DIY Holiday Embroidery Project Ideas

With the holidays coming up, it’s important to get a solid start on your gift-giving task list. Anita Goodeisgn has your back with some amazing holiday embroidery projects, including cards, gift card holders, ornaments and many other beautiful pieces to trim your home for the holiday season. These projects are all outlined in the linked videos, making it easy for you to see just how easy these beautiful projects can be.

Holiday Card

The Holiday Cards in our Holiday Extravaganza collection gives you a range of options to create a beautiful keepsake for your loved ones. You’ll find great options for quickly and creatively developing the perfect holiday card.

What You Need

  • Blank card
  • Tearaway stabilizer
  • Tape
  • Fabric
  • Thread
  • Matching cardstock
  • Glue stick
  • Trimming scissors

Video Key Pointers

  • Use blank cards that come in a box with envelopes
  • Use tape to hold the card down for the tacking stitches
  • Felt works well to add dimension to holiday cards
  • Be careful when removing the stabilizer to not tear the card
  • Glue matching cardstock to cover the stitching on the inside

Holiday Tissue Box Cover

This Holiday Extravaganza project allows you to pre-embroider your holiday tissue box cover prior to stitching it together. The helpful video makes it easy to understand all the steps involved in putting the tissue box together, making it easy to finish up this beautiful project.

What You Need

  • Fabric
  • Embroidery thread
  • Scissors
  • Pins
  • Sewing machine

Video Key Pointers

  • Make sure to pre-embroider your pieces for ease of embroidery
  • Trim all your seam allowances to 1/2″ so that it’s easier to assemble
  • Carefully trim the top slit so that tissues can be removed later
  • Stitch pieces with the right sides together for proper assembly
  • Start at the end of the seam instead of the top of the piece

Towel Topper

The Holiday Extravaganza collection includes an amazing assortment of towel toppers. These handy toppers allow you to add a customized touch to your kitchen and bath while bringing out the holiday spirit.

What You Need

  • Towel
  • Tearaway stabilizer
  • Embroidery thread
  • Stiffener
  • Fabric
  • Tape
  • Ribbon
  • Elastic

Video Key Pointers

  • After the embroidery process, add ribbon and stiffener to add dimension
  • Cut the stiffener using the printable template to ensure a good fit
  • Make sure to tape down the edges to keep everything in place
  • When cutting away the excess fabric, be careful to not cut the ribbon

Quilt Block with Applique

This project in the Holiday Extravaganza collection allows you to create a range of beautiful quilt blocks that can be framed or combined for a lovely holiday quilt that will brighten up your home for this festive season.

What You Need

  • No-Show stabilizer
  • Batting
  • Base fabric
  • Quilting fabrics
  • Coordinating thread
  • Tape

Video Key Pointers

  • Don’t forget to trim your batting after it’s been stitched down
  • Tape down your fabrics so that they don’t end up caught under your presser foot
  • Place your quilt fabric 1/4” over your placement stitch
  • Cut off excess fabric after the first two quilted pieces are stitched down

3D Zippered Bag

The completely in-the-hoop project from our Holiday Extravaganza collection creates a poinsettia purse that adds a touch of holiday glam for on-the-go travel necessities or just a cute look for holiday parties and gatherings.

What You Need

  • Tearaway stabilizer
  • Fabric for base embroidery and backing.
  • Coordinating embroidery threads
  • A zipper
  • Tape
  • Ribbon

Video Key Pointers

  • Make sure the keep the head and tail of the zipper well out of the way of the placement stitch
  • Use tape to keep the zipper secure
  • Line the fabric up face-down using tape to hold it in place to create the folding line
  • Pre-embroider your fabric for easy assembly and stitching
  • Remember to use a water-soluble stabilizer if you’re using the freestanding poinsettias
  • Line up the presser foot exactly to ensure proper placement of the freestanding poinsettias
  • Don’t forget to move the head of the zipper to the middle of the zipper so you can turn it right-side-out again

Angel Ornament

As part of the Holiday Extravaganza collection, this beautiful heirloom-quality angel ornament has a 3D effect due to the separate wings, making it a fantastic option for your tree. With everything completed in the hoop, all that’s left is passing a ribbon through the loop at the top.

What You Need

  • Washaway stabilizer
  • Thread
  • Matching bobbin thread
  • Ribbon
  • Fusible backing if needed
  • Tape

Video Key Pointers

  • Start by stitching out your two sets of angel wings
  • If using silk or other delicate fabric for your angel, add fusible backing for stitch stability
  • Because this is a freestanding design, match your bobbin and embroidery threads
  • Make sure to line up the right wing size for each layer
  • Use tape to hold the wings in place while they are stitched down
  • Cut away as much stabilizer as possible before washing thoroughly

Gift Card Holder

For an easy last-minute option or a gift card holder that helps you give something homemade for that hard-to-shop-for individual, you’ll find great options with the 12 available gift card holders in the Holiday Extravaganza collection.

