Handmade Holidays Nov. 26: Gifts for Kids to Make

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Show kids giving is one of the very best parts of the holidays! Each of these ideas are for gifts kids can make themselves and then give to friends and family members, all compiled by an expert kids’ sewing instructor.

Today’s Guest Curator: Annabel Wrigley of Little Pincushion Studio

Annabel Wrigley of Little Pincushion Studio is an Aussie mum, author and designer living in rural Virginia. She owns Little Pincushion Studio, a sweet little studio in Warrenton where she teaches six days and 50+ children a week.

Annabel is the author of We Love to Sew (now translated into German and French!) and We Love to Sew: Bedrooms. We Love to Sew Gifts is due for release in Spring 2015!

In addition to her popular books and studio classes, Annabel also has several videos for kids’ sewing and crafts on Creativebug.

Make It

Stuffed Snowman
A Stuffed Snowman from The Imagination Tree is a special gift for teachers, or you can hang it the tree!

Infinity Scarf
Make an Infinity Scarf via Scattered Thoughts of a Crafty Mom for everyone! Select different fabrics to suit the recipient and they will love this gift.

Sewing Cards
These Sewing Cards from The Silly Pearl are fun for kids of all ages to make and give.

Weaving Loom + Woven Mat
Emusing Emma’s Weaving Loom + Woven Mat will keep everyone busy for hours! These looms make lovely mat coasters…

Cute Drawstring Bag
A Cup of Thuy shows you how to sew Cute Drawstring Bags. Pop something inside before you deliver or make a small set as a stand-alone present.

Pillowcase with Pompom Trim
Pompom trim makes everything you sew more fun! Try these Pillowcases with Pompom Trim from Haberdashery Fun for tinyprints for parents, grandparents, siblings… It’s a happy project.

iPhone/iPad Stand
This iPhone/iPad Stand is a handy tool, and easy to make with the Factotum of Arts tutorial.

Related tutorials you might enjoy: Kid Crafts, Sewing with Kids, Gifts Kids Can Make, Kids Can Make It!

Mix It

Hot Cocoa 3 Musketeers Brownie Bites
Why settle for regular brownies when you can make Hot Cocoa 3 Musketeers Brownie Bites from Inside BruCrew Life for the holidays?!

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!

Patchwork, Please!
(US-only shipping, no P.O. boxes.)

Author: Ayumi Takahashi
Publisher: Interweave/F+W

In Patchwork, Please!, Stitch magazine contributor Ayumi Takahashi has created playful and practical patchwork projects for the home and the people who live in it. Sewing should be fun, and Ayumi Takahashi’s patchwork projects embody that happy, playful approach.

Known for both her distinctive combination of patterned fabrics and her quirky interpretations of vintage style, Ayumi brings this signature approach to 19 sewing projects. The book begins with basic techniques in patchwork, paper piecing, raw-edged applique, and machine and hand embroidery. Then it’s straight into an appealing assortment of projects for the kitchen, home, family and friends.

Recycled Chic: 30 Simple Ways to Recycle, Renew, and Reinvent Your Pre-Loved Fashions
(US-only shipping.)

Author: Amanda McKittrick
Publisher: Lark Crafts

Want to look chic and unique—and dress eco-smart, too? Featuring 30 original projects that even novice seamstresses can handle, and information on tools and techniques, Recycled Chic gives you the inspiration and confidence to renew existing clothes and accessories or personalize vintage fashions and fabrics. All the patterns are simple to follow, with step-by-step photos to guide you. So whether you’re removing sleeves from a frumpy dress, embellishing a tired top, or creating a cute clutch from an old jacket, it’s easy and fun to make!

Handbag Workshop
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Author: Anna Maia Mazur
Publisher: Taunton Press

Make great designer look-alike bags. In her amazing how-to book, Handbag Workshop, Anna Mazur lets the cat out of the bag and tells all. In her inimitable style, Anna divulges little-known details for sewing 18 gorgeous bags. You know, the kind you drool over in specialty shops. Darling wristlets, swanky carryalls, classy clutches in sumptuous leather, suede, alligator, and snakeskin – faux and genuine – they’re all here, just waiting for you!

