Handmade Winter Holiday Projects + Giveaway!

Celebrate the holidays this season with some of our favorite handmade winter holiday projects from WeAllSew! We’re sharing free projects from cozy quilts, decorations to deck the halls, and ornaments perfect for trimming the tree or topping off a specially wrapped holiday gift. To make the holidays bright, we’re also offering you the chance to win a fun prize package at the bottom of the post!

Deck the Halls

Holiday Banner Tutorial, Deck The Halls - hang

Create this simple holiday banner to ring in the New Year! See how easy it is to embroidery and sew the Holiday Banner with BERNINA.

Make a batch of quilted holiday tree coasters for yourself, and a batch to gift! Wouldn’t they look sweet as a topper on a gift bag or pretty wrapped present? Get the free, downloadable template and step-by-step instructions to create these Holiday Coasters here at WeAllSew.

Fill the pockets of this reusable advent calendar with little treats and presents each season! It’s simple to make, and you can include stenciled numbers, or create machine embroidery on each pocket to mark the days. Learn how to make the Canvas Advent Calendar here.

Patchwork Nordic Inspired Snowflake pillow pattern by Melissa Mortenson for WeAllSew

This white and red snowflake patchwork pillow is inspired by Norwegian holiday traditions. Made with a simple technique to create the perfect 1″ patchwork, you’re sure to stitch up one of these Norwegian Inspired Snowflake Pillows in no time!

Trim the Tree

These little ornaments are sure to add a bright spot to any holiday tree. Use the included printable templates to sew a little wrapped gift, bow topped tree, or mini-stocking in the Quilty Holiday Ornaments tutorial.

Holiday Hearts

Remember making these woven heart pockets out of construction paper when you were a kid? Here’s a new take on an old tradition! Hang these fabric woven heart pockets on the tree and fill with candies and treats. Find the Fabric Woven Heart tutorial here.

Holly Jolly Ornament Tutorial

These quick-to-make holly leaves and berries are fun to paint and stitch! Learn how to make a Holly Jolly Ornament with this tutorial.

Cozy Holiday Quilts

Christmas Quilt Pattern from WeAllSew

This happy holiday quilt features classic Christmas colors and big, easy to stitch blocks. You can make the Quick and Easy Christmas Quilt just in time for the holidays.

Aurora Feathered Star Quilt Tutorial

This red and white mini quilt suggests the delicate, traditional Scandinavian style of decorating for the holidays. Make the Feathered Star Mini Quilt with this tutorial.

This fun holiday quilt features a set of whimsical appliquéd ornaments made with bright colors. The Vintage Ornaments Quilt-along includes all the printable templates to create the ornament blocks plus the instructions for finishing the quilt.

This fun mini quilt features one large ornament created with bright colored half-square triangles. Once you create the patchwork this mini quilt stitches together very quickly! Use the quilt as a table topper, a wall hanging, or a holiday door hanger! Find the Holiday Ornament Mini-Quilt tutorial here.

Holiday Giveaway!

One lucky WeAllSew reader will win this fun prize package including one pair of Tula Pink 6″ scissors, one triangle ruler, and one large BERNINA tote bag!

Tula Pink - 6-inch-Shears

Handmade Holiday Projects and Giveaway

Handmade Holiday Projects and Giveaway

All you have to do is post a comment below and answer the question,

“What is your favorite holiday themed craft to make?”

The  giveaway is open through Friday, December 7th, 2018.

The giveaway is open to residents of the 50 United States and the District of Columbia. One comment per fan. Comment must be submitted to the WeAllSew.com blog by Friday, December 7, 2018 at 11:59 PM Central Time. Winner will be chosen randomly. Winner will be notified by email and will have 48 hours to contact to claim the prize.

Good luck!

289 thoughts on “Handmade Winter Holiday Projects + Giveaway!

    1. My favorite Christmas craft is making Christmas stockings and tree skirts for
      My kids and grandchildren so they will have memories of me when I am gone.

    2. My favorite things to make are holiday cards, and small ornaments. I also enjoy making little holiday scenes on the mantle or any little shelf. I always have plans to make a million more things but time runs so fast!

