November 24 ~ Toys for Kids

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Toys for kids! Make something fun and playful for kids of any age…

Also: We extended Week #3 giveaways one more day. Comment on any post last week for your chance to win and we’ll select winners tonight!

Today’s Guest Curator: Abby Glassenberg from While She Naps

Abby Glassenberg creates unique patterns for stuffed animals from her home studio in Wellesley, Massachusetts. Since 2005 she has shared her creations and her ideas on design, technique and the online culture of craft through her While She Naps blog.

Abby has a master’s degree in education from Harvard and taught middle school social studies in Mississippi and Massachusetts before becoming a textile artist and the mother of three girls. Today Abby enjoys teaching people to sew and opening their eyes to the joy of designing their own stuffed animals.

Abby’s new book, Stuffed Animals: From Concept to Construction, has just been published by Lark Crafts. Her first book, The Artful Bird: Feathered Friends To Make and Sew, was an ALA Booklist top ten craft book of 2011. Abby has also licensed toy designs to Simplicity.

You can find more of Abby’s stuffed animal patterns in her Craftsy pattern shop and her Etsy shop.

Make It

Tuesday Socktopus
This My Paper Crane Tuesday Socktopus is made with a pair of socks and only takes a bit of time to sew.

Lenka Vodicka-Paredes, author of Forest Fairy Crafts, shows you how to make these sweet Gnomes here at Sew Mama Sew.

TakeAlong Games
Create Dana’s TakeAlong Games at Made with felt for games on the go.

Simple Pom-Pom Marionettes
Make a whole herd of Simple Pom-Pom Marionette ponies with Larissa’s easy how-to at Mmmcrafts. You can also visit Larissa’s shops (Etsy + Craftsy) for instant pattern downloads and handmade items.

Story Stones
Emily from Red Bird Crafts, author of Show Me a Story: 40 Craft Projects and Activities to Spark Children’s Storytelling, stopped by Sew Mama Sew to share her lovely Story Stones project. The whole family will love to tell stories with these!

Zoink Monster
Stacey at Fresh Stitches designed this fun, crocheted Zoink Monster for Knitting Fever.

Related tutorials you might enjoy: Kids tutorials, Gifts for Playful Friends, Gifts for Imaginative Friends, Gifts for Big Kids, Gifts for Little Kids

Mix It

Sesame Tuile Cookies
Abby’s Sesame Tuile Cookies at While She Naps are easy to make, flour and egg-free, they hold up well so they’re good for mailing and they’re pretty. They’re delicious too!

Dark Chocolate Coconut Bites
Lindsay shows you how to make Dark Chocolate Coconut Bites at Pinch of Yum (another delicious, gluten-free treat).

Print It

Memory Game
Keep kids busy when they’re home for vacation with this Memory Game, another printable hit from Mollie at Wild Olive.

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.

Paper Play
(US Winners Only)

Author: Lydia Crook
Publisher: Running Press Kids

Find out how much fun a simple piece of paper can be! Every page of this book can be used to play games or make fantastic paper creations—from a paper snowflake, pretty beads, or a never-ending card, to a magic trick, a paper town and more! Pick a page at random; add scissors, pens or glue, then follow the instructions. Discover the endless ways you can play with paper.

Knitting Outside the Swatch: 40 Modern Motifs
(US Winners Only)

Author: Kristin Omdahl
Publisher: Interweave

Explore a new approach to knitting. Create and shape garments with joined motifs for outside-the-box knitting! Knitting Outside the Swatch is an exploration of nontraditional construction techniques for creating and joining flowers, motifs and various geometric knitted shapes to create inventive and dimensional knitted fabrics. Kristin Omdahl presents a library of 40 original and innovative knit stitch motifs and shows how joining one or more motifs can create trims or whole fabrics. She demonstrates methods for center-out, top-down and side-to-side construction. Enjoy 10 project patterns including shawls, cowls, scarves and sweaters. Kristin illustrates how to interchange various motifs in these patterns, how to integrate these motifs into the body of a garment, and how to decorate or embellish other knitwear by using motifs as edgings, bands, cuffs and more. Think outside the box with this must-have knitting book!

