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With so much craziness going on this year it might have escaped your notice, but Christmas is only a few weeks away! How did it sneak up on us so fast?
If you’ve not already started it might be too late to sew large projects for all of your friends and family, but don’t worry, we’ve put together a list of small, cute projects they will love.
These projects are quick to sew, use small amounts of fabric and materials,
and are ideal for stocking stuffers, small extra gifts, or just for fun.
Sew a small wallet to contain a gift card, a tiny zipper pouch to gift some cash inside, a jewelry pouch for that necklace you’re giving, or a nice fabric tote for that special bottle of wine. Even patterns for the Christmas Stockings themselves.
As the designer of this free pattern says – every dog needs a bit of encouragement on a long walk, and this bone-shaped mini carrier bag allows you to bring along a few treats.
To help it stay and keep clean the bag is lined with vinyl. It is also big enough that you can pop in a few poop bags to tidy up after Rover has done his business. Once you have made one all you need to do is to hook it to your belt, your pack, Rover’s collar or lead, and you’re good to go.
Use this lip balm holder keychain tutorial and free pattern to sew a cute and cozy space to keep your lip balm always safe and handy!
Lip balms are really so easy to lose. Being so small they really are hard to keep track of. And just when you really need one you cannot remember where you put it last. Or you know it’s somewhere in the bottom of your purse, if only you could find it without having to take out half of the contents.
This is the Triangle Coin Wallet sewing pattern and it’s an absolutely perfect pattern for a beginner sewer to work on. It’s both simple and quick to sew. It’s the ideal scrap buster too, is pretty and practical, and makes a nice gift to sew for your girlfriends.
This cute little coin pouch has one small pocket for folded notes and the main coin pocket. To close the wallet there is a magnetic snap.
We've several patterns to choose from, including full video tutorials, for these handy pouches. The hand sanitizer pouch is available in a couple of sizes to take different sized bottles. Use a clip to hang the pouch from your purse and keep the hand sanitizer easily to hand!
The designer of these great Fabric Gift Bags gives you the choice of three different designs for all your gifts – tall, square or wide and in two different sizes – small and large. Within that large range all in the same pattern, you are sure to find a gift bag that exactly suits what you need to ‘wrap’.
They are perfect for all your gifts whether it’s for Christmas, birthday, a baby shower or wedding. They take up very little space as they can be folded flat and they are reusable.
If you are just starting out in sewing then this could be the perfect project for you. You can make this lipstick holder in no time at all and it is easy to make. The Lip Lock case can be made using scraps of fabric with the finalised measurements being just 4″ wide by 4″ high.
You can make several of these adorable lipstick holders so that you always have your favorite tubes on hand. And if you want you can make some to give away as gifts or you could even sell them.
This is possibly the cutest ever mini wallet. It’s a fat-quarter friendly project that still has space for cards, notes and coins.
This Remy Mini Wallet is suitable for both women and men, just change the fabrics and choose from one of the 6 different closures to change it up.
On the inside, Remy has 4 card slots and a big slip pocket for bills/receipt, while on the outside there is a zipper pocket for change.
Here’s a super practical and cute drawstring jewelry storage and organizer pattern from a fabulous designer who as a bonus has given us all the pattern to try for FREE.
If you make yourself one of these easy-to-make DIY Jewelry Organizers then there will be no more searching for your earrings and a matching necklace and no more tangled messes. It makes the perfect jewelry storage pouch for when you travel with your jewelry. It also looks really cute on your dresser or nightstand.
This could be a lovely gift idea too, especially if you plan to give a piece of jewelry. Make up the bag to gift with the jewelry inside for an extra special thought.
You can learn how to sew a cute Teeny Tiny Zipper Pouch to go on your key ring or clip on your bag. Just enough to carry a lip balm, a little money, etc.
Sometimes you don’t need a bag. You just need something small enough to take a lip balm and a few notes and coins. With the Teeny Tiny Zipper Pouch, you just need a tiny amount of fabric, so it’s a great scrap buster project.
We have several wine and bottle totes and bags on the site, and each one is ideal for gift giving. Whether its a nice bottle of wine or something a little stronger for the festive season, giving the bottle in a smart bag turns a simple store bought gift into something more personal.
Wine and bottle totes available for one or two bottles.
No Christmas would be complete without one, so we have several Christmas Stocking sewing patterns available for you to choose from. Pick a plaid, tartan or something in festive colors for a traditional look, or a favorite cartoon character print for the kids, and something glittery for a teen.
Everyone needs a stocking full of fun little gifts to open on Christmas morning.
A drawstring bag was the first sewing project I ever made so I know these are very beginner-friendly. Back then I couldn’t even sew a straight line, but a pattern like this is very forgiving and it’s so rewarding to sew your first project and make something immediately usable. These are great for teaching someone to sew, but also handy every day for all of us as storage bags, gift bags and so much more.
We have brought you today a FREE video showing you how to make a Sunglasses Case. The 13-minute video shows you how you could make your very own sunglasses or eyeglasses case in just 10 to 15 minutes. The detailed video takes you through this simple task and once you have made one you’ll want to make others as gifts or even to sell.
This is a super slim wallet that fits multiple business cards, gift cards, or credit cards. It’s a perfect beginner project that sews up in 30 minutes or less, start to finish.
Here’s your chance to learn to sew with cork fabric using this free pattern to create a super slim wallet that is perfect for cards of any type. If you’ve never tried sewing with cork fabric before, this is the chance to get started. It’s buttery soft, very durable, doesn’t fray, sews like a dream, has a unisex look and will wow your friends!
This one is a super simple and easy tutorial for a manicure kit. You can make one for yourself or you can make some as beautiful gifts for a friend or loved one. The design is pretty basic so it is ideal for a beginner sewer who wants an easy and quick project.
The kit opens up with ample room for all the tools one would need to keep those fingernails looking lovely. It then folds up nice and compact to be taken along with you.
Storage boxes are always great to have around the house and when the designer gives you a great tutorial and it is FREE then we can all be happy sewers.
These fabric-covered padded boxes are really easy to make and if you wish you can easily adapt the instructions to make a round box of any size you like. When finished these boxes are 4″ by 5 1/2″.
You don’t even need to buy or find the boxes, as the tutorial also shows you how to make the box too, so you make the whole thing from scratch. Combine a bit of crafting and card work with your fabric and you’ll make pretty storage boxes for the home or even pretty gift boxes for the holidays and birthdays.
Personalising your luggage is easy if you make yourself some of these bright and cheery luggage tags. Inside the luggage tag, there are two pockets for the address label as well as room for some business cards or some paper cash. Make your black suitcase easy to identify when it pops onto the luggage carousel with a bright tag in your favorite fabrics. Make a coordinated set for the whole family.
Gift ideas for you too
Don’t only think of others when it comes to the festive season and gift-giving. YOU deserve a treat too. Here are a few things we think would be perfect for your own wish list this year. Add all of them to your cart and get your partner to pick one or two for you – and then checkout!