November 25 ~ Gifts for Cooks

on November 25 | in Handmade Holidays | by | with 351 Comments

We have a lot of kitchen-related tutorials to choose from in our SMS archives. In addition to today’s fun, be sure to explore all six rounds of our Tutorial Contest from April, our Sewing for the Home tutorials and our Quilted Patchwork Hot Pads and Patchwork Kitchen Towels. For cooking-related gift sets you can look to last year’s Gift Compilations post. We have lots to offer for the cooks on our lists!

Make It

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Meg’s Tin Can Cover Tutorial from elsie marley can help you make a variety of lovely gifts. You could pair one special tin with some wooden spoons for a favorite cook.
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All you need is a crochet hook and some tulle to follow this Kitchen Scrubbie Tutorial from Penny at sewtakeahike.
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We think this Apron Tutorial (with a PDF pattern download) from Michelle at Cicada Studio would provide beautiful results with any number of fabric combinations.

Don’t miss these (additional!) related tutorials from the SMS archives: For the Kitchen, Placemats, For the Table and don’t forget the… Aprons!

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

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You can find both small and large versions of some of our favorite spice kits at Purpose Design. The everyday kit would be great for folks on your holiday list who are just beginning to cook in earnest, and everyone could use a holiday kit at this time of the year. Place your order by December 3rd for shipping to the US!

Mix It

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Elise shows us How to Make Vanilla Extract via Simply Recipes. Make some for the bakers in your family!

Share It

Holidays at Home and the Handmade Holidays photo pool!

Win It

Oliver + S Sewing Patterns

Liesl at Oliver + S (and Disdressed) was kind enough to donate two wonderful patterns–2+2 Blouse and Pleated Skirt and Bedtime Story Pajamas. We love Oliver + S cute designs, wonderful patterns, and great packaging. (We carry them all in The Shop.) Plus, the new patterns go up to a size 8, which is a rare delight for those of you who still love to sew for your kids beyond toddlerhood. Check out the the Oliver + S blog for ideas and updates. We’ll give away one pattern to two different winners. Comment below!

2 + 2 Blouse and Skirt

Bedtime Story Pajamas

More Handmade Holiday Ideas
24 ~ Whimsical
23 ~ Fit Friends
22 ~ Eco-conscious
21 ~ Holidays at Home
20 ~ Gift Exchange
19 ~ Grandparents
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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351 Responses to November 25 ~ Gifts for Cooks

  1. Kelly says:

    LOVe that apron!!!!!! thanks!

  2. Kristi says:

    Thank you for the link to the apron pattern. I am trying to teach myself how to sew and this looks like a good one to start with.

  3. Kathy says:

    Love the kitchen tin can cover!

  4. Lil' d says:

    I want to make them for myself – even though I’m a bad cook…

  5. erin says:

    I never thought of the tin can cover for kitchen utensils. I love the idea!

  6. Rebecca S says:

    Love the tin can covers! I could really use some of those…my whisks & wooden spoons are in a drawer and it’s too full to open if you’re not very careful when putting them away!

  7. Christi-sugarscrap says:

    i could totally use that scrubber thing. interesting idea.

  8. Sara G says:

    Great fabric choices ladies! And homemade vanilla, yum!

  9. Alayna E. says:

    I love the tin can cover! Its so cute and definitely a “must sew” on my list this weekend. Thanks Sew Mama Sew!

  10. Jenn M says:

    Great Vanilla Extract Recipe!

  11. Stephanie says:

    I’m a new crocheter and love the scrubbie tutorial.

  12. Mama K says:

    Oh how I’d love to win those patterns!

  13. Shannon says:

    I didn’t know she had a PJ pattern! I’ve been on a mad hunt for a nice simple, modern one, and here it is. SMS to the rescue yet again!

  14. Brandy says:

    Love the Oliver & S patterns!

  15. Abbington says:

    The tin can cover tutorial is great – and I love the embroidery designs, just lovely!

  16. Robyn says:

    love all the ideas… that apron is precious. i am imagining my fabric combos now!

  17. emily says:

    hte aprons are really nice thanks for the tips!

  18. Ginny says:

    Love the tin can cover — it’s actually been on my list for a while now.

  19. Tricia says:

    love the patterns, count me in .. is there any knitting kitchen scrubby? I can knit :S kind of πŸ™‚

  20. kelli says:

    The tin can cover is such a unique idea! Very cool.

  21. My husband is the ultimate Chef Daddy. I am thinking he needs some scrubbies in his stocking this year.

  22. Margie says:

    oh boy, this site is becoming dangerous. so much inspiration and shopping all in one! Thank you.

  23. Leslie says:

    I love the tin can cover! So cute and a great idea!!!

  24. Sherry says:

    Tin can cover! I think the search for the perfect utensil holder is over! Thanks. I think I’ll be making that one for myself for Christmas.

