November 8 ~ Gifts for Cooks

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Give your favorite cook new hot pads, placemats, tea towels and more… They’re sure to want today’s ideas in their kitchen!

Make It

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Don’t miss the 15 Favorite Placemat Tutorials we recently compiled here at Sew,Mama,Sew!
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Mandi shows you how to make these “super-easy” Quilted Color-Block Hot Pads at Making Nice in the Midwest. Use some of your scraps!
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We also like these Half-Square Triangle Pot Holders from Jeni at In Color Order!
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Penny shows you how easy it is to create these sweet Linen Tea Towels with appliqué at sewtakeahike.
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Don’t you absolutely love these Paint Chip Placemats by Emily Herrick of Crazy Old Ladies for Moda Bake Shop?!

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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Make a pretty Zig Zag Bag for everything you might want to tote in style with Cheri from I Am Momma Hear Me Roar.

Related tutorials you might just love: Passion for Food, Passion for Cooking + Baking, Gifts for Foodies, Kids’ Apron + many of our For the Home 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 Gabrien’s choice Liz’s choice

Mix It

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This Honey & Saffron Liquor from Jill Chen for Eat Boutique might be the perfect accompaniment to your favorite cook’s next kitchen creation.

Print It

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Helena designed these handy Cookbook Markers (via Craft And Creativity). They’d be a nice “extra” if you plan to give a cookbook this holiday season.

Win It

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

Face-a-Day Journal (US Winners Only)

Publisher: Potter Style

This journal helps capture your daily mood by simply filling in an empty circle with a smiley face, angry scowl, questionable brow, and other doodles. When you open the journal, you’ll find a graphic questionnaire that captures aspects of your day at-a-glance and a blank circle to doodle a face that represents your mood. A fun bonus: this journal also functions like a flip book. Once you’ve completed the book, you can flip through the pages and watch the “animation” of your changing moods in bright, popping colors.

Red Marionette was developed in 2008 by a crafty redhead with an overactive imagination. Believing that everyone should have a doppelganger in felt she frantically doodled her way into madness. From these doodles, obnoxiously cute creatures were born. These creatures took the form of ornaments, wreaths, wall art, party favors, holiday decor and much more. As they are carefully hand-stitched, Lola, Pete, Fortinbras and countless others quickly developed their own eccentric tastes and characteristics…

Red Marionette is giving away the Winter Wonderland Wreath: “It is covered in light blue yarn and wrapped with white fluffy yarn. Included in the decorations are felt snowflakes, white pom poms, glittery foliage, a large glittery snowflake, and a silver star. It hangs from a tied blue, translucent ribbon…

…Spencer is nestled within the white pom pom snow and is entirely hand stitched. He is made from white felt with black and orange accents. He is stuffed until he is festively plump with polyfil. Spencer loves caroling and decorating for the Holidays. He particularly loves the smell of burning wood outside on a crisp night while watching the Christmas lights twinkle under the snow.”

(US Winners Only)

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

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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159 Responses to November 8 ~ Gifts for Cooks

  1. Those hot pads will be perfect for my SIL who is a chef!

    Rebecca in CA

  2. Mary says:

    I like all the ideas.

    Mary in MN

  3. Mary says:

    I like the placemats.

    Mary in MN

  4. Gina says:

    i thought the potholders were coasters!

  5. Deb H. says:

    Placemats always make a nice gift.

  6. Love the paint chip placemats!

  7. natali says:

    Love the paint placemats, so cute!

  8. Pat Upton says:

    Love the gifts!

  9. Trish says:

    I’ve got placemats for someone on my list so those tutorials are just the thing!

  10. Lindsay says:

    I think I need to make one of the zig zag bags.

  11. Katy says:

    Awesome tutorials!

  12. jennifer says:

    The bag. Rocks.

  13. Jen S says:

    Oh one can never have too many napkins or pot holders/mug rugs/ or trivets!

  14. Penny says:

    PLACEMATS! Who knew!?

  15. Silvia says:

    Wonderful projects!!!! Love all of them!! 🙂

  16. Karen says:

    Loving that zig zag cute!

  17. Marie J says:

    I like the linen tea towel – a fresh idea!

