November 17 ~ Accessories

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Today’s gift ideas offer a little something extra… A new clutch, a new bracelet and more. Accessorize in style!

Today’s Guest Curator: Victoria from Little Black Duck

Victoria from Little Black Duck joined us on the blog this summer with her sweet Matryoshka Doll Finger Puppet pattern. Right now she also has a Christmas Friends pattern for sale in her Little Black Duck shop. Victoria lives and sews in an old converted water mill in the countryside in the UK. She studied at the London College of Fashion and sewed leather accessories and bags before her two girls were born. Now she designs and sells patterns, makes beautiful, happy things for her daughters and shares it all at Little Black Duck. Learn more about Victoria in her introduction, and be sure to stop by her site to say hello.

Make It

Simple Fold Over Clutch
Bev’s Simple Fold Over Clutch at Flamingo Toes is so pretty and it’s easy to make too!

Simple Leather Bag
This Simple Leather Bag at Between the Lines looks polished and expensive, but Pascale writes that it’s an “entry level project so no special skills, nor tools, are required.” Beautiful! Pascale has a ton of really wonderful tutorials on the site, with a lot of accessories, so be sure to check it out.

Cate’s Cowl
Cate’s Cowl from Luv In the Mommyhood is made with knits and includes options for style and wear.

Hand Appliqued Petal Bag
We love this gorgeous Hand Appliqued Petal Bag at V and Co. Vanessa always delights with her tutorials so be sure to hop over to her site!

Tassel Clutch with Embellishment
Xenia’s Tassel Clutch with Embellishment at Fashionrolla is another simple, stylish option for making and giving. (Xenia also has a fun 14 Artistic Ways to Knot Your Belt post…)

Ribbon Cuff Bracelets
Bev at Flamingo Toes shows you how easy it is to make special, Ribbon Cuff Bracelets. She used Amy Butler and Anna Maria Horner ribbon with leather to make these!

Related tutorials you might enjoy: Jewelry tutorials, Accessories tutorials

Mix It

Christmas Cakepops + Cupcakes
These Christmas Cakepops + Cupcakes from Bronnie at Bronnie Bakes were featured in a magazine. (Bronnie even shows you how to make those cute, little snowflakes!)

Print It

Retro Trim the Tree Scene
Download this Retro Trim the Tree Scene from Amy at A Thimbleful of Thoughts, then use it to decorate your home or send out for holiday cards.

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.

Ruby Star Wrapping: Creating Packaging to Reuse, Regive, and Relove
(US Winners Only)

Author: Melody Miller, Allison Tannery
Publisher: Roost Books

This is the ultimate resource for those who are as creative as they are willing to conserve. Ruby Star Wrapping inspires you to think resourceful, think reusable, think unusual when it comes to gift packaging. Raid the pantry for boxes, use old linens for pouches, and make beautiful accessories out of fabric and paper scraps; the projects here illustrate how to create beautiful, reusable packaging from the common materials in your home. With its thirty easy-to-make giftwrap patterns, this book reminds us of the wonderful creative potential inherent in the act of giving a gift. When wrapped with thought, beauty and a little ingenuity, the packaging can be a gift in itself.

The Unofficial Downton Abbey Knits
(US Winners Only)

Publisher: Interweave

Take a look at knitting through the eyes of Downton Abbey with this new special issue from the editors of PieceWork magazine. Enjoy 26 knitting patterns inspired by the lavish sets and styling of the hugely popular television series, which tells the story of the Grantham clan and their servants at England’s Downton Abbey. Projects include knitted lace cardigans, socks, knitting for the troops and more!

The Finer Edge: Crocheted Trims Motifs & Borders
(US Winners Only)

Author: Kristin Omdahl
Publisher: Interweave

While crochet edgings are customarily used to trim or finish blankets and garments, designer Kristin Omdahl treats you to both traditional and novel new ways to expand your use of edgings. You will learn how edging patterns can be used to create entire fabrics, reformatted to make individual decorative motifs, reverse-engineered from existing fabrics, and even used to create three-dimensional designs. Focusing on construction techniques for edgings, The Finer Edge is divided into separate sections based on top-down, sideways and bottom-up methods to help guide the reader. Though there are 12 project patterns that highlight the edgings, you’ll be inspired to creatively mix and match within each edging’s section. Also included in this gorgeous book are charts, illustrations and photographs of crochet swatches, and a pattern collection that includes multiple sizes, including plus sizes. Discover innovation at its finest with The Finer Edge.