Basic Black
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Author: Sato Watanabe
Publisher: Tuttle Publishing

Basic Black is the English edition of a classic Japanese sewing book which provides Western-sized patterns for 26 basic garments, along with detailed, easy-to-follow diagrams and instructions. All of the styles are easily customized to create your own personal style, and there is truly something for everyone and every occasion in this book—from a smart two-texture combo dress to a relaxed, bohemian tunic—and everything in-between. All the styles are thoroughly modern and practical, ranging from softly feminine or straight-line simple to smartly-tailored or loosely-deconstructed.

Quilts Made with Love: To Celebrate, Comfort, and Show You Care
(US + Canada shipping, eBooks to international winners.)

Author: Rachel Griffith
Publisher: Martingale

With a something for every occasion, this go-to resource has the perfect quilt to express any sentiment. Whatever your skill level, you can stitch gift quilts the recipient will appreciate.

  • Find 19 engaging quilts that are easy to piece, satisfying to construct and simply stunning.
  • Create a memorable outward sign of caring for any occasion: birth, graduation, housewarming, wedding, anniversary, deployment, illness and more.
  • Choose fabrics to enhance the message of each quilt–use precuts and scraps as well as yardage.

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You’ll find lots of ideas on the Ribbon Jar Blog! Happy Holiday Crafting!

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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208 Responses to Handmade Holidays Nov. 26: Gifts for Kids to Make

  1. Great ideas! thanks!

  2. Julie L says:

    So much fun, all three of my kids love to create and help out in the kitchen – not to mention see just how many layers of fabric they can send through a sewing machine at any given time.

  3. Laura in MD says:

    Saving for the future when my son will be old enough to help make things!

  4. Erika in MA says:

    Good idea with the infinity scarf.

  5. Tina in MT says:

    ipad stand is a great idea

  6. Kathryn in VA says:

    thses links will help when i sit down with my kids to create

  7. Alice in TN says:

    Love all the great ideas here. I will be using these way past the holidays

  8. Barbara P in OR says:

    That phone stand looks really cool and inventive.

  9. Deb H. in PA says:

    Love the weaving loom…may have to use that at camp.

  10. Beth in VA says:

    Brownie bites look yummy!

  11. cons says:

    lovely, so very lovely

  12. Michelle Smith in Michigan says:

    What great ideas! I know that my kids will enjoy making some of these.

    Michelle Smith in Michigan

  13. Carmen in WI says:

    I want to make Hot Cocoa 3 Musketeers Brownie Bites … right NOW!

  14. Thunder in FL says:

    Love the phone stand.

  15. Kati in FL says:

    I know someone who would love for my kids to make them that brownie mix!

  16. Donna in NC says:

    fun projects for kids. Love all the books in the giveaway.

  17. Karen from Indiana says:

    I like that I-phone stand.

  18. Alison in MD says:

    Because I’m a beginner, these are great projects for me! Thanks!

  19. Persia in il says:

    Ooh the Hot Cocoa brownie bites

  20. Kristin in DC says:

    Those woven mats would make such great coasters!

  21. Mary Ann in SC says:

    My daughter loves to make chocolate covered pretzels as gifts. I melt the chocolate in a tall cup and put out a few plates of toppings. She can dip the pretzel rods and then roll them in toppings. Lay them out on wax paper to harden then wrap up as a tasty present!

  22. Becky in VA says:

    Great gift ideas for kids and adults too!

  23. Gina S. says:

    Drawstring bags would be cute for smaller christmas gifts.

  24. Chiska says:

    What a great list! I love that snowman,

  25. Lorinda in WA says:

    These are great ideas. And those brownie bites looks AMAZING!

  26. LonnieMoo in CA says:

    can’t wait until my toddler can sew with me.

  27. Heather in VT says:

    These are adorable ideas! That woven mat is a great idea.

  28. Stacy in PA says:

    My daughter is going to love making those snowmen! Thanks for sharing!

