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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
With just 4 straight lines of stitches, making your own bed linen is a walk in the park.
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.
Christmas jumper with a motif
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.
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!
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.
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!
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.
Christmas presents for the kitchen
You can also delight someone with practical – and even sustainable – products for the kitchen.
Browse our fabrics most suitable for kitchen use here.
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.
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.
Everybody can enjoy a gorgeous toiletry bag, whether for dad or nan. And these are not difficult to make!
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.
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.
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.
Receiving handmade jewellery is always excellent!
Homemade Mittens – A Warm Gesture
Keep your loved ones cosy this winter with homemade mittens – a heartwarming and practical gift. Sewing mittens is straightforward with our popular pattern. You can choose from a variety of fabrics like quilt, beaver nylon, imitated fur, and wool, and more, ensuring both style and warmth. And all the needed bits and bobs can be found in our extensive range of haberdashery.
For those who prefer knitting, our extra warm, quality wool yarns are ideal for crafting mittens! They keep your fingers toasty and ensure a long-lasting result. Handmade mittens are a thoughtful, size-flexible gift that will keep hands warm and hearts warmer.
The best presents are those wrapped in love.
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!
In need of inspiration for homemade Christmas gifts? Let us show you our best ideas for DIY Christmas gifts that you can sew, knit or crochet.
A ruffled edge adds a feminine touch to your look. Add ruffles to old shirts and dresses and give them a new lease of life
Style your day with your own, handmade jewellery and accessories. An easy and fun hobby project for rainy days.
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