November 3 ~ Gifts for Babies & Toddlers

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Handmade gifts for little ones are some of the most treasured and lovely gifts to both give and receive. Give the babies and toddlers on your list something special!

Make It

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We know lots of little ones who would love this fun, soft toy. Ellen from created this great Rocket Man Tutorial.
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Counting is more fun with Katherine’s Counting Bean Bag Tutorial from One Inch World.
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abunchakidsinc shares a Go Fish Tutorial incorporating a little sewing, a little fabric, magnets and some fun.
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Lara from thornberry has a great Baby Tag Blanket Tutorial.
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Alicia from Posie Gets Cozy has a beautiful crochet Tiramisu Blanket Pattern available as a PDF download.

Don’t miss these related tutorials from the SMS archives: Blankets for Baby, Dress the Kids, For Baby and Soft Toys & Games.

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:

Lauren’s choice Kristin’s choice Beth’s choice
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Buy It

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The Aurelia and Annalise shop has the cutest selection of baby shoes around, with great options for girls and boys. We love the Sebastians, the Helenas… We love them all.
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It’s hard to choose just one thing to feature from Hillary’s Wee Wonderfuls shop. Don’t miss her Mr. & Mrs. Gnome sewing pattern and look for a Christmas dream bubble embroidery series coming to the shop within days.

Mix It

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Caroline from Whipped shares a delicious Favorite Banana Bread Recipe, sure to be devoured by babies, toddlers and everyone else in the family!


Share It

Holidays at Home and the Handmade Holidays photo pool!

Win It

SEAMS TO ME: 24 New Reasons to Love Sewing

by Anna Maria Horner
(Wiley, November, $24.99, ISBN: 978-0-470-25926-9)

From the Publisher:

In SEAMS TO ME, Anna Maria walks the readers through the fundamentals of sewing, offering practical advice on everything from fabric selection to color choices to choosing and buying a sewing machine. While many books offer instruction or patterns, SEAMS TO ME offers both.

SEAMS TO ME includes vivid, full-color photographs and designs and a bound-in envelope containing 10 loose paper patterns. Whether you’re a beginner or veteran sewer, the 24 projects in this beautiful book will transform your home and wardrobe into a collection of unique treasures, to be handed down for generations to come.

The mother of five, Anna Maria still finds time to share her thoughts on a blog that attracts more than 100,000 fans per month. One of today’s most refreshing and most notable fabric designers, she has appeared on The Martha Stewart Show and has been featured at numerous exhibitions, including the Surtex art and design show and QuiltMarket.

Sew,Mama,Sew! would like to thank Sarah from Wiley Publishing for contributing this gorgeous book to Handmade Holidays. Did you catch the part about there being actual pattern pieces in there?! As always, Anna Maria’s work and photography are stunning. This book is a must-have for modern sewists. Visit the Wiley website to learn more about the book and the “Sew Like a Pro” Sweepstakes!

Comment here to become eligible to win this book.  The winner will be announced on Friday. Visit our growing prize list to see some of the other great give-aways we’ll offer this month.

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372 Responses to November 3 ~ Gifts for Babies & Toddlers

  1. Mandy K Court says:

    I love the Rocket man! I’m going to be very busy this season with all the brilliant ideas you guys are posting.

  2. Natasha says:

    I love those PJ pants.

  3. janna says:

    I absolutely love Anna’s blog and I know I would love her book too! She makes such beautiful things! I definitely need to learn a thing or two from her.

  4. Rhiannon says:

    mmmmm, banana bread…..

  5. Trish says:

    Thanks for the beanbag idea. I’ve made and uploaded my photos for beanbags with numbers 1 – 10 sewn on to them with buttons or embroidery work representing each number. I’ve also made a matching tote to carry them in and have included a small books of beanbag games that I have compiled for mom & dad to play with the children. Just too cute! Thanks for the inspiration!

  6. jesica says:

    such woderful ideas! my little guys would love them!

  7. Amber says:

    Oh my goodness – that little rocket is too cute!

  8. kim baratta-mowers says:

    I love all these holiday posts! would really love to take a look at this book too! 🙂

  9. Amy says:

    OHHHHHHHHH! I have already make the rocket and little men to go with! I love love love this project and from here on out any little guy I know will be getting this from me! Including a special little boy we will be introduced to soon- yipee!

  10. Michele says:

    What great suggestions for gifts.

  11. NanaSewn says:

    I love the little shoes. I cant find NOV 1 and 2, Can you help me find them?

  12. Leslie says:

    I love the baby blanket. I know lots of people who are having babies. How beautiful that would be to give!

  13. Fiona says:

    So many fantastic ideas! I had better get started. How many sewing days until Christmas?!

  14. CJ says:

    I love these suggestions! Thank you so much for offering such great tutorials. I thought I’d PAY-IT-FORWARD by sharing a FREE TUTORIAL that I recently wrote for a Snowman Game. It makes a great gift or game for parties! Visit my blog at to view it.

  15. kathy h. says:

    Wee Wonderfuls is one of my favorite sites.

  16. Beth says:

    LOVE those baby shoes!!!!!!!

  17. Jodie says:

    All sooooo cute. I love the baby shoes. Love the babies I have to shop/sew for, too! 🙂

  18. JLu says:

    anna maria horner is my hero!

  19. Christy says:

    Great idea for all the babies and little ones in our lives. I love the rocket!! Thank you

  20. Megan says:

    I LOVE this series. The perfect thing for any crafter! I’m definitely bookmarking many of these to save for later! Thanks!

  21. Marilyn says:

    Oh that fishing game is great! I’ve already started a set for my three year old and am attaching gills or spots in different amounts to each fish to practice our number skills. He can fish for the number 3, 5, 7 or 10. He’ll love it — thanks!

  22. Kimberly says:

    I love the rocket man! I’m gonna have to try that one for my little guy!

  23. ran says:

    great ideas! I’m new to your site but enjoying it very much.

  24. Jessy Roos says:

    Some great projects here! The counting game looks fun and very tactile – perfect for little ones, and the beautiful crocheted blanket is to die for! So pretty!

