November 11 ~ Gifts for Bookworms

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We have a thing for fabric, of course, but books almost rival that love. Give your favorite bookworm something special this holiday season.

Make It

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Bruno shows how to make this unique bookmark (with permanent markers or a wood burner) in his Handmade Hardwood Bookmark Tutorial via Curbly.
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Anna created a Reading Companion Tutorial on her Marmadaisy blog. The Companion is a fabric bookmark with an attached eyeglass holder.
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Kerri’s Chicken Scratch Bookmarks Tutorial from Kerri Made is a fun way to gussy up your gingham (and it can quickly become addictive!).

Don’t miss these related tutorials from the SMS archives: Reading & Writing, Tote Bags (a.k.a. library bags!) and our Hanging Bed Organizer.

Here are just a handful of fabrics we love for some of these projects. Click on the fabric images to visit the Sew,Mama,Sew! shop:

Lara’s choice Kristin’s choice Beth’s choice
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Buy It

spacer Reading is Sexy Shirts, Mugs & More sells Sarah Utter’s Reading is Sexy Shirts, mugs, magnets and more. We also love the Future Librarian onesies (and the Crafty Lady tees, for that matter).

Mix It

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Ashley from Artisan Sweets has a delectable Homemade Marshmallow Recipe, the perfect topper for a big mug of cocoa paired with a good read.

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Win It

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More Handmade Holiday Ideas
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8 ~ Teachers
7 ~ Holidays at Home
6 ~ Pet Lovers
5 ~ Crafters
4 ~ Music Lovers
3 ~ Babies & Toddlers
2 ~ Travelers
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402 Responses to November 11 ~ Gifts for Bookworms

  1. Rhiannon says:

    I luuuurve homemade marshmallows.

  2. Jamie says:

    Love the book companion. Totally a gift for my Grammy! ~Thanks!

  3. mary says:

    I love the wooden book mark idea! Thank you!

  4. K says:

    I don’t know if it is just on my end but your rss feeds are not coming through well. I just got this one today (Weds the 18th) and it is the first one of the series I have received.

  5. LisaW says:

    That bookmark looks like a really fun project. I’m going to have to give it a try! Thanks!

  6. Leslie says:

    My family is full of book worms, so these will come in handy.

  7. Melissa says:

    As always, great ideas!

  8. Genevieve says:

    Oh the reading companion will be a great gift for my son’s teacher. Thanks!

  9. Somer says:

    I need to try chicken scratch and marshmallows.

  10. Terri says:

    me, me, me! : )

  11. amanda says:

    As a bookworm myself, I LOVED these ideas! I can’t wait to try them out myself.

  12. Erin Phelps says:

    I love that bookmark, i wish i had the tools to make that. Marshmellows look yummy too though, and I CAN make those.


  13. Farah says:

    I never heard of homemade marshmellows before. Great idea.

  14. Dallas says:

    Those marshmallows look delicious!! And the wooden bookmark is very cool.

  15. Catherine says:

    How do you get to the directions on the dishtowel tote? I love the idea, but the link doesn’t really seem to lead to any directions.

    Great site by the way- can’t wait to forward this out to my quilting buddies! They will be beside themselves at all of your amazing ideas!

  16. Some great ideas here! Love the wooden bookmark, as well as the readers companion. I’m thinking the pocket would work for booklights as well as glasses! I’ve got several people of all ages on my list in mind for these projects. Thank you!

  17. Brenda says:

    whenever i find time to read i can never find my reading glasses! the reading companion tutorial is perfect for me!

  18. Julie A says:

    I think my comment was erased?
    Anywho, love the wooden book mark, very masculine for my DH!
    Thanks for the great ideas!

  19. EmmyLizzy says:

    love the wooden bookmark!

  20. amanda says:

    That mug just makes me laugh! And I think I’m going to make marshmallows instead of cookies to give to friends this year.

  21. MamaBee says:

    Ooh, marshmallows! I really like the hardwood bookmark. May have to make a few of those.

  22. Christi says:

    Oh MY! I will have to make homemade marshmallows.

  23. Sherry says:

    reading is sexy… I love it! My mom will love the marshmallows.

  24. Karmela says:

    I’m looking forward to finally making some homemade marshmallows!

  25. janet says:

    i’ve made homemade marshmallows and they are DELICIOUS!

  26. Sarah says:

    Thanks for the Reading is sexy link… I’m a SAHM who was a librarian!

  27. Victoria says:

    Thanks for all the great ideas!

  28. I’m squirreling away all these great ideas. thanks!

  29. Liz says:

    i love readin’ – great ideas!

  30. Kimberly says:

    Love the wooden bookmark! I can’t wait to try it with the bamboo flooring scraps I have!

  31. Emily says:

    Book marks! I totally forgot about a bag of bookmark WIPs I have going somewhere! I could finish those for this year! Now the marshmallow recipe is verging on cruel – forbidden yummies!!

  32. Christy says:

    I’m going to have to try the hardwood bookmark! My 12 year old is a complete bookworm!!! We are in the process of remodeling our bathroom and have some small strips of wood paneling left over, they would be perfect for it.

  33. stacy says:

    Another great day of wonderful ideas!

  34. Beth G. says:

    Love the reading is sexy stuff … thinking bookclub gifts!

  35. Jenni says:

    Great great great!! I’ve been trying to figure out what to get my book worm sister for her birthday. Mystery solved!!! Thank you, thank you, thank you!!

  36. Celeste says:

    love the wooden bookmark. it inspires me to make some other things from wood.

  37. Brookie J says:

    Very cute ideas…AGAIN!

  38. Katie says:

    In the 6th grade my teacher gave everybody personality specific awards/certificates. Mine was “Biggest Bookworm”.

