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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