12 days of crafting: simple sewing projects

12 days of crafting handmade christmas gifts handmade christmas decor From December 1-12, I’ll be blogging about some fun ideas to create a handmade Christmas. Hopefully you will be inspired to craft some Christmas gifts or decor for your own home!

Day 9: Simple Sewing Projects


Man, that little face just melts my heart!

Okay, so today I don’t have a specific project for you, but I have some great ideas for you – of the sewing variety.

Now, I’ve  mentioned it before – I am not great with the sewing machine. There was a pretty funny/horrific incident yesterday between me and my machine that resulted in a lopsided, crinkly, weird fabric box. Yeah. So when I say easy, I mean it.

Here are some great go-to books with easy sewing projects:

I own the Lotta books (I know I’ve mentioned before how much I love her style) but before I owned them, I checked them out from the library – so that’s what I recommend. Isn’t the library great? If you only like one pattern in the book, you can just check it out for that and not worry about buying a book you don’t really want!

The type of sewing project I like is one that can be done in a couple hours or maybe a couple evenings. Like Janelle’s neck warmers. I just don’t have the patience for more.

See the adorable hat and scarf Luke is wearing in the photo at the top? Well, one fall morning I decided he needed a hat that fit him, and by the end of his nap that afternoon he had a new hat and scarf. For reals. That pattern was from Lotta’s Simple Sewing for Baby.

I’ve also made some stuff from her original Simple Sewing book – I made a fun yoga mat bag for my mom one year, and I whipped up a couple checkbook covers for her and myself one afternoon when I needed a break from remodeling a couple years ago.


The bag I’m using as my purse right now is actually from the diaper bag pattern in Simple Sewing for Baby. I think it took me a couple evenings when I made it last fall.


There are lots of good sales on fabric at this time of year, so it’s a good time to dust off the old sewing machine. Take a look at your library and see what they have – there may be a bunch of fun sewing books you’d like to check out!

Happy sewing!

In case you missed it…
Day 1: Christmas Kissing Ball
Day 2: Vanilla-Infused English Breakfast Tea
Day 3: Iris Paper Folding
Day 4: Paper Circle Garland
Day 5: Rice-Filled Neck Warmer
Day 6: Felt Stacking Tree
Day 7: Painted Wooden Message Boards
Day 8: Paper Dot Notecards


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