November 7 ~ Gifts for Tweens

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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

spacer Spiral Felt Ball Kit from SpiderFelt
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

spacer Hot Chocolate on a Stick from Giver’s Log
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

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.

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.Β 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,Β 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

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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462 Responses to November 7 ~ Gifts for Tweens

  1. Mel says:

    o.m.g. hot chocolate on a stick. mmmmmmm

  2. Squeaks says:

    These books look fantastic!

  3. Amy C says:

    CUTE – Thank you!

  4. Jennifer says:

    The hot chocolate on a stick is a great neighbor gift!

  5. L says:

    Love the idea of vintage paper dolls!

  6. Jena says:

    I love the wrist wallet!

  7. Paula says:

    I’m making the Lunch Money Cuff for my daughter, just what she needs!

  8. Cherri says:

    Great gift ideas!

  9. Kristen says:

    These ideas are awesome, want to make them for myself, even if they are for tweens!

  10. Jansie says:

    Oh, what little angel doesn’t need a place to store all her hair accessories??

  11. Chris Aiton says:

    such wonderful ideas – I am so enjoying seeing all of these

  12. ~Helena~ says:

    awesome ideas, the wrist cuff is a must for my lil guys. the vintage paper dolls are darling

  13. Greta says:

    love these ideas!

  14. Val Payne says:

    I finished my holiday gift lists weeks ago, but y’all keep adding such great ideas and links that I keep on adding! The vintage paper doll PDF is being added to my little girls bag of art supplies. I just can’t wait for Christmas morning and playing with those paper dolls! Oh, I mean for my daughter to play with the paper dolls!

  15. Chacoy says:

    My son sure could use a lunch money cuff!

  16. Mary Jo says:

    i love them all.

  17. Jenn Lee says:

    Those headbands are adorable. I want one and I’m 31 πŸ˜›

  18. Martha says:

    I think I need my own lunch money cuff.

  19. Mara says:

    One of the first things I sewed was a quilt for my niece — ten years later she still sleeps with it. I’ve made her another quilt from recycled blue jeans, skirts, bags, a curtain for her room that says “dream.” She’s a teen now but still loves handcrafted goodness. This year, she’s getting yoga pants.

  20. Vicki K says:

    There are some really fun ideas there! Like the lunch money cuff. It’s a good idea for kids who like to travel “free” but need some back up money!

  21. Deb DeChurch says:

    What wonderful ideas. I love the hot chocolate sticks!

  22. Christy says:

    I love these tutorials especiallly the headband. I’ll be making one for myself hehe.. πŸ™‚

  23. Amy says:

    Everything is adorable! My nieces would love the hair thingy (it’s a technical term) organizer

  24. Danielle H says:

    Hot chocolate on a stick!! OMG—drools on keyboard—

  25. courtneyb says:

    ooooooooooo…Those books look great!

  26. Katherine says:

    I’m going to make some of those puffy blooms!

  27. SheilaC says:

    Good ideas for those hard to buy for tweens!


  28. Meghan says:

    Oh, I need that stenciling book, soon! We’re painting almost every room in our house this month, and I’m thinking of doing some stencils. Please let me win! πŸ™‚

  29. jessieaucoin says:

    cute argyle shirt!

  30. Kelli says:

    I guess I never outgrew the tween stage of my life because I love these ideas and was wondering if I could pull them off! lol! Thanks

  31. Claudia says:

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

  32. Madeline says:

    I love that printable PDF book that you listed. My daughter is so into coloring and drawing right now so I think the paper dolls will be great!

  33. Jen C. says:

    great projects!

  34. I want that argyle t for me!

  35. Tiffany says:

    Lunch Money Cuff are perfect for not only lunch money but for people who don’t want to carry a purse.

  36. Michelle P says:

    Cant wait to give my daughter that paper doll book!

  37. Anna says:

    I just can’t decide which is my favorite -headband, belt or cuff!!

  38. Julie says:

    Lotta is one of my favorites!

  39. Jaimie says:

    love the headband and the money cuff!

  40. Erika says:

    The cuff is a great idea for me, too. Thanks for sharing it with us!

  41. Rebecca says:

    I love those puffy blooms. They are beautiful and the tutorial looks pretty easy!

  42. dorothy says:

    That cuff is a great idea.

  43. MJ says:

    Going to track down some of that ruler ribbon right now!!!

  44. Karen says:

    I am definitely going to try the hot choc on a stick… great idea!!

  45. Samurai Mom says:

    The Lunch Money Cuff is so COOL!

  46. Sarah L. says:

    That cuff would be awesome for running with a housekey. And some kleenex.

  47. Annie says:

    So I want that cake book a little.

    Only a little. πŸ˜‰

  48. Christy says:

    man! every day I think “can they really top yesterday’s entry?” AND YOU DO!!!

  49. erin says:

    Not your mamas stitching looks fun!

  50. The hair pretty organizer is a great idea!

  51. Rachel says:

    Cool money cuffs and I need to get my hands on one of those spiral felting ball kits (they are sold out at the link).

  52. Nicole says:

    Those puffy blooms look so sweet!

  53. Annette says:

    I enjoy seeing all the projects. Always gives me good ideas.

  54. christine says:

    I think I need to make the argyle shirt for me!

  55. stacy says:

    great ideas! my younger sister would dig that headband. christmas gift idea? check.