  25. Michelle says:

    I love love love Alicia from Posie Gets Cozy. She makes me think that I can be creative too! That blanket is absolutely gorgeous. I think I may attempt it for a certain neice…

  26. Kelly says:

    Oh, I’ve been looking at this book for quite a while now, wanting it. I may have to break down and get it one of these days.

  27. Liz says:

    BEST EVER fabrics! the kid in me will always love good kid fabrics.

  28. Michelle says:

    Darling gifts for babies…the bean bags are really cute. I’ll have to start shopping for some fabric!

  29. Wendy says:

    That tiramisu blanket is absolutely beautiful. I think the Rocket Ship is perfect for a little guy I know. Thanks for the inspiration!

  30. AmyM says:

    yum on the banana bread and i just got 3/4 yard of this super cute elephant fleece and was thinking about making a tag blanket for our little one on the way!

  31. Bethany says:

    Thanks for the great ideas. I love the counting bean bags, great for my little girl.

  32. Teresa says:

    Those baby shoes are adorable!

  33. Betsy says:

    With 3 little ones these pages are getting bookmarked!! Thanks.

  34. Lisa says:

    I’m going to bookmark the rocket AND the bean bags. I’ve been looking for something I could make for little boys.

  35. jessica says:

    I love the rocket man!! My little men would love him!

  36. Carla says:

    Everything looks so cute. The book looks like a great one to own. Love the little rocket man.

  37. Teresa says:

    Mmm, banana bread. I have ripe bananas, too, all ready to go.

  38. ellen says:

    So many cute ideas…so little time. Have to get started!

  39. Deb says:

    My son would have loved the Rocket Man ~ he’s 30 now, but I’m hoping for grandbabies, so will print this one out = } Thanks!

  40. Angela says:

    I just recently found your web site and LOVE this series of posts! Thanks so much for all of the great gift and project ideas!


  41. Kathy says:

    I’ve been wanting this Anna Maria Horner book! Crossing my fingers!!!

  42. Jenn S says:

    That blanket is so sweet!

  43. aimee says:

    I love the Rocket and little man – what a perfect gift for any one of my 4 boys!!

  44. Nikki says:

    Cute stuff!!! Thank you for sharing!!

  45. Leigh says:

    LOVE the rocket man. LOVE IT! Thanks for sharing!

  46. Catherine says:

    I love the fabric choices above – in fact I just picked up a yard of “kristin’s choice” about a week ago for a small project!

  47. Kris says:

    I would like to make the rocket man for my nephew’s birthday!! He would love it! I would love to win the book!

  48. Joy says:

    Can’t wait to make the rocket ship! How fun!

  49. nap says:

    the Tiramisu Blanket has been in my ravelry que for too long – I think I’m going to make it for my new niece for Christmas!

  50. mommymae says:

    my little guy will love the fishing rod.

  51. Jennie says:

    hooray for head starts on the holiday season. I need to get my butt in gear and get sewing! Thanks for all of the fantastic inspirations.

  52. Darlene says:

    I like the counting bean bags!

  53. indywriter says:

    I love the rocket! I may have to make a couple for my twin nephews!

  54. MichelleB says:

    I love the homemade holidays. I love all of the ideas.

  55. Karla says:

    That fishing game is perfect for my youngest son & my nephew!! Thanks for all these fantastic ideas!

  56. Heather says:

    That little Rocket Man craft is cuter than cute!

  57. Heather says:

    That little Rocket Man craft is cuter than cute!

  58. Yvonne says:

    The tiramisu blanket is to-die-for. Absolutely gorgeous.

  59. UpNorth Cottage says:

    Hi – Thanks for bringing Homemade Holidays back again this year — what a treat! And thanks for offering the book!

  60. Aison says:

    Love the rocket ship! Thanks too for bringing back some of the best links from last year’s handmade holidays!

  61. Laura says:

    LOVING all the great ideas! Thanks for the chance to win!

  62. Little A says:

    The Rocket Man is adorable! I’ll definitely put that one on my list.

  63. jill says:

    Those bean bags look fabulous. Also, I have used several of Hilary’s Wee Wonderfuls patterns in the past and they are great. My boys play with their space boy and robots all the time!

  64. JenR says:

    These are some Fabulous ideas for the little ones!! Love ’em!

  65. Ohhh, I just spotted that book in the bookstore today! I had to convince myself to walk away fast so I wouldn’t spend the money. So put me in that hat…maybe I can win it!

  66. Anary says:

    Ahhh..I have been looking for a banana bread recipe forever…I hope I have a chance to make it soon.
    Now, this tiny Mary janes are adorable…I wish I had tiny feet : )

  67. Amy says:

    I love the magnetic fish game! I’ll have to make it! I made the ribbon tag blanket for my daughter and she loves it. I actually just made a tutorial for a ribbon tag ball that you can see on my blog. My daughter loves it too!

  68. Linda T says:

    Thanks for those wonderfuls tutorials. I think I just might do one of those tag blankets – such fun. What a great prize – pick me! I look forward to all your coming tutorials. Thanks

  69. Denise says:

    I have three married children, no grandkids which is fine as I have a seven year old at home, but I may have to break down and start that blanket early!!

  70. Rosy says:

    Love the “go fish” tutorial!

  71. I really like the gnomes and rocket man. The tag blanket look fun for a baby.

  72. Beth G. says:

    Love the Tiramisu blanket

  73. Bloom says:

    Oh my, how I’d love to win a copy of this book!! Thank you for all the wonderful tutorials so far. It is a daily highlight to visit your blog & see what innovative new things to make have been posted.

  74. K says:

    love the rocket! I would have to make two (one for each)! The book looks devine!

  75. Patti says:

    LOVE the Rocket Man! How very cute! Thank you so much for all the inspiring tutorials. So many wonderful and giving people out there!

  76. Shannon says:

    those baby shoes break my heart! how adorable!

  77. carol says:

    Love love love rocket man

  78. Kirsten says:

    Love the little tag blankie…gonna make it for the next one.

