12 weeks of crafting

Published on 24 December 2021 5 min read

The handmade gifting season has begun! Each week in the run-up to Christmas, make with us as we guide you through 12 handpicked gift ideas. Every week, you can download our favourite FREE pattern and create wonderful handmade gifts to delight your friends and family. If you're not crafting for Christmas, these gift ideas make perfect presents for birthdays, celebrations, or just because! Check back every week for your free gift idea!

Week One: FREE Cosy Slipper Socks

A pair of cashmerino chunky slippers makes a beautiful gift for someone you love. Knitted flat, in easy garter stitch, these slippers work up in a wink. Garter stitch keeps all that gorgeous warmth in, with a deep ribbed cuff to fold over at the ankle. When they're such a speedy knit, you'll want to make several pairs to gift this winter!

Cosy Slipper Socks - Knitting Pattern For Women in Debbie Bliss Cashmerino Chunky by Debbie Bliss
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Cosy Slipper Socks - Knitting Pattern For Women in Debbie Bliss Cashmerino Chunky by Debbie Bliss

By Debbie Bliss

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Week Two: FREE Colour Your World Embroidery!

There's nothing sweeter than a hand-stitched gift. This bumper pattern pack, designed by Thread Honey for Paintbox Crafts will have you personalising cute gifts in no time. Stitch them on to a t-shirt, or set of linen napkins. Or if you want to go the extra mile why not sew a simple tote bag or pencil case for the ultimate handmade gift. If you're just starting to embroider, watch our simple video to learn the top 10 embroidery stitches.

Paintbox Crafts Colour Your World With Embroidery Patterns
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Paintbox Crafts Colour Your World With Embroidery Patterns

By Paintbox Crafts

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Week Three: FREE Snuggly Fall Afghan

This week's gift idea is the Paintbox Snuggly Fall Afghan. This classic granny square blanket in cozy campfire colours is crocheted in squares that are joined using single crochet stitches. It's the perfect blanket for snuggling up on the sofa or taking with you on campfire adventures under the stars. Whoever the lucky recipient, one thing's for sure, it's a blanket that will be treasured year after year! And if you need a little helping hand with the stitches, just follow along with Merion's Guide to Crochet Stitches.

Snuggly Fall Afghan - Free Blanket Crochet Pattern For Home in Paintbox Yarns Simply DK by Paintbox Yarn
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Snuggly Fall Afghan - Free Blanket Crochet Pattern For Home in Paintbox Yarns Simply DK by Paintbox Yarn

By Paintbox Yarns

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Week Four: FREE Patchwork Cushion

How fun is this colourful patchwork cushion! Designed by Lou Orth using the LoveCrafts Painterly Blooms Charm Pack, and your choice of colorful backing fabric, this gorgeous cushion can be sewn up in no time! If you’re a newbie to the patchwork craft, this is the perfect first project to put your skills to the test, and you can get a helping hand with our guide to quilting. For experienced quilters, you’ll be able to turn a couple of these around for everyone on your gift list. For a really festive cushion, why not make it in the gorgeous Christmas Village fabric.

LoveCrafts Patchwork Cushion Pattern - Downloadable PDF
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LoveCrafts Patchwork Cushion Pattern - Downloadable PDF

By LoveCrafts

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Week Five: FREE 1.5 hour knit-look crochet beanie!

If you're a beginner crocheter, or you're looking for some satisfyingly quick projects to tick everyone off your gift list, this hat is for you! Follow along with a step-by-step video by Jess Coppom, from Make & Do Crew to make this gorgeous knit-look beanie topped with a cute pompom! Make it in LionBrand's Hue & Me wool and acrylic blend chunky yarn, for a great choice of warm muted colours like rust, mustard and washed blues.

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Watch the Video for the 1.5 Hour Beanie!

Week Six: FREE Cosy Cable Headband

Cosy cables are a winter wardrobe staple, and these headbands make the perfect stocking filler! Read our how to cable knit guide before you start. Grab yourself a hot chocolate, your knitting needles and snuggle in. Watch the video and download the free cable knit pattern.

Follow the Step-by-Step Knitted Headband Tutorial

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Week Seven: FREE Luxury Gift Bags Pattern

These beautiful luxury gift bags are such a festive treat! This easy pattern by Lou Orth uses two squares from the Christmas Village fat quarter bundles. Make them to give your special handmade pressies, or fill them with sweet treats under the tree.

LoveCrafts Luxury Gift Bags Pattern -  Downloadable PDF
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LoveCrafts Luxury Gift Bags Pattern - Downloadable PDF

By LoveCrafts

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Week Eight: FREE Macramé Plant Pot Pattern

For the plant lovers in your life, make macramé plant pot holders to brighten their space. Using basic macramé knots, this is a brilliant beginner project to make a DIY gift in no time at all. Grab yourself some t-shirt yarn or macramé cord and let's get making!

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Week Nine: FREE Granny Square Slipper Socks

Once you know how to make a granny square these slippers by Crochet Bouquet are so easy to crochet! You can make them in any 4ply yarn you like. You'll be able to turn a few of these around in one weekend, ideal for you last-minute stocking fillers.

Toastie Toes Slippers
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Toastie Toes Slippers

By Crochet Bouquet

Week Ten: FREE Cute & Colourful Cross Stitch Patterns!

Makers, listen up! Even if you've run out of time to make everyone a knitted scarf, these cute cross-sitch designs make a beautiful pressie. Frame them for a cute wall hanging, stitch them onto a t-shirt or turn them into an awesome gift card. If you're new to cross stitch, we have your back, just follow our beginner's guide to cross stitch, you'll be stitching in no time!

Paintbox Crafts Colour Your World With Cross Stitch Patterns
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Paintbox Crafts Colour Your World With Cross Stitch Patterns

By Paintbox Crafts

Week Eleven: FREE & Exclusive Punch Needle Pear

With present giving around the corner, The Modern Crafter has created a fun and fabulous pear for you to punch needle! It makes the perfect Christmas present that can be hung on the tree for years to come! If you're new to punch needle, check out our punch needle for beginner's guide (warning: it's addictive!).

Week Twelve: FREE Last Minute Tree Decorations!

Looking for a last-minute stocking filler? These adorable little quilted trees can be sewn up in 15 minutes! It's the perfect project for stash-busting too! Follow along with Saphia on Instagram, or read the step-by-step tutorial.

Make the Adorable Christmas Tree Decorations

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