Handmade Holidays Nov. 24: Thrifty Gifts

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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

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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
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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
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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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260 Responses to Handmade Holidays Nov. 24: Thrifty Gifts

  1. Julie L says:

    I’m fascinated by the twine, it’s just so great to look at!

  2. That scrap twine is brilliant! love it. Also love the idea of prettily embroidered pillowcases — simple but charming.

  3. erika in ma says:

    I’d love to make some snack bags

  4. Tina in MT says:

    Mmmmm, meringue.

  5. Kathryn in VA says:

    these are great ideas for when i actually try to tackle my scraps

  6. Barbara P in OR says:

    Love those quilted potholders!

  7. Beth says:

    I love the embroidered pillowcases!

  8. Judith in CO says:

    I love the scrap twine idea!

  9. Michelle Smith in Michigan says:

    More things to make that I need to add to my list!

    Michelle Smith in Michigan

  10. Persia in il says:

    Very good list

  11. Lina says:

    i’m going to do the easy snack bag

  12. Lorinda in WA says:

    Great ideas, thank you! And the video How to Not Hate Christmas was SO GREAT.

  13. Judi says:

    Great ideas!

  14. Stacy in PA says:

    All good ideas! Especially like the scrap twine!

  15. Jolien says:

    Love the scrap twine!

  16. Prachi in WA says:

    The potholders sound like a project that can be tackled by a newbie quilter (me!) !

  17. count me in

  18. Cindy in ND says:

    Love the quilted potholders. CDahlgren at live dot com

  19. Angie in LA says:

    Love the twine – genius!

  20. Patty says:

    Love the snack bags!

  21. BJ Marley in SC says:

    I love being thrifty.

  22. Georgia says:

    Love it!

  23. Carrie in IL says:

    Totally loving the scrap twine.

  24. Faith says:

    This is a super collection of thrifty gift ideas! I love them, and want to try them all!

  25. sangeetha says:

    I love the scrap twine – have enough to try it myself

  26. Shannon in WA says:

    I love a good “perfect corner” tutorial.

  27. Anna (64colorbox) in FL says:

    I really need to make the scrap twine. And the peppermint meringues.

  28. Great ideas! Thank you.

  29. Andrea McColeman says:

    SEW CUTE! Love the little kite pincushion. I always like to make pincushions as gifts. Thats a good one.
    Andrea from Nevada

  30. I love the twine idea! I also really like the look of those cookies.

  31. Janet K says:

    I love the idea of scrap twine – brilliant! If only I had “time, and lots of it”! Still would be worth learning and teaching the kiddos.

  32. KristyMN says:

    I’m making some napkins for friends. Love the twine, too!

  33. Judi B in VA says:

    Scrap twine and the embroidered pillowcases might be in my future. Portable handmade touches to make a gift special! Love it.

  34. Mary D in MO says:

    Some great ideas listed. I make fun fabric potholders all the time for family and friends. I figure why not be entertained by fun potholders while using them.

  35. Lee Wells in KS says:

    Since finding good potholders is something of a search with no idea of where to look, I think I should follow the directions for the quilted potholders you linked to today. Thanks for the information. (I could use the Bags to Stitch book also; finding the bags I want to use can be as frustrating as finding potholders!!)

  36. Kate F (North Carolina) says:

    I can picture “brown paper packages tied up with” scrap twine!

  37. Jan c. In La. says:

    Thanks ginger. I really love the scrap twine.

  38. Elise in GA says:

    Very Cute!

  39. Cinnamom in MN says:

    Thanks for the great ideas, the redwork book is calling my name…

  40. jessicac says:

    Need to slow down with some pillow embroidery. Thanks for all the great ideas.

  41. Janelle ThietjeDunn in CO says:

    Pooh, I think some snack bags are on my list.

  42. Donna in TX says:

    Potholders and twine. I love getting ideas to use up those small scraps.

  43. Heather in CA says:

    Love the scrap twine idea!

  44. Heather in VT says:

    I’m loving these ideas, the embroidered pillow case and scrap twine are great.

  45. Molly in TN says:

    I love the twine idea!

