It can be super-tricky to find just the right thing to give grandparents! Make something they’ll use and love with today’s great gift ideas… You can get kids in on the fun with some sewing projects of their own too.

Psst: Comment on any of the Week #2 posts by midnight tonight PST for your chance to win prizes. We’ll have a whole new prize list to share tomorrow, and lots more chances to win.


Today’s Guest Curator: Teresa from Dandelion Drift

Teresa has a fairly new Dandelion Drift blog to share all of the beautiful things she sews, from quilts to kid’s clothes and clothes for herself too! She also loves to bake.

Teresa has lots of fun getting to know people in the online sewing community and would love to have you stop by Dandelion Drift. Stop by for more from Teresa (check out her recent bird costume!) and have fun with her finds today.

Make It


Magnetic Washi Tape Bookmarks
These Magnetic Washi Tape Bookmarks from Christie at A Lemon Squeezy Home are so cute and easy! Brilliant.


Knitting + Crochet Pouch
Lisa’s Knitting + Crochet Pouch at A Spoonful of Sugar could be an extra-special gift with some yarn or needles tucked inside.


Slippers from a Felted Sweater
Make a pair for Grandma and Grandpa with this great Slippers from a Felted Sweater tutorial from Melly Sews.


Scalloped Sunglasses Case
Amy’s Scalloped Sunglasses Case at Positively Splendid works great for reading glasses too!


Travel Neck Pillow Cover
Do you have traveling grandparents in the family?! This Travel Neck Pillow Cover from Lisa at A Spoonful of Sugar will be a big hit on future journeys.


Pond & Scales Sashiko Placemats
We think most people would love a set of these beautiful Pond & Scales Sashiko Placemats from Doodle Stitching: Embroidery & Beyond here at Sew Mama Sew.


Overnight Travel Bag
Liesl has a free PDF pattern with instructions for this great Overnight Travel Bag at Liesl Made.


Scrappy Patchwork Quilt
Our Scrappy Patchwork Quilt from Beth of Plum and June for Sew Mama Sew is perfect for cozy nights reading by the fire.

Related tutorials you might enjoy: Gifts for Dads + Grandpas, Gifts for Moms + Grandmas

Mix It


Christmas Peppermint Candy Ricotta Cheesecake
Roxana’s favorite dessert is cheesecake, so you know her Christmas Peppermint Candy Ricotta Cheesecake at Roxana’s Home Baking is going to be good! She writes that this is a… “Velvety ricotta cheesecake mixed with crushed peppermint candy and topped with a layer of white chocolate ganache, Christmas candy and sprinkles.”

Print It


Gift Tags
We have Gift Tags here at Sew Mama Sew for all of your handmade gift giving needs! (Here’s the link to a second set of tags!)

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 three beautiful Charmed Liebling patterns, winner’s choice! All of the Charmed Liebling bag, wallet, messenger and laptop bag designs are PDF patterns (and include permission to sell your finished products).

Mollie Makes Feathered Friends: Crochet, Knitting, Sewing, Felting, Papercraft and More
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Publisher: Interweave

This gorgeous new book from the team at Mollie Makes brings together ten designers and makers. Taking their inspiration from the natural world, they have come up with over twenty exclusive projects just for you, based around the ever-popular theme of birds. With ideas for handmade accessories, cards and gifts, this book is perfect for nature-lovers. It is full to bursting of ideas for using cute designs and pretty motifs in your craft projects. Includes a variety of crafts, with full instructions for knitting, crochet, sewing and papercraft projects, as well as ideas on how to turn your junk-shop finds into works of crafty art. Each project is accompanied by clear step-by-step instructions and beautiful photography, with hints and tips on personalising your makes, ensuring that everything you create is unique, just like you.

Doodle Stitching: Embroidery & Beyond
(International Shipping)

Author: Aimee Ray
Publisher: Lark Crafts

In her first two Doodle Stitching books, Aimee Ray proved that doodling isn’t just for paper anymore! Now she brings her irresistible art to a variety of embroidery techniques in a timeless resource for anyone with a needle and thread. Appealing to stitchers of all levels, the beautiful decorative stitches and techniques here include stumpwork, appliqué, Shisha, cutwork and Sashiko. They’re all presented in Ray’s fresh, accessible and whimsical style, with more than 20 fun projects and extra motifs so readers can personalize their creations.

Fresh Designs Kids
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Publisher: Cooperative Press

Fresh Designs is a series of pattern books by emerging fiber arts designers from all over the world. In addition to KIDS, look for MITTENS & GLOVES, SHAWLS, SCARVES, SWEATERS, MEN, HATS, BAGS, TOYS and HOME, all either available now or coming soon from Cooperative Press.

Stitched Blooms
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Author: Carina Envoldsen-Harris
Publisher: Lark Crafts

One part project book and one part resource guide, Stitched Blooms will be the go-to collection of floral embroidery motifs for today’s stitchers and crafters. Its 300 designs run the gamut from classic flowers to folk-art leaves and borders, and the accompanying CD offers yet more possibilities! Use them on the 20 featured projects, including a blouse, Swedish stuffed horse toy, cute girl’s skirt and more.

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 15: Holiday Fun
November 14: Repurposed/Upcycled Gifts
November 13: Gifts for Book Lovers
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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