November 10 ~ Gifts for Whimsical Friends

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We could all use a little more whimsy and delight in our days! Share these gifts with the people you love…We’re selecting winners tomorrow for our first week’s worth of prizes so don’t forget to try to win with a comment on each post!

Make It

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Meta Coleman designed these swash-buckling, treasure seeking Pirate Dolls! Find the tutorial at One More Mushroom; Meta is an interior designer who launched One More Mushroom for design tips and craft tutorials focused on children’s design.
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Ashley Hackshaw shows you how to make super-cool Paper Mache Animal Heads at Lil Blue Boo (which, incidentally, has an incredible tutorial/project archive– Select your category from the top bar on the Lil Blue Boo site).
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Andréann shows you how to make magical Dragon Wings at Natural Kids.
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These pretty Flower Girl Crowns here at Sew,Mama,Sew! are perfect for everyday whimsy.
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Laura shares a free Outer Space Embroidery Pattern at Love the Blue Bird, just right for those who dream of space exploration.
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Make a series of animal Masks at Petit Poulou. (This post is in French but would be easy to translate via an online tool… It’s also very accessible just based on the photos and downloads.)
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This A-Frame Tent is the perfect, special spot for reading and a little magic! Created by Ruby for A Beautiful Mess.

Bag a Day

There are so many beautiful bags to love out there… We’re sharing one bag tutorial every day this month for you to sew and give.

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You can’t go wrong with small bags for holiday gift giving like this Sketchy Pleat Clutch from Laura at Charm Stitch.

Related tutorials you might just love: Passion for Parties, Passion for Imagination, Passion for Play, Gifts for Imaginative Friends

Here are just a few fabrics perfect for some of today’s projects. Click on the fabric images to visit the Sew,Mama,Sew! shop:

Liz’s choice Gabrien’s choice Kristin’s choice

Mix It

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Sara gives tips for her family favorite Chocolate Peppermint Sandwich Cookies at Our Best Bites in this recipe, adapted from Cook’s Country.

Print It

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Suze has free, printable Mini Gift Boxes at Daily Suze, and a matching “Christmas Suite” of coordinating freebies including Wrapping Bands and Gift Tags.

Win It

Comment on today’s post for a chance to win one of these prizes!

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Author: Kari Chapin
Publisher: Storey Publishing

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Don’t miss our Handmade Holidays photo pool, and check out our 2011 Handmade Holidays list for more fabulous ideas.

9 ~ Deck the Halls
8 ~ Gifts for Cooks
7 ~ Gifts for Pet Lovers
6 ~ Gifts for Moms + Grandmas
5 ~ Gifts for Tweens + Teens
4 ~ Gifts for Organizers
3 ~ Gifts for Travelers
2 ~ Deck the Halls
1 ~ Gifts for Little Kids

We respect the copyright of all crafters. All photos are used with permission from the artist.

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157 Responses to November 10 ~ Gifts for Whimsical Friends

  1. KerryQ says:

    Great ideas! I love the masks and tent.

  2. Mary says:

    My younger kids love to dress up. They would love those masks.

    Mary in MN

  3. Gina says:

    i know a few kids who’d love the masks and wings!

  4. Elizabeth says:

    I love the tent and the animal masks.

  5. Shawna says:

    Love all of these!

  6. where can I find more info on this?

  7. julis says:

    the Sketchy Pleat Clutch is a great idea, in my todo list!

  8. Heather B says:

    I made the tent before and it has to be the one thing I made my kids use the most!!! So easy!

  9. Laura says:

    Love the clutch and the tent!

  10. Michelle in CO says:

    Gift boxes printed. Check!

  11. adore they they may be the best Have a look at th set of two

  12. Gina S. says:

    Loving the dragon wings and clutch.

  13. Denise says:

    Love the Aframe tent and the pirate:)

  14. Beautiful collection today!

  15. Sherri S. says:

    I do adore the masks…so great!

  16. Kelly M. says:

    Dragon wings?! Excellent! I was going to try to make my son a Hiccup costume (from How to train your dragon)…but maybe he’ll get dragon wings instead!