  79. Jocelyn says:

    I’ve been looking forward to the Handmade Holiday posts all year long. 2007’s Handmade Holidays have inspired me (and my 9-yo daughter) to make Christmas 2008 a Handmade Holiday — everyone on our list will be getting a little bit of our handmade goodness; it such a personal touch to our gifts. I know a little boy who would love the Rocket Man. I can’t wait for the rest of the countdown!
    Hmmm, the banana bread would make a great snack for those 3am mornings I’ve been sewing into…maybe I could convince my oldest son to bake me a batch while I sew 🙂

  80. Stacy says:

    Great tutorials. I think that my litle ones absolutely need a couple fishing polls and fish!

  81. Sarah AJ says:

    Rocket Man’s definitely on my to-do list!

  82. Sherry says:

    That baby blanket is soooo…. beautiful. I love the brown. Please pick me for the Book! Christmas is coming in an overwhelming wave. Ahhhh!

  83. Paula Jablonski says:

    Love the baby blanket!

  84. Ashley says:

    I love the Wee Wonderfuls site! Great suggestions

  85. beth says:

    is it bad that i want my friends to have babies just so i can make some of this stuff??

  86. Katherine says:

    Woo, my beanbag tutorial got linked to! 😀 My daughter would love that Go Fish game, but I like the Rocket Man best. Makes me want to create some soft vehicles for the little people she already has.

  87. Anne says:

    Oh wow, I would love to win this book. The rocket man is super cute too, can’t wait to make one.

  88. Nicki says:

    I have the Rocket man and gnomes on my list of projects.
    I’d love to win that book!

  89. Violet says:

    Love that little rocket man!

  90. Myrnie says:

    Oh, that rocket man is fantastic!

  91. Jeni says:

    I would love to win that book! I love giveaways…

  92. Robyn says:

    So funny… I hust made a taggie blanket from that post last weekend!!

  93. Ellie says:

    These are great ideas! I love that rocket ship. Already thinking about which fabrics I’ll use to make it!

  94. carolyn says:

    Love the Rocket Man! Thanks for so many fantastic ideas! Keep them coming!

  95. Hallie says:

    I would love to win the Anna Maria Horner book! Can’t wait to share some handmade holiday gift photos.

  96. Alana Jo says:

    If I have time Id love to make one of those rockets for my nephew (he should arrive in Dec.)

  97. Emilee says:

    Oh–I love the rocket man and I love the counting bean bags. I want to make them all!

  98. Lil' d says:

    Those are so cute. I’m off to check out the blanket pattern now – I’m making 3 baby blankets for Christmas this year.

  99. Thanks for the great ideas! I love the rocket man!

  100. Sweetness! I would love to win! I think I need to make my daughter a taggy blanket… now I understand why they make those, lol. She always goes for the tags on all her toys!

    Thanks for the giveaway! ♥

  101. Suzanne says:

    I love the rocket and the baby shoes. I wish I had more time…

  102. Helen says:

    The rocket man is fantastic! Lots of other cute ideas too, especially that gorgeous tiramisu crocheted blanket.

  103. Brenda says:

    love the ideas…and the book!

  104. Sandy says:

    This is a great post! I have an almost 2 year old nephew who I didn’t know what to make for Christmas. Now I’ll be making either the rocket ship or the fishing game. Thanks!!

  105. Kelli says:

    I am in love with the blanket–how about a quick gift for myself, huh? But honestly, the fishing game idea and the rocket are perfect for my 2-year old! Thanks!

  106. Tammy says:

    Those baby shoes are adorable!!!

  107. Kimberly says:

    Cute ideas! That looks like a great book!

  108. sue says:

    Oh I just love, love, love the Rocket Man.
    I wish my son was not a grown-up 22 year old!

  109. Jessica says:

    wow, all of these gift ideas are super cute. heck, i would probably make the rocket for myself if i didn’t have a 30+ crafting to do list with gifts for others all fighting for prominence at the top. thanks for the inspiration!

  110. Bethany Oakes says:

    Just love the rocket man – it’s fab.

  111. Victoria says:

    I would love to win this book! Thanks for all the great ideas!

  112. melissa p. says:

    i’m such a fan of wee wonderfuls…i have to make the gnomes this year…and the put-together dolls…and the stitchettes! who for>>>>that’s the tough one! all for me!

  113. Katie says:

    I love the fishing game! I taught English to Nursery and Kindergarten age children overseas, wish I had see this before, would have been a great way for the students to practice their colours and hand eye coordination.

  114. debra says:

    Love the rocket man! That will definitely be under the tree for my 3 year old.

  115. Love the fishie game! I love how creative everyone on this blog is!

  116. Tanya Holt says:

    Wonderful ideas, thanks heaps- can’t say which is my favourite, I’m still deciding!

  117. i’ve been eyeing anna’s new book for a while!! i love that rocket man…might have to try that!

  118. Tracy says:

    Thanks for sending me back to Wee Wonderfuls. I love her stuff and hadn’t been there for a while.

  119. Sarahaha says:

    These are beautiful ideas – and timely too! My son turns two in a few weeks, my niece turns one, so we have lots of gifts to prepare between now and the end of the year. Thankyou!

  120. Mary says:

    That book is gorgeous!

  121. Kim cady says:

    We have been trying to find a tag blanket for my daughter. I had no idea that they were this easy to make. Now I can use some of the beautiful fabric that I couldn’t bear to cut up.

  122. Tera says:

    I love the bean bag and go fish game ideas!!! I’ve always thought it’s nice to make some gifts instead of buying everything. Thanks!

  123. Erica says:

    These are all such neat ideas!! I have not seen anything like the Rocket Man – so creative! The bean bags and fishing set are very adorable and that crocheted afghan is beatiful. I’ve been eyeing that Seams to Me book for a while . . .

  124. Libby says:

    I have three grandbabies. Lots of good ideas for them here.

  125. Christi-sugarscrap says:

    i plan on sewing for babies this christmas. homemade is so much more personal.

  126. susan ross says:

    fun, fun, fun!! lots to choose from, but i love the tiramisu blanket most.

  127. N. says:

    The baby blanket is gorgeous, I’ll have to see how difficult the pattern is before I dive in otherwise I’ll end up with a half finished blanket!

  128. Beth says:

    What a clever twist on the classic bean bags! I put mulling spice, lavender, mint, and other herbs in mine and use textural fabric for multi-sensory bags. Now, I need to add that rocket ship to my list just because it’s really cool!!!

