Homemade presents go straight to the heart! No doubt they take time and a lot of creative effort, but gifting homemade gifts is worth it!

 

Anyone can buy something in a shop, but the extra time and energy you put into your personalised gift will mean much more to whoever receives it.

 

We’ve put together the best ideas for homemade Christmas presents.

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Homemade bags

 

Homemade bags are always a hit. Whether you go for a carry-all mom bag, a stylish bum bag or a  practical rucksack - we've got you covered.

 

We also see that the once-dorky bum bag is well and truly enjoying a comeback. And we get why! Big enough for all your essentials and made in your favourite fabric. 


We’ve several excellent bag patterns for you. Use them to create a fully customised bum bag for your loved ones. In addition, we have a broad range of bag-making accessories, so you can shop for everything you need online. 

 

Shop everything you need to make bags here

 

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Kimono 

 

A kimono is always a brilliant idea!

 

They are straightforward to sew and also rather one-size-fits-all, meaning that you won’t need the exact measurements of the receiver for it to fit.

 

Woven cotton poplin or cotton satin are light and super fitting for a morning dress. And if you use a more ‘fluffy’ fabric such as terry cloth or woven jacquard, your kimono can also double down as a bathrobe or peignoir.

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Homemade Throw-Blankets and Quilts

 

And while we’re on the topic of keeping warm: blankets are everyone’s best friend this winter. So why don’t you surprise your loved one with a homemade blanket come Christmas?

 

You could create a fantastic patchwork and sew a cosy quilt from one of our beautiful fabrics. Or, for a less time-consuming option, use our pre-quilted fabrics and bias tape to create a comforter within no-time.

 

If you prefer to gift a throw blanket, we have just the fabrics for you. Create a no-sew throw blanket in fleece or wool and finish it with decorative braided edges. We’ll show you how to do this in our free DIY for blankets.

 

Naturally, you could also knit or crochet a blanket. We’ve a fantastic range of yarns for the jobs, and a number of free knitting and crochet patterns to boot!

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Homemade knitted socks

 

Pop-quiz. Which present do you hate getting as a child but gets better and better the older you get? Why, homemade knitted socks, of course!

 

Homemade knitted socks are the ultimate Christmas present for grown-ups that never want anything for Christmas. Socks knitted with love are felt with every step taken by the lucky ones who received them.

 

Our FRAYA yarn universe offers you 7 free knitting patterns for homemade socks plus 3 different types of durable sock yarns.

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Bed linen

 

With just 4 straight lines of stitches, making your own bed linen is a walk in the park.

 

For bedlinen, we recommend organic cotton, seersucker, cotton satin or percale for extra comfort. These fabrics are durable and breathable, making them ideal bed linen materials.

 

Our high-quality fabrics will provide you with great sleep for many years. Find all fabrics for bed linen here.

 

Add a piping ribbon along the edges for a beautiful finish.

 

We do recommend choosing fabrics that can be washed at 60°C for hygienic purposes.

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Time to don your Christmas jumper.

 

Suppose you are brave enough to make it yourself. In that case, we offer several free knitting patterns for simple jumpers in FRAYA’s universe. You may also have a knitted jumper in your drawer that you can use.

 

No matter what you decide to do, you can decorate your Christmas jumper with Christmas haberdashery: bells, sequined ribbon and cute sew-on patches. But also punch needle, embroidery, heat-transfer fabric, and more.

 

Let us lend you a few tips and tricks on how to decorate your own unique Christmas jumper in our guide to making an ugly Christmas Jumper.

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Christmas elves 

 

You can never have enough Christmas elves! At least around Christmas time! (They are also wonderful presents for those you don’t know what to give).

 

We’ve got patterns and guides to help you make elves. Whether it’s a homemade elf on the shelf or elves to hang on your Christmas tree.

 

We also have patterns for Christmas hats, enabling you to magically turn little tiny tots into sweet little elves!

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Cuddly toys and teddies

 

Can you imagine anything more adorable than your wee ones running about the house with a teddy you made from scratch? Sew the perfect cuddy toys with our sewing patterns for stuffed animals. And best of all, we’ve got everything you need, including furry fabrics, stuffing, noses and eyes, and more.

 

Would you rather crochet or knit a teddy? We’ve got you covered there too! Download our free knitting and crochet patterns for stuffed animals here.

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Heat pad 

 

Heat pads can relieve sore muscles, backaches, and even tummy aches. And heating pads are not challenging to make, nor are they time-consuming.

