Wrap your handmade holidays gifts in style with today’s Wrap it Up ideas! Don’t miss our previous Handmade Holidays round-ups featuring gift wrap tutorials: Write It + Wrap It and Wrapping It Up

Today’s Guest Curator: Carolina from Always Expect Moore + 30 Minute Crafts

Carolina Moore is a chocolate lover, messy crafter and sometimes quilt-finisher. She has been crafting longer than she can remember, and sewing nearly as long. You’ll find Carolina and her fabric stash in Las Vegas with her margarita-making husband and two train-loving young boys.

Take a look at all of Carolina’s project tutorials on her sites Always Expect Moore and 30 Minute Crafts. She has a couple of her own Wrap it Up tutorials on her sites so check out the Fast and Easy Wine Bag and Leftover Quilt Square Bags.

Make It


Drawstring Fabric Gift Bag
Amy at Positively Splendid likes to make “the presentation of the gift as special as the contents inside” with these Drawstring Fabric Gift Bag.


Painted Fabric Gift Bags
Make pretty Painted Fabric Gift Bags like these from Charlotte at Lotts and Lots.


Fabric Gift Bag
This Fabric Gift Bag from Sarah at Bluprint Textiles has the familiar handles of popular paper gift bags.


Ruffle Fabric Gift Bag
Love ruffles? Make and give a Ruffle Fabric Gift Bag from See Kate Sew!


Burlap Bags
Debbie Crouse designed these Burlap Bags to “hold and dispense jute, twine, ribbon or string” at One Lucky Day.


Tie-Front Gift Bag
Ruby’s Tie-Front Gift Bags at Zaaberry could be reused as lunch sacks!


Elastic-Top Gift Bag
Carolina from 30 Minute Crafts and Always Expect Moore designed this easy Elastic-Top Gift Bag for The Sewing Loft.

Mix It


Double Chocolate Cookies
These Double Chocolate Cookies from Rhonda at Mrs. Greene have both cocoa and chocolate chips in the recipe.


Chocolate Hazelnut Butter Toffee Brittle
Vivienne’s Chocolate Hazelnut Butter Toffee Brittle at The V Spot looks like a great gift for teachers or the neighbors!

Print It


Chalkboard Christmas Tree
This Chalkboard Christmas Tree from Kristin at Yellow Bliss Road is part of her holiday series of free printables.

Win It

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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.

Woolbuddies: 20 Irresistibly Simple Needle Felting Projects
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Author: Jackie Huang
Publisher: Chronicle Books

You can see how cute these woolbuddies are. You’re not going to believe how easy it is to make them! Tired of searching for special toys that weren’t mass-produced, former Lucasfilm animator Jackie Huang created the beloved Woolbuddy, a collection of all-natural stuffed animals that reflect his unique imaginative vision. He went on to capture fans at craft fairs, Comic-Con and specialty boutiques. Here Huang teaches readers, using just some wool and a needle, how to needle felt a wide-eyed owl, a toothy shark, a fuzzy sheep, a towering giraffe and more. With step-by-step instructions and helpful how-to photographs, crafters can create clutchable keepsakes to be instantly enjoyed and forever cherished.

Yellow Owl’s Little Prints: Stamp, Stencil, and Print Projects to Make for Kids
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Author: Christine Schmidt
Publisher: Potter Craft

Celebrated indie artist Christine Schmidt offers 25 hip and imaginative decorations, toys, puzzles and keepsakes for children using simple hand-printing techniques. Personalized, handmade items are a meaningful way to show your love for a baby or child. Christine Schmidt, author of the bestselling Print Workshop and the creative force behind the acclaimed Yellow Owl Workshop line of artisan stationery and home accessories, shares her inspired ideas for making easy, yet entirely unique items for children from newborns to school-aged. Using stamps, stenciling, and other hand-printing techniques, design-savvy parents will be able to make quick kid-friendly projects that will be cherished for years to come.

Simple Sewing: 30 Fast and Easy Projects for Beginners
(US Winners Only)

Author: Katie Lewis
Publisher: Cedar Fort

Unleash your creativity and become the successful do-it-yourself sewer you’ve always wanted to be! Using the tips, techniques, and 30 assorted sewing projects in this guide, you’ll be able to create custom household items and gifts in no time. From baby bibs and tote bags to Christmas decorations and children’s toys, every project in this book will build your sewing skills while adding a tasteful handmade touch to your home.

Erin’s Big Book of Pop Out Boxes: 30 Boxes to Pop & Fold, Collect or Give
(US Winners Only)

Author: Erin McMorris
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.

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 28: Last-Minute Gift Ideas
November 27: Gifts Kids Can Make
November 26: One Gift for All
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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