  56. Bethany says:

    Love the headband! Absolutely adorable. πŸ™‚

  57. HollyD says:

    I love the belt!! I could totally vary that for girls and everything!

  58. SewLindaAnn says:

    I love the cuff, it would be great for walking to keep a key in. Also, I have to go see what the hot chocolate stick is about. It looks yummy!

  59. Sam says:

    Love the cuff – really practical

  60. Annabel says:

    I love the cuff, I could use one of those for dog-walking! bellgirlsblog [at] gmail [dot] com

  61. Jesse says:

    The Lauren headband is so classy!

  62. Mixolidia says:

    Am I too late? I spent so much time looking a the tutorial links & the websites that I totally forgot to come back here & comment for a chance to win. I hope I’m not too late. All these look wonderful. Thanks for the links.

  63. Hannah says:

    Love the argyle sweater I think I may have to try it in a vest version!

  64. Donna B. says:

    The boys belt is too cute. So many times boys get over looked, thanks for including them.

  65. Nicole Balazs says:

    don’t know too many tweens, but such cute ideas πŸ™‚

  66. kate c. says:

    I’m trying to do a little handmade giftie for everyone in my family. My 14 and 11 year old boys have me stumped! Thanks for getting the wheels turning.

  67. Heidi says:

    I just need to convince my little girl that she should wear things in her hair and I’d be set.

  68. Betsy M says:

    I bookmarked that hot choc. on a stick – her whole blog is so great!

  69. Cindy says:

    The puffy blooms are adorable.

  70. Laura W. says:

    Love that hot chocolate on a stick! Awesome!

  71. desiree says:

    yum, hot coco on a stick.

  72. Katiegirl says:

    I’m thinking my stepson would love the arm band!

  73. Tanya says:

    Lunch money cuff could also be “mums jogging key holder”! Yay!

  74. Katie says:

    Very fun. I never really thought I would have a tween, but here we are!

  75. Celeste says:

    Gorgeous headbands!

  76. Lisa Eichholtz says:

    Love the headband and the felt ball kits…

  77. Faith says:

    Hot Chocolate on a stick?!? That sounds amazing.

  78. Heather says:

    I totally love all of these series so far. Inspiring!

  79. Stephanie S says:

    This is such a hard age to craft for, but these area great ideas. I love the zippered cuff!

  80. Jessica C says:

    I’ve made the Hot Chocolate on a stick and I can attest to it’s awesomeness!

  81. Suzanne says:

    Great ideas! Tween’s are reaching the age when it is hard to make stuff for them πŸ™‚

  82. Jennifer says:

    Thanks for the tutorial ideas!

  83. Jessy says:

    That argyle shirt is so cute! I am sure my much younger sister-in-law would love it!

  84. Kati says:

    Hot chocolate on a stick?!?!?! Genius!!!

  85. Llamabean says:

    I think those gifts would be great for lots of ages! Lovely πŸ™‚

  86. Debra says:

    Love all of these ideas! Thanks.

  87. Kathy H says:

    That headband looks super-easy! Love the cuff, too!

  88. sook hyun says:

    hot chocolate on a stick = heaven!

  89. DEBBI says:

    want to make those headbands for the little girls.. can’t wait

  90. Shawna says:

    There’s so many great ideas. I’m not sure where to begin. Thanks for compiling all of these. It’s such a great idea.

  91. Sara says:

    Oohh, stencils!

  92. Maggie says:

    I have a tween and she is impossible to make for, so thanks for the ideas! Love the hot chocolate on a stick too!

  93. Sarah-E says:

    I had something so similar to that lunch money cuff as a kid – love it!!

  94. Erika M says:

    Cool headband!

  95. Seanna Lea says:

    I’ve been in a hot chocolate mood lately, and those hot cocoa on a stick look 100 times better than Swiss Miss any day.

  96. Debbie says:

    Want to try the headband and make the yummy-looking hot choc. pops. Thanks!

  97. Kelly Irene says:

    I like the headband, and Lotta’s stenciling book looks so good!

  98. Cindi C says:

    OMG! The papercrafts are too cute! Thanks for introducing us to new bloggers.

  99. Mary Anne Fl. says:

    How cool!

  100. Cynthia I says:

    So many things to love here! The headband and vintage book are fantastic. And that organizer so cute!

  101. sarahjane says:

    Great ideas! Count me in!

  102. Maya says:

    Lunch money cuff is so cute!

  103. Jessica says:

    Love the wrist cuff — thinking I might use it to hold keys/ID when I’m running.

  104. Sarah says:

    The argyle t-shirt is so cute!

  105. Holly Walsh says:

    Love the wrist cuff – perfect for my keys when I go running too!

  106. Crystal says:

    The argyle shirt is impressive. Might have to try that one…

  107. Missie says:

    The argyle shirt is super cute!

  108. Tanya says:

    Love the organizer, great idea!

  109. Rachel Locke says:

    Thanks for another day of great ideas!! I really like the money cuff and hope to try some hot chocolate on a stick soon!!

  110. KT says:

    Love those puffy blooms–can’t wait to try those!

  111. ~Heather says:


  112. Jeni says:

    Cute stuff!

  113. Wendy D. P. says:

    Hot chocolate on a stick! Wow – yum!

  114. Sandy says:

    the hot chocolate on a stick is BRILLIANT!

  115. miktha says:

    the boys belt is really cool..

  116. Debra says:

    My daughter would love alot of these.

  117. Laura Lane says:

    Cute headbands.

