20 best Christmas decorations to sew
We love to make our own Christmas decorations! Explore our pick of the best Christmas decorations to sew this festive season
Making our own homemade Christmas decorations is something we look forward to every year! We love settling down to do some festive crafting, especially when the weather is cold and miserable outside. It's so cosy – especially if you light some candles or put on a festive movie to watch to start getting into the festive mood.
There's something really special about stitching your own hand sewn Christmas decorations – you're making something that will be treasured and brought out year after year. They make wonderful gifts for friends and family too.
Whether you want to sew your own Christmas wreath or make homemade Christmas decorations, you're bound to find something to make here. We've got everything from festive Christmas decoration patterns to embroider to little ornaments to hang on your Christmas tree. Short of time? We've included some speedy Christmas decorations to sew alongside some more time-consuming projects.
There are some easy Christmas decorations to sew for beginners as well as more advanced patterns for experienced sewers, so there's something for everyone!
If you're new to sewing, you might find it useful to take a look at our beginner's guides for lots of practical tips and advice. Check out our best sewing machines for beginners, sewing for beginners, how to use a sewing machine and sewing kits for beginners guide.
Read on to find some amazing Christmas decorations to sew this year…
20 best Christmas decoration patterns
1. Christmas embroidery hoop
Want to take your homemade Christmas decorations to the next level? Try making this stunning Merry and Bright Christmas embroidery design to display in your home this December. It's bound to be admired by everyone who visits your home!
2. Mitten Christmas tree decorations
Add a cosy homemade feel to your tree this year by sewing our mitten Christmas tree decorations. If you're looking for easy patterns for Christmas decorations to sew, this is the project for you. It uses a few simple sewing techniques to make utterly charming Christmas tree ornaments – and there are three different designs to try.
3. DIY Christmas felt wreath
This beautiful DIY Christmas felt wreath designed by Laura Howard is an ideal project for beginners to sew. It uses a few easy sewing techniques to produce beautiful results. This lovely festive decoration will look spectacular when you hang it on a door or above a fireplace.
4. Christmas patchwork coasters
Use up any leftover fabric scraps by making these lovely Christmas patchwork coasters designed by Jess Entwistle. They're both pretty and practical! Christmas patchwork coasters also make fabulous gifts or stocking fillers.
5. Dove decorations
If you're looking for Scandinavian Christmas decorations to sew, this sweet string of dove decorations definitely fits the bill. They look best in white and black with lines stitched onto the wings using white thread.
6. Gingerbread house Christmas tree decorations
These super sweet homemade Christmas decorations are easy to sew and will look stunning when hung on your tree. Learn how to sew Minki Kim's gingerbread tree decorations.
7. Fabric paper chains
If you want paper chains without the mess, fabric paper chains are the perfect solution. You can stitch your own reusable fabric paper chains and use them over and over again. You can coordinate them with the rest of your homemade Christmas decorations too!
8. Mini Santa embroidery hoops
Sewing Christmas decorations can be lots of fun and these adorable mini Santa embroidery designs are a joy to stitch. Use them as Christmas decorations or turn them into cute festive necklaces.
9. Origami fabric stars
It's hard to believe that these clever origami fabric stars designed by Anna Alicia aren't made from paper. It's a great way to turn fabric strips into a stylish decoration for your tree. This technique might look complicated, but it's easier than it looks and we've created a handy video to show you how to make your own.
10. Advent calendar stockings
If you're looking for easy patterns for Christmas decorations to sew, you'll love these advent calendar stockings designed by Anna Alicia. You can use them as an advent calendar and fill them with treats – or just hang them up as festive bunting.
11. Easy-sew Christmas decorations
Sewing Christmas decorations doesn't need to be complicated! These easy-sew Christmas decorations can be whipped up in just a few hours using our step-by-step guide. We've even included a video tutorial to show you how to make them it in case you get stuck.
12. Fabric Christmas tree
This fabric Christmas tree is fuss-free and guaranteed not to drop any needles! We love this crafty alternative to the traditional Christmas tree created by Elspeth Jackson – why not sew a whole forest?
13. Christmas stockings
Stockings are one of our favourite Christmas decoration patterns to sew. A Christmas stocking will be used for years and could even be passed on to future generations as a family heirloom. Learn how to make a Christmas stocking with Rebecca Reid's easy step-by-step guide.
14. Pom pom Santa sacks
Stash your presents for the big day in these colourful pom pom santa sacks. This project features appliqué lettering and some simple sewing techniques, so it's a great pattern to make if you want to improve your sewing skills.
15. Christmas tree bunting
This free Christmas bunting sewing pattern is simple but highly effective. You can add some extra detail by sewing zigzag lines across the trees and stitching a sequin onto the top of each tree.
16. DIY felt Christmas decorations
Add some magic to your tree with Sabina Gibson's DIY felt Christmas decorations. This pattern uses some very easy sewing techniques, so it's a great Christmas decoration pattern for beginners to sew.
17. DIY dog Christmas decoration
This DIY dog Christmas decoration is a great way to add some personality to your Christmas tree and would make a brilliant gift for a dog lover. You'll need to use embroidery and sewing skills to make this sweet little ornament.
18. Christmas table runner
Bring some festive style to your table this year by making this stellar Christmas table runner pattern. You can make the stars using fat quarters or fabric scraps left over from other projects.
19. Fabric advent calendar
This fabric advent calendar is designed to look like a gingerbread house with a snowy roof. It has numbered pockets so you can add your own chocolates or treats! It'll look spectacular hanging on your wall this December.
20. Free Christmas tree skirt pattern
This beautiful free Christmas tree skirt pattern is more complicated to make, but is bound to be treasured for many years. It can be made larger or smaller so you can adjust the pattern to fit.
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