Handmade Holidays Nov. 17: Gifts for College Kids

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Give college kids the comforts of home with these fun (and sensible!) presents. Most of these ideas work well for a wide range of ages…

Today’s Guest Curator: Sherri from RebeccaMaeDesigns.com

Sherri has designed her own patterns for years, and shares her design talents at RebeccaMaeDesigns.com (a site named after her daughters). Sherri is a contributor to the Sew Mama Sew site and her work has been published in Generation Q Magazine as well as Machine Quilting Unlimited. She is the designer behind Madawaska Mittens (from wool sweaters), as well as RebeccaMaeDesigns which includes her popular Coupon Bag pattern and her iQuilt Block of the Month quilt patterns (plus free tutorials)! Sherri will host two block of the month quilt-a-longs in the months ahead; follow along at RebeccaMaeDesigns.com so you don’t miss out!

From Sherri: I love love love (that’s a lot of love) giving handmade gifts at the holidays… That’s one of the reasons I love participating in this series at Sew Mama Sew! The ideas and inspiration are fantastic! My oldest daughter is in college and we are always looking for fun tutorials for college students and dorm rooms. I already have my Survival Kit printable ready to ship for finals! Have fun and Happy Holidays! (P.S. Go check out my Phone Charger Pocket tutorial!)

Make It

Giant Pillow Cover
Make that dorm bed a little more comfortable with a Giant Pillow Cover from Polka Dot Chair.

Duffel Bag
The Duffel Bag from Punk Projects is on our must-make list! This is perfect for short trips home from college (or– for those of us at home– for weekends away!).

Laptop Bag
Keep the essential college tech tool safe with a new Laptop Bag from Crazy Little Projects.

Take Note Notebook/Wallet
A Take Note Notebook/Wallet by Jenelle Clark of Echinops & Aster for Imagine Gnats can work for lots of people on your holiday list! It’s easy to customize for the recipient, and it’s great for women or men with the right fabric choices.

Pajama Pants
Everyone can always use a new pair of cozy Pajama Pants! Learn how easy it is to make your own pattern and sew them up at Melly Sews.

Stairway to Heaven Quilt
Cover your college kid with warmth and thoughts of home… Make a quilt! Quilting in the Rain’s Stairway to Heaven Quilt is quick and cute.

Wall Pocket
Dorms and tiny apartments can always use a little organizational help. Try Wall Pockets from A Bright Corner for important cords, papers and more.

T-Shirt Rag Quilt
The T-Shirt Rag Quilt from Sweet Tea in the South is easy and will be loaded with meaning for the recipient. (Just be sure to ask before you cut up all of those tees!)

Running Belt
The Crafting Chicks show you how to make a handy Running Belt for essentials like ID and keys.

Easy Laundry Bag
This Easy Laundry Bag from Ms. Marie DIY Designs will help corral the mess!

Related tutorials you might enjoy: Gifts for College Kids, More Gifts for College Kids, First Aid Kit

Mix It

Pumpkin Pie Spice Cupcakes
Here’s another recipe for all of you pumpkin spice lovers out there! The Pumpkin Pie Spice Cupcakes from Hoosier Homemade might be a fun addition to upcoming Thanksgiving festivities.

Print It

Planner Printables
Miss Tiina shows you how to get organized with her bright, cheery and free Planner Printables.

Starving Student Care Package
Your favorite college kid will love a Starving Student Care Package, with free printables from Strawberry Mommy Cakes.

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.

Here’s a link to all of our prizes for WEEK THREE!

Sew Fun
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Author: Sew Beautiful Magazine Editors
Publisher: Interweave/F+W

Unlike many sewing-for-children books, Sew Fun: 20 Projects for the Whole Family is a thoughtful approach to crafting with and for children. Readers will discover a variety of ways to get children involved in fun sewing projects, whatever their age or ability. Several projects are strictly for adults to make and children to enjoy. Others incorporate a child’s drawings printed on fabric and used as a template or design. Some projects allow older children to begin sewing for themselves and are perfect for short attention spans or low frustration levels. Essential quilt patterns allow children to contribute to a group project while an adult handles the actual sewing. Deborah Fisher has developed a range of projects that will appeal to adults and children alike. Fun costumes, beautiful dolls, story-time blankets and communal projects are just some of the patterns included here. Sewists will enjoy combining bright colors and contemporary fabrics while spending time with their families. They’ll get tips for working with children and learn how to involve them in ways that are enjoyable and stress-free.

