Whether you're looking forward to it with anticipation or dread, Christmas will be here exactly one month from today! Which means it's time to start thinking about gifts for friends and family. And for me anyway, that means gifts that can be sewn. If you know the measurements of the person you're sewing for, then the world is your oyster! But if not, it can take some thinking to come up with a gift that will fit, but also isn't too generic.
I put together this list of gift ideas to help organize my plans, and I thought you might find it useful too.!
How fun is this trapper hat pattern by SewBon? And while you have the faux fur out why not make a matching vest using SewCaroline's tutorial? Then you can either gift them as a set or divvy them up!
Who couldn't use another cardigan? And when sewn up in jersey the fit is forgiving enough to fit lots of different body shapes, even if you don't know the exact size of the person you're giving it to. The Scarf Neck Cardigan (free) and the Julia Cardigan ($9) would both be great options. I wear the Julia Cardigan I made all the time.
How about some flannel pajama pants? For women you could use Sewaholic's Tofino Pant pattern or the Margot Pajamas from Tilly's book Love at First Stitch. It would also be pretty easy to draft a pattern yourself. A classic plaid flannel would work for either mens or womens versions.
I love the look of these Liberty of London ties! They'd be perfect gifts for dads, brothers, or husbands. Free pattern and tutorial from The Purl Bee.
Tote bags and clutches are quick, easy sews. Use a fun fabric and maybe some leather accents and you're all set! Clutch tutorial by you & mie.
In need of a last minute gift? A circle scarf is perfect! All it takes is one yard of fabric and fifteen minutes of your time. Tutorial here.
This is a bit more time-intensive, but a backpack would be a great gift for a college student or someone who likes to travel light. I've previously used Colette's Cooper Backpack pattern and highly recommend it!
Hopefully this gave you some good gift-making ideas! I still have to decide what to make for whom, fabrics, etc... But a month is plenty of time, right? ;)
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