  25. Bronwyn says:

    Love the kitchen scrubber – looks a piece of coral! The pattern giveaways look so great!

  26. Emilee says:

    I love those Oliver + S patterns. Pick me, please!

  27. Jocelyn says:

    Love,love love the apron & the scrubby!

  28. Bree says:

    love the utensil jar cover!
    I’ve made a few cooking things in my Christmas sewing
    go to to see my ‘Kitchen Kit”

  29. Teresa says:

    That apron looks adorable!

  30. Kim D. says:

    The tin can cover is adorable! Can’t wait to make one, or ten!

  31. Sarah says:

    Those patterns look fun.

  32. Liz says:

    My kids would look great in those patterns, er, I mean clothes made from those patterns πŸ™‚

  33. Sara R. says:

    I’m making lots of kitchen (and bath) scrubbies this year!

  34. Nora says:

    So cute!

  35. Carey says:

    I am always so happy to use Elise’s recipes, so thanks for sharing another.

  36. Tiffany says:

    i love all the oliver and s patterns. Thanks for the chance!!!

  37. Leigh Eberhart says:

    I hope someone sees these on my wish list!

  38. Anya says:

    I am loving these great, easy-to-make gifts for people with various interests– too fun. πŸ™‚ Thanks so much for things I never would have thought of!

  39. Carrie says:

    love the patterns…oliver + s has the cutest stuff!!!

  40. Susu says:

    I love the scrubbie tutorial!

  41. pam says:

    Homemade vanilla! What a great gift idea.

  42. Margaret says:

    I like the apron tute. I would also love to win a pattern (hint, hint).

  43. Barbara says:

    Oh, I’m so excited that their patterns now go up to size 8! I’ve been looking for a good jammie pattern and that one looks great.

  44. Rachel Kleinschmidt says:

    Love the patterns and hope I win! I just made the free skirt parrtern on their website and I think I did 2 skirts in a half hour!

  45. Tabbi says:

    I think I would buy the spice tins just to decorate my tree I love the way spices smell….great fabrics chosen those are divine!

  46. Kimberly says:

    Thanks for the great apron tutorial.

  47. Joy says:

    I love those patterns!

  48. Michelle F says:

    I’m loving that tin can cover! I’m definitely doing that for my own kitchen! I know it should be a gift, but I want one for me!!! πŸ™‚

  49. Deb says:

    I love this apron! Thank you!!!

  50. ran says:

    Really cute apron.

  51. Kirsten says:

    So much to do, so little time.

  52. ellen says:

    I love the tin can cover and the apron!

  53. Laura says:

    The vanilla extract recipe looks really neat!

  54. Jodes says:

    I’m a sucker for an apron!

  55. Jennifer Probasco says:

    I would love to try one of the patternss and the apron tutorial is now on “the list.”

  56. Meika says:

    love the little scrubbie!! Must buy some tulle!

  57. Julie says:

    I just tried to make pajamas without a pattern. It was a mess. So I’d really love to win these patterns, As for the Homemade Holidays ideas, the scrubby is just fantastic!

  58. mojoandco says:

    I love the idea of making my own kitchen scourer! Not sure if anyone would be overjoyed about receiving one as a gift though …

  59. Nadia says:

    I’m totally into aprons right now – I can’t wait to make some with the fabrics I’ve been saving up! A good Christmas holiday project.

  60. Sarah Akester says:

    With a boyfriend who is a chef I’ve been trying to find kitchen related gifts to make for him. The tin can cover is perfect… I’m thinking the embroidery patterns could also be perfect for a “manly apron”.

  61. Janellybelly says:

    These are all such groovy little gifts to make!

  62. Caroline says:

    love the tin can the apron and the scrubby – might need to learn to crochet

  63. min says:

    That tin can…so simple and basic, yet so darling! I wonder where else I could use that design idea? I love it.

  64. Anna says:

    have been coveting the Oliver and S patterns for ages… heres hoping my luck is changing!

  65. Brookiej says:

    very cute ideas…again!

  66. Sarah says:

    Thanks for the ideas – I love that half apron.

  67. Natalija says:

    The patterns are really cute and so is the can cover.

  68. Liz says:

    The kitchen is so fun to sew for !

  69. Sarah L says:

    Love it all yet again!! Esp good patterns for boys!!!!!!!!!! please!!!

  70. wren says:

    my girls would love those patterns

  71. Hannah says:

    I’ve been looking for an apron pattern. Will have to check this one out!

  72. gardenymph says:

    So many yummy ideas! :~)

  73. JenO says:

    the tin can cover is wonderful!

  74. Amy says:

    Such good ideas!!!

  75. Beth says:

    The great ideas keep coming… I’ll be re-visiting the apron section for some inspiration! The patterns are adorable!