The Beginner’s Guide to Dressmaking
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Author: Wendy Ward
Publisher: Stitch Craft Create

Do you dream of making your own unique clothes which you won’t see anyone else wearing? Have you got a collection of fantastic designer fabrics just waiting to be turned in to clothes? This is the ultimate dressmaking guide, teaching you how to make your own clothes even if you have never done so before! As well as step-by-step instructions for all the basic sewing and dressmaking techniques, there are six garment sewing patterns to choose from. It even includes multi-sized paper patterns for all the garments so you can get started immediately.

The garments include a maxi dress/skirt, jersey top, simple jacket, trousers, fishtail skirt and a shift dress. The author has also included advanced techniques for optional techniques such as pockets and collars which you can choose to add to the basic patterns as your dressmaking skills improve.

Visit the F+W Handmade Christmas section + Craft eBooks and Downloads page.

How to Crochet
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Author: Sara Delaney
Publisher: Storey Publishing

The perfect guide for beginners! Sara Delaney shows you her techniques for working a basic chain and creating single and double chain stitches. You’ll learn about changing colors, joining, fastening off, reading crochet patterns and working with different shapes. Working on small projects, such as a simple potholder or scarf, gives you the practice and experience you need before you move on to crocheting more complex patterns on your own.

How to Make a Quilt
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Author: Barbara Weiland Talbert
Publisher: Storey Publishing

With basic sewing skills and these simple step-by-step instructions, you can easily learn to make your first quilt! Barbara Weiland Talbert outlines the complete process in an easy-to-follow sequence, from selecting a design and choosing fabric to cutting pieces, assembling blocks, assembling the quilt top and finishing your quilt.

Sweet and Simple Sewing: Quilts and Sewing Projects to Give– or Keep
(US + Canada shipping, eBooks to international winners.)

Authors: Carrie Jung, Jessi Jung + Lauren Jung
Publisher: Martingale

Discover a visually striking collection of sewing and quilting patterns featuring modern colors and clean designs. Create everything from quilts to luggage tags, a hand-bound journal, pleated clutch, makeup bag and more.

  • Stitch affordable small accents to brighten your world–many projects require less than a yard of fabric and can be made in just a few hours.
  • Select from 13 unique projects ranging from beginner to advanced; easy-to-follow instructions with color diagrams guide you step by step.
  • Impress your friends with inventive gifts that look complicated but are actually simple to make.

Best of Stitch: Bags to Sew
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Author: From the Editors of Stitch Magazine
Publisher: Interweave/F+W

Welcome to a selection of the best bags from the popular Stitch magazine, plus 5 brand-new projects, curated by its editors. The book features designs from Malka Dubrawsky, Ayumi Takahashi, Kevin Kosbab, Carol Zentgraf and many more.

Techniques include patchwork, applique, pleating, creating dimension with fabric and embroidery. Bags of a variety of shapes and sizes were selected, including coin purses, gadget bags, clutches, slouch bags and messenger bags, so you are sure to find something to make for yourself or give to your friends and family.

Inside you will find all of the best bags from Stitch magazine in one place, plus 5 brand-new designs- there’s something for everyone!

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

Other ideas from our 8th Annual Handmade Holidays series:

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283 Responses to Handmade Holidays Nov. 17: Gifts for College Kids

  1. Tina in MT says:

    The laptop bag is great

  2. Georgia says:

    That laptop bag is pretty cool!

  3. Tamara (Delaware) says:

    Such great ideas for college students!

  4. Audrey says:

    The laptop bag, tablet wallet and door pocket are all wonderful ideas for college kids. Thanks.

  5. Too cute — wish I’d had some of these while in college myself! Love the giant pillow — so great for studying in bed πŸ˜‰

  6. Mhairi (Aust) says:

    The running belt is a great idea. I also love the printables you have found. Thanks again for a great list.

  7. Amy in IL says:

    Lots of fun ideas. Might attempt the duffle bag.

  8. Anna in OH says:

    Wall pocket is good for dorm bunk beds!

  9. Antoinette says:

    The giant pillow cover looks both crisp and cozy.

