Crafting for the holidays is supposed to be fun — but so often our yarn balls turn into stress balls as we try to meet deadlines and get everything done. With a little bit of planning, however, you can keep yourself happily making as the holidays approach. Sounds magical, right?
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.
If you're a maker, chances are visions of handmade gifts are already dancing in your head. And while "it's the thought that counts" is certainly a nice idea, the reality is that gifting handmade items takes work — so you really want your present to hit the bullseye. Here's how to set yourself up for success.
Practice accurate, efficient piecing as you make the Bjorn Bear block. As you piece, you'll get confident sewing an accurate quarter-inch seam allowance. Elizabeth will also share tricks for sewing diagonal seams successfully.
In the final episode of the Holiday Gift-Along, your last-minute gift quilter, Angela Walters, is making a beginner-friendly criss cross quilt. This gift-able quilt project is much easier than it looks, so you still have time to make it before the holidays!
Piece the classic flying geese unit two at a time! Christa shows you how to mark, sew, press and cut, and add simple squares to create the Sawtooth Star block. She helps you chain piece a few blocks at a time to speed up your stitching, and shows you how to use webbing to keep your blocks together as you go.
Meet designer Toby Lischko and start by reviewing the Hourglass Quilt. Toby shares her tips for accurate quarter-inch seams, then shows you how to prepare strip sets and cut curves with plastic templates you can also make yourself!
Meet Wendi Gratz and learn the benefits of quilt-as-you-go and why it's the perfect choice for your appliqué quilts. Then, stay tuned as Wendi shares tips for choosing fabric that breathes life into your monsters. You'll finish this lesson by creating a fun quilt-as-you-go block.
What do you do when your daughter picks out a quilt that's way harder than you're used to? Well if you're like Angela, you make an episode about it! This one's all about building up the confidence to take a bite out of something new. (You can do it too!)
If you've been loving the embroidery trend, now's the time to show off those stitches for the holidays! These ornaments from Jessica Long of Namaste Embroidery (and our Modern Hand Embroidery class!) use beginner-friendly stitches to create adorable sparkly samplers that look great on your tree or wreath.
The great thing about these blocks is you probably have all the supplies you need right in your scrap bin. Of course you can go big and make a whole quilt of 'em if you're feeling ambitious. But these simple trees are a cool foundation for a pillow or modern table runner, too.
Makers — and their lucky friends — have loads of love for homemade gifts. Sure, these projects are totally gorgeous. But maybe even more importantly, they show you care way too much to just pick up something mass-produced at the store. Bring on the personal touch!
Meet Diane and begin by exploring the Harris Tote's features. Discover the best fabrics, interfacings, and stabilizers to use for the bag and lining. After you cut out all the pattern pieces, watch as Diane demonstrates her fusing technique.
Meet expert sewist Nicole Vasbinder as she highlights the techniques you'll learn to make pajama pants from start to finish. Ease into the process by familiarizing yourself with the info on a pattern envelope. Then, learn how to take accurate size measurements and select the right fabric.
Let's be real: everyone can use more pajama pants. After all, you need a pair at the ready whenever the idea of changing into jeans sounds like the actual worst. Plus, it's a quickie sewing project — especially if you whip 'em up using your own pattern. That's exactly what we did here, right after choosing a fun, floral fabric that simply screams vacation. Pack 'em in your suitcase — along with these embroidered travel accessories — or slip them on at home. Either way, you're guaranteed to feel stylish and comfy.
If you live with a quilter (or at least know one), you may be reluctant to buy them more fabric this holiday season. That's totally OK — fabric choice is personal. But the love of quilting, now that's a little more universal. So rather than research charm packs and fabric bundles this year, give your quilter something they'll love no matter what their fabric vibe.
It's easy to make your sewing friends happy around the holidays, their birthdays, Mother's Day — all you have to do is fill their arms with sewing gifts! Whether you're giving them a fabric that totally made you think of them, notions that need to be replaced or kits that let them tackle a new project, you're guaranteed to put a smile on their face. Happy shopping!
Sure, you've been gifting dad a tie since you were, oh, four. While it may feel a little been-there-done-that, making that tie yourself — in a fabric that pops and totally channels his personality — changes the game completely. And if you're really feeling the love, you can go the extra mile and make two or three!
Bow ties might be notoriously tricky to tie, but they're surprisingly easy to make — and wow do they look sharp. Wearing a bow tie is an instant style win. If you're planning to make a few for a wedding party or a gift, or just want to rock one yourself, here's all you need to know to DIY it.
Making presents yourself is totally #GiftingGoals. Why can't your packaging be decked out and DIY, too? Not only is this bag easy and fun, it's also reusable — so it's like a whole other gift for your recipient!