Giving something handmade doesn’t have to be time-consuming or costly! Here are some suggestions for great gifts you can make in multiples, as well as ways to add handmade touches to store-bought packages.
Plan Your Handmade Gifts

Things to Consider

  • Choose a simple sewing project that's easy to make in multiples. This usually involves a project with simple piecing, especially something you can chain-piece. That way, you can make many gifts at a time with just a few hours in your sewing room.
  • Look for a project that you already own the supplies for. The last thing you want to do during the busy holiday season is rush out to the store to buy a specialty ruler or embellishment.
  • Pick a project that's easy to personalize for the recipient through your fabric choices. Consider their favorite color or a fabric motif that reminds you of them.

Handmade Gift Ideas

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  • Stock up on hostess gifts. You'll never know when you will need something special to bring to a holiday party, dinner, or an unexpected event. You can personalize store-bought tea towels with holiday fusible appliqué or sew mini charm squares and rickrack to one edge of the towel. You can also make a simple set of coasters using fabric that matches the recipient's decor or the season. And our readers love to make wine wraps to make a bottle of wine seem that much more special.
  • If you're hosting for the holidays, dress your table with potted plant place holders. Buy potted plants like aloe or succulents in bulk at a local garden store. Wrap precut 10" squares (or pink the edges of 10" squares so they don't fray), around the base of the pot. Tie a scrap of ribbon or rickrack snuggly around the pot to secure. Guests can take the plant home when they're done eating.
  • If you belong to a quilting group such as a guild, the pressure it on to give a well-made and cute handmade item! Pincushions or needle holders are quick to make, and are very useful for any sewer in your life. Another very popular pattern on our website is a thread catcher bag – it's a small 3x7" fabric bin that quilters can throw their threads and scraps into while they're working.
  • If you're making gifts for people who need to relax during the holidays (like teachers, moms, or college students), try making a little spa package. You can sew handmade eye masks filled with lavender or microwavable heating pads filled with rice. You can even pair them with little soaps, lotions, or bath salts to make it extra special.

Dress Up Store-Bought Gifts

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  • Fussy-cut and fuse a cute holiday fabric to a second piece of fabric. Trim the edges with a pinking shears, then punch a hole in the top for a fun gift tag to add to your packages.
  • Instead of ribbons and bows, use fabric selvages or small strips of holiday fabric to tie up packages.
  • If you're sending holiday cards this year, you can take pictures of your holiday quilts, then use those images as the front of custom-printed cards. Many online printers, such as Shutterfly and Postable, allow you to add your own photos to cards.
  • Gift cards are also a popular item to give around the holidays. To make them a little more personal, you can sew a quick gift card holder out of fabric or felt.
  • Make DIY gift bags for your presents. The recipient will appreciate being able to reuse the wrapping in the future (like two gifts in one!).