Help your loved ones organize and protect all of those phones, tablets, laptops and more with today’s gift ideas! Thanks for your enthusiasm for Handmade Holidays this year. Don’t forget to comment to win one of the fabulous prizes below!


Today’s Guest Curator: Melissa from Melly Sews

Melissa is the designer behind Blank Slate Patterns and she blogs at Melly Sews. She has two boys, ages three and five, and writes, “…I design first and foremost for them because boys deserve handmade love too!” If you’re not yet familiar with Blank Slate Patterns you will be soon. We spot Melissa’s patterns everywhere these days and we love that she gives equal attention to designing classic, modern and comfortable clothing for boys.

Make It


Armband Case for Touchscreen Devices
With the addition of vinyl and some elastic, Melissa shows you how to make an easy Armband Case for Touchscreen Devices at Melly Sews. It’s perfect for running, crafting and more.


Running + Exercise Belt
Need your arms free when you exercise? Make this Running + Exercise Belt from Erin at Sewbon for your ID, keys and gadgets!


iPhone Case
This sophisticated leather iPhone Case from Melissa at Melissa Esplin can easily be adapted to fit a variety of phones.


Lens Cozy
Are you searching for a great gift to make for your favorite photographer? Make a Lens Cozy with Melissa’s tutorial at Melly Sews.


Greyling Tablet Case
The Greyling Tablet Case includes a faux flap to give it a purse-like feel. Find it at luvinthemommyhood and check out Shannon’s pattern shop where you can see her most recent pattern, the Sally Dress.


Custom Laptop Bag
Destri’s Custom Laptop Bag tutorial at The Mother Huddle can be adjusted to fit any laptop, and features hardware to give it extra detail and fun.


Kindle Case
Protect that Kindle, Nook or iPad and read in style with this Kindle Case tutorial from Delia at Delia Creates.


iPhone Stand
Prop your phone up with this easy iPhone Stand from Laura at Wrapped Up in Rainbows.

Related tutorials you might enjoy: Gifts for Tech Lovers

Mix It


Snowman Pizza
Embrace chilly weather with some Snowman Pizza from Delia at Delia Creates!


Homemade Popcorn Balls
For even more kitchen fun, make a batch of Homemade Popcorn Balls with this recipe from Lindsay at The Cottage Mama.

Print It


Camera Printables
These free Camera Printables from The Handmade Home are part of the Handmade Home Books series from Jamin Mills and Ashley Mills.

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.

Mollie Makes Christmas: Living and Loving a Handmade Holiday
(US Winners Only)

Author: Mollie Makes
Publisher: Interweave

Add seasonal style to your projects with help from Mollie Makes, a wonderfully creative and crafty magazine and website. This cute and covetable book provides over 20 knitting, crochet, sewing and mixed-media ideas for the holidays. All of these whimsical projects are sprinkled with inspiration and insight to help you properly deck the halls, stuff stockings and entertain stress-free during the chilly months. Craft unique handmade gifts and decorations with help from your favorite magazine contributors. With their insight, you’ll learn how to stitch up a felt wreath, create paper cut ornaments, crochet a tiny reindeer or two, customize your own holiday cards and even make a set of five adorable finger puppets that just happen to be the perfect size for stocking stuffers. With clear step-by step instructions, exquisite photographs, and in-a-pinch tips, you’ll have your Christmas crafting all wrapped up in no time.

1, 2, 3 Quilt: Shape Up Your Skills with 24 Stylish Projects
(US Winners Only)

Author: Ellen Luckett Baker
Publisher: Chronicle Books

In this follow-up to 1, 2, 3 Sew, expert seamstress and craft blogger Ellen Luckett Baker shares her fun building-block approach to quilting. Organized by quilting shapes— squares, triangles, hexagons, circles, flowers, stars and diamonds— this easy-to-follow guide provides a simple way to master the elements of quilt design. Twenty-four projects progress in difficulty, allowing readers to develop technical skills as they work through the book. From the minimal Argyle Apron to the stylish Hexagon Handbag and more intricate Star Quilt, these modern, bright designs will appeal to beginning and intermediate quilters alike.

Weekend Sewing: More Than 40 Projects and Ideas for Inspired Stitching
(US Winners Only)

Author: Heather Ross
Publisher: STC Craft

More than just a pair of days, a weekend is also a state of mind— a feeling of relaxation and the freedom to immerse ourselves fully in a favorite activity. In Weekend Sewing, designer Heather Ross presents creative projects for clothing, accessories and home items that can be made in a weekend or less. Some, such as the Quick Garden Gloves and Ruby’s Bloomers, take a few hours; others, such as the Weekend-Away Travel Bag and Trapeze Sundress, require a day or two— but all of them capture that weekend feeling. And because weekends are often the most fun when they’re social, Ross features ideas that encourage us to share our stitching and our time, such as a recipe for soup to simmer while sewing, then serve to guests later in the day, and tips for transporting a sewing machine to a friend’s house for an afternoon of social stitching. The sewing instructions are beautifully illustrated, and patterns for the projects are included on pullout sheets.

Happy Homemade: Sew Chic Kids: 20 Designs That are Fun and Unique- Just Like Your Kid!
(US + Canada Winners Only)

Author: Ruriko Yamada
Publisher: Tuttle Publishing

Today’s DIY generation loves to outfit their kids in stylish homemade clothes, and kids love clothes that feel good. Designer Ruriko Yamada draws from her own experiences as a mom to create designs and sewing patterns that are fun to wear, easy to make and infused with covetable Japanese style. Happy Homemade: Sew Chic Kids features easy-to-follow diagrams, Japanese sewing patterns in English and simple instructions on how to make twenty super-comfy pieces for both boys and girls. Yamada provides four sizes of westernized patterns, each of which can easily be adjusted to fit children from three to nine years old. Simple lines give kids room to move, and the classic styles look good on any frame. Sewing for children has never been easier. With Happy Homemade, you’ll whip up a fantastic, money-saving wardrobe in practically no time at all!

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 1: Gifts for Tweens

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