Find festive holiday gift and decor tutorials for a Handmade Hanukkah celebration. Here’s a round-up of ideas for this winter Festival of Lights!

Today’s Guest Curator: Peta Minerof-Bartos from Petaquilts: TheNotSewGuiltyQuilter

Peta is a lifelong crafter, and just started blogging about her crafty shenanigans at Petaquilts: TheNotSewGuiltyQuilter. She is a wife, mom and pug lover. Peta has been quilting since childhood and is an active member of the Chicago Modern Quilt Guild, where she will serve as President for the 2015-2016 year. You can follow her antics via Instagram @petaquilts.

Peta writes, “I’m so happy to be participating this year! I love the sparkle and bling of the holiday season, and have long treasured going to friends’ homes to enjoy Christmas activities. But my holiday, Hanukkah (or Chanukah… Who knows?!), is usually a home celebration; it’s often hard to find Jewish decor or crafts during the season. After organizing a Jewish craft swap last year, I realized how underrepresented Jewish crafts and decor really were! Each year, I’m a little sad about that. This year I’m so happy to be sharing some really wonderful crafts celebrating my culture.”

Make It


Dreidel Garland
The scrumdilly-do! Dreidel Garland repurposes old ties into a fun, new project!


Hanukkah Coasters
These Hanukkah Coasters from The Purl Bee are modern, festive and practical. Perfect!


Menorah Table Runner
Peta at Petaquilts: TheNotSewGuiltyQuilter was inspired by these Hanukkah Cards from Bagels + Crawfish to create this happy Menorah Table Runner.


Spin the Dreidel Free Motion Pattern
Add a Spin the Dreidel Free Motion Pattern to your sewing with Lori’s how-to at The Inbox Jaunt.


Dreidel Quilt Block
The Dreidel Quilt Block from Treasure It for Kreinik for favecrafts incorporates lots of three-dimensional texture.


Menorah Wall Hanging
This easy Menorah Wall Hanging from Quilter’s Cache is all sewn up by Peta at Petaquilts: TheNotSewGuiltyQuilter.


Challah Cover
Our pretty Challah Cover from Ronit at Two Hippos for Sew Mama Sew includes the word “Shabbat” in Hebrew, and would make a lovely gift.


Menorah Embroidery
We love Floresita’s easy Menorah Embroidery.

Mix It


Marshmallow Dreidels with Printables
Marshmallow Dreidels with Printables from Hostess with the Mostess would be great for a party or potluck!

Print It


Paper Dreidels
The Paper Dreidels decorating this table are a free printable from Joy of Kosher. The post also includes three gourmet menu plans for a Chanukah party!

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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.

Essential Guide to Modern Quilt Making
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Author: Lucky Spool Authors
Publisher: Lucky Spool Media

10 of the best known and most respected teachers in modern quilt making, many best-selling authors in their own right, share one of their most popular workshops with you in this book. Each class is designed to help you improve your own composition and design choices, whether you create your own patterns or want to follow one of the 16 patterns included. From improvisation to alternate gridwork, working with solids to paper piecing, this book is jam packed with helpful techniques, advice, and guidance. The final workshop is an inspirational gallery of 50 modern quilts that exemplify the tone, color, and style found in modern quilt making today. This is the definitive, must-have collection of modern workshops for every quilter.

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.

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