The Unofficial Harry Potter Knits Magazine 2013
(US Winners Only)

Publisher: Interweave

From the editors of the popular special issue Jane Austen Knits comes a brand new literary inspired magazine that will take you into a magical world of knitting. Enter a world filled with transformative knits, empowering mythology and classic garments in this collection of 30+ knitting patterns inspired by the beloved characters, stories and worlds of J.K. Rowling’s popular novels.

Sewing for All Seasons: 24 Stylish Projects to Stitch Throughout the Year
(US Winners Only)

Author: Susan Beal
Publisher: Chronicle Books

From autumn’s bursts of orange and red to spring’s lush greens, summer’s long-lasting golden light and winter’s cool whites and grays, the changing seasons provide endless artistic inspiration. In Sewing for All Seasons, author Susan Beal offers 24 beautiful projects imbued with the spirit of each season. Home sewists will enjoy stitching a cozy patchwork throw for autumn, a bright gardening apron to welcome spring, a colorful picnic quilt for summer and soft woolen slippers for those chilly winter nights. With how-to illustrations, helpful templates and patterns, tons of color and eye-catching photography, this book will leap off shelves and inspire crafters all year long.

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 23: Ornaments
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

We respect the copyright of all crafters. All photos are used with permission from the artist.

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176 Responses to November 24 ~ Toys for Kids

  1. Bergere says:

    SUPER LOVE LOVE the altoid box creations. I love anything that has a sense of mystery, whimsy and a bit of fantasy. Love your work. SO glad I found you.

  2. Katrina H says:

    Love the gnomes! Great ideas!

  3. Joelle in Nebraska says:

    that zoink monster is adorable!

  4. Amy in IL says:

    Could have used the games on our flight today.

  5. Kim McM in PA says:

    What cute projects! And the recipes look yummy.

  6. Patty says:

    love the knitted monster!

  7. Julianne Ross says:

    THnaks for the ideas!

  8. Kathy from pa. says:

    Some great recipes too.

  9. Judy in OR says:

    The socktopus is great!

  10. Stacia in TN says:

    I love the socktopus and the story stones!

  11. Judi in VA says:

    The gnomes are SOOO cute!

  12. Robin E. in AZ says:

    I LOVE socktopus!

  13. Whitney M in SC says:

    my nephews would love the socktopus! So cute!

  14. Karrie S in MI says:

    I love the sockapus!!

  15. Erin says:

    Gnomes will be under our tree this year. The paper play book sounds fun.

  16. Kristin in wal says:

    Sock creatures rock!

  17. Jacklynn in WI says:

    Love the crochet monster! Thanks for the give away!

  18. Sam E-B says:

    The Zoink monster is so cute! I wish I could crochet!

  19. Katie says:

    Love it all!

    Katie, Denver, CO

  20. Wendy in OH says:

    So many cute ideas!

  21. Joen says:

    The gnomes are ADORABLE!

  22. A friend made my son some story stones for his birthday one year. We love them!

  23. Margo in WA says:

    Love that socktopus! And those dark chocolate coconut bites look delicious!

  24. Betsy says:

    The zoink monster is fantastic.

  25. Emilee in GA says:

    I love the knitted monster!!

  26. Maggie in KY says:

    I’ve made many of Abby’s softies, she does great work.

  27. Carmen says:

    What fun ideas – thanks!

  28. Kellye A in TX says:

    Love the sockpotamus! So cute!!

  29. Carol P. says:

    Love the gnomes!

  30. Eleanor in NC says:

    Great looking gluten free snacks!

  31. Serena in TX says:

    The marionettes look like they would be a lot of fun.

  32. krystina in FL says:

    Cute, love the checkers game

  33. Mary in MN says:

    They’re all cute ideas. I like the story stones. I think my kids would like those.

  34. Kate in MO says:

    Love the socktopus!

  35. Mosaic Magpie says:

    Story Stones…really interesting!

  36. Sara in MA says:

    Love the snack ideas as well as the take along games, perfect for traveling!

