You can give quality gifts and stick to your budget with this selection of “Thrifty Gifties!” Many of these projects incorporate scraps and a little ingenuity to create something special.

Today’s Guest Curator: Ginger Hendrix from Wienerdogtricks

Ginger Hendrix is author of the inspiring Time to Make: Throw Yourself at Your Creative Life. Don’t Wait. We love her creative spirit and the video tutorial she made for us earlier this year, How to Make a Crochet Fabric Rug. Take a look at her latest video, How to Not Hate Christmas, which explains why she selected this theme for Handmade Holidays.

Make It


Scrap Dice Quilt Block
This Scrap Dice Quilt Block from Lella Boutique makes a beautiful quilt.


Quilted Potholder
Make a coordinating set of Simple Simon & Co.’s Quilted Potholders as a welcome hostess gift, or add one to a selection of kitchen-related treats.


Simple Kite Pincushion
Here’s one for your sewing friends! Make a Simple Kite Pincushion with Crafty Tammie.


Quick + Easy Snack Bag
Quick + Easy Snack Bags are a handy family gift, and this design from Sewlicious Home Decor is super-easy. You could set up some assembly-line sewing and make a bunch!


Pillowcase Embroidery
Pillowcase Embroidery makes the every day special, from Molly and Mama.


Cloth Napkins with Perfect Corners
My 3 Monsters shows you how to make pretty Cloth Napkins with Perfect Corners.


Scrap Twine
Brilliant! Turn scraps into Scrap Twine for important projects, decorating, wrapping and more.

Related tutorials you might enjoy: Easy Pillowcase, Repurposed/Upcycled Gifts, Crafts

Mix It


Peppermint Meringue Cookies
A plate of Peppermint Meringue Cookies from Sweetambs is a sure holiday hit!

Print It


Happy Printables from Art by Erin Leigh
Artist Erin Leigh has a great selection of free printables, perfect for the holiday season. We’re ready to print: Home for Christmas, How Lovely, Love and Joy and, of course, Peace on Earth.

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 FOUR!

Quiltmaking Essentials I: Cutting and Piecing Skills
(US + Canada shipping, eBooks to international winners.)

Author: Donna Lynn Thomas
Publisher: Martingale

This information-packed book of tips and techniques is a must-have resource for new quilters—and a handy refresher for not-so-new quilters. Author, teacher, and piecing expert Donna Lynn Thomas covers all the basics in this easy-to-use guide to successful quiltmaking.

  • Have concise info at your fingertips in a low-cost format—an excellent value.
  • Understand the importance of careful pressing, why you should care, and what effect it has on your piecing.
  • Find tips for fabric preparation, accurate and efficient rotary cutting, block construction, machine piecing and more.

Best of Stitch: Bags to Sew
(US-only shipping, no P.O. boxes.)

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!

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.

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.

Stitched Paper Art for Kids: 22 Cheeky Pickle Sewing Projects
(US-only shipping, eBooks to international winners.)

Author: Ali Benyon
Publisher: C&T Publishing

You use paper for a lot of things, like doing homework, writing notes, and drawing. But did you know that you could make something super cute with just paper, glue, and thread? Stitched Paper Art for Kids will teach you how to make a headband, a bookmark, and even a purse! You’ve never used a sewing machine? That’s okay! This book is perfect for newbies. Mix colors and designs to make art that’s so you!

Simply Redwork: Quilt & Stitch Redwork Embroidery Designs
(International Shipping)

Author: Mandy Shaw
Publisher: Stitch Craft Create

Celebrity crafter and designer Mandy Shaw shows you how to create a beautiful redwork embroidered quilt. The quilt is made up of nine heart blocks each with a different motif. The hearts can be combined to create a gorgeous quilt but you can also choose from 20 simple sewing patterns including a key holder, brooch and pin cushion. Mandy, a regular presenter on Create & Craft TV, brings a fresh, new approach to redwork embroidery with her own distinctive style and eye catching motifs including polar bears and honey bees. Whether you’re an experienced stitcher looking for inspiration or a novice sewer looking for new ideas, this book will suit you.

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

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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