  18. carriem says:

    Those placemats are crazy cute!

  19. Amanda says:

    It happens every single year…I find to much I want to make for me. Great projects!

  20. Janice Svercek says:

    Great ideas for my favorite cooks!

  21. ramona says:

    If only placemats contained the mess of 3 littles. I think I need a place-dropcloth instead. Someday….

  22. Molly Martin says:

    Zig zag bag looks delicious! Wow!

  23. Julianne Ross says:

    The paintchip placemats are so fun!

  24. Heather says:

    Paint chip placemats!? Awesome!

  25. sunny says:

    The paint chip placemats are awesome!

  26. Dkb says:

    The paint chip placemats are pretty

  27. Susie H. says:

    I loooove those color block hotpads! Might try some this weekend already! And I love the face-a-day journal book! What a great idea for someone who likes to note and review things visually – thanks for the introducing it!

  28. Anne Marie says:

    Love the chevron bag.

  29. MarciaW says:

    these are really cute and are useful: Half-Square Triangle Pot Holders

  30. Kristin H says:

    I love the triangular potholders. I might have a make a few for myself as a personal present this Christmas!

  31. Ella says:

    I’ve got a chef who would love any of these!

  32. Nichole says:

    The paint chip placemats and zig zag bag are too cute…love,love,love them !

  33. georgia says:

    Wow I love that Chevron bag so much I think I might die. Also, I’m pinning that picture because I want her hair. The end.

  34. Steph W says:

    Like the geometric plays in these selections!

  35. Peggy says:

    The paint chip placemats are too wonderful for words!! I know exactly who to make those for. Thanks for the inspiration (again!).

  36. laura says:

    Love the bag!

  37. Kathleen says:

    Love that zig zag bag!

  38. pauline says:

    love the tute for the paint chip placemats…simple and chic! i’m gonna make a batch of the honey & saffron liquer.

  39. Heather79 says:

    Great ideas today! Definitely making some placemats this year.

  40. BreannaS says:

    I just love the paint chip placemats!

  41. Kristin says:

    That doodle your mood looks like a super cute and fun book!

  42. Kerry says:

    Darling tea towels.

  43. Connie Jagolinzer says:

    The paint chip placemats are too cute! Good way to put the Kona fabrics on sale (at your site) to use!

  44. Lise says:

    The paint chip placemats are gorgeous!

  45. usairdoll says:

    I made my first placemats ever a few months ago and I could have used these ideas, hehe.
    Great ideas!

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


  46. Tawny says:

    That zig zag bag is super cute!

  47. Michelle says:

    What fun prizes! I love the placemats, will have to make some for myself, and for gifts, too.

  48. KeriAnn says:

    I love the way that the paint chip placemats look on the black tabletop! I also love the zig zag bag! I bet my sister would love to have one of those!

  49. Judy1522 says:

    There are some really fun things to make for gifts. Having a tutorial for each is great.

  50. nopinkhere says:

    The paint chip placemats and the zig zag bag are lovely! I think the journal looks great and my kids would LOVE Spencer the Snowman. My 3yo daughter keeps telling me she can’t wait for snowmen and snow fights, and I keep trying to explain we live in Central Texas where it doesn’t snow but every few years.

  51. Sherri S. says:

    The paint chip placemats are genius!

  52. Jim M says:

    Today’s post was great! A lot of easy-to-make gifts that would please many of the folks on my xmas list.

  53. Heather says:

    Those paint chip place mats are fantastic!

  54. donna b says:

    Those are fab placemats and hotpads!

  55. Hashi says:

    Paint chip placemats? Yes please!

  56. Sandy says:

    I need to make the hot pads and pot holders for myself!

  57. So very cute! mmm…. will cross my fingers for good luck.

  58. susan mzf says:

    ooooh those paint chip placemats are fabulous! I definitely need to make a set for my house. : )

  59. Beth says:

    I would like one of each of today’s ideas please! Esp those HST potholders!

  60. Cary says:

    The half square pot holders are great!

  61. Samantha says:

    cool zigzag bag!!

  62. Lori Morton says:

    Love the Hot Pads!! & Zig Zag Purse too! We have 2 sons, that are Chefs…know the Potholders would be cool, for when they are at Home.

