‘Tis the season to be jolly, but our quilters and sewists know it's also the season for cozy holiday projects! From upcycled mittens to beverage sleeves, we're sharing projects to tackle this winter break. Bonus points that they make great handmade gifts!

Upcycled Mittens

With the intense chill in the air, just about anyone would appreciate a pair of cozy and warm mittens! Upcycling a sweater into mittens is not only a great way to use what you have, but it’s also a way to craft something special for someone this year. We love this tutorial from BERNINA and Kelly Dempsey. 

Holiday Aprons

The season may be the time to be jolly, but it’s also the time for copious amounts of baking! For the baker or home chef in your life, an apron in their favorite color or a seasonal print is a useful and precious gift. To complete the gift, add in kitchen accessories like whisks, spatulas (there are never enough of those!), and measuring cups.

Quilted Wall Art

Creating a hanging display for a quilted design is a way to add personality while displaying your work! Opt for a hanging option or place a small portion in a frame to showcase its beauty. The Laurastar IZZI Plus or S PURE Xtra are perfect for beautifying and purifying before displaying in your home.

Pillow Covers

Instead of constantly purchasing brand-new pillows, sewing a pillow cover is a great way to get a fresh look and feel without spending a lot of money. Not only can this be a way to spruce up your living room around the holidays, but it also makes a unique gift for the homebody in your life! Don’t forget to make your work shine with the Laurastar SMART U and press it to perfection.

Beverage Sleeves

Whether your beverage is hot or on ice, a beverage sleeve keeps your hands at a comfortable temperature. Leftover fabric scraps, a button, and elastic are all you need to create a fashionable and functional sleeve. Its small size makes it ideal for a stocking stuffer! Add a gift card to their favorite coffee spot and you’ve got a gift to make someone smile.

One of the best things about sewing and quilting is that you can make something so special while making memories with loved ones. As you tackle holiday projects to gift or keep for yourself (you deserve it, too!), we hope this season brings creativity and warmth to you and yours.