  17. Oooh! I want an A-frame tent for myself. 😀

  18. Kim T. says:

    fun stuff!

  19. Deb H. says:

    The a-frame tent is adorable. I need more time to make things!

  20. Kristin says:

    Lots of great things here!

  21. brenda says:

    My grand daughter would love the tent. Thanks for the idea

  22. jen says:

    love the tent

  23. Kimberly F says:

    Ashley’s paper mache unicorn head is amazing!

  24. Glyness says:

    The unicorn is awesome!

  25. Amy says:

    Dragon wings = awesome! Actually, I really like all of these projects. Thanks!

  26. Kristin H says:

    The masks and the dragon wings are adorable!

  27. Sunny says:

    Love so many of these

  28. tracy reed says:

    I love that pirate doll.
    phoenix, az

  29. Steph W says:

    Oooh! I want a tent like that!

  30. Jennifer says:

    Love this site this time of the year! My kiddos will love some of these!

  31. pauline says:

    love the sketchy pleated bags…i’ll have to make some for my friends!

  32. Pat Upton says:

    I love whimsy! These are all great!

  33. Eleanor says:

    That tent is fabulous!

  34. Melissa says:

    I wish I had one of those lacy tents when I was a kid!

  35. Stephanie says:

    More great links. My girls will want those flower crowns.

  36. Peggy says:

    I love that tent – I want one for myself!

  37. Amber says:

    I love those masks! The tent is beautiful, the embroidery inspiring, but my favorite- definitely the masks!

  38. M says:

    The cookies look yummy:)

  39. esther says:

    I gotta do those masks for my kids!

  40. Those masks are so sweet!

  41. Kerry says:

    How awesome is the pirate doll!?! I can’t wait to make one for my nephew

  42. Emilie says:

    Love the masks and dragon wings!

  43. Stephanie says:

    Those masks are wonderful!

  44. SweetPea04 says:

    Love these great fun ideas!

  45. susan mzf says:

    oh that crown is too too sweet and would make so many girls very happy!

  46. Amy says:

    Love the Dragon wings, I think there are too many ideas tha I could add to my ever growing list.

  47. jennifer says:

    Very cute ideas

  48. Morgan says:

    I made my little guy an A-frame tent last year for Christmas and he really likes it. 🙂

  49. Chris says:

    Super cute ideas! thanks!

  50. Lee says:

    The masks are adorable!

  51. Dkb says:

    I love this series

  52. L says:

    Love the tent and the animal masks.

  53. Greeblygreebly says:

    Loving the dragon wings! And the masks are great too.

  54. Fun ideas! My sister and I used to each have a flower girl hair piece such as the one above and we used it for dress-ups for years and years! 🙂

  55. Stephanie says:

    I wish I had a little girl just so I could make that tent!

  56. Everything is cute, but I really love those dragon wings!

  57. The panda mask, the tent… so much fun! thanks.

  58. Kelli says:

    Another awesome list and that little clutch is too cute!

  59. Mel says:

    The A Frame tent and a couple of books. What a perfect present!

  60. Jen S says:

    This is an awesome new category for the Holiday gift guide! The animal masks and unicorn head are a must do. Craft with kids too.

  61. Carmen says:

    Lots more great projects added to my bookmarks – thanks!

  62. Natalie says:

    That pirate doll is so cool! Wish I had a pirate lover to make it for.

  63. Tina says:

    I think the paper mache animal heads are cute.

  64. Carole Ann says:

    These are fabulous!

  65. Penny says:

    the pirate is too much! LOL love it

  66. Anya says:

    My son would love a pirate doll to feed his current pirate obsession. Better get to work!

  67. Silvia says:

    Great ideas!! My nephew will be so happy with these dragon wings!!! 🙂

  68. Sarah McGrath says:

    These ideas are all so cute!

  69. Molly Martin says:

    These are all delightful! The A-frame tent will be a fun project!

  70. Joanna says:

    Great ideas! Love the mask,tent and the Sketchy Pleat Clutch.