  37. Amy in IL says:

    I’ve been wanting to make story stones. Those, and the gnomes, remind me of my old Waldorf school days…

  38. Nicole Martinez from NY says:


    i really love all sock monkey like things

  39. Love the gnomes. We call them Gnomen and I have a nice collection going.

  40. Terry in IL says:

    A Masters in Education from Harvard … So glad she loves to teach, what a great investment in people. I love the Sewing for All Season book!

  41. birrrd (FL) says:

    Haha, I love the story stones! And I love Harry Potter.. and paper things. So many nice things this year that I think are amazing. : ) (Florida needs more winter though!)

    //Hope this doesn’t show twice, but I didn’t see the comment after reloading my page..

  42. birrrd says:

    Haha, I love the story stones! And I love Harry Potter.. and paper things. So many nice things this year that I think are amazing. : ) (Florida needs more winter though!)

  43. carrie says:

    Love the Harry Potter knits magazine!

  44. Allison in MA says:

    Love the take along games idea!

  45. anne in ID says:

    Wonderful post! I have had such fun reading this series thank you!

  46. kathyh in or says:

    Oddly enough, I have the ingredients for the coconut chocolate balls in my house.
    Thanks for another great round-up.

  47. Jennifer in NC says:

    Dark chocolate and coconut- can’t go wrong with that!

  48. Sonja says:

    The Adorable Octopus, the take along games and the memory game printable…love!

  49. Nancy in GA says:

    Gotta make those story stones!

  50. Julie in WI says:

    Paper Play looks like fun!

  51. Gina in MO says:

    Dark Chocolate and Coconut Bites…must make!

  52. Gina says:

    Dark Chocolate Coconut Bites??? Must make!

  53. Becky in WA says:

    Great giveaways. Currently working on a few handmade toys for my nieces & nephews! Great ideas.

  54. Susie in WI says:

    The story stones, the gnomes, and the take along games… all going on my list! Thanks for the great ideas!!

  55. Mary Ann in SC says:

    Love the story stones!

  56. Julia in WA says:

    The take along games are a great idea.

  57. Greeblygreebly in WA state says:

    The Socktopus is cracking me up! And the little gnomes take me back to when my son was still going to Waldorf school. I miss having little kids!

  58. Monsters are always AWESOME!

  59. Shannon (in MD) says:

    Those coconut bites look awesome

  60. Julie in IN says:

    I have been wanting to make story rocks for some time now. Thanks for the reminder.

  61. Stacy in WI says:

    Take along games- how fun!

  62. Lynn H says:

    Cute gnomes and love the story stones.

  63. Kari in WA says:

    Thanks! I love the take-along games and the story stones!

  64. Carol in CA says:

    Love the gnomes!

  65. Cindi in GA says:

    Love the gnomes! Cute!

  66. Emilou in Oregon says:

    The take along game is just so cute. Thanks for sharing. Blessings and smiles, Emilou in Oregon

  67. Julie says:

    Love the zoink monster!

  68. Audrey in PA says:

    The socktopus is officially on my to-do list!

  69. Linda Fleming in Ca says:

    Love the take along games. Kids would use a lot of skills making them!

  70. Connie J in CO says:

    Love the gnomes!

  71. Those story stones are too cute!

  72. Anita in NE says:

    Story stones are a great idea.

  73. Anita in NE says:

    Story stoes are a great idea.

  74. Sarah in WA says:

    Lovely giveaways! Lovely gift ideas! Thank you!

  75. Whitner in SC says:

    I adore this series! Such fantastic ideas, and I love that you do these in November, so I actually have time to make them!

  76. Jennifer says:

    Love these ideas for my little ones. We live in NY! :0)

  77. christina in VT says:

    Yeah, HP knits!

  78. Patricia in PA says:

    The gnomes!!!! All are adorable, but the gnomes!!!

  79. Brooke in SC says:

    These are all great ideas!

  80. Julia in NJ says:!!!!

  81. Lesley says:

    I’m working hard on handmade holidays

  82. Delia from VA says:

    Love the gnomes!

