Handmade Holidays Nov. 22: Gifts for Cooks

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Refresh the holiday kitchen and give something hand-crafted to the cooks on your gift list! These ideas are a welcome treat for the cooks you love…

Today’s Guest Curator: Nesta from Ella and Nesta’s Little Room

From Nesta: I live in the north of Italy. When I’m not working as an architect or playing with my two wonderful daughters, I’m busy working on at least three sewing projects at the same time! I love sharing my ideas on Ella and Nesta’s Little Room; have a look at the tutorials page for some fun ideas.

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Circular Quilted Placemat
An elegant Circular Quilted Placemat from Laurel at Sing All You Want for Imagine Gnats would make a beautiful centerpiece mat for the Christmas table too, using Christmas-themed fabrics.


Perfect Squirrelly Oven Mitt
These Perfect Squirrelly Oven Mitts from Melissa at My Fabric Relish have a pocket on the back to slip your hand in. They’re practical and fun at the same time!


Jolly Apron
This stylish Jolly Apron by Jeni Baker at In Color Order is a modern apron with pockets. You can easily customize the apron using different fabrics or by adding patchwork and embellishments, and it would make a great present for teens who like cooking.


Reversible Geometric Cloth Napkins
So elegant and simple to sew, these Reversible Geometric Cloth Napkins by Kirstin at Kojodesigns look especially nice in geometric fabrics!


Simple Linen Apron
The smart Simple Linen Apron from The Purl Bee is suitable for men and women alike. It’s a useful gift for the barbecue expert too.


Pot Holder Pocket
Bright and colorful to cheer up any kitchen, this handy Pot Holder Pocket by Anorina at Samelia’s Mum would look fun with Christmas fabrics too.


Tea Towels
Bunting-style Tea Towels by Lindsey at Fort Worth Fabric Studio are great gifts; they’re so pretty it’s almost a shame to use them! Choose fabrics to match the cook’s kitchen.

Related tutorials you might enjoy: Sashiko Tea Towels, Make & Bake Apron, Flying Geese Placemats, Gifts for Cooks, More Gifts for Cooks

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Chocolate Trifle
This Chocolate Trifle is a delicious recipe with a beautiful presentation from Blooming Homestead. The post also includes Marie’s useful tips for filling the jars.


Cookies in a Jar
Your friends will love these thick and chewy chocolate chip Cookies in a Jar! Find the recipe and printable label by Kristyn at Lil’ Luna.

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Printable Watercolor Place Cards
If you’re looking for an elegant idea for the Christmas table check out these Printable Watercolor Place Cards from Alicia at Atypical Type A.

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Sew Merry and Bright: 21 Easy, Fun, and Festive Patterns
(US + Canada shipping, eBooks to international winners.)

Author: Linda Lum DeBono
Publisher: Martingale

Have yourself a colorful little Christmas! From popular designer Linda Lum DeBono, this handmade-holiday collection offers an exciting array of decorating ideas.

  • Fill your sleigh with 21 fun and whimsical projects, including wall hangings, place mats, ornaments, stockings, table runners, a tree skirt, an Advent calendar, and more.
  • Indulge in bright novelty prints; projects also work nicely in a more traditional palette.
  • Find a host of cheery home-decor items and gift ideas for Christmas.

Bead Embroidery Stitch Samples: Motifs
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Author: From the Editors of Stitch Magazine
Publisher: Interweave

More and more sewists and quilters are adding embroidered details to their work. While there are a bevy of embroidery stitch dictionaries currently available, this book goes beyond basic embroidery stitches to full-fashioned designs. A collection of 123 embroidered motifs that incorporate beads, this book allows readers to create designs that range from beautiful to whimsical.

Motifs vary in range from elegantly simple single motifs, to complex all-over patterns, to 3-dimensional designs. Along with step-by-step instructions are numerous examples of how to use and place the motifs on hems, pockets, cuffs, collars and handbags; or as home décor trim on pillows, curtains or lampshades. Patterns emphasize beaded edgings and trims, as opposed to heavy, solid beaded fabric motifs found in other beaded embroidery books.

Sewing For a Royal Baby
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Author: Sew Beautiful Magazine
Publisher: Interweave/F+W

Sewing for a Royal Baby will let new mothers and grandmothers create a royal wardrobe for their new little one using the complete patterns and instructions provided with the book. These aren’t just any children’s garments, but elegant designs featuring heirloom sewing techniques. Some, like the Royal Christening Gown or a suit worn by a young Prince William, are inspired by actual royal attire, while others have been selected from past issues of Sew Beautiful magazine for their majestic style.