  29. Whitner in AL says:

    Love, love, love!

  30. beth in nc says:

    Love the phone stand.

  31. Jolien says:

    Cute infinity scarf!

  32. Mara says:

    My kids love making handmade cards, Mara in TX

  33. Mandy says:

    Cool projects!

  34. Oh, I’m always looking for new ideas to make with my kiddo. Thanks!

  35. Molly in TN says:

    Love these ideas! I have 2 little makers that will love to give some of these.

  36. Ruth Lutz says:

    Thanks for all the creative Christmas ideas! I have been working on handbags lately and would love to win the Handbag Workshop book!
    Ruth L
    Orlando, FL

  37. Jayne - Tennessee says:

    So much fun! I have such wonderful memories sewing with my children!

  38. Amanda at APO says:

    Cute ideas.

  39. Ellee in CA says:

    What a wonderful selection of books this week!

  40. Prachi in WA says:

    Love the infinity scarf – got to make me some !

  41. Ali M from WA says:

    My list of things to make is getting too long, but thank you for the inspiration!!

  42. count me in

  43. ruby t says:

    I love the weaving project by emuse. The addition of the pom-pon trim updates the look so much. I have been wanting to do weaving and was thinking that it would look bad like a summer camp gone really awry. This is just the ticket. thanks

  44. Sarah J in OH says:

    Love these ideas- I have a little one who may be creating some of these this year! Thanks!

  45. Anna (64colorbox) in FL says:

    Those brownies look amazing!

  46. Ari from NJ says:

    The iThing stand looks really useful.

  47. Karen Jones says:

    The Hot Cocoa 3 Musketeers Brownie Bites look delicious

  48. Cindy in ND says:

    Would like to make an infinity scarf for my granddaughter. CDahlgren at live dot com

  49. Angie in LA says:

    Those brownie bites look amazing!

  50. Carrie in IL says:

    Drawstring bags!!!!

  51. Patty says:

    3 Musketeer brownie bits? So yummy!

  52. BJ Marley in SC says:

    These presents would be great from anyone.

  53. BJ Marley in SC says:

    These presents would be great from of anyone.

  54. Georgia says:

    Great giveaway! Thanks!

  55. Janice in IL says:

    I’ve seen several versions of ipad/ipod stands but I love this one including the ingenious cord hanger.

  56. Diane B says:

    Sewing Cards..oh my gosh how fun!. I’ve not made those since my childhood:)
    The Ipod/Ipad and charging stand is totally awesome and needed in my home and I’m sure my friends will love it too.
    Thank you Annabel, you did a superb job curating all these gifts kids can craft.

  57. Barbara says:

    Those brownie bites look delicious! Thanks for sharing.

  58. Lesley says:

    I need to make the iPad stand! I live in Oregon

  59. Deidre (Canada) says:

    More great ideas to try — Thanks!

  60. Faith says:

    What fun! My little ladies would be delighted to try some of these great ideas!

  61. Robin E. in AZ says:

    Oooo, we do a lot of crafts and such in Dec and I’m always in need of more projects for the kids :).

  62. Eleanor in NC says:

    Thanks for the great ideas – my kids love to sew!

  63. Heather in CA says:

    Everyone needs a great infinity scarf!

  64. sangeetha in ohio says:

    the iphone stand is really cute

  65. Bridget in CO says:

    I’m spending thanksgiving with my 11 year old niece and these projects gave us great ideas! I brought yards of fabric and my sewing machine up to the mountains and we are planning on doing “handmade holidays” this weekend!

  66. Samantha says:

    Great ideas. Thank you!

  67. Peg in CO says:

    Problem solved! My 10yo did not know what to make her 15yo brother. The iPad/iPhone holder will be perfect! Thanks!!

  68. Now I know what to do with the leftover Halloween candy!

  69. Some of these look fun for me to make as gifts for my daughters.

  70. Mhairi (Aust) says:

    I love these ideas, especially the weaving loom and the sewing cards.

  71. cynthia says:

    great ideas, thanks!