  39. Katy says:

    Great ideas! I love this blog. πŸ™‚

  40. Sara says:

    Those chicken scratch bookmarks look like they might be fun to make….

  41. ratty says:

    so happy to see that homemade marshmellow recipe!!

  42. aimee says:

    Yummy – thanks for the marshmallow recipe – I can’t wait to try it out!!

  43. Sam says:

    I myself am a bookworm, so this category is speaking my language!! I want it all!

  44. Sarah says:

    These are great ideas! I plan to make several fabric bookmarks this holiday season!

  45. Serafina says:

    Yum! Homemade marshmallows!

  46. Laura says:

    I like to cook special things at only special times of the year – I will have to add those marshmallows to my ‘treat list’ for this Christmas and see what the family thinks of them.

  47. Anne says:

    Wow this is great – love the projects.

  48. Erin says:

    the bookmark with the eyeglass case is genius!

  49. Tammy says:

    Those marshmallows look divine! Mmmmm

  50. Deb says:

    I really like the wooden book mark. I also think the reading companion is clever.

  51. Mary Beth says:

    I love the idea of homemade marshmallows paired with a reading gift (like a bookmark) plus a special book. Delightful! You ladies are awesome to do these handmade holidays posts once again this year.

  52. CodeCrafter says:

    The reading companion would be perfect for my mother in law!

    Yum marshmallows! I just made some on Sunday. They didn’t turn out that pretty but they tasted pretty good.

  53. Jill says:

    Great category, my entire family loves to read – lots of gifts to give!

  54. Jessica says:

    so many ideas, so little time

  55. Ruth says:

    I always have a tough time deciding whether to knit, sew, or read after the kids go to bed!

  56. SPUNKGRL says:

    Thank you for the cool projects!! These are perfect stocking stuffers for my family and one for myself!! Thank you!!

  57. Kelly says:

    I think my mom would really like the “reading is sexy” stuff – she’s a librarian, you know. But I won’t tell her about the “future librarian” section in case she decides her grandkids need to have little onesies….

  58. Sue says:

    I can’t wait to try the marshmallows!

  59. Deborah says:

    Can’t wait to make some bookmarks for my reading friends!! Thanks!

  60. Ashley Ann says:

    Great stuff!

  61. Reading Companion – I could surely use this.

  62. Anja says:

    Oh, great recipe! We are not really a country of marshmallows, but I just love them…

  63. britt says:

    my husband rolls his eyes every time i talk about making marshmallows πŸ™‚ I love them though!

  64. missknitta says:

    Can’t wait to try the chicken-scratch bookmarks!

  65. Erin B. says:

    Is there anything more beautiful than wood + books? I love the bookmark idea!

  66. Hazel says:

    Wow! A tall mug of hot cocoa topped with homemade marshmallows and a lap full of chicken scratch project would be just perfect on a stormy night.

  67. Laura says:

    great stuff!

  68. Trina says:

    I enjoy seeing the fabric choices every day!

  69. Leslie says:

    I really love the reading companion what a great idea! The wooden bookmark is also really cute.

  70. Allyk says:

    ohhh a wooden project… I’m making one for my Grandma for christmas!

  71. ellen says:

    I know a couple of people who are getting gifts from this post!!! Thanks

  72. Shanna says:

    That mug is AWESOME! I love it.

  73. Amy says:

    Bookmarks always make really great gifts! Any new way to make one is definitly welcomed!

  74. DawnMarie says:

    Love the wooden bookmark!

  75. Brenda says:

    ooohhh…those marshmallows look divine. As soon as I pick up a candy thermometer, I’m making those!

  76. Lisa says:

    Perfect companion for a book store GC. Several of them on my gift list…
    Thanks so much for putting this list together each day it’s helpping to give more ideas for my Gift list…

    Thanks again,

  77. Rane says:

    I think I will gift these to…myself!!! These are great! And ya gotta love the mug~

  78. Marguerite says:

    My mother makes homemade marshmallows… they’re fabulous.

  79. Desiree says:

    I really love that wooden bookmark and will have to keep my eye out for scraps! But I have to say, that marshmallow recipe at the bottom- wow. I had no idea you could make your own!!

  80. Mama K says:

    I have made homemade marshmallows before and it’s a lot of fun!

  81. Cheryl says:

    I love that wood bookmark! Great idea! And I can’t wait to make those marshmallows! Yummy!

  82. Mamasoo says:

    Oooh- gifts for my book club ladies. Thanks!

  83. Steffi says:

    I hope Santa will bring me a reading is Sexy mug!
    PLEASE! And maybe it can be filled with homemade sweets.
    As I think of it, I will be Mrs. Santa for myself….
    THANKS from Germany,

  84. Lorene says:

    I love those homemade marshmallows!

  85. Rebecca S says:

    Bookmarks are such great gifts! Love the mug…and the marshmallows!

  86. Tracy says:

    I’m loving the Gifts for Bookworms ideas. I just want to make them all for MYSELF – forget the other people on my list this year!!!

  87. Shellie says:

    Love all the great ideas! Thanks so much for all the tutorial links!

  88. Michelle says:

    Ooh, my kids would love the homemade marshmallows!!!

  89. Emily says:

    Love the hardwood bookmark… great gift idea for Dad! Thanks!

  90. elizabeth says:

    I like that book mark/glasses case. This would make a great gift for several people I know! Keep up the great projects!!
    I’m really digging the recipes, too.

  91. Thank you so much for such wonderful ideas! I just love a whole month of handmade goodies so I posted your button on my blog. You’ve got this great graphic that says “Create” in a exclamation bubble… my blog is called “Create”!

  92. Fuji Mama says:

    I love this list! Mmmm, homemade marshmallows are SO yummy!

  93. Jenn M says:

    Ooh! Those marshmallows look so yummy!

  94. Monica says:

    Great ideas! I have a book loving family that fits perfectly with this category.

