November 24 ~ Gifts for Co-Workers

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Co-workers who make the days better deserve an extra little touch of handcrafted goodness. These ideas are also perfect for gift exchanges, teachers, and other folks on your list who would appreciate a little gift this holiday season. Remember: Tweet #handmadeholidays anytime this week for a chance to win a $20 gift certificate to Sew,Mama,Sew! and don’t forget to comment to WIN one of our many prizes.

Make It

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Add a handmade touch to your gift card with this Monster Gift Card Holder from Mary Grace at White Waxflower.
spacer Repurposed Christmas Tree Pillow
Sarah at Create Studio shows us how to collect & re-use all those fallen needles to make a Christmas Tree Pillow. Extend that Christmas scent well beyond the New Year!
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Trish shows us how to make pretty Patchwork Lanyards at Two Peas in a Pod. You might also want to check out her new line of patterns found on her blog called Sprouts.
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Simple and fast to make, these Sachets from Jenny of Elefantz can be filled with a variety of items for a gift you can personalize for each receiver.
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Help others keep track of their keys with these attractive Handmade Key Fobs from Jennifer at CraftSanity.

You might also enjoy these related tutorials from the SMS archives: Work, Write, Mouse Pad, Fabric Bulletin Board, Gift Exchange, and Gifts for Multi-taskers.

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:

Buy It

spacer Whimsical Wellies Note cards from Sloe Gin Fizz
Great for a variety of occasions, these Whimsical Wellies Note Cards from Nicole of Sloe Gin Fizz would perk-up anyone’s desk or cubicle.

Mix It

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Check out Karen’s Mini Christmas Cake Recipe at Citrus and Candy for a little treat that could also make tasty office gifts.

Print It

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Here’s a great little Art Print by Angela Trauning for Indie Fixx. You can check out more of Angela’s work in her Etsy shop, Ferntree Fine Art.

Win It

Tweet #handmadeholidays anytime this week for a chance to win a $20 gift certificate to Sew,Mama,Sew!

Comment in today’s post for a chance to win one of these books! Visit our prize lists to see some of the other great giveaways this month.

By Kayte Terry
(Chronicle Books, $19.95, ISBN: 9780811867344)

From the Publisher:

Appliqué Your Way goes beyond traditional quiltwork with 35 sweet stitching projects from crafter extraordinaire Kayte Terry. Master decorative stitches, create original templates, and much more. The book is designed for easy use with a lay-flat Wire-O binding and a handy back pocket that holds pattern and template pieces. No more wrestling with a copy machine to enlarge or shrink! Stitchers will find everything they need to create a Gone Dotty A-line Skirt, a Reverse Appliqué Market Tote, a Felted Faux Bois Scarf, and 30+ more projects ranging from the sublimely simple to the ultra-chic.

Cherished Quilts for Babies and Kids: From Baby and Kid Projects to High School Graduation Gifts
By Better Homes & Gardens
(Wiley, $24.99, 978-0-470-56807-1)

From the Publisher:

Heirloom quilting and sewing are perennial favorites and continue to enjoy an upsurge in popularity as crafters look for more ways to hone their skills to make beautiful handmade pieces.

With Cherished Quilts for Babies and Kids, readers will find a stunning collection of 35 heirloom-quality quilting projects-5 of which have never appeared in American Patchwork & Quilting magazine. Every quilt is “quilter tested to ensure consistent results and the book’s convenient concealed spiral binding makes it a snap for quilters to lay open flat and follow along.

  • Full-size patterns for all projects, including a quilt diagram, easy assembly instructions, and schematic illustrations
  • Ideas and inspiration for making beautiful throws and bed-sized quilts
  • Beautiful full-color photographs of every project

Perfect for gift-giving to children from birth to high school-age, the projects range from crib- and bed-sized quilts to keepsakes and more.

Sewing Bits and Pieces: 35 Projects Using Fabric Scraps
By Sandi Henderson
(Wiley, $16.99, ISBN: 978-0-470-53924-8)

From the Publisher:

Sewing with scraps is an economical way to make the most of your designer fabrics-as well as a fun way to use up a stash of your favorite leftovers for smaller projects. Michael Miller fabric designer Sandi Henderson holds to the adage “waste not, want not” to deliver a collection of innovative sewing projects that lets you make the most of bits and pieces of your beloved fabrics.

From a market skirt to a butterfly pin, from an embellished table cloth to hip hair accessories, Sewing Bits and Pieces gives you 35 sewing projects to make unique pieces that are perfect for gift-giving (or keeping for yourself)!

  • Features gorgeous full-color photography throughout
  • Detailed instructions walk you through each project
  • Sandi’s popular Portabello Pixie blog is read by thousands every day

Packed with tons of fun, innovative projects, Sewing Bits and Pieces will have you creating sewing masterpieces in no time.


From the Publisher:
Support Whipup by purchasing the third annual calendar. Featuring 12 beautiful crafty images from 12 amazing makers.

Print any or all of the three printable ebook formats (vertical a4/letter, horizontal a4/letter and vertical 2 printed to a page a4/letter) or purchase the already beautifully printed hard copy from Redbubble.

Print as many whipup 2011 calendars as you like to give for last minute presents and budget gifts. These also are fabulous to hang in your kitchen, craft room or office.

Green Grocery Bag Challenge
The Green Grocery Bag Challenge is a project to encourage sewists to wrap their holiday gifts in reusable cloth grocery bags, thus reducing the amount of wrapping paper entering the waste stream while simultaneously getting multi-use bags into the hands of consumers. Please include Mother Earth in your holiday plans. Read more here and join us on The Green Grocery Bag Challenge Facebook page where we’ll be posting wrapping ideas, sewing patterns and tips for reducing waste this holiday season.

