Inspire play and imagination with today’s gift ideas! We had ideas for Babies + Toddlers and for Tweens, but these tutorials are just right for preschoolers and early elementary kids. Enjoy!

Our first week of giveaways will close Saturday night so be sure to comment on each post to win. We also have a Super Kids fabric giveaway open through next week.


Today’s Guest Curator: Jessica from A Blue Sky Kind of Life

Jessica is an editor by day, blogs at A Blue Sky Kind of Life and spends as much of her free time as possible behind the sewing machine! She writes, “I started sewing about four years ago when I could no longer resist the urge to make all of the beautiful projects I kept seeing online. I’m a member of the St. Louis Modern Quilt Guild and love to challenge myself with a range of projects from bags to quilts and baby clothes. My Kindle sleeve and doll quilt tutorials have been featured on Sew Can She, and I’m always looking for new projects to try.” Take a look at Jessica’s quilting, tutorials and more at A Blue Sky Kind of Life.

Make It


Pizza Chef Hat
Andrea’s Pizza Chef Hat at The Train to Crazy would be a fun gift (especially with felt pizza and toppings, or the Pete’s a Pizza book).


Easy Child’s Apron
Pair your Chef’s Hat with an Easy Child’s Apron from Jamie at Scattered Thoughts of a Crafty Mom. We love the bias tape!


Baby Doll Bed
Patty shows you how to make this sweet Moses-style Baby Doll Bed at Make it Cozee, perfect for all of the babies in your little one’s life.


Mei Tai Doll Carrier
For more doll play you could make this mini Mei Tai Doll Carrier with the easy tutorial at The Shopping Mama.


Cloth Diapers
That new holiday baby doll might also need Cloth Diapers, like these via Debbie at One Little Project.


Little Farmer’s Tool Belt
The Little Farmer’s Tool Belt from Elisabeth at Growing Home is perfect for helpers, and for all of the treasures one might find puttering about outside. It’s the perfect accompaniment to a first set of real tools (measuring tape, level, etc.) or gardening tools.


Car Roll Up
Here’s a new version of a Car Roll Up by Gina at The Shabby Creek Cottage


Superhero Party Masks
Add a little fun to the dress up box with these Superhero Party Masks from Jessica at Cutesy Crafts.


Super Hero Cape
Don’t forget the Super Hero Cape too, like this great version from Sherri at Thread Riding Hood.

Related tutorials you might enjoy: Gifts for Playful Friends, Gifts for Imaginative Friends, Gifts for Whimsical Friends, Gifts for Little Kids + more tutorials for Kid gifts

Mix It


White Hot Fudge Sauce
The White Hot Fudge Sauce at Baked Bree is part of her “12 Weeks of Christmas Cookies” series. Package the fudge up and give it as a gift! Take a look at this delicious bunch of recipes.


Pear Cranberry Jam
The cranberries are out and about in the produce section of every grocery store this month! Try this Pear Cranberry Jam from Marisa at Food in Jars for another fun gift idea.

Print It


Holiday Gift Tags
Autumn has a bunch of cute Holiday Gift Tags for you to print at It’s Always Autumn.

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.

Mollie Makes Crochet: 20+ Cute Projects for the Home Plus Handy Tips and Tricks
(US Winners Only)

Publisher: Interweave

Crochet is big fashion news, and is becoming more and more popular among young crafters. This adorable new book from the team behind Mollie Makes is all one needs to learn how to crochet. Aimed at complete beginners, it’s also perfect for those who have completed their first projects and are looking to move on. A selection of more than 20 contemporary projects from an international range of crochet experts offers a variety of projects. Some are quick and easy, others are more time and labor-intensive but well worth the effort. A section at the back of the book clearly explains the basics of crochet with step-by-step illustrations. The book includes ideas for using crocheted pieces around the home: as accessories in themselves and to embellish existing items as trims and more. Projects include blankets and afghans; cushions; kitchen items such as placemats, crochet-trimmed napkins, potholders, and coasters; and toys and gifts.

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.

Lena Corwin’s Made by Hand: A Collection of Projects to Print, Sew, Weave, Dye, Knit, or Otherwise Create
(US Winners Only)

Author: Lena Corwin
Publisher: STC Craft

In 2009, tastemaker and bestselling author Lena Corwin turned the top floor of her Brooklyn brownstone into a studio and began hosting classes for local crafters. In Lena Corwin’s Made by Hand, she re-creates and builds upon her popular workshop series in order to reach crafters in Brooklyn and beyond. For this “best of” collection, she has chosen expert teachers and her favorite projects: Jenny Gordy introduces us to knitted socks and elegantly sewn tops and dresses; Cal Patch teaches how to make a modern embroidery sampler as well as a braided rag rug; and Corwin herself presents her favorite screen-printing and stamping techniques. In total, there are 26 lessons/projects, all presented with step-by-step photos and illustrations.

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.

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 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.