  95. Leesa says:

    I must try homemade marshmallows they really look tasty.

  96. mary says:

    What a gorgeous wooden bookmark! I’ll have to check it out! Thanks!

  97. Rebecca says:

    Thank you, thank you for the hanging bed organizer tutorial! It’s just what my 8yr. needs for all the little toys and books she likes to play with in bed.

  98. Stephie says:

    I am loving this years handmade holidays! Already my gift list is filling in quite nicely. Cannot wait to see what the rest of the month brings! I have a feeling these will keep me creating a long time past the holidays.

  99. Shannon says:

    drooling over the homemade marshmallows….will need to whip up a clear plastic cover for the books if I’m gonna be having those in my cocoa! droooooool…

  100. Jeannette says:

    Mmm. Marshmallows.

  101. Shannon says:

    I adore all the colorways of that kaffe fasset paperweight-y fabric…I’ve been hoarding a few yards of the blue, waiting for the quilt that “Deserves” it – lol! We’ve made homemade marshmallows for a few years now – much easier then it would seem, and it’s fun to cut out all sorts of different shapes!

  102. Lalli says:

    Wonderful Projects!! πŸ™‚

  103. ooohhhh…i’ve always wanted to try making homemade marshmallows. this might just have to be the year!! πŸ™‚

  104. Serena says:

    The Reading Companion would be perfect for a few people on my list.

  105. Rebecca says:

    This gives me a great idea – I think I’ll sew up some scrappy bookmarks for all the books I bought for my nephews and nieces this year.

  106. Ramona says:

    I can’t wait to try the marshmallows and I’m planning on making the hanging bed organizers for my girls who love to read in bed. Maybe I’ll even make one for myself.

  107. Kristen says:

    I LOVE marshmallows! Thanks for the recipe!

  108. Ah, bookmarks – what a great idea!

  109. Hilary says:

    This entire series is fantastic – thanks!

  110. Molly Webb says:

    Love the book mark but how would you do it if you didn’t have a planer or saw?

  111. Toebi R says:

    I now have even more things to make for stocking stuffers. I’m definitely going to try to make those marshmallows.

  112. Hannah says:

    Thanks for all of the great ideas!

  113. Angela says:

    I’m going to have to get one of those “Reading is Sexy” mugs for myself!!!

  114. Alissa says:

    That wooden bookmark is so cute that I MIGHT just consider making something without fabric invovled! Ha!

  115. Sonicka says:

    I am a Reading teacher… these things would make great gifts for other book loving teachers I work with. Or maybe just for me!

  116. The Reading Companion looks so cute and practical…almost makes me wish I wore reading glasses, almost πŸ™‚

  117. Jo Anne says:

    The eyeglass holder is so handy – no more searching down the sides of the couch!

  118. Debbie says:

    I love the bookmarks!

  119. Myam says:

    ohhh gifts for myself!
    love that wooded bookmark πŸ™‚

  120. Leslie Spies says:

    I love the hardwood bookmark. Just beautiful!!

  121. Jennifer B says:

    I just met Martha Stewart at a book signing today, so I’m pumped full of creative juices!! Thanks so much for sharing!!!!!!

  122. Bunny says:

    As an avid reader, I have to say that I’m very excited about this gift list!

  123. Aileen W says:

    love the hardwood bookmark! simple, yet elegant!

  124. Jeni says:

    Loving the bookmark!

  125. Karen says:

    Love the wooden bookmark!

  126. Amber says:

    I love the way you have added things to this year’s Handmade Holidays – the links to recipes and cool sites are so great!

  127. Aubrey says:

    I’m going to try the homemade marshmellows. I’m invisioning a package of these, with cocoa mix all wrapped up in an oversized mug. My girlfriends will love it!! Thanks for all the ideas!

  128. Little A says:

    These are great! Love the hardwood bookmark especially.

  129. debra says:

    Homemade marshmallows, YUMMY!!!! That might be the perfect gift for my neighbors this year!

  130. Jennifer says:

    OOoh the homemade marshmallows look wonderful!

  131. Amber says:

    The marshmallows look great! I need to make some hot chocolate!

  132. Shelley C says:

    Ohhh marshmellows! I’ll have to give those a try. It’s getting to be hot chocolate season here in Connecticut.

  133. Sarah says:

    Fabric would be wonderful.

  134. Yetta says:

    Does anyone know if you have to have an electric mixer to make marshmallow? I don’t have one but would love to make some homemade mms.

  135. Katie Mitchell says:

    Wow! I didn’t even know you could make your own marshmellows!

  136. Sarah Kaeck says:

    Homemade marshmellows! I know a librarian that would love that mug!

  137. Sharon says:

    Fantastic ideas; food and sewing..

  138. Eunice L says:

    Ooh..those marshmallows look good

  139. Viv says:

    Well that’s two more things to add to my list (and only one crossed off so far).

  140. Amy says:

    Love the reading is sexy mug!

  141. Stacey C. says:

    The reading companion is such a great idea. I may have to try that….

  142. Dawn says:

    I love the bookmarks but the reading is sexy mugs are the cutest!

  143. Julie says:

    A wooden bookmark — what a fresh, new idea — I’ve never seen that!

  144. Alyssa says:

    Great ideas! Thank you!

  145. Alana says:

    Oh, I love the idea for a library tote! I always walk out of the library with my arms full and have to struggle to dig for my keys! Great idea!

  146. Clara says:

    yum, marshmallows.

  147. Jennifer says:

    Love these ideas, but then again, I am a librarian. What can I say? I’m a book nerd. πŸ™‚

  148. Valerie says:

    I love the glass case idea for my mother in law! How fun!

  149. Michelle says:

    I love giving books as gifts, and making a customized bookmark to go with makes it so much more personal.