More Handmade Holiday Ideas (& don’t miss our Handmade Holidays photo pool!)… Gift ideas for:

23 ~ New Parents
22 ~ Scholars
21 ~ Sports Fans
20 ~ Audiophiles
19 ~ Deck the Halls
18 ~ Dads & Grandpas
17 ~ Hipsters
16 ~ Pet Lovers
15 ~ College Students
14 ~ Teachers
13 ~ Foodies
12 ~ Deck the Halls
11 ~ Sleepyheads
10 ~ Travelers
9 ~ Preschool Kids
8 ~ Outdoor Adventurers
7 ~ Tweens
6 ~ Crafters
5 ~ Deck the Halls
4 ~ Moms & Grandmas
3 ~ Babies & Toddlers
2 ~ Girlfriends
1 ~ Imaginative Friends

We respect the copyright of all crafters. All links and photos from blogs on our Handmade Holidays posts are used with permission.

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496 Responses to November 24 ~ Gifts for Co-Workers

  1. AbberJabber says:

    Those books are great!

  2. ~Helena~ says:

    I’m having a hard time keeping up with all the awesomeness. LOL. I love all the ideas

  3. Kimberly N says:

    I accidentally ordered a pound of lavender flowers — now I know what to do with them!

  4. katevet says:

    I love those Sachets! Great project.

  5. Blossom says:

    I love those key fobs!

  6. Cass says:

    Love the mini cake!

  7. Mary says:

    Yeah, I love the tree pillow, too.

  8. Love the key fob project (I have a few wonderful coworkers in mind for those) and I’m going to look at the Cherished Quilt book!

  9. Natacha says:

    I love that idea of keeping the smell of Christmas trees

  10. Keri Can says:

    The key fobs are great – I’ll make one for myself too

  11. cate says:

    the key fobs are such a great idea!

  12. Paulina says:

    Monster is cute 🙂

  13. Wendy D. P. says:

    I want to make all of these! Thanks for all the inspirational ideas!

  14. Cricket says:

    I think coworkers and teachers are the hardest people to make gifts for. Thanks for the great ideas.

  15. Andreia says:

    Beautiful gifts ideas for co-workers!

  16. Jeanne S says:

    That monster gift card holder is a must make.

  17. Ariane says:

    Those laniards are so cool. And the monster gifts card holder is adorable!!

  18. Laurie says:

    Love the gift card holder–too cute!!

  19. Love the monster gift card holder!!

  20. Kim says:

    Great ideas. These would be perfect for a teacher! Thanks!

  21. Carrie says:

    cute key fobs.

  22. Sue says:

    oh sew much inspiration, and not enought lifetimes… I want to make them all!

  23. Stacy says:

    I love the Monster Gift card holder!

  24. BreannaS says:

    love the patchwork lanyards, a few of the teachers at school could use them.

  25. Kylie says:

    The mini Christmas cake looks yummy.

  26. Lina says:

    That little monster gift card holder is too cute!

  27. Christy says:

    love everything esp the monster card holder!

  28. Nicole G says:

    I love the patchwork lanyards. I’m totally going to make some for my co-workers!

  29. Laura W. says:

    Love the lanyards – very cheerful!

  30. Mary Anne Fl. says:

    Love all of them!

  31. Tabitha says:

    I think my daughters would love the key chains!

  32. Tish says:

    Love it!

  33. Paige says:

    Wow, what clever ideas! The monster gift card holder rocks.

  34. kate C. says:

    So many great ideas! Thanks!

  35. Now I’ll just have to try that cute monster card holder…It’s irresistable!

  36. Sarah L. says:

    The monster gift card holder is adorable! Perfect way to make a not-so-personal (however practical) gift a little warmer.

  37. Stacy says:

    I think that my nephews would love the monster holder. Thanks for sharing!

  38. Lisa says:

    The key fobs are great. If I can locate theharware these will be a mainstay this Chrismas. Thank you!

  39. Cinnamon says:

    the christmas tree pillow is such a good idea. And the whip-up calendar, I love it!

  40. Meghan says:

    I love the wellies not cards – might have to try to make something like that, and let my little guy color them in for cards this year!

  41. bruinbr says:

    I love the lanyard and key fob tutorials!

  42. Emmmylizzzy says:

    These are great – co-worker presents are always difficult to think of!

  43. Melissa says:

    I’m going to make all the girls at work lanyards. They’re fantastic!

  44. Samantha says:

    Love em all!

  45. Tammy says:

    The lanyard and key fobs are great ideas.

  46. Samurai Mom says:

    HA! Love the monster gift card holder.

  47. JJ says:

    Love the key fobs – can see them going on my Christmas present To Do list – If I can get to it before Christmas

  48. Barbara Vanover says:

    Love baby quilts!!

  49. Janice says:

    Love the key fob pattern! Easy-peasie!!!

  50. Jane says:

    mini christmas cakes are a great idea for my colleagues who never bake!

  51. GM says:

    Thanks for the giveaway!

  52. Susanne says:

    MMMmmmm, those mini cakes look delicious!

  53. Sharon says:

    Love the ideas and the chance to make some of these things. I’m good with execution but draw a blank on original ideas when the time comes to make something new. Thank you for your great ideas!

  54. Maria says:

    The lanyards are great. We are always loosing our keys at school. They are the ideal gift for colleagues.

  55. Suzie says:

    I have been enjoying all the tutorials. Love the key fobs.

  56. Jen C. says:

    cute projects!

  57. Theresa N. says:

    Thanks for more great ideas and chances to win!

  58. Emiko says:

    I like the key fobs! I’ll have to give those a try 🙂

  59. Alllison says:

    Nice list. Always looking for little things to do for the coworkders.

  60. SheilaC says:

    I love that gift card holder!


  61. Heidi says:

    oh how I would love to win one of the sewing books or quilting books

  62. Gina.S says:

    Gift card holder is just too funny! 🙂

  63. Amanda says:

    Great ideas! Love the Lanyard & Key Fobs.

  64. Rochelle says:

    Those key fobs are awesome! I have one and love it!!

  65. Chrissy says:

    My teacher co-workers will love the lanyards!

  66. Lindsey G says:

    fun ideas! 🙂

  67. Lindsey G says:

    fun ideas!

  68. Marcia W. says:

    The lanyards would be great for those who have to wear company id badges.