From bonnets and booties to breathtaking christening gowns and sweet toddler looks, Sewing for the Royal Baby lets the sewists create a wardrobe fit for a little prince or princess using a variety of machine and heirloom sewing techniques.

Vintage Made Modern: Transforming Timeworn Textiles into Treasured Heirlooms
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Author: Jennifer Casa
Publisher: Roost Books

Create modern heirlooms using vintage materials— a collection of 35 innovative projects that showcase the exceptional beauty of timeworn textiles.

Every handmade project has a story to tell. In Vintage Made Modern that story is given more depth through the materials used: textiles with histories all their own. From Granny’s well-worn apron to a threadbare family quilt or a tattered tea towel you picked up at the thrift shop, every fabric and textile has a tale to tell. With a little resourcefulness, some gentle care, and a bit of creative repurposing, the simple sewing and no-sew projects in this book breathe life back into these treasured textiles, refresh their beauty, and create new memories. Vintage Made Modern will have you collaborating with makers from the past and continuing the stories they began long ago, becoming part of the narrative yourself in the process.

The Knowledgeable Knitter
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Author: Margaret Radcliffe
Publisher: Storey Publishing

This is the definitive reference for any knitter seeking better results, whether the challenge is reading a pattern chart, substituting yarn, modifying a pattern, fixing a mistake, shaping a collar, or adjusting an armhole. Expert Margaret Radcliffe, author of The Knitting Answer Book and Circular Knitting Workshop, demystifies and thoroughly explains the “why” behind every knitting technique, from modifying necklines to fixing dropped stitches and creating sleek edges and seams. In this fascinating and comprehensive guide, she covers everything from how to identify a well-written pattern to evaluating schematics, revising a pattern so it fits perfectly, and making adjustments throughout a project. Whatever your skill level, with this book you’ll become a better, happier, more confident knitter!

Novel Living: Collecting, Decorating, and Crafting with Books
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Author: Lisa Occhipinti
Publisher: STC Craft

In this digital age, the fate of physical books remains in question. Even the concept of curling up with a good book conjures new images. But there remains a sensory thrill to physical books—to seeing and feeling them, to turning their pages—that makes many of us value them even more as digital reading grows in popularity. In Novel Living, artist Lisa Occhipinti celebrates her love for physical books by presenting us with her unique ideas for collecting and displaying them, for conserving and preserving them, and for crafting with them. Guided by Occhipinti’s artful eye, you’ll be inspired to build and display collections based on your personal passions and to use books for crafting, either by deconstructing or by copying favorite elements. Amazingly, most of the projects—ranging from easy shelving to a headboard constructed of book spines to napkins composed of scans of favorite text passages from books—require no special skills or supplies.

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260 Responses to Handmade Holidays Nov. 22: Gifts for Cooks

  1. Tina in MT says:

    so cool

  2. Jen in Australia says:

    Catching up with a group of girlfriends soon, will be making cookies in a jar for each of them, what a sweet and simple idea, they will love it.

  3. Kathryn in VA says:

    I love the squirrel and acorn oven mitts. They would make a great gift for someone I know.

  4. Judi says:

    My goodness! What a fantastic list!

  5. Stacy in PA says:

    Great collection of ideas! Thanks!

  6. Jolien says:

    That chocolate trifle looks delicious!

  7. BJ Marley in SC says:

    The modern apron is so cute.

  8. Georgia says:

    Chocolate Trifle? I think yes.

  9. Faith says:

    I love the aprons! Well, it’s all beautiful. Thank you for “Handmade Holidays!”

  10. sangeetha in ohio says:

    Cookies in a jar an absolute favorite

  11. Andrea McColeman says:

    The potholders and linen aprons are very cute. Great gift ideas!
    Andrea from Nevada

  12. Janet K says:

    Fantastic! every year there are 2 things on my list of gifts to make that I’ve still never done: oven mitts, and “cookies in a jar” mix.
    maybe this is the year!

  13. Judi B in VA says:

    Cute tea towels!

  14. Cheryl B in WI says:

    Those adorable round placemats have me inspired to sew up some unique Christmas gifts for some lucky people!

  15. jessicac says:

    I need to find someone to make me the squirrel potholders.. I’m running out of time!

