November 19 ~ Gifts for Grandparents

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While many of our other gift lists this month include great tutorials for the grandmas and grandpas in your life, grandparents are extra-special family members; we decided we needed a day (and a bounty of ideas) devoted to perfect gifts for grandparents. What are you giving grandparents this holiday season?

(Have you heard about Give-Away Day? Check it out, then come back here!)

Make It

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Michelle from Quiltingmick designed this project to protect brooches. Enjoy her Brooch Keeper Tutorial (you could even tuck a new pin in for an extra-special gift).
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We like the addition of a little, special trim to Min’s Travel Tissue Holder Tutorial on Vacuum Queen.
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This one is good for Grandpa too! Bayou Bags has a very Easy Eyeglass Case Tutorial so you can make multiples for all of those stray glasses.
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Holly shares a project from a friend on her tutus & turtles blog. Her Fingerpaint Wall Art How-to is a nice way to help the youngest members of the family create gifts for grandparents.

Don’t miss these related tutorials from the SMS archives: Aprons, For the House, Pillows and Sachets.

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:

Meg’s choice Lara’s choice Kristin’s choice
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Buy It

spacer Personalized Family Jewelry from SpoonerZ
Rachelle’s Spoon Endz Family Bracelet is just one of the great gifts in the SpoonerZ shop, where personalized (and really lovely) jewelry abounds.

Mix It

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Johanna at Green Gourmet Giraffe shares her “fruitcake offensive” process in her Chocolate Fruitcake Recipe. The recipe calls for some patience and time, but Johanna says the results are well worth it (and we know a grandpa or two who would love it!).

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Win It

Portabello Pixie Sewing Patterns

Sandi Henderson, the brilliant designer behind Portabellopixie, was kind enough to contribute one each of her wonderful (and crazy popular!) new sewing patterns. These patterns are very easy to follow with lots of excellent graphics. We’re very pleased to be carrying them in the shop. Check out Sandi’s blog for some wonderful tutorials and sewing inspiration. Today we’re giving away both the Cupcake Pincushion pattern and the Market Bags pattern to one lucky winner. Comment below to enter. See our Handmade Holidays 2008 Prize List to see what else we’re giving away this month.

More Handmade Holiday Ideas
18 ~ College Students
17 ~ Girlfriends
16 ~ Dads
15 ~ New Parents
14 ~ Holidays at Home
13 ~ Multi-taskers
12 ~ Sports Fans
11 ~ Bookworms
10 ~ Elementary Kids
9 ~ Snow Fiends
8 ~ Teachers
7 ~ Holidays at Home
6 ~ Pet Lovers
5 ~ Crafters
4 ~ Music Lovers
3 ~ Babies & Toddlers
2 ~ Travelers
1 ~ Tweens & Teens

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368 Responses to November 19 ~ Gifts for Grandparents

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  2. Robyn says:

    already e-mailed the lady about that bracelet. can we add on names later?? just love the vintage funky style. thanks for the fantastic link.

  3. Susu says:

    I love the cupcake pincushion!

  4. kathy h. says:

    lovely ideas today

  5. mary says:

    You are doing a great job inspiring people for a handmade holiday! Thank you!

  6. How amazing is that cupcake pincusion? So cute! thanks SMS for these great treats!

  7. Katie says:

    I made a ton of jam this summer and that’s what I’m using as grandparent gifts. yummy!

  8. Annie says:

    This has been such a great series! I think there are a few folks on my list who desperately need eyeglass cases (myself included!) Thanks for the tutorial.

  9. Linda says:

    Glasses case – of course! Why didn’t I think of that? I know so many people who could use one of those. I would love love love the Market Bag pattern. Fingers are crossed πŸ™‚

  10. Jennie says:

    Those all look like great presents….

  11. Kirsten says:

    That brooch keeper is a great idea for my Grandma who keeps losing her things.

  12. Mary says:

    Fingerpaint wall art is going on my list as that will super fun to make as well as to give πŸ™‚

  13. Sue says:

    mmmmmm…. chocolate fruit cake……. yummy!!!

  14. Oh!!! I have SO wanted one of these patterns!! How awesome!

  15. Page says:

    Oh, I’d love to win one of those gorgeous patterns. I just found your site – lucky me! (:

  16. sonja says:

    The fingerpainting is such a cute idea…

  17. Emilee says:

    I love that bracelet!

  18. i love those travel tissue holders~ i actually looked for a pattern just a couple weeks ago!

  19. Stacy T says:

    Gorgeous stuff today! πŸ˜€

  20. emily says:

    oooh i love the look of these patterns!

  21. Jenn S says:

    Love the kids art idea!

  22. anne says:

    Love the bag.

  23. ellen says:

    great ideas as usual!

  24. Suzi says:

    I would love to win those patterns.I really like those Spoonerz bracelet I am going to check out those right away thinking it would make a lovely gift for myself.

  25. Veronica says:

    i think the grandma’s will be receiving those lovely spoon bracelets. mama might just get one too.

  26. Cass H says:

    I love the bracelet!

  27. Michelle says:

    Thanks for including my brooch keeper tutorial! I love, love, love the other ideas. While I don’t have any living grandparents, I know some people who will really appreciate the tissue holder and the glasses case.

  28. Sara R. says:

    Love the eye glass case tutorial. I’m so making those for my parents.

  29. Amy Mc says:

    I often craft for my grandmothers who appreciate the gifts because they taught me how to sew and crochet. But I guess I’d been leaving my grandfather out – but not this year!

