We think tweens will give these ideas a nod of approval! Feel free to add your great “tween” tutorial & gift finds in the comments too…

Make It

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Jennifer used knit fabric (three old t-shirts) and some fusible interfacing for this cute Argyle Applique T-Shirt at A Hoot and a Holler. Fun!
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Disney was going for simplicity and “grown-upness” with this inexpensive “Lauren” Headband at Ruffles And Stuff. We think she got it!
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The Super Cool Boys’ Belt from Destri at The Mother Huddle could actually be super-cool for girls too! These are great stocking stuffers…
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Christie from A Lemon Squeezy Home designed these Lunch Money Cuffs for her two kids and for Or So She Says… We think they’ll be a hit with the tween crowd!
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Add these cute Puffy Blooms to everything from hair accessories to shirts and more with Katy’s tutorial at No Big Dill.
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Help tidy all of those fun accessories with this Hair Pretty Organizer from Jennifer at My Life A Happy Circus.

You might also enjoy these related tutorials from the SMS archives: Rock!, Gifts for Tweens & Teens, Patchwork Notebook, and Binder Pouch.

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:

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Buy It

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Perfect for a beginning felter, this Spiral Felt Ball Kit from SpiderFelt includes detailed instructions and all materials needed to learn this timeless skill.

Mix It

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No need for a cup to enjoy all the goodness of a mug of hot chocolate. Amber at Giver’s Log shares how you can whip up your own Hot Chocolate on a Stick.

Print It

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Holly at Chez Beeper Bebe offers two free, downloadable, PDF books: Vintage French Paper Crafts & Vintage Paper Dolls. She provides instructions for how make the books using supplies you might already have on hand, and shows how you can turn these into gifts with the addition of a few simple items.

Win It

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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.

Edited By Shufunotomo
(Trumpeter, $17.95, ISBN: 978-1-59030-731-1)

From the Publisher:

Transform a simple sheet of paper into a delicate snowflake, a sweet flower, or a dainty doily—or create an enchanted forest using a modern twist on the traditional technique for making paper dolls. Paper cutouts get a fresh look in this contemporary approach to the practice of transforming paper into art. It’s full of clever and cute designs and a range of different cutting techniques that you can use to make your own cutouts for display, decoration, or embellishment.

Offering a range of styles, this book presents paper cutting techniques through clear step-by-step instruction, detailed diagrams, and templates. Once you’ve mastered the basics, creative uses for paper cutouts are offered, including as cards, gift wrap, mobiles, collages, stencils, garlands, and more.

By Lotta Jansdotter
(Chronicle Books, $24.95, ISBN: 9780811872287)

From the Publisher:

There’s something so satisfying about stenciling: It’s easy, affordable, and it yields such impressive results. Especially when all the design work is done for you by the talented textile artist Lotta Jansdotter. Lotta’s hand-drawn stencil motifs are cut out of durable plastic so they can be used again and again on all sorts of surfaces, from walls to fabric to furniture. Simply wipe the stencils clean with soap and water and stow in the handy storage pocket provided. Project instructions and photographs demonstrate how to repeat a design on a structured grid to achieve the look of wallpaper (for a whole lot less money), or apply designs randomly for a unique, playful effect. At just $24.95, this package is a DIY decorator’s delight—a real bargain, and beautiful to boot!

By Krystina Castella
(Storey Publishing, $24.95, ISBN: 978-1-60342-576-6)

From the Publisher:

Tour the world of cake! Cakes are at the center of life’s celebrations, big and small, in every corner of the globe. A bite-size lamington is a treat with tea in Australia. In Africa, golden fritters bursting with sweet fruit are popular street snacks. Honey cakes celebrate new beginnings in Jewish tradition, and peach buns are a symbol of longevity in Taiwan. Fruitcakes, from Germany’s stollen to Italy’s panettone, are popular Christmas fare. This delectable cookbook offers more than 150 irresistible recipes accompanied by mouthwatering photographs, ideas for delicious variations, and fascinating historical and cultural facts. This is a must-have for anyone who loves making (or eating!) cake.

Not Your Mama’s Stitching: The Cool and Creative Way to Stitch It To ‘Em
By Kate Shoup
(Wiley, $14.99, ISBN: 978-0-470-09516-4)

From the Publisher:

Forget the fair young maiden painstakingly embroidering pillowcases for her hope chest. Picture a liberated lass (that would be you) creating chic fashions and accessories while sipping a glass of whatever and saving the planet.Not Your Mama’s Stitching lets you choose from more than twenty projects to make or embellish home decor items, garments, accessories, gifts, and more. It covers:

  • The tools and materials that no stitcher should be without
  • Basic stitching skills such as starting a thread, tying off, and finishing your piece
  • A myriad of embroidery, cross stitch, and needlepoint stitches
  • Projects ranging from a tattooed tank top to cheeky stitched sayings and from a Gucci-inspired wallet to a drinks recipe box
  • Variations and ideas for customizing every project

Make everyday items one-of-a-kind, or whip up your own creations from scratch. With a savvy, sassy attitude and fun, funky projects, Not Your Mama’s Stitching will have you in stitches in no time.

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

6 ~ Crafters
5 ~ Deck the Halls
4 ~ Moms & Grandmas
3 ~ Babies & Toddlers
2 ~ Girlfriends
1 ~ Imaginative Friends

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