  10. Beth says:

    I’m going to try my hand at those pajama pants!

  11. Morgan D. says:

    So many great ideas in this post- the running belt is perfect for my husband and I love the duffel and stairway quilt!

  12. Janet K says:

    Great ideas for my college girl – she especially always needs more pajama pants that are long enough (over 6 feet tall!) Actually I could use some new ones too!

  13. Julia D in WA says:

    I see laundry bag making in my near future!

  14. kim s (SC) says:

    T shirt rag quilt is very cool. Thanks.

  15. Faith says:

    So many inspiring ideas! I love the laptop bag – ooh la la ! And the “Sew Fun” book looks adorable!

  16. Oooh. PJ pants!

  17. I love it when you feature bags. They are my favorite thing to sew!

  18. Jen K says:

    I want to make them for myself!

  19. Wiebke in Germany says:

    The Duffel Bag is great!

  20. I think I need a wall pocket

  21. Monique in nH says:

    Love that Duffel Bag! Thanks for the chance.

  22. I love that duffel bag and the long pillow cover. Thanks for the ideas.

  23. So many great ideas! I pinned several to make later πŸ™‚

  24. Raphaelle in CO says:

    Pj pants with matching fabrics for my daughter and her friend!
    I would love to win the guide for beginners in dressmaking.

  25. Veronika in GA says:

    Love that duffel bag!!

  26. Peggy says:

    I would love to win the tablet cover for my g-daughter.

  27. Whitney M in SC says:

    those wall pockets are a great idea!

  28. Alison in MD says:

    I’m no college kid, but I like a lot of these!

  29. What great ideas! I love the wall pocket~ right next to the bed for the phone and charger. LOL

  30. I need to make my husband that laptop bag!

  31. Alyssa in IN says:

    I love the duffel bag! That fabric is great!!

  32. Claudia TN says:

    Been toying with making either a zip laptop bag or a duffel. I guess it’s time to decide. πŸ™‚

  33. Becky K in Ohio says:

    Wow! Love that T-Shirt quilt!! Going to def make that! Thanks!!

  34. Stacy in PA says:

    While the sewing projects are great, those printables look really awesome! The Starving Student package is so hilarious!

  35. Kara says:

    I am going to try making the back of the chair pouch. It will be cute for my daughter and so festive with some Christmas fabric. What a great idea.

  36. Silvia says:

    Great ideas! Love the Laptop Bag. Thank you!

  37. Natalija says:

    Love the duffel bag and pjs. With two girls in college, I actually may make some for them.

  38. Kairi says:

    No college kids (yet), but luckily there are other people in my life who could use a thing or two from this list πŸ™‚

  39. Carol in IL says:

    I think that the Take Note Notebook/Wallet looks very useable.

  40. So much fun. Great ideas! The bags (laptop, belt, duffel bag…) thanks for sharing.

  41. Laura in FL says:

    That running belt would be great for a couple of my friends. We’ve been training for a half marathon together.

  42. Sandy in WA says:

    That running belt looks neat.

  43. Melissa in GA says:

    I would so love to win the crochet book because I want to learn how to crochet one day. (or the Best of Stitch: Bags book).

  44. jodie in nj says:

    i could use a number of these!

  45. Carol N. says:

    Great ideas! Love the laptop bag.

  46. SamRI says:

    The PJ bottoms are great!

  47. Lauren says:

    Very inspiring.

  48. Judi in AR says:

    What an awesome list of ideas and projects!

  49. Judi B in VA says:

    Cute PJ’s and pillow cover. Feeling like I need a nap.

  50. Mary D in MO says:

    There are some great ideas here. The laundry bag and the t-shirt rag quilt come to mind for my off to college nephews.

  51. Heather in VT says:

    These are great for all ages, how handy is the laundry bag, my boys could use one.

  52. Linda in VA says:

    I really like the notebook/wallet

  53. Andrea says:

    That running belt looks really useful and easy to make – I should make one for myself πŸ˜‰ Thanks for the great giveaway!
    Greetings from Germany πŸ™‚

  54. Greta in WI says:

    Having a college kid I can see I’m going to be very busy sewing up some of your wonderful ideas for christmas.

  55. Judy in OR says:

    All of the ideas would make great gifts. My favorite are the pajamas and the running belt.

