Each of today’s gift ideas would be extra-special when paired with a favorite book. The journals and notebooks could be even be given with a new set of nice pens!

Today’s Guest Curator: Tonya from The Crafty Mummy

If you’re looking for crafty inspiration then head over to The Crafty Mummy! With tips and tutorials on everything from crochet blankets and patchwork quilts, to beaded bracelets and Lego cars, Tonya shares all of her crafty creations. She also sells the bounty of her craft room, and can be found hanging out on Facebook and Google+. You can also find Tonya on Twitter and Pinterest!

Make It


Fabric Bookmark
Mel’s Fabric Bookmarks at One Crafty Mumma will help you use up special fabric scraps. You could easily make a new bookmark for everyone on your holiday list!


Bijoux Sofa Organizer
Keep books (and sewing) handy with Lauv’s Bijoux Sofa Organizer for Art Gallery Fabrics.


Little Book Bookmark
This Little Book Bookmark from Mollie at Wild Olive features a free embroidery design.


Embroidered Notebook
Christine at On My Honor shows you how easy it is to make these pretty Embroidered Notebooks.


Hard Bound Book
Find full instructions for making a custom, Hard Bound Book at My Darling Rainbow!


Stitched Journals
Melody’s Stitched Journals at The Chic Site show you an easy way to incorporate designs in your embroidered notebooks.


Suede Bookcovers + Handmade Journals
Ashley at Lil Blue Boo always has the best ideas for new projects! Her Suede Bookcovers + Handmade Journals repurpose old items into something new and special. (Don’t miss Ashley’s amazing set of free tutorials.)


Button Bookmarks
One last bookmark! Betsy made these Button Bookmarks at Through the Looking Glass for her book club.


Felt Journal Cover
Here’s another fun tutorial from Mollie at Wild Olive! This Felt Journal Cover includes a front pocket.

Related tutorials you might enjoy: Reading tutorials

Mix It


Cherry + Walnut Cookies
Try a cheery new combo with these Cherry + Walnut Cookies from Anne at Domesblissity. Anne writes, “Cherries and walnuts are perfect together.”


Spice Cookies
Make and give a batch of these Spice Cookies from Lisa and Sarah of A Spoonful of Sugar. Lisa writes that they are, “sweet and spicy, and a perfect treat with a cup of tea.”

Print It


Floral Bookplates
Cintia writes that her Floral Bookplates at My Poppet are “…A beautiful way to personalize a gift, ensure a loaned book is eventually returned or, in our case, update the ownership of a collection of thrifted books.”

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.

Win a $25 gift certificate to Fashionable Fabrics! Fashionable Fabrics is a unique fashion fabric boutique for all of your designer fashion fabric needs.

Sewing for All Seasons: 24 Stylish Projects to Stitch Throughout the Year
(US Winners Only)

Author: Susan Beal
Publisher: Chronicle Books

From autumn’s bursts of orange and red to spring’s lush greens, summer’s long-lasting golden light and winter’s cool whites and grays, the changing seasons provide endless artistic inspiration. In Sewing for All Seasons, author Susan Beal offers 24 beautiful projects imbued with the spirit of each season. Home sewists will enjoy stitching a cozy patchwork throw for autumn, a bright gardening apron to welcome spring, a colorful picnic quilt for summer and soft woolen slippers for those chilly winter nights. With how-to illustrations, helpful templates and patterns, tons of color and eye-catching photography, this book will leap off shelves and inspire crafters all year long.

Sewing School 2
(US Winners Only)

Authors: Amie Petronis Plumley, Andria Lisle
Publisher: Storey Publishing

For kids who have mastered hand sewing, machine sewing opens up exciting new possibilities! With Sewing School 2, children ages 7 and up can make 20 creative projects as they develop their machine sewing skills. With plenty of photos and step-by-step instructions written in kid-friendly language, young sewists can work independently and at their own pace. While creating projects that range from a secret message pillow and a water bottle holder to wall pockets, a zippy pouch, and even a fabric guitar and microphone, beginners will learn how to thread a sewing machine, how to use different fabrics and patterns, and why and when to use a particular stitch. “Make It Yours” suggestions offer ways for kids to personalize their projects, resulting in unique items that will be loved and treasured for years to come.

Stylish Dress Book: Wear with Freedom
(US + Canada Winners Only)

Author: Yoshiko Tsukiori
Publisher: Tuttle Publishing

Japanese style has long been admired for its grace and artistry. Add to that a sense of fun, and you have the Stylish Dress Book. Complete with stunning full-color photos, this book gives you instructions and pull-out patterns for 26 relaxed and comfortable yet elegant dresses and tops— pretty, timeless pieces that can be worn year after year, by women of all ages and sizes. The detailed diagrams and easy-to-follow instructions take you step-by-step from layout to finished garment. The no-rules looks pictured in this book are perfect for today’s carefree fashion sensibility and will inspire you to have fun with fabric and style.

Elizabeth’s Patchwork-Quilt Gift Pen
(US Winners Only)

Show off your love of quilting with this beautiful gift-style pen from C&T Publishing. The high-quality ballpoint pen features a gorgeous modern quilt image by Elizabeth Hartman. The refillable black pen comes in a lovely matching gift box that’s perfect for storage.

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 12: Gifts for Girlfriends
November 11: Gifts for Boys
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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