  118. Cass says:

    Hot chocolate on a stick?? Oh yes please! πŸ™‚

  119. Ange Moore says:

    That argyle t-shirt is on my to-do-list – love it!

  120. Maria says:

    Like the lunch money cuff – children always loosing their money. Good for house keys when out walking.

  121. YUM!! hot chocolate on a stick!!!!1
    yes please

  122. Silvia says:

    The lunch money cuff can be very useful for a child!! Love it!

  123. Consuelo says:

    Wonderful ideas and gifts and books.

  124. Wendy B says:

    Cute ideas!

  125. carrot cake says:

    LOVE the paper cutting book! How fun!!!

  126. Natalie says:

    I always find tweens hard to buy for, so these handmade gifts are a terrific idea!

  127. Melissa says:

    What great books!
    Thanks for the opportunity to win πŸ™‚

  128. Michelle J. says:

    Love the headbands

  129. Nikki Rainey says:

    I think the little wrist cuff is fabulous. I can’t wait to make one.

  130. Danielle says:

    I can’t wait to try the hot chocolate on a stick recipe!

  131. Saskia says:

    Hot chocolate on a stick…gotta make it!

  132. Jennifer M says:

    Been dying to get my hands on the stenciling book! πŸ™‚ it lools sooo fun!

  133. Mama24Monkeys says:

    I am loving all the ideas I am getting…thanks

    kbsteuber at yahoo dot com

  134. Danette says:

    I look forward to Handmade Holidays every year! Yippee!!

  135. Christina says:

    Hot chocolate on a stick will be going in lots of gift bags this year!

  136. Laurel says:

    So fun!

  137. Tiffany says:

    Cute argyle shirt!

  138. Betsyline says:

    those are cute ideas and I want ALL those books!

  139. Elizabeth says:

    such great ideas!

  140. Mandy K Court says:

    I look forward to seeing what new tutorials you will post everyday. I love handmade holidays!

  141. jeni says:

    HOt chocolate on a stick!! Wa-hoo!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  142. Annie says:

    Love the hairband and the money cuff!

  143. Kelly Murphy says:

    I can’t wait to try the headband tutorial. So cute!

  144. Mrs. Pear says:

    Love the hot chocolate!

  145. Shawna says:

    Oooh love the little owl print fabric for the Lunch Money Cuff, a perfect match!

  146. Jen says:

    Oh my goodness I love that lunch money cuff idea! I’ve been looking for a gift idea for my niece and that is perfect!

  147. MelissaB says:

    That argyle shirt is so cute!

  148. Cassandra says:

    I want to see the stencil book. My son’s bedroom is awaiting some stenciling. He needs some kind of woodland scene.

  149. rebecca says:

    love the belt, and the argyle, and the hot chocolate!

  150. Krystal says:

    These are great tutorials. I can’t wait to see what the rest of the month has in store!

  151. Melinda says:

    That paper doll tutorial is awesome! Thank you! I bookmarked it for later.

  152. Love the cute boy’s belt–my son would love it!

  153. Shannon says:

    Wow, these are great gift ideas. Can’t wait to try them. Thanks!

  154. Michele says:

    I love how the shirt turned out, what a great project.

  155. Emory says:

    Thank you for more great tutorials. I love handmade holidays!

  156. Sherrie says:

    I’m enjoying the ideas and have bookmarked so many things to start working on!! LOVE IT!

  157. Ramona says:

    love the belt.

  158. Charmaine says:

    I really like the lunch cuff

  159. Sara P. says:

    I need a tween for some of these but I plan on making the hot chocolate sticks for myself!

  160. Megan says:

    No tweens in my life anymore, but hot chocolate on a stick? Well that’s something for all ages.

  161. AP says:

    Those spiral felt balls would be great fun to make. My 2-year-old would have great fun with them.

  162. Deanna says:

    Love the ideas. Particularly the money cuff. I can see myself making several of these. Thanks.

  163. Ariane says:

    I love these ideas. So great!!!

  164. Jo says:

    Love the hot chocolate on a stick idea.

  165. The paper crafts look so cute πŸ™‚

  166. Staci says:

    I will definitely be making some of those adorable headbands. Love it! I would love to win any of those books too!

  167. Carrie says:

    Love the argyle shirt!

  168. Sarah says:

    More great printables! I love them.

  169. Jaclyn says:

    The headband is great. I may make one for myself!

  170. meikjn says:

    the belt is really cool.

  171. Erin says:

    That lunch money cuff is brilliant! I went on a cruise recently and never needed a purse but it would have been nice to have a cuff like that to keep a few bucks in! Oh and arcade trips, and beach trips! Agh, such a great idea!

  172. gabriella says:

    Love all of these!

  173. Andi says:

    Another great day of ideas! I absolutely love the argyle applique!

  174. Kathy says:

    Mmmmm hot chocolate on a stick… what kid wouldn’t love that?!

  175. elizabeth says:

    Great ideas, and I am really crossing my fingers for the stenciling book!

  176. Brooke says:

    mmmm… hot chocolate on a stick!

  177. Dianne McLean says:

    I have to go quickly, hot chocolate on a stick waits for me!

  178. Holly says:

    I love the argyle sweater. Would be super cute on a toddler too.

  179. Emily S says:

    Loving the argyle shirt!

  180. Jeni says:

    Super cute stuff! Love the headband!

  181. Hashi says:

    That argyle tshirt’s pretty cool!