  129. Dallas says:

    Great ideas. The tTiramisu Blanket is beautiful. And the little booties are so cute. The gnomes are another thing on my Some Day Project ToDo List.

  130. kirsten says:

    Only day 3, I have vowed to have a 100% (OK…maybe 90% ) handmade Christmas.
    Thanks for the motivation and inspiration.

  131. Bridgette says:

    I LOVE the Tiramisu Blanket! Such a delicate touch!!

  132. annie says:

    I LOVE that rocket man! And the go fish game. 🙂 All of these are so sweet.

  133. tammie says:

    thanks for the great ideas! Seams to me is on my Christmas wish list!

  134. Katie Mitchell says:

    I really, really, really hope I win the book!!! I love Anna Marie’s stuff. The banana bread looks yummy!

  135. Sheri says:

    The baby tag blanket has just made my baby shower gift list! Great!

  136. Rebecca says:

    i’d love to win that book! I am sooo enjoying your patterns/tutorials in handmade holidays 🙂

  137. Cheryl says:

    The Tirimasu blanket is gorgeous! And those baby shoes! Great ideas! Love your bird fabric choice for today as well!

  138. Rebecca says:

    The rocket and egg man astronaut are too cute!

  139. I was so very excited to see that you ladies are doing another handmade holidays series. I learned so much, and grew as a crafter/sewer from all the tutorials and inspiration that everyone provided. It was such a wonderful opportunity…I can’t wait to jump in again this year.

  140. Debbie says:

    I love the baby items…especially the blankets!

  141. Somer says:

    What a cute Rocket Man! My little one might be getting that this Christmas.

    Oh, and Anna Marie Horner’s book, exciting.

  142. Karen says:

    I am addicted to checking out the November posts. I can’t wait to make the Rocket Man for Christmas for my two nephews. Or maybe the Go Fish game for one and the Rocket Man for another. I am so inspired here!

  143. Celeste says:

    I likey the animal prints!

  144. Caitlin says:

    I love that crocheted blanket, and I actually think my sister has been making that one. I didn’t realize she got the pattern from here, or maybe she got it before it was posted on here! Beautiful!

  145. Jenn says:

    OK – the rocket is seriously cute and I would love to win the book. It’s already on my wish list. Hope I win!

  146. Ramona says:

    That rocketman is just to cute and I can’t wait to go visit the Wee Wonderful shop again.

  147. Jennifer says:

    I have made many of the Tiramisu blankets to give as gifts and they are ALWAYS well received. It is a really easy pattern to follow and produces beautiful results. Thank you Alicia!

  148. Cass Ward says:

    I would love to win the book. I have to keep remembering to check in because for some reason bloglines isn’t giving me updates 🙁

  149. christina says:

    The fish game is a brilliant idea and that rocket is so fun.

  150. Jennifer says:

    I have made many of the Tiramisu blankets to give as gifts and they are ALWAYS well received. It is a really easy pattern to follow and produces beautiful results. Thanks you Alicia!

  151. Bonnie says:

    cute ideas, my list of want to dos is growing daily!

  152. Janellybelly says:

    These are ALL such fantastic ideas – well done ladies 🙂

  153. Lindsey says:

    oh my goodness, these are sooo cute! i need to get busy for the holidays for my nieces & nephews now haha

  154. Shelley says:

    Rocket man rocks!!!! 😉

  155. Michelle says:

    I love these tutorials! I will have to make the fishing game for my nephew – he’d love it.

    Can’t wait until the Anna Maria Horner book arrives in Australia

  156. Viv says:

    OMG this site is awesome. I have 6 things on my list to make so far. I’m so glad my kids are getting horrible plastic toys this year 🙂

  157. Kimberly says:

    These ideas are great! I’m motivated to make some of those taggie blankies – they’re just too easy not to stitch up a few!

  158. Ingrid says:

    I love that Tiramisu pattern. I know of a baby due in January that would go right along with it. I would also love to win that book help me get started on sewing from patterns. That’s one thing I haven’t tackled yet since I began teaching myself to sew.

  159. Genvieve says:

    Thank you for helping me have more of a handmade Christmas this year. I love love love the rocket man and so will my little nephew!

  160. Meilnda says:

    I love that you’re including non sewing gift ideas, like the crochet blanket… I’m an avid knitter and crocheter so I seriously appreciate this! =)

  161. Yetta says:

    I am dropping everything to start on the Rocket Man! Finally something cute for little boys… although I am sure little girls will love it too. Thank you again for such great ideas.

  162. Cara says:

    I have just added that book to my Christmas Wish list on Amazon!!
    Another great day of ideas and a fantastic giveaway! :o)

  163. Junglewife says:

    What great gift ideas! I’d love to win the book!

  164. Sally Hess says:

    I LOVE that rocket!!! I also really love the passport cover! I wish I had some traveling to do, so I could make one for myself!

  165. Karen says:

    Great ideas, I have some young relatives these would be perfect for! 🙂

  166. Sue Cahill says:

    Thanks for all the great ideas and for offering this wonderful book. You are really making this month creative and fun.

  167. Tara H. says:

    I love the rocket man! All of the ideas are great.

  168. Alissa says:

    OMG – ROCKET MAN!!! I love him and will be making this sooooon.

  169. Cathy says:

    I love the tag blanket tutorial.

  170. anja says:

    the book looks beautiful. I’ll have to check it out.

  171. Esther says:

    The rocket man is so cute!!!

  172. Anna says:

    These gift ideas are so cute!

  173. Gail says:

    I made a small tag blankie for my new grand daughter. She loved, loved, loved it. She looks for it every night now to suck her thumb with.. before she goes to sleep. It’s so cute. I used silky fabric on one side, and minky on the other. if I were a baby, I’d love it too.

  174. Lesley Stenning says:

    great, I love these ideas! the tiramisu blanket is gorgeous.

  175. quenna says:

    The baby shoes are so sweet and edible 🙂

  176. erin says:

    Elton John popped into my head singing “Rocket Man” when I saw today’s post. In honor of him, I might have to make one of these.

  177. Rachel R. says:

    That Rocket Man is super-cute! And I’d love to win the book. Thanks! 🙂

  178. Sharonnz says:

    I am loving these lists! The hardest part is often thinking of what to make as a gift – not the actual making.

