Stitchin’ for the Holidays

Ok, I am the first to admit that I don’t like to hear Christmas carols before the dust settles on Halloween.  I do, however, like to think about my crafty gift list early.  About August, I start thinking about quick or fun projects that can work for friends and family on my gift-giving list.  It is fun to browse through pattern sites such as Ravelry and new yarns, kits, and projects at The Stitchin' Den for inspiration. And, after several months of knitting sweaters and larger projects, I am usually ready for some smaller ones.  Knitting and sewing gift projects also help me use yarns and fabrics in my stash. It’s a way to clean out some space and allow room for next year's projects.  Don't think that I am so disciplined that I don't buy new yarn or projects for the holidays, because I do.  Inspiration and enjoying the project are more important than reducing my stash.  In fact, this summer I purchased some yummy yarn for knitted a cowl, a gift for a friend, and am searching for a cowl or scarf pattern for my granddaughter.

The Stitchin’ Den is promoting A Countdown to Christmas in our newsletters and on the website, and I am finding more projects to add to my wish list.  It is hard to resist the colors and designs of the stockings and ornaments.  Each week you can find a new list of projects located on the home page.  There is also a list of previous weeks and each features projects to knit, crochet, sew, needlepoint, or cross stitch.

In this blog post, I thought it would be fun to share some of my favorite holiday projects.  Most of the ones on the list are projects that I have knitted as Christmas gifts.  I will also include some projects that are on my list for future projects.



I love the cross stitch kits by Mill Hill because they include everything that I need to finish a gift.  It saves me a ton of time, and I can get started as soon as I open the kit. 

  • Mitten Trilogy
    One of my favorite holiday kits is from the Mitten Trilogy.  With this one, you get two gifts in one, an ornament and a gift cardholder.  They are stitched on 11 count fabric, so there is enough room to slip in a gift card or other small treat.  Each kit includes supplies to complete both sides of the ornament: Mill Hill Glass Beads, 11 count Aida fabric, floss, needles, chart, stitching, and finishing instructions.

  • Winter Holiday Cross Stitch
    Winter Holiday This kit makes one beaded cross stitch Christmas Eve  ornament. Includes magnet to attach to metal frames, refrigerators, and similar items.  Optionally, apply a Velcro or pin backing (neither included) to attach it to clothing, greeting cards, gift packages, etc.  The stitched piece also may be hung with a loop of floss.

If quilting and sewing projects are your thing, these kits are entertaining to make and fun to give.  

  • Felted Mitten Ornaments
    Christmas Ornament Kits. These kits and are fun to make and the mittens are the perfect size for gift certificates.  I like them for the teenage grandchildren as they end up with a gift and a keepsake.  Each kit contains enough felt to make 6 ornaments, patterns, illustrations, embroidery floss for embellishments, and a gold string for hanging or attaching to a gift.  The finished size of each ornament is 4" x 4-1/2".

  • Snowman Stocking Kit
    Snowman Stocking Kit.  The colors in this kit are cobblestone, dark red, white, cream, blue, green, and gold. This finished size is 10" x 15-1/2".  What is nice about this kit is that it has everything needed to complete the project, including all wool-felt for stocking and appliques, 100% cotton fabric for the cuff, toe, and heel, buttons, and embroidery floss for embellishments.  I made felt-appliqued stockings for my kids and grandkids.  Selfishly, they are not for them to take home, but to keep at my house.  When they come for the holidays, it is a treat to fill them with goodies.

  • Fabric Wreath Kit
    Fabric Wreath Kit is another great stash buster.  No sewing, just cutting.

I hope that you have found something in this list or in our A Countdown to Christmas lists that will inspire holiday thoughts.  As the days get cooler and shorter, it is nice to tuck in with a cheerful project.