  76. Katy says:

    I love aprons. Who should I make this one for? πŸ˜‰

  77. Michelle says:

    Well I love it all! Thanks for the great tutorials each day!

  78. Bunny says:


  79. Serena says:

    I’ve seen the kitchen scrubbie…that’s something I really need to get around to making!

  80. Erin H. says:

    The tin can cover is amazingly classy; thanks for this great series!

  81. Amanda says:

    Love the tin can covers. The tutorial will be used often!

  82. Heidi says:

    I love aprons, it will be great when family comes over for the holidays.

  83. kim beladi says:

    Oliver and s patterns a great. Well written and illustrated.

  84. Beth says:

    My husband, the chef, would love some nice kitchen-y things that aren’t the same ol’ industry stuff – like some funky fabric potholders. I might even be able to handle that vanilla extract…

  85. kathy h. says:

    love the patterns.

  86. Those patterns are wonderful! I wouldn’t want to open it because the illustrations are so awesome.

  87. Lisa says:

    WooHoo the can is perfect to display red work on in my red and white kitchen….


  88. Genevieve says:

    Oh I love both those Oliver+s patterns. And those kitchen scrubby things are nifty.

  89. Jenny says:

    Love the recipe for the vanilla extract. I’m so excited to try it! thanks!

  90. Steph Wehrman says:

    Not even 2 weeks ago I was at a friend’s house and she asked if I knew a pattern for a kitchen scrubbie. Her mom used to make them, but is now unable do to health reasons. I printed off the pattern from this site and sent it in the mail today! She will be so excited- thanks

  91. MaryL says:

    I swore I was done with Christmas—But the scrubbies are so cute!

  92. Jo says:

    I think I’ll be making these for myself!

  93. Cecile says:

    Great ideas, once again ! Thank you.

  94. yet, again. more kids patterns that i love!

  95. Jaime says:

    Very cool stuff this time. I like the tulle scrubber and the tin can cover. That apron is such a simple design but beautiful results. I know several vanilla lovers and might have to try that if I can find the right things here in Idaho. But what I really love is the Oliver+s patterns, I want one!

  96. kristine hanson says:

    does the pattern for the pj pants come in a size 10/12 for women? HA!

  97. MelissaB says:

    I have many cooks on my list who would adore the homemade vanilla!

  98. brooke says:

    The patterns are so cute!

  99. Jenni says:

    I think I might make some vanilla extract. I love to bake and I tend to go through the stuff. Only now, I’ll go through the vodka faster. hmmmm.

  100. Asa says:

    Ooohhh…. Oliver + S patterns just make me smile… I’m excited about making some kitchen gifts for foodies on my list, thanks so much for posting this! πŸ™‚

  101. Shawna says:

    The tin covers are such a great idea… and you could use it for larger items like oatmeal and formula containers- thanks!

  102. Kathleen says:

    We make our own vanilla extract and have done so for years. It makes everything taste so much better than when it is made with “artificial vanilla” and costs much less than buying “pure” vanilla extract.

  103. Tina says:

    The kitchen scrubbie is a cool idea! I have been thinking about buying that Oliver+S pattern.

  104. Libby says:

    Always love aprons and have actually made a scrubber or two.

  105. SarahB says:

    The Oliver+S patterns are all so cute! Love the craft ideas — I want the apron and spice kit for myself!

  106. Tracey says:

    I would, also, love the patterns!

  107. Gen says:

    I love the tin can cover, so simple yet beautiful, I can’t wait to start crafting.

  108. Melissa D. says:

    Oooooh, that tin can cover could be a good idea for so many things. I love the embroidered whisk.

  109. eliza says:

    Yay for DIY PJs! and I’d love to make the apron.

  110. Gillian says:

    I have been stalking those patterns for ages and would absolutely love to win them. I have read lots of reviews of the patterns, and seen many outfits made from them, and I think the details included would help me bring my sewing to the next level.

  111. Melinda says:

    This is by far my favorite handmade holidays post!!! I love kitchen items! That tin can cover is so cute!!!! Thanks for sharing all the kitchen-y goodness!

  112. Lauren A says:

    More great ideas!!

  113. Dawn says:

    That apron is beautiful.

  114. Jayme L says:

    I love the can cover. I can see getting a lot of use out of that. I would love to try some of those cute Oliver S patterns. :o)

  115. Jackie says:

    I love the vanilla extract recipe!

  116. Toebi R says:

    I love to make aprons I am definitely gonna try this one.

  117. Jenn says:

    OMG – I would love those patterns. Have been eyeing them for a long time now. Pick me. Pick me.

  118. kate says:

    i totally wanna make that apron!

  119. Erica says:

    What cute ideas today! My girls just love how aprons are making a comeback. I’ve loved the Sandbox pattern since it first came out.

  120. Lalli says:

    great projects.

  121. Anne says:

    Awesome projects – love the apron and scrubbie. So many good ideas – so little time!

