Sewn up! Six easy Christmas gifts you can stitch yourself


Sometimes the most meaningful Christmas gift is one you make yourself! Maaike van Besien from MaaiDesign shares these easy-to-make sewing  ideas for handmade (and useful!) presents. Some are even so easy to make, it would make a great beginner project for the kids!

1.Tote Bag

toteThe stunning Genoa Tote is fully-lined, features a zipped pouch and a clip for keys. This tote was designed with denim in mind, so why not use a fun print to line it on the inside? (tip: our denims and Soft Cactus fabrics would work really well here). The PDF pattern allows you to make it in 3 different sizes. It can be purchased from the Pattern Fantastique website , where you can also purchase the leather handle kits. You could also collect all the elements and gift it as a complete project to a sewing friend. 

2. Tablecloth

tablecI love practical gifts so here is a great one: a tablecloth in laminated cotton. When those cute little children make an absolute mess of the tablecloth, you can just wipe it all down! Done! Our laminated cottons are 140cm wide, so will fit a table of up to 100cm wide. Simply measure the length of the table and add 2x the amount of overhang you would like. I’ve written a few posts about sewing with laminated cotton, it is really nothing to be afraid of. So for lots of ideas and tips, have a read here. 

3. Bucket Hat

bucket“No hat, no play” as they say, so aussie kids all need hats and I often struggle to find nice ones. Oliver + S has a free pattern for a bucket hat in several sizes. The best thing about them is that they are reversible, so you get two hats in one! Click here to find the pattern and instructions.

4. T-shirt

tshirtA T-shirt may not sound very exciting, but we all need T-shirts right? And the raglan design makes is super easy and fast to sew. Do you have an overlocker? Then you really have NO excuse to give this a try. This is really another quick project. I used our Froy&Dind fabric, and since it is 160cm wide, I could make 4 T-shirts in size 18months out of one meter of fabric, or 3 in size 4yrs!  There are lots of T-shirt patterns around. Have a look at our Lookbook to find a few examples.

5. Car Organiser

caraWith the holidays coming up, many of us will be going for long drives. I love the idea of a car organiser, this should be so easy to make. No more passing things around, or picking stuff off the car floor! Did I mention I like practical gifts?

So here are a few options:

6. Zippered Pencil Case

pencilcaseI love the look of this pencil case, it has been quilted, and uses piping! Another great teacher’s gift, or maybe for someone who is starting school next year. The free pattern and tutorial from Craftpassion can be found here.


See more easy gift ideas on the list from the MaaiDesign website here.


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