Do you have a stash of Christmas fabric? I think most serious crafters who love Christmas tend to have a stash of the lovely and unique fabrics that reflect the beauty of the season. I know I do. Sometimes, I will buy Christmas fabric with a project specifically in mind, like aprons or pillowcases. But most often (probably because I tend to buy such fabrics at after-Christmas clearances or Christmas-in-July sales), I really have no clear idea of what I will do with a fabric. I just buy it for my stash!
Over the past few years I have pared down my stash considerably, and I have shared many of the projects here on my Christmas blog, but I thought that it might be helpful if I were to put the links to the projects all in one place. So I am going to do just that. I should add that most of these projects can be done with any fabric. It need not be Christmas fabric to make these basic projects. I do apologize that I don't have pictures for all of these, but if you follow the links you will find pictures on the original posts.
I'll start with the largest projects. I should note that I almost never buy any more than 2 yards of any one Christmas fabric unless I have a specific project in mind or find a huge sale. So for my larger pieces of fabric, I made some Christmas throws. Here are the links: Simple Flannel Throw
and Christmas Fabric Throw
. One thing that works well is to make one side of the throw a holiday fabric, and the other side a solid color. That way you can just fold it the other side out and use the throw all year long.
|Flannel throw with dark green on the reverse side|
I especially like my flannel one and tend to cozy up with it whenever the weather is a bit chilly.
|This shows the holly and mistletoe print on the reverse side.|
|I love this print. A quilt-like throw was really only about the possibility for this.|
Another good project for larger pieces of fabric is to make Christmas Tablecloths
. These need not cover your table. You can make them runner size, full size, square, or whatever. You can always layer them with other table coverings if you like. I have some larger ones for my dining room table and have made some small "table squares" (or rectangles) for smaller tables, islands, shelves and the like.
Foldable Fabric Baskets
|A pieced table runner I made from a vintage Christmas magazine|
are pretty and useful; practical, too, since you can just unfold them and store them flat.
|I love this vintage-looking pine cone print.|
|Some hot mats I made from Christmas fabric. I don't have a post about these, but they are easy enough.|
are a great way to use up a variety of Christmas prints. The mix-and-match look is cute, plus it's easier to remember which napkin is yours.
|Blue tree on an inverted sherbet dish|
These Soft Fabric Trees
are so cute, you'll be tempted to sew up an entire forest of them.
|Green tree in a teacup|
These Patchwork-look Coasters
are a particular favorite of mine and I have made them in many fabrics, not just Christmas ones. It's fun to make some for every season. I love how easy these are!
You can use smaller pieces still to create these Yo-Yo Ornaments
. Fun and easy enough for kids to do.
|A yo-yo candy cane|
|And a yo-yo wreath|
And last but not least for the really small strips of fabric, you can make Rag Garlands
. They look nice intertwined with white lights, too.
Why not pick a project and delve into your fabric stash? You'll be getting ahead of the game for next year. By the time the Christmas-in-July sales roll around, you may need more fabric!