The Christmas season can get CRAZY especially if you’re someone who loves to personalize EVERYTHING! It never fails, just when you think you’re all finished and your sewing stash is all put-away, you remember there’s one more gift to make. Not sure what to make that’s NOT a hugely complex project? Here’s a list to choose from.
These Christmas gifts are great even if the recipient gets them every year. Teachers, bus drivers, hairstylists, estheticians, and your favorite coffee shop baristas! Everyone will LOVE getting any of these special projects that you can without a ton of materials and difficulty!
This post is a little different than most. It’s both a round-up and has my own tutorials. I’ve selected easy to make gifts that I’ve found on Pinterest and added them to a board called “Christmas Gifts that are Easy to Make“. One of these is highlighted below.
In addition, I’m adding my own simplification tutorials below. That way, you can make the gift as shown by the Pinterest board OR make it the way I’ve simplified. I’m going to do a full post on each gift in the coming weeks and will add a full picture tutorial with links from this post as I do!
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1. Keychain Wristlet
PINTEREST BOARD HIGHLIGHT: Ashlee from MySoCalledCraftyLife.com combines vintage fabric to cotton webbing to make the key fobs shown above. You’ll need a sewing machine as the webbing can be tough to hand sew but it’s very straight-forward if you have a machine. (You really should get a sewing machine, wink wink.)
Talk about FAST and so (or sew, lol) easy to make. Using just a few basic supplies, you can create a monogrammed wristlet keychain. Everyone has keys, right?! For fun, use Christmas webbing and gift it early so the recipient can be festive all December and then tuck it away with the Christmas decorations until next year.
ASC SIMPLIFICATION: SUPER easy! Iron-on letters, a crimp together key fob, and a red & green grosgrain ribbon to tie around the fob for an extra little touch. This will literally take 5 minutes to make!
All you need to do is iron-on initials to an 8″ – 9″ cut of cotton webbing. Fold in half and crimp the raw ends in the key fab. To finish, tie a cute bow and you’re all set!
Here’s What you’ll need:
IF you need help making this project, visit my Pinterest Board to see how to make a wristlet key fob in different ways!
2. Mug cozy
Coffee and hot cocoa lovers alike LOVE their mug cozies but since they’re typically made of cardboard, wouldn’t it be a special treat for them to have a Christmas felt cozy? Soft on their hands and Christmas festive!
PINTEREST BOARD HIGHLIGHT: Lia Griffith is one of my favorite makers. She does a TON with paper flowers, which is on my list to learn. You really need to check her out if you haven’t already. Anyway, here she makes really cute coffee and hot cocoa cozies out of regular craft store felt. Very cute!
ASC SIMPLIFICATION: Just take a cardboard cozy from any coffee shop and open it up to use as a pattern adding an inch to each short end. Cut out a nice heavy felt (2-3mm) in the same shape, iron on a Christmas patch or monogram and a strip of velcro to both ends! Talk about easy!
Want to see some other mug cozy techniques? Visit my Pinterest Board!
3. Notebook pen holder
There are SO many ways to make a pen holder. I’ve added a bunch to my Pinterest Board for you to explore. Here’s the easiest way I can think up since this post is all about EASY GIFTABLES for Christmas!
PINTEREST BOARD HIGHLIGHT: Katie from MadeToBeAMomma.com made her pen holder out of fabric. Still really easy to do and YES!! You can do this by hand OR with a sewing machine. It’s easy and you can give a few without even approaching your gift budget! Simply look at your fabric scrap pile and you’ll probably have all you need.
ASC SIMPLIFICATION: First, figure out how tall the book or binder will be that you want to make the pen holder fit. For example, for a student, you’ll probably be looking at a 3-ring binder but for a mom, it might be a Journal or a Planning Calendar. It doesn’t have to be a one-size-fits-all so just make your best guess.
Here is what you’ll need:
- Ribbon A: Two lengths of ribbon that equal the height of your notebook/binder PLUS 1 inch.
- Ribbon B: One length of ribbon that is 1.5 times the height of the notebook/binder PLUS 1 inch. Example: If your journal is 8-1/4″ then you calculate (8.25 x 1.5) + 1 to get a length of 13.375 (aka, 13 3/8″).
- A piece of 2-sided fusible adhesive to the height of the notebook/binder LESS 1 inch.
- A piece of elastic the height of the notebook/binder PLUS 1 inch.
- Thread and needle (hand sewing or machine).
This is the process:
- Fuse the piece of 2-sided adhesive to the wrong side of the shorter piece of ribbon, lining up the by the centers. There should be 1/2″ on each end of the ribbon extra.
