Scrap-busting stocking stuffers and gift ideas

Great ideas here for gifts to sew from scraps and small pieces of fabric. Love some of these projects.

Hi! Stephanie from Swoodson Says, and this round-up features one of my favorite things.. scrap busting! I focused on small gifts so they’d fit in a stocking, but if you’re looking for more ideas you can check out my round-up of scrappy gifts from last holiday season. I also have a fun series of “half-handmade” for the kids in your life – matching up a free softie pattern with a beloved kid’s book, perfect for gift giving! Stocking stuffers are a fun way to coordinate with larger handmade gifts – use the scraps from a bag or a quilt to make one of these and get double the delight once the recipient opens their “big” gift and realizes they match! This round up even includes items to sew for a cat or a cat you can sew – you can’t … Continue reading

Easy snowflake coasters to sew

Quick and easy snowflake coasters to sew in either fabric or no-sew in felt too. Fun kids activity or ideal hostess gifts too.

We can’t deny it, the holiday season is soon upon us. I’m not planning to sew a lot of Christmassy or winter themed items this year. It’s just not that wintery here in Cayman! That doesn’t mean I don’t want to dot around a few subtle Christmas items around the place, and with all the extra entertaining and visitors that happens at this time of year, I needed some coasters for all those cups of tea. These are really quick and easy to make, and make ideal hostess gifts too. Make half a dozen and wrap them with a festive ribbon and they make a nice little ‘thank you’ to hand over to the hostess if you are invited round for drinks or dinner. Materials you will need: White felt Fusible web such as Heat N Bond Ultrahold Pen & … Continue reading

Christmas Baby Bib

Christmas Baby Bibs to sew includes bib pattern and 2 appliques.

I had a lot of fun with this project! I prepared a pattern to make your own bib complete with two different appliques. If you don’t have a baby to sew for, you can use the silhouettes for a multitude of other projects! I think I might make a shirt for my little one with the reindeer. I just love how cute it turned out! To make your own Christmas baby bib, you will need: The Pattern – DOWNLOAD FROM HERE a large scrap of Christmas fabric a large scrap of soft fabric (I used flannel for the back of the snowman and a minky fabric for the back of the reindeer) a small scrap of black fabric a small scrap of red fabric (if sewing the reindeer) matching thread freezer paper (optional) scissors sewing machine How to sew a Christmas … Continue reading

Wonky Stars Christmas Mug Rug

Wow, love this Wonky Stars Christmas Mug Rug. Pretty idea.

It’s me, Laura from CraftyHour again! I’m here today with a tutorial one of my favourite small projects, a mug rug. This one is a Christmas-themed one, but you could use another colour palette and make it for any occasion. The Wonky Star block was the first quilt block I was really interested in two years ago – I made a quilt with 6″ and 12″ wonky stars as one of my first quilted projects. Materials: Scraps of coordinating fabrics – I used a few prints from the Holiday Cheer line by Jan Shade Beach Coordinating fabric strip for binding White or other solid background Small scrap of batting Backing fabric Embroidery floss in coordinating colours How to sew your Wonky Stars Christmas Mug Rug The finished dimensions of this little mug rug are 4.5″ x 6.5″. It’s based on a 1″x1″ grid (finished squares), so … Continue reading

Felt Gingerbread House tissue box cover

Felt Gingerbread house. This is a tissue box cover, but you could easily stuff it, or use an empty tissue box as the frame. I'll be making a mini village!

I was so inspired by the Modern Christmas Tissue Box Cover, that I felt I had to make the opposite.  Nothing sleek and modern about this design – its all kitcsh and traditional.  I love the felt gingerbread house idea anyway – here is one from the Seasonal Sewing Series from last year.  This one is designed for play, its all soft and squishy with windows and doors to add and play with.  Of course the real gingerbread house is all covered in icing and candy and will make your hips expand and your teeth fall out. Here is a calorie-free alternative, that will still be looking good this time next year too. I’ve designed this as a removable tissue box cover, but there is no reason you can’t decide to add a felt bottom and stuff this instead.  Or … Continue reading

Snowman Pot Holder

Fun snowman pot holder. I love how easy this background is to make - looks much more complicated than it is.