  16. Ali in CA says:

    Love the acorn and squirrel.

  17. Lynne in WA says:

    Pot holders, aprons, napkins – what’s not to like in these ideas?

  18. Anna in OH says:

    I think I love *everything* on this post

  19. alice in TN says:

    love all these ideas and want to make the trifle right away for me and an apron to bring as a hostess gift on Thanksgiving.
    all teh books are great today – it would be hard to choose between the bead embroidery and the knitting book.

  20. kay holm says:

    love the tea towels… on my to do list

  21. Molly in TN says:

    Such fun ideas!!

  22. Colleen in NC says:

    Oh my goodness!!! Fun things to make for the kitchen!!!

  23. Erica in MA says:

    Love the placemats

  24. Oh my… thank you for sharing these wonderful ideas and for the chance to these great books.

  25. Deanne in NC says:

    I always love checking out gift ideas for cooks.

  26. Whitner in AL says:

    Love the napkins!

  27. Bobby says:

    I have so much left over fabric, I could totally make some napkins. :0)

  28. Emme in PDX` says:

    Love making clothe napkins for gifts!
    thanks!

  29. I love the idea of the cookies in a jar gift. So simple yet meaningful because it took time to put it together! Thanks!

  30. kim t. in wa says:

    the aprons are nice. I love linen!

  31. Emilyplays in WA says:

    Love cloth napkins – perfect for everyone!

  32. Jenn H says:

    Those circular placemats are perfect! I’ve been thinking about sewing some lately but have been uninspired. Thank you for the inspiration!

  33. Jansie in TX says:

    I’ve been dying to try a cookie in a jar tutorial. This one looks awesome. Thanks!

  34. jenniferW in SC says:

    The circular placemats are fun- I haven’t seen those before.

  35. Morgan D. says:

    I need to make some of those napkins, pronto!

  36. Laura in FL says:

    These are all great ideas, but the circle placemat is just the right size to be a centerpiece for my small table.

  37. Julianne in VA says:

    Thanks for the patterns!

  38. I’d love to have a whole collection of handmade cloth napkins for my table!

  39. Julia S in Wa says:

    Love the cloth napkins and oven mitts, everyone could use those.

  40. Julie in Canada says:

    What to choose… What to choose……????????

  41. Margo in WA says:

    Potholders and aprons always make nice presents.

  42. Julia D in WA says:

    This post is fantastic! The circle place mats & squirrel pot holders are my faves but, there’s so much cood stuff today! Thanks!

  43. Lee in Michigan says:

    I could and should make each of these ideas today!! lots of cooks in my family! thanks!

  44. Prachi in WA says:

    Thanks for all the inspiring ideas – the tea towels are very pretty !

  45. Silvia says:

    Love all these projects! Thanks!

  46. Alison in MD says:

    Those napkins look like something even I could handle (total newbie with a straight-stitch-only machine). Thanks!

  47. Anna in NZ says:

    Those placemats – oh so pretty!

  48. Beautiful fabrics on those tea towels.

  49. Ali M from WA says:

    I need to make some tea towels for a friend! I wouldn’t have thought of it without this post, so thank you!

  50. Ginger says:

    Love all the kitchen ideas but the tea towels are my favorite!
    Ginger in OR

  51. Brooke in NY says:

    Oooooo–cloth napkins in such fun fabrics!

  52. Beautiful tea towels! Thanks for the ideas.

  53. Wendy in VA says:

    Would love to win Margaret Radcliffe’s new book — she lives in my town!

  54. Amanda in CA says:

    Going to try to make some of the cloth napkins before Thursday.

  55. Amanda in TX says:

    Fun ideas! I especially love the squirrel oven mitt! 🙂

  56. Darcy in MA says:

    Another beautiful list of choices!

  57. Kathy h in Pa. says:

    Delicious recipes and I love the tea towels.

  58. jen says:

    great oven mits – love the pockets!

  59. Karen says:

    This is a nice selection of ideas… I’ve found with some of the kid groupings this year that I have different ideas as to what’s age appropriate(or my kids) are different?! My favorite is the circular place mats, I have not seen those before.

  60. Persia says:

    Such great books to win!

  61. Christine in Indiana says:

    Oh I love the aprons! I am envious of quilted projects as I can’t seem to master the technique. Or maybe it is the perfectionist in me! Thank you 🙂

  62. Joanna in NY says:

    Love all these ideas! Thanks!

  63. Liesel in KS says:

    Love the cloth napkins!

