Advent Calendars to Sew
Traditional charming hanging advent calendars often have numbered pockets frequently containing small treats to help countdown the days leading up to a special holiday. All are endearing for what they represent - innocent anticipation for a big day.
Bird Ornaments - Tutorial [offsite link]
Charming little birds to adorn your tree. From the Purl Bee.
Bunny Hat and Paw Mittens - Tutorial [offsite link]
Make a bunny hat and paw mittens for somebunny special!
DIY Children's Halloween Costumes
With Halloween just around the corner it seems this rather scary, spooky, whimsical, fun time can’t help but summon the DIY Costume Bug. Short on time? No problem. Consider a no-pattern-needed, simple-to-sew costume out of felt, fleece or tulle for the little ones.
Fabric Pumpkins - Tutorial [offsite link]
Pattern and tutorial for a stuffed pumpkin from Schlosser Designs.
Festive Bunting and Garland
There are endless designs for bunting and garland that are quick and easy to sew and assemble from fabric scraps and add much to a celebratory occasion. Both are surprisingly quick to make and add a joyful accent to any decor.
Handprint Turkey Softie [offsite link]
Make this cute turkey softie for your Thanksgiving table!
Hanukkah Coasters - Tutorial [offsite link]
Make some beautiful coasters from felt to celebrate the season.
Happy Buntings to Sew
Whether known as bunting, garland, pennant or banner, the breezy hanging sections of cloth on cord or rope convey a visual message. Just as ships use a series of flags to convey identification messages, one of accomplishment, seasons or celebrations can be sewn and strung as a visual announcement.
Holiday Memories on Fabric
Remembering our loved ones at holiday times takes on poignant meaning when they are no longer with us. Reminiscing with family and friends and passing around a treasured photo album help to assure memories are preserved. So too can a memory be preserved by sewing a keepsake.
Holiday Napkins and Table Runners
Handmade sew or no-sew napkins and table runners are easy time-saving ways to brighten a holiday table. Handmade items evoke the skills of old-world crafters who often made something beautiful from the simplest materials.
Holiday Ornaments to Sew
The simple beauty and homespun warmth of holiday ornaments lovingly made bring many a smile to all who have ever gazed on an old-fashioned decorated Christmas tree. Simple sewn ornaments bring elegance to the time-honored tradition of decorating a pine tree brought indoors for seasonal goodwill.
Love Letter for Valentine Tutorial [offsite link]
Make a custom felt envelope for a special message to your valentine!
Molly´s Star Ornaments - Tutorial [offsite link]
Make some charming star ornaments to adorn your tree. From the Purl Bee.
Paper (Fabric) Chain - Tutorial [offsite link]
Make an everlasting chain out of fabric.
Patchwork Easter Eggs - Tutorial [offsite link]
Cute pieced easter eggs from the Purl Bee. These would be fun to hide - they are cuter than plastic and don´t require any filling!
Reindeer Gift Card Pouches [offsite link]
Make some cute pouches for giving away gift cards.
Remembering Yuletide Traditions
Whether it’s our recollections of times past stirred by the scent of pine on a frosty winter walk, or the simmering on the kitchen stove of cloves, cranberries and oranges that fills our senses, we are reminded of the enduring moments shared with friends and family at holiday times.
Roly Santa [offsite link]
Make a roly-poly Santa for your tree or mantel.
Scented Holiday Projects
For quick-to-make gifts or new ornaments to add to a holiday tree, there are easy projects to sew with the aromatic scents of the season.
Scrappy Valentine's Day Hearts
Much speculation arises about the origins of Valentine's Day though even now obscured by myth and legend. No matter, as the essence of the day on February 14th is distinguished as a day of romance where bright red heart symbols have become a universal representation of romantic love.
Sew a Cheery Holiday Kitchen
To bring the warm glow of the happiest of holiday times to that busiest of rooms - the kitchen, consider sewing a kitchen makeover with just a few yards of holiday themed printed fabric.
Sew a Clothespin Doll
Of all the delightful things to handcraft or sew as ornaments clothespin dolls will surely bring a smile as they hang serenely with festive candy canes, jolly Santas, and smiling snowmen on a decorated holiday tree.
Sew Easy Christmas Wreaths
Having a front door wreath is a common even year-round custom with a different one for each season or to announce a special occasion. Often assembled out of fragrant evergreens, the Christmas door wreath seems especially welcoming as it signals for all that hospitality is no stranger at that home.
Sew Easy Halloween Decor
As the intense warmth of summer’s heat slowly gives way to the welcome change of autumn breezes, thoughts turn to pumpkin harvests, bountiful market stands of garden produce, fall craft fairs, leaves changing to golds and rust colors and the upcoming mystery and shadows of Halloween festivities.
Sewing for Summer Sleepovers
Childhood sleepovers create lasting memories of summer time fun, like a camping experience but only indoors or maybe in a backyard tent and of course under the watchful eyes of patient adult supervisors. Sewers can add to the fun event.
Prims, whimsically shortened from the word primitive, are handmade crafts that are anything but. Prim crafts mostly use natural materials such as berries, twigs, pine, and other woods as well as fabrics in muted tones of red, rust, gold, and brown.
Sewing Resolve for the New Year
The year’s end always seems to bring a time of reflection, an assessment of where we are now, and thoughts, perhaps resolve, as to how to go forward. Sewers may be considering their UFOs (Un-Finished Objects) and WIPs (Works in Progress,) how to create organization out of chaos and what comes next.
Sewn Paper Valentines [offsite link]
Make some cute sewn paper valentines. From the Purl Bee.
Simple Sewing Kits
With little time to sew and busy holidays approaching, searching for just the right gift to give to a sewing enthusiast, traveling friend, college student, charitable outreach or work colleague, among others, may be a challenge. Crafting a compact sewing kit may be just the right thoughtful gift.
Snowflake Stocking - Tutorial [offsite link]
Super Easy stocking made with felt from the Purl Bee.
Thanksgiving Themed Sewing Projects
As a national U.S. holiday, Thanksgiving is celebrated on the fourth Thursday of November. It is a day to remember that first gathering of English settlers and Native Americans for a harvest feast in 1621. At that time sewing quilts, clothing, spinning and rug making were vital daily endeavors.
Two Sided Felt Snowflakes - Tutorial [offsite link]
Cute snowflake ornaments for your tree or use them as package ties. From the Purl Bee.
Valentine Pins [offsite link]
Cute heart shaped pins from the Purl Bees.
Valentine's Day Sewing Projects
Valentine’s Day has come to represent one of romance and affection for loved ones to whom we send candy, flowers, cards and gifts, all in the name of St. Valentine. Sew up some crafty hearts for all your special valentines.
Wickedly Easy Halloween Sewing
Halloween or Hallowe’en is a day to remember the departed and scare away evil spirits. The day is a fun fall activity for much of the Western world and all about carving Jack-O-Lanterns, Trick or Treating, ghostly superstitions, flickering candles, black bats and steely-eyed cats. Quick, let's sew!
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