The countdown to Christmas is on—are you using our DIY advent calendar to keep track?— and we’ve got the perfect round-up of quick and easy gifts you can make if you’re looking for a last minute stocking stuffer. Join Spoonflower designer Katie Kortman on a DIY-filled adventure that will still leave you with time to sew for yourself. That’s a win-win in our sewing book!
Katie: It’s December! Time for selfless-sewing and giving gifts, but with the countdown on, you might find yourself pressed for time. Don’t worry—I’ve got your back! I am here to give you 10 small gift/stocking stuffer ideas you can sew in under an hour (most can be done in half that)!
For this round-up, I printed my collection of designs on 2 yards of Petal Signature Cotton™ with the Fill-A-Yard® Cheater Quilt template except the bow tie which used a Satin fat quarter. Some of these projects could work in a thicker fabric too, which I have indicated where applicable!
By filling consecutive squares on the 1 Yard Cheater Quilt template, I’m able to get just the right amount of fabric for each of the stocking stuffer projects. You can find all of the designs I used for all 10 projects in my curated collection.
First, let’s start with the kiddos. Here are a few things you can sew for the younger crowd!
Stocking Stuffer #1: School Bus Zipper Pouch
What is quicker than a cut-and-sew project? Order a fat quarter* of this school bus pencil pouch print and all you’ll have to do is follow the instructions on the fabric to make a quick zippered pouch and coin purse! Laura Wright has other cut-and-sew projects in her Spoonflower shop, so go check those out too. Fill the pouch with some new crayons, pencils, markers and a small pad of paper and you’ve got the perfect gift.
Stocking Stuffer #2: Pet Plushie
Many of these stocking stuffers can also be done by kids for their siblings and friends. I made the llama plushie on the left and my 10 year old daughter made the one on the right with Eco Canvas scraps from her fanny pack. We used the beginner and kid-friendly Bon Bon Pets pattern by Made Everyday which comes with different animal types and size options.
Stocking Stuffer #3: Cut-and-Sew Car Mat
Behold… the easiest stocking stuffer for the kid who likes cars and needs to be entertained on the go. This cut-and-sew car mat can be printed on just a fat quarter*! I printed it on Petal Signature Cotton because I was using Fill-A-Yard Cheater Quilt template, but if printing it alone or on the Horizontale Split Yard template, I would recommend Linen Cotton Canvas, Dogwood Denim or another heavier weight material. I backed mine with a scrap of canvas to make it sturdier.
When ordering just a fat quarter of this project, be sure to choose a fat quarter that is 27″ wide!
Stocking Stuffer #4: Sleep Mask
Have someone on your list who needs help getting a little shut-eye? A sleeping mask is a quick an easy thing to sew and personalize! I made two here—one with a cut-and-sew unicorn pattern, and the other using a tutorial. It would be fun to stick some lavender inside or a few drops of essential oils to give it a nice relaxing scent. Pair it with a matching pillowcase in Organic Cotton Sateen—you could use the scraps to make the eye mask—and you’re set!
Stocking Stuffer #5: Doll Plushie
What little girl or boy wouldn’t want a doll in their likeness? Stacy Iest Hsu has dolls in different genders, skin colors, and hair colors so you can find a quick and easy cut-and-sew doll that loosely resembles the recipient… or not, of course! I just purposefully picked a doll that matched my daughter with brown hair and glasses. They are ready to cut and sew with instructions right there on the fabric! All you need is a fat quarter of quilting weight cotton.
Stocking Stuffer #6: Drink Cozy
Whether the drinks are too hot or too cold, a drink cozy makes everything better for your hands. Why not make a few to give with a gift card and reusable cup? Perfect for teachers, coworkers, and friends!
Here is a quick tutorial on how to make one that fits all sizes of cups:
Stocking Stuffer #7: Bow Ties
I love how the Satin looks sewn up into a bow. I made a classic bow-tie using this free pattern and a velcro version for a little boy’s bow-tie using this tutorial. For the third bow I just stuck a clip in (unlike what you see in this photo, I recommended stitching the clip onto the fabric). I got three gifts out of one fat quarter of this Koi Fishes in the Water print! Wouldn’t these be perfect for family photos?
Stocking Stuffer #8: Personalized Notebook
Have an aspiring artist or writer you need a gift for? You can personalize any blank book, or make your own book and add a fabric cover by following these steps:
Stocking Stuffer #9: Scrunchies
Scrunchies are baaaaack! They’ve transported themselves from my 1980’s wrist, right to my daughters’ 2019 wrists stacked two-three at a time. Luckily, these are the ultimate quick and satisfying project and my girls are THRILLED with a capital T every time I make more! I used this tutorial to make a cute scrunchie with a bow and for a scrunchie without a bow, try out this tutorial from Spoonflower.
Stocking Stuffer #10: Cord Taco
Who hates tangled headphones and chargers in their bag? Well, I’ve got a quick and easy solution for you and your loved ones. The cord taco! No, I didn’t invent this, but I have only seen tutorials for leather cord tacos, so I have a quick tutorial for making one with fabric.
DIY Bonus: Level-up your gift giving this season with personalized Santa Sacks!
I hope this helps you in your gift-giving endeavors this holiday season! If you give any of these projects a try, be sure to tag @katiekortmanart and @spoonflower so we can see what you’ve made. I know I’ll be stuffing these in my family’s stockings this year.
About the Guest Author
Katie Kortman is a sewist, artist, and self-proclaimed dancing queen. Over the years she has sold her artwork in galleries, worked as a display artist for Anthropologie, taught high school art, had a handmade accessories company called Blue-Eyed Freckle, and mothered her four children.
Katie enjoys combining her passions into one by using her artwork to design fabric on Spoonflower, that she can then sew up into clothing (and DANCE). She blogs at katiekortman.com and over on Instagram you can find her @katiekortmanart where she dances around in her handmade wardrobe.