  69. kelli says:

    Wow! Love these ideas! That patchwork lanyard is lovely.

  70. Dianne McLean says:

    Lots of neat projects, especially the lanyards.

  71. Deb Cameron says:

    Loving the lanyards, isn’t it funny how we all love simple, practical and pretty things…well, as long as its pretty really :-).

  72. JennX says:

    tee hee hee- I love the monster! would be great for business cards too!!

  73. Deanna says:

    The lanyards look fun. And, of course, all those scrap-friendly books, too.

  74. Julie says:

    Love the lanyard idea with scrap fabrics!

  75. Llamabean says:

    These are some great ideas, love the monster card holder!

  76. Laura Reich says:

    I love the key fob and the lanyards.

  77. Amy says:

    Awesome ideas!

  78. Kim says:

    that pine pillow is a great idea….

  79. Love the key fobs and the lanyards! Perfect for co-workers – I may have to maka a lanyard for my husband too 🙂

  80. Rachel Locke says:

    That monster gift card holder is so cute! Thanks for another day of great ideas.

  81. Kendra says:

    The lanyards are such a great idea! Bookmarking right now 🙂

  82. Lauren says:

    Cute ideas!

  83. Kelly Irene says:

    I have some lobster clips left over from another project….I may be trying out the lanyard soon!

  84. Christine says:

    The mini Christmas cake looks yummy!I have to make one for Christmas.

  85. stacey says:

    such a cute print!

  86. Kimberly says:

    I have to find that key fob hardware!

  87. Katiegirl says:

    Neat ideas.

  88. Seanna Lea says:

    The monster card gift holder is adorable!

  89. Susie says:

    Oooh!! The anthropologie monster holder – I’ve been itching to try to make one, THANK YOU for the tutorial!! And I just found some new books to add to my list too!

  90. SofiAlgarvia says:

    I like the first one for a secret santa exhange… just the right gift!

  91. Rebmara says:

    Great ideas and great giveaways, again! Thanks!

  92. Tracy L says:

    awww cute sachets!

  93. Mama24Monkeys says:

    The monster gift card holder is great!

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  94. Alana says:

    I love the lanyards and the key fobs!

  95. Fun stuff!

  96. Adrienne says:

    Thanks for putting these up!

  97. michelle says:

    Love the key fobs! Thanks for all the great gift ideas.

  98. Nikki Rainey says:

    What fun girts to make for friends.

  99. Ange Moore says:

    Great ideas again – thanks for pulling them together for us!

  100. Tanis says:

    that’s a neat idea with the christmas tree needles; i never thought they would keep for so long!

  101. Judy R says:

    Love the boot cards.

  102. CaLynn says:

    I love SMS 😀

  103. Holly says:

    Thanks again for organizing all this!

  104. Amanda says:

    that monster gif card older is so cute!

  105. SewLindaAnn says:

    I love Jenny of E’s sachet’s so pretty and useful.

  106. Sheryl says:

    These look so cute! I am thinking these may also make great gifts for teachers and the speech therapist!

  107. Jill Lock says:

    That cake is so adorable I might not want to eat it….LOL not! I just would eat it oh so slowly. YUM!

  108. Morgan O. says:

    I will definitely be collecting pine needles for Xmas tree pillows! I love it!

  109. Great ideas! There may be some key fobs in my colleagues futures

  110. Rebecca says:

    I love the anthro monsters.

  111. Thank you for the gift prize!

  112. Stephanie says:

    I love the repurposing of christmas tree needles! I bet it smells awesome, but I wonder if the needles poke through? Off to read the tutorial…

  113. alisha says:

    The Citrus and Candy website is divine. Thanks for linking it!

  114. Danielle says:

    Great ideas, thanks!

  115. serahrose says:

    bits and pieces…this would be why I save all my teeny tiny scraps! fun!

  116. desiree says:

    I love this list. Thanks 🙂

  117. Trillian says:

    I am in love with the quilt the little girl is holding on the front of Cherished Quilts.

  118. Kelli says:

    Super cute gift card holder.

  119. Lynda says:

    Love the lanyard and key fobs, thanks!

  120. Jennifer says:

    Great for everyone besides just coworkers!

  121. Becky says:

    I think the key fob will be perfect for my coworkers. I’d love to do the lanyard but we don’t wear them. Rats!

  122. Stacy S. says:

    The key fobs are a great idea!

  123. kathyh says:

    Here’s to Turkey Day.

  124. Tonya says:

    Mini cakes! Oooo.. yum!

  125. Kristin says:

    such great stuff!

  126. Malia says:

    Ooo cute stuff amd great prizes!

  127. jeni says:

    Ah, key fobs are on my christmas gifts list–and I love Indie Fixx!!

  128. Pammalammadingdong says:

    That monster gc holder is so awesome. It would be easy to miss the gift card and think that was all the gift. Want to make it now/.

  129. Cayce says:

    that art print is adorable!

  130. Steph W says:

    OK, I love the lanyards! What a cool idea.

  131. The Welly note cards are just the cutest!

  132. Morgan says:

    I like the practical pretties – lanyard and key fob. Thanks for all the great ideas!

  133. karen says:

    Love all the ideas

  134. Munaiba says:

    There are some great ideas in this post. I also think the applique book looks really interesting.

  135. Amy says:

    wonderful ideas, thanks!

  136. Amy C says:

    Monster gift card holder is AWESOME – good find! Thank you!

  137. Catherine says:

    gee I love that monster card holder!

  138. Kate F. says:

    I hadn’t seen that print from Parisville before… beautiful!

  139. Maeve says:


  140. Mel says:

    lanyards are a hit!

  141. More great ideas!

  142. Cindy B. says:

    lanyards and key fobs are fantastic—But do I have the time??

  143. L says:

    Our office is having an ornament exchange. We’re each to bring one valued at $5 or under. I’m going to try the felt ogee ornament you highlighted earlier this month. Cost: $0–I have some scrap felt inmy craft room already!

  144. Beth says:

    With a staff of only 10, this is totally do-able for me! Key fobs for everyone!!!

