November 24 ~ Gifts for Book Lovers

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Today’s ideas are perfect for everyone in your life who loves books! You can even pair one of these projects with a new book for a really thoughtful gift…

Make It

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Cherie’s Library Book Bag at You + Mie might help your loved ones avoid library fines (in style)!
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These pretty Fabric Bookmarks from Florence at Flossie Teacakes feature Liberty fabrics. (The Liberty Lifestyle Bloomsbury Gardens fabrics would be perfect here!)
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Make a Book Cover with Pockets with Taryn’s tutorial at From Pixels to Patchwork.
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Erin at creativitE uses Mod Podge to create Fabric Covered Books. Use the technique to cover journals and more.
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Make a pretty, custom iPad, Kindle + Nook Sleeve with Kelle at Ann Kelle.
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Melissa’s On the Go Reading Pillow at Polka Dot Chair lets you tote your books and read in comfort, everywhere you go!

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 could tote quite a few good books on your next trip with the So Long Suitcase Bag from Melissa at Lilac Lane. (This project prints as a PDF pattern.)

Learn more about Lilac late on Facebook and at Lilac Lane Patterns. Melissa writes, “My patterns are girly, vibrant and fun. I also have a book that was published this year called A Year of Making Life Beautiful: 45 Projects to Bake, Grow, Craft, and Sew.”

Related tutorials you might just love: Passion for Writing, Passion for Reading, Read!, Write!

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 Gabrien’s choice

Mix It

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Make Key Lime Curd with Annie at Annie’s Eats, and use it all season long to “fill tartlets, top scones or muffins, stir into yogurt, fill layer cakes, or layer into trifles…”

Print It

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Adria and Maureen share a favorite tradition at Ruff Draft; they give special holiday books to kids in early December. Start a tradition of your own and include one of their printable Book Plates!

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.

Country Cottage Quilting (US, Canada + Europe Winners OK)

Author: Lynette Anderson
Publisher: David & Charles

Lynette Anderson’s country cottage garden provides the inspiration for this collection of beautiful quilting and stitchery designs. There are 15 gorgeous projects to create including wall quilts, everyday bags and sumptuous cushion covers—all in Lynette’s distinctive country style. These stunning designs combine charming hand embroidery with traditional patchwork and quilting techniques for you to create and enjoy.

Here’s the digital preview for Country Cottage Quilting.

The Fashion Designer’s Handbook & Fashion Kit (US Winners Only)

Author: Marjorie Galen
Publisher: Workman Publishing

Young girls love fashion. They love Project Runway. They love expressing themselves through what they wear. And they want to be fashion designers. It’s the No. 1 dream job for girls ages 8 to 12, according to The New York Times. Here in one kit is everything a girl needs to know to start designing and sewing clothes—a lively, full-color book that comes with a doll-size dress form, 24 reusable patterns, rick rack, embroidery thread, a tape measure, and a piece of fabric printed in three vibrant patterns.

The Fashion Designer’s Handbook and Fashion Kit features 33 projects that range from super easy dresses for 11 1⁄2-inch fashion dolls (including Barbie) all the way to “girl-size” projects for the designer to make and wear herself. It shows how to think and work like a designer—from finding inspiration to sketching to developing a personal style. Getting to know fabrics, fibers, and materials; working with patterns; and creating original designs using the dress form.

A Bag for All Reasons (US, Canada + Europe Winners OK)

Author: Lisa Lam
Publisher: David & Charles

From the author of the bestselling The Bag Making Bible (over 70,000 copies sold) comes an outstanding collection of 12 inspiring bags for you to make at home: 12 bags and purses for every occasion, full-size pull-out patterns to use right away and fully photographed step-by-step instructions.

See more in the A Bag for All Reasons digital preview.

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

23 ~ Deck the Halls
22 ~ Gifts for Friends + Neighbors
21 ~ Gifts for Outdoor Adventurers
20 ~ Gifts for Playful Friends
19 ~ Gifts for College Kids
18 ~ Gifts for Tech Lovers
17 ~ Gifts for Imaginative Friends
16 ~ Deck the Halls
15 ~ Gifts for Girlfriends
14 ~ Gifts for Babies
13 ~ Gifts for Hostesses
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

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211 Responses to November 24 ~ Gifts for Book Lovers

  1. Ipad sleeve is great!

  2. Beth says:

    I love the reading pillow. I might need to add a loop for a flashlight!

