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Free sewing pattern and embroidery files for Christmas decorations (December only)

We have some more Christmas goodies for you! This month’s free pattern from inspiration Magazine are various Christmas decorations, including 2 embroidered dish towels, small bags and felt ornaments. You can download the pattern for free until December 31, 2023 in the paragraph “Download the free sewing pattern for the Christmas decorations (December only)”. As always, you’ll have to be quick because each pattern is only available for free download in the month stated. Also, you do need some time to prepare them for the festivities.

The photo shows an arrangement at the wall. On top is a string with various shaped Christmas ornaments and Advent Calender pouches. On the bottom left is a shelf with a plant, a gift and wrapping paper, and on the bottom right are two dish towels with Christmas designs. The white towel has Santas mittens and says "Merry Xmas", the black towel shows Santas hat and says "Ho Ho Ho" in silver and gold.


Sewing the Christmas decorations

For the Appliqué designs on the towels, you will need an embroidery machine, some fabric scraps and stabilizers. Metallic threads for lettering and stars give your towels additional sparkle. If your thread tears too often when embroidering, try lowering the thread tension, adding a Thread-lubrication Unit or attaching a Metafil needle. These options can help reduce the tearing of the metallic thread.

Close up of the free sewing and embroidery pattern. The dish towels in white and black have red and white Appliqué designs. The white one has Santas mittens and a golden "Merry Xmas", the black one Santas hat and "Ho Ho Ho" in silver and gold.

The ornament shapes are first traced on felt, but do not cut them out until the end. Next, add any kind of decoration to your ornaments. You can try some of your decorative stitches or use the Circular embroidery attachment # 83 to add beautiful details (f.e. on the star). Then add a second layer of felt on the left side, sew along the outline and cut it out in the end. You could also stuff the shape to have more of a 3D effect.

Image of Circular embroidery attachment # 83.

Circular embroidery attachment # 83

Circular embroidery attachment #83 lets you embroider unusual and decorative circles or semicircles. 

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The Christmas decorations like the ornaments and pouches are individually decorated. The pouches feature lettering like "Elf" or numbers for the Advent Calender. The felt ornaments in the shapes of a yellow star, red drop, peppermint lolly and candy cane hang inbetween the pouches.

The pouches can be used as Advent calendar or gift bags. The decorative fabric and elements are attached before the bag is folded right side on right side and then closed on the sides.

Take a look at the magazine…

The free pattern, embroidery designs and sewing instructions for the Christmas decorations appeared in the inspiration Magazine 3/2020.

This issue wants to inspire you with skirts, dresses or trousers – practical and comfortable fashion, which is at the same time individual and special. Or how about something sustainable? For example, bringing old sweaters, jeans, or fabric remnants to new life? You will be amazed, how much fun it is and what beautiful things can be created from them. And for Christmas there is a lot to discover, from decorations to gifts and wrappings, which makes the festive season even more beautiful.

autumn/winter 2020 issue of "inspiration".

Issue 3/2020 is available as a single issue in the inspiration online shop at the following link:

You can buy the patterns and magazine online or have them conveniently delivered to your home. 

Download the free sewing pattern & embroidery designs for the Christmas decorations (December 2023 only)

You can download all files for the Christmas decorations at the following link:

The link takes you to the BERNINA website. The pattern is available for free download during the month of November once you register for the BERNINA inspiration newsletter.

The drawing shows all elements that come with the free sewing and embroidery pattern of the Christmas deocrations. From top left to bottom right: Candy cane, star, peppermint lolly, drop, Advent calender bags, dishtowels.

Unzip the zip file containing the pattern

In case you download the zip file instead of the pdf’s, this is what you will find in the extracted folder:

  • Sewing instructions with information on materials, cutting out and sewing
  • A pattern in A4 and US Letter format. You can print this out on your regular printer at home and stick the sheets together. Make sure you print out the pattern using the “original size” setting. Check the test square to make sure the pattern has been printed out in the correct size.
  • A zip file with the embroidery designs.

Please note that clicking the download button will automatically download the zip file to your computer. You will have to unzip it to access the PDF pattern or embroidery designs. In Windows, you do this by right clicking on the file and clicking on the menu item “Extract all”. On a Mac, you can unzip zip files by double clicking the left mouse button.

Downloaded files are generally automatically put into the downloads folder, but this depends on the operating system, the device used and your local settings. If you download the file on your smartphone and cannot find the file or cannot unzip it, please try using a desktop computer.

Do you want to sew the Christmas decorations, but missed the download?

Would you like to sew the Christmas decorations, but December 2023 is already over? No problem! You can order the pattern from the shop, download and print it or have it delivered to your home. Simply click on the following link:

We wish you lots of fun with your sewing!

Best wishes,

Free sewing instructions: Christmas decorations

Difficulty level: Beginner
Time to Complete: Evening
Used Material: cord, cotton, Fabric remnants, Felt, polyester stuffing, scraps, Vliesofix, Water-soluble embroidery film
Used Products:
Circular embroidery attachment # 83
Circular embroidery attachment # 83

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  • Di B EditEditing comments on the BERNINA blog is only possible after logging in with a blog user account. Sign up now or create a user account if you do not have one yet.

    As someone who used to teach others to use the internet and computers, I am very happy to see you including directions for how to download the patterns.  And they are well done directions, too.  Good for you!  Happy Holidays!  And thank you all at Bernina for all the good inspirations you share with us!

    • ramonawirth EditEditing comments on the BERNINA blog is only possible after logging in with a blog user account. Sign up now or create a user account if you do not have one yet.

      Hy Di,
      Thank you very much for the lovely feedback! Yes, not everyone knows how to find their downloads or handle zip files, and each one of us had to learn this at some point 🙂 You never know if someone sees this article and downloads the files for the first time. Glad to hear the directions are clear! I will forward your thank you to the rest of the team. I hope you will continue to enjoy the many ideas and patterns which await you!
      Kind regards, Ramona from BERNINA International

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