  150. mommymae says:

    i’d almost forgotten about the hanging bed organizer.

  151. Sue Cahill says:

    Perfect gifts for my Mom, the librarian!!
    Thanks for sharing such great ideas.

  152. Jacqui says:

    You’ve just solved my problem of what to make my book worm mother! these bookmarks are just gorgeous!

  153. Sarah Seitz says:

    beautiful! I love the clever ideas!

  154. Leanna says:

    Love the bookmark idea, my husband does a lot with wood and I always find it so sad when we toss the scraps!

  155. Melinda says:

    Mmmmmm Marshmallows! Excellent! I bet these would be good infused with a bit of peppermint!

  156. Christy says:

    marshmallows! Can’t wait..

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  158. Ms. Cleaver says:

    I’d really like to try my hand at making marshmellow – Mr. Cleaver certainly wouldn’t object

  159. Audrey says:

    I’ve seen some homemade marshmallows with toasted coconut on top (presumably attached before the marshmallows had set?) – it added a nice not-too-sweet topper.

  160. Nicole Newman says:

    I cannot wait to make those marshmallows! I love nothing more than a great cup of hot chocolate at the end of a cold blustery day!

  161. Rhetta says:

    Gonna have to make some homemade marshmallows for my bookworm friends. And me. Thanks for the wonderful ideas for gifting!

  162. Jenn01844 says:

    Homemade Marshmallows….alas I need corn syrup…..maybe tommorrow.

  163. Marilyn says:

    Oh I haven’t seen chicken scratch in years! Pretty! and the marshmallows…yummmm

  164. Shelly says:

    “Reading is Sexy” – I think I need to get my mom that mug! LOL

    I really like the gingham book markers. 3 of my 4 kids are book worms and I think they’d love to have one of these book markers.

  165. Kirsten says:

    Homemade marshmallows…oh my!

  166. Bloom says:

    Thank you for great projects. I’m off to look at the chicken scratch bookmarks to see if my kids could manage to make them for each other.

  167. Lauren A says:

    What a great blog! Thanks for all the ideas!

  168. Brandy Forward says:

    I can’t wait to make those Marshmallos!

  169. Stacy T says:

    How yummy those marshmallows look!! πŸ˜€

  170. Sue says:

    I love the bookmark, I think I will try that out for tweens xmas presents πŸ™‚ I love this site – so much inspiration and creativity in one spot πŸ˜€

  171. Bonnie says:

    Those marshmallows look AMAZING!!!! I am definitely going to try that one this winter! I would love to win some fabric too!

  172. dawn godek says:

    Thank you so much for more great ideas, websites and recipes!!

  173. Michelle says:

    That “Reading is Sexy” mug just jumped onto my “MUST BUY” list…one for me, one for the BFF. Great ideas! I have my sewing machine AND serger fired up for the first time since …. the last Handmade Holidays list, LOL!

  174. Jenn S says:

    Cute stuff! Love the wooden bookmark

  175. Marie Greene says:

    Hardwood bookmark… now why didn’t I think of that? We very seldom dust off the wood burning tool and play with it, and this is just the project to call for it!

  176. Stephanie says:

    I just love that “Reading is Sexy” mug! Ha Ha! I always feel like a nerd when I read in public, but having that nearby would really boost my cool-quotient!

  177. BethieB says:

    Oooh, I’m dying for homemade marshmallows! I can’t wait to try that recipe! And here’s hoping I win that $20, I could use some new fabric :0)

  178. Jodie says:

    That wooden bookmark is awesome! This is a fun category, I can’t wait to see what else you’ve got up your sleeves!!

  179. Julie Andrea says:

    Wow, something that is ‘doable’! I could start a project and actually finish it!

    Thanks a bunch!

    Julie Andrea

  180. Kat says:

    That bookmark is fabulous. The readers on my xmas to-make list will love it, and so will I!

  181. erin says:

    I have made the marshmellows before and LOVE THEM!

  182. Christine Bolin says:

    I’ve never tried to make marshmallows, but I think I may have to give it a try. Yummy. And I love the wood bookmarks.

  183. Laura says:

    _Love_ the chicken scratch bookmarks! How unique! When my grandmother died last year I inherited an inordinate amount of gingham from her quilting stash–now ab excuse to use!

  184. kristine hanson says:

    ohhhh I wear glasses so I love the “reading is sexy!”

  185. MelissaB says:

    I’ve always wanted to make homemade marshmallows – they look so cool!

  186. Mandy says:

    those are some really cool bookmarks!

  187. Alexandra says:

    I LOVE the gift ideas each day! I wish I would have known about this site last year! Keep up the amazing work!

  188. Stacy says:

    Ooooohhhh, how wonderful, homemade marshmallows! I think that we just may have to whip some up tomorrow afternoon!

  189. Liz says:

    I know a few readers who would love any one of those gifts!

  190. Margie says:

    Great ideas for our readers & our teachers!!

  191. Lynne in NC says:

    Yeah! I’ve found what I’ll make for the guys — the reader’s companion. It’s positively brilliant!
    Love the marshmallow recipe, too.
    Thanks for another great day of ideas.

  192. Libby says:

    Every year I always want to make homemade marshmallows, now all I need is a stand mixer.

  193. Kelli says:

    I made fabric bookmarks for my Mom last Christmas out of fabric I’d inherited from my great-grandmother. It was a teary moment–bookmarks make a great gift and these are too cute! Wish I’d thought to do the chicken scratch then…maybe this year…

  194. Kimberly says:

    Homemade marshmallows are now on the to-do list!

  195. sonrie says:

    Oh my goodness, reading IS sexy! And so is reading about textiles…

  196. Linda says:

    I’m loving all these Handmade Holidays posts. So many great ideas. I wish I had time to try all of them.