  64. Katherine in Canada says:

    Those placemats are super-cute!

  65. SamRI says:

    love the pot holders!

  66. Audrey says:

    So many great ideas. Where to start? Thanks.

  67. Judy in OR says:

    I love the tea towels and cookies in a jar and desserts in a jar are always fun.

  68. Diane B says:

    My favorite post yet as I love to cook and bake”)
    Aprons! Love ’em both, and have Fat Quarters and linen to make ’em now.
    The Cookie in a jar is perfect for many…carry it to party, or last minute gift for those unexpected ones you feel obligated to return the favor.
    Diane in VA

  69. Veronika in GA says:

    Love those linen aprons!

  70. I made an apron like that for a swap. So cute!

  71. Merribeth in MN says:

    LOVE the tea towel tutorial!! And I’d never heard of Moda toweling before. That pattern’s going on my list!!

  72. Barb B in Canada says:

    tea towels are such a lovely gift!

  73. Annie in CA says:

    Cloth napkins have been on my to-do list forever! This should kick me into gear!

  74. I’m a cook and I have lot’s of friends who do as well – if I love these patterns and projects I know they would too! ;D Thanks for sharing!

  75. chilebeanz says:

    My eldest just switched from aluminum to cast iron cookware , so he and his wife get some cute handle pocket potholders and other matching items! My middle son gets the same as a wedding gift!

  76. Marilyn in WA says:

    The jolly apron looks great. I think I will make one.

  77. Debbi in CO says:

    Thanks for your post. I especially like the round placemats. This could be a fun gift!

  78. Michelle Smith in Michigan says:

    I love these ideas. I will definitely make some for myself for Christmas as well as for my mother.

    Michelle Smith in Michigan.

  79. Amber in CA says:

    The napkins are great and I need to make a few new potholders! Thanks.

  80. eric in us says:

    We always do some sort of cookie in a jar mix for my mom — it’s a cheap and cheerful gift.

  81. Chiska in wy says:

    What a fun name place setting.

  82. Such a great collection of ideas…I love the circular place mats the best. That chocolate trifle looks like something I should make for my family, too!

  83. Susan says:

    I am loving your Homemade Holidays. There are some great ideas, even for everyday.

  84. Natalija says:

    I really like that potholder as an idea to use all those tiny scraps. Thanks for that idea!

  85. Wonderful ideas! Love the round placemats!

  86. Heather79 in CO says:

    I love the pot holder handle pocket!

  87. Elizabeth says:

    Sometimes the simplest projects are the best! Thanks for the inspiration.

  88. Carol N. says:

    I am teaching myself how to sew and the projects in this series are perfect. Thank you!

  89. Julia says:

    Lovely gift ideas!

  90. Adriana says:

    Ooh, the cloth napkins, tea towels, and circular placemats could make a really nice set!

  91. Jackie in IA says:

    These lists are great! I wish I had more time before Christmas! One side is meeting a few weeks early, so I am running out of time. 🙂

  92. Julie from KS says:

    would be fun to have some new patterns and inspiration.

  93. Cindy in MO says:

    Love the cloth napkins.

  94. Shannon says:

    Practical and pretty. My favorite!

  95. Mary H in CO says:

    LOVE the look of linen; those aprons are elegant.

  96. I wish someone in my family would make me those squirrels! So cute.

  97. Amy says:

    i love the pot holder ideas. Need some new ones for my kitchen. Plus they make cute gifts.

  98. Lorraine Haemel says:

    I live in Peterborough, Ontario, Canada. I love the round placemats. We have a little round table in our kitchen that they would be perfect on.

  99. Charlotte in GA says:

    thanks so much for the great ideas!

  100. cynthia says:

    I love kitchen stuff, thank you!!

  101. Beth in Michigan says:

    I love the squirrel too!

  102. Mhairi (Aust) says:

    I love the tea towels and the cookie in a jar idea. Will be making them for gifts this year.
    Thanks

  103. rosa says:

    Great ideas.The apron and the circular placemats caught my eye.
    The recipes look delicious.

    I’ m international follower.

  104. Begum Sen says:

    I must sew a cute pot holder.

  105. usairdoll in CA says:

    Awesome ideas! I love squirrels and can’t wait to make the Squirrely Oven Mit. The Jolly Apron is pretty neat as well.

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

  106. Amanda at APO says:

    That modern apron is perfect! I have been wanting to make some with pockets for the mommys I know who need to carry things all day. Love it!