 

To create a head pad that will last for years, we recommend you use cotton canvas or other sturdy, woven cotton fabrics. Linen works equally well. These fabrics are durable, heat resistant, and perfect for heat pads!

 

For the stuffing, we recommend cherry stones or grape pips.

 

To make things easier, we created a free DIY for you. Read our guide to sewing a heating pad and download your free sewing pattern.

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High-end cushions that you can make

 

Create wonderful throw cushions using durable furnishing fabrics in just the right colour, to match the receivers home interior. Sewing a cushion cover is pretty straightforward, not very time consuming, and inexpensive to boot. Check out our range of inner pillows that come at a very good price.

 

You could also create a cushion cover in patchwork or a quilted cushion cover if you want to make an even more high-end gift for your loved one.

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Homemade Mittens – knitted or sewn

 

These babies make for a fantastic gift; one that literally warms you. And naturally, we’ve got a few excellent ideas for you.

 

For warm fingers in all sorts of weather, you could sew these unisex mittens. Use teddy fabric for extra warmth and that popular fluffy look. We recommend beaver nylon for the palms to create a water-repellant and durable grip.

 

If you’re more into classic knitted mittens, we’ve got just the thing for you. Check out our Never Cold Hands Mittens or even these super decorative Snowball Fight Mittens!

 

Or, for indoor use, you could knit or sew fingerless gloves. These practical beauties give your fingers maximum mobility and flexibility, to operate your keyboard or smartphone.

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Toiletry bag 

 

Everybody can enjoy a gorgeous toiletry bag, whether for dad or nan. And these are not difficult to make!

 

We have four different patterns for toiletry bags; one of them even includes a sewing pattern for a shopper and a makeup bag.

 

For the outer fabrics, we recommend you use sturdy materials such as linen, canvas, and cotton. Or use furnishing fabrics such as velour or corduroy. For the lining, we recommend woven cotton or even water-repellant fabrics, the latter being easy to wipe down in case of spillage or staining.

 

Add a matching zipper and a coloured strap, and you’re halfway there! We recommend you add interlining as this stabilises your toiletry bag and helps give it shape.

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Homemade Hobby horse

 

This one is for the younger members of your family. Homemade hobby horses can bring such joy! They make for a wonderful activity that keeps them entertained and active for hours on end!

 

Get our hobby horse sewing pattern here. Download our free DIYs to create a halter for your stick horse or to sew a (hobby) horse blanket. And best of all, we’ve an amazing range of faux furs for the horse’s coat, and an incredible choice in yarns for the mane.

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Sunhat 

 

The sunhat is one of our most popular patterns, and we understand why!

 

A sunhat adds that ‘Je ne sais quoi’ to any outfit while keeping your head warm (or cold) elegantly.

 

You can make our sunhat in different sizes – even in baby sizes, so there’s one for every family member!

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Handmade Scarves

 

A scarf is like a cherry on the top of any outfit. And come winter, they are essential in our arsenal of garments that help us keep warm. Plus, a handknitted scarf is like a hug from its creator by proxy!

 

We’ve a wonderful selection of free knitting patterns for scarves for beginners as well as intermediate and expert knitters. Pair them with quality yarn and knitting needles in any size, and you’re set to start.

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Jewellery 

 

Receiving handmade jewellery is always excellent!

We’ve got everything you need to make iconic jewellery: beads, strings, chains, snap hooks, pendants, and much more.

 

We’ve also got several guides showing you how to make beautiful earrings and bracelets. Find our free DIYs and guides for making jewellery here.

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Christmas tree decor 

 

The Christmas tree always has room for homemade decorations!

 

Go simple by giving someone a make-it-yourself kit. We’ve got different kits enabling you to make felted Christmas trees, cones, balls, and much more. Browse all our kits here.

 

We’ve also got free DIY patterns for Christmas decorations like felted hearts, Doodle Clay figures and Christmas trees, angels and snowflakes cut out in felt. Find them here.

 

And if you don’t feel like sewing, then try our air-hardening clay. Perfect for candle sticks, Christmas ornaments, Advent decorations, and more.

The best presents are those wrapped in love.

 

Add some oomph to your gift wrapping by using gorgeous gift wrapping paper and large satin bows, make a gift bag or use a box you decorated yourself.

 

Or, if you really want to go all-in, you could coat a storage box with fabric and create a gift box and keepsake in one!

 

Merry Christmas!