  182. SofiAlgarvia says:

    The Lunch Money Cuff is on my list for Xmas, 1 have 2 teenagers at home who will love this πŸ™‚ And my husband will also have one for his bike tours;)
    Thanks SMS

  183. Melanie says:

    Thanks, this is a great list – love the belt especially, I think my not-yet-tween boy will really like it too.

  184. Colleen says:

    I love all the cute ideas for tweens – hard group to have different ideas for handmade items. Thank you for all the giveaways.

  185. Chris says:

    I love the paper cutting book and all the hair clip/headband ideas are great! thanks!

  186. lindsay says:

    I would love the stenciling book! I just started stenciling on our living room wall, and want to do the same in our bathroom. This would be great!

  187. Hilary says:

    love the craft book

  188. Crossing my fingers for the stencil book!

  189. becky diehl says:

    I’ve got the paper-cutting book on my wish list!

  190. Tammy says:

    Great ideas! Thanks for the tutorials!

  191. I’m gonna have to make that lunch money cuff!

  192. Kay says:

    Hot Chocolate on a Stick… bes idea I’ve heard in ages!!!!!

  193. Love the simple headband.

  194. shelle says:

    love the headband tutorial. I think the tween years are tricky for handmade gifts. I have successfully given fingerless gloves and slippers.

  195. Lynda says:

    The Lauren headband is so cute and fun!

  196. Carrie says:

    I love the hot chocolate on a stick – clever. And I’ve been wanting to make headbands and hair accessories for my nieces for a while. Thanks for the ideas.

  197. Summer says:

    How cute is that shirt?

  198. Natalie says:

    creative ideas for tweens…. really seems like a tough age group to buy for!

  199. Christine M says:

    The hair pretty organizer is cute. Pity I only have boys!

  200. Margaret says:

    Great giveaways, thanks!

  201. Heidi Anderson says:

    Super fun ideas! The lunch money cuffs are fabulous!

  202. Kirsten N says:

    Great crafty ideas!

  203. Leigh Anne says:

    Thanks for all the cute ideas! That hot chocolate on a stick makes me hungry πŸ˜‰

  204. Ing says:

    beautiful! Creative Paper Cutting looks awesome.

  205. Leesa says:

    I love Disney’s headbands and that hot chocolate on a stick I must try.

  206. Vanessa says:

    Great ideas, thanks! Love the headbands and the money cuffs! And the books too, of course!

  207. Heather says:

    So many friends and relatives … not to mention me … would be thrilled to win any one of these crafty books!

  208. Rachael says:

    Thanks for these!

  209. Debbie says:

    Nice ideas!

  210. Allison says:

    love the hot chocolate on a stick!

  211. Sara says:

    Cool items again…the cake and the stitching book really seem to be my style…

  212. Anita says:

    That world of cake book looks so yummy!

  213. awesome, i think my niece will love the lunch money wrist cuff!!!

  214. Jennifer King says:

    Oh, the hot chocolate on a stick looks like a must try. And I’d love to get my hands on the paper cutting book.

  215. Woodbines says:

    I love the hot chocolate-on-a-stick! Can’t wait to try it πŸ˜€

  216. Andrea M says:

    The lunch money cuff looks like fun!

  217. Crystal says:

    Cute stuff!

  218. Becky says:

    I’m liking the lunch money cuff … and hot chocolate on a stick! Yummo!

  219. Nicole says:

    Thanks for projects that can work for boys!

  220. Chris says:

    As a mom of a “tween”, there are some great ideas here! It’s hard to find nice handmade gifts for boys age 9-12.

  221. Tracy L says:

    Chocolate on a stick, vintage paper crafts, stenciling and a cake book! Sounds like my kinda Christmas πŸ™‚

  222. Sarah says:

    A multitude great of ideas! I love it!

  223. Amy says:

    LOVE the puffy blooms!

  224. carrie says:

    The cuff is genius!

  225. Tanis says:

    mmm cake! the hot chocolate sticks look yummy too =)

  226. Lobela says:

    I hope I finish my sewing lessons fast enough. I would love to make those lunch money cuffs for my nieces. And I may just have to make the hot chocolate sticks when I make my fudge this year.

  227. Carly says:

    Hot Chocolate on a stick! Amazing!

  228. Ana says:

    Perfect gifts. The headband is gorgeous and I LOVE the argyle appliquéd t-shirt…

  229. Sara K. says:

    I love that boy belt!! I just might have to make one… or two!

  230. Laura Reich says:

    The Hot Chocolate On A Stick is such a great idea.

  231. Marcia W. says:

    I like the hair pretty organizer and lunch money cuffs. Thanks for the tweens tutorials.

  232. Jenn X says:

    I love that argyle t-shirt! It’ll be perfect for my niece and her mother for X-mas!

  233. Vale says:

    I made a hair accessory organizer yesterday and was brainstorming for something different to do with the other frame, thank you!

  234. Norma says:

    I’m going to have to look at those cuffs and that paper cutting book

  235. Anya says:

    Fun tutorials! I like the money cuff.

  236. VickiT says:

    The puffy flowers tute is wonderful. I missed that one before.

  237. Blossom says:

    Cute projects!

  238. Jennifer says:

    I’ve made several belts like that and they’re always a hit–I’ve never thought of using ribbon like that though! Great idea.

  239. Natacha says:

    Oh, those sticks of hot chocolate… Who would have thought?

  240. Gail says:

    That headband is super cute and so easy looking. Thanks!