  179. Rina says:

    I am totally making that banana bread this weekend.

  180. Jo Anne says:

    Definitely keeping that shoe pattern – they are so gorgeous.Thanks for the chance to win!!

  181. Mary says:

    Those bean bags look perfect for my number obsessed nephew :).

  182. Kat says:

    I love them! Especially rocket man! thank you so much for doing this!


  183. Josiane says:

    Oh, the rocket man is way too adorable! And the Go Fish game is a great idea: cute, fun, and easy to make, even for someone (like me) who has still got a lot to learn when it comes to sewing!

  184. Beth says:

    Oh, no! I keep bookmarking more and more ideas! Only 7 weeks until Christmas!

  185. Frogdancer says:

    This may sound like a really gushing reply, but I’m so glad I discovered this blog. There are so many ideas here that get me excited about this new thing called ‘sewing’ that I’ve started. Thanks for continuing to put it all together.

  186. Betsy says:

    Very inspiring!

  187. Kelly says:

    I have been thinking about buying this book for my birthday next week. But I have to find a place to hide it so it doesn’t go home with my daughter!

  188. Joanna says:

    Oh my gosh, I want this book! Her stuff is so lovely.

  189. Jennifer O'Shields says:

    I’m so excited top be able to do all of these crafty holiday projects, and what could be more perfect than projects for babies, most of my girl friends are either pregnant or just have had a baby!

  190. oh my goodness, rocket man is so cute! my little guy definitely needs one!

  191. Angie says:

    I’m so happy you’re doing Handmade Holidays again this year. I’m still a novice sewer and blogger, but I plan to try to give mostly handmade gifts this year for Christmas. I’m looking forward to all the ideas that will be shared.

  192. MegVS says:

    Oh! I love the crochet baby blanket! Very tempting!

  193. Bree says:

    I love the counting bean bags, nice and soft for little ones but with an educational element that they’ll appreciate as they get older. I’ll add that one to my to-do list!

  194. Lara says:

    So many lovely ideas! Thanks for sharing them.

  195. Jenn M says:

    I love the rocket man toy! My baby would love that. I think I’ll make it as a Christmas gift! Thanks!

  196. Shellie says:

    Thanks for all the great ideas. i’m bookmarking like crazy!

  197. Lari says:

    Love the Rocket man and taggie tutorials. I’ve made a couple of really cute pillowcases for 2 toddlers I know. This will give me some more ideas. Thanks!

  198. Andi says:

    I just love making things for babies and toddlers! I am definitely going to make one of each. I like making fabric books with ribbon tags on it but have never put them on a blanket before. Thanks for all the great ideas!

  199. Rebecca says:

    That book looks great – she is such a wondeful designer!

  200. Tara says:

    This is my favorite time of year at Sew, Mama, Sew! Such inspiration at every corner! Thanks for all that you do!

  201. I am going to make that “go fish” game for my son, he will love it. Yeah for “Seams to me” I hope I win.

  202. Jennifer B says:

    Eeeek! I just love the wordplay on this book’s title. What a creative woman. I’d love love love to have this book under my Christmas tree this year! 🙂

  203. Hayley says:

    I just really love all these ideas…. Very creative!!! Thanks for bring them to us!

  204. Kelly says:

    Love the fishing game!

  205. Tabitha says:

    The counting bean bags seem to have a very calming look to them–they’d be good for adults too!

  206. Lalli says:

    Absolutely love all of them. 🙂

  207. Sarah says:

    Oh, these are great ideas! I especially love the rocket man.

  208. Amy says:

    I LOVE those bean bags!!

  209. Sherral says:

    Again awesome tutorials – you gotta love it!

  210. Aileen W says:

    The rocket man is adorable! I’m sure my little guy would love it!

  211. Harley says:

    I would really love to own this book. I’ve been drooling over it for the past two weeks!! 😀

  212. Mariana says:

    nice to have a boys favorite in the rocket : )

  213. buebau says:

    The rocket man is on my to do list. It’s adorable.
    Thanks for these new projects…

  214. Shanna says:

    love love LOVE the gnomes!

  215. Polly says:

    Oh, I do hope I win an Anna Maria Horner book. I’ve been looking forward to it coming out for months!

  216. EmmyLizzy says:

    The rocket man gift would go great with Hillary Lang’s Spaceboy pattern –

  217. Sarah S says:

    There are lots of babies on the way all around me (including my own), so this list couldn’t have come at a better time. Thank you for so many great ideas! I have had Seams to Me on my wishlist for a long time, so it would be lovely to win it. Thanks again for great inspiration.

  218. Samantha says:

    LOVE the rocket and space man. That one is definitely going on the list. I’m also in love with Alicia’s blanket. I don’t know how to crochet YET, but it’s definitely on the list of goals. I’d love to have that blanket in my grandmother’s hopechest. I’d love to win AM’s book too. It’s on my Christmas list, but I imagine hubby would be happy to see me win it instead. 🙂

  219. Meagan says:

    wow, I really love your list. There are so many good Ideas! Thanks.

  220. Doris says:

    I am making that rocket ship this weekend!

  221. Annmarie says:

    i love these projects!! i think what i love the most is they are great BOY projects!! I think the rocket ship is on my to do list for sure! 🙂

  222. Mary says:

    Yay, several more projects bookmarked for Christmas gifts. Thanks!!!

  223. Nicole Newman says:

    I am so excited that you are doing this again this year! I already have a list as long as my arm of projects to do both for gifts and for the simple joy of it! Thank you!

  224. Janice says:

    Rocket man ROCKS!!!! 🙂

  225. Hashi says:

    Rocket Man is adorable!

  226. Gretchen says:

    With so many great ideas, I think I’m running out of kiddos to give them to!

  227. Jenny says:

    The rocket is just ADORABLE! Thinking of who I can make it for…

  228. Lorraine says:

    Those gnomes! Perfect. And my beanbags never turned out anywhere as cute.

  229. Ann says:

    Love these ideas! A dear friend’s son is married and his wife is with child, so I’m in the process of making waaaayyy too many gifts for them.

  230. Ms. Cleaver says:

    Would it be wrong if I made the rocket man for myself?

