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Make something quirky, fun, practical and/or cool with Georgia’s gift ideas for your favorite tweens!

Today’s Guest Curator: Georgia Leigh

Georgia is the force behind Georgia Leigh Designs, an indie pattern company currently situated in Austin, Texas. Her patterns can be found on Etsy and her crazy-town life is cataloged on her Georgia Leigh blog. She has six children ages 3 – 12, five of whom are old enough to be home schooled and one of whom is the boss of everyone. Life is crazy, but fulfilling. She recently published two patterns in the new Little One-Yard Wonders.

Make It


Scooter Buddy Pouch
Make this fantastic Scooter Buddy Pouch by Natalie of Sew Outnumbered for Sew McCool for your favorite tween’s bike or scooter. They’ll love having all of their necessities right where they need them!


Minecraft Steve Pillow
A Minecraft Steve Pillow from Chinchilla Whiskers would be a huge hit with your favorite Minecraft enthusiast. (It’s not just for tweens, but for pixel geeks of all sizes!) Use this idea as a springboard for other kinds of Minecraft pillows.


French Seam Pillowcase Set
New pillowcases in an awesome novelty print are always a treasured gift. This French Seam Pillowcase Set tutorial from Smashed Peas and Carrots is extremely clear and concise.


American Girl Sized Pillowcase
Even better than a custom pillowcase is a matching one for an American Girl Doll! Follow this American Girl Sized Pillowcase tutorial by Sew Fresh Quilts to match your full-sized one.


Mooshroom Hat
How awesome is this Mooshroom Hat by Teisha Rowland via Instructables? It’s more Minecraft awesomeness than your tween will be able to handle!


Glove Monsters
Little Glove Monsters from Craftaholics Anonymous would make a fun stocking stuffer. You can also get your tween involved and they can make gifts for their siblings and friends!


Turban Style Headband
These Turban Style Headband by Carissa Miss are so simple to make and would be absolutely the cutest thing on your favorite tween.


Boy’s Bow Tie
A rockin’ Boy’s Bow Tie from 2027 is perfect for that Dr. Whovian in your life. Or maybe you’ve got a tween who just needs to look dapper? Perfect!


Rectangular Backpack
Rectangular Backpacks from Petit á Petit and Family are the perfect size for safekeeping new holiday treasures! Customize it with their favorite things and you’ll be their hero.


Texty Typewriter Applique
This Texty Typewriter Applique from Sew Can She is the perfect embellishment for a purse, apron, backpack, t-shirt or even a quilt! The sky is the limit for this cute and quirky design.

Related tutorials you might enjoy: Gifts for Tweens, More Gifts for Tweens, Crafts

Mix It


Christmas Smoothie
Get going on the right foot each morning during the holidays with this festive Christmas Smoothie by The Sneaky Chef, packed full of nature’s best ingredients.


Vanilla Coconut Body Scrub
Make handmade Vanilla Coconut Body Scrub with your tweens this year for quick and easy gifts everyone can use. This recipe from Wonky Wonderful would be nice for teachers, coaches, mail carriers and neighbors. It would also be a great gift to give to your tween!

Print It


Paper Christmas Ornaments
This Paper Christmas Ornament from How About Orange is sure to be a huge holiday break hit for any tween household. Paper crafting is fun!



Hexagon Candy Box
Make these adorable Hexagon Candy Boxes from Eat Drink Chic with your tweens and give the cutest gifts in the entire universe. These are nice for stocking stuffers or as filler in a gift bag, and they are sure to dazzle their recipient!

Win It

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Here’s a link to all of our prizes for WEEK ONE!

Celebrate Christmas with That Patchwork Place
(US + Canada shipping, eBooks to international winners.)

Author: That Patchwork Place® Staff
Publisher: Martingale

Known for the gorgeous projects they present in book after best-selling book, the experts on staff at That Patchwork Place® have done it again! This incredible collection features inspiring Christmas and winter-themed projects as well as a table runner for Hanukkah.
– Spread holiday cheer with 22 fabulous projects, including tree skirts, table runners, mantel quilts, ornaments, pillows, quilts and more.
– Decorate your home and create gifts to suit any taste with this wide assortment of styles; projects range from heirloom beauties to last-minute gifts.
– Find clear step-by-step instructions and illustrations for quilters and sewists of all skill levels.

Best of Stitch: Beautiful Bedrooms
(US-only shipping, no P.O. boxes.)

Author: From the Editors of Stitch Magazine
Publisher: Interweave/F+W

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.

Sewing to Sell
(US-only shipping, eBooks to international winners.)

Author: Virginia Lindsay
Publisher: C&T Publishing

Turn your passion for sewing into a successful home business

You love to sew. Don’t you wish you could make a living from your sewing? You can, with the help of this practical guide from professional sewist and pattern designer Virginia Lindsay. Everything you need to know to start sewing for profit is here, from finding your personal sewing style to creating a product line, identifying customers, equipping your studio, pricing and selling your work, marketing yourself, designing your own patterns and handling the business and legal side of sewing. And that’s not all! You also get 16 projects that you can start sewing and selling right now.

Playful
(US-only shipping.)

Author: Merrilee Liddiard
Publisher: STC Craft

Perfect for after school or a rainy Sunday, Playful is a charming collection of 26 unique, modern projects for adults to make with and for young children. Divided into five categories—Playful Dress Up, Playful Toys, Playful Paper Crafts, Playful Repurposing and Playful Art—the low-skill, high-style, low-cost projects include a tiger piñata, a parade of paper puppets and a dollhouse made out of cardboard and bright duct tape. Sweet and straightforward, this enchant­ing book is sure to inspire many happy, colorful hours of making—and make-believe—among adults and the children they love.

Stylish Skirts
(Continental US shipping.)

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.

Other ideas from our 8th Annual Handmade Holidays series:

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