November 11 ~ Gifts for Big Kids

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Find the perfect gift idea for your favorite Big Kid today! (Don’t forget about our fun Gifts for Little Kids too…)

Make It

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We love this gorgeous Backgammon Skirt by Ellen from The Long Thread for I’m Feelin’ Crafty!
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If 18-inch dolls are a big part of your big kid’s life right now, you should check out our 18-inch Doll Clothes by Marie and the Smocked Apron from the Smocking Arts Guild of America for Sew,Mama,Sew!
spacer Skateboard Sling
It’s not easy to find the perfect gift to sew for a skateboard-loving kid, but we have an answer: Check out the Skateboard Sling from The Boy Trifecta.
spacer Criss Cross Floor Cushion
Rachel Measham-Pywell from Four Wise Monkeys designed this pretty and useful Criss Cross Floor Cushion for Sew,Mama,Sew! It’s the perfect, portable reading spot.
spacer Doll Sleeping Bag + Pillow
Make a Doll Sleeping Bag + Pillow with Melissa’s help at Polka Dot Chair.
spacer Fabric Belt
Jill shows you how to make a Fabric Belt for your big kid at Creating My Way to Success

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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Joanne’s Pencil Pouch at Gwenny Penny is super-cute and would be a fun gift with special colored pencils, erasers and more tucked inside.

Related tutorials you might just love: Horse Throw Pillows, Sewing Kit, Passion for Teaching + Learning, Gifts for Elementary Kids, 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

spacer Healthy Truffles, Chocolates + Raw Cookies
Amy Layne shares tons of recipe mixes for Healthy Truffles, Chocolates + Raw Cookies on the Amy Layne Paradigm Blog. We think kids would have a blast mixing up different combinations this holiday season.

Print It

spacer Dressy Cats Winter Holiday Sets
We love everything Joel shares at Made by Joel, and his fabulous Made to Play! book too. His Dressy Cats are kid favorites around here; the Dressy Cats Winter Holiday Sets are great fun…

Win It

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

Win two art prints by Shira Sela! Shira Sela is an illustrator living and working in Montreal, Canada. Her work is inspired by her life, memories and the natural world. Shira’s unique and delicate illustrations have been featured on television, books, magazines and album covers, and exhibited in galleries in North America, Australia and Europe.

Sew,Mama,Sew! readers can use a 15% discount through Sunday, November 18th with the discount code: SEWMAMASEW.

Martingale & Company is giving away a $30 eCertificate to use for any of their books and publications! You could choose:

Every Day Handmade (US Winners Only)

Author: Cassie Barden
Publisher: That Patchwork Place

Cassie Barden, author of the best-selling The New Handmade, and talented designer Adrienne Smitke present an exciting new array of designs for the modern sewist. Discover creative, stylish, and above all, practical projects by young designers who really know how to sew.

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

10 ~ Gifts for Whimsical Friends
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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211 Responses to November 11 ~ Gifts for Big Kids

  1. So, I now have a HUGE list of things to make for my kiddos stockings …. Need more time!

    Rebecca in CA

  2. It is the second entry I read tonight. And I am on my third. Got to think which one is next. Thank you.

  3. KerryQ says:

    That pencil pouch is brilliant! Definitely going to put that one on my list!

  4. Mary says:

    I think my teenage boys would love the criss cross cushion.

    Mary in MN

  5. Gina says:

    oh, the backgammon skirt. love.

  6. Elizabeth says:

    I love the pencil pouch!

  7. julis says:

    the pencil pouch could be a great idea for some gifts…I’ll keep it in mind!

  8. craftgirl83 says:

    The Backgammon Skirt is so cute!

  9. Julia Molewyk says:

    I love all of today’s ideas, but the skirt takes the top spot on my list. Thanks for a chance to win such great prizes like the prints from Shira Sela.

  10. Jodie says:

    The pencil pouch made me smile – cute idea.

  11. Becky Greene says:

    What a great floor cushion!! Another item for the To-Do list!

  12. Celeste says:

    Love the belt!

  13. Michelle in CO says:

    I almost ordered that book! Fingers crossed

  14. Jen V in OR says:

    Those prints are gorgeous!

  15. Martha says:

    That pencil pouch is perfect since our Crayola box is falling apart.

  16. Hannah says:

    Love Dressy Cats!!!

