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10 Gifts to Sew for the Holidays

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10 Gifts to Sew

for holiday gift-giving

Here are several gifts to sew for holiday gift-giving! Pair something handmade with a few special store-bought items to create a fun gift basket, themed for the recipient.

Tea Towel Gifts

tea towel to make for gift giving

Package an embroidered tea towel with a festive spatula, cake mix and fun sprinkles. Gift this to a friend who loves to bake! Grab a kit that includes six towel blanks, 12 wt. Cotton Petites Thread and hand embroidery patterns to make easy work of several gifts. Or grab an individual white tea towel and choose a holiday machine embroidery design personalized to the recipient.

Grab the Reindeer with Boots computerized embroidery design for FREE for a limited time!

Makeup Brush Holder to Sew

makeup brush holder

A makeup brush holder is a great gift for any gal on your list. Add a set of nice brushes to complete the gift. Or fill the pockets with paintbrushes, drawing pencils or fun markers and package it with a pretty sketchpad.

Zipper Pouch Gifts

Hibiscus Zipper Pouch

Add a monogram or phrase with hand or machine embroidery to these gifts to sew. A fun tassel takes the zipper pouch to new heights! Fill the pouch with little trinkets for the recipient: pens and pencils, travel size toiletries, or make it into a first aid kit.

Potholder & Cookies

Grab the kit to make this potholder, featuring Snow Sweets fabric by Riley Blake Designs. Quilt the potholder with Sulky Poly Star™ thread for a touch of sparkle (also included in the kit!). Either wrap the potholder gift with the included sewing-themed cookie cutters, or keep them for yourself (shhhh, we won’t tell if you won’t!)

Apron to Sew

holiday apron gifts to sew

Grab the tutorial for this simple apron pattern and easily size it for a child or adult. Choose fabric scraps for the pieced panel that go with the recipient’s interests. Package the apron with a set of festive mixing bowls and a family recipe.

Coffee Cup Koozie Gifts

coffee cup koozie

Gift this little project to a friend who loves coffee or tea. Package it with a nice mug and a bag of java or tea leaves.

Mug Rug Scrappy Gifts

mug rug gift to sew

A mug rug is a great way to use up fabric scraps while making something special for a good friend. Create different mug rugs for everyone on your list, in your office or on Zoom calls.

In-The-Hoop Scissor Case

scissor case gift to sew

If you have a sewing or quilting buddy, this gift is the perfect project to make! Insert a nice pair of fabric shears or snips into the zipper pocket to make it even more special.

Gauze Throw with Poly Star

quilted gauze throw with pom-pom

This throw makes a great baby gift for the holidays. The double-gauze fabric is nice and soft, and the addition of Poly Star thread for the quilting adds a bit of sparkle for eye candy. Make the throw larger or smaller, depending on the recipient.

Embroider Buddy for the Kiddos

embroider buddy to sew as gift

An Embroider Buddy is a large stuffed animal that easily unzips fully so you can embroider a name or other personal message or motif on the belly. What better way to say “I Love You” to the kids or grandkids this season? Along with the moose is a snowman, teddy bears, dinosaurs and more! Grab this tutorial to learn exactly how to embroider these little “buddies!”

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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!


  • Carol

    Ever think about the people who don’t have a embroidery machine? I would love to have the reindeer in a appliqué pattern. I am not the only person who feels this way. We see things we would love todo oh machine embroidery well that sucks. Thank you for letting me vent, it’s very frustrating for us non machine embroidery people.

    • Ellen March

      Hi Carol,
      Thank you for the feedback. If you download the embroidery design (but ONLY the color sequence chart PDF),. you can use that as a template for a handwork design or even to cut out an appliqué shape from fabric. Let me know if you need assistance with this!

  • Sharyn Bovee

    I have downloaded the reindeer in boots pattern. I don’t know what to do with it. I thought if I try something free, I might purchase some patterns.
    Kindly, Sharyn

    • Ellen March

      You could use that design for tea towels, hand towels (as shown) or even a stocking project! Thanks for reading!

  • Charlotte McGlohon

    I need a chart that will show conversations of Floriani machine embroidery thread color numbers to Sulky machine embroidery color numbers. Is such a chart available?