Today’s gift ideas for babies and toddlers are all about the toys! Emma found some great tutorials to fill the holidays with fun. (She also outdid herself with the recipes and printables.)


Today’s Guest Curator: Emma from For My Little Monster

Emma is relatively new to sewing but after two and a half years she loves it more each day. Emma has always been creative, trying out mosaics, jewelry making, knitting, card making, scrap booking and wood working. Her blog is a relatively new venture but she enjoys sharing her love of sewing and more at For My Little Monster. She writes, “I’m a stay-at-home mum to one cheeky little monster. I live in Australia in Melbourne, with my husband, dog (or as I like to refer to him as my furry baby) and my gorgeous almost two year old little monster who inspires me everyday. Before I became a mum I was a teacher. I taught psychology and media to high school students…”

Head over to For My Little Monster to learn more about Emma, and find her on Facebook and Instagram.

Make It


Owl Tag Toy
Stephanie’s Owl Tag Toy at Two More Minutes makes a bright and happy addition to any baby’s playtime.


Pond Fishy Plushie
Make a school of Pond Fishy Plushies with this free PDF pattern and tutorial by Christina McKinney for Birch Organic Fabric.


Flat Teddy
A Flat Teddy like Narelle’s at Cook Clean Craft makes a great daytime toy for younger kids and a nice extra pillow for preschoolers on up.


Take + Play Car Carrier
Do you know a kid who loves their cars? They’ll also love this Take + Play Car Carrier from Sisters, Sisters!


Pinky + Blue Soft Toys
Kate from KackaD designed these Pinky + Blue Soft Toys for us at Sew Mama Sew. There’s a pattern and an easy tutorial too.


Dinosaur Quiet Time Playmat
This Dinosaur Quiet Time Playmat from Adrienne of Free Time Frolics is more of an inspiration project rather than a full tutorial (she, in turn, was inspired by a different mat; link in the post). We think it looks pretty easy and fun though, and we know a few kids who would love to cart this around!


Ultimate Lego Table
Do you have a Lego fan in the house? This Ultimate Lego Table from Kirstin of kojodesigns is a cheaper version than many commercial designs and includes tons of great extras too.


Baby Doll Carrier
We like this version of a Baby Doll Carrier from Christine of Sew Bossi as it looks like the real deal (but eliminates the “fiddly things” that might make it difficult for younger caretakers to manage).


Liberty Print Baby Comfort Blanket
Laura’s Liberty Print Baby Comfort Blankets at Behind the Hedgerow are so beautiful, plus making one could give you an excuse to buy Liberty fabric!

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

Mix It


Reindeer Cake Pops
Vanessa was inspired by Bakerella to create these super-fun Reindeer Cake Pops at See Vanessa Craft. These are sure to delight!


Santa Strawberries
If you have the reindeer you’ll need Santa too! Check out these Santa Strawberries from Leanne Bakes.

Print It


Paper City Nativity Scene
We love all things Made by Joel! This Paper City Nativity Scene is fantastic, as are all of Joel’s other free printables (plus the easy game and toy ideas too).


Christmas Tree Activities
Kirstylee designed these Christmas Tree Activity PDFs for her boys and shares them with you at Moms Have Questions Too.


Christmas Baking Printable Set
There are several cute, free printables from Holly on the Kids Activities Blog, including this Christmas Baking Printable Set.

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.

Win a $25 gift certificate to Tactile Fabrics! Tactile Fabrics specializes in MODERN 100% organic and premium traditional cotton fabrics for sewing, quilting and crafting.

Skirt-a-Day Sewing: Create 28 Skirts for a Unique Look Every Day
(US Winners Only)

Author: Nicole Smith
Publisher: Storey Publishing

Design a skirt for every day of the week! With these 28 irresistible projects, you’ll learn all the techniques you need to custom-design and sew fabulous skirts that fit you perfectly. Smith shows you how to draft a pattern for a custom fit and then alter that pattern into one of four basic silhouettes: wrap, straight, flared and high-waisted. Each skirt can then be easily redesigned into seven distinct and delicious looks– one for each day of the week. These projects are suitable for sewists at every level, including beginners.

Ruby Star Wrapping: Creating Packaging to Reuse, Regive, and Relove
(US Winners Only)

Author: Melody Miller, Allison Tannery
Publisher: Roost Books

This is the ultimate resource for those who are as creative as they are willing to conserve. Ruby Star Wrapping inspires you to think resourceful, think reusable, think unusual when it comes to gift packaging. Raid the pantry for boxes, use old linens for pouches, and make beautiful accessories out of fabric and paper scraps; the projects here illustrate how to create beautiful, reusable packaging from the common materials in your home. With its thirty easy-to-make giftwrap patterns, this book reminds us of the wonderful creative potential inherent in the act of giving a gift. When wrapped with thought, beauty and a little ingenuity, the packaging can be a gift in itself.

The Art of Beadwork: Techniques and Inspirational Projects for Creating Exquisite Pieces
(US Winners Only)

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.

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 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.