Whenever people get mad that Hobby Lobby starts puts up their Christmas stuff in August, I say, “Well, crafters gotta craft”. Meaning, people who make Christmas gifts start early! I definitely don’t start my Christmas sewing in August, but I do generally start thinking about it several months before Christmas.
A few months ago I started a new Pinterest board called “Sewing for Home” in order to make some initial Christmas sewing plans. I may not get to all of these; I’ll have to whittle it down, but I do want to share with you the items I’m considering sewing as Christmas gifts this year!
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Gifts to Sew for the Home
I love this large hot pad idea by Auntie Em’s crafts. I think the microwaveable bowl cozy phenomenon has opened our eyes to the need for more shapes and sizes of hot pads! So often when I place a casserole dish on the table, I need two hot pads or just use my quilted table runner. So I think a large size hot pad is in order!
Speaking of pot holders in varying sizes, I posted this potholder mitt tutorial for easy, giftable pot holders last week. I like this design for two reasons: First, it doesn’t have any fussy binding or hand sewing, so it’s perfect to sew up a large batch to give as gifts. And second, I love pot holders with pockets for both the hand and the thumb! It puts my mind at ease when my kids are baking too.
I absolutely adore these seersucker tea towels by Francois et Moi!! I have always loved the texture of seersucker and I think this unique approach to tea towels sets them apart from the crowd and makes them perfect for gifting.
Here’s a great tutorial for a different kind of laundry bag on a blog called Gluesticks (cute!). This one is perfect for little people. I can picture my kids loving this when they were little! Maybe they would have enjoyed picking up their clothes if their laundry bags were cute like these, ha!
These DIY jar openers on the Happiest Camper are a really great idea. With a few fabric scraps and rubber shelf liner, you can make a ton of these for gifts very inexpensively. I like how she imbeds a magnet inside each one so it can be easily stored on the fridge for easy access!
Ok, these trivets out of fabric twine are pretty awesome. I’ve linked to Easy Peasy Creative’s fabric twine tutorial before, so to see an idea that uses that scrap busting project is seriously even better. Time to start saving those scraps!
Those are the things I’m thinking of making as gifts this year! Sewing things others can use in their homes is always a good idea. It makes me smile to see the things I’ve made over the years still being used or displayed in the homes of my family members!
To go with some of these gifts, I plan to pair them with Everything Bagel Seasoning blend, some Honey Sriracha seasoning, some balsamic glaze (so good on eggs benny!), and/or some Mike’s Hot Honey. Those last two will change your pizza habits forever, ha! My sister gave me the two seasoning blends as a gift last year and they’ve totally changed my meals (and my popcorn) for the better!
Do you plan to sew any gifts this year? I’d love to hear about your plans in the comments!