Rachael from imagine gnats is back with another look at the latest sewing trends. Tell us about what you’re sewing in the comments! (We love to click over to your links too, so feel free to add those as well.) Are you in a mad dash to finish Christmas gifts? Are you savoring the season with some hand stitching in front of the fire? Have you prepared a big list of must-sews for 2014?!

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Tutorials To Keep You Warm:
I have seen so many great new tutorials aimed at keeping you warm, whether with small or not-so-small projects.

Clockwise (starting at top left): Winter Baby Bonnet by The Purl Bee, Leather Soled Mittens by Sewbon for The Sewing Rabbit, Upcycled Infinity Scarf by Mingo and GraceQuilted Infinity Scarf by Craftstorming, Just Add Sherpa by The Sewing Rabbit.

Matchstick Quilting:
I love seeing this trend all over the quilting world. Perhaps it serves as a gentle reminder that, especially this time of year, great rewards come to those who take their time.

Clockwise (starting at top left): Patchwork iPad Cover by Little Bluebell, Cycles 2 by she can quilt, Quilted Tule Pillow by Doodle Do Designs, Little Bits of Christmas by A Quilter’s TableHayloft Door Quilt by During Quiet Time.

Advent Calendars + Sew-Alongs:
December means Advent time, whether you prepare ahead for your Advent activities or sew along with a project throughout the month.

Clockwise (starting at top left): Catvent Quilt Along hosted by Oh, Fransson, Advent Calendar by The Purl Bee, Countdown to Christmas by Modern Handcraft, Quilt Barn Advent Calendar by Lily’s Quilts, Zippered Christmas Countdown Banner by Crafty Staci.

New Pattern Releases:
With so many fabulous independent pattern designers releasing winter collections lately, you can’t help but add a few of these new patterns to your Christmas list.

Clockwise (starting at top left): Colette Albion Jacket sewn by the wardrobe project, see kate sew Juliet Capelet sewn by Suburbia Soup, Shwin Designs Johnny B Good Hoodie sewn by Running With Scissors, Figgy’s Celestial Pullover sewn by Kimmie Sew Crazy, Fishsticks Designs The Playhouse Dress sewn by Sew Much Crafting.