Have Yourself a Crafty Christmas – 6 Last Minute Christmas Gift Ideas

Christmas from the Main Shop of the Missouri Star Quilt Co. in Hamilton Missouri.
Christmas time at Missouri Star Quilt Co. Main Shop in Hamilton, Missouri.

Ready or not – Christmas is coming! The holidays are such a special time for crafters because it lets us share our creative gifts with friends, family and those in need. There is no better time of year to warm the hearts of your near and dear with a homemade gift (that just happens to show off your crafty abilities).

Shorter days and holiday activities can make it feel like there isn’t time to make handmade gifts (it’s already December!). While tackling a brand new quilt may be daunting, there are many festive projects that can be created quickly and bring cheer to those who receive them. And in a year like 2020, when social distancing means breaking time-honored traditions for the safety of our friends and loved ones, there is no better gift than something made from the heart and by your own hands.

Christmas Stocking

Quilted Christmas Stockings from the Missouri Star Quilt Co.
Create an awe-inspiring mantle display by gifting a Christmas Stocking that can be used for years to come!

What is more classic than a Christmas Stocking hung by the chimney with care? This holiday gift has an extra bonus – it’s already gift wrapped! Stitch up a quick and easy Quilted Christmas Stocking using 2.5 inch strips of precut fabric, and then fill them with all kinds of handy quilting notions, Missouri Star Gift Cards and sewing thread for a merry gift to the maker in your life! Even if sewing isn’t your recipient’s passion, that beautiful, handmade holiday stocking will become a part of their traditions every year.

For this quick and easy project, pick a festive fabric (we like Winter’s Grandeur 8 Holiday Metallic Roll Up by Liza Bea Studio for Robert Kaufman). These red, green and gold 2.5″ strips of quilting fabric sparkle with poinsettias, snowflakes, cardinals and plaid, adding charm to each square of your stocking. Cuff the top in a lovely plaid for a magical winter wonder.

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One Yard Apron

The One Yard Apron from the Missouri Star Quilt Co.
Misty relaxes in the kitchen in a cute red-checkered One Yard Apron.

A lot of the Christmas season takes place in the kitchen with holiday baking, festive family dinners and plenty of hot cocoa! The incredibly simple One Yard Apron is the perfect gift for the hostess in your life. It’s such a fast, easy project, you can use it to teach the kiddos in your life the joy of handmade gifts – with only one yard of your favorite fabric!

If you want to follow Misty’s lead, use Cozy Critters – Buffalo Check Red Yardage by M.J. Merrill for Wilmington Prints. This black and red plaid check fabric ties in well for the holidays, but is perfect for any home chef year round! If your stash needs to be reduced, just use ANY yard of fabric you have on hand!

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Mug Rug

Create a Mug Rug with the Missouri Star Quilt Co.
Basics can be beautiful, like this easy holiday Mug Rug.

This little Mug Rug is such an easy project, you’ll probably make a few for yourself along the way! Using a pack of 5″ squares of precut fabric, these cute table-savers keep your Christmas cocoa cozy. As a holiday bonus – this fast little gift is perfect for beginners!

When selecting your fabric, it’s not just about snowmen and snowflakes. Keep in mind the mug rug will serve as a protective layer for a hot drink, and also might soak up spilled drinks after enthusiastic cookie dunking! Avoid light fabrics that stain and try a thick flannel fabric such as a Woolies Flannel Holiday Warmth Charm Pack by Bonnie Sullivan for Maywood Studio. If you’re feeling ambitious, swap out the charm pack for a Layer Cake (10″ square of precut fabric) and create gorgeous table protectors for your holiday feast!

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Tree Skirt

Create a Christmas Tree Skirt with the Missouri Star Quilt Co.
Light up their Christmas with a quilted tree skirt they can use every year.

More so than all the other decorations, the Christmas tree is always the focal point of the holiday season – that’s where the presents go! Gifts get the perfect showcase when arranged on a quilted fabric Tree Skirt. This little quilt for your tree comes together simply with 5″ squares of precut quilting fabric.

The fabric is what makes this project shine! Of course you can design the exact skirt to suit your holiday style if you want to whip this up for yourself. If you’re making it for someone else, consider solids or batiks so it’s more likely to match their decorations. Season’s Splendor Batiks Stamps by Kathy Engle for Island Batik is a perfect combination of festive Christmas colors and classic motifs.

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Easy Zipper Pouch

The Easy Zipper Pouch from Missouri Star Quilt Co.
With festive new MSQC Fancy Zips, the Easy Zipper Pouch from Missouri Star Live is useful gift for anyone!

