45 of the best Christmas sewing patterns
From stockings to advent calendars and easy sew Christmas decorations! Give this holiday season a handmade touch with our favourite free and paid-for Christmas sewing projects.
When it comes to sewing for Christmas, we know there are a LOT of Christmas sewing projects and quilting patterns out there to choose from. They're all easy to sew – and we know you'll love making them this festive season. We've included a mix of free Christmas sewing projects and patterns to buy, so you're bound to find something that you'll enjoy making.
Let's face it, this is a busy time of year, so we've made it easy for you to find all your favourite Christmas sewing projects in one place with this round-up of quick and easy projects and patterns. If you're looking for last-minute present ideas, then check out our list of 25 quick gifts to sew when you're short of time, or take a look in our library of free sewing patterns. If you're on the hunt for family craft ideas, how about our 50 Christmas crafts for kids?
Looking for more Christmas craft ideas? Try our free Christmas knitting patterns, crochet Christmas decorations and learn how to make a Christmas wreath.
Are you new to sewing? We've put together some expert tutorials to help you improve your sewing skills! Check out our sewing for beginners, how to use a sewing machine, best sewing machines for beginners and sewing kits for beginners guides.
At this time of year, we're usually treated to some special episodes of our fave sewing show. Take a look at our guide to The Great British Sewing Bee for all the latest news!
Read on to discover some of our favourite Christmas sewing projects…
45 of the best Christmas sewing projects
1. DIY felt Christmas wreath
Welcome people to your home this Christmas by hanging up your own handmade wreath. This beautiful DIY felt Christmas wreath is made using some easy sewing and crafting skills, but the results are stunning!
2. Easy-sew star wall hanging
If you're looking for Christmas sewing project ideas, this is a great show-stopping project that's surprisingly quick to stitch. Transform your wall into a starry sky with our step-by-step guide to making a starry night decoration. Get the free star hanging pattern.
3. Gingerbread house
Bring some fairytale magic to your home this Christmas by stitching your own gingerbread house! Children will love this addition to your Christmas decorations this winter. Why not create your own snowy scene to show it off?
Buy the gingerbread house pattern from SewThimbleWood on Etsy for £8.50
4. How to sew your own Christmas tree baubles
Whip up a batch of these easy-to-make Christmas decorations with our step-by-step guide! Make the easy sew Christmas baubles pattern.
5. Christmas crackers
Reduce waste by sewing your own reusable Christmas crackers! This Christmas sewing project has been cleverly designed so that you can pull the cracker apart – just like a normal cracker. You can even add your own snaps.
Buy the wonder cracker sewing pattern from lucydorothy on Etsy for £15
6. DIY star cushions
Give your sofa a makeover with this easy sew star cushion sewing pattern by Rebecca Reid. They're a great way to show off your favourite festive fabrics, especially those ones we all have stashed away to save for a rainy day. Well, this is that day! Show them off – they deserve the limelight!
7. Scandi-style Advent calendar sewing pattern
Our me-made countdown to Christmas has it all – sweet stitched pockets to stash mini treats throughout December, snow-capped touches and lots of chances to use up the smallest of scraps that you can't bear to part with! Learn how to make a fabric advent calendar with our step-by-step guide.
8. Turn fabric scraps into origami stars
The beauty of these me-made Christmas decorations is they don't even need you to reach for your machine. All you need is a few strips of your favourite fabrics and our video walkthrough! Learn how to make fabric origami stars.
9. Sew your own stockings
Make Christmas morning one to remember and start a new family tradition with these handmade Christmas stockings! It's one our favourite free Christmas sewing patterns and we're in the middle of stitching up a fresh batch this week as we type! Discover how to make a Christmas stocking.
10. Sew a sack for Santa
While we're in the zone of Christmas morning makes, leave a handmade sack for Father Christmas to fill with treats this Christmas Eve! Learn how to make a Christmas gift sack.
11. How to make a Christmas tree garland
Sweet touches make this Christmas bunting stand out with metallic threads, sequins and a scandi vibe! Read our free tutorial for how to make a Christmas tree garland.
12. Christmas table runner pattern
Create a beautiful festive decoration that will be reused year after year! We love this beautiful Christmas table runner pattern designed by Jessica Entwistle – you can use up some leftover Christmas fabric scraps or fat quarters to make the stars.
13. Deck the halls with fabric paper chains
If you're on the hunt for Christmas decorations to sew, they don't come more classic then your very own string of paper chains! Our version will last longer than the traditional ones as we've stitched them from our favourite Christmas fabrics. Find out how to make fabric paper chains.