  56. Chiska in WY says:

    I love the wall pocket!

  57. Marsha in PA says:

    Pajama pants! They’re perfect for so many people, including the college kids in my life.

  58. amanda in mn says:

    I loooooove the duffel

  59. Kerry in NY says:

    These are great ideas- for lots of kids and adults!

  60. Now I really want to make some PJ pants!!

  61. sangeetha in oh says:

    Love the duffle, pillow cover and running belt – cute

  62. Kristin in DC says:

    I like the wallet and the duffel bag!

  63. Janelle ThietjeDunn in CO says:

    Omigosh, I sure like some of the creative gifts this year.

  64. Linda Fleming in CA says:

    Love the PJ pants!

  65. Marcia-Michigan says:

    Absolutely loving that duffle bag and the wall pocket!

  66. Heather in FL says:

    New pjs are always nice this time of year!

  67. Debbi Crowl in CO says:

    I want to make the duffel for several people none of whom are in college! Great gift ideas and the books that you are offering are very awesome! Thanks!

  68. Lorinda in WA says:

    I think I want all these things for myself! I especially love the duffel and lap top bags.

  69. Betty in CA says:

    It’s hard figuring out gifts for a college aged male. The laundry bag seems like it can be both personal (“I made this for you!”) and neutral (useful without screaming it’s from family/friends back home). Thanks!

  70. Jolien says:

    Pajama pants are always good and the muffins look so good.

  71. Deanna says:

    I’ve been looking for a pattern just like those wall pockets. Thanks!

  72. Amanda at APO says:

    Well, some of those fabric choices were so darn cute I was distracted. I think many of these ideas spread across a much broader recipient list.

  73. alianora says:

    I love some of these ideas for friends who are graduating! Im in Colorado!

  74. Begum Sen says:

    They are great πŸ™‚

  75. Liz in WA says:

    Pyjama pants make great gifts. I sew up flannel pairs for my sisters every year for Christmas. =)

  76. Miet in Canada says:

    I can think of a few people who could use a duffel bag…

  77. Kristen says:

    that duffel bag looks so fun!

  78. Donna in NC says:

    Love all the gift ideas especially the duffle bag and laptop bag. The books look great.

  79. KristyMN says:

    I need a running belt!

  80. Mandi in MO says:

    I like the running belt.

  81. Rachel in IL says:

    The notetaker wallet is awesome! So cute!!

  82. DebbieKL says:

    Comfy PJ pants are the best!

  83. Kate in Montana.

    That running belt is perfect! I so could have used one of those in school.

  84. Michelle Smith in Michigan says:

    All of the bags and wallets are nice for college kids and more. Looking forward to sewing up yet more goodies!

    Michelle Smith in Michigan

  85. I think I need some wall pockets – what a good idea for a small space.

  86. Jansie in TX says:

    Those pajama pants are great!!! Will definitely be trying those out. Thank you!

  87. Kathy h in Pa. says:

    Great ideas. I love the pillow cover.

  88. Carrie in IL says:

    Loving that duffel bag, laptop bag, wallet… and PJs!!!

  89. Brie says:

    Love that sweet and simple sewing book!

  90. Molly in TN says:

    I want to make the wallet and the running belt for myself! πŸ™‚

  91. Sue in IL says:

    Great tutorial for Pajama Pants!

  92. Dana in Oh says:

    Love that duffel!

  93. Caroline says:

    i love the duffel bag!

  94. Jayne - Tennessee says:

    Great projects! Love the duffle bag! And I could use some pajama bottoms too!

  95. Java Jane NC says:

    Pumpkin always wins! Nice recipe.

  96. Connie J in CO says:

    The duffel looks like the perfect ‘lego on the go’ bag!

  97. Nancy McKenzie says:

    Any of these gifts would be great in a care package. The notebook is on my list.

  98. cynthia says:

    LOVE the wall pockets!!! what a great organization idea πŸ™‚

  99. Julianne Ross says:

    I was hoping to find a pattern for a t-shirt quilt!

  100. Gina S. says:

    I have 2 giant pillows that need covers, thanks!

  101. I *adore* that wall pocket! I think my elementary school age boy needs that one!

  102. Joan says:

    Lots of good ideas in this group – pj pants, laundry bag, etc. – and you don’t even have to have a college age person to sew for.