  145. Jennifer says:

    That gift card holder is a-dor-a-ble!

  146. Wendy says:

    The key fobs and lanyards are great ideas!

  147. Milica says:

    Wonderful ideas!

  148. Annabel says:

    I love the idea of a pine-needle pillow! bellgirlsblog [at] gmail [dot] com

  149. Silvia says:

    I love the monster card holder! and the printable art is great too!

  150. Elizabeth says:

    I’m enjoying all the ideas and love coming to brouse each day…thanks!

  151. Eve Nicole says:

    I love key fobs. They are so easy to find in the bottom of your purse!

  152. Jennifer says:

    Hahaha, I love the monster gift card holder.

  153. rochelle says:

    i love all the ideas – thank you as always for sharing!

  154. Elizabeth says:

    Just in time!!! Needed good ideas for the ladies at work!

  155. Ellu says:

    I’d love to win cherished quilts!

  156. Annwen says:

    Love that little monster!

  157. Renae says:

    The mini Christmas Cake recipe looks yummy! Thanks!

  158. Andrea Ryan says:

    cute ideas

  159. Kim says:

    The monster card holder is fab!

  160. Beth T says:

    Such cute ideas. I solemnly promise that I am going to start on those key fobs in January–for next Christmas, as well as birthdays and even to slip into graduation cards. Who wouldn’t love them?

    Thanks for being such a source of inspiration and optimism!

  161. Linnet says:

    Key fobs are a great little gift!

  162. Shannon says:

    Wonderful tutorials – and great prizes too!

  163. Celeste says:

    The Wellies notecards are so fun!

  164. Lisa F says:

    I love key fobs as gifts for just about anyone. I have several, and without them, I would never be able to find my keys in my diaper bag.

  165. bttn says:

    I don’t have co-workers, but the cardholder is fun!

  166. I would love the “bits & pieces” book. Seems like there are a crazy amount of scraps of fabric that I can’t bear to just throw away!

  167. Carly says:

    the printable art is adorable!

  168. Love the lanyards!

  169. Natalie says:

    Love the lanyards!

  170. Michelle says:

    The monster gift card is darling!! Thanks for sharing all of these awesome ideas!

  171. Jamie says:

    Heh, the monster gift card holder is cute. I made something similar out of felt last year to hold my son’s MP3 player. Gotta love monsters. 🙂

  172. christine says:

    STOP STOP STOP! You are making my to-make list WAYYYYY too long. I love the lanyard (for me) and the mini cakes (co-workers and family). Thank you for another great list.

  173. Jennifer says:

    I would love any one of these books!

    I like the gift card holder. I hate to just give the gift card.

  174. Tabitha says:

    I need something to hang on a lanyard, so i can make a patchwork one for myself! I’m having a hard time looking at all of these tutorials and wanting to make it all for myself!

  175. Rachel says:

    Love the monster gift card holder!

  176. Cory says:

    Love it all!!!

  177. Virginia says:

    Thanks for the ideas!

  178. Rachel says:

    I love those patchwork lanyards. They’d be perfect for my colleagues since we have to wear ID tags to work.

  179. Mel says:

    Thanks again for the great ideas!

  180. meikjn says:

    I need to make a gift card holder.

  181. Andrea says:

    Wow! Really cute stuff here!

  182. empirewaist says:

    Love Handmade Holidays!!!

  183. Kris says:

    What great gifts! We all have to wear name badges on lanyards. This are a lot better than the freebies they gave us!

  184. Angela says:

    More wonderful ideas! I don’t have time to make all the things I want to!

  185. alcheme says:

    Love this ideas too!

  186. lindsay says:

    I love the smell of pine trees, so that pillow is right up my alley! Can’t wait to give it a try!

  187. Kristi says:

    Love the gift card holder. Very cute.

  188. Leah says:

    Another great set of ideas.

  189. erin says:

    The quilt book looks great!

  190. Greta says:

    Thanks for the brilliant ideas; cannot wait to make that monster gift card holder!

  191. Artkat says:

    Love the wee monster. So cute!

  192. DebbieKL says:

    The gift card holder is great!

  193. Jasmeen says:

    Nice projects.

  194. amber! says:

    So many great ideas! If only there were more hours in the day…

  195. Squeaks says:

    Love the Christmas tree pillow!

  196. Robin E. says:

    I want one of those key fobs for myself! Beautiful gifts to make today.

  197. Lauren says:

    Once again some really great ideas!

  198. Becki H says:

    The sachets are such a sweet simple project. I love things I can customise so easily!

  199. Anya says:

    I really like the key fobs!

  200. Jennifer says:

    I love these ideas! Fantastic!

  201. Melissa B. says:

    That cake looks SO yummy!

  202. Carla says:

    Good work on all these Christmas lists! I love it!

  203. brittany says:

    those pillows sound divine!

  204. Maya says:

    Love everything in the Make It section!

  205. Katie says:

    The books look wonderful!

  206. Madeline says:

    I LOVE the monster gift card holder!

  207. VickiT says:

    OH my gosh! THIS is my favorite day of ideas yet. I have to make almost every single one of these. And the little cake recipe looks awesome too. Thank you so much.

  208. Annie says:

    great ideas!

  209. Tree pillow is a great idea!! Plus I want that quilt book!

  210. Jansie says:

    Love the lanyards. Great ideas!

  211. Sandy says:

    I love the patchwork lanyards!

  212. Katie says:

    I like the Christmas tree pillow idea!

  213. Sarah AJ says:

    Very cute ideas!

  214. Vanessa says:

    Love the key fobs! Just wish I had more time to try ALL of your tutorials!

  215. Janet K says:

    The monsters are awesome – perfect for holding a Peet’s gift card for a co-worker!

  216. Gina says:

    Love these ideas!

  217. Ing says:

    Love the monster gift card holder, it’s adorable!

  218. Heather says:

    What a great idea – the Christmas Tree Pillow!

  219. Nicole says:

    I’ve been needing a new key chain, the Key Fob will be perfect!

  220. robin baker says:

    the monster gift card holder is adorable.