    3. I recently learned how to make table runners and table toppers using the 60 degree ruler. I made autumn themed items and recently finished several Christmas themed items. Great project and is now my favorite thing to make. Looking forward to creating Spring themed items.

    4. Christmas wall hangings are my favorite. Just finished Santas Workshop, santa wall hangngs and oesd wonderful ornaments. Bernina is the best there is for tutorials and projects.

    5. Flannel rice bags for heating. They warm the heart as well as necks and toes. Picking out the perfect flannel print for each person brings them to mind in a special way?

  1. I’m not sure I’ve ever heard about a holiday craft that I wasn’t interested in making. LOL! I guess my FAVs are:
    machine embroidery dish towels with a holiday motif, machine embroidered Christmas Cards, ITH hotpads/mittens and, don’t forget the holiday cookies – yumm.

  2. My favorite holiday theme craft to make for Christmas time is “Trees” I have several Christmas trees made of various sizes and made with different types of crafts. This year I made a new small wall hanging of a Chenille tree, made from my Bernina 570QE. Made the Chenille and then cut into triangle shape for tree and centered on fabric to quilt around adding borders. Loved it so much, I made one for each member of family for their house.

  3. Since I never use the flat sheet when I purchase sheets I wait till I have 2 of the same type of material and coordinating color. Purchase a plain white thin comforter and make a simple quilt. Two linen flat sheets make a beautiful quilt. Just wish I owned a Bernina to make them!

  4. Christmas stockings. I’ve made them for years, customizing each one for the new family member. (Including Cats & dogs). I add trim, ribbons, buttons, little appliqués and a sturdy hanging loop.

  5. I’m just starting out with sewing and quilting. This is my second year trying to make presents and its getting better I’m making quilted potholders, towels, and a couple sewing caddys!

  6. I’ve twice printed out the Quilty Holiday Ornaments template of a simple tree and the stocking, both times it has printed with an all black background and white for the tiny lines of the ornaments. This finished my black ink cartridge. I really want to make these. Help!

  7. Just to add that I went to my own documents and found a simple template, black line on all white background and printed it out successfully so I concude that it is not my printer that is at fault. Many thanks.

  8. Thank you for these great ideas! I have been making Scandinavian folded stars out of strips of fabric. I am part Norwegian, so I’m doing a Nordic theme this year! Next I want to make a knome!

  9. I’m enjoying making Christmas gifts for the grandkids- holiday themed pillows! Every year is a different type of holiday themed project. Love the ideas on the Bernina Blog

  10. The end of the year is coming…Christmas is a time for family memories…old and new. The countdown has officially begun… December 1st!
    I just finished six friendship braided Christmas tablerunners! They are going to family and friends.
    One will be traveling…to my cousin Aaron stationed in Afghanistan. He likes candy and goodies but thought a little Christmas cheer of a tablerunner and a tiny artificial tree may remind him he is loved.❤️
    My end of year count of seven baby quilts for the preemies too. It has been an exceptional year! I do love sewing!
    I wish everyone a wonderful end of year with lots of celebrating! Put a smile on your face, give tons of hugs and most of all HAVE FUN! I

  11. My favorite things to make for Christmas are small quilts, table runners and quilted pillows.
    I really love the red and white mini quilt above.
    I will try and make that one!?

  12. This year my favorite holiday craft has been the Christmas tree advent calendar I created for my 3-year old grandson. I made the 3’ tall tree with felt, sewed pockets from a variety of holliday fabrics, and cut the number 1-24 using my new die-cutting machine. It was a fun project that will be a life-long tradition for Nolan.

  13. This year I am making gifts for the girls at work. Snowmen are my fav but I have seen some beautiful winter quilts that I have put on my bucket list. This is the 1st year with my new Bernina. ♥️

  14. I love any holiday craft that is easy and quick! I’m working on pillow covers for my sofa pillows and a Christmas curtain for my kitchen…red and black buffalo check!

  15. I enjoy making holiday gift tags. It’s a fun way to dress up gifts under the tree and they make great ornaments after the gift has been unwrapped. Merry Christmas!