What You Need

  • Fabric
  • Tearaway stabilizer
  • Coordinating thread
  • Matching bobbin thread
  • Backing fabric
  • Elastic
  • Tape
  • Trimming scissors
  • Button
  • Needle and thread

Video Key Pointers

  • Tape down your backing fabric and elastic down to prevent it from catching or moving during stitching
  • Line up your elastic edges on the stitched tabs
  • Cut the front and back out separately from the tearaway stabilizer
  • Match your bobbin threads to your embroidery thread for the satin stitch
  • After the satin stitch on the edges, don’t forget to remove the tearaway stabilizer
  • Don’t forget to cut through the buttonhole and stitch the button in place

Lace Ornament Cover

To add antique touches to your tree, these eight lace ornament covers do a wonderful job of bringing the good old days back to life. By stitching four linked panels that bend around your ornaments, you’ll be able to create a beautiful lace-trimmed ornament from our Holiday Extravaganza collection.

What You Need

  • Water-soluble or washaway stabilizer
  • Embroidery thread
  • Matching bobbin thread
  • Scissors
  • Christmas ornament
  • Tassel

Video Key Pointers

  • Be sure to hoop two sheets of washaway stabilizer due to the stitch-intensive design
  • Match your embroidery and bobbin threads
  • Once the embroidery is complete, cut closely to remove as much stabilizer as possible
  • Wash the embroidery thoroughly to remove as much residue as possible
  • Place the top of the ornament through the middle hole in the embroidery
  • Hook the tassel through the remaining four loops to hold them together at the bottom

Holiday Garland

To add a touch of holiday cheer to doorways, windows, mantles and similar openings, the 15 different designs you can embroider in our Holiday Extravaganza collection make it easy to quickly create a beautiful garland.

What You Need

  • Water-soluble or washaway stabilizer
  • Base fabric
  • Tape
  • Coordinating thread
  • Matching bobbin thread
  • Batting
  • Trimming scissors
  • Ribbon

Video Key Pointers

  • After placing batting and base fabric on the back of the hoop, remember to tape it down
  • When replacing the hoop after adding batting, hold the tape so that it doesn’t catch on the machine
  • Trim your fabric as closely as possible on the front and back without cutting the tearaway stabilizer
  • Match your embroidery and bobbin threads so that they don’t clash in the finished piece
  • Trim your washaway stabilizer as closely as possible to reduce excessive residue
  • Once the piece is washed, tie the pieces together through the embroidered holes using ribbon

Stocking Gift Card Holder

For a gift card holder that can be used for many purposes year after year, the eight Stocking Gift Card Holder designs you’ll find in the Holiday Extravaganza collection provide you with amazing options.

What You Need

  • Tearaway or water-soluble stabilizer
  • Embroidery thread
  • Matching bobbin thread
  • Fabric for embroidering on

Video Key Pointers

  • Both sides of the project may be seen, so make sure to match your embroidery and bobbin threads
  • For a simpler project, you can use one side and thread a ribbon through it to create an ornament
  • Place the wrong sides together and pin in place
  • Use a zipper foot to stitch just inside the satin stitch to keep it close
  • Don’t forget to leave the top open
  • Open the buttonholes with scissors, a seam ripper or razor blade to thread fabric through

Christmas Ornaments

As the holiday season draws closer, our Virtual Showcase Christmas Ornaments collection gives you three adorable, easy-to-complete ornaments to embroider for giveaways to friends or last-minutes guests that you want to make feel special.

What You Need

  • Tearaway stabilizer
  • Coordinating fabrics (felt is recommended)
  • Embroidery thread
  • Matching bobbin thread
  • Tape
  • Curved tip trimming scissors
  • String

Video Key Pointers

  • Because these are two-sided designs, make sure that you’re embroidering one of each
  • Don’t forget to tape down your base fabric to keep it securely in place
  • Once you’re at the end of your design, you can remove your basting stitches
  • If you decide to use a fabric with design, make sure to place it right side up for embroidery
  • As you add layers, change your embroidery thread to match
  • Trim closely to the tacking stitch lines
  • Tape the layers of fabric down to keep them in place
  • Make sure your bobbin is fairly full before starting your satin stitch
  • If having issues with metallic threads, keep them in your freezer door, slow down or adjust tension
  • Tape the string in place a little inside the ornament to make sure it’s stitched
  • Pin the back and front together, aligning basting stitches, to prevent it from slipping, then secure with tape and remove pins

Holiday Felt Gift Tag

Our Holiday Felt Gift Tags Project Collection allows you to add a distinctive personal touch to your gifts this year and long into the future. Featuring 20 unique patterns, you can easily finish these in the hoop with felt.

What You Need

  • Tearaway stabilizer
  • Felt
  • Embroidery thread
  • Matching bobbin thread
  • Pinking scissors

Video Key Pointers

  • For dark colors, consider using black tearaway stabilizer
  • Match the embroidery and bobbin thread for the two-sided project
  • For subtle stippling, use a matching thread, for an accent, use a contrasting thread
  • For lettering, make sure to change to a contrasting thread
  • To have different lettering colors, watch carefully and stop the embroidery to change thread
  • Once the embroidery is substantially complete, add another layer of felt to the back to cover the stitches
  • Tape the backing top and bottom to keep it in place

By trying some of these outstanding holiday projects, you’ll be able to enjoy the holiday spirit and share it with your loved ones for many years to come. But why stop after the holidays? Our All Access Club provides you with a wide range of benefits, including first looks at new designs, projects and the best possible value for your embroidery dreams. Why not take a look at what’s available and then sign up today?