    Would love to win your Drawing!!!

  63. Julia says:

    I love the pretty binding on those grey placemats! Brilliantly simple…or simply brilliant 🙂

  64. Charlotte says:

    I gotta say, the paint chip placemats are pretty cool!

  65. Sallie says:

    Love the Half-Square Triangle Pot Holders.

  66. Amy says:

    The half-square triangle hot pads are great! So is the tea towel!!

  67. Diana says:

    I know so many cooks!

  68. I love the paint chip place mats. Very cool!

  69. Trinity says:

    What a simple and fun tea towel tutorial, I’m so making these! Thanks!

  70. Mel says:

    I think my neice needs that Face a Day Journal……

  71. Sarah B says:

    Very cute tea towels !

  72. Melanie says:

    I need some potholders for myself – Merry Christmas to me!

  73. Anya says:

    I love those paint chip placemats!! I think I need to make them for my sister who is addicted to repainting her walls!

  74. Morgan says:

    The paint chip placemats make me happy. 🙂

  75. KeriCan says:

    The zigzag bag is awesome, as is the haircut!

  76. Christine B says:

    What wonderful projects. I think I can make everyone on my list happy with these projects. Thanks!

  77. Denise says:

    great placemats and potholders….hmmm….how to chose:)

  78. Thank you! These are all things I want and need to make.

  79. Sara says:

    Those paint chip placemats are adorable! What a colorful idea!

  80. Carmen says:

    Great gift ideas (and I could use some of these too!)

  81. Wendy says:

    Really like the zig zag bag and love the snowman wreath!

  82. Amy says:

    Love the paint chip placemats, I would love to try them.

  83. Fawn says:

    The paint chip place mats are awesome!!!! I’d also be interested in making the half square potholders with some Ghastlies fabric. Thanks!

  84. Crunchy Con Mommy says:

    Sadly the only placemat we own are solid off-white. I think I need to use these tutorials to fix that!!

  85. Stacy says:

    Love the linen tea towel!

  86. Carmen says:

    I love cute, handmade potholders but I am such a sloppy cook… I can’t stand the thought of getting them dirty!! 🙂

  87. Cat says:

    the placemats are just what I needed : thanks !

  88. Jennifer N says:

    I would love more placemats, and the time to sew them. Thanks for sharing.

  89. Megan Panda says:

    LOVE the paint chip placements. Also love Spencer the snowman! So cute and festive!

  90. Emilie says:

    Mmmmm, the honey and saffron liqueur sounds interesting!

  91. Joanna says:

    Love all these ideas! I’m getting ready to make some for myself and others.

  92. Jessica T says:

    I know a few people that would love any of these for presents!

  93. Samantha says:

    LOVE the paint chip placemats!!!

  94. Janica says:

    Hot pads would be an awesome gift; I never thought of that?! And I am blown away how the chevrons are matched up on that darling bag—impressive!

  95. Barbara says:

    So much eye candy here I think I must be gaining weight.

  96. Cindi C says:

    Wow, I love the potholders, they make perfect gifts to keep for those unexpected gifts.

  97. Marge says:

    Those cookbook markers is such a smart idea!

  98. Martha says:

    I need that chevron bag! And the pink hair streaks.

  99. Liz says:

    I am drooling over that zig zag bag!

  100. Maya says:

    I like the zigzag bag. I think I might make the potholders though.

  101. Amber says:

    I love those linen tea towels!

  102. Natalie says:

    That zig zag bag is lovely.

  103. Jenny says:

    Love those paint chip placemats!

  104. Heidi Anderson says:

    Like always these are all wonderful tutorials but the paint chip placemats are fantastic! I can’t wait to try them!

  105. jen says:

    love today’s bag of the day!

  106. Rachel B says:

    twinkle yay

  107. Teresa says:

    What fun projects!

  108. Stacy says:

    Love the color block hot pads.

  109. Kristie says:

    I love the tea towels. Perfect for a good friend. Thanks!

  110. Joan says:

    There hasn’t been a day so far that I didn’t find something I want to make.