  17. Gina S. says:

    Thanks for the doll pattern. That’s what i should be doing right now! Now i have an extra one to make πŸ™‚

  18. Renee says:

    The doll clothes are the sleeping bag are wonderful. We are doing a somewhat budget Christmas this year, and my daughter’s one big gift is likely going to be an American Girl Doll. These patterns will be a wonderful way to use up scraps and accessorize her doll.

  19. Robyn says:

    Pencil cases are the cutest!

  20. Chrissy says:

    Doll clothes….perfect!

  21. Laura Mars says:

    I sew love the pencil pouches!!

  22. Johanna says:

    I love the Backgammon Skirt!

  23. Tammi says:

    The dressy cats are adorable.

  24. Denise says:

    backgammon anyone? LuV it:)

  25. Amber says:

    Those prints are just lovely!

  26. Beautiful giveaways today!

  27. Sherri S. says:

    The skirt is just too cute!

  28. jessica says:

    the pencil pouches are so sweet!

  29. Deb H. says:

    The pencil pouch is too cute!

  30. Kristin says:

    The pencil pouch is cute!

  31. brenda says:

    Healthy truffles,,,yum!

  32. Jennie C. says:

    Those Dressy Cats! I know a little, paper-doll-lovin’ girl who will adore them. πŸ™‚

  33. jen says:

    love those dressy cats!

  34. VickiT says:

    I hadn’t seen the Backgammon Skirt before. That’s a great skirt. So many other things you’ve listed today are just awesome too. Love the doll clothes and sleeping bag and pillow. My Granddaughter would love them all.
    Thank you for all the great ideas.

  35. amber says:

    Love that skateboard sling. How clever!

  36. Kimberly F says:

    That skateboard sling is brilliant.

  37. Sara says:

    I love the skateboard sling and big pillow!

  38. Glyness says:

    Ah, I will definitely be making the pillows!

  39. megan says:

    I love those pencil pouches!

  40. Amy says:

    Love the backgammon skirt, belt and pencil pouch. Also, really cool art prints.

  41. Laurie says:

    Hello, chocolate cranberry truffles. I’m on the prowl for healthy food gifts, and these are great recipes!

  42. Sara says:

    wonderful giveaways. I love that belt…may have to make one for myself!

  43. natali says:

    Love the floor cushion, kids rooms can never have enough. Love the prints, they are beautiful!

  44. MarciaW says:

    Backgammon Skirt this is gorgeous and the truffles look mouth watering good.

  45. Robin J says:

    Lots of ideas! Just perfect as I have all teens and Tweens to gift.

  46. Sunny says:

    Oooh, the skirt is great. twirly possibilityies.

  47. Genevieve says:

    Oh my! That pencil case is perfection!

  48. Terri says:

    Skateboard sling is great!!! All of my boys will love that!!! : )

  49. jessica says:

    I’d love to win either, the prints are beautiful and one never has enough sewing books πŸ™‚

  50. jessicac says:

    Healthy truffles? I’m in!!

  51. Lizzie says:

    That skateboard sling is ingenious!

  52. Backgammon skirt is too cute:)

  53. Jennifer says:

    Wish I had a girl to wear that skirt! Perhaps it will have to be for mama. πŸ™‚

  54. jackie says:

    Great ideas, American girl stuff, terrific

  55. Jessica F says:

    Love the backgammon skirt! Would love to win the art prints.

  56. pauline says:

    oooh…that backgammon skirt would be adorable on my niece. adding that to my list of things to do πŸ™‚

  57. Maria says:

    Ooooh, I want a backgammon skirt for myself!!! So pretty!

  58. Pat Upton says:

    Love those prints!

  59. Christine says:

    Can’t have too many cute belts!

  60. Sarah B says:

    Love the skirt!

  61. Eleanor says:

    Love that belt!

  62. Southern Gal says:

    Love that belt!

  63. Cindi C says:

    I love the pencil cases. Too cute. My to-do list is getting longer and longer.

  64. Annie says:

    I’m loving Handmade Holidays so far! Thanks for all of the great ideas!

  65. Stacy says:

    Love the pencil pouches πŸ™‚

  66. Peggy says:

    I make a lot of 18″ doll clothes – great ideas!

  67. Amber says:

    Skateboard sling?! What a great idea! Thanks for all the ideas.

  68. Taryn says:

    Shira Sela’s prints are gorgeous.

