Wednesday, November 18, 2015

::ideas:: for sewing Christmas Decor

Aria and Liam are literally counting down the days until we decorate for Christmas.  It's our tradition to venture out the day after Thanksgiving to our favorite local tree farm, where they've been growing Christmas trees for ages.  We listen to Christmas music all they way there, trek around choosing the right tree, cocoa in hand, and then return to decorate the tree and the house all in one fell swoop.  Quite a full day.

Last year when I opened the Christmas decor boxes I was surprised at the amount of handmade goodness I've generated over the years.  I seem to sew something new each year to add to our festive home decor!  Maybe you'd like to add more handmade touches to your space this year?  Here is a collection of ideas for sewing your own holiday decor.  Follow the links to find blog posts with tutorials or construction details.

*Quilted Christmas Stockings

happy, happy quilted Stockings!

*Patchwork Christmas Rug 


*Make Merry Tree Cards

Make Merry cards

*Circles Scrap Garland

handmade Christmas scrappy garland

*Oh Christmas Tree mini 

"Oh Christmas Tree" mini

*Lovely Little Forest Pillow

Lovely Little Forest Pillow

*Embroidered Christmas Stockings

Color play.

*Spiderweb Christmas Tree Skirt (Tutorials Part A and Part B)

Spiderweb Christmas Tree Skirt

*Fabric Tags 

some of my gift tags

That last project, the fabric tags, was made when a group of ladies came over for my first "crafty social" way back in 2010.  I'm so looking forward to this Friday, when I'll be joined by some special local ladies for another crafty social (aka sewing night).  It's the first time I've hosted a sewing night since Eleni was born.  I finally feel ready.  It's going to be grrrreat! 

Now I just need to decide what I'll be sewing Friday night.  Maybe work on a quilt?  Sew up some Chritmas-y patchwork towels?  Hmm....


  1. Love all your xmas projects! What I love to make and already have quite a bit are pillow cases but none for xmas so I think I need to sew at least one.

  2. I need to get in christmas mode soon. Maybe an stocking for Eleni would be great!!!

  3. I know what you mean! Our house becomes more festive every year and there's only us two! Love it though!!

  4. Ack! I want to come to your crafty social! :-) I love all of your handmade Christmas. Holiday decor sewing is my absolute favorite :-).

  5. I love, love, LOVE that your Christmas stockings have your first names on them and not "mom" and "dad." This is a little pet peeve of mine. I don't know why. :)

  6. me too. I want to come, all of us do :-)
    Well, I adore all of your projects made over the years!
    Each of them crafted with a bright bunch of festive fabrics
    Have a fun time with those crafty friends on Friday.

  7. I like the Christmas tags a lot. Are they fused with interfacing?

    1. If I were doing them again, I'd use steam a seam to fuse them!

  8. I think its a good thing that we don't all live in SC otherwise your house would be overflowing ;)
    Can't wait to see what you sew up!

  9. Oh my goodness Rachel - a Spiderweb tree skirt! That just rocks! So many fun ways here to use fabric in Christmas decorations!

  10. I would like to make the Christmas tree mini, but I couldn't find directions or a pattern to buy. It looks as if it was part of a class you taught. Is there a way to get the pattern?

    I love all of your projects, and I'm glad you're finding some time to continue your quilting in addition to all of your loving care of Eleni and your other children. You are an inspiration to all of us, and I keep you in my prayers each night.

    1. Thank you for your prayers, Judy. The Christmas Tree mini is indeed only offered as part of my Curves sewing class. I almost didn't include it in this round up for that reason, but as so many of my readers have taken that class, I thought it might remind someone who owns the class materials of her desire to make (or finish!) the mini.


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