What better way to fill up those frosty winter days than with a hot cup of something delicious and a few fun sewing projects. Being the season of celebration and gift giving, the variety of projects to choose from is vast, ranging from cosy comforting accessories to bright, cheerful decorations …
To get you started, here’s a list of some favourite winter sewing patterns.
Rosy cheeks on little ones out playing show they’re having plenty of fun in the cold weather. This fantastic tutorial from Kitschy Coo to make fleece mittens with separate thumb will help you make sure they stay warm for longer so the fun can last as long as possible. The picture tutorial is great on its own but also includes a printable template.
Who doesn’t like cuddling up with a hot water bottle and a fluffy blanket when it’s icy outside? And there’s something even more warming about a hot water bottle cover that has been lovingly made. Shared by The Village Habberdashery, the tutorial is easy to follow and comes with links to patterns for the top and bottom of the cover.
Layers are essential to beat the chills in the cold weather. Cuddle into this Easy Make Poncho from Fabworks making sure your top layer looks great whilst keeping you warm. There’s no downloadable pattern or template with this tutorial but that’s because the measurements and instructions are so easy to follow that you don’t need any. You’ll have fun making it and you won’t want to take it off!
Brighten up the bleak winter days with the fresh design of this winter patchwork cushion from Tea and a Sewing Machine. If the colours or design don’t appeal to you, it’s not a problem. Follow the link in the tutorial to other ideas from Anna to get your creativity flowing. If you’re not an online instruction kind of crafter, that’s fine too as there’s also a useful link to a PDF of the pattern for you to print out.
Children love fun accessories to keep them warm, and what is more fun than pom poms? Bobbins and buttons share this wonderful pattern for a kids fun jersey pom pom hat that will have children in stitches as they have fun with the pom poms! It’s a unisex hat with only the fabric determining whether it’s designed for a boy or a girl – it couldn’t be simpler! Step-by-step instructions with helpful pictures and guidelines for different sizes are all included in this tutorial so you can just crack on with the sewing!
Crafty tip: Follow this link to find the tutorial to make the matching pom pom scarf – a great set of personalised accessories.
For those frosty days when pockets and gloves just don’t give enough heat, winter hand warmers are perfect for cosy warmth. This is one project in a series of 4 shared by Habby Days and is quick and easy to make whether you choose to use the downloadable templates, or not. Using cotton or flannel as the tutorial suggests will take away the need to finish the edges, leaving you the freedom to be creative.
Creative suggestion: Basic outlines of shapes are easy to find using internet search engines. If you’re making these as a gift, choose a shape, and fabric design, that you know the recipient will love!
Test your skills making these beautiful, mini patchwork stockings from Very Berry Handmade. A perfect decoration to brighten up your home, or to give as a gift, you could fill them with small gifts or leave them empty. If you like the challenge of perfection this could be the perfect project for you, with mini patchwork designs to complete and a full lining, you’ll be hooked! The list of equipment is very detailed, as are the instructions and the tutorial also has links to templates. If it’s your first time using some of the techniques, don’t panic! Ali has also very helpfully included links to other blogs that will help you out.
Make the most of the gorgeous Christmas print fabrics that are available and have a go at creating a 3D Fabric Christmas Tree as featured on the Sewing Directory. If you’re happy drawing your own tree template, the measurements are there for you to follow or alternatively you can follow the link to use the provided template. The instructions are simple and you will love your finished 3D Christmas tree.
Creative tip: Add some ribbon in a loop at the top of the tree to turn it into a hanging decoration instead of a standing one.
Looking for a unique style to dress your Christmas tree? Simple and attractive with a minimal amount of sewing, the Christmas Tree Ball featured on the Sewing Lab will add style to your festive decorations while giving you a brilliant opportunity to practice, and show off, your braiding skills. The use of contrasting fabrics in this design makes it an eye-catching piece, and sew easy to make!
Complimenting the 3D Christmas tree, the patchwork star also from the Sewing Directory has the perfect amount of detail to be a beautiful, colourful addition to your decorations. Once again, the tutorial is simple, is available as a printable PDF, and there is a link to pattern templates. The design uses just 4 fat quarters and although the pattern uses buttons and ribbons to add finishing touches, how you add detail to your patchwork star is entirely up to you!
If you have scrap pieces of material that need upcycling and a good supply of buttons, you’ll find this project from Vicky Myers Creations absolutely brilliant! Transforming the materials into a unique Christmas table runner is bound to fill you with creative pride while brightening up your table for the festive season.
Enjoy trying out the projects and remember to let us know in the comments about your Winter makes!