  3. Lynn H. says:

    I need to make the kindle cover using Kristen’s fabric choice.

  4. Genevieve in Ontario, Canada says:

    the modge pod tip was great!

  5. Denise says:

    Since I AM the book lover I might just have to make something for ME 🙂

  6. Laura (washington) says:

    I love those book covers!

  7. Whitner says:

    key lime…mmm…

  8. I love that ipad sleeve… thanks so much for sharing all these great ideas and the giveaways.

  9. Gina says:

    fabric covered books = so clever!

  10. Amber R. says:

    The fabric covered books really do make a nice addition to a room. I love books!

  11. Mandi says:

    books + sewing = good!

  12. Melanie says:

    All these ideas are fantastic — it’s nice to see some out-of-the-usual-round ideas instead of the same old when it comes to bookish gifts…..I have a LOT of bookish people to give to 🙂 And adore your choice of fabrics too.

  13. Peggy says:

    I am going to make that library book bag for our fabulous school librarians! Thanks!!

  14. alcheme says:

    Another great post full of good ideas!

  15. Amanda says:

    reading pillow- genius!

  16. Julia says:

    I adore the pillow with the book pocket. Also very amused that the two books together say “How I Became The Stinky.” I’m definitely making that!

  17. amber says:

    every day the projects get better and better!

  18. beth says:

    Key lime curd. Oh, my!

  19. Marita H says:

    Yummm…key lime curd

  20. Erika says:

    love the reading pillow

  21. Debbie says:

    I love reading & I love to sew…these projects are great!

  22. Judy in Oregon says:

    Perfect for all the people I know that like to read.

  23. Mary Beth says:

    I love the book tote.

  24. carole says:

    I love the pillow with the book pocket and the bookmarks – wonderful!!

  25. Sandy says:

    I love books and these are great ideas!

  26. Janice Svercek says:

    Love the on the go reading pillow.Janice in PA

  27. Joanna says:

    These are great love the On the Go Reading Pillow.

  28. That huge bag looks like fun, but it might take a horse to move it when full.

  29. Kerry in FL says:

    Love the bag!

  30. consuelo says:

    Love the ideas you shared in this post! Thanks so much!

  31. Julianne Ross says:

    I’m a book person… and a librarian! 🙂

  32. Sherry J says:

    I love love the reading pillow. The kindle would go in there too. thanks.

  33. Lori says:

    Fabric and books…two of my favorite things! Yum.

  34. Heather says:

    Love today’s fabric choices.

  35. PattyD says:

    I like the idea of fabric covered journals.

  36. Amber says:

    Love the books bag!

  37. Amy says:

    Love the Library book bag!

  38. Kristina says:

    Neat pillow, so creative!

  39. Christina says:

    I need that Pillow to Go!

  40. Danijela says:

    Love everything,but would adore one of the books.

  41. Gina says:

    The On the Go Reading Pillow would make a perfect gift.

  42. Kristy says:

    The book pillow is a great idea!

  43. jennifer says:

    i must be a reader-I love all of these projects~!

  44. Diana says:

    Who doesn’t love books!

  45. Laura says:

    I love ALL of these!

  46. Shannon says:

    bookmark is a fun way to use scraps!

  47. usairdoll in CA says:

    Love the reading pillow and the So Long Suitcase bag. All great ideas!

    Thank you and all the great Sponsors for wonderful giveaways and the chances to win.


  48. Heidi Anderson says:

    Oh I just love the reading pillow!! Such a cute gift for all the little bookworms in my life!

  49. Bruinbr says:

    The library book bag is so cute and useful! Definitely on my to do list!

  50. Samantha says:

    Love that travel “on the go” pillow!!!

  51. Jim M in NC says:

    Great post, lots of gift possibilities

  52. Becky in PA says:

    What a great selection of tutorials today!! Love them all!!!

  53. Robin J says:

    I m in jacksonville fl. We love crafty books they will make a nice gift for my crafty daughter.

  54. These are great! Love your gift ideas 🙂

  55. Jamie says:

    The fashion designer book is something my daughter would love!

  56. My daughter loves reading … lots of great ideas for her here!

  57. Prachi in WA says:

    I love the book bag !

  58. Mhairi says:

    I love these ideas. I have lots of friends who are book lovers and readers and I think these would be a great idea for presents for all of them.

  59. Deb Cameron says:

    Key Lime Curd…yum!!!!! Love the pillow with the reading compartment, a match made in heaven 🙂

  60. Sarah McGrath says:

    I love the book pillow!