  107. Joan says:

    Everytime I use a paper napkin I think about making cloth ones; now may be the time.

  108. Kat Hosking (Australia) says:

    So pretty! And that chocolate trifle looks yum yum yum.

  109. Mandy in CA says:

    Those round placemats are seriously cute!

  110. ruby t says:

    Look at the chocolate trifle!!….ooooh, it looks so delicious. I love the circular place mats because they are different than the rectangle ones that seem to be the norm. Also the pot holder with a squirrel is cute.

  111. DebW from WA says:

    I love the watercolor place cards and pot handle holder!

  112. Dita in WA says:

    Oh my, cute stuff!! I especially love the circular placemat!

  113. I love the napkins and the circular placemats. Thank you so much for sharing and for the chance.

  114. Ellee in CA says:

    The tea towels are super cute!

  115. Christine M says:

    I love the tea towels made with Bonnie and Camille fabrics.

  116. Becky K in Ohio says:

    great projects today! Thanks!

  117. Delia from VA says:

    My friend just borrowed my apron. Now I have the tutorial so I can make one for her.

  118. Melissa in NM says:

    I really like the simple aprons.

  119. Cheryl says:

    Potholders are such a good house warming gift

  120. Annette TX says:

    what great ideas. I need new potholders!

  121. Vicki says:

    eeeeeoooow! So many fun items.

  122. Whitney M in SC says:

    Great ideas!

  123. Susie says:

    The circular quilted placement would look wonderful under a poinsetta! Loving the geometric-print napkins too!

  124. Kylie C in OR says:

    Thank you for another great round-up.

  125. Toni says:

    I LOVE these tea towels!

  126. Charlotte from MI says:

    Though I’m not sure about these as gifts for others… I could definitely make these for me!

  127. Doris in AL says:

    Love the circular placemats.

  128. Lynda Taylor says:

    The circular placemats are wonderful.
    I need to try these.

  129. Robin E. in AZ says:

    Oooo, I love the double sided geometric cloth napkins!

  130. Cyndi C. says:

    Want to make some tea towels and pot holders. Great ideas.

  131. Kitchen gifts are my favorite christmas makes.
    Fun to see more styles.

  132. dangermom says:

    Those squirrelly potholders are the cutest!

  133. Nan in WVa says:

    Beautiful placemats!

  134. Jennifer N. in CA says:

    Wishing I had more time. Thanks for sharing such great ideas. Back to work now!

  135. What great ideas, I have lots of cooks on my list!

  136. Sandy says:

    i love the tea towels

  137. Yvonne says:

    The tea towels are so cute and such a great, easy gift. Thanks for the ideas and the giveaways.

  138. Laurie in CO says:

    So, so fun! Thanks for the chance.

  139. heidi anderson says:

    Great apron pattern. A little different from the norm. Thanks!

  140. Kati in FL says:

    I like the napkin idea!

  141. Bridget says:

    I love these ideas!! I have made aprons in the past, but love the idea of simple linen ones. I also like the pot holders – fun ideas. Great post!

  142. Rachel in CA says:

    Love the potholders! So cute!

  143. DeborahGun says:

    A great compilation 🙂

  144. Jennifer in Ohio says:

    So many practical gift ideas! And, I needed some new cookies in a jar recipes!

  145. Karen in IN says:

    So sweet!!

  146. Linda Fleming says:

    Lots of good ideas!

  147. Kate in Montana.

    Novel Decorating looks awesome! I think I would have to keep that for myself though. 🙂

  148. Barb N says:

    A cook can never have too many oven mitts – they make good trivets, too!

  149. Maureen says:

    I love the round placemats along with all the others!

  150. Bev in UT says:

    Some fun projects! Love the round placemats.

  151. MarjoryW in Ohio says:

    The tea towels are very nice.

  152. Lisa in MA says:

    I’m going to have to make a few of these for myself!

  153. Karen from Indiana says:

    That squirrel mitt is so cute!

  154. Joanna in Canada says:

    I would love to win the Sew Merry and Bright book! Christmas is my absolute favourite holiday and what better way to decorate than with handmade items? 🙂

  155. EmSewCrazy in MT says:

    Aww, they all look so adorable! I really like the first set of round pot holders.

  156. Linda Fleming says:

    Oops! Spelling mistake…
    Wonderful ideas. Love the apron and the circular placemats!