  71. BreannaS says:

    I love the A frame tent. I think maybe Santa needs to drop one of at out house 😉

  72. M.F.Peterson says:

    LOVE all of this. The little handbags, the outerspace embroidery, the masks – LOVE.

  73. Johanna says:

    Another fun group of ideas!

  74. Robin E. says:

    Those masks are sooo cute!

  75. Heather79 says:

    I know a little boy who would ADORE the little tent!

  76. The clutch is too cute:)

  77. Connie Jagolinzer says:

    The dragon wings, pirate doll, and masks… Oh MY! My son will be elated! I mad the a-frame tent… so many hours of fun!

  78. Kim d. says:

    So many super cute idea! Thank you!

  79. Karen says:

    Love the masks! The clutch is perfect

  80. Sonja says:

    So many fun ideas. The kiddos in my life would love the masks, the flower girl hairbands and the A fram tent! Thanks so much for sharing these.

  81. Mhairi says:

    I love the dragon wings. And the embroidery would look so cute on a friends wall.
    Thanks again for compiling this list.

  82. Lise says:

    The mini printable gift boxes are fantastic!

  83. Prateek says:

    I love all of the great ideas…!!! awesome

  84. Beth T says:

    Oh my gosh–I want to crawl into that A Frame with a copy of Anne of Green Gables.

  85. KeriCan says:

    The A frame tent is a welcome homemade version of the plastic-y princess tent from last Christmas that is already broken.

  86. Vanessa B says:

    Thank You for another great giveaway…I sew need that book 🙂

  87. marthaeliza says:

    Chocolate and Peppermint are the Flavors of Christmas. I would like to learn how to grow my business (while I eat chocolate and peppermint…)

  88. Tawny says:

    The masks are super cute and I love the simple a-frame tent.

  89. Rhonda says:

    Doesn’t everyone need a tent in their house? Lol

  90. Cary says:

    The peppermint cookies look sooo good!

  91. Marie J says:

    Embroidery framed by a hoop – brilliant! Fun kid ideas!

  92. Susie H. says:

    Omgosh I love ALL of these ideas! I think this is my favorite day yet! Really hoping to check out the book too!!

  93. Alissa says:

    Oh, so whimsical:)

  94. Sarah K says:

    These are such fun gift ideas! I am in love with the pirate doll.

  95. Olivia says:

    I love all of the great ideas! I look forward to reading the blog each day! This book would be a great read for me!

  96. Mirza says:

    Those masks are awesome!

  97. kathyh says:

    I’m going to make the masks this weekend. Cool ideas

  98. Cindi C says:

    Cute! Love the masks. Thanks again for putting this all together.

  99. Sarah B says:

    Amazing cute projects! Thanks!

  100. Julianne Ross says:

    The masks are great! What fun for PreK kids!

  101. SS Sews says:

    The pleated clutch is great!

  102. sarah says:

    I have made 2 sets of the wings – after I made one set my other son wanted some too! They are so easy and the kids LOVE them!

  103. Heather says:

    Oooo, must have chocolate sandwich cookies soon! Also loving the outer space embroidery.

  104. KeriAnn says:

    I live the spaceship embroidery pattern! I wonder if that would be easy to embroider on a baby onsie. I also love the pleated clutch!

  105. Jess says:

    Mmm, you had me at the combination of peppermint and chocolate!Also, that pirate doll is just waaaayyy too cool!

  106. Morgan D. says:

    Love the pleat clutch and paper mâché tutorials! Thanks!

  107. Bruinbr says:

    The space ship embroidery is adorable!

  108. Beth says:

    I love the Dragon Wings– so different.

  109. Megan Panda says:

    As a panda lover, those masks are super adorable! I’ll have to make one for my next costume party!

  110. beth says:

    Hoping to start my homegrown business soon. Would sure love to win and read that book. Thanks for all the wonderful giveaways.

  111. Jasmin says:

    My niece is a performer and would love the masks thanks.

  112. JamieS says:

    This is the second year I have followed Sew Mama Sew’s handmade Christmas. You do such a great job of finding a variety of charming projects! Thanks very much!