  30. anna says:

    I love all the great things being given away!

  31. Rita Engard says:

    The brooch keeper is a great idea
    Rita E in AZ

  32. Samantha says:

    Love the wall art! And the spoon jewelry is wonderful. I love the way y’all are doing the holiday posts this year with the shopping links as well as the tutorials.

  33. Julia says:

    Hi –
    everyday a firework of creativity…can’t thank you enough for putting this together…
    I’d love to win one of Sandi’s patterns…so my fingers are crossed ;o)
    Cheers, Julia

  34. amy says:

    Wonderful ideas!

  35. Jenny says:

    The wall art is just adorable!

  36. pam says:

    I love the portabellopixie patterns. I hope I win!!!

  37. Liz says:

    Those Portabello Pixie patterns are just too cute!

  38. Liesl says:

    A really great selection. I particularly like Quilting Mick’s brooch holder – what a lovely gift.

  39. Shannon says:

    you had me at “chocolate fruitcake”…

  40. buebau says:

    These are great gift ideas!
    Thank you so much

  41. Christie says:

    Love these ideas – my dad is hard to craft for, but the glasses holder is perfect for him! And what grandparent doesn’t love art with little kid handprints in it?

  42. Amy says:

    I love, love , love the bracelet, I think I’m buying myself one!

  43. Mamasoo says:

    Min’s tissue holders are MUCh nicer than the ones I made. I may have to redo them before Christmas!


    Pick me, Monty!

  44. Leslie says:

    I love the tissue holders. My Dad is always carrying tissues, and this would make it look a little better :P!

  45. Michele says:

    that tissue holder will be *perfect* for my g-ma! thanks for the great ideas!

  46. Love it! Thanks!

  47. June B. says:

    More super ideas! I’m loving all of this inspiration!! I’d better scoot to the studio to actually get something accomplished! Thanks!

  48. karen says:

    What lovely ideas!!

  49. Kimberly says:

    The brooch case is beautiful, and such a lovely idea – I think I could add little snap loops and make it for necklaces, as well. Thanks!

  50. Deb says:

    I need a case for my new glasses ~ Thank you!!!

  51. Megan says:

    Those tissue holders are so perfect for my grandma. Look relatively easy, too! Great idea.

  52. Jenny says:

    Great Ideas for grandparents. I must admit the chocolate fruit cake looks a little scary but it is still a neat idea. I love the Brooch Keeper. Great idea!

  53. Robin says:

    The eyeglass cases are great!

  54. Tammy :) says:

    The wall art is awesome!!

  55. Toby says:

    i am going to have to make the glasses holder for me since my dog got ahold of mine

  56. Samantha says:

    The eyeglass case is just what I’ve been looking for! Thanks!

  57. Betsy M says:

    Oh, I think that they are all great!

  58. AndreaLea says:

    Cute pincushion pattern!

  59. Louisa says:

    I love the print idea!

  60. Ellie says:

    Great ideas for grandma! Those patterns look fun. Thanks for the giveaway!

  61. Jayme L says:

    The wall art is nice. Thanks for the ideas!

  62. Michelle says:

    OH I love those patterns! I would love this book!!!!

  63. Jane Bissell says:

    I just have to make a bunch of those eye-glass cases! Who would have thought you could find so many more great things to share with us after last year?! Thanks again.

  64. Heather B says:

    Another great day of ideas – I started washing fabric to begin my holiday sewing.

  65. Christine Bolin says:

    Love the tissue holder. I have some great cowboy fabric that I would like to use. Great tutorial.

  66. LisaAlso says:

    The brooch holder is a marvelous idea! And that custom silver bracelet is to die for!!

    Great ideas!

  67. Anne says:

    Wow what great ideas and lovely cupcake pincushion.

  68. brooke says:

    Great ideas

  69. Liz says:

    The eyeglass cases are great! Thanks for all the great ideas, I’m really enjoying all of them!

  70. holly says:

    I love the spoon end bracelet! that is gorgeous. and the eyeglass case is such a great idea. thank you for all the fantastic gift ideas!!

  71. Becky says:

    Love the brooch keeper. Would love to win pincushion and bag patterns!

  72. Meika says:

    I love the finerpaint wall art idea! Out comes the paint tomorrow I think!

  73. Every day you guys come up with wonderful stuff- I read you while I drink my coffee (usually I’m a day late cuz I get up too early for same day posts- But you always make me wish I could call in sick so I can stay home and sew!!

  74. Erin says:

    Another gift idea for grandparents is to have children draw pictures, scan them onto the computer and print them onto card to make a set of unique greeting cards. They are great for Grandmas to have on hand to write notes to friends.

  75. Janellybelly says:

    Forget the grandparents, I want to make the travel tissues holders for my bag πŸ™‚

  76. Rebecca S says:

    More cute projects! My grandma always has a pack of pocket-tissues in her purse…

  77. Anna says:

    Sandy’s pin cushion is just too cute!

  78. Natalija says:

    I think there are several grandparents in this family, who could use new eyeglass covers =)

  79. zarinaia says:

    I love the Fingerpaint Wall Art idea!

  80. Keli says:

    The wall art is the best!!! What a great way to add color to an apartment too where you usually can’t paint.

  81. Yetta says:

    That cupcake pin cushion is so cute. How creative!

  82. myrna eisenlauer says:

    Would love to win any of her patterns!

  83. My grandma is getting a quilt this year, my first full size quilt ever. She is in the hospital fighting cancer and could use something warm and full of love to cuddle with. She’ll be okay. Grandma is one tough lady.

