November 5 ~ Gifts for Tweens + Teens

on November 5 | in Handmade Holidays | by | with 228 Comments

Do you think it’s tricky to find the perfect gift for tweens and teens? Today’s your lucky day! We have lots of fun ideas…

Make It

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Vanessa from Punkin Patterns designed these sweet Scalloped Headbands for our Fat Quarter Series here at Sew,Mama,Sew!
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Heidi Kettner shows you how to make a Classic Johnny Vest at Elegance & Elephants.
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We love these cheery Four Leaf Pillows from Larissa at mmmcrafts and the mmmcrafts shop.
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Violet Craft shows you how to make a pretty Society Strip Skirt here at Sew,Mama,Sew!
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Learn how to make this cute and easy Needle Book with the tutorial by Cassie Barden for Everyday Handmade.
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Joanne shows you how to create a Japanese-inspired Macaron Coin Purse at Craft Passion.
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Make a handy, custom-made Bi-fold Wallet with Jodell’s tutorial at Modest Maven.

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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This Cutie Bag Pattern by Melody Miller for i heart linen is a free download to celebrate the release of Melody’s new book, Ruby Star Wrapping: Creating Packaging to Reuse, Regive, and Relove!

Related tutorials you might just love: Passion for Pop Culture, Passion for Accessories, Gifts for Teens, Gifts for Hipsters, Gifts for Tweens

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:

Gabrien’s choice Kristin’s choice Beth’s choice

Mix It

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These Pecan, Vanilla Bean + Rum Shortbread Cookies from Aran at Cannelle et Vanille are gluten-free!

Print It

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Download these Mix Tape Gift Tags from Jo James of Cart Before The Horse and use them as gift tags!

Win It

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

The Handmade Marketplace: How to Sell Your Crafts Locally, Globally, and Online (US Winners Only)

Author: Kari Chapin
Publisher: Storey Publishing

For crafters who have more confidence running a sewing machine than setting up a web site, The Handmade Marketplace breaks down and makes sense of the global possibilities for marketing and selling crafts. Author Kari Chapin helps crafters determine cost of goods, market competition, and the pros and cons of wholesale and retail sales. Moving on to selling your wares, Chapin demystifies every venue from craft fairs to online sites.


FallingForPieces is on a mission is to make heirloom crafts for the modern world. Using traditional techniques in a modern style that will fit your decor, FallingForPieces offers handmade treasures that will stand the test of time, in the hopes of offering quality artisan alternatives to our disposable culture.

FallingForPieces is giving away a personalized children’s tote bag. (Retail value: $32) FallingForPieces will even get your personalized bag to you in time for the holiday gift giving season!

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

4 ~ Gifts for Organizers
3 ~ Gifts for Travelers
2 ~ Deck the Halls
1 ~ Gifts for Little Kids

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228 Responses to November 5 ~ Gifts for Tweens + Teens

  1. Mary says:

    The wallet and the cutie bag look neat.

    Mary in MN

  2. Gina says:

    teens are the hardest to make for. love the coin purses!

  3. Elizabeth says:

    The macaron coin purse is so cute!

  4. craftgirl83 says:

    I love those mix tape tags!

  5. staci says:

    Love all these…especially the macaron coin purse.

  6. Deb H. says:

    I love the needle book. I will have to add it to my collection!

  7. natali says:

    That mixtape bag is awesome!

  8. Stephanie says:

    I LOVE those Four Leaf Pillows!

  9. Silvia says:

    Thank you!!! Love the needle book, it’s so cute!!!!

  10. Johanna says:

    I love the Four leaf pillow!

  11. Karen says:

    All of these are on my to do list now!

  12. Beth T says:

    The drawstring bag is something I was searching for earlier today. Many thanks for this. And would someone please, please make me one of those precious macarons?

  13. Marie J says:

    The cookies are making my mouth water – love shortbread and almond! The bifold wallet great for boys trying to be “big” and the macaron coin purse might have to be for me too!