  83. MaryEllen in ND says:

    Making the dark chocolate candy tomorrow!

  84. Tossing my name in the hat!

  85. Patricia says:

    Adorable, all of them!!!! Thanks for sharing these.

  86. Amber in ny says:

    Love the gnomes!

  87. Sarah in OH says:

    Socktopus!!! Too cute!

  88. Gina S. Ia says:

    Dark chocolate coconut bites look yummy!

  89. Heidi says:

    The felt games to go sound like a great idea!

  90. Megan in GA says:

    cute gnomes!

  91. Liz K in OR says:

    I know some grown ups who would love some felt versions of some very nerdy board games.

  92. Nupur says:

    Socktopus is too cute and the travel games are a brilliant idea!

  93. brie says:

    Love that checkers board

  94. SamanthaRI says:

    Love the take along games!

  95. janet in nj says:

    Great ideas. yummy gluten free treats too

  96. Cute gnomes!

  97. Linda L. says:

    Even if I can’t win a book, I had to comment! Those gnomes are so adorable!! I know whose house they’re going to this Christmas.

  98. Barbara in FL says:

    The Tuesday socktapus is so cute and looks like a great toy.

  99. Cynthia T. says:

    Cute ideas! The candy recipe is a must to make! Thanks!

  100. Erica in or says:

    Love these ideas!

  101. Lydia in WA says:

    Lovin the socktupus and the coconut bites, yumm and yumm.

  102. Lisamarie in CT says:

    I think the Zoink monster is really great!

  103. Miranda in California says:

    I hope I get lucky this week!

  104. Amy in Ca says:

    The socktopus is amazing!

  105. Diane in AZ says:

    The take-along games would be perfect for my niece and nephews…

  106. vero et in fl says:

    Thanks for the opp !

  107. Mary in MN says:

    Those are all great prizes – thank you for the chance to win!

  108. Tera says:

    Love the story stones

  109. usairdoll in ca says:

    Great toys and love the take along game, great for those road trips.

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


  110. Cindy in ND says:

    There were some cute ideas up there. I’ve got to re-learn how to crochet and knit!

  111. wanda says:

    Such wonderful ideas! I’d love to win any of them

  112. Julia in WA says:


  113. Sandy in Ohio says:

    The take along games are a great idea.

  114. Kristie Thompson says:

    Thank you for including some GF treats!

  115. Amber in UT says:

    The socktopus looks fun.

  116. KristyMN says:

    Love the story stones.

  117. Kristin in VA says:

    Those story stones are great!

  118. Penny G in FL says:

    Everyone loves toys.

  119. That crocheted monster is adorable. I am definitely going to share him with a friend who loves to crochet little beasties! 🙂

  120. Shelley C from CA says:

    Love the cute toys! especially the story stones, what a great idea!

  121. Cinnamon says:

    Dark chocolate coconut bites…I’m drooling.

  122. Julie says:

    The zoink monster is awesome!

  123. Charlotte in GA says:

    Awesome Ideas today! Lots I want to try and that Socktapus is to cute!

  124. Janice in IL says:

    The Gnomes are a perfect addition to our fairy houses and gnome home building adventures.

  125. Marissa says:

    These projects are so sweet

  126. Barb C in WA says:

    Those sesame cookies sound so yummy! I must give them a try 🙂

  127. Becky in FL says:

    Chocolate coconut bites! Yum! It is sad I do not have kids in my life to create for. But the adults will love the treats.

  128. Katie Strong in IL says:

    My girls love checkers and chess. Going to make some take along games for our holiday travels. Great idea!

  129. Karen in IN says:

    Such a cute socktopus 🙂

  130. Anya says:

    Dark chocolate coconut bites….yummmmm!

  131. consuelo says:

    Love the checkers set. Great ideas.

  132. Sara in NY says:

    Oooooh. All I need is MORE ideas of things to make for my kids this year. I might have to save some of these for next year. You guys share the best ideas. 🙂

  133. SS in NH says:

    I’m interested in these Sesame Tuile cookies – will be checking those out

  134. Bethany in WA says:

    Cute gnomes!