    I am hosting a give-away at my blog. I am giving away 2 quilted bookmarks to 2 lucky winners. To sign up, I am asking questions about the sewing machines you love and/or hate. I need to buy a new one and would love some reviews. The prizes go out at the end of the month.

  84. Katy says:

    Great ideas! Now I just need to get motivated and make some stuff! πŸ™‚

  85. Laine Odle says:

    my husbands parents would love that wall art – what a fabulous idea!

  86. Meg says:

    I am so happy that you dedicated to Grandparents! We love them and I love all of these ideas. I am making the eyeglass sleeve and tissue box for sure. Thank you.

  87. Ellen says:

    What beautiful patterns! And thank you for such an inspiring blog.

  88. Lisa says:

    Thanks for the Eyeglass case link perfect for those who use reading glasses…

  89. Amy says:

    LOVE the painting idea I have toddlers, what a great idea for them to do for the MIL!

  90. Bridgette says:

    The travel tissue holder is so cute!

  91. Kelley says:

    The tissue holder will be perfect for my mom…she always has about a million kleenex in her pockets!

  92. Emily says:

    I love the tissue holder – it’s adorable with that trim.

  93. Rachel says:

    great ideas!

  94. Rebecca* says:

    I love these tutorials!!!

  95. juliecache says:

    this blog rocks. thanks for focusing on holiday gifts.

  96. Lorraine says:

    Thanks for the ideas – it’s always hard to shop/make for grandparents. I would love the book!

  97. Sandy H. says:

    My only problem is I want to make it ALL!!!!! I look forward each day to checking out what is new on your site.

    Sandy in NJ

  98. Dawn says:

    For me Grandparents are the hardest to buy or make gifts for! Thanks for the help. And I would love a chance to win your giveaway!

  99. Michelle says:

    Love all these ideas for sure! πŸ™‚

  100. Molly says:

    Awesome gifts!! Everyone needs a tissue holder.

  101. Ashley says:

    The patterns look wonderful! And the cake, and the eyeglasses case. Thanks!

  102. Dawn says:

    I love the glasses case because I can totally make one for everyone on my list! Thanks for helping me to round out my gift making list!

  103. Lisa says:

    Oh boy. Those patterns look like great fun. I like the tissue holder idea, too. I just bought a pattern with the unembellished version included; they look much more special with the trim.

  104. Laura says:

    That market bag pattern looks great! Thanks for all the fabulous ideas all month!

  105. Caitlin says:

    Oh, I would love to have that cute purse sewing pattern!

  106. Deon says:

    The patterns are really cute. It’s fun to find new blogs listed here — saves me the time to find them myself!

  107. Liz says:

    these are beautiful, creative ideas, as always! i’d like to share a little something my grandma once got for christmas that she loved: my cousin gave her a yearlong present of one handwritten letter per month. she would reply, too. it was a great idea!

  108. So many wonderful ideas, so very little time. I still have yet to make half the things I found here last year. Thank you for all the fantastic gift ideas and for giving them to us so we have time to make them before the holidays actually hit!

    My kids are doing a variation on the wall art for their grandparents- I am planning to embroider their handprints and connect them all together as a long skinny wall quilt. I am hoping my oldest (7.5 year old) can help with at leas this own embroidering and my 5 and 3 year-olds can run the sewing machine pedal- gotta love that variable speed control!!

  109. sarah says:

    I’ve always wanted to try those tissue holders… thanks for all the great ideas!

  110. Q says:

    What awesome projects – I can see my grandmoms carrying the tissue holders. So many neat ideas for the folks who seem to have it all! Thanks for the chance to enter!

  111. Jodie says:

    quite frankly, I want those sewing patterns! πŸ™‚

  112. Sara G says:

    Those spoon bracelets are to die for! Headed over there to drool some more…

  113. Michaela says:

    I love the wall art. Cute!

  114. Stacy says:

    That fingerpaint wall art is adorable!

  115. Bunny says:

    Absolutely wonderful. I love the brooch keeper!

  116. Hannah says:

    i love the purse!

  117. Tammy says:

    I am loving all of the ideas and tutorials. Thanks!

  118. Toebi R says:

    I am definitely putting in my order for a bracelet tonight, and then I am out the door for supplies to make some murals, these are such GREAT ideas.

  119. Sarah Kaeck says:

    These are great ideas. I feel like a have a giant stockpile for gifts for the whole year.

  120. Aileen W says:

    i love lara’s choice of fabric! my mom would also get a kick out of the tissue holders. she *always* has one in her purse!

  121. Jill A says:

    Great patterns!

  122. Sara D. says:

    I like that cupcake pincushion – perfect for my birthday entry!

  123. Tricia says:

    I love the Portabello Pixie Patterns! And I think I just figured out what my kids will make their grandparents for Christmas: Those handprint wallhangings.

  124. Karen says:

    Love the spoon bracelet! Thanks for all the great tutorials so far : )

  125. Sarah Ness says:

    Love the wall art…I’ll definitely be ordering from SpoonerZ as well. As always, thanks for featuring such great artists!

  126. debra m says:

    I have been joining the cupcake craze and LOVE the pincushion!

  127. Emily S says:

    Love the broach keeper – i could use one of those myself!

  128. Christy says:

    Perfect! The travel tissue holder and eye glass cozy look simple to make! Thank you. xx

  129. betsy says:

    as a grandma, I would love that bracelet!

  130. Jenn M says:

    I really like the personalized family bracelet. Thanks for the wonderful ideas!