  61. Erika in MD says:

    LOVE that BOOK bag! Thinking about making it for a swap!

  62. Lindsay says:

    The book fabric is so cute.

  63. Mandi says:

    Most of my friends are book lovers!

  64. The pillow is awesome! I used to “hide” a booklight and book in my pillowcase all the time as a kid and think I was being sneaky when I stayed up late to read. 🙂

  65. sangeetha says:

    wow.. awesome tutorial.. 🙂

  66. Charlotte in Ga says:

    Great ideas! Thanks SMS!

  67. jessicac says:

    I have some books in need of the fabric covers!

  68. donna baker says:

    I love the on the go reading pillow! Great to encourage reading with kids. donna in TX

  69. KeriCan says:

    The reading pillow is great! Perfect for our next car trip.

  70. Sarah says:

    Those bookmarks are clever.

  71. KeriAnn in PA says:

    I am an avid reader, so I love all of these gift ideas! However, my favorites are the On the Go Reading Pillow and the Book Cover with Pockets! I have the perfect fabric at home to make a few of these. Thanks for the great ideas!

  72. Sarah K says:

    I love love love these gift ideas! So many of my friends are book lovers; this is perfect.

  73. Steph W says:

    Wonderful gifts!

  74. Mary says:

    Very nice ideas for book lovers. The bookcovers look nice and the bags too.

  75. Caroline says:

    I love the bag for books, its a great way to remember to bring your book back to the library on time.

  76. Misty says:

    The reading pillow, so cute.

  77. susan mzf says:

    those bookmarks would be great to make for so many folks on my list!

  78. Tawny in CA says:

    The book pillow is a really cute idea!

  79. christina says:

    I love Kristin’s choice of book fabric.

  80. Alissa says:

    Gotta love the books!

  81. Judith in Canada says:

    I’m going to make that curd right now. Immediately. This was my very favourite treat when I was growing up, but I dislike the taste of the commercial curd so I quit eating it. But this isn’t even difficult. Now, I can hardly wait to taste it again. Thanks for sharing the link–and for the great giveaway opportunity.

  82. carriem says:

    I need to make all of these!

  83. Kristin says:

    I’ll definitely be making the book covers and the library bag! Thanks

  84. Brie says:

    Lime curd! Yum!

  85. Karen In NC says:

    That suitcase bag is so great.

  86. Sara says:

    Love that Kindle sleeve. I just bought an ugly one..should have made this!

  87. Molly Martin says:

    The reading pillow is a fantastic idea!

  88. Kimberly F says:

    I think I might have to make you & mie’s “books” bag for my mother in law!

  89. Emily says:

    Love the kindle cover!

  90. Tera says:

    Great ideas once again… thank you

  91. Kristie says:

    The book pillow is great. Love it.

  92. Christine B says:

    The fabric covered books look nice as a decorating idea. Maybe different covers for all holidays/seasons?

  93. I love the bookcover.

  94. Robyn says:

    The book bag, reading pillow and name plates are definitely my faves! (Canada)

  95. Jennifer in MA says:

    The book covers with pockets and the on the go reading pillow are my favorites in this group! There aren’t enough hours in a day… My 13 yo daughter would enjoy the Fashion Designers Handbook.

  96. Jasmin says:

    I love the reading pillow but if it was in my lounge i think it would end up with more toy cars than books in it might have to adapt for the kids as a secret pocket pillow.

  97. Mandi says:

    Love them all!

  98. Deb H. in PA says:

    I really like the fabric covered books.

  99. Angi in OK says:

    I think I need to make some of those sleeves.

  100. Wendy in Va says:

    Great projects, I have a book reading family to make for…

  101. Lynne says:

    The book fabric is adorable! Will have to get some to make a book pillow for my grandson.

  102. delia jones says:

    I love the idea of a fabric bookmark!

  103. wendy says:

    great ideas! And I’m so glad it was traditional books as well as Kindles!

  104. MomOfEvilGeniuses of CO says:

    More great stuff! We are readers in this family, so some great ideas, thanks!

  105. Barbara says:

    LOVE the book back fabric!

  106. Lucia in Canada says:

    Wow! So many great gift ideas- but I will have a hard time giving them away! I really enjoy your website and thanks for the chance to win (both Country Cottage Quilting and A Bag for all Reasons look great!)