  14. Jeni says:

    Those gift tags are so perfect I have no words.

  15. Amanda says:

    Oh my! That bag is so stinking’ cute! Talk about the best way to package a handmade baby gift. Love it!

  16. ramona says:

    Oh that cutie.bag is SO cute! !! The leaf pillow is pretty awesome too.

  17. Heather says:

    I love that headband! And that needle book is just adorable. So many of my sewing friends would love it!

  18. Susie H. says:

    Omgosh I must be a teenager at heart because I simply *adore* the mushroom needle book, the macaron coin purse, and the cutie bags!!!! Thise macaron purses are so moving to the top of my list!

  19. MarciaW says:

    the scalloped headband is very cute

  20. Bobby says:

    I am so making that needle book for myself for Christmas. And the bi-fold wallet is already on my list of projects. I love when you do this! Always gets me in the Christmas spirit!

  21. pauline says:

    oh, i have to make that 4 leaf pillow! it’s too cute! and that needlebook is adorable!

  22. Sherri S. says:

    I’m not a tween but I want all of these (for myself!).

  23. Stephanie says:

    I’m going to make some of these for my not-yet-tweens.

  24. Kim T. says:

    love the wallet and the mushroom! oh and the cookies. mmmm.

  25. Trinity says:

    My daughter isn’t a tween yet (thank goodness, haha), but she’ll still love that skirt. Planning now….

  26. Cal says:

    I remember the scalloped headband, should try it now. And those mixed tapes tags are awesome!

  27. Bianca says:

    I NEED TO MAKE CUTIE BAGS!!!!!

  28. Sara says:

    Love the mix tape gift tags!!

  29. Denny says:

    The bifold wallet–i love it. And the needle book, too!

  30. Anne Marie says:

    Love the needlebooks.

  31. Kristen Powell says:

    I might have to make a 4-leaf pillow for my new couch!!

  32. These are all great! Oh my… thanks!

  33. Hannah says:

    Love the four leaf pillows.. for myself especially!!

  34. Kristina says:

    That vest is so cute!

  35. BreannaS says:

    Nice teen girl ideas

  36. Kristin says:

    Such a cute needlebook!

  37. M.F.Peterson says:

    LOVE the Cutie Bag idea. I love reusable wrappings!

  38. Steph W says:

    Oh, wow! That macaron coin purse is amazing!

  39. Kaylinne says:

    Ok, I was breathless when I saw the needlebook! Sooooo cute!

  40. Sandy says:

    The Cutie Bag is just too cute!

  41. Renee says:

    I bought a wallet for my daughter, and then stole it from her. She has been bugging me to give it back, so I have been looking for a pattern to make myself a similar one. The wallet pattern will be a great start for what I want to make. Love all the great projects.

  42. Melissa says:

    Love the mushroom needle book. Super Cute!

  43. KeriCan says:

    I think even my husband might like the wallet.

  44. Jen S says:

    So many new and great ideas with this post! Thanks for keeping craft ideas fresh.

  45. Denise says:

    Love the Society strip skirt:) Thanks again for all the great ideas….now if I can rearrange my life to have time for them all. LOL!

  46. TriMama says:

    Love that scalloped head band! I think that’ll be going in my 6 year old’s stocking.

  47. Trish says:

    Love the needle wallet!

  48. Heather K says:

    My daughter would love the cutie bag!

  49. Jan says:

    Sweet little projects. Love the Cutie Bag.

  50. julis says:

    Beautiful list !

  51. Prachi says:

    I think the pillows would make great gifts for adults too !

  52. Peggy says:

    That macaroni coin purse is just too cute for words!!

  53. Jamie says:

    Love those gift bag mix tape tags!

  54. Lindsay says:

    The macaron coin purses are darling!

  55. Gina S. says:

    I voted for the vest on Project Run and Play. He looked so hansom she did a great job.