  231. Mattie says:

    I am so excited that you are posting tutorials again for handmade gifts. I loved it last year and got some great ideas. I have a nephew that the rocket man will be perfect for. Thanks so much.

  232. Serena says:

    I made the Go Fish game for my niece’s birthday in August. It was a huge hit! Now I need to make the rocket.

  233. Samantha says:

    I just love that you have gift ideas for different age groups- so helpful.

  234. janet says:

    I still don’t get the appeal of those tag blankets, but I’d love to win that book!

  235. Ineke says:

    I LOVE the book!!!!

  236. Joanne says:

    Great ideas – I’ve been checking in every day – can’t wait for more!

  237. Heather Fleming says:

    Ooh, I’ve been eying this book a lot lately. What a great giveaway. I’m really excited for the Handmade Holiday posts. I’ve been searching last year’s for ideas already!

  238. sonrie says:

    Oh my goodness – I love gnomes! One gnome friend guards my house and bedroom door.

  239. Jen says:

    I LOVE the rocket man….I’m sad I don’t have a little boy to make it for! And I also love the WeeWonderfuls site. So many things to choose from!

  240. Carrie says:

    I too love the rocket man. How clever! I would LOVE that book too! Count me in.

  241. Sarah Ness says:

    I’m so excited that you’re doing the handmade holidays again this year! I thoroghly enjoyed reading about all of the fantastic ideas last year and am lookin forward to more! I can’t wait to make “Rocket Man” for my little neice and a few of my wee friends. Thanks so much for all of the great ideas!

  242. Trisha says:

    Wow, I LOVE that rocket! I’m definitely going to have to make a couple of those!!

  243. Liv says:

    My daughter is going to flip out over the fishing game. Thank you so much!

  244. Mama Urchin says:

    I saw that rocket before and now I need to make it!

  245. Christina says:

    I just love banana bread. I need to go buy some banana’s a try this recipe. I love the little rocket, too!

  246. Bethany says:

    Love the ideas!

  247. jodie says:

    Love that rocket!!

  248. Alana says:

    How beautiful is that tiramisu blanket?! I can only dream of creating something like that!

  249. Jodie says:

    I love the tag blanket. I think my baby needs one… 🙂

  250. DeerDominique says:

    I had forgotten about the Gnomes! I didn’t get to it last year, I have lofty plans though this year.

  251. Julie says:

    These are great ideas. My niece will love getting some of these ideas as gifts

  252. Megan says:

    I’m so happy that you’re including these baby/toddler gifts. I think my little one might be getting that rocket man! Thanks!

  253. JoonToons says:

    Very sweet ideas! I love the rocket man!! I may just have to make that for a little girl… somehow there really aren’t any little boys in my life right now. 😉

  254. Linda says:

    So many wonderful gift ideas. Looking at this blog has become my new daily must do.

  255. Kate says:

    Perfect! Everyone I know is in full reproductive mode so these will be quite handy. Thanks!

  256. pam says:

    great projects!

  257. Alice S says:

    I’m going to have to make the rocket man. Adorable! and great for those harder-to-craft-for boys. I’ll also check out the Go Fish game. My son has a plastic one that he loves so this may be just the thing to make for my nephew.

    PS I would love to win the book today. 🙂

  258. Jess says:

    Those are the cutest baby items ever! I can hardly handle all the great gift ideas already!

  259. suzy says:

    wonderful ideas!

  260. jackie says:

    i love all the great ideas. thanks!

  261. molly says:

    That rocket man is so cute. I am going to have to try it for sure! Thanks.

  262. Jennifer N. says:

    The rocket is wonderful! I love these ideas. Thank you.

  263. Jordan Durbin says:

    Gorgeous blanket! I’m not really into crocheted or knit wear, but that is beautiful!

  264. Hilary says:

    Rocket Man is fabulous! Thanks for an inspiring list…

  265. Allyk says:

    cute ideas… this year I am doing all hand made gifts for my kiddos.

  266. esther lee says:

    Seams to me looks like an incredibly useful tool and a wise investment for instruction in regards to learning the basics of quality sewing.


  267. Trina says:

    The blanket is absolutely gorgeous. I think I’m going to go start one right now.

  268. amandajean says:

    I can’t wait to peek at Anna Maria’s book. It looks gorgeous!!!

  269. Maggie says:

    Oh no! More items to add to my “to make” list. That Rocket Man is darling and I also love the wee wonderfuls pattern.

  270. Angela says:

    Love the taggie blanket. Handmade lovies are so special. Thanks for the tutorial!

  271. Sue Schoch says:

    Oh, my. I just found your blog. I’ve wasted most of my day at work reading old entries. I also forwarded your site to my daughter who is just getting into sewing and will love your style sense I’m sure. I love the baby things you added today. I have a new grandson due in Jan and will definitely use some of the ideas you presented!

  272. Aimee says:

    These are wonderful! I loved last years entries, but being the mom of 8 (3 fitting in the baby/toddler group) this has to be my FAVORITE!!!!! I can’t wait to start. Thanks so much!

  273. I made the Santa Gnome last year for my son for Christmas and he really, really loved it.

  274. Kacy says:

    Those shoes are DARLING!! Thanks for all the ideas!

  275. Michelle says:

    I love Lauren’s choice of fabric, that would make many fun baby/child projects! Thanks for those suggestions!

  276. Emily says:

    What great ideas! Thanks for gathering all these. Just looking for good handmade ideas is half the work.

  277. alison says:

    I was planning on making my boys bean bags for Christmas this year too! I love the rocket man! I just may have to add that to my list as well!

  278. Jenni says:

    love that rocket ship! thanks for the ideas!

  279. kristine hanson says:

    love the ideas!

  280. Julia in MI says:

    I love the Rocket man. I so want to make one, but the youngest boy on my list is 5 yrs old. Maybe not too old.?.?.? Totally adorable toy. I, also, would love to win that book. I have not been able to purchase Anna Maria’s book yet, but have drooled over it at the bookstore.

  281. I really love the rocket!

  282. Kelli says:

    Yea! I needed a few more ideas for my son and these hit the spot. He just broke his old magnetic fishing pole and so the fishing game is perfect, plus the rocket is just too cute! Thanks!