  16. I have an affinity for advent calendars. The happiness I get from making them, filling them, and imagining the daily smiles they’ll bring gives me so much joy. I believe everyone deserves a little surprise during a sometimes hectic time of year just to remind them that they’re loved and thought of warmly. Isn’t that why we create in the first place?

  17. I love to make Christmas Plush Animals this time of year. I also love to sew quilted stockings and reindeer antlers. Thank you for the fabulous giveaway!

  18. My favorite holiday themed craft to make is a table topper with a matching pillow cover. It helps to have a few coordinating item to keep the decorations coordinate.

  19. I like to make holiday napkins. Either two cotton fabrics sewn together and then turned inside out or just serge the edges of the popular Christmas fabric at the time. I use them for napkins or for basket liners for bread etc. Fun fun.

  20. anything to do with Snowmen!! Love them; have quite a collection but can always find one to make to add to it…Let it snow-let it snow-let it snow…

  21. I love to find and make a new angel ORNAMENT for the Christmas tree. Most (95%) of the decorations/ ornaments on the Christmas tree are handmade angel ornaments. Then throughout the year, I get ideas of what people like/want and that helps me decide. Knowing that they are going to enjoy my gift, makes it more exciting and enjoyable to work on.

  22. I like to take holiday fabrics to sew napkins for a festive dinner table.. With my Bernina 590, I can embroider a holiday gingerbread boy/girl, Santa, sleigh, snowflake, etc. on the napkins.

  23. I am brand new to quilting. I have 1 month under my belt and am already hooked! I am making my 83 yr old Mom a throw quilt that has about grown into a full on quilt for her bed…lol but my goal is to start making Christmas table runners for the holidays. I’ve always admired them. Merry Christmas everyone!!

  24. My favorite holiday themed craft always includes machine embroidery. Personalization, holiday themed kitchen towels, or quick “in-the-hoop” projects are favorites.

  25. Love my Bernina.Have 7 machines but Bernina is my love. I love all christmas projects. Table runners are one of the favorites then ornaments. Keep up the great information you give us.

  26. Gosh there are so many holiday themed projects to make it is hard to decide on one. I just finished Santa’s Toy Shop wall hanging. It was so fun to make and I love how it turned out. I have many wall hangings for Christmas/winter that I am running out of wall space. Table runners are great too.

  27. I like to sew all kinds of surprises. This year my favorite is finger and thumb potholders for Christmas surprises. I am also making them to earn money for a Haitii project our quilt group at church is having next Saturday.

  28. My current favorite is Christmas stockings. I made them for my kids when they were little, and now I’m making them for their significant others and grandbabies!!

  29. I love making things that are useful such as lap quilts, pillows, mug rug sets and table toppers. There’s nothing like thinking about the recipient of the gift the entire time you are making it for him/her/them.

  30. I enjoy making the card collection, and also the Christmas Ornaments. But the only problem is I give them all to my grandchildren and Daughters, oh well I can always make more!! I just enjoy all projects I purchase from Chestnut Ridge Sewing Center, they have everything.

  31. I enjoy making many holiday themed items but probably my favorite this year is door/wall hangings. But especially love doing holiday themed embroidery on tea towels using my Bernina 880 plus.

  32. I personally love quilted wallhangings, but this year I made quilted/collaged Christmas tree ornaments and made my own Christmas cards with them as the focus on the front, hanging tab pulled to the inside. That way each recipient has a little gift besides just a card!

  33. Love it all, my very very favorite is the stand alone lace embroidery village and Christmas ornaments! They look beautiful and can be made old fashioned look or modern look!
    Have wonderful holidays! Everyone

  34. My favorite thing to make is table runners/table toppers. I can showcase so many of the fabulous Christmas fabrics to brighten tables and add joy to the home.

  35. I have made many, many Christmas ornaments over the years. I don’t do anything for any other holiday or season. Christmas ornaments and other decorations.

  36. I enjoy making small stockings to use as decorations. Some are crazy quilt style and others are left over fabrics or blocks from projects I’ve finished.

  37. This year I made an advent calendar for my grandson. I used felt to create a tree, and remnants from my quilts for pockets #1-24. On each pocket is a number, and inside each pocket is an act of kindness he will do daily.