  56. consuelo says:

    Loved all the great sewing projects! Thanks for the chance to win such great prizes!

  57. I love the wallet. It’s just what my sweet girl needs!

  58. Erika says:

    LOVE those Macaron Coin Purses!

  59. Kristine says:

    the macaron coin purse is adorable!

  60. Robin E. says:

    I have a couple boys that love their vests. I know I’ll be using that tutorial before long. Thank you.

  61. Sherryl says:

    Everytime I see a picture of the Macaron Coin Purse I think I have to make one. Seriously – I have to make one! And those shortbread cookies. With vanilla bean and rum? OMG. I may have to whip some of those up today. You know, just to test them out. hee hee

  62. deede says:

    Love the needle book and the macaron coin purse! Gorgeous!

  63. Elizabeth says:

    Keep the great ideas coming! I need them.

  64. Kimberly N says:

    I might do the wallet for me! and I love the little coin purse!

  65. Christine B says:

    I think everyone I know would love the four leaf pillows. What a great selection of gifts.

  66. Marita H says:

    I have just got to try the Macaron coin purse.

  67. Megan Panda says:

    Love the macaron coin purses!

  68. SweetPea04 says:

    Diggin’ the cutie bag & the vest!

  69. Molly Martin says:

    Coin purse! So adorable! Also, I really need the how to sell your handmade goods book. I am new to te craft fair gig and have no idea about marketing!

  70. Penny says:

    The pillows and the wallet are cute!

  71. Carol says:

    Such great ideas! Keep them coming.

  72. craftytammie says:

    they are all fantastic!

  73. Erin d. says:

    Super cute pillow and coin purses!!

  74. Christine says:

    Love the macaron coin purse! Think I’ll be making many of these.

  75. Amy says:

    Love the skirts, need to make one or two for my two girls.

  76. esther says:

    Oh this wallet tut is just what I needed.
    Thanks!

  77. Charlotte says:

    Great ideas! Can’t wait to get sewing!!

  78. Sarah McGrath says:

    I love the macaron coin purses!

  79. Joan says:

    Shortbread cookies – YUM

  80. Marge says:

    What’s a mixed tape?- jk Love it!

  81. Judy1522 says:

    I love the pillows!

  82. Leah says:

    Love the pillows…. Great ideas!

  83. usairdoll says:

    Another day of great gift items to make. My daughter would love the headband and I see a few items for me as well, hehe.

    Thank you for a great giveaway and a chance to win.

    usairdoll(at)gmail(dot)com

  84. Nancy says:

    Best get crackin’ on my machine with all these good ideas to make.

  85. emilia says:

    I love the little macaron purses!! they were featured before, no?

  86. Karin says:

    I like that bi-fold wallet. Might have to make one – for myself!

  87. Connie Jagolinzer says:

    I can’t wait to give the wallet a try!

  88. Jill B says:

    Eek! I love the cutie bag. Must make one for my daughter :)

  89. Diana says:

    I love the pillows and the vest!

  90. kathyh says:

    as usual, too many great ideas.
    Thanks.

  91. Natalie says:

    Two things I just LOVE; the cutie patootie bag!!! AND the MIXTAPE gift tags are flippin awesome!

  92. KeriAnn says:

    I don’t have any teens to give gifts to, but the flower pillow and wallet will make great gifts for adults too!

  93. Christina says:

    Loving those pillows and needle books!

  94. Debbie says:

    The pillows are beautiful!

  95. Kalli says:

    Love them all! I get so excited for this every year

  96. beth says:

    I love the four-leaf pillows!

  97. Sarah McKinney says:

    Thanks for the Gluten Free cookie recipe as i have a Celiac in the house. I love many of the projects shown here. Thanks for all the wonderful ideas.

  98. Judi Haines says:

    Love the cute bag and the colorful pillows!

  99. Caitlin T. says:

    Those macaron coin purses are amazing! I have to try out that tutorial. I never would have thought to incorporate covered buttons, but it totally makes sense!

