projects got you itching to start cutting, sewing and decorating? Just by writing this listicle out, I’m more pumped than ever for Christmas. So what are you waiting for? Grab your scissors, materials, pop the sewing machine out and give some of these sewing projects a try!