Give a grandparent something special this season… Grandparents love handcrafted gifts!

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Today’s Guest Curator: Shea Henderson from Empty Bobbin Sewing Studio

Shea Henderson is the owner of Empty Bobbin Sewing Studio, a print and PDF line of sewing patterns. She is the author of the new book School of Sewing, a beginner how-to sewing book that allows the reader to follow in the footsteps of a group of beginners (Shea’s friends and neighbors!) who shared one goal– to learn to use their sewing machines. Every enthusiastic sewist wants to hook their friends and family into our wonderful craft, and that’s exactly what Shea is passionate about.

Here’s a trailer for the book, and you can also enter to win a copy in our Handmade Holidays giveaways below!



Make It


Recipe Card Kitchen Towels
Grandparents would love to see a treasured family recipe on display in functional way like in these Recipe Card Kitchen Towels!


Fabric Marker Pillow
A few inexpensive supplies and a kid (of any age!) is all it takes to make a simple and priceless Fabric Marker Pillow featuring “kid art.” Check out the post on The Beetle Shack for all of the details, and some fabulous bonus ideas too.


Stitched Note
Preserve a sweet note (and capture the unique characteristics of a child’s handwriting) by putting it proudly on display with this Stitched Note embroidery project from Suzonne at Urban Comfort.


Embroidered Hand Print Pillow
In the blink of an eye, tiny little hands quickly become independent “big kid” hands. Jodi of Sew Fearless helps you create a one-of-a-kind Embroidered Hand Print Pillow, no matter the size of the kid (or the hand!).


Felt Ornaments
Get lost in great ideas from Rachelle at Tinkerlab. Your first stop should be to check out the Felt Ornaments, which can be customized for the age of the maker. Handstitching and bits of embellishment make this a project to really show flair!


Patchwork Photo Pillow
Instagram users, rejoice! Melissa from Polkadot Chair has a Patchwork Photo Pillow project that just screams for Instagram photos. Your biggest challenge will be picking which photos to stitch up for display!


Kid Artwork Fabric
Once you pop over to Freshly Pieced and see Lee’s clever use of Kid Artwork Fabric as quilt fabric you’re bound to think of 149 other uses for a Spoonflower order of custom kid art… Aprons, pillows, library book bags, zipper pouches, wrapped canvases, pilowcases… Grandparents LOVE kid art. Brilliant, right?!

Related tutorials you might enjoy: Gifts for Grandparents, How to Add Writing to Fabric

Mix It


(Actually Easy to Make) Cinnamon Rolls
Kimberlee at The Driveway of Life is a hero. If you’ve wished for a magical morning recipe, her (Actually Easy to Make) Cinnamon Rolls are definitely a winner! There are great photos of the steps, no crazy-hard techniques and, most importantly, they are delicious! They’re sure to be a new family favorite at your house.

Print It


Grandparent Fill-in-the-Blank
If there’s one thing grandparents love more than kid art, it’s crazy silly kid quotes. This Grandparent Fill-in-the-Blank printable from Paging Supermom delivers the one-two punch of art AND quotes. Win, win!

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!

School of Sewing
(US-only shipping.)

Author: Shea Henderson
Publisher: Lucky Spool Media

Sophisticated first-time sewing instruction. The School of Sewing: Learn it. Teach it. Sew together. book is not aimed at children with juvenile projects. Instead its technique-based method is for a mature student, who’s excited to learn all about sewing, with simple instruction for attractive projects.

A year’s worth of attractive projects. What makes this book truly unique is that while it’s geared toward sophisticated beginners, it is also a teaching tool for experienced sewers and instructors, who want to hold their own licensed School of Sewing classes. Written by a former teacher, with clear instructions, the book is designed to cover a year’s worth of lessons with a new project every month.

A Simply Modern Christmas: Fresh Quilting Patterns for the Holidays
(US + Canada shipping, eBooks to international winners.)

Author: Cindy Lammon
Publisher: Martingale

You’ll love these crisp, eye-catching quilts rooted in tradition but with a refreshingly updated style. In a departure from her much-admired floral patterns, Cindy Lammon demonstrates her range with pretty pieced quilts, stockings, a tree skirt, and much more–all composed of simple shapes.

  • Select from 14 cheery projects that lend themselves to both modern and traditional fabrics.
  • Enjoy these quilt patterns year-round; patterns can be used to produce stunning quilts for any season.
  • Find easy, confidence-building designs for beginning and intermediate quilters and sewists.

Artfully Embroidered
(US-only shipping, no P.O. boxes.)

Author: Naoko Shimoda
Publisher: Interweave/F+W

Artfully Embroidered reinvents vintage embroidery through a modern aesthetic. Traditional Japanese and western motifs are made new with color and embellishment, and 25 hand embroidered patterns demonstrate the beauty of the traditional designs while keeping the projects fresh and modern-looking for today’s sewists.

Step-by-step instructions and templates allow readers to create lovely sewn or embroidered projects or use the embroidery motifs on their own designs.

Projects include a variety of handbags, totes, coin purses, compacts, as well as book and tablet covers. In addition, there are visual examples of embroidery used as embellishment on clothing and linens. Also included are pattern inserts for selected projects.

Christmas Crochet for Hearth, Home & Tree
(US-only shipping.)

Author: Edie Eckman
Publisher: Storey Publishing

Christmas stockings, ornaments, and more — this is every crocheter’s must-have holiday project book! Beginners will love Edie Eckman’s useful technique tutorial, and experienced crafters will want to jump right in and start on these 20 exciting projects. The book includes instructions for eight different stockings, festive ornaments for trees and tabletops, a tree skirt, and other decorations for the home. Each pattern includes a symbol chart and is labeled with the skill level required to complete it, so crocheters of all levels can pick the perfect project.

Holiday Hats for Babies
(US + Canada shipping.)

Author: Debby Ware
Publisher: Taunton Press

Happy Holidays! You’ll smile as you knit these sweet and sassy baby hats for every occasion. Each original pattern, accompanied by a gorgeous photograph of an adorable baby modeling the hat, has a playful holiday twist that moms and tots will love. With 25 patterns that knit up in a snap, create a wardrobe of irresistible hats for newborns, babies, and toddlers for every celebration of the year.

Time to Make: Throw Yourself at Your Creative Life. Don’t Wait.
International shipping OK.

Author: Ginger Hendrix
Publisher: American Rookie Books

You don’t have time. Or space. You might not make any money at it; so why bother making something? Why sew or carve or glue or draw?

Because our souls were made to.

The steady-hearted place that comes with making seems to still our souls: our hands moving, the hamsters that usually ride stationary bikes in our heads strangely calmed. And that experience is a vastly more important thing to foster than anything we actually produce. Time to Make lobs a question you might need to ask yourself: why wait any longer to grab the creative life you’re meant to have?

Sewing Deal of the Day

The holidays are in full swing, and what better way to warm up your sewing projects this winter than with 30% off your entire fabric order from Vintage Fairytale Fabrics?! One day only: Friday 11/28!

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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