  197. Junglewife says:

    I’m going to try to make the wooden bookmark for a reader friend of mine! Fun!

  198. shelle says:

    can’t wait to try the marshmallow recipe, the last time i made them way too soft and gooey

  199. MegVS says:

    I love the reading companion tutorial! Great idea!

  200. Alyssa says:

    The “Reading is Sexy” mug is perfect for my book and caffeine loving roommate! I love the reading glasses bookmark-what a great way to keep track of my reading glasses!

  201. Kathy R. says:

    The reading companion is a great idea – no more lost glasses!

  202. Janice says:

    Every year I say I’m making homemade marshmellows. Maybe I’ll *really* do it this year πŸ™‚

  203. Vanessa says:

    Come on Sew Mama Sew! That $20 gift certificate would be mighty nice to win!!

  204. Bree says:

    love that sexy mug! I agree, I love reading as much as I love fabric. Those bookmarks could be good gifts for teachers too.

  205. Jen B. says:

    Must try the marshmallow recipe…yum!

  206. Joy says:

    Thanks for thinking of the readers! Also can’t wait to make the marshmallows! πŸ˜‰

  207. Bridget B. says:

    I love the wooden bookmark, awesome! I love making homemade marshmallows, they taste so much better than store bought.

  208. Courtney says:

    I’d love to win! Who wouldn’t though, right?

  209. Becky says:

    Love all types of bookmark, but the wooden one is especially nice!

  210. Rita says:

    ooo, those marshmellows look so yummy! I think that’s what I’ll make for my bake sale tomorrow.

  211. Regina says:

    Ahh – books!! Always a staple under our tree – and these bookmark ideas are awesome!

  212. Caitlin says:

    This is a great category for my family, since we are all huge bookworms!

  213. ulla fredriksson says:

    I just love the chicken scratch

  214. julia says:

    *gasp!* It’s like you put this post together just for my dearest friend!! Right down to the mug and recipe!! Planning her Christmas gift now!!

  215. Jodie says:

    This is just getting better and better!

  216. Collins says:

    Today is my favorite so far!

  217. Joanne says:

    Very nice bookmark – great idea.

  218. Sarah S says:

    I’ve never made anything like that wooden bookmark, but I am tempted now.

  219. Lori says:

    Who doesn’t love reading? All great ideas!

  220. EmmyLizzy says:

    I finally got around to making my own marshmallows last year and they were to DIE for!! I highly recommend them – you’ll never go back.

  221. Jayme says:

    I’ve never heard of homemade marshmallows before. They look like fun!

  222. Tabitha says:

    The bookmark is even doable by my kids–good idea for a gift to mom! Definitely going to try the marshmallows, too!

  223. Ellen says:

    I am dying to try the Amy Butler skirt pattern!

  224. Beth H says:

    Gifts for bookworms are so cool. Wish I had more time to read…maybe when the kiddos are grown.

  225. alison says:

    Love these bookmarks!

  226. Ashley says:

    As a complete and total word nerd, i whole-heartedly support today’s theme!

  227. brooke says:

    the reader’s companion would be perfect for my MIL!

  228. Odette says:

    the reading companion is a wonderful idea ! now where did I put my glasses !;-)

  229. Mary says:

    I love your gift catagories this year!

  230. Jennifer says:

    So fun!!
    What a great idea!

  231. Laine Odle says:

    I love all the great ideas!

  232. Liz says:

    Great ideas! Thanks for sharing!

  233. kim3timemom says:

    Very cool ideas!!

  234. Ashley says:

    That wooden bookmark is a great idea! And of course, who could turn down homemade marshmallows?! I”ve always wanted to try making some – maybe now I will!

  235. Josiane says:

    I like the hardwood bookmark! The wood block makes a nice finishing touch.

  236. Mary says:

    Thank you for the marshmallow recipe. Yum!

  237. Jen says:

    I really love that each day’s mix of things to make includes more than items to sew. Not that I don’t love to sew! But it’s just so inspiring to see other kinds of crafts too. And wow, I’m dying homemade marshmallows now…

  238. Carrie says:

    That book mark with the eye glass holder is so clever. Love it!

  239. Jane Bissell says:

    With so many readers on my holiday gift list, I am definitely going to make some of these. I may even make am extra for me. πŸ™‚

  240. Anne says:

    yummmmm … marshmallows! Love the bookmarks, too.

  241. Ginny says:

    I’ve already started on some bookmarks. Thanks for more fabulous ideas!

  242. Christina says:

    love the reading companion!! I might have to try that one πŸ™‚

  243. Bean Paulson says:

    omg, that mug is the BEST!!

  244. Rachel says:

    Love the wooden bookmark and the “Reading is Sexy” mug!

  245. Bethany says:

    Oooo, those homemade marshmallows look yummy.

  246. Ashley says:

    I like the homemade marshmallow idea a lot, I can see that being a good holiday snack.

  247. Alex says:

    Seriously, folks–I think the Handmade Holidays blog is my favorite thing about November! Thanks!

  248. Dana Keller says:

    Great stuff.
    Thanks again.

  249. Teresa says:

    I love that wooden bookmark. I might have to ask my husband to help me out on this project! What fun!

  250. Sarah AJ says:

    That mug is just awesome!

  251. Kacy says:

    That reading companion is a great idea!

  252. Tammy Wittig says:

    These are perfect gift ideas for my MIL who loves books. I’ll think I’ll try the chicken scratch bookmarks!

  253. sonja says:

    Love the glasses case…such a cute idea

  254. Michelle says:

    I’ve wanted to try chicken scratch forever! I’m so excited about this tutorial..

  255. Jodie says:

    You guys have really outdone yourself with these gift ideas! I am so inspired! ~Thank you~

  256. Mariana says:

    what a surprise to see a tutorial with no fabric!

  257. SaraD says:

    Those marshmallows made my mouth water!

