Christmas in July…… Get a Head Start on Your Christmas Sewing!

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I DO try, honest I do, but some years the wheels fall off for one or another reason so that despite my best intentions, December rolls around and I am nowhere near to finishing my Christmas sewing projects.

Why, in the first place, do I have Christmas sewing each year?? Well, that is easy to answer: because I am so passionate about sewing that I would rather make special one-of-a-kind gifts for family & friends rather than rack up $100’s or $1000’s on items bought at the malls.


Delightful Christmas Tree ornaments made by customers at one of our dealer’s stores for Christmas. These were created in the hoop on our Elna Excellence 830L Embroidery machine and then used to cover an ordinary Christmas ball to hang on the tree.

CHRISTMAS CARDS??    Now I no longer send out Christmas cards. I figure we live in an age of emails & online newsletters, etc, so to send out Christmas cards which end up in the recycling bin by January, is in my opinion a little absurd. I would far rather make a small personalized gift for some of the folk I would have sent a Christmas card to. Besides which, have you seen lately what it will cost to mail out Christmas cards? Each year I pick a small project or 2 and I start earlier in the year making these so that everyone has a little something from me. Some years I made a Christmas tree ornament in the embroidery hoop of my ELNA embroidery machine. Other years I sew luggage tag, little in-the-hoop zipper baggies or key fob on my ELNA sewing machine.

See pics below for additional ideas for Christmas gift sewing and home decorating for the holiday period.

What am I doing this year? Well, truth be told, I have not decided yet but I will make that high on my to do list or I may not be done by Christmas!

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I used scraps of fabric decorated with machine decorative stitches and ric-rac, lace etc.
What about a cover for your Elna sewing machine to celebrate the holiday season?
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But it is not only about sewing Christmas gifts in lieu of Christmas cards…….there is also the sewing of PJ’s for the little ones, making Advent calendars (which I did one year but need to restock them with little candies & gifts again this year); as well as Christmas decorations and home decor projects for the holiday season.

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Christmas wouldn’t be Christmas without the yummy food ……and an apron appropriate for the season!
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I thought these were simply the cutest little shoes! Picture courtesy of
What a great way to use up your stash of Christmas fabrics: napkins for use at your Christmas meal or as gifts.
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Personalized pillow cases always make special gifts – AND they are so easy to make
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I think you get the idea……we GOTTA START NOW! I hope the pictures above inspired you to get sewing to make this a memorable Christmas of lovely home sewed gifts and décor made on your Elna sewing machines. It is so nice to receive a homemade gift rather than impersonal one bought in a crowded mall (assuming we can actually walk around safely in a mall come the end of this year. I’m making no predications as none of us thought it would last this long………

Originally posted on Janome Life by Liz Thompson.

About Anne Stitcher

I have been an Educator with Janome for several years now. Crafting is my passion. I love to sew, quilt, crochet, knit, cross-stitch, scrapbook, paper tole and cook. I have so many hobbies. I am always doing something. I love to use my skills to help people in need and to pass on my knowledge to others. Happy Sewing!
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