Today’s gift ideas focus on boys but they’d also all be great for girls. A little later this month we’ll share ideas for men too! Don’t miss the related tutorial links below as there are lots of fun picks perfect for boys throughout our Handmade Holidays posts.


Today’s Guest Curator: Melissa from a happy stitch

Melissa is a sewist, sewing instructor and designer of patterns aimed specifically at the beginning sewer. She finds sewing wonderful and frustrating, and she loves helping new sewists navigate through those wild emotions! Find Melissa at her a happy stitch blog, as well as on Instagram, Facebook, Pinterest and Twitter. She even has her own video!

Melissa writes, “As a mother of two boys ages four and six, I find nothing more difficult that thinking up how to make gifts for them. Now that they are old enough to have their own real preferences the things I like to make such as quilts and button-up shirts aren’t really cutting it. There are not many tutorials for boy gifts and they aren’t into clothing all that much unless it’s something really awesome. I can conjure up a boatload of ideas for what to make my sister or my aunt but my boys leave me flummoxed. I really, really love a Handmade Holiday season though, so I knew I was going to be scrounging the internet for help this year. I threw a bunch of ideas on this Pinterest board too…”

Make It


Monster Hand Warmers
Keep their hands toasty all winter long with these Monster Hand Warmers from Wendi of Shiny Happy World for Sew Mama Sew. We like the crazy, faux fur.


Wooden Snap Blocks
Make a set of Wooden Snap Blocks like Jenae’s at I Can Teach My Child for a fun, new building option.


T-Shirt Pillow
Turn a favorite old shirt into something you can enjoy every day with this T-Shirt Pillow from Disney at Ruffles and Stuff.


Superhero Cape
We know you’ve seen some capes already, but this version reuses large t-shirts to make a super-easy Superhero Cape! Find the tutorial (including a video) by Jenny at The Southern Institute.


Monster Twins
This Monster Twins project is a free PDF pattern at Sew Mama Sew from Trixi’s Sew Together Grow Together: Sewing Patterns for Parents and Children book.


Sewing + Appliqué Patterns
Rae at Armommy has a bunch of Sewing + Appliqué Patterns and a video tutorial. Make mini-Boden-like shirts, bags, pillows and more; once you see how easy it is you’ll want to put appliqué on everything. (Melissa loves the monster, paper airplane or mustache.)

Related tutorials you might enjoy: Gifts for Little Kids, Gifts for Big Kids, Gifts for Playful Friends

Mix It


Gingerbread Men Cookies
These Gingerbread Men recipe from Michelle at Brown Eyed Baker give you a thick, chewy (and delicious!) cookie.

Print It


Dominoes Activity
Mer­rilee designed this fun Dominoes Activity for Handmade Charlotte. Download, print and play together!

Win It

Comment on today’s post for a chance to win one of these prizes!
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Win a $25 gift certificate to Sew Modern! Sew Modern is a hip fabric and sewing haven for all your modern stitchy needs, including fabrics, embroidery supplies, books, classes and more!

Skirt-a-Day Sewing: Create 28 Skirts for a Unique Look Every Day
(US Winners Only)

Author: Nicole Smith
Publisher: Storey Publishing

Design a skirt for every day of the week! With these 28 irresistible projects, you’ll learn all the techniques you need to custom-design and sew fabulous skirts that fit you perfectly. Smith shows you how to draft a pattern for a custom fit and then alter that pattern into one of four basic silhouettes: wrap, straight, flared and high-waisted. Each skirt can then be easily redesigned into seven distinct and delicious looks– one for each day of the week. These projects are suitable for sewists at every level, including beginners.

Paper to Petal: 75 Whimsical Paper Flowers to Craft by Hand
(US Winners Only)

Author: Rebecca Thuss, Patrick Farrell
Publisher: Potter Craft

Make playful party decorations, luscious bouquets and sophisticated floral centerpieces with inexpensive tissue and crepe paper. Paper to Petal walks you through the easy basics of transforming simple materials into a vibrant display of fanciful handmade blooms suitable for every occasion. Design experts Rebecca Thuss and Patrick Farrell inspire you to get creative with their time-tested techniques. Customize every petal, leaf or stem to go dramatic or delicate; mimic nature or fashion your blossoms in any color you can imagine to make something uniquely personal. You’ll be amazed how easy it is to produce these gorgeous flower projects. These exquisite blooms never wilt, are always in style, and are endlessly fun to create, share and give to everyone you love.

Simple Sewing: 30 Fast and Easy Projects for Beginners
(US Winners Only)

Author: Katie Lewis
Publisher: Cedar Fort

Unleash your creativity and become the successful do-it-yourself sewer you’ve always wanted to be! Using the tips, techniques, and 30 assorted sewing projects in this guide, you’ll be able to create custom household items and gifts in no time. From baby bibs and tote bags to Christmas decorations and children’s toys, every project in this book will build your sewing skills while adding a tasteful handmade touch to your home.

Don’t miss our Handmade Holidays photo pool, and check out our 2012 Handmade Holidays list for more fabulous ideas. Here are our 2013 themes:

November 10: Eco-Friendly Gifts
November 9: Advent Calendars
November 8: Gifts for Make-Believe
November 7: Gifts for Travelers
November 6: Gifts for Geeks
November 5: Gifts for Babies + Toddlers
November 4: Holiday Party Clothes + Accessories
November 3: Gifts for Cooks
November 2: Gifts for Gadget Lovers
November 1: Gifts for Tweens

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