  122. Kathrine says:

    I love oliver + s patterns. I was just browsing their shop last night but could not decide which one to buy.

  123. Denneen Peterson says:

    How to make your own vanilla and scrubbies. I love the spices and the patterns, too. Please let me win one. Thanks, Denny

  124. Ginger says:

    that can cover is perfect-o!

  125. Anne says:

    Gah, it’s november 25th already?! Time to get sewing! Thanks for the tutes

  126. Robin in New Jersey says:

    Those patterns are adorable!

  127. Sarah Lee says:

    Love the apron! Will be making one soon!

  128. love the kitchen scrubbie!! now, i need to learn to crochet…

  129. Mariana says:

    many tins and pot plants to be covered aroung here….

  130. Melissa says:

    The kids and I are going to make vanilla extract for gifts. Thanks!

  131. Mady says:

    I love those patterns and the gifts for cooks ideas.

  132. Lindsey says:

    love the vanilla bean extract recipe!

  133. mommymae says:

    the oliver & s patterns are adorable, as always!

  134. Deanna says:

    I love all the DIY gift ideas. I have been checking your site daily for more ideas. I love it. I have a goal to make all hand made items this Christmas and I am very excited to get to make all these lovely items. Thanks!

  135. Samantha says:

    Cute apron! And I love those Oliver + S patterns. I’ve heard that they go together well. I’d love to try them.

  136. Stacy says:

    Oh, I love those patterns.

    Pick me!!


  137. Jacqui says:

    Oh I’m such an apron girl!! can’t wait to try this one as well as that tin can cover….love it!!!

  138. jenn says:

    What wonderful ideas! Love the tin cover and the apron!

  139. Laine Odle says:

    I love the tin can cover – I’ve been saving empty baby formula containers for something just like this!

  140. Sara D. says:

    I just love those Olliver + S patterns!

  141. Elizabeth says:


  142. Ms. Cleaver says:

    love the tin can cover! I use a lot of cans in my home for storage, so I made use that one for me!

  143. Shellie says:

    I love the Oliver & S patterns. I hope I win. Thanks!

  144. Amber says:

    I just hung some cute hooks in my kitchen . . . and they really need a cute apron hanging on them!

  145. Lizzie says:

    I LOVE the tin can cover and the apron and can’t wait to get started! Thanks for sharing. My little ones would love so adorable in the Oliver + S clothing! Great giveaway!

  146. RobinE says:

    Make your own scrubbie? How cool!!! I may need to get myself a crochet hook. Thanks again for all of the wonderful ideas!

  147. Melissa says:

    That scrubbie looks easy to make, love it!

  148. Lynne in NC says:

    Yeah~ just in time to begin cooking, too. Thanks for the great ideas.

  149. Michelle says:

    That kitchen scrubbie looks so easy and effective, I think I might just have to try that. And… I’ve always wanted to try one of those Oliver & S patterns…!

  150. Jacqui says:

    I’ve admired the Oliver + S patterns for awhile now, would love to win one! I love the idea of covering over the tin can, it looks incredibly stylish.

  151. julia says:

    OH! Great ideas!…I’m making napkins : I could cover a lg tin can as a storage container fir them!!

  152. anja says:

    am loving the creative gift ideas–great for year round!

  153. Junglewife says:

    So many good ideas! Love ’em!

  154. yvonne says:

    oh, i love those patterns!

  155. Julie says:

    I want to make an apron too! It looks pretty simple!

  156. Christina says:

    very clever with the scrubber!!

  157. Holly says:

    I’m loving all the great ideas, but am getting overwhelmed! Need to stop dreaming and start sewing!

  158. Limor says:

    My daughter would love some new patterns so that I can make more clothes for her πŸ™‚

  159. Ang says:

    Thanks for sharing these projects – a tin can cover would look cute on my utensil holder, even though it’s not a tin can!

  160. Jessica says:

    i want the boy pattern

  161. Lauren says:

    Great ideas! Especially the tin can cover… cute, useful and green.

  162. Esther says:

    Love oliver + s. But then, who doesn’t?

    I’ve been so inspired by the new ideas for design possibilities each day. Thank you all so very much.

  163. Ashley Ann says:

    Those scrubbies look fun!

  164. Kendall says:

    great tips. thanks!

  165. Laura says:

    The tin can cover is so pretty!

  166. Christy says:

    I love the apron and how to make vanilla!! Can’t wait.

  167. Julia in MI says:

    I love the utensil can cover. Great idea.

  168. Shannon says:

    make my own vanilla extract! awesome!

  169. Wendy says:

    I need a new apron! I don’t have to give it away, do I?

  170. Kat says:

    How is it that I never tire of aprons? I could make an apron a day for a year and still love them….

  171. Amanda says:

    cute cute patterns!! I also love the crocheted kitchen scrubbie!!