  113. Brie says:

    Yum! Those cookies look delicious!

  114. Tera says:

    One little boy is going to be so happy this Christmas with that pirate doll!!! Awesome!!!
    : )

  115. MarciaW says:

    The A-Frame tent would be wonderful for my grandnieces for playing fort

  116. Lorrie says:

    Love that pirate doll!

  117. Kristy says:

    I especially love the animal masks! I am adding those to my to-make list. Also, I was wondering who ever won the Halloween costume link up? Thanks.

  118. Wow I love the masks! I have to save the tutorial for when my baby boy is big enough for them.

  119. Jenny says:

    OMG those cookies look amazing.

  120. Stephanie says:

    That pirate doll is just too cute!

  121. Jamie says:

    That tent is really special. My daughters would love it.

  122. Kristin says:

    The masks and tent are really cool!

  123. Suzanne says:

    The neat thing about that tent is that it’s airy and light. 🙂

  124. Charlotte says:

    I love the animal masks! So cute. And those cookies yum!!

  125. Rachel B says:

    whimsical and unexpected. I was trying to decide if I like the paper mache heads. LOL>

  126. Hmmm, I wouldn’t mind having that a-frame tent retreat for myself.

  127. Lisa L. says:

    Love each and every idea on here. Awesome!

  128. Elizabeth says:

    Lovin’ that clutch!

  129. Amanda says:

    Love the embroidery perfect for my baby boys nursery

  130. Amanda says:

    I am in love with the cookie recipe shared here. And I am going to have to find a place in my house for that fabulous tent!!

  131. mrsm says:

    That pirate is all kinds of awesome!

  132. Julie Germantown, TN says:

    Too too cute!!

  133. Jenn J says:

    Great ideas! My kids would love to have a tent like that.

  134. Judy1522 says:

    Such adorable gifts for kids and they look like fun to make. The cookies look so pretty with the blue sprinkles but I will probably make them in peppermint since that is a combination I love.

  135. Kimberly N says:

    So cute! I love the embroidery pattern!

  136. Amanda says:

    I LOVE the paper mache’ mounted heads! Especially the unicorn you featured above. So clever!

  137. Catherine says:

    So much fun stuff (and I’m loving that a bunch of it is appropriate for little boys!!!).

    Great fabric choices.

  138. Mandi says:

    I love the a-frame tent with lace! And the dragon wings! And all of it!

  139. Tammy says:

    I love the masks and the tent!

  140. Lizzie says:

    Love the A-frame lace tent. When my baby girl is a little older, I’ll definitely be making one for her – but I’m sure I’ll use it more than she will!

  141. Courtney says:

    Lovely ideas today — thanks!

  142. Southern Gal says:

    I love Ashley’s blog. She’s so talented.

  143. Jennifer N says:

    Thinking hard about how to enlarge those dragon wings for my 10-year old. Wonderful ideas. Thank you.

  144. ramona says:

    Squee! Those masks!!!

  145. Heather says:

    Ooooh! I have to check out the dragon wings and masks right now!

  146. Erin says:

    My daughter is getting one of those tents for Christmas this year! She’ll love it.

  147. Michelle says:

    Very cute things. Thankful for Handmade Holidays!

  148. Larissa says:

    Great ideas, girls! Keep up the good work. :o)

  149. Angi Gilbert says:

    My son will love the masks!

  150. Marge says:

    Arr! Who doesn’t need a pirate doll!

  151. Nicole says:

    I love the tent, dragon wings, and masks!

  152. Crunchy Con Mommy says:

    The outerspace embroidery patterns will be perfect with the glow in the dark embroidery floss I just bought 🙂

  153. Melanie says:

    Love the pirate!

  154. jennifer says:

    i think i need that book. i could use advice.

  155. jessicac says:

    The A frame tent is just stunning! .. And think the paper mache heads would be great especially grouped together!

  156. Cat says:

    the masks look wonderful !!

  157. Liz says:

    Another great group of ideas!!!

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