  241. knitsewreadlove says:

    So fun! Love the lunch money cuffs!

  242. Hot chocolate on a stick after my next grocery trip!

  243. Leanna says:

    lunch cuffs are a cute idea!

  244. Cary says:

    the lunch money cuff would be great for field trips as well!

  245. Mary says:

    Wow! Really great gift ideas for not much $$

  246. Megan says:

    The world of cake book looks like so much fun! Already bookmarked some of these crafts to make for my kids.

  247. Donna says:

    Love the belt and money cuff!!

  248. I have to tell you how much I am loving all the tutorials and links to great stuff! Thanks so much.

  249. D'Lane says:

    oh I am making hot chocolate on a stick for sure!

  250. Danielle says:

    the stencil book is great

  251. marilyn podoll says:

    great ideas….better get busy

  252. Genevieve says:

    The printables are AMAZING!!! Thanks!


  253. Rebecca says:

    Great ideas, but how about more boy stuff? Please? Pretty, please? I have so many boys to gift to!

  254. Kathleen says:

    I keep revising my list of gifts to make each day with all these really cool ideas!

  255. Holly U says:

    What’s not to love about hot chocolate on a stick! Thanks for the link!

  256. Sandy says:

    The lunch money cuff is a great idea!

  257. Tammy says:

    Very fun! I’ll have to give those puffy blooms a try!

  258. Jennifer says:

    Hot chocolate on a stick? Brilliant! I also LOVE the vintage paper craft books – perfect little gifts for little friends!

  259. Lauren says:

    Cannot wait to try making the hot chocolate on a stick!

  260. Alyson says:

    The boys belt is so cool!

  261. Oooo, would definitely be interested in the paper cutting or stencil books!

  262. Cinnamon says:

    the creative paper cuts book looks so interesting, and I really like the felt ball kits.

  263. Rachel L says:

    Those little puffy blooms are too cute!

  264. Breanna S says:

    My son will love the super cool belt and he is super hard to sew for! I also really like the lunch money cuffs.

  265. QSOgirl says:

    wow, thanks for the link to those printable paper crafts books– what a treasure πŸ™‚

  266. Suzy Blue says:

    The belt is so unique!

  267. Elizabeth says:

    I’m going to toss my “Mmmmmm-hot chocolate on a stick” out there with the rest. GREAT idea!

  268. bruinbr says:

    The Lauren headband is great! I need to make one for myself!

  269. Mel says:

    Hot chocolate on a stick! Yum!

  270. Aubrey says:

    mmmm….hot chocolate on a stick. I love the money cuff, too.

  271. Kati says:

    Ooo! Hot chocolate on a stick!! I might need to make those! πŸ™‚

  272. JJ says:

    Mmmm Hot Chocolate on a Stick – yummy.

  273. brittany says:

    hot chocolate on a stick! yum!

  274. Kadybug says:

    I love the super cool boys belt and the cuff! That argyle shirt is pretty awesome too!

  275. BrendaDe says:

    love, love, love the headbands! Will make great stocking stuffers for my daughter and my neice — the nice thing is I have everything here already to make them.

  276. Bethany says:

    I love the paper crafts download. I wonder if one of my cousins will appreciate it for a Christmas gift add-on.

  277. nadine says:

    There are so many amazing books to win during this Handmade Holiday!

  278. Stace says:

    I love the lunch money cuffs too. I will have to think of some excuse as to why *I* need a lunch money cuff lol.

  279. Papgena says:

    Thank you for the ideas and the links!!!

  280. Pat says:

    Lunch Money writs wallets…Stocking stuffers extra-or-dinare”””
    Thanks…keep the great tutorials coming….

  281. Sona says:

    hot choc on a stick – brilliant!

  282. Amy says:

    So many great things to make!

  283. Jessica says:

    I’ve never heard of hot chocolate on a stick. It sounds intriguing! Thanks Chez BB for the book idea…they would make fun table crafts or stocking stuffers for the kids.

  284. patricia says:

    The lunch money pocket is a super tutorial (the others are super, too). Thank you so much!

  285. Nicole in VT says:

    My sister would really dig that lunch money cuff!

  286. Courtney says:

    Love the ‘Print it’ idea today! Thanks!

  287. Carmen says:

    Great ideas!!

  288. SaraD says:

    Mmm, hot chocolate on a stick.

  289. Morgan O. says:

    I love the headband tutorial – thanks!

  290. Kristy says:

    The hot chocolate on a stick is awesome!

  291. Every book looks wonderful and for today’s post I’m going to check out the spiral felt ball!

  292. Kat says:

    Mmnmm, hot chocolate on a stick. My to-make list keeps on growing!

  293. Jennifer N says:

    Lot’s of great ideas. As always, I wish I had time and resources to try it all. Thank you.

  294. Jocelyn says:

    I really like that lunch money cuff. It’s hard to find ideas for kids that age that aren’t for girls.

  295. Roberta says:

    Thanks for all these great gift ideas…loving that money cuff πŸ˜‰

  296. robyn says:

    Those puffy blooms are great! I would love to make those for my daughter in tons of colors!!

  297. Heather says:

    Love the Lauren Headband and the Cute Bow Organizer. Would love “Not Your Mama’s Stitching” I have always wanted to learn how to do that.

  298. I loved the craft book, thanks for so many nice things shared here every day and for the fantastic giveaway.

  299. Melissa Babecka says:

    Neat projects.