  107. Foster says:

    Those bookmarks, bookcovers, and e-reader covers are darling!

  108. glyness in OR says:

    Nice, i really like the fabric covered books!

  109. Crystal says:

    These are wonderful ideas for our book club gift exchange – thanks so much!!

    Crystal in Alberta, Canada

  110. Megan Panda says:

    I love all of these! I wish someone would make one of them for me!

  111. LOVE these ideas. Thanks for sharing.

  112. Jessica says:

    An iPad cover is definitely on the to-do list!

  113. Amanda says:

    Perfect! I was looking for just the right bag to make my son for our library trips!

  114. SS Sews says:

    I like the library book bag

  115. Hannah says:

    cute bags!

  116. Jennifer J says:

    Great ideas!

  117. Sarah Norman says:

    Love these projects, the pillow is so cute! I would have loved one of those as a kid, well I still would really! Might have to make me one of those 🙂

  118. Elizabeth says:

    I like the on the go reading pillow!

  119. I now want to make lime curd. Hmmm, present for myself?

  120. Melanie in AZ says:

    There’s the Kindle cover I need! And the bookmarks are great for old school reading. 🙂

  121. MarciaW. FL says:

    I like the fabric book covers.

  122. I love that “On the Go Reading Pillow” — such a great idea!

  123. julie hahs says:

    I love that giant bag. Nice!!

  124. jen says:

    lovethat book pillow!!!

  125. Christina says:

    I love the book plates, the colours are so beautiful!

  126. Kristin H says:

    I love the book bag and the bookmarks are really cute!

  127. Mel says:

    I love the “books” tote!

  128. cecile in WI says:

    I love those book covers ! Great ideas for everyone on my list… thank you !

  129. Sunny in NM says:

    Ooh, the book bag is cute.

  130. Line says:

    I’ m such a fan of lemon curd (& of Lisa Lam!) that I think this lime curd will make its way to my kitchen pretty shortly…

  131. Cool fabric choices!

  132. Jill says:

    Love the book tote and the reading pillow. Great ideas.

  133. Georgia says:

    LOVE the books bag!!

  134. Debbie says:

    oLve the reading pillow

  135. Von in AR says:

    Love the book bag.

  136. Morgan says:

    Oh the book plates make me smile. I used to have a stamp as a little kid with this intricate photo for a little girl reading and it said “this book belongs to_________.” I stamped every book in our house I think.

  137. Laura in VA says:

    I love these! I will be making the kindle cover and the reading pillow for sure!

  138. Liz says:

    another great bunch of projects!

  139. Rachel B says:

    I am a lover of bookmarks to the point of collecting so the fabric bookmarks would be a good present for me.

  140. Robyn in TX says:

    What great ideas! I think I’ll be making a few fabric bookmarks and book covers with pockets this gifting season (and I may just keep a few for myself!).

  141. Tez says:

    Fantastic! I have two voracious readers and have spied a couple of wonderful gift ideas in this list!

  142. Stephanie says:

    That reading pillow is so clever and…such great ideas to all!

  143. Robynn says:

    Alot of great gifts on this page.

  144. Tammi in OR says:

    Can’t wait to make some bookmarks. And the pocket pillow is adorable!

  145. Heather says:

    I’d love that Fashion Designers Handbook. My daughter would have so much fun!

  146. Amy in TX says:

    I especially love that book bag – the reverse applique is such a good idea! Thanks for the giveaway.

  147. Martha says:

    I need to make the suitcase bag. It looks perfect for an overnighter.

  148. Connie Jagolinzer says:

    I am making the reading pillow today! What a great idea!

  149. Great! I found saved a lot of these tutorials — good books too! 🙂

  150. Kay says:

    The reading cushion is such a good idea, why didn’t I think of that? I really like the fabric bookmarks too.

  151. Kalli in UT says:

    Love it all!

  152. Love the fabric covered books!

  153. nopinkhere from TX says:

    Oooh, the key lime curd sounds yummy. And that suitcase bag and the on-the-go pillow look cool!

  154. Tammy says:

    That key lime curd sounds fabulous! Love the “books” bag!

  155. Serena in CA says:

    The bookmark is such a great way to use scraps. I might try paper-piecing one. Plus the tab at the top is so cute!

  156. Courtney says:

    Key Lime Curd sounds delicious!

  157. kathyh says:

    The reading pillow would make a great gift.

  158. Kathi says:

    Thanks for all of the great ideas!

