Last-Minute Gifts to Sew; Plus, Holiday Giveaway!

Elna sewing machine ad from the 1960s. Printed in Vogue Patterns Magazine
Elna sewing machine ad from the 1960s. From Vogue Patterns Magazine

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:

Last-minute gifts to sew. On the McCall Pattern Company blog.

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.

Last-minute gifts to sew. On the McCall Pattern Company blog.

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.

Last-minute gifts to sew. On the McCall Pattern Company blog.

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.

Last-minute gifts to sew. On the McCall Pattern Company blog.

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.

Last-minute gifts to sew. On the McCall Pattern Company blog.

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.

Last-minute gifts to sew. On the McCall Pattern Company blog.

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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You could win all sorts of fabulous sewing-related prizes—including a new sewing machine!—by entering our annual holiday giveaway. Click here for all the details. Hurry, entries are due by December 13th. Good luck!

 

 

Still Time to Sew a Fabulous Gift for Christmas

Easy patterns to make for gifts that require little to no fitting. As seen on the McCall Pattern Company blog.

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!

Easy patterns to make for gifts that require little to no fitting. As seen on the McCall Pattern Company blog.
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.

Easy patterns to make for gifts that require little to no fitting. As seen on the McCall Pattern Company blog.
2) We love the thought of this waterfall vest in a lightweight sweatshirt knit—so cozy! Use Butterick B6244 but omit the sleeves.

Easy patterns to make for gifts that require little to no fitting. As seen on the McCall Pattern Company blog.
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.

Easy patterns to make for gifts that require little to no fitting. As seen on the McCall Pattern Company blog.

4) Robes are always popular gifts. This kimono-style robe pattern (McCall’s M7297) lets you have fun with print mixing and color blocking.

Easy patterns to make for gifts that require little to no fitting. As seen on the McCall Pattern Company blog.

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!

 

Gift Ideas for Sewists This Season

Gift ideas for sewists. On the McCall Pattern Company blog.

Looking for sewist gift ideas this holiday? We’ve pulled together some suggestions from our online store. Maybe some of these should be on your own holiday gift list!

Gift ideas for sewists. On the McCall Pattern Company blog.

Retro Butterick 1950s 2016 Calendar: Revisit classic glamour with 14 stylish Butterick pattern illustrations from the pages of our 1950s catalog archive.

Gift ideas for sewists. On the McCall Pattern Company blog.

Vintage Notebooks and Notecards: These cute cards and notebooks feature McCall’s pattern illustrations from the 1960s and 1970s. Customer favorite.

Gift ideas for sewists. On the McCall Pattern Company blog.

Reliable Maven 100IS Lightweight Home Ironing Station: Reliable has combined the latest advancements in iron technology with the power of a 3.5 bar steam boiler. Lightweight iron weighs only 1.85 lbs.

Gift ideas for sewists. On the McCall Pattern Company blog.

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!

Gift ideas for sewists. On the McCall Pattern Company blog.

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.

Gift ideas for sewists. On the McCall Pattern Company blog.

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.

For more gift ideas, click here. Happy shopping!