  103. Gia says:

    These are great!
    I love the variety of the tutorials as well as the theme!

  104. Pauline says:

    So many great ideas here – I’d like to many quite a few of these items.

  105. Prachi in WA says:

    Love the laptop bag and the running belt !

  106. Anna says:

    I know a number of college students (I am one) who would love so many of these things!

  107. Ellee says:

    The laptop bag — anyone could use one of those!

  108. Barbara P in OR says:

    that laptop bag is beautiful! thanks so much.

  109. Andrea McColeman says:

    All the projects are lovely, my favorite is the laptop bag and I really need a new one! Even though I need to be making Christmas gifts! πŸ™‚
    Andrea from Nevada

  110. Afton says:

    I’d love these gifts even though I’m not a college student.

  111. Deb from WA says:

    That laptop bag is adorable!

  112. Those Pumpkin Pie Spice Cupcakes and the duffel bag are on my list!

  113. Linda Fleming says:

    Great ideas! Love the PJ pants…

  114. Cristine in tx says:

    oooh maybe I’ll spoil myself with some new pajamas.

  115. Katie in CA says:

    That duffel bag is so great for the kids heading to Grandma’s! Looks simple enough to turn out great, too. And if I don’t win the dressmaking book, it’s going on my Christmas list!!

  116. Mandi in CO says:

    pajama pants!

  117. usairdoll in CA says:

    I’d love to make the duffel bag. Oh boy those pumpkin pie spice cupcakes sound amazing!

    Thank you for a super giveaway and a chance to win.

  118. Jenny L in MD says:

    I like the wLl pocket. My kids are too young now but in a couple of years it will be perfect for them!

  119. Beth in Michigan says:

    My girls would love a new pillow case for their big pillows. And PJ pants would be a hit too. Thanks!

  120. Anitha says:

    Beautifule handmades ! indeed tempting !

  121. DeborahGun says:

    So many great ideas – thanks for sharing!

  122. Donna in TX says:

    Love the wall pocket and the wallet. Thanks for the great roundup of books.

  123. Anna (64colorbox) in FL says:

    The laptop bag looks fun. I really should send a few college survival kits.

  124. Delia from VA says:

    Love the wall pockets! Another item for my must sew list.?

  125. Amanda in TX says:

    Great ideas! Love the duffel!

  126. Kylie C in OR says:

    Homemade duffles are awesome- they are a great gift for anyone on your list and way easier than they look.

  127. amber says:

    I love the running belt. Planning to make one for myself even though these are supposed to be gift ideas.

  128. Morgan in NY says:

    Like the duffel – it would be easy to spot at baggage claim too.

  129. Cindy in ND says:

    So many projects to make today! I’m loving it!

  130. Vanessa B says:

    Great Ideas, Love them all! Thank You!!!

  131. EmSewCrazy says:

    OOH I love that Stairway to Heaven quilt! What a clever idea!
    Emily from MT

  132. Bobby says:

    I got a new planner for Christmas coming and some of these planner pages are going to be a great add! Thanks!

  133. Rachel in CA says:

    Great ideas! Love the duffel bag!

  134. heidi anderson says:

    These are all great! Really love the giant pillow cover. Thanks!

  135. Linda says:

    Beginners guide to dressmaking looks very interesting.

  136. Katie says:

    Pillow cases – perfect for my nephews and niece who are moving to the UK next year. They can remember us every night!

  137. Vicki says:

    Such a difficult age to buy for…these are such great ideas!

  138. Catherine says:

    I’m long out of college, but these are all great!

  139. Glenda in Florida says:

    WOW–I think this is the best collection of tutorials so far! As I scrolled down, I said to myself–I want that, and that, and that and ….. Then, after I clicked over to each link, I then clicked to see their other tutorials and free patterns. I think I’ll go to my sewing room now!

  140. Lori Morton says:

    Love the Jamma Pants, Laptop Bag…T-shirt quilt & Stairway to Heaven quilt too! OH! & the Big Pillow!! Grrrreat Ideas for older Grangirl’s…and ME!!! giggle

  141. Ramona from MI says:

    Love the laptop bag and the body pillow cover. Lots of inspiration.

  142. Lee in MI says:

    The pumpkin cupcakes look yummy and I love the running belt!