  258. Samantha says:

    All of the tutorials look great, but I love that wooden bookmark!

  259. annette says:

    Wow, I’ve been tempted to make marshmallows with my kids for some time, but those drooly photos just pushed me over the edge! We have just the weather for it today in Maine…

  260. Cynthia L says:

    I love those bookmark ideas! They would be perfect gifts for my bookgroup. I have to make the homemade marshmellows as my mouth is watering just looking at them.

  261. I am going to make those marshmellows and the crayon roll. What great ideas.

  262. Jessica says:

    Such neat ideas!

  263. Julie says:

    i love all these great ideas. I wish I had more time in the day!

  264. Teresa says:

    Love the bookmark, my kids love to read. Perfect for a stocking stuffer.

  265. Shelley says:

    Mmmmmmm homemade marshmellows!!!! Can’t wait to try that recipe.

  266. Julie says:

    Once again, some great ideas. I ‘ll have to remember that reader’s companion when I start needing reading glasses.

  267. Liz says:

    oh my, i need that mug! thanks for the link!

  268. Maggie says:

    Homemade marshmallows? OMG! Thank you! Off to go make some and prep up some hot chocolate for tomorrow’s after school treat!

  269. Katy says:

    I can def. get into these! Everyone I know is a total bookworm. There is a “Guybrarian” teeshirt on the “buy it” page that would be perfect for my husband: a lonely male librarian in a sea of women. I’ve always wanted to make my own marshmallows, too. : )

  270. Katy says:

    Love the line by Sarah Utter! That will be perfect for my grad school hubbie! πŸ™‚

  271. Lil' d says:

    I think I’m going to be making some bookmarks. thank you.

  272. Belle says:

    What a great idea list the handmade holidays is.

  273. Conscripted Cherry says:

    Now this is a set of gifts I can get behind.

  274. buebau says:

    The fabric bookmark with an eyeglass holder is such a great idea! I must try it.

  275. Alana Jo says:

    Those Chicken Scratch ones are beautiful. Dont look like any chicken scratch Ive ever seen. πŸ™‚

  276. Rebecca says:

    I had never heard of “chicken scratch” on gingham. It looks like a really great craft!

  277. Dejah Leger says:

    Oh yeah, and I have the Reading Is Sexy button on my purse and get comments on it ALL the time! I can’t wait to get the mug.

  278. Suzi says:

    I like the gingham bookmarks I think I will try out some of those. I would love the gift certificate as well. πŸ™‚

  279. Dejah Leger says:

    I am LOVING these projects!!!! I’ll be loads of these, I can just tell. I mean, next to sitting in front of a sewing machine on a cold winter night, what’s better than curling up with a good book?

  280. Kat says:


  281. Elle Doughty says:

    The hardwood bookmark is really cool — and I love Beth’s fabric choice today! very hot & colorful

  282. Rina says:

    This is a great category. Thanks!

  283. Karen says:

    I have alot of bookworms on my Christmas list. I just love this category! Now I need the gift certificate to start shopping! πŸ˜‰

  284. Kendall says:

    I’m definitely making those marshmallows…and I think my mom needs a reader’s companion.

  285. Rebecca says:

    I just came across your site and WOW! I am so thankful for it. I saw the October 31st post and that has really helped to jumpstart my creativity. I have been wanting to do a handmade holidary for some time – but didn’t know where to start. I know have a great jumping off point for all my gifts!!

  286. Bethany Abraham says:

    I love Beth’s choice of fabric! That would look great with the lazy day skirt yesterday too! Thanks for all the great ideas.

  287. georgia says:

    I’ve heard about homemade marshmallows and now I must try them!

  288. Suzette says:

    Yummy Marshmallows. I’ll have to try that with the kids.

  289. Alice S says:

    That reading companion looks like the perfect gift for my Mom or mother-in-law. If only I had, 30 hours in a day…

  290. Missie says:

    Oh I love the bookmarks! I’m just lovin’ this series! Thanks!

  291. Penny says:

    I think my hard to buy for MIL will be getting the Reading companion, what an awesome idea.
    The marshmallows look awesome, I think we definitely need to give those a try in the near future

  292. Susan says:

    I’ve never tried homemade marshmallows, but I’m going to try the recipe this afternoon. And thanks for so many ideas for gifts for all my biblioholic friends!

  293. Missy says:

    Ooh, homemade marshmallows….so making these!

  294. Joan J says:

    I love the Reading Companion — perfect gift for several ladies on my gift list. Thanks for these great ideas!

  295. nandini says:

    Bookmarks are good!!

  296. Patty Manders says:

    Homemade Marshmallows———sounds like I need to spend some sticky time in the kitchen with our two DGDs!

    from Chilly VT where it is definitely cold enough to use these,
    Patty M.

  297. Anna says:

    Ooh – both kinds of bookmarks are great! Thanks!

  298. Leigh says:

    Thanks for the marshmellow recipe link! I keep forgetting that I want to try that out!

  299. Megan says:

    I love the reading is sexy stuff. Too cute, and totally me! And the chicken scratch bookmarks are really cute!

  300. Julia in MI says:

    My favorite today is the reading companion. My mother would benefit from one of these and it is such a great unique idea. Thanks!

  301. Tina says:

    Love all these ideas for presents, I need to get started on my homemade Christmas presents!

  302. Lauranie says:

    I’ve been reading alot of blogs about homemade marshmellows! I will have to make them now! I really like the hardwood bookmark, I’m going to get my DH on it right away!

  303. Tiffany says:

    I love the chicken scratch bookmark idea- and boy do I love books! (although my husband keeps threatening to “reduce the burden on the floorboards”)

  304. Sherral says:

    Awesome marshmallow recipe! I’ll have to try it out!

