DIY Hostess Gifts for the Holidays

DIY hostess gifts to sew

It’s party and potluck season! When the temps drop outside the parties move indoors. There are so many wonderful opportunities to gather together in the months ahead. No matter what you’re celebrating, don’t forget to celebrate the person hosting the gathering! These DIY hostess gifts are fun to make and give you an opportunity to create a personalized gift that will be cherished long after the party is over.

hot pad DIY hostess gift

Folded Star Hot Pad

This unique hot pad is perfect for winter gift giving, since the star looks like a snowflake! Choose prints or solids to create a wildly different hot pad every time you make this project. Add a loop to the gift so your hostess can display this sewn work of art in her kitchen and enjoy it all season long.

fabric twine coaster gift DIY

Fabric Twine Coaster

This beautiful project isn’t just a colorful gift: it’s a great way to keep fabric scraps out of the landfill! Hearth and Vine explains how simple it is to make fabric twine first. Then she shares how to turn that DIY textile into beautiful fabric twine coasters. You could even add a circle of Support Soft Foam Stabilizer underneath (instead of felt fabric) to give these coasters added stability.

bottle bag

Bottle Bag Host or Hostess Gift

Don’t just show up with a bottle of wine! Present this gift in a beautiful insulated tote that the host or hostess can use over and over. The great thing about this project is that you don’t have to just use it for wine. Any bottle…from beer to BBQ sauce to olive oil…would fit nicely in this gift. Change the fabric to personalize this gift for the host or hostess you want to thank.

quilted ornament DIY

Quilted Christmas Ornaments

If you’re headed to a Christmas party, these sweet ornaments make a great gift! You can use the ornament as a gift tag that the hostess can hang on the tree later. This is a simple and quick project to make using batting and pretty holiday prints.

candle box gift

Hanukkah Star of David Candle Box

Hanukkah is the festival of lights, and any hostess will appreciate this beautiful handmade gift that offers a pretty way to keep candles close by and organized. The trick to making this pretty box stand up is to use a heavy weight fusible stabilizer. Stiffen Double Sided Fusible Interfacing is perfect for this DIY hostess gift project!

potluck covers

Fabric Pot Covers

These fabric pot covers will keep dishes warm and protected before it’s time to dig in! Your hostess will appreciate having these pretty little “helpers” at her next meal or get together. Present them wrapped, or fill a bowl with a treat that she likes and cover it with this lovely gift that looks like wrapping paper!

kwanzaa hostess gift

Kwanzaa Table Mat

The ‘mkeka’ is a placemat that holds items which represent culture and history. Treat your hostess to this Kwanzaa placemat that symbolizes the celebration of family, community, and cultures from Africa. Quilt a variety of African fabrics together to craft this beautiful, unique gift.

christmas dish towels

Retro Christmas Dish Towels

One can never have too many dish towels, especially for the holidays! These handmade retro Christmas dish towels are cheery and cute, and will make a great addition to any kitchen. If retro isn’t the hostess’ style, choose a different pattern to match her kitchen. There are lots of ways to customize this DIY hostess gift! For best results, use Stick Double Sided Fusible Interfacing to add the design elements to the hand towels before you stitch around the edges.

hostess gifts to make for the holidays

Are you bringing anything else to the party? Check out these fun casserole and pie carrier ideas that you can make! Several of those projects will make wonderful DIY hostess gifts, too.


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