Dec 15, 2023
Ideas & Inspirations

5 DIY Christmas Gifts That Say "Made with Love"

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Tis the season to be jolly and what better way to spread the holiday cheer than with handmade gifts that warm the heart! Handmade gifts mean so much because of the time, effort, and creativity you put into each project. It is truly a testament of love. This Christmas, put on your crafting hat and get ready to create memorable presents that are as delightful to make as they are to receive. Dive into the world of DIY with these five festive gift ideas: a stylish bag, charming embroidered earrings, a cozy scarf, a snug beanie, and personalized embroidered tea towels. Let’s use the crafts we love to bring holiday joy to our loved ones. 


1. Faux Leather Bag

Unleash your inner fashionista with a faux leather bag that's both stylish and practical. This gift is perfect for the fashion lover in your life. Quick tip: Invest in a leather needle for your sewing machine to ensure smooth stitching, and use a Teflon or non-stick foot on your sewing machine to ensure smooth stitching without sticking. You can spice up the bag with unique embellishments, patches, or a fun strap for a personalized touch. This chic bag is sure to turn heads and make the recipient feel fashionable. 

For this bag, I watched a tutorial on Youtube to make it. It was very easy to follow along, and I was able to make it my own. 

2. Embroidered Earrings

You can purchase earrings, but wouldn't it be more fun to create earrings that look like dazzling pieces of art with a touch of embroidery? Quick tip: Use a water-soluble stabilizer to keep the fabric taut while stitching, and select a thin, flexible fabric for your embroidered earring designs to ensure comfort while wearing. Experiment with bright colors and intricate patterns for earrings that are as unique as the person receiving them. These little works of art will add a touch of magic to any holiday outfit. 

For this DIY earring project, I used an embroidery download from Etsy

3. Snuggle-Ready Scarf

Wrap your loved ones in warmth with a handmade scarf that's as cozy as it is stylish. Quick tip: Don't shy away from experimenting with bold colors or funky patterns to make this accessory pop. Your friend will be SEW grateful for this thoughtful gift during the winter chill.

I did not use a pattern for this scarf. I used what was left of a fabric I used for a previous project, and cut the two pieces of the fabric 40” in length and 5” in width (you can cut it longer and wider if you choose). I then placed the fabric right sides together and sewed all the way around, leaving an opening to turn the scarf right sides out. Lastly, I slip-stitched the opening closed. 

4. Beanie with an Embroidered Touch

Sew a snuggly beanie and showcase your embroidery skills! Quick tip: Select a soft, stretchy fabric for comfort and a perfect fit, and gauge your stitches to achieve the perfect size. Add embroidered details to give it a little dose of personality. This beanie is a surefire way to keep the receiver’s heart and head warm.

For this project, I did not use a pattern. I traced a beanie I already own, making sure to add seam allowance. A great pattern option would be the Jude Beanie Pattern from Stay Stitch Pattern CoThe embroidery design is one of the 342 included design options on the Baby Lock Bloom. 

5. Embroidered Tea Towels

Turn basic tea towels into works of art with the magic of embroidery. Quick tip: Pre-wash and iron the tea towels before embroidering to prevent shrinkage and ensure a smooth stitching surface. Also, use an embroidery hoop to keep the fabric taut and stitches even. Personalize them with festive motifs, quotes, or even a fun design that will put a smile on the face of the receiver. These customized tea towels will fill every kitchen with warmth since they were made with love. 

This festive winter embroidery design is also one of the included options on the Baby Lock Bloom embroidery machine

Craft your way to a joyful holiday season with these DIY wonders. These gifts aren't just about what's inside the wrapping; they're about the love and effort you've poured into creating something special. Here's to a Crafty Christmas filled with handmade happiness! Merry Christmas everyone!

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