  305. Linda Gilbraith says:

    I love that you are providing ideas for crafters for bookworm type crafts. I love the eyeglass case bookmark. That is a fabulous idea. I know just who will be getting one of those this holiday season.

  306. Harley says:

    These are just so clever. The reading glasses holder is adorable!

  307. Dana says:

    I’ve always wanted to try homemade marshmallows — thanks for reminding me!

  308. Jessy Roos says:

    Love the hardwood bookmark – so classy! And of course the reading is sexy mug is cute and TRUE! My husband and I are both avid readers, so this definately appeals.

  309. DawnMcD says:

    I love the chicken scratch bookmarks! and I think I need that cute mug!

  310. alisha says:

    I’ve been thinking about making homemade marshmallows. I checked out the Artisan Sweets blog and it is so well-written and a pleasure to read. Thanks for sharing this great site.

  311. LOVE the hardwood bookmark. ANd those homemade marshmallows……..MMmmmmmm!

  312. MichelleB says:

    Yummy- I usually can’t stand marshmallows, but those look delicious!!!

  313. JLu says:

    when do the amazing ideas stop? thanks for your great blog and give-aways!

  314. Shannon Reed says:

    Thanks for thinking of readers at the holidays. This encompasses everyone I know! : )

  315. bess says:

    can’t wait to try those marshmallows!

  316. Mrs. H. says:

    I love the reading companion with the eyeglasses holder. My daughter wears glasses, and this would be perfect for her! Your holiday ideas are fantastic!

  317. JenO says:

    My aunt had a hot chocolate bar at her house for the holidays last year. The marshmallows were a big hit!

  318. Kristen says:

    I’m not just crazy about fabric, I’m crazy about books, too. Today’s post makes me smile. (And I really want one of those “reading is sexy” mugs. Too bad I didn’t have one when I was in grad school; I might have felt better about all my work!)

  319. Julie Adkins says:

    That wood bookmark is awesome!
    My DH is a reader so this post is just right for me to find something for him….Thanks!

  320. JoonToons says:

    gorgeous bookmark! so simple yet so beautiful!

  321. Betsy M says:

    My Dad talks about how great homemade marshmallows were as a kid. We will have to try these out over Thanksgiving – Grandpa will be so excited!!

  322. Elizabeth says:

    Wow the bookmark is amazing, the next time I am in the craft store I may have to see about getting some materials

  323. Kathleen says:

    Wow- love those bookmarks! What a great idea to personalize a book gift! Oh and those homemade marshmallows? YUMMMMMMM!

  324. The wood bookmark is so cute and unique.

  325. melissa p. says:

    love the ideas for every person on the list!

    also…i’d love to add a button on my blog but am technically deficient…can anyone help with the code?

  326. craftytammie says:

    I have one of Sarah’s tee shirts! I think I will have to try making marshmallows, those look fabulous!

  327. Celeste says:

    Oooo–definitely a booklover too! Maybe I’ll have to take some time this holiday season and actually sew up a few fancy bookmarks for *myself*!

  328. Ellen B says:

    Love the future Librarian and crafty lady merchandise. Will have to try the gingham bookmarks, too. Would love to win some goodies for my stash….have been entering your giveaways for over a year and no luck so far! I love being inspired daily by your blog and all the contributors. Thanks for all the ideas…

  329. Whistlepea says:

    The bookmark idea is great!

  330. Michele says:

    I’ve always wanted to try chicken scratch. Thanks for the fun little tutorial link!

  331. Sandy says:

    Those marshmallows look pretty good! I may have to try that one out. And, I love the wooden bookmark!

  332. Jen says:

    I am LOVINVG that mug!!!

  333. Kristine says:

    These gifts make me wish I was an avid reader heehee. That cup is hilarious!

  334. meg says:

    Those homemade marshmallows look terrific! Thanks for another batch of great gift ideas… and the links to related projects from the archives!

  335. Amber says:

    I like the chicken scratch bookmarks! What a great beginer project.

  336. Robyn says:

    I’ll have to try the homemade marshmallows… I’ve seen them cut into shapes with cookie cutters for parties!

  337. Debbie Kenny says:

    Yum! Homemade marshmallows.

  338. jackie bateman says:

    i love the reading companion and the homemade marshmallows look yummy!

  339. christa says:

    Sarah Utter’s work is fabulous.

  340. anja says:

    like the hanging bed organizer idea.

  341. Tara H. says:

    I love the bookmark. I think I will try that for my hubby!

  342. Southern Gal says:

    Would love, love, love some new fabrics to work with.


  343. Jennifer N. says:

    Ooh – I love books . . . but homemade marshmallows are amazing (just don’t get the two too close together). Thanks for all of your great ideas!

  344. Sarah says:

    loving those hardwood bookmarks!

  345. Amanda says:

    You know, I can never die. I have way too many things I have to make.

  346. Debra says:

    Homemade Marshmallows sound yummy!!
    I think I will be making some fabric bookmarks this holiday….thanks for sharing.

  347. Emiko says:

    Yeah! I’m so ready for some holiday gift inspiration. Being a newbie sewer, I’m looking forward to making something handmade for my family and friends. πŸ™‚

  348. Kimberly says:

    I HAVE to check out those mugs. Thanks for all the great ideas!

  349. Stacy says:

    Those homemade marshmallows look yummy! I may be forced to make some.

  350. Beth says:

    I love to read, but I might just love those marshmallows more!

  351. Kristin says:

    LOL at the mug. I think my DH thinks I need one that says “Books are the other man in my life” πŸ˜‰

  352. catarina says:

    Love the chicken scratch bookmark. I’m might consider a xmas gift to my sister.

  353. Deb says:

    Reading companion added to list ~ check! Marshmallows to make ~ check! Thank you so much for this crafty adventure!

  354. Karie says:

    oh how cool, these would make great stocking stuffers for sure!!