  100. Martha says:

    At 34, am I too old for those pillows? I love the vibrant color choices.

  101. Elizabeth says:

    I love the scalloped headband! I need to make one for myself!

  102. carriem says:

    What great ideas, love the headband!

  103. The macaroon coin purse and the Cutie pie bag are sooooo cute!

  104. M says:

    The needlebook is so cute!:) and thanks for the chance to win the book:)

  105. Crunchy Con Mommy says:

    Ooh I should totally make those cookies for my gluten intolerant friend! They look so yummy!!!

  106. Jeannie D says:

    Love the darling needle book and clover pillows..want to try these!

  107. Mhairi says:

    I know two girls who would love a macaron purse to store small things in.
    And the headband is brilliant for a little girl who is growing her hair.
    Thanks again for this great list

  108. Rachael says:

    I had to laugh at the mix tape labels. At first, I thought, who needs labels for mix tapes? then, I realized that you’d use them for gift tags… yeah, I’m that old.

  109. Patty D says:

    Another great set of ideas. thanks!

  110. Morgan says:

    The projects are great, but I’m in love with those mix tape tags.

  111. Sallie says:

    Those cookies look delicious!

  112. Lisa L. says:

    I love the fabric pics! So cute.

  113. Tina says:

    I love the four leaf pillows.

  114. Macorron coin purse is so cute. thanks

  115. Michelle says:

    Everything is cute as usual!

  116. Janica says:

    I love when people take a simple thing (like a headband) and blow my mind by adding scallops! LOVE all of the features. Plus the mix tape gift tags is a rockin’ idea;)

  117. Beth says:

    Thanks for all the great ideas!!

  118. Lise says:

    The headband is great, and the pillow.

  119. Anya says:

    Love the needle book!

  120. glyness says:

    Love the pillows!

  121. Louisa says:

    I love the Mix Tape Gift Tags!

  122. Sarah B says:

    Such cute projects! Thanks for the inspiration :o)

  123. Ella says:

    I love the mushroom needlebook!

  124. Kim McM says:

    The macaron coin purse is adorable. I like the pillow a lot too, and I stopped being a teen a long time ago!

  125. Julia says:

    Holy moly those mix tape tags a super rad!!!

  126. Jasmin says:

    The needle book is so cute and delicate i might have to add that to the project list.

  127. Mina says:

    Sooooo many cute ideas today

  128. Teresa says:

    Oh the scalloped headband is great!
    I also really love the mushroom needlebook – so cute and clever!

  129. Mel says:

    I see a cutie bag in my future!

  130. Rachel B says:

    love the headbands. will be making some for gifts.

  131. Judith Torphy says:

    Note to self: Make one of everything except cookies. Make a dozen and eat while sewing. LOL

  132. Jenny says:

    That Macaron coin purse is insanely cute. If I could figure out something practical to put in one for a gift, I’d make one!!

  133. Chris says:

    Super fun ideas! love the tape tags and shortbread cookies!

  134. Lee says:

    I love that needle book!

  135. Sara says:

    Love all of these ideas! Especially the little bags..

  136. Jennifer N says:

    Lots of great ideas. Thank you for sharing.

  137. beth says:

    Love those mix tape tags! What fun!

  138. sunny says:

    Mixed tape gift tags are awesome!!! We are wrapping with newspaper and I think those will really set it off. :)

  139. Tiara says:

    I think that I’m going to have to finally break down and make one of those oh so cute needle books!

  140. Sunny says:

    Mmmmm…. shortbread cookies!

  141. Genevieve says:

    Love ALL These!

    Genevieve

  142. Judy says:

    The Cutie Bag is just the gift for my grandaughters and their
    mothers-thanks!

  143. donna b says:

    More fun stuff!

  144. Jess says:

    Wow, I seriously love those adorable coin purses!!!!

  145. Jess says:

    I can’t decide which I like more – the bi-fold wallet or the pillows.