  159. julis says:

    cover books with fabric is a great idea..thanks!

  160. Sallie says:

    Everyone needs a On the Go Reading Pillow! Thanks for the giveaway. from TX

  161. brenda says:

    I would love to win A Bag For All Reasons. I am loving all the ideas, don’t know where to start.

  162. Stacy S says:

    The reading pillow is awesome!

  163. Meg says:

    Wonderful book bag!

  164. Eleanor says:

    What beautiful bookmarks!

  165. The fabric bookmarks look fun!

  166. Ramona says:

    Reading is one of my favorite things next to sewing and crafting!

  167. Anya says:

    So fun to make these gifts with texty fabric!

  168. Kylie C says:

    The key lime curd looks delicious!

  169. Heather79 in Colorado says:

    Everyone needs a book bag!

  170. Natalie says:

    Once again, so many awesome ideas. I’m really going to miss November!

  171. Steph says:

    Thanks for the link to the Nook/Kindle cases. Those were on my handmade gift to-do list!

  172. Rachael says:

    fun gifts. I think some book marks might be my hubby’s stocking!

  173. Michelle says:

    I love that book fabric!

  174. sangeetha from ohio says:

    I would love to win The Fashion Designer Handbook or Bag for All Reason

  175. Amy says:

    I love Annie’s Eats and am happy to see that Lime Curd in the Mix it section. I’ve wanted to make it, but it fell by the way side. Thanks for the reminder!

  176. beth says:

    Love the reading pillow!

  177. Tracy H says:

    I like the book covers with pockets, great idea!

  178. Karen says:

    Love the journal/book covers – so awesome.

  179. Barbara says:

    Those fabric-covered books are beautiful!

  180. Megan in VA says:

    I love that Alexander Henry book print! I think I’m going to get some to make a kindle cover.

  181. Chris says:

    I amgiving books this year and I love the fabric book marks! thank you!

  182. Lee says:

    I love those book covers!

  183. Rhonda says:

    I see a couple things to make as gifts…thanks

  184. Jess says:

    I really love the Nook cover!!!

  185. Irenoski88 says:

    I’d love to have the “bags for all reasons” book and I also love Lynette Anderson! In fact, I’m currently doing her Fernhill BOM

  186. kaholly says:

    I found lots to make on this post! Thanks so much. Hope you are enjoying your Thanksgiving holiday weekend. ~karen

  187. jackie in IN says:

    Love Love love the library book bag

  188. Penny says:

    Love the library book bag.

  189. Gigi in NJ says:

    The book shelf fabric is perfect for these book projects!

  190. Beth in Michigan says:

    What fun things! And the key lime looks so yummy.

  191. BreannaS in MO says:

    I just love the reading pillow, fabric covered books, and the book bag! Maybe if my daughter gets a book bag for christmas she wouldn’t have late books all the time.

  192. Joy says:

    Bag and more bags, I love it

  193. Anne Rita says:

    Thanks again for this series!

  194. Jenny says:

    i know a lot of book lovers!

  195. Sonja says:

    These are awesome! I especially like the library book bag and the fabric covered books.

  196. Andrea says:

    I love the on the go reading pillow! What a clever idea!

  197. ste says:

    I’ll make one of each I think? Then again, I don’t think I have the time.

  198. Catherine says:

    Nice! I think my husband could use a few bookmarks and each of my boys would like the pillow. Thanks for sharing!

  199. Lise says:

    Love the reading pillow – what a great idea!

  200. Erin says:

    my daughter would love the pillow for the car!

  201. Beth T says:

    Love the projects, love the fabric. Thanks for thinking of the readers.

  202. stephanie o says:

    I love the on the go pillow and the fabric covered books

  203. Larissa says:

    Our family certainly loves books…great ideas!

  204. Heather says:

    Nice gifts, I love the book book and the book pillow.

  205. Brigette says:

    The book A Bag For All Reasons looks really great!

  206. Sarah says:

    Love that book spine fabric!

  207. Theresa (in Germany) says:

    Once again so wonderful tutorials 🙂

  208. Kat in England says:

    These would be perfect for all my librarian friends! Thanks for your generosity in sharing these.

  209. Rebecca says:

    Love it

  210. Sewing Dervish says:

    How cute is that dictionary fabric?!

  211. wendy says:

    I LOVE this day. I need gifts for booky people – I know many of them. Also adore the bag today. My life would be sew boring without Sew, Mama, Sew!

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