- Make a sandwich (not to eat) by layering the short ends of the two pieces of ribbon with the elastic in the middle length-wise with right-sides of the ribbon facing the elastic. Stitch (by hand or machine) the short end with 1/2″ seam allowance. Turn right-side out.
- Repeat on the other end BUT you need to insert both short ends of Ribbon B (so it’s folded in half) between the elastic and Ribbon A.
- With Ribbon B out of the way, press the two pieces of Ribbon A to fuse together with the fusible adhesive.
- Pulling away from the elastic, line up Ribbon B with the two pieces of Ribbon B and edge stitch (by hand or machine) around the entire rectangle of ribbons.
For Christmas fun, place the pen holder on a notebook or journal to make a complete set giftable!
4. Christmas de-stress eye pillow
As much as most of us LOVE the Christmas season, there’s no denying that it’s also the most stressful time of the year for a lot of people. Help someone take the stress out of their long December day with a relaxing eye pillow!
PINTEREST BOARD HIGHLIGHT: Kate from CentsSationalStyle.com added a sweet detail on top of her eye pillows. You can easily do this too and make it relative to Christmas. Isn’t the picture great!
There are many ways to approach an eye pillow project. Another is to buy a cooling gel mask and simply make a cute drawstring bag to store it. A great gift that is useful all year long. You can even make multiple covers, one for Christmas and the others for the rest of the year. I’ve added some drawstring bag tutorials to my Pinterest Board for you to check out.
ASC Simplification: Here’s what you’ll need for another approach to DIY the eye pillow. Not hard, I promise!
Tip: Pre-wash the linen once or twice.
Linen gets softer as it’s washed, which is great for this project.
This is the process for this project:
- Combine the lavender and flaxseed in a 3:2 ratio in a bowl.
- To make the pillow: Cut an 8 1/2″ square from the fabric. Fold in half to make a 4 1/4″ x 8 1/2″ rectangle. Stitch (hand or machine) one short side and one long side. Turn inside out so the seam allowance is on the inside. Fill with the lavender and flaxseed mixture. Stitch close the other end.
- Cut a (A) 5 1/2″ x 9 1/2″ rectangle and two (B) 5 1/2″ x 7″ rectangles.
- Fold over one short end of each (B) rectangle and stitch in place.
- Layer on top of one rectangle (A) both (B) pieces with raw edges on the outside. The folded edges will overlap and should have the seam allowance facing down.
- Stitch the four outside edges 1/2″ seam allowance. This is a nice place to use a decorative thread or embroidery floss.
- With a needle or other sharp instrument, pull out the seam allowance threads that are parallel to the seam to create a fringe. This is a slipcover for the lavender and flaxseed pillow you made. This way, the outside slipcover can be removed and washed.
- Before giving inserting the pillow, add a drop (or a few to preference) of the Lavender Essential Oil. Now insert inside the slipcover.
- Tie with a pretty Christmas ribbon and a sprig of lavender and evergreen for an Insta-perfect package!
Want to see more options for making an eye pillow? You guessed right … check out my Pinterest Board!
5. Christmas table runner
Table runners are great to give because they are useful all over the house to bring a little Christmas cheer to each dresser, console table, sideboard, and coffee table in addition to the obvious dining table. There’s no way that this gift will be re-gifted!
PINTEREST BOARD HIGHLIGHT: Robin from AllThingsHeartAndHome.com features a very similar approach to the table runner as I’m doing below. She’s gone the extra step of making matching pillows too! Fun and since you’ll have the paint and stencil out anyway, why not!?
ASC Simplification: This will take a little bit of patience but you can handle this project on a quiet night with a glass of wine and a Hallmark movie. It adds another dimension to the runner that Robin hasn’t so you go for the approach that works for you!
Here’s what you’ll need:
First, you’re going to use the Stencil spray adhesive to stick the Christmas stencil to the table runner. You can put it almost anywhere that suits your taste. Also, don’t be afraid to put it on an angle to make the design a little more interesting. Then PAINT using a stamping movement with just a little bit of paint on the end of the brush.
Once dried, using the embroidery floss, do a simple straight stitch around all of the edges. To make it look neat, keep the number of jute threads you go over and under consistent.
That’s literally it! Yes, it takes a couple of hours for the embroidery but SO EASY!!! (Secret, you can skip the embroidery step altogether if you’re really short on time or patience!)
6. place setting holders
A quick way to set your table and have it look Insta-perfect is to present the tableware in a special way. Not many people do it though even though we ALL see it in magazines and stores like Pottery Barn and Restoration Hardware. That means, chances are you will be giving a gift that the recipient doesn’t have, which is an extra plus!
