November 13 ~ Gifts for Hostesses

on November 12 | in Handmade Holidays | by | with 172 Comments

Show your appreciation with today’s gift ideas for hostesses! Start today and you’ll be prepared for the holiday season…

Make It

spacer Scrappy Whole Cloth Placemats
Jen Carlton Bailly from BettyCrockerAss shows you how to make these beautiful Scrappy Whole Cloth Placemats here at Sew,Mama,Sew! We think a set of these would make a really special hostess gift.
spacer Burlap Wine Gift Bags
Pair a nice bottle of wine or some sparkling cider with a Burlap Wine Gift Bag via Projects by Laurie.
spacer Clothespin Apron Pattern
This is a really cute, free Clothespin Apron Pattern from The Seasoned Homemaker. Find more fun patterns at SugarPieChic!
spacer Patchwork Oven Mitts
These Patchwork Oven Mitts are part of the Moda Fabrics Kitchen Confections series at Sew4Home. They are “vintage in shape and style, modern in color and design.”
spacer Tea Towels + Image Transfers
This vintage image fabric transfer technique looks really fun and easy too! Find the tutorial for Tea Towels + Image Transfers at Little Birdie Secrets.

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.

spacer Sawyer Bag
Give your favorite hostess a pretty Sawyer Bag, designed by Sara at Sew Sweetness.

Related tutorials you might just love: Passion for Cooking + Baking, Passion for Parties, Gifts for Foodies + some of our Gifts Tutorials

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:

Kristin’s choice Beth’s choice Liz’s choice

Mix It

spacer Candied Almonds
Nicole shows you how to make these yummy Candied Almonds at The Doctor’s Dishes, Desserts + Decor. She writes, “These would make fantastic gifts to package up for friends for the holiday season!”

Print It

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Choose from three different Recipe Card designs by Kori at Paper & Pigtails. Share a copy of your favorite recipe with the next dish you bring to a holiday gathering!

Win It

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

Tip: If you’re hoping to win a prize that notes “US Winners Only,” include your state in your name (i.e. Beth in WA) so we can confirm residence and avoid any disappointment on your end. Shipping range is determined by the generous companies and artisans that donate Handmade Holidays prizes.

Mrs. Lilien’s Cocktail Swatchbook (US Winners Only)

Author: Kelley Lilien
Publisher: Potter Style

Kelley Lilien takes a fanciful approach to cocktail making in this retro-chic Pantone swatch book format, which includes 20 recipes for blended cocktails, 20 recipes for shaken cocktails, and 10 recipes for punch bowls. Simply fan the book out to your desired recipe, look at the card, and instantly know which ingredients the cocktail requires from the glossy four-color photographs. The gorgeous cover design is dazzling on a bar cart, coffee table, or at any cocktail party.

Ex Libris Handmade features custom appliquéd cloth books, 100% organic cotton printed cloth books, and custom name banners along with vintage fabric monogram notecards and other seasonal goodies. Win one of two $50 gift certificates for anything in the Ex Libris Handmade shop!

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

12 ~ Gifts for Crafters
11 ~ Gifts for Big Kids
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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172 Responses to November 13 ~ Gifts for Hostesses

  1. Image transfers – such a handy skill!

    Rebecca in CA

  2. SewLindaAnn says:

    I love the apron, it looks so well put together. The tea towel idea looks fun, but the candied almonds are a must.

  3. Mary says:

    Might have to make myself that apron.

    Mary in MN

  4. M.F.Peterson says:

    I need to pop out one of those burlap wine totes before Thanksgiving!

  5. Gina says:

    i need to add that apron to my repertoire!

  6. Prachi says:

    Love the apron !

  7. Elizabeth says:

    I really like the apron.

  8. Liz says:

    always a fan of linen tea towels!

  9. Joanna says:

    Hello from Canada! Love those oven mitts!

  10. Libby says:

    Cute oven mitts!

  11. julis says:

    the wine bag for gift is such a great idea..useful!

  12. craftgirl83 says:

    Love the apron!

  13. Natalie says:

    The transfers could be used for so many different things… & I migh make my dad some I the candied nuts for his birthday next week!

  14. Heather says:

    Those placemats are super. Love!

  15. Sewing Dervish says:

    That apron is divine!

  16. Janice Svercek says:

    Always looking for great ideas for friends. Janice in PA

  17. Lizzie says:

    Those tea towels are going straight to the top of my “to do” list!

