It’s almost time to Deck the Halls (or have you started already?!). Here are some cute and easy projects to round out your holiday decor!

Today’s Guest Curator: Lauren from Molly and Mama

Lauren joined us earlier this year with her Happy Day Liberty Doll’s Quilt. You can learn more about her work in her Sew Mama Sew introduction.

From Lauren: I’m Lauren from Molly and Mama and I’m so excited to bring you this curated collection of Christmas tutorials!

An Australian Christmas is so warm and bright. It’s all about swimming, salads and sun. And as much as I love it, I long to experience a Northern Hemisphere Christmas one day. I try to conjure a little of the “cool yule” at home by giving my Christmas decor a theme. So I’ve included a range of tutorials here that embody a traditional festive season and will truly help you “Deck the Handmade Halls.” Whether creating for your own home or making a gift for others, you’re sure to find a perfect project. There are a lot of felt-inspired projects here too, as I just love felt as a sewing medium; it’s so versatile and easy to work with! And just quietly, I couldn’t resist adding a tropical inspired decoration to help our Southern Hemisphere readers feel right at home!

If you’d like to know more about Molly and Mama you can pop by the blog. You’ll find a gorgeous collection of free sewing tutorials, and much more! There’s a range of PDF applique templates and pin cushion patterns in my Etsy store. Or follow along on Facebook or Pinterest. Happy sewing!

Make It


Felt Deer + Fox Christmas Ornaments
Pine trees, snow, felt and Deer + Fox Christmas Ornaments… Fantastic! These ornaments from Cutesy Crafts are on the top of our to-do list!


Felt Pineapple Ornament
Nothing says “Aussie Christmas” like a pineapple decoration! Lauren writes, “I just had to add this Felt Pineapple Ornament project from Let’s Eat Grandpa to the list. It’s not so traditional, but it’s super fun and right on trend.”


Reindeer, Gift Bag + Stocking Patterns
These pretty Reindeer, Gift Bag + Stocking Patterns at Sew Mama Sew have corresponding video tutorials!


Easy Christmas Table Runner
A patchwork Easy Christmas Table Runner will add a festive touch to any traditional décor.


Felt Christmas Mouse
Lauren’s latest tutorial for a Felt Christmas Mouse at Molly and Mama makes a sweet addition to any package or tree.


Shiny Reindeer Embroidered Hoop Art
Hoop art is so popular! This Shiny Reindeer Embroidered Hoop Art from Candyfloss Ramparts is ideal for decorating your own place or for a gift. It incorporates an inspirational message as well!


Modern Felt Advent Calendar
There’s still plenty of time to create this Modern Felt Advent Calendar from Hugs are Fun. You can have lots of fun dreaming up teeny tiny goodies for the pockets!


Cross Stitch Snow Globe Ornament
This tutorial combines a number of favorite things: cross stitch, felt and snow globes! The Cross Stitch Snow Globe Ornament from Bugs and Fishes would make a beautiful heirloom gift that could be handed down to each new generation.


Gingerbread House Ornament
Make an entire neighborhood of Gingerbread House Ornaments for your tree, via Sew Mama Sew.

Related tutorials you might enjoy: TONS of Deck the Halls round-ups from previous Handmade Holiday series!, Christmas tutorials, 9 Sweet + Small Projects for the Holiday Season

Mix It


Chocolate Covered Pretzel Christmas Trees
Sweet and salty are a perfect combination, and any Christmas treat that requires no baking is always a winner. Make and gift these Chocolate Covered Pretzel Christmas Trees from High Heels & Grills!


Edible Ornaments
Not only are these Edible Ornament decorations practical, they’re adorable and yummy too. Learn how to make this easy treat at Hydrangea Girl.

Print It


Snowflake Gift Tags
Simple Snowflake Gift Tags from A Spoonful of Sugar really will add the finishing touch to your holiday wrapping.

Win It

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Strip Savvy: 2 1/2″-Strip Quilting Designs
(US + Canada shipping, eBooks to international winners.)

Author: Kate Henderson
Publisher: Martingale

This exciting collection features fresh, bright designs inspired by traditional blocks, as well as a few all-new block designs. Discover a wide variety of patterns for everyone from novices to experts– at a terrific value.

  • Use convenient precut 2 1/2″ strips or dive into your stash–and create a quilt that’s uniquely your own.
  • Select from 18 fun projects and try new techniques such as flying geese, half-square triangles, triangle corners, chain piecing, and strip piecing.
  • Enhance your quilt design by making clever use of leftover strips in pieced borders and scrappy bindings.

Patchwork, Please!
(US-only shipping, no P.O. boxes.)

Author: Ayumi Takahashi
Publisher: Interweave/F+W

In Patchwork, Please!, Stitch magazine contributor Ayumi Takahashi has created playful and practical patchwork projects for the home and the people who live in it. Sewing should be fun, and Ayumi Takahashi’s patchwork projects embody that happy, playful approach.

Known for both her distinctive combination of patterned fabrics and her quirky interpretations of vintage style, Ayumi brings this signature approach to 19 sewing projects. The book begins with basic techniques in patchwork, paper piecing, raw-edged applique, and machine and hand embroidery. Then it’s straight into an appealing assortment of projects for the kitchen, home, family and friends.

Make and Give: Simple and Modern Crafts to Brighten Every Day
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Author: Steph Hung + Erin Jang
Publisher: Roost Books

With bold infographics, bright colors, and modern design, the thirty-five projects in this book are unique and inspiring. Covering a wide range of techniques, from simple prints and sewing to paper cutting and painting, both beginner and advanced crafters will find something to create. Whether it is a candy necklace for your child, a nickname handkerchief for your best friend, or a desk surprise for your coworker, these crafts are easy, fun, and meant to be shared with the people you love.

Playful Hoodies: 25 Reinvented Sweatshirts for Dress Up, for Costumes & for Fun
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Author: Mary Rasch
Publisher: Lark Crafts

Take one store-bought sweatshirt, add fleece embellishments, and voilà! You’ve got a really cool costume. These 25 imaginative and fun projects provide a delightful solution to the annual Halloween conundrum—or for any time kids want to play dress-up. It’s amazingly easy to put together a range of creative characters, including a princess, gnome, frog, owl, pumpkin, and Little Red Riding Hood. There are even a few simple extras to make to complete the outfits, like a wand and a crown. And as a bonus, with these warm sweatshirts, kids won’t even have to wear a coat on Halloween!

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Don’t miss our Handmade Holidays photo pool, and check out our 2013 Handmade Holidays list for more fun, creative ideas.

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