5 Quick Holiday Gifts for Beginners to Sew

November 4, 2021

Here are five quick sewing projects for holiday gifts. I know Halloween was just a few days ago, but it’s always good to start planning gifts ASAP. With the way the shipping times have just gotten longer and longer, you’ll want to get your list checked off sooner than later. Just starting to sew and want to make your loved ones some handy gifts? Try these five FREE patterns and thread that needle or sewing machine right away! If you need help choosing, reach out to me at [email protected].

Most of these patterns are written for sewing machines but anything that a sewing machine can do, you can do with a needle and thread. See this post about 5 Most Useful Basic Sewing Stitches to find out about hand stitching these projects. I also recommend stitches for each project if you are using good old needle and thread.

I do not have images for these ideas because I’m sending you to other sites for these free patterns. I would love to come up with free patterns on the spot but I think I’d lose some hair if I tried to do that! All those photos? Yikes.

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5 Free, Quick Holiday Gifts to Sew

Supplies needed: For all of these gifts, you’ll need at least: scissors OR cutting mat & rotary cutter, thread, needle or sewing machine, straight pins, ruler. An iron and ironing board/mat is highly recommended for the cotton fabric projects. Specific fabrics or other necessary tools in addition to these will be listed under each project.

#1 Fleece Ear Warmers

Link to pattern and instructions

Supplies Needed: Polyester Fleece.

Recommended Hand Stitch: If you do not have a sewing machine, I recommend using a short running stitch and some securing stitches at the end of the project. If you would like the stitching to become part of the design, you can use the whip stitch for a more decorative touch. Find basic hand stitches here.


#2 Rice Filled Cold & Hot Packs

Link to instructions

Supplies Needed: Tightly woven cotton fabric, rice.

Recommended Hand Stitch: If you do not have a sewing machine, I recommend using a back stitch and some securing stitches at the end of the project. Find basic hand stitches here.


#3 Small Drawstring Gift Bags

Link to instructions

Supplies Needed: Tightly woven cotton fabric, ribbon/yarn/similar for drawstring.

Recommended Hand Stitch: If you do not have a sewing machine, I recommend using a small running stitch and some securing stitches at the end of the project. Find basic hand stitches here.


#4 Reversible Tote Bag

Link to instructions

Supplies Needed: Tightly woven cotton fabric

Recommended Hand Stitch: If you do not have a sewing machine, I recommend using a small running stitch and some securing stitches at the end of the project. Find basic hand stitches here.


#5 Dog Bandana

Link to instructions

Supplies Needed: Tightly woven cotton fabric

Recommended Hand Stitch: If you do not have a sewing machine, I recommend using a small running stitch to attach pieces together, back stitch to secure folded over part and some securing stitches at the end of the project. Find basic hand stitches here.

If you need some guidance for the supplies needed, read up on my favorite sewing supplies – Part 1 & Part 2. For basic resources, look here too.

HAVE FUN! If you’re just starting, don’t stop if you make a mistake. Just grab a seam ripper and try again. You might see projects that overwhelm you on a website of someone who has been sewing for a long time.

REMEMBER, you are at your BEGINNING and looking at THEIR MIDDLE. You’ll get there, one stitch at a time!

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