When you want the holiday look now, this is your go-to source for quick Christmas decorations.

Today’s Guest Curator: Kimberly Jolly from Fat Quarter Shop

The Fat Quarter Shop was founded in 2003 by Kimberly Jolly. An avid quilter, Kimberly began her shop as a side business while still working a corporate position, cutting, packing and shipping right out of her house during evenings and weekends. From the very beginning, she was committed to delivering top-notch service for every single order and customer. As the Fat Quarter Shop’s reputation grew, Kimberly decided to make it a full-time operation. Her husband Kevin joined her not long after, and with his help, lots of hard work and a tireless commitment, the store began to grow. Over the past few years a few more people have joined the staff!

As a team, we continue to branch out with the best fabrics, exclusive kits, quilt clubs, BOMs and more. And we will always be driven by the passion that Kimberly founded the store upon, which is always giving you the best products and service. Visit the team at the Fat Quarter Shop Jolly Jabber blog!

Make It


In From the Cold Quilt
A fast quilt? Yes! This Jelly Roll Jam In From the Cold Quilt from Fat Quarter Shop is perfect for a quick throw or wall hanging. This is part of their Shortcut Quilts Series featuring quick quilts that utilize fabric pre-cuts. (Remember Kristin’s awesome version for her little nephew?!)


Falling Flakes Stocking
Rachael’s Falling Flakes Stocking features a quilt-as-you-go technique at Imagine Gnats.


Merry Pillow
Andrea writes that her Merry Pillow at The Train To Crazy will take you 30 minutes or less to sew!


Scrappy Tree Advent Calendar
Use Valerie’s Scrappy Tree Advent Calendar design at Between Quilts for the full calendar, or incorporate the tree into a quick pillow, runner and more.


Holly Jolliest Table Runner
This Holly Jolliest Table Runner pattern at the Fat Quarter Shop Jolly Jabber sews together quickly and can be personalized in a variety of ways.


Charming Christmas Ornaments
There are a variety of Moda Bake Shop Charming Christmas Ornaments from LeAnne of Everyday Celebrations for you to choose from (or make them all!).


Snowball Fight Pillow
Amy shows you how to make her fun and easy Snowball Fight Pillow at Stitchery Dickory Dock.


Christmas Table Runner
Svetlana from s.o.t.a.k. handmade designed this Christmas Table Runner (runner option #2!) for a series at Ellison Lane.

Related tutorials you might enjoy: Christmas tutorials, 2012 Deck the Halls tutorials here, here, here, here and here

Mix It


Nutella + Oreo Santa Hats
Make Nutella + Oreo Santa Hats with this how-to at See Vanessa Craft (the recipe includes Bugles!).

Print It


Christmas Countdown
Tori of That Pair of Crutches designed this Christmas Countdown at Small Fry, an updated version of the chains you probably remember from your childhood!


Printable Bunting
Use this Printable Bunting from Michelle and Michelle at Party in a Teacup to decorate for your next holiday party.

Win It

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Sewing School 2
(US Winners Only)

Authors: Amie Petronis Plumley, Andria Lisle
Publisher: Storey Publishing

For kids who have mastered hand sewing, machine sewing opens up exciting new possibilities! With Sewing School 2, children ages 7 and up can make 20 creative projects as they develop their machine sewing skills. With plenty of photos and step-by-step instructions written in kid-friendly language, young sewists can work independently and at their own pace. While creating projects that range from a secret message pillow and a water bottle holder to wall pockets, a zippy pouch, and even a fabric guitar and microphone, beginners will learn how to thread a sewing machine, how to use different fabrics and patterns, and why and when to use a particular stitch. “Make It Yours” suggestions offer ways for kids to personalize their projects, resulting in unique items that will be loved and treasured for years to come.

Win three Blank Slate Patterns, winner’s choice! Blank Slate Patterns are PDF patterns designed for modern boys, girls and women.

Learn to Knit, Love to Knit
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Author: Anna Wilkinson
Publisher: Potter Craft

Colorful, fun, and utterly adorable, Anna Wilkinson’s designs appeal to beginner knitters who haven’t been inspired by typical beginner projects. These 20 patterns in her first book are flattering to women of all shapes, exceptionally easy to wear and surprisingly easy to knit. Learn to Knit, Love to Knit teaches the basics of the craft with clear, step-by-step photos and tips to guide knitting newbies through the fundamentals. The 10 basic “Learn to Knit” projects include a color-block scarf, quick-to-knit hats and mix-and-match wrist-warmers in a rainbow of colors. The following 10 “Love to Knit” designs introduce more advanced techniques, including cables, slip-stitch patterns and color work. Including a tweed cape, classic cardigans and a tartan sweater, these unique pieces will inspire beginners to pick up a pair of needles and fall in love with knitting.

Simple Sewing: 30 Fast and Easy Projects for Beginners
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Author: Katie Lewis
Publisher: Cedar Fort

Unleash your creativity and become the successful do-it-yourself sewer you’ve always wanted to be! Using the tips, techniques, and 30 assorted sewing projects in this guide, you’ll be able to create custom household items and gifts in no time. From baby bibs and tote bags to Christmas decorations and children’s toys, every project in this book will build your sewing skills while adding a tasteful handmade touch to your home.

Don’t miss our Handmade Holidays photo pool, and check out our 2012 Handmade Holidays list for more fabulous ideas. Here are our 2013 themes:

November 24: Toys for Kids
November 23: Ornaments
November 22: Deck the Halls
November 21: Stockings + Tree Skirts
November 20: Gifts for College Kids
November 19: Gifts for Men
November 18: Gifts for People Who Sew
November 17: Accessories
November 16: Gifts for Grandparents
November 15: Holiday Fun
November 14: Repurposed/Upcycled Gifts
November 13: Gifts for Book Lovers
November 12: Gifts for Girlfriends
November 11: Gifts for Boys
November 10: Eco-Friendly Gifts
November 9: Advent Calendars
November 8: Gifts for Make-Believe
November 7: Gifts for Travelers
November 6: Gifts for Geeks
November 5: Gifts for Babies + Toddlers
November 4: Holiday Party Clothes + Accessories
November 3: Gifts for Cooks
November 2: Gifts for Gadget Lovers
November 1: Gifts for Tweens

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