Embroidery machines are lots of fun, and when the holidays or birthdays roll around there are lots of cool gifts you can make with them! If you’re looking to check a few people off your Christmas list but aren’t sure where to start. Here’s a few ideas for you to try out.
Gifts to Make With Your Embroidery Machine
Transform ordinary towels into luxurious, personalized spa essentials. Monogramming initials or adding a special design enhances the elegance of the bathroom and brings a touch of sophistication to daily routines.
Know someone that loves to bake? Maybe someone who fancies themselves a grill master? Custom aprons are a practical and stylish gift that will bring them a smile. It’s also a great gift idea for men if you’re looking for a funny, easy to make gift they’ll enjoy. Check this blog post for some more ideas here and even some free embroidery designs for the men in your life!
Embroidered Throw Pillows
Spruce up living spaces with embroidered throw pillows. Whether it’s a heartfelt message, a favorite quote, or a beautiful design, these pillows add a personal touch to sofas, beds, or reading nooks, making them a cherished gift.
Personalized Tote Bags
Tote bags are not only practical but also versatile. Create personalized tote bags by adding monograms, favorite quotes, or charming motifs. These unique bags make for thoughtful and eco-friendly gifts that can be used daily. Great for the friend who has everything, because you always need more shopping bags for toting your groceries or library books!
Add a personal touch to holiday decorations by crafting embroidered ornaments. Whether it’s a Christmas tree, a snowflake, or a personalized design, these ornaments become cherished keepsakes that can be passed down through generations. If you really want to wow your friends on Christmas, have a look at these free FSL ornament patterns! They’re sure to be cherished for years to come.
Embroidered Pet Items
Show some love to pets with personalized accessories. Craft embroidered dog collars, leashes, and shirts with cute designs to make them stand out. These items not only make pets look adorable but also show that they’re an integral part of the family. Any pet lover will be thrilled that you think their fur babies are a special as they do.
Create delightful bookmarks by embroidering quotes, intricate designs, or even the recipient’s name. These personalized bookmarks make for thoughtful gifts for avid readers, adding a touch of elegance to their favorite books.
Custom Pot Holders
Pot holders are super easy to embroider and they’re cheap to boot! They’re great for holiday gift giving, and they also make a great addition to a gift basket if you’re looking to add something inexpensive to your gift.
Personalized Quilts or Blankets
If you’re a multi-talented quilter you can try making a customized quilt! Add meaningful quotes, special dates, or individual names to create a snuggle-worthy masterpiece that will be treasured for years to come. But, if you’re not a quilter or don’t have time for such a huge project you can still customize some blankets from the store with monograms, names, or designs you know they’ll love!
This is also a great choice for someone who is welcoming a new baby. Choose soft, cozy fabrics and add the baby’s name, birth date, or a sweet message. It’s a heartfelt keepsake that both parents and baby will cherish. We have some cute free designs for baby blankets here.
Custom Luggage Tags
Gift frequent travelers with personalized luggage tags. Embroider names, initials, or unique designs to help their luggage stand out while adding a touch of style to their journeys. It’s an easy and quick gift for a co-worker or acquaintance. Also makes a nice stocking stuffer for family!
In The Hoop Stuffed Animals
Looking for a new machine embroidery challenge? In the hoop machine embroidery designs are ways to make new projects entirely using your embroidery machine! If you’ve got some little ones on your Christmas list, they’d for sure love to receive one of these adorable stuffed toys.
In The Hoop projects are a fun way to get even more utility out of your machine, and it’s a great way to advance your skills and try something new, too! The above pattern is for sale on Etsy here.
Embroidered Laptop Sleeves
Help your favorite professional carry their laptops in style with personalized sleeves. Embroider sleek designs, business logos, or their initials, combining functionality with a touch of sophistication for a gift that stands out. It’s a great gift idea for someone who has everything.
However, it can also be a great idea for teens! If you know what they like a custom laptop sleeve for school with a design they love could be a gift they’ll actually love to use.
Custom Hand Towels
Perfect for housewarmings, weddings, or even just as a token of appreciation, custom hand towels or kitchen towels are a quick, easy, and affordable custom machine embroidery gift. You can monogram them for a posh bathroom decor, or do them up with some super cute holiday designs for Christmas! Gift them by themselves or include them in a gift basket.
PS. Want some free holiday towel embroidery designs to use for your gift crafting? Check out this article and download some free designs on us!
Custom Wine Bags
A custom wine bag is a great way to add a personal touch with their favorite bottle of wine. If think this one is especially great for certain events like anniversaries, house warming gifts, or milestone birthdays! Customize the bag with the date of the happy occasion, slip in a bottle of wine you know they’re found of, and you’ve got an easy gift that will surely be appreciated.
Custom Can Koozies
Maybe your friends aren’t really wine drinkers. That’s okay! How about making a custom can coozie instead? Perfect for your favorite beer drinkers, or even your non-alcoholic friends who’d prefer a soda at the BBQ. It’s an easy and fun gift that can be made with a funny saying, customized with their name, or using a favorite quote.
Craft luxurious robes with personalized embroidery for a spa-like experience at home. Choose soft, comfortable fabrics and add monograms or custom designs to elevate the recipient’s relaxation time. You can go with fluffy terry cloth robes or a more luxurious satin, because machine embroidery is great for both fabric types! (Though stabilizers and techniques will be a bit different – check this article for help with embroidery stabilizers.)
In The Hoop Zipper Bags
Not quite ready for the ‘In the hoop’ stuffies? That’s okay! There are plenty of easier in the hoop gift ideas to try, which includes these cool zipper bags. Perfect for storing art supplies, make up, school stuff, and more! You can get the above pattern for free from Kreative Kiwi here.
Need a gift idea for a teen? Sneakers are a big deal and custom sneakers are awesome. This is easiest to do with a multi-needle machine with a free arm, but you can do it on some shoes with a flat bed machine too. A subtle logo or name customization on the tongue would still be appreciated and do-able for a flat bed machine though!
Custom Sleep Masks
Everyone needs their shut eye, but if you know someone who loves naps a bit more than the average person – how about a cute sleep mask! You can, of course, customize an existing sleep mask with a funny saying, but you can also make an easy in the hoop project.
The above project is a free download from Sew Daily, and they also have a corresponding YouTube video tutorial if you need a little more help getting started with in the hoop machine embroidery projects.
Baby Bibs and Onesies
Baby Bibs and Onesies are great beginner machine embroidery projects, and parents need this stuff! You can make this up as a super cute Christmas item or a welcome gift for the new baby. Check this page to download some free baby embroidery designs for your projects!
Barb, our resident quilter and embroidery aficionado, weaves a thread of creativity through our collection. Serving as the curator of machine embroidery content, Barb infuses each design with a touch of her artistic expertise. The free embroidery patterns you discover on our site often bear the mark of Barb’s craftsmanship. Let’s get crafting!