  300. Kimmie says:

    amazing tutorials..

  301. Judy R says:

    I love the tape measure belt for my toddler!
    Oooh, and embroidery book for me or paper cutting book for nephew.

  302. Sheryl says:

    Thanks for reminding me of the hot chocolate on a stick! I must make that sometime! And I would LOVE that paper cutting book! I am just beginning to explore paper cutting more and more!

  303. Greeblygreebly says:

    Those money cuffs are so cute and practical! And the vintage french paper dolls are just the cutest things!

  304. Tabitha says:

    Those money cuffs and hot chocolate on a stick are on my list of to-makes!

  305. Emily V says:

    Cute stuff! I kinda want that hot chocolate myself now. Mmm. πŸ™‚

  306. Sharon T. says:

    Great ideas!

  307. April from SD says:

    Hot chocolate on a stick! yum!

  308. Serena says:

    Oh, love the lunch money cuffs! I think they would be great for a mama, too!

  309. Jolene says:

    Aaaah, such cute stuff! I think I’m gonna make the paper doll kit for a friend’s birthday

  310. Lynne says:

    I love the belt! What a great idea. Thanks!

  311. Barbara says:

    Thanks for all the great tutorials. And that cake book looks just like the right one for me!

  312. Lynn says:

    Thanks for more great ideas and helpful tutorials. I wanted to make the wrist cuffs for niece and nephew. Now I won’t have to wing it. Very clear instructions and photos. Thanks!
    Those puffy blooms are the sweetest little things. I’ll be using them on something for the girls today. Keep the wonderful ideas and inspiration coming. Thanks again.

  313. alcheme says:

    Very cool!

  314. Trina says:

    love those cuffs! And it’s so nice to see Disney here, she always has terrific crafty ideas.

  315. Cory says:

    I Love all these crafts. Can’t wait to make the headbands for my new tween stepsister!

  316. Kristin says:

    The paper cutting book and the cake book look really fun!

  317. Katrina says:

    The argyle shirt is really interresting!

  318. Katie says:

    I am looking forward to the paper craft download!

  319. Shara says:

    Awesome books today! I’m not a paper crafter, but the papercutting one looks really cool!

  320. Alethea says:

    I LOVE the lunch money cuffs! What a cute idea!

  321. Janet K says:

    I love the papercraft download/tutorials! I am in between tweens with a full fledged teen and a young boy – but I still like paper dolls myself.

  322. Cindy B. says:

    Think I will make some wrist bands — great idea for all my “walking friends”

  323. Lisa says:

    yum – hot chocolate on a stick is right up my alley! Thanks for all the great links.

  324. Laurie Anne says:

    Great books! Great ideas! πŸ™‚ Thanks!

  325. Lisa says:

    Thanks Sew Mama!

  326. Tez says:

    So exciting, I am def. making hot chocolate on a stick! I’m not very excellent with zippers, but I am going to try the lunch money pouch, so good for all my little tweens!

  327. Rochelle says:

    Can’t wait to print the vintage paper crafts!

  328. Renate says:

    Liking the hot chocolate on a stick!

  329. Mary says:

    My niece would love the headbands.

  330. Michelle H says:

    love the vintage craft printable!

  331. Jen says:

    Another great roundup of crafts and books to win!

  332. Laura says:

    spiral felt ball kit – soon to be on its way to ME!!! great ideas for a hard to make-for group!!

  333. Heather Smith says:

    Good morning new crafts for my Christmas list! Hot chocolate on a stick, perfect for teachers and other wranglers of children.

    Thanks again!

  334. Amy says:

    The argyle shirt is adorable!

  335. Sarah Lorde says:

    Love the headbands wonderful!

  336. Andrea says:

    Wow! Lots of great ideas here I haven’t seen before.

  337. renae says:

    Love the hot chocolate on a stick! I think that will be part of my Christmas giving this year!

  338. Naomi says:

    need to make that hair pretty organizer for my daughter!

  339. susan mzf says:

    that paper doll download is so sweet – can’t wait to put that together for my daughter!

  340. elsa says:

    oooh, love the Creative Paper Cutting’ book … would love to have that!

  341. Andreia says:

    I found today another interesting blog to follow: Ruffles and Stuff. I love the “Lauren” headband tutorial!
    Many thanks to SewMamaSew for the wonderful things you share with us and for this great giveaway!

  342. Stacy says:

    I like the belt! It would be really cute on my son.

  343. Kate F. says:

    Mmmm. I hope argyle never goes out of style!

  344. Gali says:

    love the Lunch Money Cuff. πŸ™‚

  345. bess says:

    hot chocolate on a stick!?! awesome!

  346. Gina says:

    I have a niece that would love all of these! Thanks for the ideas!

  347. Katie B says:

    Love the hot chocolate on a stick idea!

  348. Marisa says:

    The stencil book looks terrific! I have three pegboards in my craft room, painted in 2 different shades of blue – I’d like to stencil the opposite color on them, and this book looks like just what I need! I’ve added it to my wishlist!

  349. Texana says:

    Such good ideas…again…what else did I expect? Thanks for the chance to win more books!!!

  350. Jeanne S says:

    cute belt. Homemade holidays is such a great resource.

  351. Deidra Foster says:

    OMG. Every day gets better and better with holiday ideas. I love the hot chocolate on a stick. I’ve added that to my list of things to make!