  172. Tin covers and aprons, oh where do I start? I love them both.

  173. aimee says:

    I love those Oliver + S patterns!!! Thanks for all the great Christmas ideas!!

  174. Ingrid says:

    Oh, Story Time pyjamas, I’d love a pair form myself as well as my 5-year-old! I’m really enjoying being inspired by all the ideas and we are having our own handmade holidays this year.

  175. Shellyfish says:

    Oh the vanilla…I’d been “making” a litre bottle of vanilla since early last spring…and then I went out of town. And my husband called me and told me that the “vanilla rum” I was distilling was the best he’d ever served at cocktails! He & his work friends drank my vanilla! I need to start over…

  176. Lauranie says:

    I never thought of crocheting tulle, this should be interesting!

  177. Margaret says:

    Oooooo – Oliver + S… Yum.

  178. Natalie says:

    Oh ohohoh… can’t I just stop everything else and sew? There is almost too much inspiration here!

  179. Jennifer says:

    Love the apron!! i will have to try it!!

  180. Rebecca says:

    That’s a very sweet apron! And I love those Oliver+s patterns!

  181. Kathleen says:

    Oh my gosh, love the scrubbie!

  182. Erin says:

    That kitchen scrubby is so cool! I’ve never seen anything like it. BTW, I love Oliver + S patterns!

  183. Bethany says:

    The apron is cute, but the home made vanilla extract is an awesome idea!

  184. Laura F. says:

    I love the tin can cover,the scrubbie ,and the apron!

  185. Katheirne says:

    The Tin can cover is great! Very cute, and can be removed and washed….Grease is always flying in my kitchen :0)

  186. Mary says:

    I can’t wait to try the vanilla extract recipe… and as a bonus, there’s also a really yummy sounding brandied cranberry sauce recipe on the Simply Recipe site – just what I was looking for! Thank you for your wonderful ideas!!

  187. Aubrey says:

    First time viewer here. I love the vanilla extract idea and will certainly try it out. I’ve spent way too long now checking out the spice racks at the Etsy store.

  188. Katie says:

    The scrubbie sounds like a good idea. Loving the giveaway!

  189. Teresa says:

    I have been wanting to make homemade vanilla for a while, now I have to!

  190. karen says:

    Thats the perfect apron pattern!

  191. Homemade vanilla – was a very interesting article. Somehow I knew that it would be made with vodka…………

  192. Stacey says:

    Another great handmade holiday entry. I love coming everyday to see what you’ve added. Thanks for putting these lists together and for another great giveaway!

  193. Joy says:

    I am in love with the apron!

  194. Alana Jo says:

    That apron is cute.

  195. Bethany says:

    Oh, I’d love to win the Oliver & S sewing patterns! They are beautiful!

  196. Alice S says:

    I’m going to look into the spice kits. Sounds like a great gift. I love the look of the Oliver+S clothes so I would love to win the patterns!

  197. Jan says:

    Love the ideas for cooks, especially the homemade vanilla extract!

  198. Sonicka says:

    Too cute! These will be fun to try out.

  199. kara says:

    I’ve looked at those patterns for so long! I want them so badly!!

  200. Hannah says:

    My boy would look so cute in those pjs!

  201. Anja says:

    Such a lovely apron!

  202. Valerie B says:

    I want to make an apron now! I am so loving all these blogs!

  203. Rebecca says:

    I love the tin can cover and the apron!

  204. Carla says:

    Great ideas. Love the apron.

  205. water works says:

    I’ve used Bean’s hot pad tutorial with great success and plan to make a few more as gifts.

  206. Shannon says:

    Thanks so much for the handmade holidays posts! I look forward to checking it everyday, and hope that I get a chance to make some of the items for Xmas gifts!

  207. Megan says:

    That scrubbie pattern is so easy, what a great idea! Thanks for sharing. I may have to try that and the vanilla extract. Awesome!

  208. Christine Bolin says:

    I make kitchen scrubbies every year. Once you wear them out in the kitchen, use them outside when you wasch the car. It won’t scratch the paint. Everyone loves these as a Christmas present.

  209. Sonya says:

    love the simplicity of the O + S patterns (hope I win!)
    and the apron is a must sew, with all the scraps I have accumulated.

  210. Debra says:

    I love to cook so I am in love with everything on this post!!! πŸ™‚

  211. Mary says:

    I would really love to win one of these patterns!

  212. Jodie says:

    These are so cute! I love the apron and would LOVE to get my hands on those patterns. I think my daughter would look divine in that little outfit! πŸ™‚

  213. Judi says:

    I think I need a couple of those tin can covers!! Not just for my kitchen but to help organize my desk and sewing area! Perhaps I’ll also make some for my kids to use on their desks in their rooms.

  214. Lisa says:

    Cute ideas; I especially like the embroidery on that can.