  146. Amanda says:

    That skirt is adorable, I’m going to make one for me and my daughter!

  147. Kylie C says:

    Love the Four Leaf Pillow!

  148. Emily says:

    Love the wallet!

  149. Carmen says:

    I love the Macaron Coin Purse (among all the other ideas) Thanks!

  150. wowswers I’m in love with the macarons … I’ll have to pop my sewing-a-zip cherry to make one of these … Love the leaf pillows too … thank you

  151. Jen V says:

    Those macaroons are ridiculously adorable!

  152. Lisa says:

    So many great ideas for my big kids!

  153. Chris says:

    I love the Macaron Coin Purses and the Needle book!

  154. Erin says:

    Beautiful list as usual!

  155. Nicole says:

    Always look forward to November’s Handmade Holidays!
    So many great ideas, I wish I could make them all!
    Loving the mushroom needle book today!

  156. Christina G. says:

    love the flashback to the mixed-tape tags. Not even sure today’s “tweens” know what a cassette tape is!

  157. beverly says:

    I love the macaroon coin purse. That is so cute!

  158. Heidi Anderson says:

    What a great list! love the needlebook, I actually really need one for myself! Thanks

  159. Lori Morton says:

    Loooove the four-leaf pillow…and the Cutie Bag!! Grrrreat gifts for our Teen & Tween Grandgirlie’s!!! Thanks! :)

  160. Kelli says:

    The sewing ideas are great, but you had me completely sold at the shortbread! Yum!!!!

  161. Liz says:

    I have always loved the Macaron Coin Purse!

  162. Bruinbr says:

    The 4 leaf pillow is awesome and goodness – how cute is that mushroom needle book!?

  163. Hilary says:

    Ha!I used that exact wallet tut for the teen on my list.

  164. Kadybug says:

    The needle book and pillows are so stinking cute!!

  165. Jessica says:

    Definitely making the wallet for my boy.

  166. Emilie says:

    Oooh, I love those pillows!

  167. Beth says:

    I love those macaron coin purses!

  168. Lynne says:

    The Macaron Coin Purses are adorable!!! I’ll have to make one for my friend who vacationed in France this year!

  169. Mandi says:

    The society strip skirt is darling!

  170. Norma says:

    Thanks for all the great gift ideas!

  171. Julie says:

    Oh no you should post a “squee” alert at the top of this post – my coworkers are looking at me oddly now ;-) I could think of just the perfect person to receive each of those gifts as I scrolled down – squeeing of course!!

  172. Courtney says:

    Love the headband and the pillows!

  173. Kristy says:

    I love the gift ideas but am particularly interested on the book on selling handmade. Here’s hoping!

  174. Jennifer J says:

    I love those coin purses!

  175. georgia says:

    Wow, I love those pillows! Such a lovely combination of colors. It makes me want to buy every Kona in the shop!

  176. Kay says:

    This is a great list. I especially want to make the toadstool needllecase for myself, even though I am not a teenager.

  177. amber says:

    I love the falling for pieces totes. They are so unique! Also I can’t wait to use the mix-tape gift cards!

  178. Danielle says:

    Love the needle book.

  179. Melanie says:

    Such a difficult group to find a gift for – thanks for the inspiration!

  180. Nadine B says:

    Those cookies sound delicious.

  181. Kerry says:

    Darling macaroon coin purses!

  182. jessicac says:

    Love the 4 leaf pillow and the needle case… I expect this week will be full of great ideas too!!

  183. Mrs.M says:

    I am loving that headband!

  184. Courtney says:

    I’ve made the macaroon coin purses before for a few friends, really cute. Unfortunately on a few I sewed a little too close to the zipper teeth, so they can’t hold much; nonetheless they are still a cute key chain accessory

  185. Brie says:

    Lovin that “cute bag”

  186. Carmen says:

    The scalloped headband is neat. I make one similar but without the scallops so I plan to try this! Thank you :)

  187. Tera says:

    loving the cookies!!! especially that they are gluten-free thanks

  188. Alissa says:

    What fun ideas!