Pam’s Colorific-Quilt Gift Pen
(US Winners Only)

Write it out in style! Show off your love of quilting with this beautiful gift-style pen from C&T Publishing. High-quality ballpoint pen features a gorgeous traditional quilt image by Pam Goecke Dinndorf. Refillable black pen comes in a lovely matching gift box that’s perfect for storage.

Wee Wonderfuls: 24 Dolls to Sew and Love
(US Winners Only)

Author: Hillary Lang
Publisher: STC Craft

Super cute! Darling! How adorable is that?!
Welcome to the world of Wee Wonderfuls. In this charming collection, acclaimed toymaker and popular blogger Hillary Lang presents a captivating gang of 24 huggable, lovable creatures to sew—from classics like Margot, a topsy-turvy doll, and the button-jointed teddy bear Bjorn Bjornson, to irresistible Evelyn, a wool felt inchworm decked out in mod glasses and a kerchief, and Koji, a fiercely cute spiked softie monster. There’s something for everyone here—from kids to grown-ups and from beginning sewers to advanced dollmakers. Each pattern includes clear illustrations and pattern templates to ensure perfect results.

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 16: Gifts for Grandparents
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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201 Responses to November 17 ~ Accessories

  1. Crystal says:

    That petal appliqued is beautiful!

  2. Elena from Natick, MA says:

    Wonderful ideas and beautiful gifts. Thank you for sharing all these wonderful things. Hopefully I will be one of the lucky ones. Txs.

  3. Jeannie D in TN says:

    Love the Tassel Pouch…and those Christmas Cake Pops look delicious!

  4. Jennifer in MA says:

    The petal appliqued bag is lovely. And I know a couple of teen girls who would appreciate those ribbon bracelets. Beautiful ideas.

  5. Love the cover pic on wee wonderfuls!

  6. Evelyn in SoCal says:

    Love the Petal Bag!

  7. Betsy says:

    The petal bag is gorgeous.

  8. Anna W says:

    I love all these, especially the bracelet cuffs.

  9. ruby t--nm says:

    Leather bag—check
    Ribbon cuffs—check

    moving right along on my lists thanks to you folks!

  10. Alicia says:

    I forget I can sew leather! Thanks for the cute clutch idea, too. My sister will love it!

  11. Sarah Chase says:

    I love the applique bag.

  12. Joelle in Nebraska says:

    the ribbon cuff bracelets are so cute!

  13. Whitney M in SC says:

    Love that first clutch. So cute!

  14. Gina says:

    I really like the leather tote!

  15. Linda Armenti says:

    I’m all in for the simple foldover clutch~

  16. Robin E. in AZ says:

    That’s simple leather back is awesome!

  17. Terry in IL says:

    I love that tassel clutch!

  18. kim t. in wa says:

    such wonderful ideas!

  19. Diane in AZ says:

    The petal bag is gorgeous!

  20. Love that clutch. I’ll be making that.

  21. Judy in OR says:

    Really nice accessories, I especially like the clutch bag, very cute.

  22. Sarah in NC says:

    Thanks for the great ideas!

  23. kimberly in OR says:

    The tassle clutch looks easy, love it!

  24. Jayne -Tennessee says:

    Love the ribbon bracelets,

  25. Beth R says:

    I love the tassel clutch! So modern and fancy.

    Beth in MD

  26. beth says:

    Love the clutch.

  27. Sarah in OH says:

    I love that petal bag!

  28. Cindy in ND says:

    You find the most awesome things for us to make!

  29. Jennifer in NC says:

    I love cowls for the cold winter months… hmm… must start sewing!

  30. Dorothy Burkholder in az says:


  31. Sarah in WI says:

    Great choices!

  32. So many great ideas!

  33. Stephanie in TN says:

    Those are cute!

  34. Persia in IL says:

    Cute things!

  35. Kate in MO says:

    These are great!

  36. Katy says:

    Katy in MN

  37. Emme says:

    Gifts?! I would make all those things for me!!

  38. Martha says:

    The foldover clutch is exactly the answer to my friend’s birthday! I have been trying to come up with the perfect gift, and this looks like it. Thanks!

  39. Cindi in GA says:

    Love the folder clutch..and the fabric she used is perfect!

  40. Sheila in WA says:

    That fold over clutch would make a good “big girl” or “teen” gift.

  41. Anna Dorothy in AZ says:

    I love the leather purse.

  42. Margo in WA says:

    That leather tote is so chic! I love it!

  43. Antoinette says:

    The petal bag is beautiful, and the tasseled clutch inspires me to work harder to solve my tension problems with leather!

