Christmas gift ideas: 5 free sewing tutorials

French poetry napkins

This is a quick project that particularly French teachers will enjoy. To complete the project you will need 5 store bought napkins and some stranded cotton for the lettering and drawings.


Embroidered eye mask

A few fabric scraps are enough to make this quick project. Use fabric with a large print for best results.


Felt bookmark

This project is very easy and perfect for a teacher or anyone who enjoys reading. I used felt die cuts and stranded cotton in matching colours.


Folded star pot holder

This potholder is not difficult to make but it is time consuming so if you intend to make one set an afternoon aside to concentrate on it.


Quilted hot water bottle

Fabric scraps and some batting is all you need to make this quick project.

Sweet Christmas tray cover

This is a tutorial for a pot holder or tray cover.

Materials

  • White linen fabric
  • Variegated embroidery floss for the lettering
  • Embroidery floss in pastel colours
  • Bias tape. Mine is homemade and is 1 7/8 in wide

Embroidery pattern

I used one of the 300 embroidery motifs in the last Aimee Ray’s last book: Doodle Stitching: The holiday motif collection. The words Sweet Christmas (pdf) are mine.
Embroidery stitch: stem stitch (watch video).

Measure your tray
All the measurements are for my tray. Yours will likely be different so you will have to measure it in the following way.
First measure the inside width and length.

The measurements of my tray are 12 1/4 x 16 1/4 inches for the base.

Cut a 13 in x 17 in rectangle from the linen fabric.

Trace the embroidery on the fabric.

Stitch using stem stitch and back stitch.

 

Trim the rectangle to the size of your tray base + 1/4 in.

 

Now cut the backing fabric using the embroidery piece as a measure and add 1 inch all around.

 

Use the backing piece to cut the batting roughly.

 

Pin the three pieces together and with the help of something round such as a bowl or a glass draw around each corner.

 

Quilt as desired. I used stipple quilting.

 

Then cut the round corners.

 

I made my own bias tape but you can use store bought bias tape. Make sure you measure all around your piece and cut enough tape to cover all sides plus 2 extra inches.

 

I will be stitching the bias tape by machine on both sides so I’ll start by pinning the bias tape on the backing side of the quilted piece.

 

You will need to use lots of pins for the corners.

 

Stitch all around and turn over.

Now pin the binding to the right side.

 

Use your machine to finish.

 

Done!

 

This binding method can look very neat.

Embroidered felt flower bookmark


This is one of those projects you can do in a hurry with very pleasant results. It’s not only quick but also inexpensive.

Materials

  • Store bought felt die cuts or you can cut your own shapes
  • Ribbon
  • Embroidery floss

 

Use contrasting highly contrasting colours for best results. If you’re unsure about the color combinations you can use complimentary colour schemes. For instance:

  • red and green
  • orange and blue
  • yellow and purple

I decided to use different colours for each side but you can use the same colour scheme for both.

 

Then using embroidery floss embroider the flowers.

 

Place both flowers wrong side together and place the ribbon in between. Stitch both petals together using an embroidery stitch.

 

Then do the same to the other end of the ribbon. I only used two circles so I just used some cream embroidery floss to stitch both together and secure it to the ribbon.

 

Done!

This bookmark makes a cute handmade Christmas gift.

 

See below my other projects using felt die cuts.

Felt flower corner bookmark

 

Felt flowers embellished with sequins, beads and embroidery

 

Fabric keychain with embroidered felt flower