  131. Leslie says:

    I love the wall art. I think we’ll do that for the grandparents this year.

  132. Brookiej says:

    Another great day of ideas! Thank you!

  133. Kat says:

    Great ideas- thanks!

  134. Hannah says:

    The eyeglass cases are a very practical idea!

  135. Diana B. says:

    Cute projects.

  136. Rebecca says:

    I have paint, I have canvases…hmmmm…do you think my teenager is too old to do the handprint art? πŸ™‚

  137. Jacqui says:

    I love those painted handprint canvas so much that the grandparents are going to get some and I’m going to get the kids to do some for me also.
    Thanks for the great ideas

  138. Jacki says:

    Finger paint wall art is perfect, we are actually making a finger paint picture calendar for for the family this year. I’m sure they will love such a personalized gift.

  139. Hashi says:

    More great ideas! Thanks!

  140. Genevieve says:

    The tissue holders will be perfect for our grandmas..and maybe one for me too.

  141. Sarah S says:

    Super- cute ideas, as always. Those eyeglass keepers are awesome!

  142. Michelle says:

    I love cupcakes AND pincushions, so I would LOVE LOVE LOVE this prize!

  143. cc says:

    such pretty, shiny things- Being so slow, and with all these wonderful ideas i guess i’d better start sewing in January for next year.

  144. Ramona says:

    That brooch holder is great. That will be the perfect gift for my mom. I also love both the patterns for the giveaway.

  145. Karen says:

    Even more ideas! Wow! I can’t believe how much creativity is out there! Love the tissue holders!

  146. julia says:

    Chocolate fruitcake! I’d try that!—The broach keeper makes me wish I had some broaches.

  147. Jo Anne says:

    Some great ideas for school christmas stall.

  148. Elizabeth says:

    I love the braclet. and so would my mother in law.

  149. great ideas, as always!!

  150. Michelle says:

    Sandi’s market bags look really cute!

  151. Leanna says:

    The eye glasses case would be a great present. I might know a few parents who could benefit from these as well!

  152. Cindy B. says:

    Nice ideas. Keep them coming!

  153. Rina says:

    I love the market bag pattern.

  154. annie says:

    i love those hand/footprints! i think i will add that to my ‘for the grandparents’ list, instead of another art-related idea. that is so cute and easy to do. i love the spoon bracelet with the family names, too. i’ll have to check out her site. thanks!

  155. Mary says:

    Those hands and feet are an awesome idea!

  156. min says:

    Oh, how simple to do those monochromatic footprints and handprints! I love it.

  157. JenO says:

    I’m in the process of finding fabric to make my aunt a bag for Christmas. The pattern would be wonderful!

  158. Katie Mitchell says:

    Chocolate fruit cake….interesting.

  159. Stephanie B says:

    Great ideas! Your keeping me very busy!

  160. Sue says:

    The brooch keeper is a great idea!

  161. MelissaB says:

    Great ideas because grandparents always seem to have everything already.

  162. Liz K says:

    Haha, my grandma could have a necklace, that’s how many grandchildren there are.

  163. Lindsay says:

    I think I could make my mom two or three of the eyeglass cases. They’re a great idea for using her favorite fabrics, and she’s always putting her glasses down and losing them.

  164. ELIZA says:

    I’m finding your blog this month very inspiring! Would love to win one of those fun patterns! Thank you for all the great posts!

  165. Viv says:

    I love that bag pattern.

  166. BreannaS says:

    I had not even though about crafting for grandparents yet. Thank you for the inspiration now I just have to decide what to make.

  167. Jane E. Petersons says:

    O! I love the tissue packet idea. πŸ™‚ thanks for sharing. also, love the pixie patterns! how fun!!

  168. joy newman says:

    that bracelet is so beautiful! what great ideas for grandparents. the wall art is cool, too.

  169. Victoria says:

    Thanks for all the great ideas! I love the finger paint art!

  170. Kat says:

    cute patterns, i love the cupcake πŸ™‚

  171. Lalli says:

    I love the Eyeglass case. πŸ™‚

  172. Molly says:

    Oh my gosh! I love the spoon bracelet! So pretty and creative!

  173. Joy says:

    Love the spoon bracelet! You list the best ideas!

  174. Jenny says:

    I’m loving all your great handmade gift ideas. Keep them coming!

  175. Celeste says:

    I like the tissue holder. Looks so cute I might make one for myself. πŸ™‚

  176. Amy says:

    The tissue holder is great for my inlaws. I’m getting started on that.

  177. Robyn says:

    Very cute ideas!

  178. Heather says:

    I’m going to try the kid wall art! what a great gift for grandparents

  179. alisha says:

    I’ve seen the travel tissue holders around, but haven’t gotten around to making any. Thanks for the great link.

  180. Deanna says:

    Thanks for the great handmade gift ideas. I wrote up a short post on my blog about your site.

  181. Ashley Ann says:

    Great ideas! I love the tissue holder.

  182. Sam says:

    That personalized spoon bracelet is amazing!

  183. Jill says:

    My mother will love the brooch holder, great idea!

  184. April says:

    all great ideas!

  185. Bree says:

    I love the wall art – cause my mum’s a grandma and she’s not that old!

  186. Lynne in NC says:

    Another day of fabulous ideas. I know I’ll be making the travel tissue holder. The fingerpaint wall art is adorable. Thanks for the grandparents day.

  187. Somer says:

    Good ideas. I have lots of grandparents to make gifts for. Thank you for the ideas.

  188. Christina says:

    Wonderful ideas!!!

