Merry Makers' Guide to Holiday Gifts

 Holiday Project Ideas with Sew Inspired by Bonnie

Hard to believe Christmas is less than six weeks away. These tips and gift ideas will help you get ready!

To help you get started on your holiday stitching, we’re providing some links to blogs that may be of interest. Each link will go to a blog post where you will find tutorials, tips, and links to Bonnie’s designs!

Getting Organized

Being organized is key to success. Otherwise, you can’t find what you need and what should be enjoyable becomes troublesome.

Bonnie has a great blog (and video) on planning for holiday sewing. By producing kits of your fabrics, threads, and accessories, you can sit down and stitch.

Stitching on T-shirts, Sweatshirts, or a Denim Jacket

Embroidering on clothing allows us to customize the gift to the recipient. Get a refresher on stitching on knits, like t-shirts and sweatshirts. 

Picture of a machine appliqued Dalmatian on jacket back

If you are stitching on denim, there are some things to take into consideration. Prevent a wardrobe malfunction by using the right stabilizer and adding interfacing.

Embroidering on a Rope Trivet or Bowl

Make a useful hostess gift by making and embroidering on a trivet or rope bowl. Designs like Bonnie’s Painted Poinsettias are perfect for this!

Fabric Basket 

Picture of machine appliqued Santa on a fabric basket at Sew Inspired by Bonnie

Fabric baskets make good use of scraps and are perfect for filling with gifts and baked goods. Find out how easy it is here.


Picture of boy and girl in matching Christmas Cookies machine appliqued aprons at Sew Inspired by Bonnie

Aprons are so much fun to make and wear. You can make one for each of your cookie testers and 

Picture of Santa Buddy machine applique on an apron at Sew Inspired by Bonnie

another for your head cookie baker.


Picture of machine embroidered Painted Poinsettia on Christmas Card at Sew Inspired by Bonnie

Anyone can buy a card. Imagine the delight your friends and family will receive when you stitch a card on your embroidery machine.

Picture of Angel machine embroidered onto a Christmas card at Sew Inspired by Bonnie

If there are people in your life that have gone above and beyond this year, you can make a card as thanks for being an angel.

Christmas Pillow

Picture of reading pillow with machine embroidered Santa Buddy on the front at Sew Inspired by Bonnie

Make a reading pillow and include a copy of The Night Before Christmas. When I make another one, I will make the pocket shorter.

Christmas Countdown 

Picture of machine appliqued Santa Buddy used in Christmas countdown project at Sew Inspired by Bonnie

Anticipation is half of the fun and this Countdown to Christmas project keeps track of time.

Zip Bag

Picture of Santa Buddie on front of zipped bag project on Bonnie's Blog at Sew Inspired by Bonnie

Zip bags make great gifts and gift holders.


Picture of machine embroidered Painted Poinsettias on towel at Sew Inspired by Bonnie

Another great hostess gift is kitchen towels. See how to make the back pretty, too.

Ornaments and Gift Tags

Ornaments are so easy to make with the freestanding applique technique

Picture of machine appliqued cookies for Santa at Sew Inspired by Bonnie


Picture of machine appliqued gingerbread man gift tag on present at Sew Inspired by Bonnie

They also make lovely gift tags.                              

What will you make?

Debbie Henry
Sew Inspired by Bonnie

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