Give the gift of functionality this Christmas with the Easy Zipper Pouch, featuring the all new Missouri Star Fancy Zips! In this Missouri Star LIVE, Jenny and Misty teach us how to stitch up this extremely useful project that, with a little festive fabric from your stash, makes a thoughtful last minute gift idea. There are so many uses for this handy little bag. Add some vinyl to the interior for a cosmetics bag or add some batting for a notion holder!

You’ll need cut yardage no smaller than 14″ in length (the necessary length to add a Missouri Star Fancy Zip). For a festive holiday bag, select a beautiful cut of Christmas fabric by the yard. If you need a little extra help with this project, you can purchase a digital download of the Easy Zipper Pouch pattern so that you can start stitching immediately!

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Missouri Star Gift Card

The Missouri Star Gift Card and holiday gift card holder.
MSQC gift cards in festive gift card holders offer holiday cheer to your favorite maker!

If it’s the night before Christmas and you’re still having doubts, keep it simple and crafty and gift card it out! If there’s a quilter on your list who has it all, give them the gift of choice with a Missouri Star gift card! Available in both physical gift cards (definitely consider a holiday gift card holder for big MSQC fans!) and digital gift cards (that can be emailed same day), this last minute gift idea will save Christmas when your crafting time has run out.

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Give Love | Gift Gorgeous Quilts

You know the saying, “One who sleeps under a quilt is comforted by love?” When you give a quilt, you aren’t just giving a quilt. You’re giving love, inspiration, wonder, joy, peace, comfort, and so much more. Fueled by love, we are inspired to create for those we hold dear and a handmade quilt is a perfect representation of that love. This year, give handmade for the holidays.

Give Love || T-Shirt Quilt

Give love during the holidays with a T-Shirt Quilt. Make a graduate a quilt filled with sports memorabilia, create a treasure using grand-dads button ups, make a friend something special filled with memories. Grab this template set to make it easy and if you’re needing some extra help, no worries – Natalie will walk you through it in her Tackling T-Shirt Quilts class! Whatever you make, make it with love. (You can also find this pattern in BLOCK Magazine 2019 Volume 6 Issue 2!)

Give Joy || 2 for 1 Project Panel

Spread joy with a big display of someone’s favorite things. Choose from hundreds of favorite themes such as nature, sports, animals, holidays, flowers, and more. Create a playful wall hanging or mini quilt for a favorite person in your life!

Give Inspiration || Finish Line

Show someone the way with appliqué. The Finish Line Quilt has gorgeous, cascading “leaves” representing imagination and free thinking. Gift this quilt to someone you know who may need an ounce of inspiration. (Find this pattern in BLOCK Magazine 2019 Volume 6 Issue 1.)

Give Wonder || Castle Wall

Built brick by brick, a finished “castle” is there in the end to protect from chills. Choose a mystical panel filled with woodland creatures or cozy critters to live inside the castle walls! Watch your loved ones wonder in awe at this super cute and oh sew fun gift!

Give Friendship || Friendship Pinwheel Pattern

Pinwheels are just fun and who are the people we grow up in life having fun with? Our friends. That’s why the Friendship Pinwheel Pattern is the perfect gift for a close friend this year. Give friendship and share smiles!

Give Creativity || Star in a Hexagon 1 ¾” Quilt

Feeling creative? Use that energy to give for the holidays. The Star in a Hexagon Quilt is a fun quilt-as-you-go project sure to fuel that creative spark. You’ll be making jewels, diamonds, and hexagons in a variety of colors that would make the recipient of this gift very happy!

Give Handmade || Stars & Stitches

Remember going through grandma’s old wooden trunk to find old, fraying quilts that were filled with dark colors and bright, wonky stitches?! The true homemade quilt, we all aspired to create one day. The Stars and Stitches quilt doesn’t compare to grandma’s, but it makes a beautiful handmade gift!

Give Comfort || Lattice Quilt

There are specific patterns and colors that are traditional in quilting and sometimes traditional is just more comforting. The Lattice Quilt is a plain and simple pattern with traditional diamonds and quick and easy rows. Create comfort for someone you love.

Give Peace || Morning Star

Imagine someone you love wrapped in a big, cozy quilt in a big, cozy chair, the sun peeking at them through the window, hot cocoa warming their hands, and they breathe in and out with the feeling of peace. The Morning Star quilt is a great gift to help your loved one create that peaceful morning! (You can also find this pattern in ModBLOCK Magazine 2019 Volume 5!)

When we make with our hands, we give of our hearts. Explore what it means to Give Love with Missouri Star and discover all you need to feel inspired this holiday season!


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How are you sharing love, joy, and kindness this season? Share ideas with us in the comments!