14. How to sew star place holders
Of course, no festive round-up would be complete without some inspiration for your Christmas table. Anna Alicia's sweet star place names are quick to stitch and a lovely way to turn beloved small fabric scraps into eye-catching table settings. Find out how to make star place holders.
15. How to sew Christmas stocking Advent calendar stockings
Make your own retro Christmas stocking advent calendar to brighten up your home this December. This fun design by Anna Alicia can also be used to make colourful bunting. Learn how to make Christmas advent calendar stockings.
16. Llama apron
Add some fun to the festivities by sewing your own quirky llama apron! Make one for yourself or stitch one as a gift for a friend. It's an essential accessory for your Christmas baking sessions.
17. Santa and reindeer garland
Santa Claus is coming to town – along with his reindeer pals! Sew this beautiful festive garland design to brighten your home this Christmas. The sewing kit contains all of the materials you need to make the garland and it's cheaper if you don't want it to include thread or stuffing.
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Buy the Santa and reindeer garland kit from TheBannerBoutiqueUK on Etsy starting from £22
18. Easy-sew Christmas tree Advent calendar
Children will love this colourful Christmas tree Advent calendar designed by Kirsty Hartley! It's easy enough for a beginner to sew with confidence. Find out how to make our easy-sew Christmas tree Advent calendar.
19. Christmas bauble collection
Bring some homemade style to your tree by stitching this cute little Christmas bauble collection designed by Nancy Nicholson. The kit includes everything you need to make a selection of beautiful Christmas tree decorations. Happy stitching!
Buy the Christmas bauble collection from NancyNicholsonDesign on Etsy for £25
20. Embroidered hexagon ornaments
Sew the sweetest little hexies to deck out mantelpieces, trees and doorways with Mollie Johanson's free embroidery patterns and step by step tutorial. Find out how to embroidery easy hexagon ornaments.
21. Sew your own patchwork star stockings
Ali Burdon's classic Christmas stockings will be treasured for many Christmases to come. Find the free sewing pattern and step-by-step instructions for how to make them. Find out how to make DIY star stockings
22. Make your own gingerbread house decorations
Add a sweet touch to your Christmas tree with these adorable hand-stitched gingerbread houses! Add a festive tree or a smily snowman to complete the look. Find out how to make gingerbread tree decorations.
23. Make a sparkling shrug
Get into the party mood by making this shimmering sequin shrug designed by Jennifer Mills. It looks great teamed with a floral dress! Learn how to sew a glitter shrug.
24. Make a snowman softie
Get cosy with this cute little snowman softie toy created by Jo Carter! It's a great Christmas gift for a child. Find out how to make a snowman toy.
25. Sew straps into fabric origami stars
Take strips of fabric and fold them into these soothing-to-make star decorations. Watch our video guide and read our step-by-step walkthrough to learn how to make fabric origami stars.
26. Foundation paper piece a sweet Santa
Ho ho ho! We spy a friendly Father Christmas, stitched up from the tiniest of fabric scraps! Sew a sweet little Santa tag to give or hang from your tree with our free Santa Foundation paper piecing template. Find our free Santa FPP pattern and instructions and download the Free Santa Foundation Paper Piecing template.
27. Easy-sew softie decorations
These quick-to-stitch softie Christmas decorations are an easy project for beginners and an easy make to whip up for experienced stitches looking for some home-made festive cheer! Find out how to make easy sew softie decorations.
28. Free Christmas Tree foundation paper piecing template
For the next in our series of seasonal FPP patterns, stitch a tiny tree from your fabric scraps with our free template. Download the free Christmas foundation paper piecing patterns.
29. Christmas tree skirt pattern
Arrange your gifts under the tree on top of this fabulous Christmas tree skirt designed by Sally Stevens. Find out how to make our free Christmas tree skirt pattern.
30. Sew a snowflake cushion
Winter is our favourite season for English Paper Piecing, so curl up with some hand-sewing and make this pretty snowflake cushion to add a frosty touch to your décor this Christmas. Learn how to sew a snowflake cushion.
31. Sew a cute Santa ornament
We’ve got together with Pen + Paper Patterns to bring you a fun freebie: read on to find out how to whip up this easy-sew Father Christmas ornament. He's sure to be the jolliest project to brighten up your sewing table this year! Head on over to penandpaperpatterns.blogspot.com to find out how to sew your own happy Santa decoration.