  72. Thank you, great ideas to make with my son.

  73. Joan says:

    I’ll forward this post to my sister who has been looking for things to help her granddaughter sew.

  74. Shannon in WA says:

    Fun ways to involve crafty kiddos!

  75. Great ideas, Thank you so much for sharing.

  76. Allyson in OH says:

    Love the woven mat!

  77. Marilyn in WA says:

    some very cute ideas

  78. My girl would like to make some of these. Thanks for the ideas.

  79. I encourage my children to make something when they are giving gifts, for the handmade item is so much more meaningful then anything you could buy in the store.

  80. Gail says:

    Love the little woven mat.

  81. Sarah in PA says:

    Great ideas; thanks!

  82. Pom Pom Photo Pillows. Wowza!

  83. Brooke in NY says:

    tasty little brownie bite recipe!!! Mmmmm.

  84. Andrea McColeman says:

    Those are all cute gift ideas for kids to make or help with. I love the little ipod stand! cute!
    Andrea from Nevada

  85. Julie in Canada says:

    Some fun stuff to do with my nieces!

  86. Kylie C in OR says:

    The homemade loom looks really fun to play with after the holidays 🙂

  87. Annette TX says:

    my daughter (8) is just getting interested in sewing. There are some really great ideas here.

  88. Becky K in Ohio says:

    Yummo on those brownies!!!!

  89. Lisa Marie in KY says:

    I would like to make some of these things with my niece.

  90. Donna in TX says:

    I will be making a snowman with my granddaughter this weekend! Always looking for things to do with her and this will be fun. Thanks so much.

  91. Julianne in VA says:

    Those brownies bites look soooo amazing!

  92. Joanna in Canada says:

    Oh my, I’m loving the book prizes today! I would love to learn how to sew a purse (I am in dire need of an evening clutch!) and is there anything sweeter-sounding than “Quilts Made with Love”?!

  93. Connie J in CO says:

    The scarf looks like the perfect project for my teen!

  94. Vicki says:

    Such cute ideas.

  95. kriston lion in wa says:

    even though I’m not a kid, I’m definitely going to make most of these! I love your gift guides!

  96. Patricia from GA says:

    Love the “Beautiful in Black” book

  97. Might need to make myself a tablet stand…

  98. Lynne says:

    My daughter has made teachers key fobs for gifts – a perfect sewing project for kids

  99. Rachel in CA says:

    Great ideas! Love the infinity scarf!

  100. Oh, those cupcakes look delicious! Probably not low-carb though :>

  101. Judi B in VA says:

    I love crafting with my daughter. Thanks for the lovely ideas!

  102. Catherine in MI says:

    A friend and I were just looking for a craft for our kids to do together and those little snowmen will be perfect!

  103. Karen Ann says:

    Thanks for sharing!

  104. Dita inWA says:

    I LOVE infinity scarves! Such a cute way to keep ourselves warm 🙂

  105. Bronwen says:

    This is such a great range of ideas!! Thanks!!

  106. Carrie in WA says:

    Great collection of ideas!

  107. Mary H in CO says:

    mmmm…. those brownies look so good!

  108. Nancy McKenzie says:

    Great ideas. The little loom is lovely!

  109. Beth in Michigan says:

    Think we may try the snowman and the scarf on craft day.

  110. Heather in VA says:

    Love the snowman Christmas ornament.

  111. jmj in the usa says:

    love the pompom photo pillow

  112. Deanne in NC says:

    Nice ideas for crafting with my grandchildren.

  113. KristyMN says:

    Cute ideas!

  114. Jennifer in MA says:

    What cute ideas!

  115. Very fun and inspirational ideas. Thanks!

  116. Dawn Jones from IN says:

    I like the iPhone/ipad stand. Have a great day.

  117. Mary D in MO says:

    When my daughter was growing up, I would do craft projects with her and her friends. Now my granddaughter and niece love to craft so I am enjoying a revival of crafting projects.

  118. Liesel in KS says:

    The DIY iphone stand is a great idea!