  38. I love it all,but have been doing Holly Jolly ornaments and making them into my Christmas cards on paper!
    I would love to win your prizes! Happy Holidays

  39. My favorite holiday craft is quilts. I make each of my children, grandchildren and great granddaughter something special every year. They are always one of a kind, weather by colors or shapes. I know they will remember each of their special homemade items for years to come.

  40. I love choosing a handmade gift project for my knitting group members. One year I sewed wallets in different fabrics for each person, remembering their favorite colors. Last year I designed and made handmade books that were different for each person. I am still pondering what the gift will be this year. Maybe I will sew something with my Bernina.

  41. The one thing I do every year is make Christmas ornaments for my adult children. I usually make them with wool felt appliqué, but I have also done paper piecing.

  42. I enjoy making a variety of holiday items, especially machine embroidered gifts like towels, linens and personalized items and ITH gift card holders. I also enjoy making holiday quilted table runners.

  43. Since it’s winter and I live in Colorado where it’s cold, I like making triangular fleece scarves with velcro closures. I use my serger to finish the edge and make the scarf “look” finished even though it’s not necessary since fleece doesn’t ravel. Some of my friends have already worn them this year and called me to tell me how much they liked them. Mara

  44. My favorite Christmas giveaway is a little bag that was created originally to sit on the sewing table with a pin cushion attached and is used for a scrap bag. I “re-purposed” it by removing the pin cushion and making a few other adjustments. I used horse themed fabric with lining fabric to match the colors of my sister and brother’s trucks to make them a little bag that will hang in their trucks for their sunflower seeds! They both raise horses and they both love sunflower seeds and their trucks are always covered with sunflower seeds, this way, their trucks can remain tidier and they have a little catch-all bag for what ever else they want to throw into it – and it’s washable!!!

  45. I’m currently working on a Christmas quilt. There’s nothing more cozy than spending a cold, winter day inside working on a quilt. There are less distractions in the winter months.

  46. My favorite holiday-themed project is making special Christmas stockings for my children and grandchildren. Lots of memories when we bring them out every December!

  47. My favorite Christmas projects are ornaments. They are small and relatively quick to make. They really make a great gift and add a nice touch to any tree.

  48. I make table runners using Insul Brite with a thin cotton batting so that hot pans and dishes can be placed at table without using numerous hot pads.

  49. I like to see all the Santa Claus at Christmas time and I will be making dog blankets this year. Plus a couple of lap quilts for friends in Living centers and homes.
    Today is my birthday, but I don’t feel any older. I would love to win the scissors as mine are getting really old., guess they are like me.

  50. I am the new owner of a 790 Plus and could not be more excited! I’m really looking forward to continuing to get to know the machine (so many incredible features), and do some crafting over the holidays.

  51. My favorite holiday craft would be baking cookies … does that count? I love deciding a theme and which cookies look prettiest together. Now if that doesn’t count, I’d say table toppers. I love making them for family & friends because everyone has a table that could be prettied up with a beautiful, quilted topper. Merry Christmas!

  52. Wow, thank you for the opportunity to win! My favorite sewing projects for Christmas are stockings and ornaments, but I also like to make seasonal home dec projects like throw pillows, tablecloths, and napkins.

  53. Today I am finishing sewing a tartan plaid duvet cover with matching pillow shams and bed skirt for our king sized bed…such an easy sew with big results, making our bedroom Christmas-cozy!
    Thank you for the give-away opportunity 🙂

  54. My favorite Hanukkah items to sew are a Hanukkah Tablecloth, Runner, Placemats, and Napkins. I love to find the best Hanukkah fabric, seam binding, and royal blue thread to sew these Hanukkah items either by hand or on my 1927 Singer Featherweight Sewing Machine. All these Hanukkah items I sew are great when we light the candles every night, eat latkes, or spin the dreidel during this holiday season of remembering the miracle of lights.

  55. One year I made a Santa in his workshop figure for my woodworking husband. The red plaid fabric for his outfit was made with scraps our little daughter had brought home after helping Grandma with her church quilting group. It was quite an exercise in planning to match all of the plaid pieces. I also tea stained muslin for his face with the only fabric I purchased for this project. Cap with fur border and beard where all made from the quilters’ unusable fabric scraps. Every Christmas I used to make things from clothing to 13 Christmas Pagaent Nativity Costumes…to quilted ornaments. My Bernina 1260 was my Christmas companion.

