I love the holidays and I am an admitted Christmas “decoration-aholic”. Years ago I stumbled across a pattern called Merry Christmas Stitchery by Bareroots and instantly became completely enamored with tiny Christmas embroideries. Over the years, I have made a series of pillows showcasing various tiny embroidery patterns, many of which have become gifts for friends and family. A really great thing about tiny embroideries is that these projects are very portable. It’s easy to work on your Christmas gifts throughout the year rather than frantically sewing gifts at the last minute.
My first few pillows were made using the Merry Christmas Stitchery pattern. I made one pillow that has all of the pattern designs included and then made several smaller pillows featuring details of the over-all pattern. Though the tiny stitching takes some patience, the smaller pillows can actually come together fairly quickly and make an extraordinary gift for someone.
This embroidered panel measures 10″ x 8″ and I framed and backed it with scrappy flannels to create a pillow. For an even faster project, instead of making the embroidered panel into a pillow, buy an inexpensive frame and make a wall hanging.
Santa Flying High is my tiniest pillow finishing at 10″ x 7″ with a 7″ x 4″ embroidered panel in the center. This pillow is my mom’s favorite so it now resides at her house.
I love things of unusual shapes so naturally Crabapple Hill Studio’s Cozy Quilter’s Christmas Tree pattern was calling my name. This pillow measures roughly 10″ wide by 18″ high and uses a touch of crayon inside the quilt blocks and tree trunk to add some dimension. It features pieced sections at the top and bottom of the pillow which nicely frame the embroidered tree in the center.
Let it Snow is another dainty little design from Crabapple Hill Studio featuring a snowman enjoying the weather. The embroidered panel is 8″ x 8″ when finished and again, I used flannel scraps to make the embroidery into a pillow.
This 6″ x 6″ embroidered panel is one of my earliest embroidery projects. Sadly, I can no longer find the pattern or the name of the designer.
This Christmas I decided to make an embroidered table topper to go with my pillows. However, as is often the case, my creative aspirations frequently exceed the sewing time I actually have available – I’m sure that you have no idea what I’m talking about! So in the interest of realistic expectations… my table topper was begun in November 2017 and will be finished in time for Christmas 2018. I am using the Christmas in the Woods pattern from Quiltmaker Magazine Nov/Dec 2009 and the Vintage Holiday fabric collection from Moda. With a good year as a head-start I feel pretty optimistic about getting the topper made by next Christmas and plan to make a few additional embroidered panels that I will frame and give as gifts next year as well.
Also on my gifting “to-do” list for Christmas 2018 are a few Snowfriends minis. Snowfriends by Linda Howell combines hand embroidery and piecing to make a 31″ x 41″ wall hanging. I plan to make several individual embroidered panels and then put them in tiny frames for a few meaningful people in my life (and maybe one for myself as well!). This pattern is also found in the Quiltmaker Nov/Dec 2009 issue.
Christmas gifts are always so much fun to make and you still have time to get some made for this year! Whip up a few minis this year and perhaps plan a larger, more elaborated project that you can work on over the next year and have ready for Christmas gift-giving in 2018.