  135. Beth in Michigan says:

    The Socktopus is awesome!

  136. Veronica says:

    Thank you again for some great ideas!

  137. Laurie in MA says:

    Wow- cute little figurines. I love making stuff for kids.

  138. Kylie C in OR says:

    My nieces and nephews love their gnomes. I think the Pom-Pom Marionettes are on my birthday gift list this year!

  139. Jenn J in OR says:

    I plan on making the games for my kids!

  140. Deb H. in PA says:

    Love the gnomes. The travel games are sweet, too.

  141. Chris says:

    Memory games are the best for young and old so this I will do for sure.

  142. Ramona M. from MI says:

    I think those story stones are so cool. Would be fun to make with kids.

  143. Jennifer in MA says:

    The socktopus is hilarious! Thanks for all the great ideas!

  144. Kati in FL says:

    I LOVE the knitted monster!!!

  145. Cherri in WI says:

    The take along games are a great idea. I will definitely make the coconut bites!

  146. DebbieKL says:

    I love the take along games!

  147. Jim in NC says:

    The Sesame Tuile cookies look really yummy

  148. annette in me says:

    Ooh these recipes! have to add to my too-long list.

  149. Jessie from NM says:

    I made a checkers set using felted stones and a quilted board one year for my niece. I don’t know if she ever used it but it was a lot of fun to make. The tutorial for the set on here looks like fun too. Hearts and stars! How amazing! And why haven’t I made story stones yet?! We should go rock collecting to make some. Alice would love it! She loves finding rocks for me to felt, I bet she would like it even more I made her something with them instead.

  150. I love the take along games. I am working on a few similar ones for gifts! Also, we at The Handwork Shop are big fans of peg dolls. Those gnomes are so cute!

  151. Mary in MN says:

    Thank you for the chance to win!

  152. Shannon in WA says:

    I will be making BOTH the “mix it” ideas. Thanks!

  153. Melanie in AZ says:

    I love making sock creatures! They are a lot of fun to put together and are really nice to cuddle. 🙂

  154. Cheryl in ca says:

    Stoctopus is hilarious!

  155. Catherine in MI says:

    Holy cow, those dark chocolate coconut goodies look DELICIOUS.

  156. Kristen says:

    What great ideas! I’m going to make the checkerboard for my daughter.

  157. Meg in OR says:

    Great ideas!

  158. Lee says:

    I love the ideas.. and then Dark Chocolate Coconut Bites… that made me forget everything else I read! Off to make some now! thanks for the fun!

  159. Barb B in BC says:

    Those chocolates look heavenly.

  160. Serena in CA says:

    The Sesame Tuile Cookies sound so yummy!

  161. Crystal Rose in MN says:

    The sewing for the seasons book sounds pretty neat.

  162. Diana says:

    Excellent collection of links today.

  163. Shirley says:

    The socktopus is the most fun toy I have every seen! Shirley CA

  164. Kristin says:

    great gift ideas!

  165. Jenn in GA says:

    Love the Socktopus!

  166. Tammy in MI says:

    OK! Those chocolate/coconut balls look amazing!

  167. Kristin H says:

    Those gnomes are adorable and both of the recipes sound delicious!

  168. Jamie B in N.H. says:

    The socktopus is awesome!

  169. Elizabeth says:

    My daughter would love those little gnomes!

  170. D says:

    mmmm-chocolate and coconut, definitely will make.

  171. Molly in OR says:

    Gaaah! Love those gnomes!

  172. heidi in WA says:

    The take along games are such a great idea! That is definitely on my gift making list this year.

  173. Heather in CA says:

    Love the idea of a pom pom Marionettes! How sweet!

  174. Sarah in ME says:

    All great minds….. we already have a combination of two of these projects in process – the kids are making a peg people chess set. Great projects and I REALLY want the Harry Potter knits book


  175. Cari in CO says:

    Love all the projects today!

  176. I’ve seen the stones idea before in a different format, but using fabric scraps makes it quite appealing to me now. Those examples are adorable.

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