  44. Erika says:

    How did I miss these lists?? Thanks for complying them.

  45. Shannon says:

    The retro print out and ribbon bracelets have my name on them

  46. Kelly in IL says:

    That tassel clutch is to die for!

  47. Lucy in TX says:

    The petal bag is adorable and I can’t wait to whip up a few of those cowls. Thanks for sharing.

  48. annette in me says:

    The leather items are gorgeous, and the tutorials do make them seem doable!

  49. Gina S. Ia says:

    The clutch is perfect! Just what i was looking for!

  50. Those cakepops are adorable!

  51. Nicole Martinez from NY says:

    wow love that petal applique bag my sister would love that

  52. Laurie in MA says:

    I love the petal bag – so pretty!

  53. sue says:

    Another inspiring post! Love the crochet edging book!

  54. Amanda says:

    I want every one of those!

  55. Jess in IN says:

    Lots of great tutorials, i love the cuff bracelets oh so much!

  56. Tera says:

    These are beautiful!!!

  57. Alida in VA says:

    I love those ideas, thanks for sharing!

  58. Karen's sew hub - Atlanta says:

    I may have to make that clutch for myself!

  59. Nupur in GA says:

    Lovely ideas- the petal bag and fold over clutch are adorable.

  60. Barb C in WA says:

    I really like the tasseled clutch, and those ribbon cuffs are to die for! Great collection Victoria 🙂

  61. Patti McGarry in PA says:

    I love the leather bag and Cate’s cowl.

  62. Karrie Smith says:

    I LOVE the petal bag!!!

    karrie from MI

  63. Genevieve says:

    Mm! Love the clutch!

  64. missmoozie in ca says:

    Love the bags and neat cuffs! Great ideas, thanks for a chance to win.

  65. Katrina H says:

    That leather cuff looks so fun! I want to make one!

  66. Lydia in WA says:

    That tassel clutch is so sweet, and I have some pleather in different colors to play with before I go for the real thing. Might end up being a clutch for me for after the holidays during long winter nights though. Which is perfectly fine!

  67. Emilyplays in WA says:

    Some nice leather tutorials. I just picked up a bag of leather scraps, perfect. Thank you!

  68. Kari in WA says:

    Great ideas! Thanks!

  69. Laura in OR says:

    I’m loving that petal bag, too! Gorgeous!

  70. Sarah says:

    yep, that’s the gift idea I was looking for… I’ve been perusing bags for a few days. that’s the one. THANK YOU! :)!

  71. Jennifer N. in CA says:

    Lots of lovely ideas. Thank you for sharing.

  72. Anita says:

    Petal bag and leather bag are really nice!

  73. Anita says:

    Some great projects today.

  74. Kristin H says:

    More great ideas! I particularly like the petal bag.

  75. Tammy in MI says:

    So many FUN ideas!

  76. Audrey in PA says:

    Love the foldover clutch!

  77. Abbi says:

    The bags are nice. Bags are fun to make.

    Abbi in MN

  78. Carmen says:

    I love the Hand Appliqued Petal Bag

  79. Petal bag = <3

  80. kristen powell says:

    love that clutch!

  81. KristyMN says:

    I am making at least one leather bag – awesome!

  82. Hilary in MN says:

    love the clutch

  83. The projects today are great! Love this series of posts…thanks!

  84. Kylie C in OR says:

    Cute petal bag- great idea for a teenage girl actually.

  85. Stacy in WI says:

    The petal bag is so pretty!

  86. Cricket in CA says:

    I always turn to your tutorial collections for holiday gift ideas, and this year is no exception. Thanks for helping me to stick to my goal of giving all-handmade gifts!

  87. Miranda in California says:

    Those prizes are great! I hope I get lucky this week!

  88. Elizabeth says:

    I love the petal bag!!

  89. Tasha in MO says:

    Thanks for linking to a cowl tutorial…looks perfect for a stash of fabric I have.

  90. Jennifer in NY says:

    So many cute ideas!

  91. heidi in WA says:

    I love all of these! The clutch and cowl are especially wonderful!

  92. Judi in VA says:

    I would love to win the wee wonderfuls giveaway today, now that I have my own two little girls to sew for.

  93. patricia in PA says:

    All are lovely, thanks for sharing!

  94. SamanthaRI says:

    Love the petal bag!

  95. Janine says:

    I have some vinyl I need to use up and that leather clutch is perfect!
    Janine in OR

  96. Lee in MI says:

    I love that foldover clutch! . thanks!

  97. Great ideas! Thank you.

  98. Kathy in pa. says:

    I love that clutch. There are so many cute ideas.

