5 Simple Christmas crafts you can whip up in minutes!

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5 simple Christmas crafts with year-round versatility. Easy, cheap, DIY homemade gifts you'll love so much you'll be tempted to keep them! #christmascraftsI’ve always loved making simple Christmas crafts!  In the early years of marriage and parenthood, I learned to cross stitch.  Here is my very first project – from a kit my mom gifted me.  She said, “I think you could do this.”

Bless her heart – a skilled seamstress by trade, she tried her best to teach me how to sew.  I learned, but it wasn’t my best skill.  (Ahem.)

Isn’t it cute?  I caught the fever and that first year we were married I made everyone cross stitch gifts – whether they wanted them or not.

A few years later I got into stockings.  I made it through two kid’s and the third still isn’t done.  Here’s what they look like and why:

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Thankfully, my mom, sewed stockings out of quilt material for my two youngest so they’d at least have SOMETHING to hold their Christmas morning treasures!

As the kids got older, I learned to crochet.

5 simple Christmas crafts with year-round versatility. Easy, cheap, DIY homemade gifts you'll love so much you'll be tempted to keep them! #christmascrafts

Look how happy I am.

I love it, but it is super confusing.  I can never quite figure out what the patterns mean and I usually put one too many loops somewhere and have to rip it all out.  Eventually I quit and stuff it back into the recesses of my closet.

(We’ll not talk about my closet, nor the inner recesses.  Scary stuff.)

This year, I decided to get back to basics.  If you followed my Clutter-free mind challenge, you learned a key strategy is to start doing things you love and let go of things you don’t.

My thing I love?  Is crafting.  And while I’ve always loved crafting, I left it behind due to lack of time.  (Hence, never finishing the cross titch Christmas stockings).

Well, I’m happy to say I’ve accomplished several quick crafting projects this Christmas season. Key word: QUICK.

‘Cause mama ain’t got time for slow.  

So here we go – 5 simple Christmas crafts I’m making this season – with a versatile spin – one you can use year round!

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5 simple Christmas crafts with year-round versatility. Easy, cheap, DIY homemade gifts you'll love so much you'll be tempted to keep them! #christmascrafts1.)  Embroidery tea towel

2.)  Crochet rug

3.)  Pillow covers

4.)  Embroidery snowflake bands for covers

5.)  Simple Christmas tree garland

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Simple Christmas crafts 1

Embroidery tea towel

5 simple Christmas crafts with year-round versatility. Easy, cheap, DIY homemade gifts you'll love so much you'll be tempted to keep them! #christmascrafts

Even though I’ve cross stitched for 30 years, I’ve never tried my hand at embroidery.  However, they closely resemble each other, so I easily caught on – and LOVED it!

(Affiliate) 5 simple Christmas crafts with year-round versatility. Easy, cheap, DIY homemade gifts you'll love so much you'll be tempted to keep them! #christmascraftsSimply tape the pattern to a window, place fabric over the pattern, and trace with an erasable pen!  I got these patterns from The Embroidery Project, another product in the Handmade with Love Superbundle and I LOVE all her patterns – so cute!

 

 

Simple Christmas crafts 2

Crocheted rug

This is not technically a Christmas craft so much as it is a Christmas GIFT – to my daughter.  But you could certainly use Christmas material to make this rug!

(Affiliate) 5 simple Christmas crafts with year-round versatility. Easy, cheap, DIY homemade gifts you'll love so much you'll be tempted to keep them! #christmascraftsAll you need to make this rug is a set of sheets and a large crochet hook!  Cut the sheet in strips and crochet in a circle until you have your desired width!  This idea is from the Handmade with Love Superbundle Crochet Rug making videos.

 

 

Simple Christmas crafts 3-4

Covered Pillow with embroidered band

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Since my living room pillows are looking shabby (because our oversized pup keeps eating them), I refurbished a pair of old curtains, cut them up, and made pillow covers out of them.

(Affiliate) 5 simple Christmas crafts with year-round versatility. Easy, cheap, DIY homemade gifts you'll love so much you'll be tempted to keep them! #christmascraftsSewing them up was SUPER easy!  I got the pattern from a terrific book in the Handmade with love Super bundle called, 10 Simple sewing projects for the home.

Once I covered the pillow, I cut a strip from the curtain cloth long enough to wrap around it.  First, I sewed a 1/2 inch hem around all four corners, and then I embroidered a snowflake on it!  Next, I applied velcro to the back and it was finished!

Next, I fashioned accent bands for the rest of the year (you know – when it’s NOT Christmas).  Do you know where I got this material?

From the new curtains I purchased to replace my old ones.  The new curtains were too long, so I cut them off and saved the fabric!

Simple Christmas Crafts 5

Christmas tree garland

We didn’t have garland so we used leftover red print material, cut it into strips, and tied around a strip of burlap.  It literally took us 10 minutes from start to finish!

5 simple Christmas crafts with year-round versatility. Easy, cheap, DIY homemade gifts you'll love so much you'll be tempted to keep them! #christmascrafts

Make Simple Christmas Crafts from the Handmade With Love Superbundle

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Follow this link for your simple Christmas crafts – but hurry – sale ends Monday night, December 4 at midnight!

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Ya’ll, I’m actually making gifts for my people this year. Do you know how long it’s been since I’ve done that? The tutorials and books inside this bundle are so simple to follow!  And seriously – the crocheted rug video series?  It’s beautiful.  I love it!

If you’re a crafter and you want to gift through handmade items this year, or you’re not a crafter but you’d like to learn, or maybe you KNOW a crafter who would love this bundle or some of the items in the bundle (and you can keep the others for yourself), why not check it out?  Follow this link to learn more!

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I love working with Ultimate Bundles (the company who created it) and they not only provide amazing customer service, but they also offer a 30-day, 100% happiness guarantee.

That means you can try it for 30 days, and it doesn’t work for you, just email the Ultimate Bundles Customer Happiness Team at customerservice@ultimatebundles.com for a full refund.

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Tools needed to complete these projects:

Tea Towel Embroidery

Crochet Rug

 

Covered Pillow with Embroidered Band

Christmas tree rag garland

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