  46. Ali in England says:

    Hi everyone 🙂 I am absolutely adoring all of the wonderful projects, especially the pillowcase, twine and meringues. I have Ginger’s book on my Wishlist too. Wonderful giveaways xxxxxxxx

  47. Mhairi says:

    I love the kite pincushion. That is a great gift for a child learning to sew.
    I also love the idea of turning all my little scraps into twine to use in other projects. No waste and beautiful string!!! WIN, WIN!

  48. deborah in az says:

    really appreciate the theme of this curation. have been frustrated in the past by needing to make gifts out of financial necessity, but having a hard time finding gifts that aren’t expensive to make. thank you for this!

    love the books!!!!

  49. Bethany M in WA says:

    The peppermint cookies look delicious!

  50. Susan says:

    The cookies look delicious.

  51. I love the twine, thanks for the inspiration.

  52. Carol N. says:

    The twine, the twine!

  53. AKing says:

    Loved the video, she’s hilarious.

  54. Barb B in canada says:

    You have assembled great gifts ideas. Thank you.

  55. Kati in FL says:

    i need to make some of those snack pouches!!

  56. Mary H in CO says:

    I think I’m going to get addicted to making twine!

  57. Hettie in CA says:

    Omigosh, that scrap twine idea is awesome! I bet you could crochet or knit with it as well.

    🙂

  58. Kathy h in Pa. says:

    Peppermint and meringue, what a great combination.

  59. Sandy in WA says:

    The scrap yarn would look lovely on in place of ribbon on packages, wouldn’t take ages to make enough to use for that either.

  60. Cinnamon in OR says:

    OH my GOSH. Watching Ginger’s video on how not to hate Christmas was the highlight. Blahahaha!

  61. Libby in SoCal says:

    Love those napkins and napkin rings! So easy!

  62. Jansie in TX says:

    I love the scrap twine idea. That’s brilliant. Thanks!!

  63. Mandy in Canada says:

    Oh. My. Gosh. the fabric twine in amazing!

  64. Annette TX says:

    These are all fabulous ideas!

  65. Michelle says:

    Love the meringue recipe!!

  66. Chiska in wy says:

    I love the twine! And the meringue’s of course.

  67. Delia from VA says:

    I need to make napkins for gifts. Excited to see the tutorials.

  68. Silvia says:

    Thank you!! The Kite Pincushion is so cute!! Love it!

  69. Scrap twine! I love it!

  70. beth in nc says:

    That scrap twine IS brilliant!

  71. Lynne in WA says:

    Love some of these ideas – I need some quick and simple things to put in parcels soon to wing their ways overseas.

  72. Anna in OH says:

    I’ve never heard of making your own twine before.

  73. Christi G. in WI says:

    I need napkins to go with my new table! Perfect!

  74. Amber in CA says:

    Ooh I love peppermint and meringues! Thanks for the great ideas!

  75. erin says:

    Ahh, pillowcase embroidery. It’s everyone’s gateway project. 🙂 I’m excited to figure out how to best incorporate the printables this year!

  76. Debbi in CO says:

    Thank you for this post. There are a variety of ideas that would make great Christmas gifts not to mention gifts for other occasions. I especially like the scrap twine information!

  77. Cathie. says:

    This are wonderful ideas

  78. Veronika in GA says:

    That scrappy dice quilt! Be still my heart I’m in love!

  79. Those cookies look amazing! Yum!

  80. the scrap twine looks like a good idea.

  81. Cheeryl says:

    All look great. I probably like the simple quilting best.
    irishoday28@Gmail.com

  82. Deanna says:

    That kite is darling. I can see making a really amazing Christmas tree with them–and kite tail bunting, too.

  83. rosa says:

    Love all the quilt books .Thanks for another week of fun!

  84. kay holm says:

    i never thought of making pillowcases with modern style embroidery. thx

  85. Lauren S in FL says:

    Loving the scrappy twine!! Thanks!!

  86. Budget is good! I love the twine idea! Even the most unloved fabric would look good in twine!

  87. Glenda in Florida says:

    I love checking out all the tutorials, and then exploring those blogs for even more projects!

  88. Thunder in FL says:

    more great ideas. THANKS 🙂

  89. pam says:

    Such inspiration! !!!! Thanks for the opportunity to win a gift.

