These gifts work for boys or girls, of course, but in an online sewing world of skirts, hair accessories and more it is fun to feature ideas we know boys will love. Sew something awesome for a boy this holiday season!

Today’s Guest Curator: Bonnie Ferguson of Fishsticks Designs

Bonnie Ferguson adores sewing and sews something nearly every single day! She’s a mom of six and the designer behind Fishsticks Designs Sewing Patterns. Bonnie loves teaching new sewing skills and encourages sewing things that are fun and creative, while also practical and useful. Her pattern line focuses on children’s clothing (with plenty of stuff for boys) and accessories for the whole family. You can find her sewing patterns online as ePatterns and in your favorite local quilt shop in traditional paper form.

Bonnie writes, “We have six children. Four of those are boys who range in age from 21 down to four, so I know that finding things to sew for boys of all ages can be really hard! One of my primary goals in blogging and designing is to help moms (and grandmothers and dads too!) of boys find ways to sew for them that are unique, interesting and fashionable, but still kid-friendly and practical. I’m also an instant-gratification kind of sewist. I like projects that can be done in a few hours because, as moms, sometimes naptime is the only time we have!”

Make It


The Little Man Wallet
Every little man needs a safe place to keep his allowance! The Little Man Wallet from Chaos & Love will do the job and it looks cool too!


Lochness Monster Stuffed Animal
What little boy could resist this almost-as-big-as-life Lochness Monster Stuffed Animal from Hannah at We Lived Happily Ever After?


Dry Erase Placemat
Thrill your budding artist with his own Dry Erase Placemat using this Melly Sews tutorial.


Traveling Backsack Pattern
Keep toys contained on the go with the Traveling Backsack Pattern from Chelsea at Get Your Crap Together.


Tool Roll
Older boys (and even husbands) will appreciate the practicality of this Sew Like My Mom quick and simple Tool Roll.


Shark Pillow
You’re gonna need a bigger… Toddler bed?! Becky’s Shark Pillow at Patchwork Posse is too cute to be ferocious. It’s sure to bring your little shark-lover sweet dreams.


{Darth Vader} Quilt
Do you have a Star Wars fan in the house? The {Darth Vader} Quilt designed by Shauna of Shwin & Shwin just might be his favorite gift ever!


Wool Felt Stick Horses
Your little cowboy will be thrilled to go for a pony ride on one of these Wool Felt Stick Horses from Lia Griffith!

Related tutorials you might enjoy: Gifts for Boys, How to Make Boxer Shorts, Suspenders!, Toys + Softies

Mix It


Slow Cooker Hot Cocoa
Stir up a batch of this Slow Cooker Hot Cocoa from Melissa at No. 2 Pencil, and the whole neighborhood will come running in from the cold for a cup!


Gluten-Free Peanut Butter Sandwich Cookies
The Gluten-Free Peanut Butter Sandwich Cookies from Pint-Sized Treasures are so yummy, and they’re completely grain-free, too!

Print It


Travel Size Nativity Set
This Travel Size Nativity Set from Made by Joel prints on one sheet of paper and fits in a mint tin for storage! It’s a great take-along for holiday travel.


Road Trip Drawing Prompts
Traveling to see Grandma? Print these Road Trip Drawing Prompts from Pickle Bums to keep your little ones busy and encourage them to use their imaginations, too.

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!

Cute Quilts for Kids
(US + Canada shipping, eBooks to international winners.)

Author: Kristin Roylance
Publisher: Martingale

Make a quilt that’s functional and fun–and sure to be loved for years to come! Babies and toddlers will be tickled to have these bright, colorful designs highlighted by dimensional elements for little fingers to explore. Motifs range from butterflies and ladybugs to dinosaurs and rodeos.

  • Choose from nine adorable patterns that give traditional designs a fresh look.
  • Learn basic appliqué and embellishing techniques as you make engaging quilts using rickrack, ruffles and more.
  • Fit quilting into your busy life; these projects are easy enough for beginners and enticing enough for experts.

BurdaStyle Modern Sewing Wardrobe Essentials
(US-only shipping, no P.O. boxes.)

Author: BurdaStyle
Publisher: Interweave/F+W

BurdaStyle is a legendary brand that focuses on the fashionable and high-style sewing marketplace. Sewists know the BurdaStyle name and its reputation for high-quality patterns. BurdaStyle Modern Sewing: Wardrobe Essentials includes 20 projects from the archives of BurdaStyle magazine.

All of the must-have basics of a woman’s wardrobe are covered in this collection: jackets, pants, blouses, skirts and dresses. The designs include versatile separates as well as combinations that further expand the possibilities for the modern woman’s wardrobe. In addition to the twenty patterns, there are nine variations. Many of the projects include illustrated step-by-step tutorials. With a few exceptions, all of the projects are easy to intermediate, and sizes range from 2 to 14.

Wardrobe Essentials includes a Burda 101 section that covers everything sewists need to know to follow the patterns, including frequently used techniques and a pattern insert with full-size pattern pieces. “BurdaStyled” tips sprinkled throughout the book give advice on styling the designs for maximum appeal.

Hello Kitty Crochet
(US-only shipping.)

Author: Mei Li Lee
Publisher: Quirk Books

Hello Kitty Crochet is all about kawaii: the supercute world of Hello Kitty and her friends meets the Japanese art of amigurumi, or crocheted dolls. With 25 cute and easy-to-make projects, Hello Kitty Crochet is as charming and fun as it is simple to follow.

Whether you’re a seasoned crocheter or have never used a needle, you’ll find tons of helpful tips and tricks for creating kawaii handmade dolls. It’s the perfect way for crafters and cuteness-lovers to celebrate the global icon’s 40th anniversary!

Handmade Bags in Natural Fabrics
(Continental US shipping.)

Author: Emiko Takahashi + Soo Leeyong
Publisher: Tuttle Publishing

There is no better project for the eco-conscious crafter than a simple cloth bag.
Handmade Bags in Natural Fabrics offers patterns for twenty-five basic bag styles along with sixty variations and the know-how to customize each bag to suit any style—from sweet-and innocent to minimalist to counter-culture.

Emiko Takahashi, a fashion and textiles designer, provides easy instructions and diagrams, as well as a sheet of fully-sized pattern pieces for each handmade bag project—plus easy lessons on the basics of hand-stitching drawstring casings, corners, edges, straps and simple flourishes. Cotton and linen bags are always useful and they lend a carefree, laid-back touch to any warm-weather outfit. Each bag can be machine-sewn, but they are designed to be made in natural fabrics that are lightweight enough to be easily sewn by hand.

School of Sewing
(US-only shipping.)

Author: Shea Henderson
Publisher: Lucky Spool Media

Sophisticated first-time sewing instruction. The School of Sewing: Learn it. Teach it. Sew together. book is not aimed at children with juvenile projects. Instead its technique-based method is for a mature student, who’s excited to learn all about sewing, with simple instruction for attractive projects.

A year’s worth of attractive projects. What makes this book truly unique is that while it’s geared toward sophisticated beginners, it is also a teaching tool for experienced sewers and instructors, who want to hold their own licensed School of Sewing classes. Written by a former teacher, with clear instructions, the book is designed to cover a year’s worth of lessons with a new project every month.

Sewing Deal of the Day

Receive 10% off your entire Fabricworm order with code: handmade, plus a free felt appliqué for first purchases over $50. Sale ends 11/21 or while supplies last.

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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