PINTEREST BOARD HIGHLIGHT: Jessie from Messy Jessie (JessieFincham.com) makes a two-pocket utensil holder so your napkins have a little home of their own. Great idea!!
ASC Simplification: For this project, we’re going back to felt and hand embroidery. Don’t be afraid, you definitely can tackle this project because is it SUPER easy and turns out so CUTE!
Here’s what you’ll need:
You’ll also need a ruler, which you probably already have at home. If not, the favorite that I use constantly is the Westcott 8ths 12-Inch Beveled Transparent Ruler.
To complete this project, cut a 6″ x 16″ rectangle for each setting. Draw a line to divide the rectangle 10″ down from the top, long edge to long edge. You’ll now have one section that’s 6″ x 10″ and another that’s a 6″ square.
Focusing just on the 6″ square, select a snowflake (or more if you want) from the stencil and mark out its edges. Hand-embroider each snowflake. You can keep it simple like stick-figures or fill them in depending on your time and patience.
Fold the 6″ square section over at the separating line with the right-side of the snowflakes facing up. Pin in place.
Use your ruler to draw an even 1/4″ seam allowance. Now do a blanket stitch around all four sides of the 6″ x 10″ rectangle including the folded over section. If you’re unsure how to do a blanket stitch, take a look at “How to Do a Blanket Stitch” from HolidaysCraftsAndCreations.com.
That’s it! If you want to go an extra step, include a seasonal folded napkin and disposable utensils.
7. Advent calendar wall art
The Advent Calendar is a tradition that I did when my kids were little and it still holds a special place in my heart. I actually LOVE the nostalgia of the boxed Advent Calendars that have the really horrible chocolates inside but there are so many better ways to do them now.
PINTEREST BOARD HIGHLIGHT: I’m in LOVE with Holly’s and Nat’s (Sister’s Suitcase Blog) take on the Advent Calendar. It’s clean and has such a simplified look to it that it just speaks my language.
ASC Simplification: Now you’re really going to get your craftiness in the groove with this fun to make Advent Calendar. This is another super easy project that you might want to get kids involved with as an extra helping hand might be useful, although definitely not a must.
Here’s what you need:
This is the process:
- Paint the entire canvas, including edges, gold.
- Mark off a big triangle on the front to roughly create the shape of your tree.
- Using the pine branch stencil and dark green paint, paint the stencil over and over to fill in the triangle allowing some of the branches to extend past the edges of the triangle.
- Screw-in 25 hooks either to the bottom or top of the canvas frame. If you have a drill, you can make tiny little pilot holes to make this step a little easier.
- Poke 24 little holes using a small pairing knife and paint a tiny little dot of gold at each hole. Do one more at the top of the tree, lining it up so the angel will hang right at the top point.
- Hang 24 ornaments and the angel (on the 25th hook) up. If you want, you can number each hook using a gold sharpie marker. Totally optional step.
That’s it! Again (repeating myself), how easy is that?!
If you want to be a big extra, you can buy gold organza bags to hang on the hooks. In the bags you will put the ornament for that day plus a little something special (e.g., chocolate, personal note, gift card, etc.).
For some more Advent Calendar ideas, check out my Pinterest Board!
8. Christmas throw blanket
One of my ABSOLUTE FAVORITE traditions is to snuggle up on the couch with appetizers and cocktails and watch our favorite Christmas movies with my family. That includes the three Santa Claus movies, Elf, and BBC’s Pride and Prejudice (I know, not Christmas but it’s a tradition). So what good is all of this if we’re cold on the couch.
I know this is a favorite tradition for a lot of families, which means everyone needs a Christmas snuggly blanket! Time for you to get making another super easy project.
PINTEREST BOARD HIGHLIGHT: Carrie from Making Lemonade Blog shows how to make a blanket that is great for all seasons. To make it more Christmas-centric just change up the colors!
ASC Simplification: This is what you’ll need for our approach to the super snuggly throw blanket:
This is what you need to do
- Using a large table or space on the floor, lay out the 10″ squares of the layer cake in 6 columns and 8 rows. There is no right or wrong in the arrangement, just make it look good to you!
- Take the first row (you may want to pin numbers on them to keep in order), and press matching edges 1/2″ under and then the next one over. Continue for the entire row.
- Do a 1/2″ blanket stitch by hand down each edge to join pieces or, if you have a sewing machine, do a zig-zag stitch. If you don’t want to do a blanket stitch, a straight stitch looks great too but you’ll need to do one for each edge of the overlapping fabric. Repeat for all the rows.
