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

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Patchwork, Please!
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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
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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.

Sewing Deal of the Day


The Ribbon Jar Deal of the Day is 20% off all Ric-Rac. Use coupon HOLIDAY20.

Ric-Rac is a crafter’s favorite! Use it for sewing, crafting and wrapping! Ribbon Jar carries sizes 6 – 40mm and Polyester, Rayon and Velvet Ric-Rac!

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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We respect the copyright of all crafters. All photos are used with permission from the artist.