  352. Melissa says:

    What a grea idea with the argyle shirt! I don’t have any Tweens to buy/make for this year, but I might try that out for my 1 1/2 year old daughter.

  353. angela d. says:

    Great ideas for xmas gifts! Keep them coming…

  354. Shira says:

    wonderful fabrics!

  355. Kimberly says:

    LOVE that headband.

  356. Tara H. says:

    Wonderful ideas and giveaways!

  357. Melissa Williams says:

    Love the ideas- and love the books today!

  358. J.R. says:

    Thanks for the great ideas! You’ve inspired me to get busy. Thanks!!

  359. MamaBee says:

    Great ideas! Thanks!

  360. JaneR says:

    I love the money cuff. Yes, I must make those in multiples. Thanks!

  361. Lina says:

    Truly some of the most difficult people to find presents for. Thanks for the ideas!

  362. Sandra says:

    Thanks for another day of fun tutorials. I really like the lunch money cuff. It’s an idea that could be used in lots of ways. THANKS!!!

  363. Elizabeth says:

    Wow — these bloggers are geniuses! Thanks for this especially great roundup. I love November.

  364. Carmen says:

    Ah, I was scrolling down, and the books up for grabs in this post just kept getting better and better!

  365. Trish says:

    Hot Chocolate on a stick!

  366. Chrissy says:

    I totally love the lunch cuffs! What a fabulous idea!

  367. megan says:

    mmmm…. hot chocolate on a stick!

  368. Amy says:

    So cute. love those cuffs!

  369. Kristin says:

    That paper cutout book looks like it would be so great! I love the argyle sweater as well.

  370. Robin E. says:

    That headband tutorial is SOOOOOO on my list. I have tween that will wear it all-the-time!!!

  371. Joann says:

    Some fun ideas. I enjoy your handmade holidays every year.

  372. Ingrid says:

    I think my niece would love that lunch money cuff, and my co-workers would enjoy hot chocolate on a stick. My list of “to be made” Christmas gifts just continues to get longer!

  373. Kristin says:

    That “hot chocolate on a stick” looks like fun!

  374. Jennifer says:

    These are all great ideas! I can’t wait to get started on Christmas presents for everyone in my family- including my hard-to-please 14 year-old nephew!

  375. heather b says:

    Going to check the t-shirt tutorial right now!

  376. Donnell says:

    The hot chocolate on a stick sounds wonderful.

  377. Lauren says:

    I have been trying to figure out what to give my 8 year old male cousin for Christmas. Aside from a gift card, I have been coming up short. The belt and lunch money cuff would be perfect for him! Thanks for sharing these amazing ideas =)

  378. angela says:

    Great ideas- Hot chocolate on a stick- yum!

  379. Joy newman says:

    I’ve got to try the hot chocolate on a stick. Sounds so yummy and looks beautiful!

  380. Heather L says:

    Those tutorials are beautiful! Love the headband and the blooms. Must they be for tweens, or can I make them for myself? =)

  381. Lori says:

    I love the money cuff idea. Perfect for the kids I have in mind. πŸ™‚ Thanks, girls!

  382. Christina says:

    A belt! My kid needs one desperately!

  383. Sarah AJ says:

    How awesome is the hot chocolate on a stick?!

  384. Deanne Johnson says:

    Love the Hot Chocolate on a Stick – great idea for those food gifts I put together.

  385. Amy H says:

    The headband is so cute!

  386. Lissa says:

    lunch money cuff! Sweet! I have a third grader that I think will really like this. Especially if I make it look like a Ben10 watch!

  387. Melissa says:

    My daughter definaltely wants me to make her the headband, I think its something we could do together!

  388. Megan P. says:

    Very cool stuff! Thanks!

  389. beverly says:

    Great post. I love the money cuff. Find a great print & I think lots of kids would love this.

  390. Shelly says:

    As a mom of a 10yo, Thank You!!! Unfortunately, she’s way past all of the cute dresses and skirts that patterns that are available. She is going to LovE the argyle top. I can’t wait to get started.

  391. Love the vintage paper craft!

  392. trina says:

    I love Handmade Holidays!

  393. Em says:

    I love the puffy blooms! So cute!

  394. Meeta says:

    Puffy Blooms….such a simple and neat idea. I am going to make a few for my daughter’s sweater.

  395. Cayce says:

    Ahh, tweens can be hard to craft for! Thanks!!!

  396. Holly says:

    Hot chocolate on a stick?? I’ve always been a firm believer that everything tastes better on a stick. I will be making this, and I might just share some with my friends.

  397. Larissa says:

    The headbands are precious!!! What wonderful gift ideas for my kids…thank you!! πŸ™‚

  398. Sarah says:

    I think the hair accessory organizer is such a great idea for my 5 year old niece this year. Thanks!

  399. Tara says:

    Great hair accessories.

  400. Lisa says:

    The argyle t-shirt is fantastic! I am definitely going to make one of these.

  401. Elizabeth says:

    Hot chocolate on a stick…yum!!

  402. Nicole says:

    I love the paper dolls! I am going to put together little kits for the kids I know who are doing a lot of planes, trains and automobiles over the course of the holidays and they will be perfect! And I adore Givers Log!

  403. kathyh says:

    I’m making the hot chocolate on a stick.

  404. Laura says:

    I have a cousin who fits the tween category perfectly – thanks for all the great ideas!

  405. Nicole says:

    My twins are forever losing their money. I love the idea of a wrist wallet to keep their money safe. Thanks for the inspiration!

