Ok, this is the year you are actually going to follow through on your pledge to sew a few holiday presents for friends and family members. Your sewing machine is out and ready, and you probably have some fabric in your stash you can use (if not, we know a great fabric store). Now here are some ideas for quick, easy and painless holiday sewing:
Circle scarf: Your best friend, your grandma, your secret Santa at work—everyone appreciates a stylish scarf. This “twisted circle” from Rag & Bone (available at Saks) can be cut and sewn in under an hour. We like soft, fuzzy sweater knits best for this type of scarf (many available at Mood NYC).
Silk scarf: Another super easy scarf that can be made in under an hour. If you stitch two long strips together and turn it inside-out, you can avoid rolling and hand-stitching the edges. The pretty scarf above is by Lilly Pulitzer (available at Saks). This silk chiffon from Mood would make a perfect scarf.
Kimono robe: Kimono robes are incredibly simple to sew, but look so sophisticated and would make a much appreciated gift. (Don’t you just love this Carine Gilson silk robe on sale now at Net-a-Porter?) Etsy usually has a large number of kimono patterns for sale. Think about a silk charmeuse print for someone who likes a little glamour in her life, or opt for an organic cotton knit for the recipient who prefers a more cuddly touch. Several of us here at Mood are making kimono robes for holiday gifts this year.
Retro apron: For your sister who loves to entertain, whip up a cheery apron out of a bright cotton sateen print. Vogue Pattern 8643 is just one of a handful of vintage-inspired apron patterns out there.
Elegant poncho: For your mom, how about a wool crepe poncho inspired by this Eileen Fisher poncho available at Neiman Marcus? It’s basically two squares stitched together. Again, find a pattern on Etsy if you’re the type who likes guidelines.
Other quick-sew ideas include an iPad case, a packable shopper tote or a pillow. Do you have plans to sew holiday gifts this year? If so, whatcha making?!