  221. Jessica h says:

    What wonderful ideas and books.

  222. Kristy says:

    I like the pillow idea, cute!

  223. Ali says:

    Love the key fobs.

  224. SydneyK. says:

    I love the Lanyards. Tooooo cute! I can never think of anything to give my sister,these are perfect…I can’t wait to get started. Thanks so much for all the great ideas.

  225. mama lusco says:

    The key fobs are great!

  226. Kelly k says:

    Darn phone didnt let me finish typing my comment. I love the book and i love all the great gift ideas. Thank you so much!!

  227. Kelly k says:

    Oooohhh. I want t

  228. Jennifer Barclay says:

    Appliqué Your Way: 35 Pretty Projects and Patterns, This book looks so beautiful! Would love to win it!

  229. Kat says:

    That lanyard will be perfect for my boss!

  230. Barbara says:

    That “Mini Christmas Cake” has just been added to my to-do list for the holidays!

  231. Lori says:

    Key fob is so cool! Would love to win little bits!

  232. Kristin says:

    I wonder if the Christmas tree pillow is pokey….?

  233. DEBBI says:


  234. Key Fobs & Monsters could it get any better! Thanks

  235. Lizzie F. says:

    Those lanyards are PERFECT! I work in the fabrics section of the walmart in my town YAY!

  236. Julie says:

    Liking how quickly these gifts can be made

  237. Liz says:

    Love them. We have tons of keys at work.

  238. Lucie says:

    That gift card monster is awesome!!! Lucie (

  239. Jill D says:

    I’ve been looking for a new key fob. Mine is getting a little yucky after 10 years of use.

  240. Elizabeth says:

    Can’t wait to make some cute sachets!

  241. Shauna says:

    I can’t wait to make the lanyards – pretty and useful. ;o)

  242. Jenn Lee says:

    Love the christmas cake recipe!

  243. Tiffany says:

    What good ideas for co-workers, I really like the Patchwork Lanyard idea.

  244. Amy says:

    Fun projects! I’ll be sad when Novemeber is over and the Handmade Holidays ends… although my ‘to do’ list really doesn’t need to get any bigger! 🙂

  245. Bailey says:

    Loving the Wellies cards! I also covet the cherished quilt book, I want to make the dino one in the corner.

  246. myra says:

    Love the monster gift card holder, will definitely have to make a few.

  247. Deb DeChurch says:

    Love the monster gift card holder!

  248. HeatherL says:

    Thanks so much for some great handmade Christmas ideas….local teachers will love the lanyards!!

  249. Cindi C says:

    Love the Key Fobs! Thanks so much for sharing.

  250. Debbie says:

    like the key fobs & lanyards!! thanks again!

  251. Kayci N. says:

    Love it all. Love it all.

  252. Stephanie S says:

    Love the keychain and the little cakes sound delicious!

  253. Shirley Clark says:

    Loving all of the great ideas. I have a template for the key fobs, just haven’t had the chance to try them. Those would be great gifts.

  254. Sue says:

    Well this is for sure one of my top three days yet. I love the Key Fobs.

  255. Courtney says:

    Love that monster gift card holder!

  256. Rita says:

    every time I see the cover of that quilt book my heart melts

  257. Naomi says:

    oooh, would love to smell the christmas tree pillow!

  258. I love the key fobs! Great gift idea!

  259. Molly DeFazio says:

    I love the monster card holder, the key fobs (the word “fob” too) and especially the sachet bags. Thanks for this theme!

  260. Kate says:

    The key fobs are a great idea! This is so helpful before Christmas!

  261. Helenanne says:

    Love those patchwork lanyards.

  262. Tiffany says:

    The Christmas tree pillow looks like a great idea!

  263. annie says:

    What cute ideas! I love the lanyards, too….good idea for my fellow teachers. Thank you!

  264. Joke says:

    That monster is the cutest ever! So so so sweet 🙂

  265. Sarah says:

    Totally going to try the key fobs!

  266. Penny says:

    I love checking back each day to find new new ideas! So many great things to make!

  267. Sarah B says:

    The monster gift card holder is so cute! I’m also really interested in checking out that book on kid quilts. Thanks for all the great inspiration and ideas!

  268. Deidre says:

    Love the Monster crd holder! I’m making my son “calling cards” to give to his school-friend for arranging playdates — this will be perfect!

  269. susan mzf says:

    those key fobs will be perfect for many on my gift list!!!

  270. Angie says:

    Cute key fob!

  271. jessica says:

    The book giveaways keep getting better!

  272. JJ says:

    I love that snowman print!

  273. Rachel says:

    Love the ideas!

  274. Michelle P says:

    Love the monster gift card holder-my nephew would love that!

  275. Natalie says:

    Oooh mini Christmas cake, yum yum!

  276. Mary says:

    Where I live the lanyards would be a great gift.

  277. Blanca Torres says:

    The calendar looks delightful… so do the books!

  278. Rebecca says:

    LOVE my keychain wristlet!

  279. Tong says:

    ha! love that little monster, so cute!

  280. Erin says:

    Great ideas! I think the Christmas tree pillow would be good to have at my house

  281. Shannon R. says:

    My son saw the gift card holder, guess I will add that to the list!

  282. Holly says:

    What fun projects!

  283. Laurie Anne says:

    Lovely ideas!

  284. Kimberly says:

    Love the monsters and the patchwork lanyards. Lovely as always. Thanks!

  285. stacy says:

    those key fobs really do make good gifts – i’ve given and gotten them! thanks for the great ideas!

  286. The mini cakes look so good.

  287. JennyS says:

    I really like these ideas. They will work for so many people. I really like the lanyards and keyfobs.

  288. bfree says:

    I look forward to this post daily!

  289. Jennifer N says:

    Love the lanyards. Thanks for sharing.

  290. LOVE that Monster Gift Card holder!!

  291. Woodbines says:

    I love the monster giftcard holder 😀 Def. gonna use that one 😀

  292. Debbie says:

    Cute gift ideas!

  293. Kathy says:

    I love the Christmas tree pillow idea!