  215. Samantha says:

    Love the Vanilla Extract recipe and apron! Will have to make both for a gift for my grandma!

  216. melissa wilson says:

    i can’t get to the whimsical doll page! i have tried to access the link from everywhere and it’s not working! i hope it will be fixed b/c she is such a cutie! thanks!

  217. melissa wilson says:

    i can’t get to the whimsical doll page! i have tried to access the link from everywhere and it’s not working! i hope it will be fixed b/c she is such a cutie! thanks!

  218. anne says:

    Love the tin can covered canister.

  219. Michele says:

    Fabulous ideas! I love the apron.

  220. Stacy says:

    Wonderful! Vanilla extract is on my Christmas gift list for next year… I thought of it too late to give it this year! Thanks for the link with the information about vanilla beans.

  221. Molly says:

    The tin can cover is a great idea!

  222. Victoria says:

    Thanks so much for all the great ideas and giveaways!

  223. Lesley Stenning says:

    oooh, I love her patterns! I’d love to try those.

  224. Jane E. says:

    I love these creative ideas! I’m excited to try these tutorials – especially the tin can covering and the scrubby! thanks very much!

  225. amy says:

    Great ideas–love today’s fabric choices!

  226. Marie Greene says:

    Another one of those “why didn’t I think of that?” days. Fabulous ideas, and I especially love the tin can cover!

  227. kristen says:

    I love the tin can cover! I am definitely going to make that!

  228. Terri says:

    I am making myself a tin can cover! Love it! Love the patterns as well!
    THANK YOU!!!!!

  229. Grace says:

    Would love to get my hands (and then my scissors) on one of those patterns – they are so amazing!

  230. CodeCrafter says:

    The apron is so very cute. I love aprons!

  231. Avlor says:

    Now that tin can cover could be down right useful! (Adding to my list of projects.)

  232. Amy L says:

    The tin can idea is great! I keep recycling my coffee cans wondering what fun I could have with them if I knew some way to decorate. Now I have a great tutorial to follow!

  233. molly says:

    I have had that elsie marley tutorial bookmarked forever, thanks for reminding me that I need to do it!

  234. Michelle says:

    Ooo those scrubbies look so cool. Too bad I can’t crochet. This pattern is headed on over to my mom!

  235. AndreaLea says:

    Is it bad that I want to make all these things for myself? πŸ™‚

  236. Megan says:

    The tin can cover is such a good idea. And I love those Oliver + S patterns!

  237. Carrie in KC says:

    Fun stuff. My brain is swimming with all the ideas for Christmas.

  238. joy newman says:

    i never thought about making my own vanilla. what a great idea. and i love the tin can cover and you can never have enough pretty aprons. thanks for the inspiration!

  239. Jennifer N. says:

    So, I’ve been trying to figure out how to cover everything in my house in fabric. The can cover is a great start. I can cover cans and boxes now. How do I cover the 40 boxes of fabric in my garage? Thanks for all of the great ideas.

  240. Southern Gal says:

    I need a utensil holder in my kitchen. What a great, cheap idea for one with a cover I can make myself!

  241. Joanna says:

    I have been wanting to try out these patterns! My girl has finally decided she wants to keep her clothes on (most of the time!)

  242. Sarah AJ says:

    Homemade vanilla extract sounds like such a great idea!

  243. Emily S says:

    Loooove that fabric used in the apron!

  244. Lindsay says:

    I think the tin can cover will be great to organize art supplies. Cute!

  245. froghair says:

    that kitchen scrubbie is fantastic! I’m always trying to repurpose stuff, but that’s one I would never have thought of in a million years.

    also, I am just LOVING this series of “gifts for ____” thankyouthankyouthankyou!!

  246. Sunny says:

    I have to get to making one of the tin can covers! Add that to the list that never ends πŸ™‚

  247. Aileen W says:

    i can’t wait to try making my own vanilla extract! what a cool idea!

  248. Melanie says:

    The tin can cover is a great idea, and I never knew the scrubbies were made with tulle. Great ideas once again.

  249. Mikaela says:

    Nice ideas and the patterns are so sweet!

  250. Love the apron! Printed a couple tutorials from this page. And the patterns are great!

  251. Robin says:

    That tin can cover is a great idea! Love that you can use it to recycle cans and make them super cute, too. =)

  252. Lindsey says:

    I always make my vanilla with rum. I’ll have to try the vodka idea.

  253. Ashley says:

    The apron is super cute! I would love to win the patterns. My Mom and I were considering buying the PJ one for my baby brother. We heard such good things about it. And it’s adorable. πŸ™‚

  254. Megan says:

    I’m loving all of these ideas! I also like the homemade vanilla extract link. I just finished up a batch for Christmas (started it in September). Thanks!

  255. Kelli says:

    Those Oliver + S patterns are on my wish list…what a great early Christmas present it would be to win them!

