Preschool kids might just be the most enthusiastic recipients of your handmade goodness! They’ll love these fun ideas…

Make It

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This fluffy Pettiskirt from Sewing In No Man’s Land will lead to lots of happy twirling!
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Preschoolers and collections go hand-in-hand, so give them a place for treasures with these fun Trinket Keepers from Traci at Amazing Mae.
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This Simple Jumper from LiEr at Ikatbag will be a sure hit, especially paired as a gift with some fun tights.
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We find these Monster Dolls from Heather at Dragonfly Designs pretty irresistible!
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Our fun Quilted Snack Set from Jennifer is sure to be a hit after preschool and for impromptu tea parties, any day of the week!
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These cute Let’s Go! Backpacks designed by Rachel for our Back to School series would make a great gift especially when they are filled with even more goodies.

You might also enjoy these related tutorials from the SMS archives: Art Smock, Sparkle!, Laugh!, Play!, Gifts for Elementary Kids, Play Cape Costume

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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Gifts Define offers this compact Personalized Art Box which has a magnetic whiteboard and a colorful chalkboard panel that opens to reveal storage. Check out their Facebook page for daily posts with giveaways and promotional discounts.

Mix It

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Mowie is back with another cookie recipe, but this time it’s shaped like a star and pink! These scrumptious Cinnamon Snowflake Cookies are great for anyone who likes a little sugar & spice in their treats.

Print It

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Joel from Made by Joel drew this happy little Paper City which can be printed & enjoyed by kids. We think it’s an especially fun distraction to channel some of that pre-holiday excitement (and it’s a perfect fold-and-go project for traveling too).

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.

Christmas with the Mousekins: A Story with Crafts, Recipes, Poems, and More!”
By Maggie Smith
( / Knopf Books, $15.99, ISBN: 978-0-375-83330-4)

From the Publisher:

Join the Mousekin family as they prepare for Christmas! Filled with crafts and recipes, poems and stories, this is a Christmas book to share with the whole family, year after year.

All the highlights of a great December are here. The Mousekins pick out and decorate a tree. Make paper snowflakes with Nana Mousekin. Bake cookies for friends and neighbors. Write letters to Santa Mouse. Welcome carolers. Sled and skate and make a snowmouse. Share family stories of Christmases past. And find secret corners of the house to work on surprise presents for each other.

You can celebrate along with the Mousekins—this book includes recipes for cookies, instructions for paper and felt crafts, and stories and poems to share with your family.

Maggie Smith perfectly captures the happy whirl that is Christmas—when the house smells of cinnamon and ginger and you’re putting the finishing touches on homemade gifts, and the excitement of secrets soon to be revealed is buzzing in the air. Open these pages and step into the warmth of family, the spirit of sharing, and a season full of love.

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.

By Judit Durant
(Storey Publishing, $18.95, ISBN: 978-1-60342-579-7)

From the Publisher:

Sock yarn isn’t just for socks anymore! Veteran knitter Judith Durant has selected 101 original patterns for items that can be created from just a single skein of sock yarn—adorable baby clothes, warm mittens and hats, beautiful scarves, original jewelry, bags, cozies—even a dog sweater and a lampshade! Contributed by yarn shops and designers throughout North America, the patterns are fetching and fun to knit. Some knit up in less than three hours, others make creative use of sock yarn leftovers, and several make heirloom-worthy gifts.

The Black Apple’s Paper Doll Primer

By Emily Martin
(Potter Craft, $19.99, ISBN: 978-0-307-58656-8)

From the Publisher:

Join the creator of The Black Apple, Emily Martin, on a trip through her magical world of paper dolls, imaginary places, and clever craft projects.

Inside this book you’ll find 21 sweet, mysterious characters with clothes and accessories all their own—from a busy beekeeper’s daughter to a bird-loving librarian. You’ll also find 16 dolls ready to be designed and brought to life by you! Emily will show you how to draw, paint, and personalize your way to a little paper replica of anyone you’d like.

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:

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.