  189. Kristin says:

    Those shortbread cookies look scrumptious! So do the macaroon coin purses, for that matter…

  190. Joanna says:

    Great ideas!Love the little cute macaroni coin purse and the needle book and the wallet… love everything!

  191. Kristin H says:

    The pillow design is gorgeous and the mushroom needle book is really cute.

  192. Heather says:

    I have such a nostalgia for mixed tapes. I really do wish they’d come back into fashion. Or well some digital version of them. But I have to sew some of those headbands for my daughters and friends.

  193. Terry Kessinger says:

    I am SO gonna make a macaron coin purse! And those cookies! They look like the sandies I make every year, so I can’t wait to see people’s faces when they bite in to one of these!

  194. I absolutely love the month of November simply because of your site! Today was no disappointment!

  195. Kathleen says:

    As a mother to two tweens, thank you for these great ideas!

  196. drmithome says:

    Thanks again for some great gift ideas.

  197. Stacy says:

    Love the needle book.

  198. Jenny says:

    Some great ideas here!

  199. Sarah L. says:

    I love these tutorials. I think I need to make a series of those cutie bags!

  200. Elke says:

    The macaroons looks nice.

  201. Celeste says:

    Love that wallet!

  202. Veronica says:

    Thank you for all of the great ideas! I love them! Thanks to Pinterest I can ‘pin’ them for later!

  203. Cynthia I says:

    Love the pillow, I have it pinned and hope to make some! The vest and skirt look great. I keep pinning wallets in hopes that one day I’ll make them for the kids! Maybe this season. Always great inspiration.

  204. Nicole says:

    My daughter is still a little bit young for all these things…but I would love to start making them for her in a few years! Also I would love to read the handmade marketplace.

  205. Amy says:

    I must be a teen or tween at heart because I really love ALL of these projects. The vest is fabulous! And I think I need to make several of those wallets… plus the needle book… and pillow… Thanks for the inspiration!

  206. Tammy says:

    The needlebook is so cute!

  207. The four leaf pillow is a great tutorial.

  208. Amy says:

    So wonderful! I have to make the coin purse!

  209. Loving the four leaf pillows — super cheery.

  210. Barbara says:

    Love the headband! My DG, only 4, might love it, too. :-)

  211. Hashi says:

    I can think of a few girls on my list who’d love a macaron purse.

  212. Heather79 says:

    I’ve got a tween on my list, thanks for the ideas!

  213. Kristin says:

    AH! that needle book is amazing! I love it!

  214. Stephanie says:

    I am dying over the macaron coin purse! I’ve never seen anything like them…love, love, love!

  215. Emily V. says:

    I love the mix tape gift tags!

  216. Stacy says:

    Thank you for including a gluten-free recipe!!!

  217. susan mzf says:

    That needlebook is just so sweet – I know just the person to make it for, too!

  218. Larissa says:

    Great job, excellent ideas! :o)

  219. Jane says:

    I do love the Scalloped headband.

  220. christina says:

    I am so totally downloading those Mix Tape gift tags.

  221. nikkapotamus says:

    I love those pillows. I know a couple of adults who would like those!

  222. Cory says:

    LOVE LOVE LOVE the macaroon coin purse!!!

  223. April says:

    Thank you! My teen daughter has requested a bifold wallet for Christmas this year. I think she’ll love this one.

  224. SS Sews says:

    I’m going to check out the cutie bag pattern – I have been changing over to re-usable gift wrap over the past couple of years.

  225. Angi says:

    My daughter is going to love the headbands!

  226. Cassandra says:

    Love the mix tape tag. :-)

  227. Courtney says:

    Oh, this is my favorite grouping so far! I love them all!

  228. Julianne Ross says:

    I may have to make a society strip skirt for myself! :-)

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