These ideas are perfect for the people on your list who love things neat and tidy (or for those who are always striving to make things neat and tidy!). Help loved ones organize so they’ll never lose their keys, favorite book, pencils or [fill-in-the-blank] again!
Happy Thanksgiving to all of our U.S. readers. We are thankful for you!
Today’s Guest Curator: Jackie from It’s Organised
Jackie shows you how to Wrap, Grow and Make at It’s Organised. She has free printables and there’s even a shop full of boxes, labels and more for gift giving. Keep up to date on the latest via Jackie’s It’s Organised blog!
Walker Caddy Tutorial
The Walker Caddy Tutorial by Melly Sews for Skip to My Lou is an important tool for so many. This easy tutorial shows you how to make it both pretty and practical.
Pretty Bobbins shows you how to make a gorgeous Hanging Organizer, a wonderful addition to a child’s bedroom.
And another lovely addition to a child’s bedroom is this Book Holder from Nap Time Creations for Craft Snob. No more hunting for their favorite books at bed time!
The Constance Organizer by Fabric Mutt for The Glamorous Housewife would make a great gift as it is, or pre-filled with stationery goodness. It’s a lot of organization in a small space!
Shark Pencil Pouch
This fun Shark Pencil Pouch from Patchwork Posse will use up your scraps, and keep their pens and pencils beautifully organized.
Bedside Gadget Caddy + Stuff Organiser
The Bedside Gadget Caddy + Stuff Organiser from My Poppet can be adapted to suit the shape and size of your own “stuff.”
Kids’ Insulated Lunch Box
Kids will love these Insulated Lunch Box from Crazy Little Projects!
Matryoshka Bins from Straight Grain can help you organize just about anything. The bins come in three sizes and they are great for using up scraps. They also make lovely gift packaging.
Easy Pencil Case
What a clever way to close a pencil case and recycle an old tape measure! If you are new to sewing and are not yet zipper-savy, you will love this Easy Pencil Case from A Bright Corner.
A Key Pouch via Fabric Mutt is an all-round gift winner. It’s quick to make, another scrap-friendly project and it works for women and men. (You can also sneak a gift card inside!)
Fabric Wallet with Zippered Coin Pouch
The Fabric Wallet with Zippered Coin Pouch from Sew 4 Home has an elegant design and a lining too!
Salted Caramel Maple Nut Clusters
Salted Caramel Maple Nut Clusters from It Doesn’t Taste Like Chicken are made in 10 minutes with just five ingredients. They would make a delicious holiday hostess gift!
Mason Jar Advent Calendar
If you’ve left it late to organize an Advent calendar this year, this Mason Jar Advent Calendar is a great way to remember all of their special moments from the last year. Just print out the little packets, add a joke or two, and don’t forget to add the chocolate!
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Uncommonly Corduroy: Quilt Patterns, Bag Patterns, and More
(US + Canada shipping, eBooks to international winners.)
Author: Stephanie Dunphy
Corduroy– It’s not just for pants! Celebrate the velvety goodness of corduroy with this collection from popular blogger Stephanie Dunphy. So versatile and easy to use, corduroy is what’s hot–and these exciting designs show what to do with it!
- Choose from 17 fun projects, including quilts in different sizes, a variety of stylish bags and a scarf.
- Try corduroy alone, use it with traditional quilting cottons, or combine it with other fabrics such as flannel.
- Find projects for skill levels from beginner to experienced and for tastes ranging from traditional to modern.
Best of Stitch: Beautiful Bedrooms
(US-only shipping, no P.O. boxes.)
Author: From the Editors of Stitch Magazine
Stitch readers can’t get enough of pillows and other home décor accessories. Perhaps it’s because home décor items are among the most accessible of sewing projects: quick to make, no fitting required and fun to show off. And what better place to use and showcase these items than where you lay your head? Best of Stitch: Beautiful Bedrooms will bring together a colorful, sensory feast of favorite and fresh projects that are easy on the eye and just a little bit sultry. Readers will learn new skills and find creative ways to make their sleeping quarters a showplace for handmade items. The book will include 5 new and 15 repurposed magazine projects as well as sidebars and tip boxes on specific techniques that are used in the projects, offering tips and troubleshooting advice for construction, hand stitching, working with fabrics and embellishing. A “Sewing Basics” reference section at the back of the book covers sewing skills necessary for creating all projects.
