You can make and give one gift (or cohesive set of gifts) for everyone in a family! This is a fun way to let family friends or cousins know they’re in your thoughts this holiday season, without the need to come up with a perfect fit for each individual person. These ideas also really celebrate family and family time…

Today’s Guest Curator: Crafty Staci

From Staci: My first memory of sewing was on my grandmother’s quilt when I was three years old. It’s been a tumultuous relationship ever since, full of victories and losses. These days, if there’s a craft technique I haven’t tried, it’s probably on my wish list. I want to inspire visitors to my Crafty Staci blog to jump in, stretch their creativity and to not be afraid to make mistakes along the way.

I’m currently in the middle of Wedding Wednesdays, where I’m sharing the numerous DIY projects from my daughter’s recent wedding.

When I’m not on my blog you’ll find me at my Etsy shop, where I focus on accessories for both professional and hobby photographers. I enjoy mixing fabrics, and I love how excited my customers get when they can design an item that reflects their personality.

Make It


Cross Stitch Family Portraits
Every family is sure to love a custom Cross Stitch Family Portrait! Nancy of Do Small Things with Love shows you how to start stitching…


Family Tree Quilt
Incorporate everyone in the Family Tree Quilt by Kim from A Girl and a Glue Gun. Grandparents are sure to love this gift!


Felt Family Photo Book
We think this Felt Family Photo Book from Laurel of Sing All You Want for Imagine Gnats is cute, clever and sure to prompt many happy hours of family talk with little ones.


Handmade Kid Chess Set
Get the whole family in on the game with a Handmade Kid Chess Set by Autumn from It’s Always Autumn.


One Hour Floor Pillow
Cozy family reading time just got even better with the One Hour Floor Pillow from Danielle of 2 Little Superheroes.


Pajama Pants
It’s actually easy to make a full set of Pajama Pants with Brandy’s guidance at Gluesticks!


Photo Pillow
Get those family photos off the computer and into your daily life with the Photo Pillow from Sarina at The Dating Divas.


Make Your Own Balaclava
Ashley shows you how to Make Your Own Balaclava at Make It and Love It. Create a full set for your favorite family of skiers or outdoor adventurers.


Christmas Countdown Calendar Pillow
Start this Christmas Countdown Calendar Pillow by Kimberly of Serendipity Refined today!


Hand Warmers
Whip up a set of Hand Warmers for everyone! Ashley from My Craftily Ever After shows you how easy it is to keep an entire family warm and cozy this winter.


Christmas Ornament Made from a Loved One’s Clothing
Family is ever-present throughout the holiday season. Jessica shows you how to create keepsake Christmas Ornaments Made from a Loved One’s Clothing at Cutesy Crafts.

Related tutorials you might enjoy: Gifts for Grandparents, Family Crafting Month tutorials

Mix It


Pumpkin Pie Cinnamon Rolls
Bake two special flavor treats in one with Pumpkin Pie Cinnamon Rolls from Katerina of Diethood.


Salted Caramel Hot Chocolate Sticks
Kayley’s Salted Caramel Hot Chocolate Sticks at The Kitchen McCabe give cocoa an extra boost!

Print It


Printable Holiday Envelopes
Keep in touch with family near and far! Use Printable Holiday Envelopes by Amy from This Heart of Mine for holiday letters and more.

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 ONE!

Sew a Modern Home
(US + Canada shipping, eBooks to international winners.)

Author: Melissa Lunden
Publisher: Martingale

Designer Melissa Lunden presents 19 contemporary patterns for sewing and quilting to refresh living rooms, bedrooms, dining rooms and nurseries. With beginner-friendly instructions and a range of techniques, this collection is ideal for all skill levels.
– Create pillows, place mats, napkins, a crib sheet and accessories, plushies, a play mat and much more.
– Personalize your home using these simple, clean, appealing designs.

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.

The Crocheter’s Skill Building Workshop
(US-only shipping.)

Author: Dora Ohrenstein
Publisher: Storey Publishing

This fresh, fun guide from expert Dora Ohrenstein covers all of the basic crochet techniques and so much more, from choosing yarns to finishing! It includes more than 70 stitch-along swatches that each teach a particular technique, as well as five projects — a hat, shawl, neck warmer, bag and scarf — that put those techniques to use. The swatches offer not just a variety of stitch patterns but also a variety of shapes and can serve as the building blocks for creative and sophisticated projects of your own design.

Handmade Bags
(Continental US shipping.)

Author: Emiko Takahashi + Soo Leeyong
Publisher: Tuttle Publishing

There is no better project for the eco-conscious crafter than a simple cloth bag.
Handmade Bags in Natural Fabrics offers patterns for twenty-five basic bag styles along with sixty variations and the know-how to customize each bag to suit any style—from sweet-and innocent to minimalist to counter-culture.

Emiko Takahashi, a fashion and textiles designer, provides easy instructions and diagrams, as well as a sheet of fully-sized pattern pieces for each handmade bag project—plus easy lessons on the basics of hand-stitching drawstring casings, corners, edges, straps and simple flourishes. Cotton and linen bags are always useful and they lend a carefree, laid-back touch to any warm-weather outfit. Each bag can be machine-sewn, but they are designed to be made in natural fabrics that are lightweight enough to be easily sewn by hand.

Hand-Stitched Home
(US + Canada shipping.)

Author: Susan Beal
Publisher: Taunton Press

100-year-old Pendleton Mill’s has heirloom style. In Hand-Stitched Home you will enjoy 25 colorful and stylish, heirloom-quality projects-to-sew. Designed for sewers of every skill level, there are comfy patterns ranging from a super-simple throw to a mistake-proof quilt.

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:

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