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.