  294. Shelly says:

    wonderful ideas, as always!

  295. Suzanne says:

    It has been a pleasure looking at all the postings this month! So many crafy/artsy people! It is wonderful that they are all willing to share! Thank you for complying it all!

  296. ste says:

    Maybe I should get a real Christmas Tree this year!

  297. Anita says:

    Oh how I wish that I had more time to sew, darn kids school holidays….

  298. Kristin H says:

    More really cool gift ideas. Thanks!

  299. jkeall says:

    the Monster gift card holder is so cute.

  300. Nicole says:

    Oooh! I am going to have to put those books on my Christmas list!

  301. Amanda B. says:

    So many great ideas! Thank you!

  302. Chasley says:

    I love the pillows!! So cute!

  303. Amy says:

    Fantastic ideas for gifts! And a giveaway is always fun. The monster is definitely the funnest!

  304. Amber says:

    Mini cakes sound delightful!

  305. April says:

    Great list and some great ideas!

  306. Jen says:

    Ilove the key fobs

  307. Lynn says:

    Those mini cakes look yummy! That snowman print just makes me smile. Would love to find the Bits and Pieces or Baby/Kids Quilts books under my tree this christmas.

  308. Betsy says:

    Thanks for all these ideas!

  309. Leesa says:

    I could make one for me and one for a gift.

  310. Julia says:

    Awesome!! Keyfobs for my fellow teachers & a monster gift card holder for my grinchy brother who hates everything!! HOORAY!!

  311. Sara K. says:

    That Monster Gift Card Holder is just TOO cute!!

  312. Rebecca says:

    Love the key fobs and Applique Your Way.

  313. Charlotte says:

    Thanks for yet another lovely giveaway. Love the books and would be super happy as they’re harder to get here in Germany.

  314. Mandy K Court says:

    The fun never stops and my list keeps getting longer!

  315. Jessica C says:

    I have the perfect person for those note cards! We’re about to do a secret santa exchange, I hope I draw her name!

  316. Debra says:

    Love the pillow idea! Great tutorials.

  317. thanks for another great list!

  318. Robyn says:

    great ideas!

  319. Leisel says:

    Once again, great ideas!

  320. anna dorothy says:

    Christmas tree pillows is what i’ve been waiting for…

  321. Tierney Barden says:

    How lucky are we to continue to receive such terrific gift making ideas?! The Christmas Tree Pillow is a wonderful idea! And how about the monster gift card holder? I’ll whip them up for each of our nieces and nephews. Perfect!

  322. Mel P says:

    I’m going to check out the Christmas tree pillow idea!

  323. Mary Beth says:

    Love the lanyard idea!

  324. stephanie says:

    those key fobs are gorgeous!

  325. Heather says:

    The key fob is such a great idea. It is really helpful when sources are included in the project list. Thank you.

  326. Greeblygreebly says:

    I won a keyfob like that on here last year and it is EXCELLENT!

  327. Hashi says:

    Love that monster gift card holder!

  328. Cherri says:

    Great ideas-could be used as stocking stuffers, too.

  329. Margaret says:

    Thanks… again… for the great ideas.

  330. Elizabethdee says:

    Love that Angela Trauning art print! thanks!

  331. Whitney says:

    Love these ideas! thanks for all the tips!

  332. Suzanne says:

    LOVE the monster gift card holder. What a fun idea.

  333. Ana says:

    Love the monster gift card holder!!

  334. Erika says:

    Those little cakes look amazing!

  335. Another great collection — coworkers are always so hard to shop for! Thanks again!

  336. Margaret says:

    Love those lanyards! Super cute and quick to make….off to find some hardware.

  337. Elizabeth says:

    Love the wellies notecards. Cute!

  338. Kelly Sas says:

    Once again a great selection of books! I also have to check out the Mini Christmas cakes site. Thanks for ALWAYS finding the best projects!

  339. Janelle says:

    The handmade key fobs are great!!

  340. trina says:

    Fantastic Ideas!

  341. Sharon T. says:

    I love that monster gift card holder! What a fun way to present a boring (design-wise) gift. 🙂

  342. This mini Christmas Cake looks amazing. Might have to give that a try. I can think of lots of friends on my list that would love one of those wrapped up in a pretty way.

  343. Cary says:

    The patchwork lanyards are great. I may need to try some of those for co-workers at school.

  344. HP says:

    I love the lanyards!

  345. Kimberly says:

    Love the key fobs. Thanks

  346. Natalie says:

    Lovely little selection as ever, the monsters are so cute!

  347. Jerri says:

    Love these ideas! I’m hoping to finish all the handmade gifts 2 weeks before the holiday.

  348. Ramona says:

    I will be making lanyards and key fobs for gifts this year. Thanks for the great tutorials. I also love the monster gift card. Now I know what I am putting a gift card for my daughter in this Christmas.

  349. Martha says:

    I just bought a gift card for my brother yesterday and was trying to figure out how to package it. Perfect timing on the monster card holder!

  350. love those lanyards!

  351. Chris says:

    Love the look of the cherished quilts book! thanks.

  352. Colleen says:

    Thanks for all great inspiration. Love the lanyards.

  353. kate c. says:

    The monster gift card holder is hilarious! Can I give key fobs to everyone on my list? Awesome!

  354. duff says:

    thanks! Jennifer’s handmade key fob tutorial was so easy to follow–anyone can do it–even me. I’ve made three reusable bags so far as part of the green grocery bag challenge–yeah!!

  355. Kristen says:

    I am lucky enough to have a Secret Santa exchange at work, it means I don’t have to buy something for EVERYONE! But those key fobs do look great for stockings….

  356. Amy H says:

    I seriously love the snow man. And the Christmas tree pillow.

  357. Lauranie says:

    The Christmas tree pillow is a neat idea!! Thanks for the chance.

  358. Consuelo says:

    Wonderful ideas once again. Thanks!

  359. Krystal M says:

    The key fobs could definitely come in handy! Great ideas as usual!

  360. Liz says:

    I’m wanting some mini christmas cake this morning.

