Every year I tell myself I’m going to take it easy and not add extra projects to my docket- but as the Christmas season approaches, I get excited and want to make all the things! This year I do plan to keep it minimal- just a few handmade gifts for my parents- but I now have ideas for some sewing gifts for the rest of the year!
I was searching out sewing patterns to sew up this season and found so many great ones I thought it was worth a share! You can watch the accompanying video on my YouTube channel. In the video I’m wearing a Shacket/Oversized Shirt Vogue 8447 (the link will show my earlier version in a blue chambray- I need to blog this shirt!), a Zoey tank top and my Butterick 4659 Denim Pant.
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I like to pick projects for gifting that are quick and easy to sew with a looser shape that doesn’t require fitting. My go to’s are simple bags, pet projects and accessories, pajamas and robes and fun jackets.
These patterns looked quick and easy…and fun! Plus, they’re are all things I could actually use. I’m on the lookout for a fun fabric ( just need one yard!) to make my husband the Yoga bag- maybe for his birthday. This tie looked lovely- They also offer a kit to make one up! Or you can just get the pattern by itself. I’m still on the lookout for a real bow tie pattern for my husband- if you know a good one let me know! I may have to use one of his ties and draft my own.
The obi-style belt from Style Arc looks very cool. It comes in 3 size ranges and uses less than a meter of fabric- so a good gift idea and stash busting project for a beautiful remnant. The glasses case looks like a easy project that would be great for traveling- I might need a few for myself! Sallie Tomato has the best kits to make or gift this season! Lots of cute bags, luggage tags ( I’ve made and gifted some) and wonderful supplies. I thought this dog leash and waste bag was super cute! She also has some great videos on YT!
- Shawmut Yoga Bag, Cashmerette
- Warwick Tie (KIT), Maven Sewing Patterns
- Ascot Belt, Style Arc
- James Glasses Case, Seamwork Patterns
- Buddy & Toto Kit, Sallie Tomato
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I think Aprons make a great gift. There are a ton of patterns to choose from. I think Sam’s apron from Helen’s Closet looks like a great functional pattern- perfect for grilling. And the Dogwood is a perfect working apron for the studio. I’ve made the Bloem Linen version a few times now. I first made it for a Lookbook when I worked at AGF (Art Gallery Fabrics) and loved it so much I went out and bought the pattern for myself. I made a few as gifts and then made a matching set (shown in the video) for my daughter and I in a pretty Rifle & Paper Co. canvas print. I wore this over Thanksgiving and love the split hem and easy to pull on shape.
I have made so many bags as gifts! I’ve realized at this point I don’t really enjoy sewing them but maybe you do- so I’m sharing a few of my faves! I love Noodlehead patterns. Really excellent instructions and designs. I’ve made the Sandhill Sling in a cactus print and a Redwood in an Indigo Shibori and an embroidered chainstitch design ( I need to blog these two soon!) I have made so many Stowe bags– super quick sew- and the Portside Set is on my list for Travel Gifts. I made a fab Star Wars themed Fennel Fanny Pack for my bro for Christmas a few years ago too.
- Sandhill & Redwood Tote, Noodlehead Patterns
- Stowe & Portside, Grainline Studio
- Fennel Fanny Pack, Sarah Kirsten
Jackets are my go to gift for my mom! Easy to size for almost anyone and oh so useful. I’ve made my mom a gorgeous metallic Two for the Road Jacket. It’s perfect for travel and has hidden pockets so no purse needed while you’re on the go. Last year I made her a cool metallic stripe Linen Style Arc Jacket. This year I have a few ideas (plus fabric on order) that I’ll share after the Holidays.
- Sienna Maker Jacket, Closet Core
- Two for the Road, Saf T Pockets
- Sydney Jacket & Salma Wrap, Style Arc
- Chateau, The Sewing Workshop
Robes & Pajamas
Who doesn’t like beautiful pajamas or a robe for the season? I love to showcase a gorgeous print or use a fun design for my kids. I usually make pj’s every year for the kids and family. I’ve made many sets of Carolyn’s for my daughter and I (Floral, Bare necessities) and showed off my Veronik Robe in the video.
- Modern Peignoir, Pamela’s Patterns
- Veronik Robe, Closet Core
- Fran & Carolyn Pajamas, Closet Core
- Child’s PJ Set, Style Arc
- Arkle Shirt & Bailee Short Bundle, Tessuti
- Arbutus Robe, Helen’s Closet
Clothing- Teen, Women & Mens’
I’ve never used Wardrobe by Me patterns- but they have so many great looking Men’s patterns. On my make list for my Husband and Teen Son! Plus some fab unisex and Women’s wear. I think a mom and teen daughter set of Norman Jumpsuits would be amazing and the Montreal Bundle is very stylish and comfy looking. The Tosca Tunic in a sheer print would be amazing!
- Draper Polo, Wardrobe by Me
- Norman Jumpsuit (Teen & Kids sizing), Style Arc
- Montreal Bundle- Mile End & Plateau, Closet Core
- Tosca Tunic, Tessuti
I think that’s everything on my list! What are you making this season? Let me know in the comments. I’m always on the lookout for new pattern ideas.
* All the patterns I’ve talked about are pinned on my Handmade Holiday Pinterest Board:
Here’s my Gifts for Sewists Mood Board:
Come back after the Holidays to see what I made. I have a ton of clothing in the queue to photograph and blog so hopefully lots of newish makes coming to the blog very soon! Happy Holiday Sewing!