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sewing bagsIf you are someone who loves to give unique, exciting and handmade gifts for the holidays, then experimenting with sewing crafts, sewing projects and embroidery might be just the answer for your family and friends this holiday season. Whether you follow seasonal trends or make traditional gifts, the people who receive your handmade gifts are sure to love them. With all the different types of fabrics and sewing materials that are available today, the types of sewn and handmade crafts you can make are nearly endless. There are options for everyone on your list.



You do not need to be a professional seamstress or tailor to create wonderful gifts. Here are two wonderful presents that you can easily create.

Embroidered Holiday Ornaments

Whether you embroider regularly or have always wanted to learn, making embroidered holiday ornaments is both an easy and fun way to create a homemade gift that will always remind the recipient of the tender and loving care you put into its creation. You do not need many supplies to make an embroidered holiday ornament- in fact, many companies put together prefabricated kits for you to do just that. If you would like to create something a bit more personalized, however, consider creating your ornaments from scratch using a simple pattern. Here are the materials you will need.

  • Embroidery fabric
  • Small embroidery hoops, generally no larger than 5 inches
  • Small holiday related or seasonal cross stitch patterns
  • Embroidery floss in the necessary colors to complete the patterns
  • Embroidery needles
  • Three extra skeans of embroidery floss in coordinating seasonal colors with which to make hanging cords

If you have not embroidered before, it is a fairly straightforward process which the instructions accompanying your patterns should explain. In order to use an embroidery hoop, cut a piece of fabric that is about 2 inches larger than the diameter of the hoop. For a 5 inch hoop, you would use a 7 inch piece of fabric. Unscrew the top of the embroidery hoop and place the fabric over the smaller hoop. Place the larger part of the hoop with the screw mechanism on top of the smaller hoop and fabric. Screw the larger hoop until it is almost completely closed, then pull the fabric until it is taut. Continue closing the screw of the embroidery hoop.

Now, you are ready to begin your pattern. Simply choose a pattern and identify its appropriate colors and start creating your beautiful ornament. Depending on how complex it is, it may take you a little while or a few hours. When you are done, feel free to embroider your initials in the lower right corner of the design as a reminder of who gifted the ornament. When you are all finished making ornaments, gather those extra skeans in complimentary seasonal colors. Cut nine strands, three of each color, about 18 inches long. First, make three braids, each containing one strand of each individual color. After that, braid the three braids together. Loop this strand around the screw mechanism on the embroidery hoop and tie at the top, and you have a beautiful hanging ornament to give as a gift.

Homemade Pillows

Not only are homemade pillows incredibly inexpensive to make, but they are also incredibly simple. You need to know little more than how to sew in a straight line either by machine or by hand in order to create a lovely pillow of any size, always an appreciated gift. Anyone who has shopped for home decor knows that it can be hard to find items that truly fit your personality or the look of your rooms, and even harder to find exact color matches. By creating homemade pillows for your friends as holiday gifts, you can give them the gift of coordinating home decor. If you feel this would be better done with fabrics of their choice and do not feel the need for the gift to be a surprise, consult with your friends beforehand and allow them to choose the fabric or fabrics they feel best compliment their decorating scheme.

Making homemade pillows requires only a few materials. Here is what you will need.

  • Sturdy but soft fabric, or two coordinating fabrics- one patterned and one solid is a good choice
  • Cotton batting to fill the pillows
  • Color coordinated thread
  • Needles, if you are not using a sewing machine

Pretty simple stuff, right?

The first step is to decide how big you want your pillows to be, which should also determine what amount of fabric you need to buy and how much batting you will need. When you have all your supplies gathered, find a nice, flat surface on which you can work. Begin by measuring two squares of fabric of equal size. This may be two squares of the same fabric or two coordinating fabrics depending on what you chose. Cut out the squares and remove any excess cloth from your working area.

Take your squares of cloth and identify which side of each fabric square you will want facing outward when the pillow is complete. Place the two squares together with those sides facing one another, as though the pillow is inside out. Now, ready either your needle and thread or your sewing machine. If you are using a sewing machine, this will be a quick process, but a needle and thread will take longer. Sew a straight line along three edges of the fabric squares and about half of a line along the fourth side, leaving a gap at least large enough for your hand. If using a needle and thread, make small, deliberate stitches to avoid the seams bulging. Now, reach your hand inside the gap and gently grasp the opposite corner of the fabric from the inside in order to turn the pillow casing inside out. Once you have done this, retrieve your cotton batting. Fill the pillow to capacity without over-stuffing it dramatically. When you have finished, gently pull the two pieces of fabric at the gap together and fold them inwards as if to create a hem. Sew the gap shut with the needle and thread, and you have a wonderful homemade pillow to share with a friend or family member.

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