  119. Connie Rodriguez says:

    cute gifts and some are easy to make with the grandbabies

  120. amber in ny says:

    great ideas to keep the kids busy and show them that they can make a great and thoughtful gift instead of buying one.

  121. Laurie in CO says:

    The snowman is adorable.

  122. Lee in MI says:

    I love the ipad holder – my nieces would love to make these with some of my stash! thanks!

  123. Kat Hosking (Australia) says:

    lovely ideas for the kids, they love seeing the results of their labour.

  124. deborah in az says:

    oh, thank you so much for this! my daughters are probably old enough now to do some of these 9they are 3 and 6). greatly appreciate this themed curation!

  125. andrea C in Ohio says:

    Love the drawstring bags 🙂

  126. Lee Wells in KS says:

    Thank you for all the suggestions! The Handbag Workshop book sounds interesting (I just recently started sewing some basic bags)

  127. Rachel B says:

    Milky Way cups are a unique recipe.

  128. Kristen W in CT says:

    My daughter loves her sewing cards. She’d have fun making some to give to friends.

  129. Shannon P says:

    The sewing cards look like fun!

  130. Cassandra in Va says:

    Basic Black looks like a wonderful book

  131. Kathy h in Pa. says:

    Some cute gift ideas for kids and those brownie bites look delicious.

  132. Cherise says:

    Great ideas for christmas! Thanks! I live in Canada.

  133. SamRI says:

    my girls would love to make the snowman!

  134. Amanda in TX says:

    Cute ideas! Love the adorable drawstring bags.

  135. Linda F. says:

    Thanks for the chance to win a great book!

  136. dangermom says:

    My two daughters will love some of these ideas. And I might hint that a tablet pillow would be quite a good gift for Mom.

  137. Kate F (North Carolina) says:

    The little drawstring bags are cute and practical!

  138. Nan in WV says:


  139. Julia D in WA says:

    How about a drawstring bag full of 3 musketeers brownies!

  140. Mama Squirrel in Ontario says:

    I went right to work and made one of those iPod/cell phone holders. Great pattern! I think it would be good for holding other things, like the case for the CD that you’re playing, or a favourite card.

  141. D says:

    Thanks for these tutorials! Definitely will make the girl’s infinity scarf for my nieces.

  142. Abby says:

    These are really great!

  143. Jan c. In La. says:

    Thanks for the darling ideas Annabel.

  144. Susan says:

    I love that you featured gifts that kids can make. They need to experience the joy and satisfaction that giving gifts us!

  145. Annie in CA says:

    Oh man, the Hot Cocoa 3 Musketeers Brownie Bites look to die for!

  146. Diana from OR says:

    Those brownie bites look tasty.

  147. Heidi in WA says:

    These are lovely ideas. My daughter is very interested in sewing, these are all perfect for her to make and give. Thank you for sharing a wonderful set of tutorials.

  148. Lauren S. In FL says:

    Super cute kids gift ideas!!! Thank you!!!

  149. DebbieKL says:

    My son likes making gifts for his sisters. This might give him some ideas!

  150. Jenn (FPO) says:

    Mmmm, those brownies!

  151. Katherine in Canada says:

    I want this series to go on forever!

  152. Bev Leischner says:

    Will have to try the 3 Muskateers Brownie Bites!!

  153. Nickkole in nc says:

    Ooh those brownies look good!

  154. Mandi in MO says:

    What fun ideas! I’m going to show my kids!

  155. Brie in FL says:

    The kids are making pot holders this year!

  156. Mandi in CO says:

    I love sewing cards – such a great introduction to sewing!

  157. Debbi in CO says:

    I can’t wait to make the Iphone stand for my husband for Christmas. He has been making do for years so it’s about time! Thanks for the blog and the prizes that you are offering!

  158. B.J. Peters says:

    Enjoyed seeing how ric rac was used on Ribbon Jar blog, thanks. I use it a lot, too.

  159. EmSewCrazy in MT says:

    Fun stuff! Thanks again!

  160. Nicole in FL says:

    i love the idea of kids making gifts! I can’t wait until my son is old enough to do some of these projects. especially love the infinity scarf. beautiful and useful.

