Quilters know that September is the new December. In fact, you may already be in full swing with holiday gift-making, since many stores start rolling out the red and green as early as July. But if you haven't started thinking about Christmas gifts, fear not. Grab your Santa cap (and maybe some caffeine), and read on. We're here to help.
Shop now for holiday fabrics
Most holiday quilting fabric collections start shipping during the summer months, so it's best to act fast if you want your pick of this season's hot prints. Once we get to the "real" holiday timeframe, the selection can be pretty picked over. (Thought late-season can be a great time to score deals.)
Plan ahead to finish in time
Have you ever had the best idea for a Christmas gift…in December? Sometimes those last minute schemes work our great, but often, you're high and dry come Christmas day.
And of course just to add a little more pressure, some gifts are meant to be enjoyed before the holiday. No one wants to open a beautiful handmade tree skirt on Christmas morning, and then have to wait a whole year before putting it on display. So do yourself a favor and get your holiday creative juices flowing now, while there's still plenty of time to act on that genius idea. If you need a little help getting un-stuck (welcome to the club!), check out our 7 Steps to Stress-Free Holiday Crafting for practical and un-scary advice.
Or... wing it
We won't judge. First of all, you should know that even though you're a quilter, you don't HAVE to make a single thing for the holidays if you don't want to. Maybe your
handmade love language
doesn't include gifting at all! But if you're looking for some lower-lift (read: last-minute) holiday gifts, consider these ideas:
- Turn left over Christmas blocks into mug rugs, place mats, table runners,or pillows.
- Give fat quarters of some of your favorite Christmas fabric to your quilting friends.
- Make gift bags with Christmas-themed fabrics.
If you're ready to dive headfirst into some holiday making, check out these great ideas from Craftsy , and start blasting those Christmas carols!