  143. Julie in Canada says:

    Love the Star Trek figure!

  144. Mary H in CO says:

    Love that notebook wallet!

  145. jmj in the USA says:

    wonderful!!!!! I’m making the laptop bags this week and PJ pants next, I think they’ll love them, thanks for all the great ideas!!!!

  146. Karen from Indiana says:

    Love the notebook! These will make great gifts!

  147. BreannaS says:

    The running belt looks like a great gift and accessory.

  148. Lizzie says:

    Fun projects!! I love those PJ pants!

  149. Ginger in MD says:

    Those wall pockets look handy.

  150. Maureen says:

    Want to make the pjs for my daughter and myself.

  151. Kate F (North Carolina) says:

    How did you know I’ve always wanted to sew my own duffel bag?

  152. carolyn montgomery says:

    love the giant pillow.

  153. Katherine in Canada says:

    Those pumpkin cupcakes look delicious!

  154. Jackie F says:

    I have two sisters in college and love the notebook/wallet. They might get one this year πŸ™‚

  155. Laurie in CO says:

    Really cute stuff- love the pillow especially.

  156. Elena in TX says:

    I would like to make the laptop bag. I try to make gifts every year.

  157. Elise in Georgia says:

    Very cute stuff!

  158. Bronwen says:

    Love the pyjamas!! Thanks for the chance to win. I’m an international reader from Australia too.

  159. Deidre (Canada) says:

    Definitely need to make the PJs! Thanks!

  160. nicole in FL says:

    i love the take note notebook holder. might be the perfect gift for the hubby.

  161. Deb H. in PA says:

    Even though I no longer have kids in college, I LOVE all these projects!

  162. sarah in nd says:

    time to get started on the pj pants!! thanks!

  163. beth in nc says:

    I’ve been thinking about making a running belt.

  164. Shannon in WA says:

    Great duffle bag!

  165. Connie Rodriguez says:

    Everything a college kid would need, love the laptop bag and pjs

  166. D says:

    The giant pillow cover is calling me to make it!!

  167. Kati in FL says:

    Love the tshirt quilt.

  168. Charlotte in Ga says:

    Great ideas! Thanks so much!

  169. Kat Hosking (Australia) says:

    I just LOVE those pyjama pants! And I would love to win the Beginner’s Guide to Dressmaking please! I know enough of the basics to make my way but how good would it be to learn to do it properly… And efficiently!

  170. Lisa Marie in KY says:

    I especially like the laptop bag!

  171. Great ideas!

  172. Marilyn in WA says:

    like the stairway to heaven quilt and runner’s belt.

  173. Cinnamom in MN says:

    Looks like great ideas!

  174. Whitner in AL says:

    I like that running belt for myself!

  175. Perfect timing – just came across the flannel I set aside months ago for Christmas pj pants, so now I have a great tutorial to go with!

  176. I don’t have anyone in college (give me about 4 years!), but all of these ideas would be great for my children and family members!!

  177. Lauren in MN says:

    Love the Laptop Bag pattern!

  178. Jennifer N. in CA says:

    Back to school is my favorite shopping season. These are great ideas to feed that love. Thank you for sharing.

  179. Robin E. in AZ says:

    I’ll have a college student for the first time next year. I’m saving this page for then. Thank you.

  180. Jan c. In La. says:

    Thanks, Sherri. I love all the projects, especially the laptop bag.

  181. Lisa in Ma says:

    Every day a new one of these comes out and I’m ready for a whole new set of projects! If only there was more time!

  182. Sarah in PA says:

    Nice ideas!

  183. Heidi in SD says:

    All great ideas!

  184. Patricia C says:

    Love the big pillow, bag and the door pocket!

  185. Liesel says:

    Love the laptop bag! Liesel in KS

  186. andrea C in Ohio says:

    i was just thinking this weekend i wanted to start making my own pjs! Thanks for the link to a good tutorial.

  187. Sarah J. in OH says:

    Love these ideas– simply changing up the fabric can make some fun things for the guys too!

  188. Kristin O says:

    Love it, thanks for sharing!

  189. I NEED that running belt!

  190. sandy in Ohio says:

    More great ideas! The student care packages are always so appreciated.