  189. Junglewife says:

    Oh boy, this was one of the best ones yet for me. Such great ideas! Love the simple easy yet practical gift ideas!!!

  190. Ginny says:

    Love all the inspiration! Brooch keeper for Grandma, eyeglass case for my daughter, purse for me……..:-)

  191. melissa p. says:

    what a great take on fingerpainting!

  192. LisaW says:

    I love the handprints on the wall-art. My kids would have so much fun with that!

  193. Laura says:

    I love the spoon bracelet. I’ve got a ring made out of a tiny spoon that I got at a market in Portland, OR.

  194. karin says:

    Thanks for more great ideas! This will truly be a “handmade holiday” for us this year, and you are making the planning so much easier.

  195. That’s so funny! I came up with the idea of having my daughter paint canvasses for our living room earlier this fall. It’s fun to see other people appreciate that kid’s art can be really great and worth putting on something a little more durable than paper….now if only I’d used acrylic instead of the tempera we had hangin’ around they’d be even better!

  196. Deborah says:

    Looking forward to creating the wall art! Thanks for all your great ideas and sharing.

  197. brittany says:

    love that bracelet! it is so cute.

  198. Carrie says:

    Omg….I’m LOVING the Portobello Pixie patterns today!!!

  199. Beth says:

    I’m thinking of making my grandma a Melly and Me bag, maybe I should make the tissue holder to go with it!

  200. Joy says:

    The fingerprint wall art is a perfect gift! Thanks for sharing!

  201. mommymae says:

    the fingerprint wall art is fantastic!

  202. Sarah says:

    Ooh, that tissue holder would be great for the ol’ man, but I think I need one for myself, too!

  203. Shawna says:

    Thank you for the wonderful ideas! Our Nana is going to be recieving the beaded necklace from a few days back and now I have a gift idea for our Pop-pop- the eye glass holder! Thank you again!

  204. Sarah says:

    Fabulous ideas, as always! thanks!

  205. Katheirne says:

    Golly!! Love the ideas, please keep them coming!! I have a ton of gifts to make and would be completely lost if it weren’t for Sew Mama Sew :0) All of the giveaways are such a great added bonus..Ooh, Ooh..Pick Me, Pick Me!!!

  206. Lyanna says:

    I like the kleenex idea. =)

  207. jesse says:

    I’ve been checking every day waiting for the gifts for grandparents day!! And it’s my luck it’s today! I love the purse and would love to make it- for myself and friends!!

  208. Frogdancer says:

    Those patterns are fantastic! Enter me please…
    Plus the tissue holder would be just the thing for the car.

  209. Odette says:

    I’m not a grandma yet but would love that brooch keeper !

  210. Marie says:

    chocolate fruit cake?! What a great twist on an otherwise not very welcomed food in my family! Every year my mom and i are usually the ones eating the fruitcake delivered by her neighbor because no one else will. But now with chocolate in the mix? i think we’ll get a better reaction.

  211. ran says:

    The eye glass case would be SOOOOO simple and yet so helpful to those older ones, that have a pair of reading glasses in every room, and every vehicle, and every purse!!!

  212. The finger paint wall art is the greatest! My kids will love it and so will there grandparents.

  213. erin says:

    maybe i’ll get lucky this time:)

  214. Deb says:

    Great ideas. I especially like the tissue holder. How cute!

  215. Tiffany says:

    I love that cupcake pincushion! I just finished making my mother-in-law’s gift (so my son’s grandma…)- the crochet hook holder you profiled earlier in the handmade holidays lineup! My own mom (other grandma) is getting a GPS holder. When you have a portable GPS that you put up and take down (and take with you on a trip) it pays to have a soft sleeve for it so you don’t damage the screen. So I made her a cute one- it’s pretty much like making a glasses sleeve… But came out great and she’ll love it! Unfortunately my own (and husband’s) grandparents are already gone, but I figured our moms are our son’s grandparents!

  216. Sonya says:

    another fun giveaway & project list!

  217. samantha says:

    i love the cupcake pincushion! too cute.

  218. Katie says:

    That spoon bracelet is so neat! I’m going to have to check out her site. Like the tissue holders, looks fun and super simple. Thanks again!

  219. Jenny says:

    Oh I love those cupcakes! Too bad they probably don’t taste as good as they look!

  220. Sherry says:

    oh, that handbag pattern would be perfect for a gift for my mom!

  221. Krista says:

    I love the fingerpaint wall art! Such a neat and adorable idea. And I really love that it gets the kids involved. Keep up the great work SMS!!

  222. Michelle says:

    Oh, yay! You’re back in my Bloglines. Guess all the emails paid off… :0)

  223. Julie says:

    I like the fingerpaint wall art.

  224. Stephie says:

    The chocolate fruitcake sounds wonderful! And the brooch holder is a novel idea. The gramma’s both wear pins often and this will be great to store all those holiday pins as well that we all seem to collect.

  225. Suzanne says:

    I’ve been inspired to try my hand at fruitcake πŸ™‚

  226. Rachel says:

    Spoon jewelry is the best – thanks for passing along the link!
    I am loving your Christmas Posts…

  227. Teresa says:

    I love those spoon bracelets! Beatiful and unique!

  228. Jess says:

    I might need to try the fingerpaint wall art, we have a grandparent with a birthday this week!

  229. Kelly says:

    Love the art work. Personal gifts for the grandparents are always a hit!

  230. debra says:

    Love the spoon jewelry. They have some beautiful things on their web site.
    Portabello Pixies are great patterns!! I have a few of them and they just go together so well and are so versatile. I plan on making a few market bags for Christmas gifts.