  18. usairdoll in CA says:

    Great ideas! Love the placemats and apron.

    Thank you and all the wonderful sponsors for so many great giveaways and all the chances to win.


  19. MarciaW says:

    Candied almonds and vintage transfer tea towels …. sounds so very good

  20. Stephanie says:

    The Sawyer bag caught my eye in this set. I really like the strap detailing.

  21. carriem says:

    Great ideas!

  22. Martha says:

    I’m going to download those recipe cards right now!

  23. Hannah says:

    love the sawyer

  24. Renee in MD says:

    Candied almonds. Mmmmm. Nomnomnom. My son is taking a home ec class in high school, these would be a good Christmas baking family project. And he is not a big almond fan, so more yummy goodness for me!

  25. Gillian in OR says:

    Someone I know is getting those Moda oven mitts for Christmas this year…

  26. Sandy says:

    I have to make the oven mitts!

  27. Jen S in Ca says:

    Oh the apron and pot holders are a quick-ish and perfect gift idea for a Secret Santa would be great. Plus I do need more recipe cards and yummy almond snacks.

  28. Collette says:

    Ooh, that apron! I seem to be in really good company in my love for it.

  29. Serena says:

    Love the clothespin apron!

  30. Beth T says:

    Mmmmm…candied almonds! Dangerous to make those if I don’t send them out right away, though.

  31. Ella says:

    The candy almonds look yummy. (We do candied chili almonds in our house and I beg him NOT to make extra because I’ll eat them all.)

  32. Georgia says:

    I love the Sawyer Bag!!

  33. Fran says:

    So many good ideas ! Not enough hours in the day !
    Love the tea towels & the wine bag too…..& of course the
    almonds….Ok….I could go on & on…..
    Thanks for so many ideas to get me in gear ! SEW ! Paint ! SEW !

  34. Johanna says:

    Oh, what a cute apron!

  35. missmoozie in CA says:

    Cute apron and oven mits. Candied almonds sounds yummy! Thanks for a great giveaway.


  36. Bobby says:

    Loving the oven mitts and the fabric choices for the day… Amazing!

  37. Stacy says:

    If only someone would bring me one of those clothes pin aprons as a hostess gift this year… 🙂

  38. Becca says:

    I like the apron. 🙂

  39. pam in IA says:

    I love aprons….sigh…is it possible to squeeze another on my apron hook…YES!

  40. Lynn in NH says:

    The oven mitts are great!

  41. Lise says:

    I love the apron – the fabric is also great.

  42. emilia says:

    mmmmmmm….. anything almond is yummy!!!

  43. So cute! this is so inspiring! thanks for sharing.

  44. KeriCan says:

    Would love to learn that transfer technique!

  45. Cari says:

    Love the oven mitts.

  46. Susie says:

    Love the patchwork pot holders, so cute and practical!

  47. That apron is darling!

  48. Diana says:

    Love the bag today!

  49. o0o0o! I’m going to check out those tea towels! So cute!

  50. Courtney says:

    Lovely ideas 🙂

  51. Jasmin says:

    I love the placemats I might have to make a set for Christmas Lunch this year.

  52. Steph W says:

    An awesome roundup!

  53. kathyh says:

    The image transfers look easy to do for quick gifts this holiday season.

  54. Tawny in CA says:

    Aprons are always a hit for gifts, and I really like the tea towel transfers. I also really want that cocktail flash card prize because it’s just too cute and I’m a boozer 😉

  55. Connie Jagolinzer says:

    Cute oven mits!

  56. Beth in Michigan says:

    Love the vintage look of the oven mitts!

  57. Amber says:

    I love the tea towels!

  58. Bronwyn says:

    Awesome teatowels!

  59. Jenniffier says:

    I really like the pot mits.

  60. Mandi says:

    I especially like the tea towels!

  61. Danie says:

    Those placemats are great stash busters! The oven mitts are also pretty cute.

  62. cal says:

    i am intrigued by the image transfer in the teatowel, must he k it out. And that apron pattern looks so stylish I would wear it outside.

    cal not in the US

  63. Morgan says:

    Today’s bag is great! Love it.

  64. Laura Mars says:

    Oodles of goodness again! I love this seriesT

  65. Sherri S. says:

    Wow, the apron is lovely–who wouldn’t like to receive that?

