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You might have started with grand plans for a handmade Christmas; with every present under the tree handcrafted with love. But things don't always go to plan, and if you’ve left all your festive crafting to the last minute or you want a speedy project to make in a weekend, hope is not lost!

From super speedy sock patterns to the quickest of cross stitches, we've got loads of fast and easy ideas to inspire you. Fill your boots, or should we say stockings?

Cosy homemade hats

Hat hair is definitely worth it when you’re wearing one of these! Fight off the winter chill and gift a friend a knitted or crocheted hat for Christmas.

Terrific toys to make for kids

Knit or hook up some adorable little creatures for the kids in your life! Quick to make, and there's nothing better than the smile that lights up a little one’s face when they open their new favourite toy.

Gorgeous Christmas decorations

From terrific tree toppers and beautiful baubles, to wonderful wreaths and stunning ornaments – these little festive decorations make the perfect last-minute gift.

Snuggly scarves and cowls

Need something a bit more straightforward? One of these gorgeous scarves or cowls would make the perfect present, stylish and cosy, what more could you want?

Stitch up a storm!

Cute, quick and easy, these embroidery and cross stitch patterns are the perfect projects to sink your needles into! These designs make gorgeous gifts to pop into a frame, or even jazz up a jacket or jumper!

Make a pair of marvellous mittens!

If you've got time to make the hat and the scarf, you might as well go the extra mile and make a pair of mittens too! Knit or crochet some very merry mittens for that extra festive feeling.

Stash-busting secret Santa presents

If you've got a low budget for an office secret Santa, then a super speedy handmade gift that you can make with what you've got in your stash could be the answer! These quick and easy patterns might tick all your boxes, but if not, we've got loads of great stash-busting patterns to choose from!

It’s sockmas! 

As kids, the idea of getting socks in your stocking was rather underwhelming, but now we know better! A pair of super snuggly handmade socks makes a lovely present to give this festive season. 

Grab a quick kit

In a hurry and just want to get one thing with everything you need? These handy kits will do the trick!


For these slightly smaller projects, a value or colour pack makes life so much easier! We have a super selection, everything from super chunky to sock yarns to stock your stash.

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Sophie Brown

Sophie Brown is a Copywriter at LoveCrafts. Sophie works with the content team to create inspiring round-ups, exciting tutorials and must-read articles. Sophie has worked in crafty content for over 10 years, and is a keen cross stitcher and crocheter in her downtime.