  231. Rane says:

    We are finaly getting all of the families together over thanks giving and going
    to get a family potrate made for my parents. They have been asking forever!
    I think that those feet and hand prints would be awsome too, maybe I will do
    the same as above but leave more space, and add a frame and photo and
    a name to each.

  232. Christy says:

    I love the broach keeper. My grandmother will love this!! Thank you!

  233. Tara says:

    I love the spoon bracelet and Sandi’s patterns. Count me in for the drawing.

  234. Kristen L says:

    I’ve been wondering what to give my parents for the holidays–the children’s art really sparked some ideas! Thanks for all the fun posts!

  235. Amy L says:

    No only am I finding wonderful gift ideas, but I’m left with lots of inspiration for after Christmas through the winter while we spend lots of time indoors.

  236. Bonnie says:

    I love the wall art! I am thinking about doing something similar in ornament form for the grandparents and repeating yearly. But it would also be fun to do that in my daughter’s room πŸ™‚ I also love the spoon jewelry!

  237. Mrs. C says:

    Oh, fun! I want in on this giveaway. I have the claire pattern from portobello pixie and it is awesome.

  238. Shelley says:

    Ohhh those patterns are gorgeous! I follow the blog for Portabello Pixie, so would love to win some of her fab patterns!! πŸ™‚

  239. emily e. says:

    Love the purse! So cute!

  240. Doris says:

    I love that spoon bracelet! And I love the portobello pixie patterns!

  241. Liz says:

    So many good ideas.

  242. Leesa says:

    Love al the tutes you provide

  243. Lorene says:

    I love, love, love the fingerpaint wall art!! I will definitely have to make that for my little one’s grandparents soon.

  244. Heather says:

    oh my gosh…the fingerpaint wall art is so on my list for the grandparents this year!

  245. Alice S says:

    Count me in the contest! i would love to win a Portabello Pixie pattern.

  246. Alison says:

    Such cute patterns!

  247. Kristin says:

    Yeah! My MIL’s birthday is Friday and I think we have a winner! That fingerpaint wall art looks like something she would love! πŸ™‚

  248. Sara Hemmeke says:

    Handprint and footprint gifts are always a great idea for grandparents – my kids and I are making footprint reindeer stamped on a shirt for Grammie this year.

  249. Nicolle says:

    Great ideas! Thanks

  250. Carrie says:

    Great ideas again!

  251. Caroline says:

    oooh I like the brooch keeper a lot – but I think I will make it for myself!

  252. Carla says:

    Love the handprints. Wish I had grandchildren that we could do that with. I will make the tissue holder though. It will make some nice little gifts. Love that pincushion!

  253. mary says:

    I love the spoon bracelets!

  254. jill m says:

    I’m still a little unsure about the difference between “want” and “need”. I’m sure I really need those patterns, but I haven’t figured out how they fit into the categories of food, air, water and shelter.

  255. Mrs. H. says:

    My mother would love the family jewelry. I love seeing your new ideas every day!

  256. Cathy says:

    I need that brooch keeper. I need so many pins for dance costumes, it would be great to have them all in one place

  257. Alyssa says:

    Oh I love the bracelet! The brooch holder is a great idea.

  258. Jocelyn says:

    Just made six of those travel tissue holders.I am making a total of 35 for a retirement home that my family visits once a month.I made about 10 last year year and everyone loved them.They are especially nice for the elderly, also great for the purse and car!

  259. Debra says:

    The Footprint Wall Art reminded my of a rug I did for my dad for Father’s day one year. I got a small carpet rug for him to but at the foot of his chair and I painted my little girls feet and had her step on it. It was really cute and he still has it.
    Thanks for sharing the tutorials!

  260. Leslie says:

    The wall art looks FUN! There’s so many great ideas on here.

  261. Mary Gondola says:

    Oh! Those patterns are divine. I would *love* to win them!

  262. Amber says:

    I definitely need to make some of those eyeglass cases – and that spoon jewelry is so pretty!

  263. Amelia says:

    the finger paint wall art is brilliant! must do this!

  264. missknitta says:

    I’ve just favorited the SpoonerZ store! Thanks for sharing πŸ™‚

  265. Ellen B says:

    There’s always an updated picture of the kids. I made a set of picture ornaments for each branch of the family(Child/Spouse and grandkids). I made my dad a log cabin style pillow with the center being his 1944 army picture and the logs being various patriotic fabrics last year.

  266. molly says:

    I like the look of that personalized jewelry, thanks for sharing all of these wonderful things!

  267. Rachel says:

    Wow! The cupcake looks good enough to eat

  268. Shellyfish says:

    Oh Grandparents! They do deserve extra-special love! And cake, too.

  269. Tammy Wittig says:

    The tissue holders are cute – I love the trim!

  270. Bethany says:

    I love the fingerprint and foot print art. I’ll have to do that with the girls.

  271. Amy says:

    grandparents can be the hardest to shop for these are really great ideas!

  272. marie says:

    More great ideas! Thanks!

  273. Kacy says:

    Love the wall art!

  274. Jodie says:

    You guys are amazing! Every day I come back here and am just amazed and inspired with all that you have come up with this season! You should be proud of yourselves, these posts have all been really impressive.

  275. Jennifer N. says:

    The fingerprint wall art is an excellent idea. Grandparents always love those personal touches. I just realized I could use the brooch holder for myself. It’s got to be a step up from the shoe box they’re currently hiding. Thank you!