  90. Lisa Garrett says:

    I’ve gotta try those peppermint meringue cookies!

  91. Beth T. in OR says:

    So many nice tutorials today, and the printables are a sweet and generous offering.

  92. Gina S. says:

    Pillowcase Embroidery is what got me started in the beginning, 49 yrs ago!

  93. Adrienne says:

    What a wonderful series of helpful articles and some great ideas for quick gifts. I am enjoying! Thanks from Canada.

  94. Erica says:

    Love the quilt block.
    -Erica from MA

  95. Cindy in MO says:

    Love the scrap twine idea.

  96. Amanda at APO says:

    I am off to find out more about that twine! There are other projects on the list I’ll be looking at, but that twine has totally sparked my curiosity.

  97. cynthia shanley says:

    so many wonderful projects!

  98. Laurie in CO says:

    So cute- the kite pincushion is adorable.

  99. Lisa Marie says:

    Handmade gifts are so wonderful!

  100. Sheri Whiteley says:

    I love your site. I went to look at all you goody your giving away. Love all the book if I was made of money I buy all these books. Love the quilting and clothing ones there great. Thank you again

  101. ruby t says:

    Coasters, placemats are good gifts to make. Digging that scrap twine..so colorful.
    live in NM

  102. Toni in HI says:

    Those meringue cookies look festive–and delicious!

  103. Susan in WA says:

    What a lovely giveaway – thank you so much for the opportunity to win!!

  104. These are great ideas. I’ll have to try the napkins and the snack bags. Oh but that quilt… so beautiful! And I think my kids would love the meringue cookies. Thanks for the chance and for sharing all these great ideas.

  105. MarjoryW in Ohio says:

    I really like the holiday printables.

  106. Joan says:

    I’ve made tons of potholders and like to keep some on hand for last minute gift giving.

  107. usairdoll in CA says:

    Love the quilts! Love the quilting and embroidery books as well!

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

  108. dangermom says:

    Love the quilt pattern and pillowcase! I guess I like bedding…

  109. Vicki says:

    Thrifty is good! These are all so cute.

  110. Lindsay in IA says:

    i love the pillowcase embroidery!

  111. Deanne in NC says:

    Some nice tutorials, particularly the embroidered pillowcase (memories of my grandmother) and the napkin tutorial.

  112. Lindsay in IA says:

    Such great prizes! Thank you all the generous sponsors

  113. Charity says:

    Those meringues look delicious!

  114. Allyson in OH says:

    The peppermint meringues look so yummy!

  115. Kim L. in CA says:

    That snack bag is really cute!

  116. Katie says:

    I could use a small fire under my tail these days… I need to check out the Ginger Hendrix book.

  117. Ramona from MI says:

    Love the quilt! So cute. Also love fabric twine and the quilted potholders. Such sweet gifts.

  118. Nicole in FL says:

    i am always looking for thrifty projects…this is great! I live the snack bags.

  119. Beth in Michigan says:

    Love all of these!!

  120. Lori in Ohio says:

    Love the Scrappy Dice Quilt BlocK!!! (& Thanks for the Tutorial!!) Also love the Quilted Potholder!

  121. Audrey says:

    The Scrap Dice Quilt block makes a beautiful quilt. Thanks for sharing.

  122. Great ideas.

  123. Can’t wait to get started on the potholders tomorrow!

  124. Debbie says:

    Love the embroidered pillowcase and I just bought some transfer pens. My great niece would a pillowcase with “Sweet Dreams” on it.

  125. Connie J in CO says:

    Love the snack bags… Peppermint Meringue looks so yummy too!

  126. jmj in the USa says:

    love the quilt and the fabric twine, would be great for Christmas pkgs

  127. Java Jane NC says:

    The scrap twine is indeed brilliant!

  128. Whitner in AL says:

    Those peppermint meringue cookies look heavenly!

  129. amber in ny says:

    The pillowcases look like a great idea. Simple and something that people will really enjoy and use.

  130. Mina says:

    I think that today’s projects are my favorite

  131. Morgan in NY says:

    Oh man, I will never part with another scrap again. Scrap twine!? That’s awesome!