  66. Peggy says:

    I LOVE that apron! Super cute.

  67. Sunny says:

    The apron is my favorite today.

  68. Joanna says:

    Love the cute ideas. Love the apron, placemats, and mitts! I think I’ll make some for the holidays.

  69. Sarah B says:

    Love those sweet tea towels.

  70. Carol in ky says:

    I look forward each year to this event
    Thanks for all the great ideas

  71. Sue says:

    I love the place mats!

  72. Lynn H. says:

    Nice tea towels and I love Beth’s fabric pick.

  73. jennifer says:

    what a cute apron.

  74. Stacy says:

    I love the apron!

  75. Carmen says:

    I love that you’re showcasing a bag pattern a day! Thanks so much!

  76. Heidi Anderson says:

    the image transfer tea towels are great. THanks for the tutorial!

  77. Stephanie says:

    I will look into making the towels and transfers. What a fun idea.

  78. Anya says:

    The clothespin apron is so chic looking!!

  79. Mel says:

    Those candied almonds look super yummy!

  80. Nicole says:

    <3 the wine gift bags and that apron!

  81. lisa says:

    i love november at sew mama sew!! thanks for consistently doing this year after year.

  82. Definitely going to make those almonds. Thanks for the recipe.

  83. Rachael says:

    I like the apron. and love the book!

  84. Sarah says:

    I love the place mats! I have been thinking about making some for my kids.

  85. I love the Sawyer bag, but will be making some of those trees towels this afternoon. Thanks!

  86. Sam says:

    Lots of cute ideas!

  87. Deb H. says:

    Love the patchwork oven mitts.

  88. Brie says:

    Candied Almonds YUM!

  89. marci says:

    I love the tea towels, I have been screen printing old photos on tea towels for christmas gifts for the last couple years, the process that little birdie uses is SOOOOO much easier..I just have to locate some citrasolve.

  90. Kylie C says:

    Love the apron!

  91. Kristin says:

    pretty towel and apron!

  92. Hashi says:

    Love the burlap.

  93. brenda says:

    Love the bag.

  94. Kristina says:

    Love that apron!

  95. Amanda says:

    I love the tea towels…its a cute vintage look

  96. Eleanor says:

    Cute placemats!

  97. susan mzf says:

    ooooh image transfer is always so fun – can’t wait to try that!

  98. megan says:

    so many good ideas. but does anyone bring hostess gifts any more? I have hosted Thanks Giving dinner for 5 years now and never received a hostess gift.

  99. Jesse says:

    so many good things! I will try the almonds and I really like that sawyer bag. Thank you!

  100. DebbieKL says:

    The tea towels are great!

  101. Nancy says:

    Placemats can’t disappoint as a gift.

  102. Chris says:

    I love making food items for the hoidays – the almonds look good! thank you!

  103. Lee says:

    I think the tea towel is stunning!

  104. Debbie says:

    I love the apron!

  105. Donna Baker says:

    great ideas for hostesses, which we need during the holidays to have on hand! thanks, Donna in TX

  106. Kristie says:

    The placemats and some cloth napkins would make a lovely hostess gift. If only I had time to sew everything on my list.

  107. Beth says:

    Love those placemats!

  108. KeriAnn says:

    I love the scrappy placemats. I have a bunch of scraps that would be perfect to make one or two! I agree with Sara, when I first looked at the apron, I thought it was a skirt!

  109. Sara says:

    Love that cloth book. And I think the apron is pretty enough to be a skirt!

  110. Megan Panda says:

    That apron is super cute! I’ll definitely have to make that!

  111. Liz says:

    The apron and the oven mitts are fantastic!

  112. Seriously love that apron!!!!!

  113. Jenna says:

    Love that apron! Easy to make, but so cute!

  114. emily says:

    I love that you included Sara’s bag! It’s fabulous!! 🙂

  115. SS Sews says:

    I love candied almonds!

  116. Lorrie says:

    Love those tea towels! And the potholders would make good gifts to have on hand.

  117. Anne says:

    I love that apron pattern… maybe I’ll make a Christmas gift for myself!

  118. I’m in desperate need of some new oven mitts… I think I’ll make MYSELF a set! And I LOVE the fabric Kristin chose…. gorgeous!

  119. Laura says:

    I always love handmade holidays posts 🙂

  120. Kerry says:

    Think I might make an apron today.

