Ornaments make nice little hostess or friendship gifts throughout the holiday season. You can also start a new tradition and make your own handmade ornaments each year!


Today’s Guest Curator: Jess from Quilty Habit

Jess curated today’s ornament theme! Her Quilty Habit blog is hosting a Sew With Certainty series now through early 2014; it’s an interactive (link-up) series about a variety of topics, from gaining confidence through sewing with new techniques or writing a sewing blog, to sharing your work with others and achieving your own state of perfection with your projects. Take a look at her beautiful finished quilts, impressive quilting this year and enter to win her giveaway by the 26th. Jess has new Simple Patchwork Christmas Card and Fabric Scrap Christmas Tree tutorials for you to enjoy too!

Make It


Fabric Christmas Present Ornament
This Fabric Christmas Present Ornament from Raphaële at La Creature and You has a sweet, little felt bow.


Scrappy Stocking Christmas Ornament
Use those scraps! Jenny writes that these cheerful Scrappy Stocking Christmas Ornaments at Stumbles & Stitches are simple and quick to sew.


Christmas Tree Ornaments
Brenna shows you how to make easy Christmas Tree Ornaments at Life After Laundry.


Easy Glitter or Painted Glass Ornaments
These Easy Glitter or Painted Glass Ornaments from Zoe at Creative in Chicago are fun to make and give you a lovely result.


Pinwheel Ornaments
Use felted sweaters for these Pinwheel Ornaments from Teje at Nero’s Post and Patch.


Love Where You Live Ornament
The Love Where You Live Ornaments from Chris at Pickup Some Creativity is a great way to commemorate your homes over the years.


Bird Ornament
Zoe will send you the lovely card design to match her Bird Ornament if you drop her a line via Creative in Chicago.

Related tutorials you might enjoy: Christmas tutorials, 2012 Deck the Halls tutorials here, here, here, here and here

Mix It


Brookie Cookies
Have you ever made Brookie Cookies?! They’re a “Brownie/Chocolate Chip Cookie cookie,” and this version from Shelly at Cookies & Cups looks delicious.

Print It


Gift Tags
Share bits of your favorite fabrics in these clever Gift Tags from Elizabeth at Please Note.

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 Feathered Friends: Crochet, Knitting, Sewing, Felting, Papercraft and More
(US Winners Only)

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.

1, 2, 3 Quilt: Shape Up Your Skills with 24 Stylish Projects
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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.

Tiny Treads
(International Shipping)

Author: Joeli Caparco
Publisher: Cooperative Press

Tiny Treads author Joeli Caparco believes that everyone deserves something warm and cozy on their feet, no matter what size they are! Socks for children knit up quickly and take very little yarn. They get worn often, are well-loved, and are a fast knit—fast enough for even the most impatient knitter. (Joeli even tells you how to get your toddler to wash their own socks, though the patterns in the book are designed for superwash yarns!) Grab a treasured skein of sock yarn and create your very own tiny treads today!

Happy Homemade: Sew Chic: 20 Simple Everyday Designs
(US + Canada Winners Only)

Author: Yoshiko Tsukiori
Publisher: Tuttle Publishing

Are you a do-it-yourselfer, with a passion for Japanese style? Look no further, Happy Homemade: Sew Chic is the book you’ve been waiting for— all new simple and timeless creations of Yoshiko Tsukiori, popular Japanese fashion designer and author of The Stylish Dress Book, now available in English in the United States. Happy Homemade: Sew Chic features 20 easy-to-sew flexible patterns that boast authentic Japanese style created simply, by you. Sew-your-own pants, tops, dresses and skirts will add that sought-after Japanese flair to your wardrobe. Happy Homemade: Sew Chic is your ultimate guide in transforming fabric to fabulous.

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 22: Deck the Halls
November 21: Stockings + Tree Skirts
November 20: Gifts for College Kids
November 19: Gifts for Men
November 18: Gifts for People Who Sew
November 17: Accessories
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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