  361. Morgan says:

    Love the monster gift card holder. Seriously, love it.

  362. Holly says:

    The pine needle pillow is a great idea, and the books all look WONDERFUL!

  363. Crystal says:

    I would love to Appliqué My Way or Cherish a quilt!

  364. Lori says:

    those wellies cards are adorable!

  365. Johanna says:

    These prizes look awesome! Happy almost Thanksgiving!

  366. Nadine says:

    those key fobs are exactly what i need.

  367. Holly U says:

    These are fun ideas, but I’m going small and giving them gifts in handmade cloth bags.

  368. Erin says:

    I have a really hard time figuring out what to make for my male coworkers. Food might work, though!

  369. Sara says:

    I’ve been needing to make a lanyard forever. This couldn’t come at a better time.

  370. Shira says:

    nice ideas 🙂

  371. Sarah says:

    That Christmas cake looks yummy!

  372. Brigette says:

    The key fobs and lanyards are cool.

  373. Mary Lou says:

    I definitely need to make a lanyard for my school teacher friends.

  374. Mistyn says:

    Can’t wait to try the key fobs! Great idea!

  375. Lynne says:

    More great ideas! Fabulous! Thanks!

  376. Deidra says:

    I love how the monster gift card holder adds a personal touch. Creativity at its monster-y best.

  377. Danielle says:

    the mini cake looks delicious

  378. Melissa says:

    The mini Christmas cakes look delicious!

  379. Christina says:

    Lanyards– now that’s practical. Love the snowman’s skinny legs too.

  380. Charmaine says:

    The monster gift card holder is perfect for kids birthday parties too!

  381. Krystina says:

    The monster gift card holder is a GENIUS idea! I love that its small and simple but so cute.

  382. Lisa says:

    I love the key fobs – I have been in need of something just like this to add to a couple gifts. Thank you for the perfect idea.

  383. ~Heather says:

    I’ve never heard of ‘Sewing Bits & Pieces’, but it sounds perfect!

  384. KT says:

    Glad to see some gifts for kids to make–my daughter is busily working on her Christmas gifts, and those sachets will be great for her. Thanks for the great ideas!

  385. Eleanor says:

    Great ideas! Thanks so much for doing this.

  386. Megan P. says:

    Love these!

  387. Katie says:

    the monster gift card holder is going to be great for all my brother-in-laws!

  388. Saskia says:

    Love the Angela Traunig print.

  389. Susan C. says:

    These lists are all so amazing!

  390. Dacia says:

    mmm…those mini citrus cakes look yummy!

  391. kelly jo says:

    Everyone at work got keychain fob’s two years ago – too bad I no longer work, or everyone would be getting the lanyards!! I kept trying to think of a good way to make them – love the tutorial!!

  392. Rachael says:

    Fun, fun projects and book! These might be for coworkers, but I might want one or two for myself (also).

  393. Katie says:

    Those little cakes look divine, and I love the snowman art too!

  394. Lynn says:

    Great ideas again! Thank you!

  395. Kimberly says:

    More great ideas. Thank you!

  396. Heidi says:

    That cherished quilts books looks like a great addition to any quilters shelves.

  397. Tez says:

    I’d love to learn to applique! That book would be awesome.

  398. D'Lane says:

    That mini cake looks wonderful. I think I will whip some up!

  399. Holly says:

    What fun!

  400. Patti Tyrell says:

    I think lanyards and key fobs will be in everyone’s stockings this year!

  401. QSOgirl says:

    Those wellies cards are *so* cute! Thanks for another day of ideas!

  402. Lixa says:

    The key holders would make a great gift for me 😛

  403. Rachael says:

    The lanyards are great! I’m tempted to make one for each day of the week.

  404. bess says:

    LOVE that monster!

  405. Deanne says:

    So many good ideas.

  406. Shawna says:

    Applique Your Way is so inspiring!

  407. Kristen says:

    Love those little key fobs! They’re on my “to-do” list…that seems to keep growing!

  408. Kim Mears says:

    Love the lanyards and key fobs!!

  409. dorothy says:

    I never thought I’d like a lanyard, but these patchwork ones are changing my opinion…

  410. rebecca says:

    Loving all those ideas. Thanks

  411. Pat says:

    I have 125 employees, as a special ed director, and am always looking for a little bit of Christmas thank-you…Last year I made coffee cozies for all with a gift certificate to Starbucks… I love the mini Christmas cake idea…. Better start this project soon…Thanks..

  412. beverly says:

    I love the lanyards! Thanks!

  413. Janaina says:

    I’m really greatfull with all these ideias.
    Thanks a lot!

  414. Jen says:

    Love all the ideas!

  415. Paula says:

    Love the Sachets and the Handmade Key Fobs, great ideas!

  416. Kelly says:

    Those mini Christmas cakes look delish!

  417. Connie says:

    Love those keyfobs and lanyards! Love the fab choices used, too!!
    One of those “I gotta try those” projects if there ever was one!! 🙂

  418. Sarah says:

    Cool ideas, especially the monster card holder.

  419. Those wellies notecards are too cute!

  420. Laura says:

    The monster gift card holder is so cute!

  421. Tammy says:

    After this month is over I’ll have so many ideas I don’t know if I’ll ever get finished sewing. LOL

  422. Julie Wolthuis says:

    Sewing Bits and Pieces sounds like a fun book. I’d love fun ideas about what to do with leftover scraps of fabric.

  423. Julia says:

    The mini Christmas cakes look delicious!

  424. Hannah says:

    I LOVE that gift card holder! I’m glad you assumed that our coworkers would have a sense of humor 🙂

  425. amy says:

    Cute ideas. Love the lanyard but have to adjust it so it will be breakaway. Maybe a little slicing and velcro or magnetic fastners.

  426. monica says:

    Fun, fun, fun! Thanks for all the great tutorials!

  427. Trisha says:

    The monster gift card holder cracks me up! I’ve been thinking about key fobs for this holiday, too – perfect!

  428. Megan says:

    the key fobs would be super handy at my job.