  256. Lauren says:

    Love all the great gift ideas!

  257. Shelley says:

    I love the apron! Thanks for the great ideas πŸ™‚

  258. pjs says:

    wow…. the tin can covers are a great idea!

  259. Katie says:

    The apron is very cute! I’m quite excited about the Oliver + S patterns. I’ve been eyeing those for quite some time :).

  260. Amy says:

    cute apron!

  261. Jodie says:

    Love that apron!

  262. debra says:

    I love the whisk on the tin can cover. It would be great to use as covers for my little ones things. You could embroider the item that belongs in the can such as blocks, little people, etc.

  263. Tammy :) says:

    I love the tin can cover and the wisk designs that are in the tutorial.

  264. Sarah says:

    Love that apron! too cute!

  265. Tricia says:

    I am in love with all of your tutorials. Thank for putting them all together.

  266. MegVS says:

    I have never heard of making your own vanilla extract! How cool!

  267. Marie says:

    it’s a tie- i love the frilly apron AND the tin can utensil cover! i think the embroidered whisk just makes it extra kitsch. while i don’t embroider, i’m going to send it along to my mom for a gift idea for me! she loves redworking!!

  268. Deanne says:

    Clever idea for covering a can – I can think of several other opportunities to slipcover cans for around the house.

  269. Audrey says:

    i would love to make my own vanilla! What a great idea to mix in with some crafty cooking items. Thanks!

  270. karissa says:

    I think I will try the Apron

  271. Michelle says:

    The aprons are so cute!!!

  272. lise says:

    I love your calendar, and it’s perfect to have it in November. I’m looking forward to your gift ideas every day, and soon I’m going to sew several of the ideas you serve.

  273. Doreen says:

    I love the look of the tin can cover – definately going to book mark it as a project to work on!


  274. Pam Hastings says:

    Lovely ideas! I’ve been wanting to make an apron for soooo long.
    Thanks again

  275. The apron and can cover are so cute!

  276. jen says:

    love that apron and Oliver + S please draw my name!

  277. Celeste says:

    I might have to try the make-your-own vanilla extract for my parents. And I love that apron!

  278. Christy says:

    Perfect gifts to make for foodie friends! Thank you!

  279. missknitta says:

    Can’t wait to try homemade vanilla πŸ™‚ Thanks!!

  280. Lynn says:

    I love the tin can over. What a fantastic idea to recycle some old cans!

  281. Josiane says:

    A crocheted tulle kitchen scrubbie is a neat idea! And now that I know that making vanilla extract is that simple, I need to go find some vanilla beans!

  282. i love it. everyday. i love it.

  283. Maria says:

    Thanks for all the wonderful ideas. I just need more time to try them all.

  284. Kendall says:

    I never would have known you could make your own vanilla extract! And that apron is beautiful

  285. Shanna says:

    Oh perfect!!! I plan on sewing up an apron from my Aunt for christmas… πŸ™‚

  286. chantelle says:

    Love, love, love the patterns from Oliver S.

  287. Betsy M says:

    That apron is beautiful! I love the fabrics she used.

  288. Jennifer says:

    I was looking for a great apron pattern. Yea!

  289. Shawn says:

    Mmmmmm, homemade vanilla!

  290. Kelly says:

    As always, you never disappoint. Great ideas! I never would have thought to use tulle for a scrubber!

  291. Jenny says:

    I love the tin can cover. I think I may have to make one for myself! Merry Christmas to me!

  292. Michelle says:

    Oh I love all these ideas! And I have a granddaughter and grandsons to sew for!

  293. Sarah says:

    oh, I would love to try one of those Oliver & S patterns… I’ve bookmarked that tin can cover tutorial before… now if I can just find the time to act on it!

  294. Lily says:

    My mom could really use a new apron. This one is adorable! Thank you!

  295. melissa p. says:

    since 2 of my brother-in-laws are chefs…the kitchen theme is great! i may need to make more manly aprons, but i think i can handle that! love the scrubby!

  296. Jess says:

    The apron is just what I needed to get me motivated to make my grandma’s christmas present! Thank you!

  297. I love that tin can cover and want to own some of those scrubbies. I guess I’m the cook that no one will craft for this Christmas. Wish I had a crafty friend that read blogs…

  298. alisha says:

    I just noticed today that I needed to make more vanilla extract. I haven’t been able to find the real stuff here in Austria, so I make it myself. The link to info on various types of vanilla beans was very interesting.

  299. Annika says:

    Another great round-up… but I just want these for myself.

  300. Mary says:

    I was wondering what to do with my pile of tulle: and now I have an answer- Thanks!

  301. marie says:

    Love it!! Those spice rack kits are so nice!

  302. chelsea says:

    I’ve been wanting these patterns forever but can’t bear to spend the money when I know they’d not be a priority (I don’t have kids, just nieces and nephews). BUT! If I win them, I’d HAVE to make the time. It’d be like winning a million dollars and not buying anything. It’s just not possible!

