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Gifts to Sew + Free Patterns

Quick Gifts to Sew + Free Patterns

We’re all running out of time to make holiday gifts, so we’ve compiled eight quick gifts to sew that you can make before the clock strikes midnight on Christmas Eve.

These quick gifts to sew are also small-scale projects, which means you can utilize your fabric stash! Plus, you can choose different embroidery designs, add fun embellishments, and experiment with various thread weights and types to make each quick gift unique.

Fleece Hat

Gift to Sew fleece Hat

Everyone can use a hat during the winter months! This fleece hat pattern comes in kid and adult sizing, and it’s easily sewn in less than two hours. If you have a serger, you can make it even quicker! Choose an embroidery design that suits the recipient, and, just like that, you have a personalized present. Sulky 40 wt. Rayon thread makes for beautiful embroidery stitch-outs.

Gift Card Holder

Gift to Sew Gift Card Holder

The first quick gift to sew is this gift card holder, made from two simple felt rectangles. The embroidery gives it a special touch. Add a name above the embroidery motif or keep it as-is. The ribbon allows you to tie it to the tree or gift box. Sulky Sticky + is the perfect stabilizer for felt, as it can’t be hooped without causing damage to the fibers. 

Rice-Filled Eye Mask

Gift to Sew Rice Filled Eye Mask

Another quick gift to sew is an eye mask filled with rice that can be microwaved for heat or put into the freezer for an ice pack. This fleece is embroidered with an allover pattern to give a little bit of thread glitz to the project. Choose a design that fits the recipient’s interests or add a monogram or name. Be sure to use Sulky Solvy on top of the fleece during embroidery so the stitches don’t rush the fabric pile. TIP: Change the dimensions to create a larger or smaller pouch suitable for the back, hand, or feet warmers, if desired.

Coaster Set

Gift to Sew Coaster Set

A set of six colorful coasters is a great quick hostess gift to sew. The simple hand embroidery that mimics Sashiko stitching is easy enough for a tween or teen to help with, too. Our 12-wt. Cotton Petites thread looks stunning paired with these simple solid fabrics. And the wool felt backing gives them stability so no hooping is needed.

In-the-Hoop Cork Fabric Needle Case

Gift to Sew Needle Case

Perfect for sewing friends, this quick gift to sew, a  cork needle case, is an in-the-hoop project, so you can create several assembly-line style. Don’t forget to include some needles and cute needle nannies with the gift!

Baby Blanket

Gift to Sew Baby blanket

Easily adapt this baby blanket tutorial for any recipient by changing the fabrics and embroidery motif. The size is perfect for a car blanket or anyone in a wheelchair. Make several and gift them to a local nursing home using your fabric stash! Our 40-wt. Rayon Embroidery Thread Christmas Palette may just be the ticket for a holiday-themed embroidery motif. (Plus, they come with free designs!)

Monogrammed Fleece Jacket

Gift to Sew Monogrammed Fleece Jacket

Even if you didn’t gobble up a bunch of fleece jackets on Black Friday, there are still good deals to be had at most retailers. Gussy up a basic fleece pullover with an embroidered monogram to add a personal touch to this quick gift to sew. Don’t forget to use Sulky Super Solvy Stabilizer on top of the fleece for a flawless stitch-out!

Embroidered Stuffed Animals

Gift to Sew Embroidered Stuffed Animal

These cute Embroidery Buddies are made to be personalized with machine embroidery! These quick gifts to sew are unicorns, dinosaurs, teddys, frogs–you name it! Place a name on the belly, another sweet design, or monogram, and you’ve got yourself a treasured gift in no time. Pick up a pack of stabilizers to be sure you’re prepared for embroidering the plush fabric.

Let us know your favorite gift ideas to sew in the comments below!

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I am the Director of Content for Sulky of America. The former Editor in Chief of Sew News and Creative Machine Embroidery magazines, I hosted Sew it All TV on PBS for nine seasons. I've appeared on It's Sew Easy on PBS, DIY Network's Uncommon Threads, Hallmark's Marie Osmond Show, MacPhee Workshop and more! Come sew with me!


  • JD

    Just wanted to say that I am so happy that Ellen March has joined the team at Sulky. Happy Holidays to all of you.

  • Mary Jirsak

    It is good to know what you are doing in the sewing world. II look forward to see what Sulky is putting out there. I love any thing sewing. Garments, gifts, quilts, embroidery by machine and sometimes combine more than one..