- Take each joining rows and do the same process on matching edges trying to keep corners in line.
- Pin the patchwork flannel to the muslin throw, right-sides facing out. Blanket stitch the edges together.
- Do a little “+” stitch at each point where the 4 pieces of flannel meet in your patchwork to join the two blankets.
- Blanket stitch the outside edges to finish it off!
Everyone will be fighting for this blanket! Using the muslin and flannel is also a little unexpected, which makes it a fun gift to give. I have more blanket ideas for you on Pinterest!
9. “Merry” Throw Pillow
One of the fastest ways to add Christmas flair where people will really notice is by changing the pillows on the couch or favorite reading chair. EVERYONE takes note when their chill out space takes on a new identity! In this case, it’s a festive and seasonal change!
PINTEREST BOARD HIGHLIGHT: Jennifer from The Craft Patch Blog makes a fun, graphic statement with a reindeer silhouette wearing a red scarf (don’t all reindeer??). She teams it up with a sweater pillow and another in a seasonal plaid. A perfect composition for a holiday family room.
This project is a really fast one to assemble.
- Fuse the Heat N Bond to the back of the fabric. Don’t remove the paper backing just yet!
- Using a few sheets of paper or cardstock, draw big block letters to spell out “Merry”. Make each letter between 2″-3″ wide and roughly 4″-5″ tall. If you’re having trouble with this, you can also get on the computer and print out the letters.
- Cut out the letters and then trace them in reverse on the Heat N Bond paper backing. Before you go to the next side, double-check that when you flip the fabric over, the letters will be facing the right direction.
- Cut out the letters following the trace marks you made.
- Fuse the letters to the pillow covers. This is fun because you can do it simply in a straight line or get goofy and make them all out of line. (But make sure you still spell it right, lol.)
- You can leave it just like that and it’s a super cute Christmas gift! OR, go ahead and take some seasonal yarn and a tassel maker and add a big chunky tassel to each corner of the pillow. LOVE!
There are SO SO many cute Christmas throw pillows for you to make. Click over to see!
10. Christmas tree skirt
The last project on the list is for anyone (like me) who just wraps the tree stand in a blanket instead of giving it a proper skirt. Poor tree! If you know someone like this then here’s the perfect gift for you to make them this Christmas.
PINTEREST BOARD HIGHLIGHT: Elsie and Emma from A Beautiful Mess give three absolutely adorable no-sew options. Seriously, one is only cuter than the next. Take a look!
ASC Simplification: I had so many ways scrambling about in my head for this one. In the end, I think you’ll love this tree skirt so much that you’ll want to make one for yourself and one to give.
Here’s what you’ll need:
You’ll also need Aleene’s Fabric Fusion Adhesive, basic sewing supplies and if you have it, a sewing machine. This is a simple straight-stitch project so really try to see if you can find one to use.
If you don’t feel like sewing,
you can use the Fabric Fusion or a hot glue gun instead!
Here’s the process:
- From two pieces of fabric, cut three isosceles triangles that measure 23″ x 20″ x 23″. From the third, just cut two of the same size.
If that’s too much geometry to remember here’s a simple trick. Draw a 20″ line making a mark in the middle. From the middle mark, go straight up (perpendicular to the 20″ line) 23″ and make a mark. Now draw connecting lines between both ends of the 20″ line and the mark 23″ up from the center. That’s your pattern!
- Take one of the triangles and lay it on the burlap tree skirt opposite the opening. Work your way around the tree skirt laying out all of the triangles in a way that you like.
- Pin the 23″ sides wrong-side together moving around the circle.
- Stitch all of the triangles together with a 1/2″ seam allowance. The seam allowance should be on top of the right-sides. It will look weird. Press the seams open.
- Lay entire patchwork on the burlap tree skirt and stitch-in-the-ditch all of the seams between the triangles to join the tree skirt and patchwork panel.
- Moving around the outside perimeter of the skirt, glue the fur trim. Repeat for the smaller, inner circle that goes around the tree.
- Where the patchwork seam allowance meets the fur, clip a break in the seam allowance to release the exposed seam allowance.
- Now working your way around the entire skirt, remove the fabric threads that are parallel to the seams to create a fringe effect. Fluff the two fringes together to create one fringe between each triangle.
Isn’t it cute! I hope you bought enough fabric so you can make one for yourself and one to give. You can even applique Christmas shapes to the fabric, such as a star, reindeer, or tree. LOVE, LOVE, LOVE!!
This was so much fun to put together. There are some really amazing makers who are in the Pinterest Board collection. Fantastic projects that will keep you busy all holiday season!
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Happy Holidays! xoxo, Ali.