We had too much Handmade Holidays goodness to squeeze into one month! There are two more BONUS curated themes for you, complete with books to win.

Here’s some gift wrap and gift tag help! Invariably, the chaos and rush of the holidays includes not only making gifts or items to decorate your home, but also handmade gift wrappings and tags. What better excuse to get into the sewing room while still working your way down your TO DO list?!


Giveaway Day is almost here! Our biannual party of giving is on December 8th this year, so don’t miss out on hundreds of giveaways and a whole week of fun. Find all of the details here. What will you give away?!

Today’s Guest Curator: Debbie from A Quilter’s Table

Debbie took her first quilting class around 25 years ago, and discovered the modern quilt movement in 2009. She dove in with passion, and we love to see her latest at A Quilter’s Table. Debbie always knows what’s happening in the online quilting world and joins us periodically with a look at Quilting Trends. She also curated our series of 31 Inspiring Quilters last year, and stops by with great tutorial round-ups like 8 Amazing Modern Quilt Backs and 12 Fundamental Quilting Skills.

Find more from Debbie on Instagram and Facebook, and don’t miss her Trim-Tied Gift Bag Tutorial. It might just be your perfect, go-to wrap for the 2014 holiday season!

Make It


Drawstring Gift Bag
This Drawstring Gift Bag from Jackie of it’s organized has a casing and drawstring.


Fabric Gift Bag
Start your wrapping with a lined Fabric Gift Bag with attached ribbon, thanks to Louise from I’m Feelin’ Crafty.


Washi Tape Tags
Most sewists love their Washi tape, so these quick, no-sew Washi Tape Tags from Melanie of it happens in a blink are a natural, and perfect for last-minute gift-giving.


Fabric Gift Bag
From Meike and Olga of Team Confetti comes a sweet little Fabric Gift Bag for all of you who love hand-sewing. Not only that, but what a great take-and-go project as you prep for the holidays!


Quilted Gift Tags
Born out of desperation one Christmas Eve, these Quilted Gift Tags from A Quilter’s Table are now a planned project mixed in with sewing up all of those Christmas projects.


Holiday Burlap Gift Bag
Perfect for stocking stuffers and party favors, whip up these little Holiday Burlap Gift Bag from Caroline of Sew Can She.


Related tutorials you might enjoy: Lazy Girl’s Guide to Zip Ends, The Art Tote, Wrap It Up, Write It + Wrap It, Wrapping It Up, Quilted Lunch Tote, Poolside Posy, Fabric Feathers

Mix It


Cookie Brittle
Six ingredients is all it takes for a large pan of yummy Cookie Brittle from Cathy at lemon tree dwelling.

Print It


Printable Holiday Gift Tags
No time to make your gift tags? Turn to these modern Printable Holiday Gift Tags . Kate, the Censational Girl, backs hers with colorful cardstock trimmed with a scallop edge punch.



*More* Printable Holiday Gift Tags
Katie from What’s up with the Buells shared her non-traditional Printable Holiday Gift Tags (look at those stags!) with Sara and Jessica at Pretty Providence, using unique and fun “hardware” and hangers.

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 publishing companies that contribute prizes.

Mend & Make Fabulous
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Author: Denise Wild
Publisher: Interweave/F+W

Showing how to take classic mending techniques one-step further to add personality and style to your clothes, Mend & Make Fabulous is a uniquely comprehensive resource that combines visual inspiration with practical advice for the fashion-conscious sewer. The ability to repair and restore clothes is priceless and Mend & Make Fabulous provides a comprehensive guide to all the classic mending techniques and then some: holes and tears; ripped or frayed seams; discoloration, stains, or fading; broken snaps and closures; uneven or dropped hems; stretched elastic; torn linings; broken straps; and the like. A simple problem-and-solution format makes it easy to find what you are looking for.

Not only will you learn to darn holes to perfection, this book also shows you how to add some creativity to your mending– fix holes with studs or applique; hide discolorations by dip-dying; mend frayed hems by adding cuffs or trim– that will make clothes even more fabulous than they were the first time around.

