December 1, 2021 - Crafts

Kitenge’s Top 5 Christmas Sewing Projects and Craft Ideas

Christmas sewing projects and craft ideas by Kitenge

Here at Kitenge HQ, we’re getting excited for Christmas! In the build-up, we thought we’d share our favourite Christmas sewing projects and craft ideas to get you into the festive spirit.

Christmas is a great opportunity to use any leftover fabric offcuts from previous projects and start a new sewing project that can easily be done in the comfort of your own home whilst drinking some mulled wine, eating a mince pie (or two) and listening to your favourite Christmas album on repeat.

Continue reading to discover our top 5 ideas we think you’ll love!

Festive Sewing and Craft Ideas

Are you in a Christmas crafty mood and want to add some personal handmade touches to your home decorations or perhaps presents under the tree? We’ve got some fabulous ideas to keep you busy and entertained, some of which do not require a sewing machine.

1) Tree Decorations

It’s always fun to make your own creative Christmas tree decorations that last for years and are a joy to see again when you unwrap them year after year from your storage box. You’ll also feel proud when visitors ask where you bought such lovely decorations from!


Handmade fabric Christmas tree decorations sewing ideas


Fabric ornaments can be easily made using leftover fabric scraps and won’t get damaged if they fall from the tree. They can also be given as gifts to hang in the home. The below video shows how to make cute and low-cost fabric hearts (or other shapes like a star or Christmas tree) easily in just 5 minutes.

What You’ll Need:

You’ll need some sturdy fabric (like cotton), a pair of paper scissors, fabric scissors, a pen, a piece of paper, pins, stuffing (or fabric scraps), and a sewing machine (or needle and thread). You could also add embroidery or personalise these decorations and use felt, patchwork or iron on patches.



2) Cards

Nothing beats a creative card that’s been handmade with a love and thought. Could you make your own handcrafted cards for your loved ones this year by using leftover fabric scraps for decoration? The below video demonstrates a great Christmas card design idea using fabric.


Handmade Christmas cards


What You’ll Need:

You’ll need some card blanks and envelopes, cotton fat quarters (can be Christmas themed if you like such as tartan), ribbon, a glue gun, a bow maker (optional), paper to create the patterns, thread, pins and a sewing machine if you would like to use a zig-zag stitch for the applique designs such as a Christmas tree, present, bauble, gingerbread man and star.



3) Stockings

Making Christmas stockings is a fast, easy and suitable project for sewers of any level. A variety of different materials can be used for the outer fabric and inside lining. It’s best to make a simple design that can be personalised with a name or initials on the cuff. You can get creative by adding appliques or embroidery to the design before sewing the stocking pieces together.


Handmade Christmas stockings sewing project


Follow this helpful YouTube video for simple step by step instructions.

What You’ll Need:

You’ll need outer fabric, lining fabric, scissors, tape, pins, thread, a ruler, a fabric marker, an iron and a sewing machine. You can make either a large or small size stocking with a loop for hanging.


4) Bunting

Christmas themed bunting is a great way to decorate your home inside or out! You could recycle your fabric offcuts by making patchwork Christmas tree bunting, for example, as demonstrated in the below video tutorial.


Handmade Christmas bunting sewing project

What You’ll Need:

You’ll need some fabric scraps, interfacing, a ruler, a pen or pencil, paper scissors, felt for the backing, ribbon and a sewing machine.



5) Gifts

There are lots of Christmas gift ideas that you could make at home particularly last-minute stocking fillers or smaller tree presents. This is especially helpful if you prefer to avoid the shops or are worried about it being too late for Christmas delivery if ordering presents online.

Handmade gifts are really special and can be cherished by your loved ones forever. Check out the below video with 9 easy Christmas gift ideas for beginners to sew at home that can be made in about 30 minutes. You can also explore our blog about how to make traditional DIY fabric gifts.



Shop our Colourful African Print Fabrics for Unique Christmas Sewing Projects

Are you looking for fabric inspiration to help get you started on a new sewing project? Discover our unique African wax print fabric shop with bold patterns and vibrant colours.


Authentic African wax print fabric designs by Kitenge Store



Kitenge’s authentic, high-quality Ankara fabrics are made in Nigeria and locally sourced from female-owned small enterprises in Tanzania.

Our 100% cotton African print fabric has excellent colourfastness and is suitable for many different sewing and craft projects. The colourful fabrics are available to purchase by the yard (1 to 6) and there are also fat quarters available that are leftover from our African print clothing production.


Models wearing men's African print shirt and women's African print pencil skirt by Kitenge


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