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Christmas Gifting

My recent exploration of the Christmas quilt cupboard - always a lovely way to spend a chilly Sunday afternoon - yielded a flurry of small Christmas projects and, with peak gift-giving season nearly here, I thought I'd do a round-up of achievable (and free) project tutorials that might come in handy for you (and me!) in the next few weeks.

Before we start, though, a note about links: for the past few weeks I've been unable to edit some of my older posts and update the links. I've tried to link everything you might need in this post, but apologies in advance if I've missed something.


Party Placemats

First up is the project I made to celebrate the release of my Twelve Days of Christmas pattern book last autumn, this tutorial also shares directions for adapting the Twelve Days blocks and a brand new block for the Partridge.

Click here for the block pattern and placemat tutorial.

Cosy Little Christmas Stocking

Created as part of the Moda Bakeshop's 2021 Countdown to Christmas, the Cosy Little Christmas Stocking is a reworking of my 2016 tutorial, adapted to make use of those 6" test blocks that you can't bear to part with. And I made a third version - shared in my last post - featuring a Twelve Days pear motif,

Click here for the Christmas stocking tutorial.

Dala Gift Bag

Adorned with a Dala Horse - possibly the most popular block I've ever designed - this little gift bag was held in the gifted hands of the wonderful Jenny Doan when she visited the Festival of Quilts in 2019. A bit of a moment for me!

The tutorial also includes directions for a both a large gift bag that uses a !2" block and the mini, which works with 6" blocks.

Click here for the gift bag tutorial

Danish Hearts

A super-quick little make that I shared last year when I released my Danish Hearts tablerunner pattern, I've been making these since I set up home nearly thirty years ago and couldn't afford Christmas decorations. And, as they're effectively little pockets, you can pop a treat inside.

Click here for the felt christmas decoration tutorial.

Holly Sprig Cushion

My very first Moda Bakeshop Countdown to Christmas in 2017 was accompanied by a well-timed snowfall, which created the perfect setting for my project photos. I combined four Holly Sprig blocks with my Festival cushion tutorial. These small cushions are so brilliant at Christmas time, as you can just add them to the year-round cushion line up on your sofa and instantly add some seasonal cheer.

Click here for the post and here for the cushion tutorial.

Snowdrift Bolster

Lastly, in 2020, the Moda Bakeshop chefs whipped up a Frozen-inspired Winter Frost for the Countdown to Christmas and I had great fun quilting this bed bolster with sparkly thread. This project makes good use for three 12" blocks and the cushion front would also make a quick table runner. Do give the sparkly thread a whirl though!

Click here for the bolster tutorial.


Aaaand just one last idea - shared during the Primrose Hill sewalong - is to frame a block to make a lovely gift or give the final festive flourish to a guest room.

I've shown my Oh, Christmas Tree block in Tilda Fabric's cute-as-a-button Hibernation fabric, which is inspiring me to take a nap...

Good luck with you're Christmas prep, whether you're adding the final flourishes or (ahem) just getting started,

Nicola xx


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Rosemary B
Rosemary B
Nov 22, 2023

Hi Nicola, thank you for these patterns. I love them and so grateful that you share your massive creativity and skills so we can grow in ours.

Nov 23, 2023
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Thank you for taking the time to leave a comment, Rosemary, you’ve made my day! xx

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