  355. Linda says:

    I love all of today’s features. Maybe it is because I am a bookworm. I am going to put myself on my giftlist.

  356. Jennie says:

    I love reading and I love the bookmarks. I think I’ll spoil myself and make some for me!

  357. Maggie says:

    I love to give books as gifts, these are some great ideas to accompany those.

  358. catarina says:

    I loved that chicken scratch bookmark.

    I think I probably will do one for my sister.

  359. Lia says:

    $20! Oh, what I could make with some new fabric. The possibilities are endless.

  360. Katie says:

    Im so excited at the possibility of winning, yeah for free fabric πŸ™‚

  361. Mary says:

    Another great day with wonderful ideas. I’m in love with the chicken scratch bookmarks. That may just be bumped to this afternoon’s project time. πŸ™‚

  362. jill m says:

    Love the hanging bed organizer…will pair it with new books and reading lights for my 8 and 9 year olds for a stocking stuffer. Might even make one for my 4 year old to give him a place to stuff the multitude of legos, cars, and other little boy treasures he takes to bed with him every night. Of course, the $20 gift certificate to SMS would give me a great opportunity to use some awesome fabrics…hint, hint.

  363. Yummy on the homemade marshmallows. I also know a few people who would could benefit from the reading companion.

    Thanks for a great contest! Hey come enter my contest sewmamasew πŸ™‚ i’m giving away 100.00 in handstamped jewels!

  364. susan says:

    Wow, those marshmallows look delicious — a perfect excuse to take a break from all of my holiday sewing! Thanks for the recipe!

  365. 2hippos says:

    What a great list of gift options! Books definitely rival fabric in my life and this post inspired me.

  366. Tracey says:

    I really love the bookmark/eyeglass holder. What a great idea!

  367. Jess says:

    Great gifts! I am going to make all of these for my family!

  368. Jessica says:

    Oooooh, these are so much cuter than my usual “torn page out of some hopefully-not-important piece of paper!”

  369. Kara says:

    these are perfect ideas for my sister the book worm. thanks for sharing!

  370. Beth says:

    The wood bookmark is beautiful!

  371. Doris says:

    Love the wood bookmark! What a great idea!

  372. Melanie O. says:

    Love the chicken scratch bookmarks!

  373. Amy says:

    So glad to see the Chicken Scratch tutorial; I’ve been itching to give that a try.

  374. whitney says:

    Oh I love the bookmark. I have a similar design for some of my Gocco cards. Love it!! πŸ™‚

    And oh, marshmallows!!

  375. Tiffany says:

    Love all of these ideas, especially the reading companion!
    Thanks for the chance to win a great giveaway!

  376. Carrie says:

    Okay…LOVE the reading is sexy mug!!! As a huge bookworm I’m going to have to check one of those out for myself!!! Also excited about the marshmallow recipe…have been wanting try homemade ones for a while now.

  377. Julia says:

    Hi – greetings from the ultimate bookworm…the wooden bookmark is fabulous!
    Cheers, Julia
    P.S.: Thanks again for putting all those gorgeous tutorials together!

  378. Sara says:

    Yummy, homemade marshmallows! Can’t wait to give those a try!

  379. Rachel says:

    Great stuff!! I am loving all these tutorials, I can’t wait to try some out!!


  380. Karla says:

    homemade marshmallows? Awesome!! That would be a great thing to go in a bookworm basket! Thanks for all the great ideas!

  381. jenni says:

    those are great ideas! thank you!

  382. Jocelyn says:

    I was just wondering the other day while roasting marshmallows over the fire (yes it is already cold enough here for the fireplace and playing in the snow) with the kiddos where I saw that homemade marshmallow recipe.Now I know! Yippee! Gotta try em!

  383. Andi says:

    So many possibilities for the reading companion – I like the idea of making one that holds a pen too! Thanks for all the great ideas!

  384. Tina says:

    Those wood bookmarks look really cool.

  385. Molly says:

    The “Reading is Sexy” mug is just perfect!

  386. Tammy :) says:

    I had no idea you could make marshmallows at home!
    P.S. Reading IS sexy!

  387. hollie says:

    I have a few bookworms on my list. A gift certificate would be a great aide in whipping up some of these great ideas!!

  388. Marsha says:

    I adore that chicken scratch bookmark! And…a homemade gift even my mother-in-law would like? I scarcely believe it – it’s almost too good to be true!

  389. Heather B says:

    Loving all the great ideas! I’m definitely trying marshmallows this year.

  390. joy newman says:

    I love homemade marshmallows! they taste so good. and i love that reading is sexy mug–gonna have to buy one of those. and the handmade bookmarks are such a great idea. thanks for the ideas!

  391. Lisa Ashby says:

    I love the crayon roll! very cute.

  392. quenna says:

    I like the bookmarks!

  393. Emily says:

    I’ve been wanting to try chicken scratch. Thanks for the tutorial.

  394. Aison says:

    Ooooh, homemade marshmallows are the best!

  395. Shawn says:

    That bookmark is wonderful, and the eyglass case, too. Thank you!

  396. Kimberly says:

    Lots of book lovers on my list! Thanks for the great ideas! Those homemade marshmallows look really yummy too!!

  397. Jessica says:

    oooh! i love, love, love that wooden bookmark!

  398. jenn says:

    Love all the great ideas! I think I’ll have to make something for my book club ladies!

  399. Heidi says:

    Ooh, reading is sexy! That reading companion is the perfect gift for…me!

  400. Annie says:

    I love these! I’m looking forward to becoming addicting to gussying up my gingham. =)

  401. Becky says:

    I love that wooden bookmark. What a great — and easy — idea. I think I’d pair it with a book or a gift certificate to a bookstore.

  402. Hannah says:

    Love this gift category!!!!

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