  111. briana says:

    I like the paint chip placements. Pretty cool

  112. Alissa says:

    Loving the ideas!

  113. Mandi says:

    I love the paint chip placemats. And the zig zag bag – what a beauty!

  114. Megan says:

    It’s going to be really hard to resist trying all of those placemat tutorials! And that journal looks really fun!

  115. Jess says:

    Placemats are already on my holiday to-make list. I love the paint chip ones. Thanks!

  116. Jeannie D says:

    Ahhhh….loving this post! This is a kitcheny-gift year for all my gal pals and female relations!

  117. Kylie C says:

    Linen tea towels- my kitchen needs some of these.

  118. Michelle says:

    I totally want to quilt something now! 🙂

  119. Dell says:

    We all know a cook we need to sew for. Thanks for sharing.

  120. Heather says:

    Thanks for the daily gift inspiration! Now to get sewing!

  121. Kristin says:

    I need to make some of those Quilted Color-Block Hot Pads!

  122. SS Sews says:

    Love the chevron bag!

  123. Lynne says:

    The paint chip placemats are awesome! My family owns a company that makes colored inks. These would be perfect in the kitchen at work!

  124. Thanks so much for compiling these lists for all of us! I love the inspiration and information your blog provides. 🙂

  125. Stephanie says:

    Love those paint chip placemats…wow!!!!

  126. Stefanie F says:

    Love to cook – and so does my mom. Will be trying some of these. Thanks!

  127. Tera says:

    love the simple tea towels—my kind of tutorial….. : )

  128. julie hahs says:

    NIce gifts. I will start right away on those place mats. Thanks

  129. Angi says:

    I love making my own pot holders! Simple little daily reminder of your creativity!

  130. Brie says:

    I need to make some christmas placemats! Love it!

  131. erin d. says:

    love those placemats!!!

  132. Suzanne says:

    What an excellent job on the bag with the chevrons all lined up even on the pocket. I love the mood journal!

  133. Tammy says:

    Love the HST potholders!

  134. Candi says:

    I need to get my behind in gear and make some placemats for the holidays!

  135. Debbie says:

    Hot pads, pot holders, & place mats are my favorite gifts to sew.

  136. Anne Marie says:

    These are all great ideas.

  137. Carrie P. says:

    lots of fun stuff to check out. love that wreath.

  138. Kristen Powell says:

    love these patterns today!!

  139. craftytammie says:

    love that zigzag bag!

  140. Tiara says:

    Such very cute projects!

  141. JLVerde says:

    Love those tea towels. I think my sister would love ones with Lorax and/or Grinch appliques.

  142. beth says:

    Todays prizes are so wonderfully unique! Love them both!

  143. I hate to cook, but I have lots of friends who love it! Great gift ideas!

  144. Cory says:

    Love the zig-zag bag!

  145. Sarah says:

    Love the placemat tutorials!

  146. Mhairi says:

    I love the paint-chip placemats. I think these would look lovely with the names of the people written on the side like paint chips have.
    Thanks for another great idea to add to my never ending list.

  147. Patty D says:

    Love the placemats!

  148. VickiT says:

    All awesome tutorials. I really like the Half-Square Triangle Pot Holders. The fabrics used make them so rich looking.

    And the Cookbook Markers are such a great idea!! Thank you.

  149. amber says:

    Love that Chevron bag!

  150. Lisa L. says:

    All of these ideas are fantastic and so great for coworker gifts!

  151. Erin says:

    The zig zag bag is so fun!

  152. Sonja says:

    Love Love Love the Zig Zag Bag! I look forward to this DIY series every year! You never disappoint! Thanks Sew Mama Sew!

  153. Rhonda says:

    I love the zig zag bag…fun stuff!

  154. Charlotte says:

    Lots of great ideas! Thanks SMS

  155. Beth says:

    I just love this series every year!! Need to go check out all those placemats. Thanks!

  156. julis says:

    Love the Paint Chip Placemats, such a great idea 🙂

  157. Sarah McGrath says:

    I love the HST hot pads.

  158. Prachi says:

    Great tutorials !

  159. Jasmin says:

    Makes me wish i could cook. I do know a chef that will love some new pot holders for Christmas.

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