  276. Julia in MI says:

    I love the brooch holder and the wall art that you have featured today. I would love to win those beautiful patterns, also. Thanks.

  277. Michelle Jadaa says:

    What lovely ideas!I like to make thiings they can use otherwise it gets put away in a drawer forever:)

  278. Alissa says:

    Thanks for the prizes this month! They are awesome!

  279. jenny says:

    Thanks for the GP gift ideas.
    And, I love all things Sandi Henderson!

  280. Tina says:

    The fingerprint wall art is totally cool. The brooch holder gave me an idea. Grandma doesn’t need a brooch holder, but she might really like something to store her jewelry in when she travels. She travels a lot (vacation, and visiting the grandkids) and something to carry her jewelry safely, and be able to use when she reaches her destination would be a good idea. But, what could it be?? Hmm…I will have to consult with Grandpa and ponder this idea.

  281. Mary says:

    I love those hand and foot print paintings. Those are great!

  282. Southern Gal says:

    Grands are so hard to buy for. This is great.
    Patterns look wonderful, too.

  283. Anya T. says:

    Those are great gifts to make. Thanks for the chance to win the gorgeous patterns!

  284. Courtney says:

    The tissue holder is just darling … and the trim really makes it special.

  285. Harley says:

    I love all this!! Gonna definitely make some eyeglass holders. I know several people that could use them!

  286. Great ideas! love the brooch holder. thanks for all the inspiration

  287. I love the fingerpaint art idea – colorful and meaningful, too.

  288. Jessy Roos says:

    The personalized family jewellery is great and a perfect keepsake. My grandparents love all things edible, so perhaps the chocolate fruitcake would be great for them!

  289. MaryL says:

    Thank you for the host of lovely ideas!

  290. Alana Jo says:

    Everyone needs an eyeglass case even if its for sunglasses.

  291. Rebecca says:

    I’m hoping to get some of the tissue covers done for gifts this year – thanks for the link.

  292. Candace says:

    Oh my gosh! the wall art….too cute.

  293. Kristine says:

    The sewing patterns look so fun!

  294. Christy says:

    I love the fingerprint wall art!!!

  295. Margie says:

    Love the fingerprint wall art & I’ve been looking for an easy eyeglass holder tute! Great stuff!!

  296. Josiane says:

    I have a similar tissue holder, and I love it! It’s a great way to use a nice scrap of fabric!

  297. britt says:

    I keep seeing little tissue holders and I love them every time.

  298. Megan says:

    OOoooh first comment? I bet there are others.. haha

    I love the fingerpaint wall art! Too cute! And the patterns to win look fun as well!

  299. Kathleen says:

    Those eyeglasses cases are really great! Maybe an idea for my kid’s teachers too!

  300. Lisa Allbee says:

    Thanks for all the great ideas and give-aways!

  301. Natalie says:

    Woke up thinking: I really should see if I can make some cases for my husband’s new eye glasses!

  302. Liene says:

    Thank you for all inspiration and free patterns.
    I would love to get the cupcake pincushion.
    Kind regards

  303. Jessica says:

    Nanna is going to love the fingerprint wall hangings! Thanks for the great idea!

  304. Valerie Boivin says:

    I love the fingerpain wall art. I can’t wait to try it!

  305. CodeCrafter says:

    I really need to make some of those eye glass holders! We are a family full of glasses wearers πŸ™‚

  306. Audrey says:

    I love the addition of trim on the tissue holder and that cake looks fabulous!

  307. MommytoAva says:

    I love the practicality of the travel tissue holder & reading glasses case. My toddler and I are going to add those to the agenda today and make them for the grandparents in her life! Thanks for offering ideas that are quick to make, but very practical for the receiver. We love giving specialized gifts with the receiver’s needs in consideration. Thanks again!

  308. Ashley says:

    I love that tissue holder tutorial! I’ll definitely be making one of those, if only so I can have one more opportunity to look at my favorite fabrics!

  309. Tabitha says:

    I’m liking Lara’s choice!

  310. Water Works says:

    I’ve been checking all morning for today’s update and ideas. I love the spoon designs and the wall art idea. Thanks!

  311. These are great gifts!!! Love the patterns too!!!!!

  312. Michele says:

    Fabulous link for the personalized jewelry! Thanks!

  313. Julie says:

    The handprint and footprint wall art are perfect. I’ve been trying to come up with something for grandma from my daughter.

  314. thea says:

    I love the finger paint idea so much that I want to have babies just so that I can do the project and give it to my mom as a present!!!

  315. alison says:

    These are great ideas for grand-parents. I was just thinking about what I could do for my Grandpa who is 95 years old.

  316. B says:

    This would be great to add to my growing to-do list.

  317. Chris says:

    OH MY! Perfect Idea with the fingerpainting art for the grandparents! I think we’ll be doing this!!!

  318. Natalie says:

    You always have the best ideas. I love the brooch keeper.

    The cupcake pin cushion is super cute too.

    Thanks for all the great Holiday ideas. Keep them coming.

  319. Finger paint wall art is adorable.

  320. JLu says:

    how wonderful. thank you. and the portabellopixie patterns look awesome!

  321. Liz says:

    The tissue holder is too cute- and a good idea to help my grandma (who always has those little plastic tissue packs in her purse) get a little more green. And I want to win the Portabello Pixie Sewing Patterns :o)

  322. shaina says:

    I love the eyeglass case! I think I found what I will give my dad! Thanks so much.