  132. Angel K. says:

    I love the idea of being able to turn all my scraps into something useful. Love the scrap twine!

  133. Shellie says:

    I love the idea of reusable snack bags. Thanks for the great tutorials.

  134. Sarah says:

    I love these ideas!

  135. Doris in AL says:

    Love the fabric twine idea.

  136. Julie says:

    Wow! You continue to amaze!

  137. Alys H in Calif says:

    What a great collection! I’m thinking snack bags . . .

  138. Nancy in Canada says:

    I absolutely love the fabric twine idea!!!

  139. Several of these projects have captivated my interest, but what really has me salivating (literally) are those peppermint meringues!

  140. Rachel in CA says:

    The potholder is so cute!

  141. Amy in IL says:

    Love the twine.

  142. Amy in IL says:

    love the twine idea.

  143. Sarah J. in OH says:

    Love this list! Scrap twine- who would have thought!? Beautiful simple embroidered pillowcase. Thanks!

  144. Lauren says:

    I would like to make some snack bags.

  145. SamRI says:

    great ideas!

  146. Dita in WA says:

    I love the quilted pot holders! It looks like I can use scraps for it!!

  147. Carrie in WA says:

    The twine idea is on my list to try!

  148. Heather C says:

    Great-looking meringue cookies!

  149. Becky in VA says:

    The Stitched Paper Art book looks so great! My kids and I would have a lot of fun with those projects.

  150. Patti says:

    These are such wonderful gift ideas for when you want to give a little gift without spending too much money. Thanks for putting these together!

  151. Bobby says:

    The napkins again but the twine! I love it!

  152. Mrs. C from TN says:

    Yaaaaaassss I love Erin Leigh!

  153. Emme in PDX says:

    SO CUTE! It’s handmade gift CRUNCH TIME!

  154. Cassandra in Ohio says:

    I do love such useful gifts- especially the potholders and snack bags.

  155. Robin E. in AZ says:

    Scrap twine is AWESOME!

  156. Liz in WA says:

    I’m making pillowcases for some friends who are moving internationally (ie. not a whole lot of space in their suitcases). They won’t match their sheets, but hopefully the pillowcases will remind them of us =)

  157. Wendy in OR says:

    Peppermint merinque cookies sound so good.

  158. eric in us says:

    Peppermint is a holiday tradition.

  159. I’m all about thrift. In fact, my motto for this Christmas is “keep it simple stupid”. 🙂 And that’s exactly what I’m doing!

  160. Andrea C in Ohio says:

    I get it the snack bags are the it gift 😉 i actually like hat you have them multiple times, different ways to make them.

  161. Greta in Wisconsin says:

    Just got back from the thrift store and didn’t find a thing. Now onto the sewing machine with your great ideas.

  162. Deb H. in PA says:

    I would really like to try the scrap twine…..have tons of scraps!

  163. I love all these great ideas, they are sure to keep me busy for the holidays! Thanks so much for sharing my snack baggie. Sharing this of FB!! 🙂 Happy Holidays!

  164. kim t. in wa says:

    napkin corners! embroidery! twine! ? great!

  165. Ali M from WA says:

    Well I only want to make meringues and thats not good for me.. Thank you for todays giveaway!

  166. Joanna in Canada says:

    The scrap twine is such a cute and genius way to ensure every last scrap gets used! I would love to wrap all my Christmas gifts with scrap twine this year…hope I have enough time!!

  167. Connie Rodriguez says:

    Really like the embroidery pillow, the ideas are endless. You can make someone feel so special

  168. Natalie in OH says:

    The cloth napkins are lovely!

  169. Heidi Anderson says:

    The scrap twine tutorial is brilliant. I always hate tossing any amount of fabric and now I have a reason to keep it all! Thanks,

  170. Kat Hosking (australia) says:

    everyone needs a few thrifty gifts at this time of year! Great selection, thankyou for curating.

  171. Anna in NZ says:

    A new use for my scraps – twine!!

  172. lee in MI says:

    Ginger always has great ideas! I love the scraps into twine and am going to read how to do that now! thanks!