  56. I enjoy making wall hangings any time of year but Christmas is my favorite time for a new wall hanging. Whether it’s a panel I’ve added borders to, traditional blocks in seasonal colors, or a holiday scene I’ve appliqued I love making wall a new hanging to add to my Christmas decor.

  57. I try to make something different every year for my kids. Potato bags, microwave bowls, placemats, reusable shopping bags, Christmas ornaments, quilts, etc. This year I’m making backpacks.

  58. I just finished piecing and quilting on my 550QE a Christmas tree skirt for my daughter. I love giving items I have quilted! I am working on a quilt for my Mom for Christmas. She introduced me to Bernina 35 yeas ago with a used 830!

  59. My favourite craft thing to do for the holidays is to gather up all the kids either in the neibourhood, or church, or wherever and let them make Christmas gifts for their parents and/or siblings.

    You can’t believe how it warms and fills your heart with joy to see them working so hard, yet having fun, making these gifts. My dinningroom is full of packages I’ve wrapped for them and will keep them until closer to Christmas to keep them safe from ‘Peekers!’.

    It not only helps the kids to give gifts they normally wouldn’t be able to give and it teaches them to be creative which is much more important than the gift. But the main thing they get out of making their gifts to give at Christmas, or Chanukkah, it gives them self-worth which is so important to teach children.

    This is my favourite Christmas craft idea and to make. To make these kids happy.

    Happy Holidays to all!
    Mr. Mychael E. Colyar-Long

  60. I enjoy making small wall hangings for my grandchildren for Christmas. I try to choose something that goes with the themes of their rooms or their interests.

  61. I like making zippered pouches as gifts. They can be any size, and allow so much creativity and can be customized for the individual recipient. It makes a nice, useful gift for almost any age person on my list!

  62. I love making Christmas quilts or wall hangings. Santa, snowmen…..it is all so festive! I love using my 790 Plus & including some embroidery designs for that extra touch.

  63. Christmas ornaments made from vintage clothing.
    Last year I machine embroidered on denim from a pair of jeans my Mother loved. She passed 7 years ago but it is with pride I give these ornaments to family and tell them the ornament was made from Grandma’s jeans, or from her favorite blouse, etc. Mom is with us every Christmas!

  64. I love sewing for Christmas, and a yearly standard ‘must do’s’ are: fabric gift bags, quilted ornaments, and free standing lace ornaments. Those are always a given, but special projects for special people and charity giving are also items I sew, quilt or embroider to give to others and organizations. It is such a blessing for me to be able to do this for others.

  65. I have been loving making paper pieced Christmas wall hangings. I have a pattern for a star, an angel and a gnome that can also be a tree. They are so fun to make! It will be more fun when I get my my Bernina 707 qe! Got it for Christmas from hubby!

  66. I just finished office gifts which is always a favorite. This year it was Anita Goodesign embroidered stars in the hoop along with towels and pot holders embroidered with Christmas designs that reflected the recipient’s interests. Oh what would I ever do without my trusty BERNINA?!

  67. I enjoy making crafts with my grandchildren for the Thanksgiving or Christmas holidays when we are able to be with them. We’ve done wool mug rugs, fabric snow flakes, this year I plan to make denim angels and fabric hearts from this blog. Making memories!

  68. I love to decorate for Christmas with trees, snowmen, snowflakes and penguins. My favorite holiday theme craft to make would be snowflakes; so many varieties and can be made using paper, felt, or embroidery with any of the amazing designs and color choices available.

  69. This year, we (my husband and I) are teaming together to make shopping bags. Back in the 1980’s, I received a free pattern from a material store. I never thought I would ever need to make shopping bags, so I buried it. I found it about four years ago; not only a good started project for teaching my spouse to sew, but homemade shopping bags are great for the environment. I personalize each bag buy adding a large front pocket, with name and subject matter that interest the receiver.

  70. I love making everything !! Quilts to Ornaments to cookies !! I want to share my love with every one !!
    I believe the best is Wall Hangings to Great and to spred Gods Blessed Love

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