There’s still time to whip up some handmade gifts for friends and family. After all, handmade beats store-bought, right? Here are six patterns that are fast and easy to make:
With this simple Vogue pattern (V9038) you could make a cape very similar to those by Burberry that sell for several hundred dollars. Look for soft, blanket-like wools and fleeces in large-scale plaids.
Robes are fast to sew and involve no fitting, which makes them the perfect gift to make. We’d sew this Butterick pattern (B6428) in the softest sweater knit fabric we could find. It also sews up well in French terry or sweatshirt fleece.
Your dog-owner friend will be so touched with the custom coat you make for her precious pooch. Customize this to your friend’s taste with fabrics and trims. Love the pompom on the hood! Butterick B6432.
Kimonos also sew up quickly because there’s really no fitting involved. For this Kwik Sew pattern (K4176), we’d choose lightweight crepes, chiffons or burnout velvets in dramatic prints and colors.
We’re seeing fuzzy jackets like this one from McCall’s (M7511) on lots of teens and 20-somethings. Look for the cuddliest faux fur available, and make the lining in velour to amp up the cozy factor.
Have a family member who likes to cook? She’ll appreciate an apron made especially for her. Quilting cottons in fun prints make great aprons. McCall’s M7448.
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There may be only ten days left until Christmas, but you still have enough time to sew a gift for your sister, mom or BFF. Seriously, you can do it! We’ve picked five easy patterns that don’t require any fitting or complicated sewing. And remember, homemade gifts are better than store-bought!
Make Butterick B6250 out of French terry just like this inspiration cardi from Sundance and the recipient will looooove you. Choose a soft knit that looks good on both sides.
2) We love the thought of this waterfall vest in a lightweight sweatshirt knit—so cozy! Use Butterick B6244 but omit the sleeves.
3) Blanket capes and ponchos are trending big-time this season, and this pattern (Vogue Patterns V9038) will sew up lightning fast. Look for soft, blanket-like wool and fleeces.
4) Robes are always popular gifts. This kimono-style robe pattern (McCall’s M7297) lets you have fun with print mixing and color blocking.
5) A girly apron is perfect for your friend who loves to cook. Try McCall’s M7305 and look for fun cotton prints at your local fabric store.
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Happy holidays from your friends at the McCall Pattern Company! We’re going to take the rest of the month off from blogging, but we’ll still be active on our other social media through December. Thanks for reading this blog in 2015 and we hope you stick with us in 2016. Merry Christmas!
Arrow Storage Cabinet: This wheeled storage cabinet pulls close when you need it, then tucks out of the way when you’re done sewing. Comes in four different finishes. And, it’s on sale through 12/31!
Color It Chic Fashion Coloring Book: This new coloring book features 144 illustrations of charming, whimsical fashion drawings that let you practice your fashion drawing skills while exploring and experimenting with color.
Gertie’s New Fashion Sketchbook: Butterick designer Gretchen Hirsch has created a body-positive sketchpad loaded with more than 300 figure templates (croquis). Each is proportionally true to the female form and adaptable to different body types.