Do you know someone who barbeques year-round, rain or shine (sleet or snow!)? Perhaps you’re in the Southern Hemisphere, like Tonya, and the BBQ is a happening place right now? These gift ideas are perfect for anyone who loves to grill…

Today’s Guest Curator: Tonya from The Crafty Mummy

Tonya is the voice behind Tonya from The Crafty Mummy. She dabbles in lots of crafts including sewing, quilting, crochet and beading, and loves to create things with her two kids. She has been sharing her projects and tutorials online for over five years now, and spends “way too much time” each morning on social media while she drinks her coffee!

Tonya is already crafting for Christmas with a new Beaded Christmas Angel tutorial. Find her at TheCraftyMummy.com, on Google+ every morning and pinning her favorites on Pinterest.

Make It


BBQ Cover
Keep your cooking space all clean and tidy with this BBQ Cover from Mama Ging.


BBQ Apron
Everyone can use a new BBQ Apron! This version from Sew Can She is great for both men and women.


Manly Tote
The Seasoned Homemaker shows you how to make this Manly Tote, a nice gift bag for BBQ accessories and for every day use.


Make Your Own Outdoor Cushions
The talented team at A Beautiful Mess shows you how to refresh your space and create your own Outdoor Cushions.


Cutlery Wrap
Keep it tidy and organized with the Thrifty Parsonage Living Cutlery Wrap.


BBQ Napkins
Jedi Craft Girl shows you how to make a new set of heavy-duty BBQ Napkins.


Casserole Carrier
Practical and pretty! Make a My 3 Monsters Casserole Carrier for the busy holiday season.

Related tutorials you might enjoy: Gifts for Dads + Grandpas, More Gifts for Dads + Grandpas, Tea Towel Picnic Blanket, Insulated Picnic Tote

Mix It


Bite Sized Gluten-Free Holiday Bark
You can’t go wrong with this Bite Sized Gluten-Free Holiday Bark from Happy Hour Projects.


Chocolate Caramel Pecan Turtle Clusters
Chocolate Caramel Pecan Turtle Clusters from Jamie Cooks it Up are perfect for a special office snack, for the neighborhood holiday party, all wrapped up for the bus driver or mail carrier… Yum!

Print It


BBQ Printables
Tie it all together with BBQ Printables from Catch my Party.

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!

Kitchen Stitches: Sewing Projects to Spice Up Your Home
(US + Canada shipping, eBooks to international winners.)

Authors: Martingale Authors
Publisher: Martingale

Brighten your kitchen and dining area with delightful projects from a host of talented designers. For sewists of all skill levels, this value-packed volume offers an extraordinary variety of styles, including quilted, appliquéd, and embroidered designs.

  • Discover 17 distinctive designs from Natalie Barnes, Lindsay Conner, Melissa Corry, Jenifer Dick, Amy Ellis, Linda Turner Griepentrog, Kim Niedzwiecki, Kari Ramsay, Missy Shepler, Rebecca Silbaugh, Amy Struckmeyer, Heather Valentine and Jackie White.
  • Create everything from aprons to table runners, towel sets, casserole covers, place mats and more.
  • Make the perfect project for bridal showers, housewarmings and hostess gifts.

Best of Stitch: Beautiful Bedrooms
(US-only shipping, no P.O. boxes.)

Author: From the Editors of Stitch Magazine
Publisher: Interweave/F+W

Stitch readers can’t get enough of pillows and other home décor accessories. Perhaps it’s because home décor items are among the most accessible of sewing projects: quick to make, no fitting required and fun to show off. And what better place to use and showcase these items than where you lay your head? Best of Stitch: Beautiful Bedrooms will bring together a colorful, sensory feast of favorite and fresh projects that are easy on the eye and just a little bit sultry. Readers will learn new skills and find creative ways to make their sleeping quarters a showplace for handmade items. The book will include 5 new and 15 repurposed magazine projects as well as sidebars and tip boxes on specific techniques that are used in the projects, offering tips and troubleshooting advice for construction, hand stitching, working with fabrics and embellishing. A “Sewing Basics” reference section at the back of the book covers sewing skills necessary for creating all projects.

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

Author: Naoko Shimoda
Publisher: Interweave/F+W

Artfully Embroidered reinvents vintage embroidery through a modern aesthetic. Traditional Japanese and western motifs are made new with color and embellishment, and 25 hand embroidered patterns demonstrate the beauty of the traditional designs while keeping the projects fresh and modern-looking for today’s sewists.

Step-by-step instructions and templates allow readers to create lovely sewn or embroidered projects or use the embroidery motifs on their own designs.

Projects include a variety of handbags, totes, coin purses, compacts, as well as book and tablet covers. In addition, there are visual examples of embroidery used as embellishment on clothing and linens. Also included are pattern inserts for selected projects.

Playful
(US-only shipping.)

Author: Merrilee Liddiard
Publisher: STC Craft

Perfect for after school or a rainy Sunday, Playful is a charming collection of 26 unique, modern projects for adults to make with and for young children. Divided into five categories—Playful Dress Up, Playful Toys, Playful Paper Crafts, Playful Repurposing and Playful Art—the low-skill, high-style, low-cost projects include a tiger piñata, a parade of paper puppets and a dollhouse made out of cardboard and bright duct tape. Sweet and straightforward, this enchant­ing book is sure to inspire many happy, colorful hours of making—and make-believe—among adults and the children they love.

How to Catch a Frog: And Other Stories of Family, Love, Dysfunction, Survival, and DIY
(US-only shipping.)

Author: Heather Ross
Publisher: STC Craft

Much of Heather Ross’s creative work has been inspired by her being born into an eccentric family of artists and idealists in a rural corner of Vermont during the 1970s. According to Heather, that environment was defined by stunning natural beauty, creative and innovative living, and daily lessons in self-reliance. It also included equal parts of general dysfunction, a self-imposed but nearly inescapable poverty, and little exposure to basic life skills.

When, as a twenty-something, Heather complained to her mother about a long list of things she had missed out on and that had compromised her chance of ever leading a “normal” life (immunizations, a healthy respect for authority), her mother waved a hand and replied, “Well, you should thank me, because you have a lot of good stories instead.” How to Catch a Frog is a collection of those stories, plus others that show Ross’s eventual route to success as an artist, entrepreneur, and mother, all animated by Ross’s delightful illustrations and how-to instructions.

Sewing Deal of the Day


It’s a solid deal! You save 25% on all beautiful Moda Bella solids yardage and pre-cuts at Bloomerie Fabrics. Simply use coupon code BELLA25 at checkout. From Off White to Pesto Green to Nautical Blue (and lots in between), it’s ALL on sale for you!

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:

We respect the copyright of all crafters. All photos are used with permission from the artist.