  283. Lorrie says:

    Such sweet gifts for the tiny people in our lives. And a great giveaway! Anna Maria Horner’s fabrics are scrumptious!


  284. Sue says:

    Thanks for the Go Fish Tutorial. I can’t wait to try the banana bread.

  285. Ginny says:

    Love the baby tag blanket! My cousin is due on Thanksgiving Day and this will make the perfect gift. Thanks! 🙂

  286. kate says:

    i love the rocket. my son is big into them right now. . . too bad i’m not a good enough sewer yet! but i do find so much inspiration coming here.

  287. chantel says:

    I love baby stuff! the taggy is cute and looks easy enough!

  288. Kathy says:

    So many wonderful ideas. So little time to sew! I’ll definitely be making the tag blanket

  289. Tammy :) says:

    The bean bags are so cute! I have a two-year old niece they would be perfect for! And a new-born niece who would like them later if I procrastinate like usual! 🙂

  290. Tina says:

    I’ve been making my boys bean bags for awhile, but I love the idea of making them “counting” bean bags! Those are adorable! And, awesome prize for the day — love, love Anna Maria!

  291. Michaela says:

    I love the rocket man… He rocks!!!
    Great ideas, thanks.

  292. Carrie says:

    Okay…that rocket man is the most adorable thing ever!!! I know a couple of little baby boys who I will have to make these for. I’m also loving the Tiramisu Blanket….hoping my barely there crochet skills will be enough to get one of those made before the arrival of my new baby this spring!

  293. Julie says:

    I’m going out right now to buy fabric to make that rocket. Thanks for such great ideas:)

  294. Barbara says:

    Thanks for the great baby gift ideas. I don’t think #1 has great odds in random drawings but I can always hope =)!

  295. Michelle says:

    Good Golly I can’t actually be first to post. What a wonderful way to start my morning, I love this site, and I love handmade for presents, Thanks for all your work.

  296. Katie says:

    Very cute! I love that crocheted blanket and those wee wonderfuls are the sweetest things!

  297. stephanie says:

    That rocket ship is so darn cute! Love it all, thanks!

  298. Liz says:

    Loving all this inspiration… yet again! 🙂

  299. nandini says:

    Oh my god!! I am the first to comment… i reallllllly want that book.. saw a review of it in one of the blogs, now i NEED one!!

  300. jackie bonette says:

    oh i wish my little guy was a bit younger…he would have loved the rocket man! wonderful tutes today:)

  301. Paula says:

    OH THIS IS THE BOOK I WANT TO WIN!!! 🙂 I am “Sew” excited (do puns help?) about this book.

    And I am SUPER excited you guys are doing the whole 30 days gifts to sew thing again. THANK YOU!!!

  302. whitney says:

    these are all so fun. I really love the fishing game and the bean bags! Thanks for sharing!

  303. Dawn says:

    Oh my goodness! I love that little Rocket Man!

  304. Kendall says:

    I love all of these ideas…especially the fun toys and games I could make for my toddler.

  305. Kimberly says:

    Love it! I can already see my kiddos running around the house with a rocket ship Christmas morning!!

  306. Rane says:

    Ack~ I may die from all of this cute!!! I Love the rocket man!! I would love to chat but I am
    going to rush right over to see how this is made! These are such cute ideas~ Thanks for sharing!
    The fishing one reminds me of my childhood!

  307. I’m loving the bean bags and Go Fish game. My two year old will love those!

  308. alison says:

    I LOVE LOVE LOVE the rocket from Ellen at thelongthread! My boys would have loved it when they were littler and I can’t wait to have someone little to make it for again. So nice to have something beautiful to make for a boy cause they can be very tricky!

  309. Teresa says:

    I will have to make one of these great toys for my soon to be 2 y.o. for Christmass and another for her birthday! Thanks for the inspiration.

  310. Emily says:

    Ooh the rocket man is adorable! I think I’d like the rocket man for me!! My 7yo DD does want a space bedroom – wouldn’t a couple rockets be perfect blasting off from her bed?!
    Another wonderful set of tutorials, now that the Halloween costume marathon is over – I can start thinking gifts.

  311. kara says:

    Love the rocket man! I can’t wait to make one for my little guy who is all about space!!! Thanks.

  312. amy says:

    Love all of these ideas! I love the rocket man and that tiramisu blanket is beautiful!

  313. Trina says:

    I love the variety in each of these Handmade Holidays posts – recipes, websites, and tutorials – you gals are awesome!!!

  314. Karen says:

    What a great book! I’d love to win it to give my adult daughter who just started sewing. It would be a fabulous way for her to begin.

  315. Collette says:

    That rocket man toy is so cute! I’m really looking forward to the whole month of ideas. Thanks for putting this all together.

  316. Ellen B says:

    Thanks for supplying all the great tutorials, recipes and prizes…I plan to make as many presents as I can with what I have on hand due to the current economic situation! This will help!!

  317. Celeste says:

    Looks like some really wonderful suggestions! I’m going to have to make a whole set of those counting beanbags for my littles this year.

  318. Amy Hodge says:

    That little rocket ship is so adorable!!

  319. Stefanie says:

    I cant wait to make the rocket man!

  320. Jessica says:

    Ooooh! I love all of these. Can’t wait to make them for my nephew.

  321. Cass H says:

    The homemade “Go Fish” idea is sheer genius! I used to play that when I was little.

  322. Stephanie says:

    Hello. Just wanted to enter my name into to win the book. I’m a daily reader to SMS. Love to sew and make things myself. I have looked at this book in the store and would love to receive a copy… PICK ME! Thanks for the always informative blog 🙂

  323. raven says:

    What great projects. It’s exactly the kinds of toys I loved best when I was growing up.

    It really makes me wish I knew people with children.

  324. Ruth says:

    What a bunch of excellent ideas! I also try to stay away from the plastic party favors, and when my two sons celebrated their birthdays at a nature center this summer, I gave away frog beanbags made from the pattern and we tied trailmix into bandannas on the ends of sticks.

  325. susan says:

    I’ve been looking for a good banana bread recipe — can’t wait to try this one!

  326. Carrie says:

    The tiramisu blanket is precious and the gnome pattern is adorable too. All great ideas! Thanks for the Holidays at Home inspiration! I look forward to each of these posts.