  191. Carmen in WI says:

    I may have graduated from college … oh, a couple of years ago, but I’d love to receive some of these gifts myself!

  192. Angie in LA says:

    Great ideas!

  193. Bridget says:

    Another great post! I am making the pillow cover this weekend! I also can’t wait to try out those cupcakes – yum yum!

  194. Eleanor in NC says:

    That wall pocket is such a great idea!

  195. Ali M from WA says:

    I’ve wanted to make a duffel bag for so long, thank you for the kick in the butt!

  196. Anita in OK says:

    Great prizes!

  197. Mary Ann in SC says:

    I have two nieces in college. Love the wall pocket idea.

  198. My kids are done with college but so many of these ideas are perfect at any age.

  199. Annie says:

    Cute duffel bag!

  200. sarah in ca says:

    cute projects!

  201. Shannon says:

    You had me at “Wall Pockets.”

  202. Oh man, I could use that Quilting book and that Bags to Sew Book! Thanks!
    This is a great list of gift ideas! I’m planning on making my college student a scarf from flannel and lace. Wish me luck!

  203. Thunder in FL says:

    love the notebook wallet πŸ™‚ thanks

  204. Deanne in NC says:

    Great ideas. I particularly like the Stairway to Heaven Quilt – might have to make that in the new year.

  205. kim t. in wa says:

    giant pillow! yes!

  206. Nan in WV says:

    Love the duffel bag and the notebook cover

  207. Emilyplays in WA says:

    The Take Note is a great idea!

  208. Cherise says:

    Those are awesome ideas! Thanks so much! I live in Canada.

  209. kAY says:

    I love the duffle bag and laptop bag!

    Kay in the midwest

  210. Wendy in OR says:

    I’ve always wanted to do something with the old t-shirts and the T-Shirt Rag Quilt looks perfect.

  211. Beth from VA says:

    I bet they fill that laundry bag to bring it home!

  212. Logan in NY says:

    I wish I’d seen the wall pockets last week. I just started something similar, but so much more complicated…

  213. Sruthi says:

    Super ideas!! going to try most of these soon!

  214. Kathleen McCormick in MA says:

    Fun ideas and fun books!

  215. Barb B in Canada says:

    I have been looking for a duffle bag pattern. Thank you for posting this one.

  216. dangermom says:

    Forget college students, *I* need some of that stuff! And my 14yo needs pajama pants!

  217. Ruth Burke in PA says:

    I know someone who would enjoy these gift ideas! Thanks for the inspiration. πŸ™‚

  218. More quilting books! Yay

  219. Amanda B. in CA says:

    Those cupcakes look great. Something to try tonight.

  220. Amanda B. in CA says:

    I am going to make those cupcakes tonight!

  221. Michelle M says:

    I really like the snap closure on the Take Note Notebook/Wallet. I know a couple of people that might just find this under the tree this year.

  222. Brooke in NY says:

    i actually am making the Stairway to Heaven quilt! I started it this summer when she first blogged about it!

  223. Brooke in NY says:

    i actually made (ahem, AM MAKING) the Stairway to Heaven quilt! I started it this summer when she first blogged about it πŸ™‚

  224. Jill in California says:

    Great ideas, today.


  225. Adina says:

    The Laptop Bag is very cute!

  226. Tammy in MI says:

    That notebook cover is adorable!

  227. Riann says:

    I would love to own the Beginner’s Guide to Dressmaking! Thanks for the opportunity!

  228. Cari in CO says:

    I’d like that running belt for myself!

  229. Natalie in OH says:

    Love the laptop bag!

  230. Yvonne says:

    These look like fun! Hoping to win something quilting related. Or possibly the toy book, or the dressmaking book, and I’ve been meaning to try learning crochet…. (I’m in the US.)

  231. Georgiann says:

    All of these ideas are perfect for the teens I sew for! Thanks!

  232. Serena in CA says:

    These are all great ideas!

  233. Thanks so much for featuring my Starving Student printables! These are all great ideas!

  234. Christine Herman says:

    Looking forward to trying to work on the running belt this week!

  235. jenniferW in SC says:

    The t-shirt quilt is such a great idea!

  236. Trina in MA says:

    I could always use another cupcake recipe to try out.

  237. Tina in NJ says:

    The wall pockets look interesting. I don’t think my 21-year-old son wants pajama bottoms, though.

