Christmas is just around the corner but there’s still time to do some festive sewing.

Fabric applique is a fantastic technique to get quick results, and it’s perfect for using up scraps. So, I’ve created some Christmas applique patterns that you can download.

I’m quite impatient, so I love the fact that you can finish an applique project in an afternoon. I turned one of these applique designs into a Christmas card for my mother-in-law (scroll to the bottom of this page to see the result).

Christmas Applique Designs

I’ve put together 3 applique patterns below, that are suitable for a range of skill levels. The PDF downloads can be printed out on paper using your home printer and used as a template for cutting out your fabric pieces.

Rudolph Applique (Skill level: Easy)

rudolph the red nose reindeer applique design

Download your PDF Rudolph applique design

Candle Applique (Skill level: Easy)

candle applique design featuring holly

Download your PDF candle applique design

Christmas Stocking Applique (Skill level: Intermediate)

christmas stocking applique design showing teddy bear and candy stick in a red stocking

Download your PDF stocking applique design

Here’s one I did earlier!

I used the candle applique to make a Christmas card and you can see the results below. I fixed the applique pieces onto backing fabric using Fuse-A-Web (fabric adhesive). I then used a short zigzag stitch on the sewing machine to go around each piece.

I know it’s not absolutely perfect, but I had great fun creating this card. It really was a lovely way to spend 90 minutes on a Sunday afternoon. And I know it’ll be appreciated more than a card bought from the supermarket.

candle design christmas card made from fabric applique pieces

What could you make your Christmas applique design into? Ideas include creating placemats, a table centrepiece, decorating a plain tea towel, making a pincushion, decorating a bag etc.  There really are so many options.

Whatever you’re doing, have a great Christmas!

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