  121. Kristin H says:

    Ooh! Candied almonds are my favorite! Also, the image transfer towels look really cool.

  122. jessicac says:

    I have been wanting to try the image transfer technique and have a few blank pillowcases!

  123. Barbara says:

    Oh, I love the over mitts; I need some of those myself!

  124. Kristin says:

    The apron and oven mitts are a great gift idea!

  125. Heather says:

    I love the Tula Pink fabric used on those bags!

  126. jen says:

    those oven mitts are great!

  127. Jayme says:

    I like the oven mits!

  128. Mandi says:

    I love the apron.

  129. Stacy says:

    Such a cute apron!

  130. laura says:

    I am crazy about the oven mitts! I can’t wait to get started!

  131. Angi says:

    Love the apron pattern!

  132. Amy says:

    Such good ideas – that apron is so cute! May make one for myself!

    Amy in TX

  133. Heather says:

    My grandmother and great-grandmother used to make all kinds of candied nuts at Christmas. Thanks so much for posting the link and filling me with warm memories.

  134. pauline says:

    that apron is adorable…and i know who i can make it for!

  135. I love the shape of those pot holders!
    (– I’m in Maryland)

  136. michelle says:

    Some good ideas. Thanks.

  137. Amy says:

    That apron is awesome! I was going to make one for my sister but couldn’t decide on a pattern. I really like this one, so that’s the winner!

  138. darci says:

    Love whole cloth anything! Simple AND beautiful

  139. Java Jane says:

    The image transfer project is amazingly cool! Wow–thanks for the link.

    Love the apron. Cute design.

  140. stephanie o says:

    Love the apron and the placemats. They are definitely going on my to-do list. The apron might have to be a thanksgiving hostess gift for my sister in law, if I get on the ball

  141. Gayle Erwin says:

    All of us in NY sate would love to win. Good luck to all.

  142. Stephanie says:

    I have a ton of insul-bright left over from a previous project. Those potholders will be GREAT!

  143. Heather79 says:

    Those almonds look yummy! (Colorado)

  144. delia jones says:

    I can’t wait to try the tea towel image transfer. That looks really cool.

  145. Steph says:

    Such cute projects–my to-do list is getting very long!

  146. Michelle says:


  147. Jess says:

    Ooh, I may have to make some Candied Almonds for my daughter’s stocking this year, she loves those!!!

  148. Molly Martin says:

    Cute cute apron! Thinking I could downsize it for party favors at my daughter’s gingerbread party this year!

  149. Trish says:

    The print its are just the thing for me today!

  150. beth says:

    That cloth book looks wonderful!

  151. Kristen Powell says:

    Love those tea towels!!

  152. Karen says:

    oh – that clothespin apron is great!

  153. Marge says:

    What cheery looking oven mitts!

  154. Love the oven mitts.

  155. ste says:

    The apron pattern definitely caught my eye. Thanks!

  156. BreannaS in MO says:

    I just love all of your great crafting ideas!! I am hoping to shop of “ingredients” this weekend so that I can begin some Christmas crafting.

  157. esther says:

    cute apron!

  158. Tera says:

    Great ideas once again!!!

  159. Julianne Ross says:

    The apron skirt is so fun!

  160. amber says:

    Can’t wait to check out other stuff from ex libris handmade!

  161. Carol in ky says:

    What great ideas!!!

  162. Brigette says:

    I like the scrappy place mats!

  163. Mhairi says:

    What a great idea to make a set of placemats. I have lots of lovely Christmas fabric that I could use to make some for Christmas. Thanks for the great ideas, again.

  164. Alice S says:

    What a beautiful apron! Any hostess could enjoy that.

  165. Sonja says:

    These are all great projects! I especially like the Sawyer Bag.

  166. Charlotte in Ga says:

    I love those tea towels. What a neat new technique to try.
    Thanks SMS!

  167. Lorretta Synakowski says:

    It is highly helpful for me. Huge thumbs up for this site post!

  168. kaholly says:

    Cute ideas!! I’d better get busy!

  169. Erin says:

    Love the apron.

  170. Sarah McGrath says:

    I just love the oven mitts. Dying to make them!

  171. Crystal says:

    That’s such a cute apron! Thanks for finding so many creative treasures to share with us!

  172. Kimberly F says:

    I adore that apron!

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