  99. MandiC says:

    Love the petal bag!

  100. Jim in NC says:

    Never tried working with leather in my sewing machine before, but I’m very tempted to try after seeing the leather clutch. My mom would love it!

  101. kathyh in OR says:

    Great reminders on some great tutorials.
    Thanks for the giveaway.

  102. Teresa in WA says:

    The petal bag is so cute!

  103. VickiT in IL says:

    Wonderful things again today. I really love Vanessa’s Petal Bag. It’s such a pretty bag.
    Thank you for such great ideas all this past week.

  104. Joyce Mitchell says:

    Thanks for the links to the tutorials & thanks for the chance to win (here in NC).

  105. Jenn in SD says:

    That petal bag is lovely!

  106. Irene S. says:

    I like Cate’s Clutch, Scarf and Petal Bag, I’m from Florida

  107. Sarah M in Vermont says:

    Nice~ I’ve hoarding ribbon, I’ve got leftover zipper tape…where do I get the snap sets? Off to google…

  108. Barb B says:

    more wonderful ideas! Thank you.

  109. Tamie says:

    A cake pop would be such a good treat right now. Just saying.

  110. Lindsay in Iowa says:

    I definitely need a cowl! That’s awesome!

  111. Diane in NM says:

    I like the Simple Fold Over Clutch and will be giving that a try. Thanks!

  112. Linda Fleming in CA says:

    Another set of wonderful ideas. Love the leather bags and the ribbon bracelets!

  113. Kristie says:

    I love the two clutches. I may need to sew one up for our winter vacation. Thanks!

  114. Liz K in OR says:

    That leather bag looks great!

  115. Amy in IL says:

    Love all the different bags and clutches to make.

  116. Shannon (in MD) says:

    I love the petal bag and the cowl.

  117. Carrie P. says:

    the clutch is so cute. thanks for the giveaway

  118. Ali in WA says:

    Ive never worked with leather, I love the projects up there that make me think its easily doable!

  119. Janet K says:

    Great projects! I love the clutch nd the leather bag especially!

  120. MaryEllen in ND says:

    I love the Trim the Tree scene! 🙂

  121. janet in nj says:

    totally awesome as always

  122. Mandi in CO says:

    The leather bag looks like a good project for me, as I’ve never worked with leather before!

  123. Katie in NM says:

    The cake pops look yummy!

  124. Mary H in CO says:

    Love that Wee Wonderfuls book!

  125. Barbara in Fl says:

    I love the retro scene

  126. heather says:

    Ilove the simple leather bag!

  127. Kristin in VA says:

    Cute bracelets!

  128. Vero et in FL says:

    Diggin the fold over clutch

  129. SS in NH says:

    I like the angle on the simple fold over clutch. The fabric is great, too.

  130. Becky in FL says:

    That clutch looks perfect for those more difficult-to-carry events. I’d like to try that one.

  131. Stephanie says:

    I think I need to get making that petal bag for me!

  132. Emilee from GA says:

    Love that retro print! Would love to win the wee wonder fuels book!

  133. Sandy in Ohio says:

    The simple leather bag actually looks doable, I didn’t think hand stitching leather would be so easy.

  134. Java Jane (NC) says:

    The fold over clutch is darling. Looks quick and easy too! Thanks.

  135. Charlotte says:

    Love the leather bag! Looks easy too, which is always a plus…

  136. Anya says:

    The tassel clutch is so cute.

  137. Jessica in UT says:

    I love the ribbon bracelets!

  138. Julia in WA says:

    Oops, forgot to enter US state. I just might have to make one of Cate’s Cowls for my niece, she would love it.

  139. Deb H. in PA says:

    I like the foldover clutchand the cake pops look delicious!

  140. Beth in VA says:

    That fold over clutch looks so fun!

  141. Marissa says:

    The fold over clutch is so cute!

  142. Julia says:

    I just might have to make one of Cate’s Cowls for my niece, she would love it.

  143. Maddy in TX says:

    Now you just have me creating a list of things to make for myself.

  144. Beth in Michigan says:

    The clutch is so cute! Love!!

  145. Emily in NY says:

    Great ideas! I might have to make some for myself…

  146. Aurélie says:

    So amazingly cute!

  147. Serena in TX says:

    Love the petal bag!

  148. KeriCan in CA says:

    Best-looking handmade cuffs I’ve seen.

  149. Amber K. In UT says:

    Love the petal bag.

  150. karen in ga says:

    Neat projects!