  238. Gunda says:

    So many fun projects. Think I need to quit my job and sew only lol. the book “Sew Fun” sounds to be a must-have πŸ˜‰

  239. Nickkole in NC says:

    Might need to make that running belt for myself! And the duffel!

  240. Allyson in OH says:

    Love the duffel bag!

  241. Becky in AK says:

    I love all these ideas!

  242. Kristie in WA says:

    I think I will make a couple wall pockets today, if I can find a little time. They would be great for younger kids too. Thanks for another batch of great ideas.

  243. SS in NH says:

    I especially like the wall pocket and the laptop bag today.

  244. Thanks for more great ideas ! Mmm, those cupcakes !

  245. Heather in VA says:

    My DD will love the duffel bag for soccer.

  246. Lesley says:

    Great ideas! I live in Oregon

  247. Stacy S. says:

    The wall pockets are a great idea!

  248. christina in vt says:

    Still enjoying the series — keep the ideas coming!

  249. Margie Young says:

    Thank you for all the great ideas ! I cant wait to make a few of them for our son in college.

  250. Jenn (FPO) says:

    I’ll be making those pajama pants. Lovely!

  251. Amy in US says:

    These are great gifts for just about anyone.

  252. Jo says:

    Great ideas — and not just for college kids!

  253. Margo in WA says:

    I think some new pj pants would make a very cozy gift!

  254. Erika in MA says:


  255. Sara in MA says:

    I think my daughter (10 years old!) could use both the laundry bag and wall pocket for her tiny room!

  256. Dita in WA says:

    Oh my I can see a college student to really love this list. But guess who else really love it??? ME haha

  257. Elizabeth says:

    I’m a college student and I would love to receive any of these gifts! My favorites are the wall pocket and the t-shirt quilt.

  258. Ariadne says:

    Oh I’d love the Beginners guide to dressmaking. I am an international reader. ariadnesky(at)hotmail(dot)com

  259. Cassandra in Ohio says:

    What a great laptop bag!

  260. Mandy in Canada says:

    love the dufflebag!

  261. Dawn Jones says:

    I like the a Duffel Bag and the Notebook Wallet.

  262. Bekk says:

    I like the notebook wallet, it would be really handy to have one of those at shows to keep account of goodies and favourite stalls and business cards. Nice idea.

  263. Cathie. says:

    Oh my, I better get working, I want to make most of these projects. Great, great, great ideas.

  264. Andrea S. says:

    I love that duffel bag!

  265. I love the laptop bag…perfect for my sister-in-law!

  266. teresa says:

    oh my goodness I love everything on this list……for me lol

  267. HOlly W says:

    My husband totally needs a running belt! Thanks.

  268. Jessie from NM says:

    That stairway quilt is perfect and the name goes great for college kids, since they all love that song, right? (Sew fun or Sweet and simple please!)

  269. Lina says:

    the instructions for the pajama pants an the stairway to heaven quilt are really helpful, thanks

  270. Jenn says:

    Can’t wait to try my hand at making a laptop bag.

  271. Rhonda in PA says:

    Love the pj pants!

  272. Kristen W in CT says:

    I am all over that duffel bag. Also, could use a laundry bag to stash all those dirty kitchen towels between wash days!

  273. KarenH in OK says:

    I have 2 kids in college but some of those gifts would be good for anyone. πŸ™‚

  274. Diana says:

    I do know a lot of college kids.

  275. Kimberly in TX says:

    My kids will all LOVE the notebook wallet!!

  276. Anne Marie says:

    These are all such wonderful ideas – thanks for all your hard work putting this together.

  277. Awesome ideas, as a college student myself, I know that I would love any of these handmade items! πŸ™‚

    Bethany in WA

  278. Kathy L. in VA says:

    The duffel is so cute and would be so useful!

  279. Debbie says:

    So many ideas, so little time!

  280. tricia says:

    Those comfy pants would be perfect for my boys πŸ™‚ Thanks!

  281. Veronica K says:

    These are wonderful! Thank you!

  282. Heather C says:

    So many great ideas here I am going to use for me! Especially pajama pants. Thanks for posting.

  283. Jennifer in AL says:

    I love all of these. The Duffel Bag is my favorite, I think. Great day!

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