Handmade Holidays Bonus: Last-Minute Gift Wrap + Tags

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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
(US-only shipping, no P.O. boxes.)

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
(US-only shipping, no P.O. boxes.)

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
(US-only shipping.)

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
(US + Canada shipping, eBooks to international winners.)

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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151 Responses to Handmade Holidays Bonus: Last-Minute Gift Wrap + Tags

  1. Julie L says:

    Quilted gift tags are so cute!

  2. Nan in WV says:


  3. Alison in MD says:

    I would love it if more people used resuable fabric bags for giftwrap!

  4. Brooke in NY says:

    adorable drawstring bag pattern!

  5. Love the quilted gift tags

  6. Lorinda in WA says:

    I love the contrasting lining on the drawstring gift bag!

  7. Laura in MD says:

    Drawstring bags are great little gifts as well as gift wrappers, I love finding new patterns for them.

  8. Gretchen says:

    Love the variety of gift bags. Thanks for the great printable too!

  9. Andrea McColeman says:

    I’m doing the 12 days of Christmas for my grandson and am making 12 drawstring bags to put his little gifts in. I can get them back and use them again next year! Thanks for the awesome ideas and tutorials!
    Andrea in Nevada

  10. Ari in NJ says:

    The cookie brittle looks yummy!

  11. Afton in NM says:

    Cookie brittle will remove my excuse to eat all the cookies that are broken, and therefore unfit for guest consumption.

  12. Carrie in IL says:

    Going to be making some of those drawstring bags, probably in linen.

  13. Becky in VA says:

    Love all the cute handmade bag ideas!

  14. So many cute ideas for gifting. Thanks for sharing.

  15. Judy in OR says:

    Cute gift bags and tags!

  16. marci says:

    I love the tags…what a gray way to use up some cute novelty christmas fabric. I will be making some of these this christmas.

  17. Nicole in WA says:

    I love the gift bags!! Thanks for all the great gift ideas!

  18. Katie in CA says:

    I’m so thrilled with those quilted tags! I usually design pretty paper bags for stocking stuffers, but bought some already made this year, so I will personalize them with tags!

  19. Emily says:

    The cookie brittle looks like fun, thanks!

  20. erika in MA says:

    Thanks for the printable tags!

  21. sarah in nd says:


  22. These would be great for giving giftcards or small jewelry!

  23. Those quilted gift tags are a great way to use up scrap fabric.

  24. So many awsome ideas, so little time.

  25. Nancy McKenzie says:

    I hate wrapping. This I can maybe manage!

  26. Tina in MT says:

    Cute ideas and easy to do. Thanks

  27. Dawn Jones (Indiana) says:

    I like the Drawstring Gift Bag.

  28. Thunder in FL says:

    love re-usable wrappings ?

  29. Kim in WI says:

    I will definitely be making some quilted tags,,,and using the printable ones too!!! Thank you!!

  30. Tammy J in TN says:

    All very nifty ideas!! Love the selection and cute fabrics. Would love to win Gertie saws vintage, Mend and Make Fabulous/ would make excellent additions to my library.

  31. Lee in Michigan says:

    I like the Washi tape tags and the recipe for cookie brittle!

  32. Natalija says:

    Those quilted gift tags are so cute.

  33. Ellee in CA says:

    Amended name: Ellee in CA

  34. Ellee says:

    Such clever gift wrap ideas! I will try these out for this Christmas.

  35. Vicki says:

    I really like the fabric gift bags!

  36. Cassandra in Ohio says:

    There are so many cute, reusable gift bags. I need to start doing this.

  37. Anna (64colorbox) in FL says:

    I see cookie brittle in my future. As well as fancy gift tags this year!

  38. Beth in Michigan says:

    LOVE all of the gift bags! Really makes a gift more special. And I seem to have hoarded heaps of Christmas fabric!

  39. Susan says:

    That cookie brittle will be perfect to make with my granddaughter!

  40. Veronika in ga says:

    I’m loving all those fabric gift bags!

  41. Rachel in CA says:

    Love the drawstring bags!

  42. Cindy in ND says:

    Really loving the drawstring bags, I’ve already made 6, and should probably make more. cdahlgren at live dot com

  43. Kathryn in VA says:

    great tag finds!

  44. Denise W says:

    The Trim Tied gift bag is pretty and practical.

  45. Jamie says:

    Yay Debbie! I already printed some tags;)

    The animal parade book looks so cute. I heard Cheri interviewed online about it.

  46. Judi B in VA says:

    Love the cute quilted tags!

  47. Delia from VA says:

    Love the variety of gift bags. I need to repurpose some fabrics and sew up a few to give this year.

  48. Julie in Canada says:

    Cookie Brittle!!!!!??????? Who’d have thunk?

  49. Cheri in NC says:

    Cookie Brittle looks delish!

  50. Patti McGarry in PA says:

    Perfect ideas for wrapping gifts! I’d like to try some of these!

  51. Mary H in CO says:

    I love all those gift tags!