  69. elsa says:

    Love all the projects but especially the pencil case ~ thanks for posting all these wonderful projects!

  70. Barb Colvin says:

    Several great options today! The backgammon skirt would be so simple and easy to make for my granddaughter. And those healthy truffles–yum, yum, yum!

  71. Heather says:

    Another day of beautiful wonderful projects. Thank you so much for gathering this up.

  72. Trish says:

    Always looking for a good doll clothes tutorial!

  73. Elizabeth says:

    That skirt is beautiful!

  74. Andrea says:

    I love that pencil pouch! So cute!

  75. Karen says:

    I eant that skirt + the skateboard sling is perfecr

  76. Mhairi says:

    This is brilliant. I am off to make myself a backgammon skirt for Christmas. I think I might add a dice and a couple of tokens too. I love backgammon, thanks for the other patterns too.

  77. Kay says:

    Every day tere are great projects to look at. Today it is the large floor cushions that will be very useful to add to my list.

  78. cat says:

    the super big floor cushion should be a hit !

  79. Jasmin says:

    I love the skirt a great idea to use up small pieces of fabric.

  80. Sonja says:

    Oh that skirt!

  81. esther says:

    What a cute pencil pouch. My niece will love it.

  82. Megan Panda says:

    That pencil pouch is so cute! I would like one of those :p

  83. Crys says:

    Those are some great ideas for big kids. Love the doll bedding

  84. Em says:

    I love this treasure of a site. Soooo many ideas!

  85. Beth T says:

    A skateboard sling–what a great idea. That would be just the thing for quite a few of my Southern California relatives, some of whom are long past “big kid” status.

    It’s nice of Martingale to be giving away another gift cert–they’ve been fine supporters of Handmade Holidays, haven’t they?

  86. Caryn says:

    I’m looking forward to your bag tutorials. I think my 17 year old would like a knapsack. Thanks for the opportunity with the give aways’

  87. Tawny says:

    That skateboard sling is the best. So smart.

  88. Beezus says:

    I always look forward to this time of year – the tutorials are fabulous! Thanks!

  89. I’ve never heard of Shira Sela before- thank you for introducing us to her. Her work is beautiful!

  90. KeriAnn says:

    The pencil pouch would make a great gift for a teacher to make for students on the first day of school!

  91. Jenny says:

    Great stuff! Love the art prints.

  92. That backgammon skirt is so adorable!

  93. Tamie says:

    The art prints are beautiful. Thanks for all the ideas this past week.

  94. deborah b. says:

    bookmarking that skirt for later! and i love the pencil pouch. i might make one for my own purse! admiring the work of shira sela. my two daughters would love some prints for their room!

  95. KeriCan says:

    The pencil pouches are adorable!

  96. Lindsay says:

    The pencil pouch is adorable!

  97. Stephanie says:

    I might just have to go make a couple of belts now.

  98. Kerry says:

    More great ideas

  99. Emilie says:

    I love the skateboard sling!

  100. Connie Jagolinzer says:

    Love the doll tutorials! Thank you!

  101. Ella says:

    I love the pencil pouch! Such great projects!

  102. Heather says:

    I love the art prints.
    That backgammon skirt is super cute!

  103. Stephanie says:

    I love Made By Joel too. Thanks for the chance to win a prize today.

  104. Marie says:

    The doll sleeping bag and pillow will work for my 6 nieces and all their dolls – between Christmas and birthdays!

  105. Danette says:

    Love the pencil pouch and the backgammon skirt

  106. Emily says:

    Those prints are so beautiful. And kids, nothing – I want a Backgammon skirt! πŸ™‚

  107. Jennifer J says:

    Love the skirt!

  108. susan mzf says:

    oooh that floor cushion would get so much use at my house!

  109. Marge says:

    My daughter will have a blast playing with the dressy cats!

  110. Whitney says:

    Love these ideas!

  111. Samantha w says:

    I love that belt!

  112. delia jones says:

    Exciting! Doll clothing and a belt were on my list of things to make my girls.

  113. Alissa says:

    Love it all!

  114. Jesse says:

    Nice line-up today!

  115. Holli says:

    Love the skateboard sling. Definitely going into my “make a gift” pile. Those prints are fabulous.

  116. carriem says:

    I love these prizes!