32. Embroider snowflake star decorations
Discover new embroidery stitches and deck the halls as you go with our beginner's embroidery guide to Whipped Running Stitch. We'll show you how to work the stitch then practise it on a pretty star garland. Find out how to embroider snowflake star decorations.
33. Foundation paper piece a Christmas bauble
Sew the next in our series of seasonal FPP designs with our free template. Get the Christmas bauble foundation paper piecing pattern.
34. Twinkle Twinkle Christmas star quilt pattern
Give Half Square Triangles a festive twist with Susan Standen's Free Christmas Quilt Pattern – this twinkling quilt gives the holiday season a modern quilting update. Find the free star quilt pattern.
35. Merry embroidery hoop
This is a great project to make if you're new to embroidery. You can learn how to make your own pretty Christmas embroidery hoop and master a new stitch in the process. Learn how to sew coral stitch and make this easy festive embroidery hoop at the same time.
36. Free nutcracker Christmas quilt patterns
This beautiful quilt designed by Mandy Shaw is a real showstopper and would make a treasured family heirloom. Hang it up on the wall or use it to keep warm on cold December nights. Download the free nutcracker Christmas quilt patterns.
37. Cross stitch a mini wreath with this super-cute pattern
This free mini wreath baubles cross stitch chart stitches up in just an hour or two. Use the pattern to make a classic Christmas tree decoration. Find the free wreath cross stitch pattern.
38. Embroidered Christmas wreath
This is another great embroidery project for beginners! Work up your own embroidered Christmas wreath and teach yourself how to do braid stitch in the process. Learn how to work braid stitch and make this beautiful decoration.
39. Fabric scrap Christmas tree bauble
After all that crafting, you're probably wondering what to do with all of the fabric scraps you have left. Don't worry, we've got the perfect stash-busting project to use up all of those leftover bits and pieces. This easy no-sew Christmas bauble project is a great way to ensure that nothing goes to waste – and it looks pretty amazing too! Find out how to turn fabric scraps into Christmas baubles.
40. Sew your very own snowflakes quilt
We had to fight hard to resist the urge to insert a "Let it sew" pun here! But in all seriousness, if you're a quilter who is happy to dabble in paper piecing, you'll love this foundation-pieced snowflake by Lynne Goldsworthy and Love Patchwork & Quilting magazine. It's a great scrap buster to sew up as a stand-alone quilt block (it would make a lovely cushion cover) or sew a flurry of blocks to make a whole snowflake quilt! Make the free snowflake quilt block pattern.
41. Reindeer pattern
Make your own little festive pal to decorate your home throughout the festive season – or stitch it as a gift for a child! This adorable Christmas sewing project was created by Lucy Ward for Simply Sewing Magazine. Learn how to make this adorable reindeer pattern.
42. Christmas patchwork coasters
Use up some festive fat quarters to make these pretty Christmas patchwork coasters. These are a great last-minute project to make and would make a wonderful gift for someone when made as a set.
43. Christmas tree mitten decorations
Looking for an easy Christmas sewing project for beginners? These mitten tree decorations are simple to sew and can be made in three different styles. Once you get the hang of it, you'll be able to whip up a whole batch!
44. Penti patch robin
Isn't this adorable? We love this clever little festive robin design created by SewThimbleWood on Etsy. This robin sewing pattern would make a sweet little festive decoration or a gift. Why not make a whole flock?
Buy the penti patch robin from SewThimbleWood on Etsy for £8.50.
45. Christmas wreath
If you're new to sewing, this is a great Christmas sewing project to try. The design has already been applied onto the felt using lino printing techniques, so you just need to embellish it using the thread, beads and felt included in the kit. The finished wreath looks very impressive!
Buy the Christmas wreath sewing kit from LouiseNicholsDesigns on Etsy for £35
Sarah Orme is a UK-based linocut printmaker, digital editor, feature writer and award-winning podcaster. She's been editing the sewing and art sections of Gathered.how – and before that our sister website calmmoment.com – for over 3 years. She’s the host of Gathered’s We’ve Made It podcast and A Calmer Life podcast. She’s a keen crafter and artist and loves creating DIY tutorials for Gathered. Sarah has previously written features for The Guardian, In The Moment Magazine, Project Calm Magazine, countryfile.com, radiotimes.com and yourhomestyle.uk. She enjoys designing her own unique lino prints and dreams of opening her own online shop. She shares her work @sarahormeprints
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