  52. LonnieMoo in CA says:

    Love the fabric gift bags — have fabric been keeping for just that – now to get them made!!

  53. Sydney in CA says:

    I love the washi tape and quilted tags! So cute!

  54. Carmen in WI says:

    What a great way to package up these homemade gifts!

  55. KristyMN says:

    Fabric bags are awesome! I have never mastered the drawstring, though…might need to try again!

  56. Lee in KS says:

    The tutorials for making bags are great individually, but together they add up to something for every level of sewing skill, from total beginner to experienced. Lots of great ideas!

  57. Barb B in Canada says:

    I think I need to make some of those quilted gift tags!

  58. Greta in WI says:

    Love the quilted gift tags.

  59. Michelle Smith in Michigan says:

    I love the washi tags idea! I got a bunch of washi tape and I need some cute ways to use some of it!

    Michelle Smith in Michigan

  60. EmSewCrazy in MT says:

    I love fabric bags! When I get my own home I think these would be a great tradition to start. My parents recycle those nice paper gift bags every year. 🙂

  61. Katherine in Canada says:

    Love the polka dot gift bag!

  62. vicki says:

    Love the quilted gift tags – will be throwing out the recycled Christmas cards I normally cut up to use – these are way cuter!!!

    Vicki , England

  63. Jolien says:

    Printable tags are always great.

  64. I love the first picture of fabric gift wrap, the red one!

  65. Deb H. in PA says:

    I may have to try those quilted gift tags!

  66. Cinnamom in MN says:

    Burlap bags and cookie brittle, cool!

  67. Whitner in AL says:

    Love making and using bags like these – better for everyone!

  68. Amanda in TX says:

    What fun ideas!!

  69. Kathleen McCormick says:

    ove the bags and tags and the cookie crisp!

  70. Eleanor in NC says:

    Love the quilted tags, and the cookie brittle!

  71. L says:

    Thanks for the roundup–I really should make some of those fabric gift bags!

  72. Cons says:

    Great printable gift tags. Thanks!

  73. Wendy in OR says:

    I love the gift tags and they are easy to make.

  74. Andrea McColeman says:

    What cute gift bags! I love the burlap ones, they sort of go with my decorating theme this year and look super fun to make.
    Andrea from Nevada.

  75. Stacy S. in WI says:

    The quilted gift tags are adorable!

  76. Liz in WA says:

    I love the idea of reusable wrappings! Megan Nielsen’s blog had a lovely showcase of how she uses fabric and ribbon as reusable gift wrap too. I think she just serges the edges. =)

  77. Laurie in CO says:

    Wow- the cookie brittle looks divine! Is it too early in the morning to start baking?

  78. Sarah in PA says:

    What nice ideas!

  79. Margo in WA says:

    I love making fabric gift bags! I might have to try some fabric tags next.

  80. Jessie from NM says:

    Baker’s twine, hmm… mmm….

  81. Lisa in MA says:

    I’m so pleased to see these simple projects that even I can do!

  82. Heather in VA says:

    I love those quilted holiday gift tags. Perfect for my magazine tree!

  83. Amanda at APO says:

    Why didn’t I think of that?! Washi tape tags! So easy, so perfect.

  84. Cathie. says:

    Wow, I love bags. Thanks for the great ideas.

  85. Heidi in SD says:

    Great ideas!

  86. Diana from OR says:

    I am absolutely the worst at wrapping, so maybe these will help.

  87. Marilyn in WA says:

    cute ideas

  88. Heather in CA says:

    How fun to have quilted gift tags!

  89. Jayne - Tennessee says:

    I love bags…any bag and these are all so cute!

  90. Tina in NJ says:

    I used fabric gift bags last year. The recipients were as impressed with the bags as they were with the gifts.

  91. Chiska in wy says:

    That cookie brittle looks yummy!

  92. Gina S. says:

    Still loving the drawstring bags!

  93. SS in NH says:

    I love using re-usable gift wrap – drawstring bags are perfect!

  94. Donna in TX says:

    Those are cute! I need to take the time to dress up my packages like that.

  95. Kathy L. in VA says:

    The printables are adorable!

  96. You had me at Cookie Brittle.

  97. JMJ in the USA says:

    Love the idea if reusable gift bags!!!

  98. Beth in VA says:

    I have been enjoying all the printables!

  99. Georgie in IN says:

    Love the gift tags!

  100. Catherine in MI says:

    I have SO MUCH washi tape. I’m definitely making those tags!

  101. Alice in TN says:

    I love bags and best of all they can be reused

  102. Heather C says:

    The quilted gift tags are adorable!

  103. Beth says:

    Those burlap bags are adorable.

  104. Anne says:

    Love these ideas especially the burlap bags.

  105. JenniferW in SC says:

    cookie brittle and quilted tags should keep us busy the next few days!

  106. Charlotte in Ga says:

    Thanks for the great gift bag ideas! I try to make a few new ones every year. Then keep reusing them!

  107. Micaela in WA says:

    Love the quilted gift tags!

  108. Rachel in FL says:

    Fun ideas for wrapping gifts

  109. Silvia says:

    Great ideas for the packaging! Thank you!