My Life in Fabric with Valori Wells: 14 Modern Projects
(US-only shipping, eBooks to international winners.)
Author: Valori Wells
Publisher: C&T Publishing
- Make fabric come alive with silk screening, block printing, painting, and embroidery.
- 14 projects in Valori’s signature style; make quilts, runners, softies, and girls’ sundresses with unique techniques and details.
- Renowned author and designer Valori Wells shows you how to create a life full of creativity and self-expression.
Take a journey with Valori Wells, traveling through her life with fabric. With her illuminating expertise, she’ll teach you inventive ways to combine fabrics with techniques such as silk screening, block printing, painting, and embroidery. Her fresh concepts and ideas are demonstrated through 14 modern projects for quilts, pillows, table runners, dresses, and more. Without a doubt, this book will redefine how you think about fabric and will inspire a journey of your own.
Author: Susan Waggoner
Publisher: STC Craft
Fans of nostalgia can craft their way through the holiday season with this newest volume by popular Christmas author Susan Waggoner. The 40 easy projects range from charming punched-tin votive holders, to Russian teacakes for holiday parties, to your very own edible gingerbread house (complete with miniature snowmen on the front lawn). Peppered with engaging facts about the holidays gone by, this is the perfect book for crafters who long for that vintage holiday look.
(Continental US shipping.)
Author: Yuki Araki
Publisher: Tuttle Publishing
Blogs and social media are raving about Yuki Araki—one of the most recognized names in the growing sewing-for-kids movement. The mother of two daughters, Araki has become a DIY favorite because she knows what young girls want. They like to wear stylish clothes that also let them play with ease. Moms adore the relaxed aesthetic of Araki’s simple mix-and match play clothes and accessories, and young girls are happy wearing them because they’re both cute and comfortable. Best suited for girls from two to five years old, the designs in Sew Sweet Handmade Clothes for Girls are simple, casual and look good on any girl. Araki provides patterns in four sizes, plus diagrams and instructions for twenty-two pieces.
Alison Glass Appliqué
Author: Alison Glass
Publisher: Lucky Spool Media
Award-winning pattern and textile designer Alison Glass shows readers how to achieve heirloom appliqué results and offers a fresh twist on 14 projects to stitch for the home. You will learn valuable techniques in the time-honored craft of appliqué, modernized in this inspiring project- based book. Eight essential and updated techniques, including the hottest thing in quilt-making – large scale appliqué – are clearly taught to help you create beautifully crafted projects for the home. With 20 illustrations and 120 stunning, detailed how-to photographs – you’ll learn to create gorgeous, eye-catching designs. Sample classic appliqué methods, including needle-turned appliqué, hand-stitched applique, and applique on crocheted, embroidered, and patchwork backgrounds. You will also learn how to use the latest substrates and a variety of fibers to create unique, contemporary designs that fit your style perfectly.
Other ideas from our 8th Annual Handmade Holidays series:
- Gifts for the Glamour Girl
- Gifts for the Sports Enthusiast
- Gifts for Baby
- Gifts from Head to Toe
- Gifts for the Frequent Flyer
- Gifts for Tweens
- Gifts for the Family
- Easy Gifts for Beginners to Sew
- Gifts for Toddlers
- Gifts for the Outdoor Enthusiast
- Easy Quilts to Make + Give
- Stocking Stuffers
- Gifts for Music Lovers/Musicians
- Gifts for Teachers
- Eco-Friendly Gifts + Wrap
- Handmade Hanukkah
- Gifts for College Kids
- Gifts for Boys
- Gifts to Deck the Halls
- BBQ Time
- A Place for Everything
- Gifts for Cooks
- Hipster Holidays
- Thrifty Gifts
- Host(ess) Gifts
- Gifts for Kids to Make
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