  151. SewCalGal says:

    Inspirational ideas. Thank you for sharing. Of course, I’d love to have Pam’s Colorific-Quilt Gift Pen in my Christmas stocking!


  152. Erika says:

    I was just about to go to the fabric store so i could start on some of the other posts and now I like ALL of the ideas here today. hmmm… Thanks so much for these posts.

  153. Chris says:

    Lov the clutch.

  154. Barbara says:

    I think I am going to put the “Finer Edge” crochet book on my wish list this Christmas! And thanks for sharing all these great tutorials.

  155. Ramona M. from MI says:

    I love the leather bag. I have some beautiful fake leather that I am going to use to make these clutches.

  156. D says:

    the fold over clutch will make a great gift for friends.

  157. Serena in CA says:

    Love that tassel clutch.

  158. Annette says:

    I love the bracelet tutorial!

  159. Eleanor in NC says:

    Cute retro Christmas scene!

  160. Jane S. in OR says:

    I really like that simple leather bag! It would be perfect for attending a frontier heritage fair. 🙂

  161. Melanie in AZ says:

    I love the fold-over clutch – what a great way to use a variety of fabrics!

  162. Stacia in TN says:

    So many of these look so polished and lovely, yet easy to pull off!

  163. Kirsten says:

    Oh My! Where to start?

  164. Great ideas! Love the cake pops 🙂

  165. Sara in NY says:

    I wonder if those bracelets could be adapted into belts. 🙂

  166. Shelley C in ME says:

    Always looking for new ideas for my girls…they love purses and these have a professional touch to them I know they will love taking with their careers.

  167. Heather Mentzer says:

    Another group of great ideas. Love the appliquéd bag and the cuffs!

  168. Robynn in CA says:

    I love the leather bag.

  169. usairdoll in ca says:

    Great looking bags! Love the leather one! Fingers crossed to win the Finer Edge Crochet book.

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

  170. Kari E in WI says:

    Going to print the Trim the Tree scene right now!

  171. Debbie says:

    I love making accessories!

  172. Heidi says:

    The petal bag is cute!

  173. Teedle in NC says:

    Cute ideas and great give aways!

  174. Ellen from OH says:

    I love the ribbon cuff bracelets! Now I just need lots of time to make all of the great projects. Many thanks!

  175. Wendy in OH says:

    That petal bag is gorgeous!

  176. Crystal Rose says:

    I’m loving that retro scene!

  177. Lisa says:

    I love those cuff bracelets!

  178. Carol P. says:

    Cute leather bag!

  179. Beth in MI says:

    Love the fold over clutch and the petal tote!

  180. jb in IN says:

    another group of great gift ideas!!!

  181. Amber in NY says:

    What a great post! I love the petal bag and I also really like the clutch too. The Wee Wonderful book looks great & I plan to put that on my Christmas

  182. Gill says:

    I love the foldover clutch and the petal bag – thanks!

  183. Charlotte in GA says:

    I love the fold over clutch. Its on my to make list!!
    Thanks again

  184. Meg from OR says:

    I love all of these ideas! I may have to try the leather bag!

  185. SammieEB says:

    These presents all look lovely-I especially like the look of the clutch (possibly as a gift from me to me, shh!) :-p

  186. Kara in OR says:

    Fun stuff today

  187. Lynn H says:

    The simple leather bag and the appliqued tote caught my eye for new bags to make. Lots of fun ideas today, thanks!

  188. Catherine says:

    That tasseled clutch is spectacular!

  189. Cherri in WI says:

    Cute accessories!

  190. I’ve already bookmarked the fold over clutch to make!

  191. Jenn in GA says:

    Lovin’ the clutch and the retro Christmas card!

  192. Tanja in WI says:

    What beautiful group of projects. I want craft everything?

  193. Mary in MN says:

    My favorite today is the fold over clutch!

  194. Rachel B says:

    I love that bracelets and cuffs are so versatile.

  195. Sandy A in St. Louis says:

    Love the cowl pattern! Thanks for sharing it. I may have to make these for my sisters-in-law for Christmas!

  196. Sandy A in St. Louis says:

    Love the cowl pattern! Thanks for posting it. May make these for my sister-in-laws for Christmas!

  197. Kristin says:

    how cute! that clutch is so sweet. great ideas!

  198. jessicac says:

    My favorites are all in this post! Cakepops, cowls and clutches!

  199. Christy Dixon says:

    I love these but I want to make them for myself! Maybe I can make extras for gifts 🙂

  200. christina in VT says:

    I love the Trim the Tree scene.

  201. Nancy B from Many LA says:

    I love the Petal Bag!

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