  110. Barbara P in OR says:

    So many cute tags and bags.

  111. kay in mo says:

    Love the quilted gift tags

  112. DebW from WA says:

    LOVE LOVE LOVE your bag, Debbie! Thanks so much for the tutorial and the rest of the great ideas in your post. And thanks, SewMamaSew for a very fun and inspirational month!!!!!

  113. Beth says:

    We’re the type of family that saves our gift bags from year to year, using them over and over, as the taped on tag layer becomes a family history of sorts. Anyway, I saw the tutorial for the sewn bag with the ribbon and I think that’s an excellent idea for us! They won’t get as ratty and tatty as the paper ones and there are so many great Christmas fabrics, we really wouldn’t be giving anything up by switching. I’m definitely planning on trying to make some this year and see how it goes! Thanks for the tutorials and ideas!

    Beth from Washington State

  114. Betty in CA says:

    Cookie Brittle?!?! You know, all of these ideas are a wonderful gift to your readers. Many, many thanks! Now, I must commence drooling over the thought of cookie brittle…

  115. Alicia in CA says:

    Great ideas for wrapping.

  116. MarjoryW in Oio says:

    I really love the quilted gift tags!

  117. Alicia in CA says:

    Lots of great ideas! Thank you. Will try the quilted tags.

  118. Heather in VT says:

    I love these wrapping ideas, it’s my mission to wrap everything in reusable wrap, and not my mother’s version “unwrap carefully! we’re using that paper next year!”.

  119. Sandy in WA says:

    i had gift tags on my shopping list–much cuter to print my own!

  120. I love the quilted gift tags.

  121. Those quilted gift tags are beautiful!

  122. Begum Sen says:

    Cookie brittle looks delicious!

  123. deborah in az says:

    great tutorials – very handy. i’m sorry to see the handmade holidays tutorials wrap up! now to get cracking on some projects. thank you!

  124. Cristine in tx says:

    Cookie brittle AND free printables! What more could I ask for?

  125. Bridget in CO says:

    A quilted gift tag!? How cute! These are great ideas for gift wrap…and maybe I can make a dent in my scrap pile! Thanks again!

  126. Wendy in OR says:

    Love the washi tape and quilted gift tags!

  127. Diane B says:

    Thank you Debbie! All the bags are spot on…I swear I’m not buying paper bags or wrapping.
    Only using handmade fabric gift bags that I’ve sewn or quilted. I love the scrappy gift tags too!
    Diane in VA

  128. Kristie in WA says:

    I love reusable gift bags. It’s like two gifts in one!

  129. Shannon P says:

    I love the quilted gift tags!

  130. beth in nc says:

    Washi tags and quilted gift tags. Sooo cute!

  131. Michelle M in WA says:

    Fun ideas for wrapping little gifts.

  132. nicole in FL says:

    love the quilted gift tags!!!

  133. Dita in WA says:

    I’ve never really given it much thought, but I love the idea of fabric gift bag! Those quilted tags look super adorable too!!

  134. connie J in CO says:

    I want to make the burlap gift bags!

  135. Audrey says:

    I love all the gift tags, especially the quilted ones.

  136. Mandi in CO says:

    I love re-useable gift wrap. Thanks for the ideas!

  137. Ramona from MI says:

    Oh my, so many cute bags and tags for our homemade gifts. Love it!

  138. Doris in AL says:

    Love the quilted gift tags.

  139. Cyndi says:

    Those quilted gift tags are too cute! And the gift bags are so handy year round.

  140. Sarah J in OH says:

    Love all these sweet little bags! I never even thought about adding fabric to a gift tag- brilliant! Thanks!

  141. Molly in tn says:

    Oh that cookie brittle! The burlap is brilliant, too.

  142. Jennifer N. in CA says:

    I want to sew fabric bags. Thank you for sharing so many great ideas.

  143. usairdoll says:

    Great gift wrapping! The wrappings are beautiful gifts on their own.

    Thank you for a super giveaway and a chance to win. Oh fingers crossed for the pincushion book, hehe.

  144. Kat hosking (australia) says:

    Everybody loves a bonus! Those drawstring bags are cute and the cookie brittle looks yummy. I’m going to have to go an buy me some M&Ms so I can make it. Shame I just got home from the shops! 🙂

  145. Nickkole in nc says:

    Snuck this one in late! I like the little burlap bags but hate working with burlap

  146. Jenny L in MD says:

    These are some fantastic ideas. Thanks!

  147. Natalie in OH says:

    All of the fabric gift bags are great ideas. They’re reusable and definitely more special than store bought bags. I plan to sew all of my Christmas gift bags this year!

  148. Tammy in MI says:

    What fun! I love the different style of gift bags!

  149. Trina in MA says:

    Love the printable gift tags.

  150. melissa in missouri says:

    I love bakers twine.

  151. Tara in OR says:

    Those Holiday Burlap Bags are adorable! I can’t wait to make some. I’ll definitely be printing out some of those gift tags as well – so cute!

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