  327. Tina M. says:

    Awesome, as usual. I love the taggie blanket 🙂

  328. Kristine says:

    Oooo, the rocketship is so awesome! Banana bread sounds really delicious right now…mmmm!

  329. shannon says:

    Fantastic ideas as always! I would LOVE to have Anna Maria Horner’s book. I have recently become obsessed with her fabrics and I think she’s awesome – I’d be so excited to have more of her in my life.

  330. georgia says:

    That rocket ship is TO DIE FOR! I’m so glad there are more creative people than I out there to thin this stuff up! This is a perfect gift for my little guy!

  331. Ashley Ann says:

    I might need to make that rocket man right away! Great tutorials again ladies!

  332. Kristen L says:

    Oh gosh, Rocket Man looks awesome. I will totally have to try that tutorial for this Christmas. Thanks for the fun posts so far! I love all the new ideas I’m getting!

  333. Water Works says:

    The counting bean bag idea is wonderful for my toddler niece. I have used wee wonderfuls patterns before and Hillary does an excellent job with her patterns. And Anna Maria Horner? I covet her fabrics. So wonderful and vibrant.

  334. Erin S. says:

    That Rocket Man is so cute!!

  335. britt says:

    Def. need to make banana bread sometime soon!

  336. Tasha says:

    What fantastic ideas. Such creativity and it’s all shared with us! Thank you Thank you for all of this!

  337. BethieB says:

    I am so excited to enter the sweepstakes for Anna’s book! Her blog is one of my daily blog stops, which I never would have found without my first daily blog stop, sewmamasew. Thank you guys!

  338. Carrie says:


  339. Shawn says:

    Thank you for the baby gift ideas!

  340. mara says:

    gosh, I love all these projects, especially the rocket ship and the go fish game. too bad I just have one small person to craft for this holiday! (or maybe I will make toys for everyone on my list…)

  341. Jocelyn says:

    Cute, cute cute! Gotta make those bean bags for one special little lady I know. I just love Anna Marie Horner too!

  342. Jessica says:

    Oh! I can see a house full of rockets for my little man here!

  343. Victoria says:

    Ooo, thanks for reminding me about that cloth rocket! I’m hunting for things to make for my soon-to-be 2 year old boy for his birthday and Christmas and that’s PERFECT.

  344. Leanna says:

    I Love the Go Fish idea! That just might be the project for the day!

  345. Kristin says:

    That blanket looks so yummy! And I know my boys would love the go-fish game. I had forgotten about that!

  346. Alex says:

    Okay, so after reading the counting bean bag tutorial, I have to make some for my two year old! I think they would be cute with number fabric too. Wonder if that exists?

  347. Stacey C. says:

    I love the tiramisu blanket–it’s gorgeous!

  348. Brooke Adams says:

    Oooh – that book looks like so (or is it sew) much fun. Looking forward to sewing some baby gifts.

  349. Regina says:

    Lauren’s fabric choice is just too wonderful – my little one is moving out of his toddler bed this week, and that would make some sweet accessories for his “big boy room” – so so so tempting!

  350. Katy says:

    Again I’m very excited for today’s tutorials! We’re planning on going completely homemade this holiday season and I have been stumped by my young nephews. The rocket man tutorial looks awesome!

  351. Brookie J says:

    Love the tag blanket…will definitely be making one of those. I love to give handmade gifts–especially for wee ones. 🙂

  352. Jennifer says:

    I think I will have to make a crocheted blanket…

  353. Michele says:

    The Rocket Man would be a perfect baby-shower gift for a little boy! Such great ideas…thanks!

  354. Clara says:

    I love all things spacey. I can’t wait to make the Rocket!

  355. Oh my goodness, how beautiful is that tiramisu blanket??! I really need to learn to crochet!

  356. Anna says:

    Those counting bean bags are adorable!!!

    And the Seam To Me-book seems to be a good one. I sure hope to be lucky number one here. 🙂

  357. R B says:

    I would love this wonderful book. Thanks for giving us a chance to win!

  358. Nicole says:

    Love the book, and the Handmade Holidays blog. Keep it coming!

  359. OH – these are WONDERFUL! With two grandbabies and one more on the way, these are absolutely perfect projects for me. Thank you!

  360. Linda says:

    Thank you for sharing these wonderful ideas and prizes!

  361. karen b says:

    I love all today’s tutorials….must get to sewing…bye!

  362. apple cyder says:

    The rocket is genius. Thanks!

  363. Marsha says:

    I made my 2 year old nephew an “I spy” tube (clear, tough plastic mailing tube with little plastic beads, glitter and some treasures to find as you rotate the tube around – I’ll have to post about it) and have been looking for something else to make for him. Score! That fishing thing is six kinds of awesome and I happen to have the stuff needed to make it already.

    The only thing better than giving a cool, thoughtful gift is giving a cool, thoughtful gift for which no shopping whatsoever is required! Many, many thanks!

  364. Tine says:

    I love that rocket man toy! That looks like so much fun 🙂 And who wouldn’t like to win Anna Maria Horners book!!! WOW! Keeping my fingers crossed 🙂

  365. Sarah says:

    that rocket man is so cute!

  366. Coralee says:

    perfect timing! My friend asked me to make her some bean bags and this will do the trick quite nicely!

  367. angela says:

    Love that tiramisu blanket – it’s going on my to-do list!

  368. Rebecka says:

    Hi, I’d love to win Anna Maria Horner’s book! 🙂
    I’m loving your November posts!

  369. Amanda says:

    Wow! I am so excited about these Christmas posts! They are wonderful! I just said the other day that I am done shopping for my nephew, but I may just have to make the Rocket man for him! And I have been trying to find something to make each of my girls, too! These are wonderful ideas!

  370. Amanda G. says:

    Hooray! baby items… I have a 2 1/2 yr. old and baby on the way. My toddler will LOVE the rocket man!!!

  371. dawn godek says:

    Thank you for more wonderful ideas! I have a 3 yr old and a 8 month old and these are great ideas for them.

  372. Sarah says:

    I love that rocket man – he’s on my list for a gift this year. Most of my kid gifts are from wee wonderfuls patterns. I love her little people.

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