Today’s gift ideas for people who love to bake or cook will be a hit, especially when you add a little extra-something to the package like local honey, a half-pound of coffee or holiday treats you make in your own kitchen. Many of these would also be great hostess gifts for the yearly round of holiday parties! Have fun with today’s tutorials, recipes, printables and giveaways!


Today’s Guest Curator: Julie from Our Chez Nous

Julie blogs at Our Chez Nous (“Our Home”) and found all of today’s Gifts for Cooks ideas. She writes, “I am an interior design addict, craftaholic, cook in the making, DIY lover, sewist and knitting fanatic and wanna-be photographer. I’m a mom of three and wife to one. I try to juggle all the crazy stuff life throws our way without losing my sanity, come follow along to see what we create!…”

Make It


Oven Mitt + Hot Pad
Everyone who cooks or bakes could always use a new Oven Mitt + Hot Pad set, and these by Rachel for A Beautiful Mess are so pretty. This is a great beginner sewing project.


Scrap Christmas Potholder
Add a little festivity to the kitchen with this Scrap Christmas Potholder tutorial from Quilty Therapy. It’s an easy way to use up your scraps!


Manly Man Apron
Make a Manly Man Apron for your, well… For your favorite Manly Man! The tutorial from Chelsea at Lovely Indeed incorporates a flour sack and includes a free template too.


Pretty Little Potholder
These Pretty Little Potholders from Amy at Nana Company are perfect for people who love a little more “ruffle” in their life!


Patchwork Hot Pads + Oven Mitts
This design combines Patchwork Hot Pads + Oven Mitts together in one, zakka-inspired item. This tutorial is by Karin from Leigh Laurel Studios for Sew Mama Sew.


One Yard “Use-it-all” Apron
This vintage-style One Yard “Use-it-all” Apron uses every little bit of just one yard of fabric. Erika from Miss Sews-it-all adds that it was a popular “first-time school sewing project during the 1950’s.” Erika also writes that she posts tutorials like this apron project to share her love of sewing and inspire others to sew!


Stitched Blooms Mehndi Tea Towel
Our Mehndi-inspired Tea Towel is a project excerpt from Stitched Blooms here at Sew Mama Sew. With some simple stitches you can transform a basic tea towel into a work of art!

Related tutorials you might enjoy: Gifts for Cooks, Home tutorials (placemats, napkins + more!)

Mix It


Christmas Crunch: Funfetti Popcorn
If you liked yesterday’s Popcorn Ball recipe, you (and your guests) might enjoy this Christmas Crunch from Jaclyn at Cooking Classy. Sprinkles make everything fun! This would also work wrapped up as holiday treats for the neighborhood.

Print It


Christmas Chalkboard Printables
Several of our guest curators sent us a link to these fantastic Christmas Chalkboard Printables from Kellie of Nest of Posies. You can print them at home or at a copy shop, and decorate for the season!

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.

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 Downton Abbey Knits
(US Winners Only)

Publisher: Interweave

Take a look at knitting through the eyes of Downton Abbey with this new special issue from the editors of PieceWork magazine. Enjoy 26 knitting patterns inspired by the lavish sets and styling of the hugely popular television series, which tells the story of the Grantham clan and their servants at England’s Downton Abbey. Projects include knitted lace cardigans, socks, knitting for the troops and more!

Woolbuddies: 20 Irresistibly Simple Needle Felting Projects
(US Winners Only)

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.

Happy Homemade: Sew Chic Kids: 20 Designs That are Fun and Unique- Just Like Your Kid!
(US + Canada Winners Only)

Author: Ruriko Yamada
Publisher: Tuttle Publishing

Today’s DIY generation loves to outfit their kids in stylish homemade clothes, and kids love clothes that feel good. Designer Ruriko Yamada draws from her own experiences as a mom to create designs and sewing patterns that are fun to wear, easy to make and infused with covetable Japanese style. Happy Homemade: Sew Chic Kids features easy-to-follow diagrams, Japanese sewing patterns in English and simple instructions on how to make twenty super-comfy pieces for both boys and girls. Yamada provides four sizes of westernized patterns, each of which can easily be adjusted to fit children from three to nine years old. Simple lines give kids room to move, and the classic styles look good on any frame. Sewing for children has never been easier. With Happy Homemade, you’ll whip up a fantastic, money-saving wardrobe in practically no time at all!

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 2: Gifts for Gadget Lovers
November 1: Gifts for Tweens

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