Don’t arrive at your holiday parties empty-handed! These ideas work as hostess gifts or they’re also perfect for coworkers, family presents and more.

Today’s Guest Curator: Michelle of From Bolt to Beauty

Hi, I’m Michelle, the crafty lady behind From Bolt to Beauty, where I share my adventures in sewing and quilting.

I’m happy to host family and friends over the holidays. Even now, my guest room is ready for the first wave of visitors. But I prefer venturing elsewhere for my holiday cheer. Why? It’s a great excuse to make a handmade host or hostess gift. Plus, it means I don’t have to convert my sewing room back to its original purpose: a dining room!

I hope you find some special gifts to make in the list below. Visit me at From Bolt to Beauty throughout the year for more tutorials, inspiration and accounts of my triumphs— and tribulations!— at my sewing machine.

Make It


Little Trees Fabric Baskets
These sweet Little Trees Fabric Baskets from Nero’s Post and Patch can be made in any size!


Guest Towel with Crochet Trim
Pair a Guest Towel with Crochet Trim from A Spoonful of Sugar with special soap or make it a stand-alone gift for a friend!


Snowman Table Runner
Add cheer to your decor (or theirs!) with the Snowman Table Runner from Good Golly Ginger.


Burlap Gift Bags
Make Burlap Gift Bags from Leigh Laurel Studios for all of your holiday gifts!


Tall Tree Pillow
A Tall Tree Pillow from The Inspired Wren for Fleece Fun is a fun addition to the holiday home.


The Tree Is Trimmed
Make The Tree Is Trimmed Wall Hanging with step-by-step instruction at From Bolt to Beauty.


Modern Geometrics Table Runner + Coasters
The Modern Geometrics Table Runner + Coasters from Laura Jane Taylor for Love Patchwork & Quilting (via Sew Mama Sew) can be made in holiday colors, or in fabric your host will love.


Reversible Patchwork Pocket Placemats
Reversible Patchwork Pocket Placemats from My Fabric Relish would be festive on a Christmas table.


Fair Isle Pillow
The Freshly Pieced Fair Isle Pillow at We All Sew can sit out all winter long!


A Gift Bag for Beer Lovers
From Bolt to Beauty shows you how to make A Gift Bag for Beer Lovers. Guess what goes inside?!

Related tutorials you might enjoy: Happy Hostess Gift Box Pattern, Jewel Box Coasters, Make & Bake Apron, Big Stitch Coasters, Quilted Fabric Tray, All of our HOME tutorials, Party tutorials

Mix It


Sticky Toffee Pudding
Make this delicious Sticky Toffee Pudding from Smitten Kitchen on Christmas Eve, or just about any day next month!

Print It


Bow-Tie Drink Markers
So fun! Bow-Tie Drink Markers from Oh Happy Day will help guests remember where they put their glass.

Win It

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Sew the Perfect Gift: 25 Handmade Projects from Top Designers
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Author: Martingale Authors
Publisher: Martingale

Quilters and sewists alike will enjoy this fabulous–and amazingly varied–collection of stitched and quilted projects. Brimming with design talent, the book features work by Kim Brackett, Linda Lum DeBono, Kim Diehl, Cynthia Tomaszewski, and many more.

  • Stitch striking table runners, pillows, and quilts, plus stylish bags, practical totes, funky bracelets, a pincushion, upcycled projects including a cup cozy and scarf, and many other unique accessories.
  • Sew, quilt, appliqué, and embroider gifts for the holidays and other special occasions.
  • Choose from eye-catching designs that range from traditional to modern.

BurdaStyle Modern Sewing Wardrobe Essentials
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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
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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!

Colorful Stitchery: 65 Embroidery Projects to Personalize Your Home
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Author: Kristin Nicholas
Publisher: Roost Books

Add personalized pops of color to every room with embroidery projects that infuse the everyday with exuberance. From pillow covers that play with unexpected patterns and fabrics to jewel-bright napkins and tablecloths to give your kitchen a more joyful feel, the projects that designer and colorist Kristin Nicholas has put together here pair fabric and thread in surprising and beautiful ways. With illustrations of every stitch, this is the perfect guide for would-be and experienced stitchers alike.

Stylish Skirts
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Author: Sato Watanabe
Publisher: Tuttle Publishing

Stylish Skirts is the English edition of a popular Japanese sew-it-yourself fashion book which allows you to create simple yet stylish skirts that look and feel great—at a fraction of the cost of store-bought fashion. With this book, there’s no end to the kinds of skirts you can create to match your body shape, your taste in fabrics and colors, and your mood (not to mention your favorite tops, shoes and accessories)! The instructions and diagrams are a snap to follow and provide a huge variety of styles—from ultra-feminine to artfully disheveled. All 23 skirt designs in this book look great in different fabrics, colors, prints and textures—so the options are truly endless. The enclosed patterns and instructions make cutting and sewing these skirts a breeze.

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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