  117. Cory says:

    Ruby is getting a doll for Christmas, so those doll clothes and bedding will come in handy

  118. Lynn H. says:

    Cute skirt!

  119. Amanda says:

    The pencil cases are adorable! And the skirt is darling. I just wish there were more boy projects.

  120. Kristen Powell says:

    Love that big giant pillow!! This book giveaway looks lovely!!

  121. Melanie says:

    Love these ideas! The skirt is lovely, and the reading pillow is brilliant. Thanks!

  122. RachelJ says:

    Thanks for the doll clothes tutorials! Perfect.

  123. Judy1522 says:

    Great gifts! It is nice to get a chance to see all the design ideas from very talented people.

  124. Chris says:

    The skirt is calling my name!

  125. Lee says:

    I love the pillow and pencil pouches! thank you!

  126. Kathleen says:

    Both my girlies recieved AMerican Girl dollslast Christmas. Makes sense to give them a new wardrobe this Christmas!

  127. M.F.Peterson says:

    Those prints are gorgeous. They’d be beautiful in my daughter’s room!

  128. Dkb says:

    I never tire of seeing that pencil pouch

  129. Crunchy Con Mommy says:

    I think grownups would have just as much fun making different types of truffles!! Definitely bookmarking that one πŸ™‚

  130. Morgan says:

    I want the Backgammon skirt it my size please! πŸ™‚

  131. Mandi says:

    The pencil pouch is super cute!

  132. The skateboard sling is genius!

  133. Casey says:

    I love the art prints. Absolutely beautiful.

  134. Sherry J says:

    I love all of these ideas.thanks.

  135. Amy says:

    I love the pencil pouch and the doll sleeping bag looks fun.

  136. Amanda says:

    Healthy truffles!? I’ll have to try that

  137. Susie H. says:

    I adore the Backgammon skirt! Could also tweak it with a hemline with tree trunks and it’d make a fab Christmas tree version!

  138. Greeblygreebly says:

    I love the backgammon skirt, I would wear that! And the skateboard sling is a wonderful idea. Those prints are gorgeous.

  139. heidi says:

    Love the skirt, so wonderful. The pencil cases are just darling!!

  140. Julie E. says:

    Wow! I always look forward to the handmade holidays and this year you aren’t dissapointing. Thanks again.

  141. Kristie says:

    I love the pencil cases. Perfect for school kids and stocking stuffers. Thanks!

  142. Bobby says:

    The belt is now on my to-do for Christmas list. :0)

  143. These are such a great ideas!

  144. The skirt is a lovely bit of piecework!

  145. Liz says:

    The pencil pouch is adorable!

  146. Mel says:

    Someone’s dolly “needs” a sleeping bag and pillow for Christmas!

  147. PattyD says:

    cute pencil pouches!

  148. Chris says:

    It’s fun to see so many great ideas featured. The pencil pouch was designed by Gwen from Gwenny Penny. She’s a good friend of mine.


  149. Natalie says:

    yummm truffles!

  150. Carmen says:

    I love the doll patterns – it won’t be long now and I’ll need to make these for my daughter

  151. Nicole says:

    Mmmmmm truffles.

  152. Jenny says:

    Cute stuff…adding that belt to my list!

  153. Tina says:

    I think the pencil pouches are cute.

  154. Tabitha says:

    I like the backgammon skirt for me! I’m kind of a “big kid” πŸ™‚

  155. Christina says:

    I absolutely love that Backgammon Skirt!

  156. Kelli says:

    Both the backgammon skirt and the pencil pouch are too cute and NEED to be made for my daughter! Thanks for the inspiration. πŸ™‚

  157. Melanie says:

    I made a bunch of sleeping bags for my daughter’s dolls and animals and they were a big hit. Would love to see more ideas for older boys. My son is 10 and I’m at a loss this year. πŸ™

  158. Julia says:

    I would totally wear that backgammon skirt!

  159. Steph says:

    Love the backgammon skirt–I want one for myself!

  160. mrsm says:

    I made that cries cross pillow as a baby quilt! It’s a great tute!

  161. Stephanie says:

    So many awesome tutorials today. I think I may just have to whip up a doll wardrobe.

  162. carole says:

    I love this post – the 18″ doll clothes, the belt, every single thing will be perfect for my son and daughter!

  163. Sarah says:

    I love these tutorials! Thanks for putting them all together!

  164. Penny says:

    Love the belt and the pencil pouch!