Present Perfect
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Author: Betz White
Publisher: Interweave/F+W

From beginning to end, the process of creating handmade gifts is an opportunity to sew with love and craft with intention something to be treasured. It’s a practice near and dear to Present Perfect author Betz White, where she shares a collection of beautifully sewn projects to celebrate all of life’s major milestones.

Whether you’re looking to make a cuddly toy for a new baby or toddler’s birthday, a clever bag for a graduate, special accessories for women or men, or beautiful home items “just because,” you’ll find just the project to inspire your stitching in Present Perfect. Each handmade gift begins with a thoughtful selection of materials just right for the project and the recipient. Throughout Betz also offers hints for using alternative materials and ideas for upcycling. Reusing a favorite fabric with a history, such as outgrown baby clothing, a grandfather’s necktie, or a vintage tablecloth, can add meaning to a truly memorable gift.

How to Knit
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Author: Leslie Ann Bestor
Publisher: Storey Publishing

Learning to knit is fun and easy with Leslie Ann Bestor as your teacher. Her simple, fully illustrated instructions lead you step by step through the basics of knitting, from choosing the right needles and yarn to reading a knitting pattern, casting on, executing knit and purl stitches, binding off and blocking finished projects. You’ll also learn techniques for increasing, decreasing and repairing mistakes. Even if you’ve never held a pair of knitting needles before, this easy-to-follow guide will have you knitting in no time!

Gertie Sews Vintage Casual
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Author: Gretchen Hirsch
Publisher: STC Craft

The mid-20th century was an amazing time for American women’s fashion! Following the war, women started looking to American designers rather than French couture houses for inspiration and to demand clothing they could move in, even play in. In this follow-up to Gertie’s New Book for Better Sewing, Gretchen “Gertie” Hirsch celebrates the classic casual styles that icons like Katharine Hepburn, Audrey Hepburn and Rosie the Riveter made famous—think wide-legged trousers, fitted capri pants, beach rompers, shorts, knit tops, jeans and day dresses. In Part I, Hirsch introduces key techniques for sportswear construction—from working with knit fabrics to the intricacies of pant-making—and in Part II, she showcases a 30-plus-piece vintage-inspired casual wardrobe.

Animal Parade: Adorable Applique Quilt Patterns for Babies
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Author: Cheri Leffler
Publisher: Martingale

You’ll love how Cheri Leffler combines simple piecing with whimsical appliqué to make adorable quilts for little boys and girls. Each delightful design comes to life with animal appliqués that portray a sense of innocence and friendliness.

  • Use needle-turn or fusible appliqué to create owls, giraffes, penguins, frogs, foxes, and more— full-sized patterns and large appliqué shapes make it all so easy.
  • Enjoy a varied selection of 10 irresistible quilt patterns for everyone from confident beginners to seasoned quilters.
  • Make fun use of color and create endearing gifts that will bring joy now and as a child grows.

Sewing School 2: Lessons in Machine Sewing; 20 Projects Kids Will Love to Make
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Author: Amie Petronis Plumley + Andria Lisle
Publisher: Storey Publishing

For kids who have mastered hand sewing, machine sewing opens up exciting new possibilities! With Sewing School 2, children ages 7 and up can make 20 creative projects as they develop their machine sewing skills. With plenty of photos and step-by-step instructions written in kid-friendly language, young sewists can work independently and at their own pace. While creating projects that range from a secret message pillow and a water bottle holder to wall pockets, a zippy pouch, and even a fabric guitar and microphone, beginners will learn how to thread a sewing machine, how to use different fabrics and patterns, and why and when to use a particular stitch. “Make It Yours” suggestions offer ways for kids to personalize their projects, resulting in unique items that will be loved and treasured for years to come.

Don’t miss our Handmade Holidays photo pool, and check out our 2013 Handmade Holidays list for more fun, creative ideas.

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