  157. Linda Fleming says:

    Great ideas. Love the apron and the cicular placemats.

  158. Elise in GA says:

    Love the tea towels

  159. Gina says:

    I’m going to make the napkins for a friend for Christmas. I love the linen aprons, maybe one of those for my daughter who loves to cook.

  160. Carmen in WI says:

    I want to make some Circular Quilted Placemats

  161. Greta in WI says:

    Beautiful aprons. So simple.

  162. Heather in VT says:

    I love the napkins, you can never have enough, the aprons are also a cute project.

  163. Cindy in ND says:

    Cute ideas! cdahlgren at live dot com

  164. Audrey says:

    I’m def making the potholder pocket!!!

  165. Rhonds H. In S.C. says:

    Loved reading he tutorial for the circular placemats. Those will be the perfect gift for a upcoming gift swap! And…I would LOVE to win the Novel Living book!!!! Thanks for the informations and the giveaway.

  166. Barbara W in Fl says:

    Love the tea towels

  167. Sarah says:

    I strongly believe you can never have too many tea towels. Love these.

  168. Deidre (Canada) says:

    More lovely ideas! Thanks!

  169. Lindsay in Iowa says:

    I should really make some cloth napkins! What a cute idea!

  170. Nancy McKenzie says:

    Yum! These ideas are most delicious!

  171. Kristie in wa says:

    I love the tea towels. I need to make some. Thanks for all the wonderful ideas.

  172. teresa says:

    I need a potholder…….: )
    and of course chocolate trifle YUM

  173. Lorrie says:

    Tea towels are on my list of things to make for gifts this Christmas. Love all these great ideas.

  174. amber says:

    defiantly making the aprons and pot holders for gifts! thanks for the great ideas!

  175. Dawn From IN. says:

    I love the circular placemats, very cute.

  176. Deece in WA says:

    I really like the placements.

  177. Anna (64colorbox) in FL says:

    That chocolate trifle looks amazing!

  178. Sarah J. in OH says:

    Love the circular placemats- so pretty! Those treats to really yummy- thanks for sharing!

  179. Gina S. says:

    Just printed out Chocolate Trifle in a jar, yum!

  180. Donel in IA says:

    That trifle looks delicious!

  181. Donna in NC says:

    I love all the great ideas especially the cloth napkins and placemats. Thanks for posting all the holiday gift ideas.

  182. Bev Leischner says:

    The round placemats and the pot holders catch my eye today.
    Bev in Alberta

  183. nicole in FL says:

    love the different aprons. cute!

  184. Amber in CA says:

    I love the squirrel, or as my husband says the “weasel” potholders!

  185. Shannon P says:

    I think my mother in law would love those oven mitts!

  186. Angie in LA says:

    Great list of tutorials – especially love the pan handle mitt

  187. Ginger in MD says:

    Lovely tea towels (and a new-to-me source for toweling).

  188. Cherisetower says:

    I I’ve those potholders and oven mitt ideas! Thanks for the giveaway! I live in Canada.

  189. jmj in the USA says:

    Still more great ideas and chocolate trifle too!!!!

  190. Jess C says:

    Those tea towels might be my go to gift this year

  191. Patty says:

    I love that jolly apron!

  192. Sandy in WA says:

    The potholders would be fun for my daughter if I can find an owl design to applique.

  193. Glenda in Florida says:

    I’m planning to make some napkins this weekend–great timing for me!

  194. Kristin in DC says:

    That chocolate trifle looks delicious!

  195. I always love items for the kitchen! (Canada)

  196. Toni in HI says:

    I love the circular placemats.

  197. Debbie says:

    Love the tea towels & aprons!

  198. Eleanor in NC says:

    What yummy looking trifle!

  199. Lisa Marie in KY says:

    Lots of cooks on my list, thanks for the tips!

  200. Catherine in MI says:

    So many cute ideas! (and now I want chocolate!)

  201. Serena in CA says:

    One can never have too many cloth napkins.

  202. Linda in VA says:

    I love using cloth napkins and these geometric ones are particularly nice.

  203. Logan in PA says:

    Love the simplicity of the linen aprons. Also nicely unisex without being dull.

  204. Allyson in OH says:

    I love the tea towels!

  205. Lori from Ohio says:

    Looove the cool round Placemats & Awesome Tea towels!! & the Vintage Made Modern book looks Wonderful!! & Fun!!

  206. Jodie in NJ says:

    Cute potholders!