  165. Lise says:

    I will have to make the truffles! They look fantastic – and I need to get a bit healthier before Christmas indulgences start.

  166. Bruinbr says:

    Love the backgammon skirt and the pencil pouch is so cute!

  167. Diana says:

    This reminds me that I need the measurements for my big kid friends!

  168. Becky says:

    That skateboard sling is genius!!

  169. Charlotte says:

    Love that skirt for my big girl! And the pencil pouch is so cute:)

  170. Gina F says:

    Just love the backgammon skirt! And I love this series of tutorials–thanks!

  171. Kylie C says:

    The skateboard sling is a great idea and something I’ve never come across before!

  172. Ann-Margaret says:

    I love these ideas. It’s always so difficult to find unique ideas for the tweens. My favorite is the backgammon skirt.


  173. Brie says:

    I have wanted Everyday Handmade for a long time!

  174. Courtney says:

    Oh, lovely ideas today! Thanks for all the inspiration.

  175. Michelle says:


  176. Bailey says:

    I love teh skateboard sling!

  177. Erin says:

    another great list!

  178. Angi Gilbert says:

    Another great day of ideas!

  179. Larissa says:

    I’ve got big kids on my list…thanks for the ideas!

  180. Holly says:

    That Backgammon Skirt is so cute! I think it might be great for some of the older students to make at my mother-in-law’s sewing shop.

  181. Jenny says:

    That pencil pouch is darling.

  182. Courtney says:

    Love that pencil pencil pouch!

  183. kathyh says:

    These are perfect jumping off points.

  184. I am going to make that floor cushion as a holiday gift for my 9 year old! I also really like that backgammon skirt!

    I have been loving Shira Sela ‘s work for sometime now….especially the print “Happy Moment” I’d be so happy to win it as it has been on my etsy favs for sometime now!

  185. Silvia says:

    Lovely ideas!!! Especially the Backgammon Skirt, so nice!!! hugs!

  186. Rebecca says:

    great ideas love the skateboard sling

  187. Lisa L. says:

    I love the prints in the prize section! Very pretty.

  188. BreannaS says:

    I love the skirt great idea!

  189. Norma says:

    Thanks for all the ideas you always give.

  190. Mirza says:

    Loving the skateboard sling! What a great idea.

  191. Julianne Ross says:

    The pencil pouches look like a fun gift for the elementary age kids in my life!

  192. Rachel B says:

    The art is very beautiful and expresses girlhood so well.

  193. Sarah McGrath says:

    I love the pencil pouch!

  194. Danie says:

    I love the skirt and the reading pillow!

  195. stacey says:

    love that floor cushion!

  196. Michelle says:

    I love those prints!

  197. Molly Martin says:

    My daughter is just beginning her journey into the American Girl Doll world. I think I will whip up some of these accessories for her dolls to put under the tree.

  198. Catherine says:

    Those art prints are fantastic!

    I also love Gwenny Penny’s pouch. How whimsical is that?! So fun.

  199. M Evans says:

    That pencil case is so cute!

  200. Jennifer N says:

    Lots of great ideas. Wonder if my daughter would wear the backgammon skirt, because I love it. Looking at the pencil bag and the printable cats, as well. Thank you for sharing.

  201. Grandma G says:

    Gotta check out those Dressy Cats for my granddaughter! Thanks!

  202. Kristin says:

    The pencil pouches made me smile πŸ˜€

  203. Love the backgammon skirt!

  204. April says:

    Thank you! I have an 8 year old who just doesn’t have enough AG doll clothes – or a sleeping bag.

  205. Jenni says:

    Wow – there’s so many things today that my kids would love I can’t decide what to do first. I love those Dressy Cats!

  206. Sallie says:

    Love the fabric belt! A lot of good ideas today! Thanks!

  207. Joanna says:

    Love the pencil pouch! Those Healthy Truffles, Chocolates + Raw Cookies looks delicious.

  208. Jess says:

    I really love that Backgammon skirt!!!

  209. Shannon says:

    big kids can be tough to gift, thank for ideas. love the art prints—gonna go check more out!

  210. Heather says:

    I’ve been making clothes for my preschooler’s 15 inch doll for Christmas. The ruffled skirt would be easy to adjust to fit. I’m excited to use up some knit scraps in this project!

  211. Hashi says:

    Pencil pouches … perfect!

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