  429. Sarah says:

    The gift card holder would make a cute ornament too.

  430. Katie says:

    Love the key fobs!

  431. karen cole says:

    Love the key fobs!

  432. Sonja says:

    Great ideas, once again. That Mini Christmas cake (below the tutorials) looks delicious. My kids and I are going to try those this weekend. They will be a great treat for celebrating “Put Up Our Christmas Tree” Day.

  433. patricia says:

    The gift card monsters are great! These other small projects are great gifts, too. Thank you for these super tutorials.

  434. elizabeth s. says:

    Pretty lanyards would make a great teacher gift, too.

  435. Chantal says:

    I just love the wellie notecards!

  436. Katie B says:

    Great ideas!

  437. KatB says:

    Loving the Christmas tree pillow idea!

  438. Texana says:

    Oh, I’m not sure I can stand this…more things to make…but really good ideas. I need one of those lanyards myself! and a key fob! OOH< another reason to shop

  439. Anya says:

    Great ideas…thanks!

  440. Emily says:

    I’m excited to try some of these ideas.

  441. jennifer says:

    I would love to win the book on sewing with scraps!

  442. Summer says:

    So many great projects today! I love the Christmas pillow idea! And the monster gift card holder is adorable.

  443. Hilary says:

    I love the lanyards and key fobs I know what my firends are getting this year.

  444. Renate says:

    Great ideas! That snowman printable is so cute.

  445. miktha says:

    thank you for all these inspirations…

  446. Kerstin says:

    Love those wellie note cards!

  447. Erika M says:

    Fun ideas, thanks!

  448. Terri says:

    Great ideas!

  449. Francoise says:

    Love the idea of repurposing fallen tree needles!

  450. Michele says:

    Love the Key Fobs – plus I’m a huge fan of Craftsanity! Thanks for more great ideas.

  451. amber says:

    I love the Christmas tree needle pillow! It will smell great and give my kids something to do when they’re bored with no school!

  452. Louby Lou says:

    Lanyards!! Use these at work all the time – a great present idea for co-workers!

  453. Jenny says:

    Lanyards! great idea.

  454. Tara H. says:

    I will have to give the key fobs a try.

  455. Gali says:

    already went and got the supplies for the Key Fobs.

  456. Shannon says:

    Yay for Applique Your Way! That’s such a great book — I covet it!

  457. Larissa says:

    Ooh, ooh! Love the ideas and giveaway!

  458. Andi says:

    I almost wish I was giving some gift cards this year so I could make the monster gift card holder – too cute!

  459. melissa says:

    Great ideas – the lanyards and fobs are good ideas for things to have on hand for last minute gifts too.

  460. linda says:

    Found two “must do” projects here today. Thanks for the continued inspiration and the giveaway.

  461. Jill says:

    More great ones. I’m going to making some key lanyards for the ladies at my office!

  462. virginia says:

    The fruit fabric is so fun. I think it would make a nice piece for summer.

  463. Emily says:

    Like many, I come from an office where photo ids are part of your business dress… the patchwork lanyards are sure to be a home run this holiday season!

  464. Serena says:

    Love the key fobs.

  465. Alice S says:

    I love the idea of the repurposed Christmas tree pillow. The smell of evergreen is wonderful!

  466. Eva says:

    Cute monster!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! But the recipient better had a sense of humour! 😉

  467. Louise says:

    Love todays books, please today would be a great day to win!

  468. Mhairi says:

    I love the monster gift card holder and the lanyard. Thanks for finding such great tutorials

  469. nilly says:

    i would love to win the Cherished Quilts for Babies and Kids book!

  470. Johanna says:

    I love the idea of repurposing my christmas tree, that is brilliant!

  471. Jill B says:

    I love the monster!

  472. Debbie says:

    That monster gift card holder is perfect for a 12 year old I am buying for, thanks.

  473. Gill says:

    Mini Christmas cakes sound a great idea!

  474. Tanya says:

    I’m enjoying these all so much — and just yesterday I realized November is almost over = Handmade Holidays come to an end for this year. 🙁 🙁

    THANK YOU so very much for doing this work — I look forward to seeing the new entries every morning!

  475. Those Whimsical Wellies notecards are SO cute!

  476. Sarah McGrath says:

    I love the patchwork lanyards, I think I’ll make one for myself!

  477. Alex Brierley says:

    Some fab ideas as ever. Why are there not more hours in the day?

  478. Claudia says:

    What a wonderful idea! Fabulous handmade gifts! And a giveaway as well…..I LOVE this!!!
    Kind regards from Germany sends

  479. linda says:

    Love the monster gift card holder…two in one project! I also love the Sewing Bits and Pieces: 35 Projects Using Fabric Scraps… we always have so many scraps to use up…

  480. Sarah J says:

    Love the key fobs – another great set of tutorials

  481. Louana says:

    loving it all!

  482. Helena P says:

    I was just thinking today that I would have to google some cool gift card holders for some I had planned for presents! Yay, thankyou sew mama sew!

  483. Lexi says:

    Some really great ideas! Gotta make some key rings and lanyards to start with!

  484. katrina h says:

    The key fobs are great!

  485. Jen B says:

    Might have to make the lanyard for myself!

  486. caroline says:

    so cute!

  487. Amanda Ryan says:

    I’ll certainly be making some of the lanyards for my sons, and the key fobs look like good presents too. And I’d love to win one of the books.

  488. Antonia S-H says:

    There is so much talent out there going into designing and making all these wonderful gifts. It blows my mind!

  489. Melissa says:

    Thanks for the chance to win!

  490. Genevieve says:

    I love the Christmas tree pillow! I love the smell of fir needles! 🙂


  491. Melissa says:

    Would love to try the mini Christmas cake recipe!

  492. Cynthia says:

    Love the monster gift card holder. Cute!

  493. Violeta Petrova says:

    Thanks for all the great ideas !!!

  494. kirstenmanning says:

    I love the lanyards, great idea. That printable is adorable!!

  495. Love these ideas I have a ton of coworkers to gift this year

  496. Karen says:

    Cute gift card holder lol

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