10+ Last Minute Christmas Gifts to Sew


Christmas is almost here…I love the excitement! Half the fun of Christmas for me happens in the last few days right before Christmas Eve. I inevitably need to come up with last minute gift ideas for loved ones because handmade gifts are always better than store bought ones!

Here is a special collection of my tried and true, last minute gift ideas that are lightning fast and easy to make. If you forgot to start your Christmas sewing in November, December is not too late!

Each idea below is a free pattern or tutorial. This list of Christmas sewing projects includes practical gifts for kids and adults. And just so you know, I have added new projects so this list is now longer than 10!

Merry Christmas, now let’s sew!



This Adorable Mini Christmas Stocking sewing pattern is perfect for using up fabric scraps and for filling with holiday treats, gift cards, and other small gifts. The free sewing pattern includes a template too. I think stockings make adorable decorations. If you want a bigger stocking, check out this roundup of free sewing patterns that includes all kinds of Christmas stockings.

Potholders are fun gifts to give and receive, especially unique ones like my Log Cabin Hexi Potholders. This free pattern is way easier than it looks because I show you the secret to simple partial seams. It’s a great way to use up scraps too!


For the practical gift giver, make a soothing rice neck warmer. This gift is perfect for beginners to sew and you can use fabric scraps too. I made these for my kids’ teachers one year and they were so grateful!

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My easy DIY Journaling Bookmark is a thoughtful gift idea for a writer you love! It includes a pouch for holding a pen or pencil and is an easy gift to personalize.

Everyone needs a new apron this time of the year! Put one under the Christmas tree using just a yard of fabric. The free 1 Yard Magic apron pattern has step by step instructions and photos for the most beginner sewist to follow.

Sew a cozy fleece scarf with pockets for a cell phone and other necessities. This clever free sewing pattern is the perfect thing for hard-to-sew-for teenagers and young adults



Do you need gifts for co-workers? Make them a Pretty Double Sided Lanyard! This thoughtful diy project is popular at craft shows too.

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If you are new to sewing, this is a perfect place to start. You only need to sew simple straight lines to make my Easy Baskets made with 10″ Fabric Squares! Plus this makes a great gift basket to fill with other goodies. Let the fabric be your inspiration.

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Sew a cute Cross Body Zipper Tote using 2 1/2’ strips! This size is perfect for carrying a phone and wallet.

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My crazy easy Fold and Stitch Wallet has two card slots and a money pocket on the inside.

It’s a great project for small piece of fabric, even scraps!

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Make my Easy Peasy Lined Drawstring Backpack! This easy project is perfect for beginners and will be used all the time by the lucky recipient:)

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This Fast and Easy Pet Leash is a great gift for any dog lover on your Christmas gift list! If you have a little extra time, sew a matching Pet Collar that is Adjustable with Velcro. It’s perfect for a growing puppy or kitty!

Happy Sewing! xoxo,

ps…If you still need Christmas gift ideas, here are a few more holiday season round-ups for you to enjoy!

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  1. My favorite is the journaling pencil holder. Brilliant idea that holds a pen but also serves as a bookmark. So easy to make and so useful.

  2. Hi, I really like your Journal Bookmark but it links to making a face mask. Would you be able to provide the correct link?
    Thanks so much,

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