  161. Beth says:

    i really like the idea of kids being a part of the presents they give. It makes the process so much more meaningful for everyone involved! I know I would have loved to have received that snowman as a gift rather than some cheap perfume as a teacher. Anything made by the child is just so special! Magistra13 at yahoo dot com

  162. Silvia says:

    Thank you!!! What a great idea the iPhone/iPad Stand, love it! 🙂

  163. Wendy in OR says:

    It’s so great to get kids involved in sewing.

  164. Elise in GA says:

    Love these ideas!

  165. Elizabeth says:

    The stuffed snowman is so cute!

  166. usairdoll in CA says:

    Love the iPad holder.

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


  167. Kristie in wa says:

    good ideas. I was just telling my 7 year old that she could make her own infinity scarves. We are getting some special fabric today. Thanks.

  168. Jamie B says:

    Another great list! Love the snowman.

  169. Cassandra in Ohio says:

    What a cute infinity scarf!

  170. Barb B in Canada says:

    Great gift for the kiddos to make. I think those snowmen are fabulous!

  171. Jill in California says:

    Good stuff today. Thanks!

  172. auschick in va says:

    I look forward to when my kids are old enough to sew with me!

  173. Ramona from MI says:

    Love these sweet gifts. Great for beginning sewers of all ages.

  174. Sandy in WA says:

    I need one of those phone stands, looks really easy.

  175. Margo in WA says:

    Very cute presents! I like the little mug rugs.

  176. Such a great round up of ideas for anyone to make!

  177. Veronika in ga says:

    Love these ideas! Those bags are super cute.

  178. Anita says:

    What great ideas. Now I need to get my daughter busy.

  179. SS in NH says:

    I wish someone would make some of these for me!

  180. Shannon says:

    I really love that iPad stand. Thank you!

  181. Kay in MO says:

    The sewing cards are great. 🙂

  182. Greta in WI says:

    Love the iPad stand.

  183. The loom/weaving is great. Lovely idea.

  184. jessicac says:

    The sewing cards are such a great afternoon activity.. thanks for the ideas.

  185. Those little drawstring bags would be perfect for holding jewelry while travelling!

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  187. Jessie from NM says:

    This might be what I was looking for for an activity with my girls from church. Thanks!

  188. Charlotte in Ga says:

    I phone stand is awesome! Must make! Thanks.

  189. Lauren says:

    The drawstring bags are cute!

  190. Serena in CA says:

    The infinity scarf is a great idea!

  191. Cinnamom in MN says:

    THe recycled chic book looks totally useful!

  192. Thanks for the ideas!

  193. Jennifer N. in CA says:

    Always looking for way to get my kids involved in giving. Thanks for sharing.

  194. Anne Marie Haun says:

    What wonderful ideas – thanks.

  195. Sarah says:

    Thank you fo including ideas for kids!

  196. Jess C says:

    This is a great reminder that I need to get the kids involved with holiday crafting too!

  197. Tammy in MI says:

    Those brownie bites look amazing!

  198. Tina in NJ says:

    The iPhone stand is cute.

  199. Michelle M in WA says:

    I was looking for something for my son to make for his sisters. I think the iPhone/iPad Stand would be a great gift for them.

  200. Cathie. says:

    Thank you, thank you, thank you. I have been looking for a scarf pattern for my young granddaughter and this one is perfect.

  201. Patricia Cash says:

    Great items for kids and others, the iphone stand and the brownies!

  202. teresa says:

    These are very sweet. I love the pom pom pillowcase.
    Thank you.

  203. Heidi in SD says:

    Great ideas!

  204. Marya in NJ says:

    I love the stuffed snowman, may have to do this with my niece and nephew!

  205. Heather C says:

    Love the snowman! We are making similar trees this weekend. 🙂

  206. Natalie in OH says:

    Love the iPhone/iPad stand – what a cool idea!!

  207. Kathy L. in VA says:

    The iPhone stand is really cute and the brownies look delicious!

  208. The brownie bites look scrumptious.

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