I write a monthly sewing feature over on Little House Living site, and so this is just a quick note to let you know that I have a new tutorial there now for this cute Snowman Pot holder. The backgrounds are made from a Christmas Jelly roll but its also a fun way to use old scraps and trust me, its not as hard as it looks working with those small pieces.  If it was hard, I wouldn’t be doing it! You can make the pot holder, or make it larger to make a placemat or even join several blocks together to make a table runner.  Once you have this simple idea for this background, you’ll be looking for all sorts of ways to use it! Drop on over and take a look.  

Easy DIY Felt Elf Hat pattern

These easy felt elf hats look fun to make.

When I sat down to make these hats I wanted to make something simple to recreate but something that could easily be customized. These would make the perfect props for Holiday photos or simple handmade favors for a Holiday party!! To make your own elf hat, you will need: Felt (green and red) a length of yarn the same height you want your hat jingle bells (I used red but any color will work) matching thread Needle Scissors Sewing machine How to sew your Felt Elf Hat Pattern 1. Cut between a quarter and a third of a circle out of the green felt (Use your yarn to measure the height you want your hat and to measure the circumference of the head. The circumference of the head will create the distance along the curved edge in the third photo below. Use a … Continue reading

Modern Christmas Tissue Box Cover pattern

Modern Christmas Tissue Box Cover. Simple trees and snow - nothing too kitchsy

Hi! Stephanie from Swoodson Says again; this time I’m sharing a perfect teacher or neighbor gift with a  festive tissue box cover tutorial. “Christmas tissue box cover” can conjure up mental images of large Santas and sequins but I lean towards a more modern aesthetic. This will be the first season I’m blogging any holiday projects; last year I waited too long to make them, let alone share them! In addition to more tissue box covers, I will be sewing several toy superhero capes & softies this year. I used a standard, vertical Kleenex brand box (sides measuring ‘4.5″ X 5.25″‘ and top measuring ‘4.5″ X 4.5″‘) so just measure your box if it’s a different brand and add on accordingly. Materials: Wonder Under 1 package White Ric Rac 1/4 yard red cotton fabric Green cotton fabric scraps 1/2 yard medium-weight fusible … Continue reading

Applique Snowman table runner project

Love the bright colors in this snowman table runner. Would also make a great mini quilt or wall hanging.

So I’ve been playing around with applique again this week.  Pre-laser-cut fusible applique to be exact!  Oh sounds dangerous.  I must be showing my age, but every time I hear the word LASER I think of this! Laser-cut fusible applique is not quite as exciting, but still fun. I took the Fun with Fusible Applique Class from Craftsy earlier this year and one of the projects was the Snowmen pattern.  The panel is actually taken from a very popular quilt kit that the instructor offers in her own store, but the class materials also includes the templates and pattern for you to be able to make this Snowman Table Runner, panel or wall hanging yourself using your own fabrics. This is such a gorgeous pattern that I think it’s worth taking the class just to get a chance to sew this … Continue reading

Penguin Pot Holder

This penguin pot holder is so cute! Can make this a boy or girl potholder. Christmas fabrics are good for this too.

While it might seem like an obvious comparison, as I was designing this little guy, I realized potholders are much like puppets. I feel rather silly having never thought of that before now. To make your own penguin pot holder, you will need: The Pattern – download from Craftsy HERE 1/4 yard of cotton batting 1/4 yard of black cotton fabric 1/4 yard of white cotton fabric felt (white, black, yellow, and red) matching thread How to sew a Penguin Pot Holder   Cut two of the main body pieces from the black fabric, two from the white fabric, and four from the batting. (I did NOT include a seam allowance in the pattern. You will need to include a seam allowance when cutting out the body piece) Cut the white belly patch from the white fabric (do not include a seam … Continue reading

Easy felt Christmas tree ornaments pack

Genius idea for how to make quick and easy felt ornaments for the tree. These come in 2 sizes, mini and regular. Great for kids.

To accompany the Felt Christmas Tree I shared with you yesterday, today the easiest set of felt tree ornaments ever!  It’s totally cheating and the minimum of effort, but they make great mini felt ornaments which are a perfect size for your felt tree, and totally toddler safe too. Each of these mini ornaments is just 2 inches tall and you don’t need to collect lots of colors of felt or cut out lots of teeny tiny felt shapes to make them.  Let me show you how to create a whole bunch of ‘cheater’ felt ornaments for your toddler’s tree. Materials: White felt An iron Some string, cord or very thin ribbon An inkjet printer Iron-on transfer paper The So Sew Easy felt ornaments pack Optional – Polyfill Have you ever used this iron-on transfer paper before?  It’s genius!  I … Continue reading