  173. I love a good cloth napkin. Thanks for the link!

  174. It is always nice to see that beautiful gifts need not be expensive 🙂

  175. Tamara (Delaware) says:

    Those printables are adorable!

  176. Janice in IL says:

    Cloth napkins are such a great gift idea!

  177. Exactly my kind of post! I’ll be linking.

  178. Becky K in Ohio says:

    Great projects!! Thanks!

  179. Shannon P says:

    I love the scrap twine!

  180. Charlotte in Ga says:

    Great ideas! Thanks so very much!

  181. Diane B says:

    Thank you Ginger. Love your fabric crochet rugs! That’s how I learned to use a sewing maching as a child by pieces strips together for my mom, the crocheter:)
    Scrap twine is a super idea, and I’m in need of some twine right now to wrap a pre-holiday gift or two. Handmade is always thee best gift in my eyes!
    Diane in VA

  182. Amanda in TX says:

    Great ideas! I love the kite pincushion! 🙂

  183. auschick in va says:

    Ooh that peppermint meringue looks amazing!

  184. EmSewCrazy in MT says:

    Ooh another great roundup! Some great books to giveaway too. Redwork!! One of my favorite forms of embroidery! Thanks for the lovely giveaways!

  185. Heidi in SD says:

    Scrap twine?! Awesome!

  186. Deece in WA says:

    I love the scrap twine! I’m definitely making some!

  187. Jenn H says:

    My table could use some new cloth napkins. Thanks for all the great ideas!

  188. Jess Z says:

    Love these ideas! I need to work up some quick “extras” to have on hand, but still want them to be personal. Thanks for the suggestions! 🙂

  189. Beth in VA says:

    Love that kite pincushion!

  190. Joyce Mitchell says:

    I love receiving a gift of homemade cookies – yum! Thanks for the great gift ideas.

  191. That scrap twine would be perfect for all of my present wrapping!

  192. Katie in CA says:

    Scrap Twine! I have an ongoing internal debate about the scrap sizes I should bother saving (it varies between being thrifty and hoarding), and this is such a GREAT use for them! Perfect for wrapping presents in solid paper and they’re going to look so pretty under the tree!

  193. Rena in GA says:

    I’ve always wanted to try making fabric twine!

  194. cons says:

    I love the scrap twine. A great way to use those thin strips.

  195. Emilyplays in WA says:

    Love embroidered pillowcases! – So lovely!

  196. Charlotte in MI says:

    Love it!!!

  197. terri says:

    love the scrap twine

  198. jenniferW in SC says:

    Love the snack bags and napkins…. these could go together as a fun set!

  199. Morgan D. says:

    The snack bags and kite pin cushions are so cute- can’t wait to try these tutorials!

  200. Bridget says:

    My favorite post yet! I am making a scrap quilt now and these are all great ideas to use with my scraps. Perfect timing!!! Thank you!

  201. Heather in VA says:

    I love the napkins. I need to make some for Thursday!

  202. vicki says:

    Absolutely love the snack bag – I wont just be stopping at using them for snacks – so versatile that I will be making dozens!!!!
    Love love love the website and the Handmade November – cant wait to get home each day to check the daily ideas

  203. Jenn (FPO) says:

    Mmmm those peppermint meringues!

  204. Carmen in WI says:

    I need to make us some Cloth Napkins with Perfect Corners

  205. Kay from MO says:

    Love the pot holders!

  206. Jessie from NM says:

    This is the way to do handmade, thrift it! Lovely selection today.

  207. Shannon says:

    Wonderful, as always! Thank you!

  208. Eleanor in NC says:

    Cute snack bags!

  209. Ariadne says:

    As I am an International reader I am interested in the Stitched Paper Art for Kids: 22 Cheeky Pickle Sewing Projectsand Simply Redwork: Quilt & Stitch Redwork Embroidery Designs. Thank you for the chance.

  210. Emily says:

    I love the scrappy twine! What a great idea!

  211. Lauren in MN says:

    What a great idea – fabric twine! Another great way to put my scraps to use.

  212. Karen from Indiana says:

    Cool ideas. Must make some of that twine!

  213. SS in NH says:

    the printables today are really cute

  214. Begum Sen says:

    Scrap twines are genius! I should try asap.