  303. amanda says:

    AHH!! I love Oliver + S!

  304. Kari says:

    That scrubby is such a great idea! & the tin cover is gorgeous! Too many ideas and so little time!

  305. Margie says:

    Wow I really love the apron pattern! Great stuff.

  306. Karen H says:

    Another great day of tutorials!! Thanks so much.

  307. Erin Hibshman says:

    As a cook, I would love to have the apron – maybe Santa can make one for me??? πŸ™‚

  308. Amy says:

    I love Oliver + S patterns.

  309. Katie Mitchell says:

    OOooo, homemade vanilla extract! Awesome!

  310. Kristin says:

    I love the fabrics used in that apron!

  311. craftytammie says:

    what fun patterns! I love the apron, I’ll have to give it a whirl.

  312. Deborah says:

    Definitely making the apron and scrubbie!! Thank you for the neat ideas!

  313. Michelle says:

    Love the apron tutorial, and those scrubbies! I may have to learn to crochet quickly – a friend just begged me to make her some, and I had to decline due to my knit-only status.
    I’ve been dying to try the Oliver+S sewing patterns – here’s to typing with crossed fingers! πŸ™‚

  314. Kimberly says:

    Love the scrubbie! Now I have something to make out of the yards of tulle I have just sitting around!

  315. Christina says:

    I can’t wait to try making my own vanilla extract! Thanks for sharing. I love the embroidered wisk, too!

  316. Yetta says:

    That apron looks so sweet I may just wear it out over leggings or something. The patterns look adorable too. Thanks for another wonderful collection.

  317. joey says:

    I need to try the tin can cover. I really like the whisk embroidery – a matching apron would be great for my mom too.

  318. Hazel says:

    I’ve made vanilla extract before, and it is a very satisfying project. I used mine for years.

  319. Tine says:

    I am so impressed with the great tutorials you have collected for this handmade Holidays month. Such a wonderful treasure chest!

  320. love that apron and tin can cover! wonderful ideas as always

  321. Carol says:

    Lovely, lovely, lovely.

  322. Audrey says:

    cute ideas! i love the apron.

  323. Heather B says:

    Cute tin can cover!

  324. Julie says:

    The homemade kitchen scrubbie is a good idea.

  325. Tammy Wittig says:

    Oh, that scrubbie looks interesting! I need to get a crochet hook.

  326. Jodie says:

    I can’t wait to make the aprons. Thanks!

  327. Jennie says:

    I love the Cicada Studio apron. That would be a great gift!

  328. Oooo, I love those pj’s!

  329. catarina says:

    I love this post. Love the kitchen scrubie and the apron. I would love to win the pattern for the boys pijamas to do one for my son. thank you.

  330. Tara H. says:

    I have been looking for a vanilla recipe. Thanks for posting that, as well as the other great ideas.

  331. Michelle Perry says:

    Love it all. Oliver’s is one of my favorites!

  332. betsy says:

    The patchwork towels look fun and easy to make.

  333. tooticky says:

    Oh! Oliver + S patterns! Love them!!!

    And I’ve been meaning to make some vanilla extract for a while now – thanks for the tute!

  334. Rebecka says:

    I’ve wanted those sewing patterns for quite some time now!

  335. Somer says:

    Again great ideas. Love the tin can cover. And Oliver+S patterns. How exciting.

  336. Linda says:

    Thank you so much for sharing!

  337. Krista says:

    What great ideas! I and going to make the apron for sure. Thanks for sharing.

  338. Kelley says:

    Oh the vanilla looks wonderful. I love the idea of making your own. Those patterns are precious!

  339. Shannon says:

    Great ideas, I love the kitchen scrubbie!

  340. Courtney says:

    More great patterns for my baby girl!

  341. Vanessa says:

    I love aprons!

  342. Vanessa says:


  343. shaina says:

    I love the apron! Very fun.

  344. mary says:

    I love that Oliver + S has patterns for BOYS!

  345. Jessy Roos says:

    The little whisk embroidered on the tin can cover is adorable! And I’m really intrigued by the kitchen scrubby, can’t wait to try that one out! Thanks guys!

  346. Kate says:

    The kitchen scrubbie is so cute and different. What a great idea.

  347. Lori says:

    Maybe not for Christmas, but the utensil holder may be in the cards for my sister’s wedding gift.

  348. jill m says:

    Ooo…pick me! Pick me! I’m so coveting those patterns! Love Lara’s choice today.

  349. KathyO says:

    What great ideas! These patterns would be great for my two little girls.

  350. Jessica says:

    OOoooh I wanna make an apron!!!!

  351. Rita says:

    I LOVE the tin can cover! I have to make some of those! Plus, it’s a great way to reuse tin cans!

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