  207. HeatherK says:

    Great ideas! I think I’ll be making a couple of these ideas. Thanks!

  208. Kathy L. in VA says:

    The trifle looks amazing!

  209. Andrea S. says:

    Great ideas! I’m going to try the potholders!

  210. Mary Ann in SC says:

    I have a potholder on my holiday sewing list!

  211. Joyce Mitchell says:

    Love the circular placemats. Thanks for the great gift ideas & the chance to win.

  212. Jessie from NM says:

    I was just thinking this today as I was pulling a cake out of the oven! “They should have a handmade holidays SMS day about the kitchen!” And here it is. How perfect. So many great ideas. And that Vintage Made Modern book looks amazing.

  213. Cinnamom in MN says:

    I want to make potholders out of my boys’ old jeans for our mothers this year, so loved these ideas!

  214. Tammy in MI says:

    My hot pad drawer needs some sprucing up! Cute options!

  215. Mrs. C from TN says:

    love those placemats especially!

  216. Sarah in PA says:

    Thanks for the great ideas!

  217. Mandi in CO says:

    I love cloth napkins!

  218. Heather C says:

    The circular placemats are lovely.

  219. Cassandra in Ohio says:

    I love making aprons, and the are so cute!

  220. Sandy A in St. Louis says:

    I want to make pot holders and mitts for presents so this is great for me!

  221. Beth in VA says:

    That chocolate trifle looks like something my family would go for!

  222. shanley says:

    i *will* find the time to handmake things this christmas…

  223. Sarah N in SD says:

    I need to gift myself an apron. 🙂

  224. auschick in va says:

    I love the aprons!

  225. Heidi in SD says:

    Always love cloth napkins

  226. kay in mo says:

    Love the placemats and potholders

  227. Patricia Cash says:

    Love the chocolate treats, apron and napkins best but all are great.

  228. SS in NH says:

    Those napkins are really pretty!

  229. Cari in CO says:

    love the tea towels!

  230. lucia says:

    So many great hostess gifts that I can sew up in a jiffy (usually right before the party- lol!)

  231. Heather in VA says:

    Everything is so pretty and fresh. Particularly like the little apron.

  232. Anne Marie says:

    I love all of these ideas – thanks!

  233. Sarah in CA says:

    Some great projects!

  234. Cathie. says:

    I love the linen apron. It is exactly what I been looking for to make my daughter. She is going to love it.

  235. Emily says:

    That chocolate trifle looks delicious!

  236. Love all the inspiration. thanks!

  237. Eileen Wi says:

    Lots of great ideas and great books!!!

  238. Tina in NJ says:

    I’ve been looking for just such an apron pattern. It has been bookmarked!

  239. Another set of interesting tutorials

  240. Karen Seitz says:

    The Pot Holder Pocket is just the type of thing I have been looking for for quick gifts for all this season!

  241. Lesley says:

    i think I need to make cloth napkins! I live in Oregon

  242. Manette Gutterman says:

    every Christmas should be full of handmade!

  243. Elizabeth says:

    I plan on making so many potholders this year!

  244. Connie Rodriguez says:

    really like the tea towels

  245. Mandy in Canada says:

    circle placemats, I’ve never thought of that before…I think I’ll have to do it. Thanks!

  246. Cyndi says:

    I love the squirrel!

  247. Diana from OR says:

    Kitchen gifts are something that everyone can use.

  248. Elizabeth says:

    So many pretty things! I really like the cloth napkins.

  249. Jenn (FPO) says:

    Big fan of aprons!

  250. Rachel B says:

    I want to make matching kitchen stuff for months.

  251. Laurie in Iowa says:

    I think i am going to be making a lot of gifts for myself this year!

  252. Julianna says:

    Chocolate trifle photo made me so hungry!
    (International)

  253. Michelle M From WA says:

    Love the circular placemats!

  254. connie J in CO says:

    LOVE the Linen apron! So simple!

  255. Ramona from MI says:

    Cute circular potholders and the napkins are always great to make.

  256. Libby in SoCal says:

    Tea towels! Napkins! Placemats! Perfect gifts!

  257. Wendy in OR says:

    I love that so many of these make easy Christmas gifts.

  258. Kristen W in CT says:

    Those linen aprons are beautiful!

  259. Nickkole in nc says:

    Lots of pretties today! I’m redoing my kitchen soon so these are going to come in handy!

  260. Sara in MA says:

    Always love handmade napkins!

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