  323. Cheryl says:

    I am loving all tutorials and links you are sharing with us for Handmade Holidays 2008! I recently came across Portabellopixies patterns and absolutley love them! They are unique! I love the vibrant fabrics she chooses to sew her patterns.
    Keep the Handmade Holidays inspirations coming!

  324. Jodie says:

    Those travel tissue holders are so nice!!

  325. Shellie says:

    Thanks for all the great ideas! I might have to try making that eyeglass case.

  326. erin says:

    My friend did those tissue holders for everyone at her wedding. It was so cute!

  327. Kate says:

    First of all. Yeah…you are back on Bloglines! Love the Giveaway day idea, I’m going to be busy checking out all sorts of new blogs and hopefully getting some stuff together to giveaway!

  328. anja says:

    love the grand parent gift ideas, think I’ll be making some shopping bags for christmas this year.

  329. Celeste says:

    I’m sure my grandparents would love some fingerpaint wall art from my two toddlers–thanks for the idea!

  330. Carishma says:

    Thanks for all the wonderful ideas!

  331. Kelli says:

    Another day and more great ideas. Thanks! By the way, I love Lara’s fabric choice today!

  332. Sarah says:

    The brooch keeper is a great idea and will probably help some of the pieces from tarnishing. It’s a simple modified pin cushion envelope. Good thinking!

  333. Beth says:

    I might be making these tissue holders for myself πŸ™‚ I’m sure Grandma would love them too!

  334. Sarah AJ says:

    The fingerpaint wall art is a GREAT idea!

  335. Laura F. says:

    I love the patterns and the spoon bracelet!!
    Thanks for the great ideas πŸ™‚

  336. craftytammie says:

    Oh, I love that cupcake! I am making a quilted notebook for my nana, to keep stamps and envelopes and such in.

  337. Kara says:

    the footprint/handprint idea is so great…beats the handprinted sweatshirts we used to give to Grandma, but she is still wearing them!

  338. Jen B. says:

    Love the finger paint wall art. Definitely going to have to do it as a gift!

  339. amanda says:

    For the grandparents that don’t really need (or want) anything, we love giving gifts from Heifer International — you can pay for a flock of chickens (or a goat, or geese, or a water buffalo, or trees, or whatever) to go to a family in need in various parts of the world, and have it be a gift in honor of Grandma and Grandpa.

  340. catarina says:

    I love this post. So many thing I could do to offer my in-laws or my mother on behalf of my son. the Brooch keeper, the eyglass case, or the paintings with the footprints. Just lovely!

  341. Rebecca says:

    The fingerpaint wall art is great, I always wondered how to do that. Please enter me in the drawing for the patterns πŸ™‚

  342. Vanessa says:

    love it all.

  343. Mama K says:

    The wall art is so modern but looks so easy to do!

  344. Lisa says:

    Thanks for this post. I have twins on the way next week and SpoonerZ will be great place to get grandma something for the holidays.

  345. Judi says:

    Yummy!! I think I’m going to try that fruitcake. I love fruitcake and adding chocolate just makes it perfect. πŸ™‚

  346. Whistlepea says:

    The fruitcake actually sounds good!

  347. Linda says:

    Thanks for making a special day just for grandparents.

  348. Shannon says:

    I love these ideas for grandparents. Thanks for the inspiration!

  349. Nada says:

    love the brooch keeper!

  350. susan says:

    I love the hand print and foot print wall art! Thanks for the link!

  351. Jessica B. says:

    The spoon bracelet is such a cool idea. When I was a teenager, my mom had my baby spoon made into a ring for me, so I love this idea!

  352. Dani Soto-Foster says:

    This is my first comment, but I’ve been a huge fan of SewMamaSew for so long! I love being inspired by the brilliant creativity featured on the site, and the HandMade Holidays are my favorite!

  353. Alissa says:

    My gosh – the great ideas just keep on coming! It’s never ending. Impressive.

  354. Kim Beladi says:

    Everyday I am inspired by the blog. Love it and pass the word along to several people freguently. Thank you to all the crafty women and men that contrbute to this wonderful blog.

  355. Leah says:

    Your ideas this month have been fabulous. Would love that purse pattern!

  356. Ginny says:

    We are already planning canvases for Grandpa, but the foot and handprints are a great idea!

  357. Katy says:

    Great ideas today. Thanks so much!

  358. Hmm…this is all I need to do to enter the contest? Sweet!

    Love the holiday ideas. Thanks!

  359. Kathy says:

    I made a tissue holder similar to that a long time ago and lost the pattern. And now here it is!!

  360. Rachel says:

    I love those tissue holders, I know some grandmas that would love them.

  361. Shanna says:

    I ADORE the silver spoon jewelry… so tempting to buy for myself!

  362. Lil' d says:

    I always have such trouble thinking of things for grandmas – they always say they don’t need anything. Thank you.

  363. wendy says:

    Mmmmm, chocolate fruitcake!
    And I love the patterns too… and the fabrics… and the tutes… it’s a yummy morning, for sure!

  364. Shawn says:

    Yay for handmade holidays!

  365. Anne says:

    Last year I made my grandma an apron. This year I think I’ll make one of those travel tissue holders, and a couple re-usable shopping bags.

  366. Terri says:

    LOVE the fingerpaint wall art! AWESOME! They are going to love it! THANKS for the amazing ideas! You guys are the best!

  367. Sarah Lee says:

    I love the family jewelry! So creative!! I would love to have the book as well! That pin cushion on the cover is to die for!

  368. Judy says:

    I like the brooch holder idea!

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