Make one type of gift for lots of people on your list with today’s ideas. (For example a circle scarf, stick horse, rice bags, etc.) You’ll be more productive and your list of must-makes will dwindle in a hurry. Many of these are great family presents too. One for all, and all for a happy holiday season!
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Today’s Guest Curator: Laura from Behind the Hedgerow
Laura was born in London (UK), raised in Florida (USA) and is currently living in Brussels (Belgium)… But her heart remains firmly rooted in the English countryside. She’s passionate (even obsessive!) about sewing. Behind the Hedgerow is full of gorgeous sewing projects, with interesting discussions about Laura’s sewing process. Laura writes, “I sew for myself and my children in equal measure and if I had to sum up my style in a few words they would be: beauty, function, color, texture, classic lines, modern design, small subtle details and clean finishes.”
Laura adds, “Today’s list is meant to help people who, like me, have lots of gifts to give to families with multiple children. Here you will find tutorials, recipes and printables for either a single item that can be given to multiple recipients, or items that are easily made in bulk and work best when presented as a set/family.”
Kimbo’s Hopscotch Mat at A Girl and a Glue Gun is made by gluing felt onto the mat. Kimbo includes more fun games on the back so the mat is great for a rainy or snowy day!
“Super Hero” Fort Kit
Meg + Andy show their “Super Hero” Fort Kit idea, with links to other sites for more info and fort inspiration.
We love this great selection of Felt Food tutorials by Amy at While Wearing Heels!
Laura’s pretty Circle Scarf at Behind the Hedgerow works for adults and kids.
Marigold made these Reversible Capes at Hideous! Dreadful! Stinky! for an entire preschool class.
Monstrously Warm Rice Bags
Keep everyone cozy in the winter chill with these Monstrously Warm Rice Bags by Wendy of Shiny Happy World for Sew Mama Sew.
These kid-sized Travel Pillows from Autumn at It’s Always Autumn include a travel bag.
Felt Stick Horses
Lia’s super-fun Felt Stick Horses are made with wool felt. Download the free pattern at Lia Griffith.
Autumn has five different Felt Monsters PDF patterns with interchangeable accessories at It’s Always Autumn.
This Toy Wallet from Stephanie at The Crafty Kitty can be attached to a backpack for easy travels.
Related tutorials you might enjoy: Gifts for Friends + Neighbors
This Homemade Granola from Heather’s Sweets and Treats would make a really nice gift for a neighbor, co-worker or family friend. You can easily adapt the recipe to suit your tastes!
Keep the whole family busy with Christmas Bingo cards from The Crafting Chicks.
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Doodle Stitching: Embroidery & Beyond
Author: Aimee Ray
Publisher: Lark Crafts
In her first two Doodle Stitching books, Aimee Ray proved that doodling isn’t just for paper anymore! Now she brings her irresistible art to a variety of embroidery techniques in a timeless resource for anyone with a needle and thread. Appealing to stitchers of all levels, the beautiful decorative stitches and techniques here include stumpwork, appliqué, Shisha, cutwork and Sashiko. They’re all presented in Ray’s fresh, accessible and whimsical style, with more than 20 fun projects and extra motifs so readers can personalize their creations.
Author: Carina Envoldsen-Harris
Publisher: Lark Crafts
One part project book and one part resource guide, Stitched Blooms will be the go-to collection of floral embroidery motifs for today’s stitchers and crafters. Its 300 designs run the gamut from classic flowers to folk-art leaves and borders, and the accompanying CD offers yet more possibilities! Use them on the 20 featured projects, including a blouse, Swedish stuffed horse toy, cute girl’s skirt and more.
Author: Jane Lock
Publisher: Running Press
The Art of Beadwork is the definitive reference guide for everything beadwork, offering crafters a compendium of techniques for creating exquisite pieces of jewelry and accessories using beads, as well as instruction on a multitude of inspirational projects. This lavishly illustrated book is a complete manual of techniques for on- and off-loom beadweaving and beadwork, from using cylinder beads to rocailles and czech glass, knitting and crocheting with beads, and much more. The descriptions for each technique includes instruction, step-by-step photos, diagrams and (in many cases) life-sized swatches for crafters to compare with their work in progress. The book includes a “Stitch Dictionary” as well as definitions of the myriad types of beads; their composition, sizes, shapes, finishes and how to use them. Clear instruction and step-by-step photos guide the reader through the steps of jewelry construction. Throughout the book is a unique collection of projects by author Jane Lock and other artists from around the world, showcasing beading techniques while inspiring both aspiring and advanced crafters to test their skills.
Stylish Dress Book: Wear with Freedom
(US + Canada Winners Only)
Author: Yoshiko Tsukiori
Publisher: Tuttle Publishing
Japanese style has long been admired for its grace and artistry. Add to that a sense of fun, and you have the Stylish Dress Book. Complete with stunning full-color photos, this book gives you instructions and pull-out patterns for 26 relaxed and comfortable yet elegant dresses and tops— pretty, timeless pieces that can be worn year after year, by women of all ages and sizes. The detailed diagrams and easy-to-follow instructions take you step-by-step from layout to finished garment. The no-rules looks pictured in this book are perfect for today’s carefree fashion sensibility and will inspire you to have fun with fabric and style.
Author: Aneela Hoey
Publisher: C&T Publishing / FunStitch Studio
These collections of pop out boxes from three well-known fabric designers will have kids designing their very own boxes in no time. The boxes feature fun, current designs and are easy to assemble, providing hours of fun for kids and their friends. As educational as they are entertaining, each collection comes with instructions that walk kids through the pros’ design processes, then prompt them to design their own patterns on the boxes featuring blank sides.
November 25: Fast Christmas Decorations
November 24: Toys for Kids
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
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