Your 2022 Homemade Holiday Gift Guide

Create beautiful, handmade gifts for your friends and family with these sewn gift ideas!

Christmas will be here before you know it, which means the time to start on your homemade holiday gifts is now! If you don’t want to brave the holiday shopping crowds in favor of heartfelt, home-sewn presents, then you’ll love our round-up of this year’s best sewn and quilted gift ideas. We’re bringing you 13 favorite projects, from small DIY accessories to a simple and stunning baby quilt, so that sewists of all skill levels can find something for their loved ones. Nothing shows that you care more than a handcrafted gift made with love, so pick the project that best fits your gift list and start stitching.

How to Make a T-Shirt Quilt Pillow – September 2022

From quilts made from baby clothes to small projects like memory bears, upcycling pre-loved clothing into homemade gifts is incredibly popular right now. Designer Marie Segares shows you how to turn worn tees into a simple throw pillow in this step-by-step tutorial. This gift idea is perfect for kids to college students and is an easy project for beginner quilters.

Summertime Stroll Eco Bottle Bag – July 2022

If you have a fitness fanatic in your life that doesn’t go anywhere without their trusty water bottle, then this project should immediately go on your to-make list! This intermediate sewing project features a handy strap for the wearer and a lobster claw clasp to hold their keys. Make your friend’s daily walk easier with this handy sewing project.

Hexie Hues Quilted Wall Organizer – April 2022

Stumped on what to get your pals in your quilt club? The Hexie Hues Quilted Wall Organizer from Pam Voth is perfect for organizing any sewing room and is sure to be a hit with your sewing circle. This project is perfect for holding small sewing notions like scissors and marking tools and is an excellent way to clear out your fabric stash.

Simple Detachable Statement Collars – August 2022

Dress up an outfit with a single accessory! These detachable statement collars from Janice Bailor are must-makes for the fashionista in your life and can be customized to fit their personal style. Add ribbon, jewels or embroidery details to your sewn collars to turn a plain sweater into a designer-inspired look.

At the Shore Beach Playmat – June 2022

Give the newest addition to your family a sweet, interactive playmat with this project from Jennifer Davey. Featuring a tiny sea turtle, this baby sewing pattern uses quilting cotton and terrycloth to provide different tactile elements for your infant to enjoy. If you’ve been searching for a custom baby shower gift, you’ll be hard pressed to find a cuter option than this playmat.

Get a Grip Quilted Potholder and Jar Opener – April 2022

Inject a little humor into your Christmas crafting with this fun kitchen pattern. A great gift idea for the person who loves to cook, this two-in-one project from Jessie Agnew features a potholder on one side and a jar opener on the other. Our favorite element? The playful appliqué letters!

Seaside Patchwork Minky Blanket – July 2022

Gracing our July cover, this patchwork throw blanket features a soft, minky backing that makes it great for cuddling under. This project is designed to use fabrics in beautiful coordinating colors, so if you’ve been saving up some pretty prints for a special occasion, this is a wonderful project to use them up. The warm backing of this blanket makes it a great gift for Nana to snuggle under while she’s watching her favorite shows.

Knot Your Average Fabric Headband – June 2022

If you’re in need of some quick stocking stuffers for your nieces or granddaughters, then these simple and quick fabric headbands are exactly what you need to make. Featuring a stylish top knot, this project is designed for beginner sewists to get comfortable working with stretch fabrics. Whip up an entire batch of these fast sews in a single afternoon!

Day-Tripper Travel Neck Pillow Bag – March 2022

Know a friend who’s always on the go? This travel-friendly two-in-one pattern from Alice Tang shows you how to make a small carry-on bag that easily transforms into a comfy neck pillow. Ideal for air or train travel, this sewing project can be made in soft fabrics for extra comfort.

Limelight Citrus Throw Pillows – June 2022

Add a little color to a loved ones home this winter with these cheerful and bright throw pillows from Sophie Tarrant. Available in both lime and lemon versions, this fun throw pillow is marked as an easy-level sewing project, so it’s a great pattern to improve beginner skills. This project is a delightful gift for your trendy cousin or friend who’s redecorating.

Color Crossing Modern Rail Fence Baby Quilt – March 2022

It’s a tradition in my family for my aunt to make a quilt for the newest baby’s first Christmas and this baby quilt pattern from Lindsay Conner is a sweet and modern addition to any nursery. Made using the classic rail fence pattern, this easy baby quilt is a great gift for beginner quilters to make and lends itself to creative color combinations. Plus, it’s precut friendly!

Stashbuster Pinwheel Quilted Lunch Bag – May 2022

Create a lunch bag that combines pretty and practical with this scrappy sewing pattern. Made using scrap fabric pinwheels, this quilting project is a charming gift for all ages and is a thoughtful present to use for lunches, picnics, traveling and more. Lined with a sturdy insulated fabric, it’s a handy project to use up colorful and small fabric scraps.

Hipster Pocket Scarf – February 2022

Have a friend that lives in athleisure? Then you need to sew this easy scarf up for them ASAP! This lightweight scarf is made for chilly fall and spring mornings and features a helpful pocket to hold your keys and necessities while keeping your hands free. Whether made for your mom who always has a pre-work walk or for the new mom in your life who’s always on the go, this sewing project is sure to be a complete hit.

We hope you find inspiration in our 2022 homemade holiday gift guide and that your Christmas season is filled with family, friends, and lots of fun sewing. What sewing and quilting projects will you be making this holiday season? Let us know in the comments!


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