  215. Donna in NC says:

    Love the post about cloth napkins – I am going to try that technique. More great books to be inspired by.

  216. Michelle M in WA says:

    The Quick + Easy Snack Bag and quilted potholders are great ideas for quick and inexpensive gifts. Thanks.

  217. Kristen W in CT says:

    I love that kite pincushion. And I’ve been thinking about making some meringue cookes. Thanks for the ideas!

  218. KarenH in OK says:

    The scrap twine is an AWESOME idea and it might be a great kid project.

  219. Jennifer N. in CA says:

    I like thrifty ideas. Thanks for sharing.

  220. Laura in FL says:

    I love the scrappy twine — what a great idea!

  221. Fran Bott in VA says:

    What a wonderful selection of books and projects for the holidays. I don’t quilt, but I do most everything else. I especially like the Bags to Sew and the Sew Fun Books.

  222. Jennifer in AL says:

    I love Pillowcase embroidery

  223. Kylie C in OR says:

    Those snack bags are great- they look a lot nicer than some of the tutorials I’ve seen.

  224. Rachel in IL says:

    Mitered corners made easy? Yes, please. Time to re-do my napkin stash!

  225. Liesel in KS says:

    So many good gift ideas!

  226. Lorrie says:

    These are great ideas for using up scraps from other projects. The striped pot holders are very pretty.

  227. Emma in AL says:

    Drooling over the scrap twine.

  228. Julianne in VA says:

    That twine is an awesome way to use scraps!

  229. Heather79 in CO says:

    Loving the twine!

  230. Bev Leischner says:

    Fabric twine,Snack bags, pot holders all caught my eye today. Will be checking them out!
    Bev in Alberta

  231. Maureen says:

    Willing to try all of the projects. WI

  232. I want to make those snack bags and the merigues.

  233. Marilyn in WA says:

    love the snack bag and perfect twine

  234. Anne Marie says:

    These are all such wonderful ideas – thanks for sharing.

  235. Lesley says:

    Great ideas! I live in Oregon

  236. Catherine in MI says:

    So many great projects to use up fabric scraps! I’m off to check out the book on Amazon. 🙂

  237. Bonnie Larson says:

    Great ideas. Thanks so much for sharing. i would love to win one of today’s prizes. i am from Canada

  238. Thrifty gifts are my fav. Thanks!

  239. Kristie in WA says:

    We could definitely use some new snack bags. They make great gifts too. Thank!

  240. Mandy in CA says:

    great ideas! I love the potholders 🙂

  241. I’m loving that scrap dice quilt block.

  242. Margo in WA says:

    I love the scrap twine!

  243. Brie from FL says:

    I have been making the scrap twine for a few months now and it is AWESOME! The kids love helping.

  244. Elizabeth says:

    So many great ideas! I really like the cloth napkins!

  245. Logan in PA says:

    The simplicity of the pillowcase embroidery is gorgeous.

  246. Dawn Jones from IN says:

    I love the quilted potholder. Have a great day!

  247. Sheri Whiteley says:

    i love what you do here. Such wonderful giveaway you have. So many wonderful books for your Handmade Holiday Prizes you have really work getting such nice books. Thank you for a chance and I love your site. Sheri

  248. Tammy in MI says:

    The redwork book looks fun!

  249. Cari in CO says:

    i love the pillowcase embroidery!

  250. Julianna says:

    I’m international:)

  251. Julianna says:

    Oh, again so many great tutorials! But what I cannot resist the most are the cookie recipes!

  252. Sarah in Ca says:

    I love the scrappy projects!

  253. Misty Smith says:

    Oh! “Essential Quiltmaking”! Would love to have it!

  254. Serena in CA says:

    The scrap twine is great!

  255. I have loved seeing all the inspiring pictures. Thanks!

  256. Mary Ann in SC says:

    Love thrifty ideas

  257. Kathy L. in VA says:

    The potholders are really cute!

  258. Cyndi in OK says:

    I need those pot holders! Amazing how you never think of replacing those things.

  259. Diana from OR says:

    I like the embroidered pillow cases.

  260. Nickkole in nc says:

    Those meringue look tasty! I’ll have to make a batch for my sister

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