  406. Emily says:

    Love the headbands!

  407. Not your mama’s stitching looks like such a great book!! And, I really want to try hot chocolate on a stick! πŸ™‚

  408. Terri says:

    Sweet ideas!!!

  409. Leisha says:

    Love love love the projects… and that hot chocolate on a stick is great!

  410. Mandi says:

    I’ve got to try that hot chocolate on a stick. It looks phenomenal!

  411. monica says:

    I’m going to use the pony tail holders on my toddler. Too cute!

  412. Tong says:

    Thanks for another day full of great gift ideas!!

  413. kimberly says:

    So much to put on my to do list here!

  414. Clara says:

    The stencil book looks awesome. I’ll have to put it on my wish list for xmas.

  415. Tierney Barden says:

    I’m all over hot chocolate on a stick – it’s snowing outside my door today!

  416. kelly jo says:

    Oooh! What great ideas! Can’t wait to try the hot chocolate on a stick!

  417. Coralee says:

    oooh I love that argyle top – what a great idea!

  418. Stephanie says:

    I love your mix it, buy it, print it, and win it selections today. They have to be among my favorites from the series over the years!

  419. lisa brawner says:

    what beautiful designs…..I have enjoyed visting your blog today

  420. Kayci Nelson says:

    Oooh, I love the headband and the money cuff does look fun.

  421. Sarah says:

    Love all the books and Handmade Holidays! I look to SMS first for creative, gift-making ideas.

  422. MsCleaver says:

    The argyle tee is so clever -and hot chocolate on a stick? Call me intrigued.

  423. alison says:

    just ordered some zips because I have to make some of those cuffs ASAP!

  424. Michelle says:

    Ack! I can’t keep up with all of this stuff I want to make now! πŸ™‚

  425. Liz says:

    Hot Chocolate on a stick?!?
    The world just became a sweeter place.

  426. Anya says:

    Great ideas again! Thanks!

  427. Addy says:

    Lots of great ideas! Thank you!

  428. liliana says:

    Well, my tweens are still very little but they would love some of these projects! And the hot chocolate on a stick, for sure!

  429. mamabird says:

    I think I’m going to try out the hot chocolate on a stick! I’m so glad my friend introduced me to your site, so much fun things to make living in a small town with nothing around a little more ‘sweet’.

  430. Natalie says:

    H, hot chocolate on a stick? Genius!

  431. Katy says:

    Love the hot chocolate on a stick! Yum!

  432. That cake book sounds really tempting…

  433. Nicole says:

    Hot Chocolate on a stick…how awesome is that? πŸ˜‰ I’m so going to get some good chocolate and try this.

  434. So cool! I love all of these! That lunch money cuff and boys belt especially!!! These handmade holidays are awesome!!!

  435. Jenny says:

    fun ideas! love the wrist cuff.

  436. Kim Mears says:

    Hot chocolate on a stick is just brilliant!!

  437. Megan says:

    The ideas just keep getting better! I especially love the free printable books from Chez Beeper Bebe. My niece is going to love that!

  438. Kelly Smith says:

    Hot chocolate on a stick, what a great idea!

  439. Gina.S says:

    My granddaughter could use one of the hair organizers and the hot chocolate on a stick looks yummy.

  440. virginia says:

    what fun ideas for hair clips!

  441. Mhairi says:

    Love the hair accessories. And the felt balls are beautiful.

  442. Virginia says:

    That hot chocolate on a stick looks amazing! I think my girls will be getting those in their stockings this year.

  443. Patty says:


  444. Jasmine says:

    That argyle applique is so cool!

  445. Jill B says:

    I love the lunch money cuffs!

  446. Sonja Greene says:

    Love the lunch money cuff and the hot chocolate on a stick…YUM!!! Thanks for all the great ideas. Having three daughters and 5 neices, I think these tutorials will come in handy!

  447. Suzie says:

    Loving the tutorials – yet another wonderful treat from Sew Mama Sew

  448. Kelly says:

    Up early on this cold morning with a hot cup of coffee. Enjoying the inspiration! Thanks for another great post!

  449. Becky m says:

    I love all the argyle! I’m not a tween, but apparently my taste is juvenile! Hee he’d! Thanks for the chance to

  450. Caroline K says:

    thanks for the chance to win!!

  451. PeachRainbow says:

    These are beautiful – Thank you!

  452. Laura says:

    Wow – those hot chocolates look delicious!

  453. Valerie says:

    Again, great ideas. I’ve already started my gift list. This has been a big help!

  454. Colette says:

    Such delightful projects! And those hot chocolate on a stick look yummy!

  455. nilly says:

    the hot choclate on sticks looks sooooo goooood.

  456. Deborah says:

    Not Your Mama’s Stitching looks great! Also, would love some Hot Chocolate On A Stick right now.

    homemakerhoney @gmail .com

  457. empirewaist says:

    Gah! These books look amazing!!!

  458. Eva says:

    Thank you for the inspiration! It’s cool to get ideas to make things for teens! The books look great, too! The papercutting title looks amazing!

  459. Cynthia says:

    What a pretty headband! Very nice.

  460. Debbie says:

    I can’t wait to print my vintage paper crafts, how cute!

  461. Going to make the hair band, puffy flowers and the organizer. Another great day!

  462. linda says:

    Thanks for the tutorial links, I’m definitely looking for gift making ideas! Oo..and the book by Lotta looks fabulous!

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