It’s here! It’s time for our 9th Annual Handmade Holidays series! Teresa Coates collected a great selection of Gifts for Crafty People, plus printables, recipes and there are giveaways too. Be inspired to make and give!
Today’s Guest Curator:
Teresa Coates from Crinkle Dreams
I’m Teresa and I love to design, craft and make. I’m an avid garment sewist and quilt-maker, so there are always a few WIPs around here whether it’s a dress, a quilt, zipper pouch or cards. I was excited to curate gifts for crafters because I know how much those little organizational things can make a difference in the crafting process. I’ve gathered tutorials for things you can make for your friends and family who also love to make.
Wagon Wheel Pincushion
Every crafter needs a handmade pincushion. There are lots of tutorials and patterns available, but we love that Anna of Noodlehead took a traditional quilt block and gave it a new purpose with this Wagon Wheel Pincushion. The circle top is a nice variation from square pincushions, too. (Find tips for adding weight and emery on Teresa’s Crinkle Dreams blog).
Crochet Hook Case
Delia of Delia Creates went one step beyond the norm by using custom-printed fabric from Spoonflower for her Crochet Hook Case; we love that idea for personalization. You can follow her lead or choose a fabric that suits your gift recipient. Whether they are a crocheter, knitter or artist, they will love a way to keep their tools handy and organized.
For crafters who want to take their sewing with them, this little Needle Book from Teresa at Crinkle Dreams is a nice addition to store needles, safety pins and/or straight pins. It’s great for EPP-ers, hand-quilters and even sewists who simply want to store their needles somewhere besides the pincushion.
A favorite tip for sewists and quilter is to keep your snips handy by hanging them around your neck. It’s so easy to misplace the little scissors, but if you connect them to this Lanyard from Procrasticraft, they are always right where you need them. Jules has a great tutorial that’s quick and easy; just add snips for a useful and cute gift!
Keep your tools handy with Alyssa’s great little Crafting Apron at Pile o’ Fabric, with plenty of pockets to organize scissors, marking pencils, rotary cutters, pens, notebook, hooks, etc. Whatever the craft, there’s a pocket for the tools on this apron.
Make a cozy for those special scissors or shears to keep them safe and easy to find. If your favorite sewist or quilter is keen on retreats, this Scissors Cozy from Sotak Handmade is a perfect addition to their on-the-go tool box.
Embroidery Hoop Clock
Add a touch of handmade to the crafting area with this simple Embroidery Hoop Clock. Vicky of Vicky Myers Creations used buttons to denote the numbers, but there’s lots of room for adding personalized touches. Embroider a fun saying or use novelty buttons on interfaced linen for a sweet reminder of both the time and your love.
Related tutorials you might enjoy: Travel Sewing Kit, Building a Sewing Tool Kit: Our Favorite Tools + Notions
Sweet Potato, Carrot, Apple and Red Lentil Soup
If you ever go to Teresa’s for a dinner party, you might just find this Sweet Potato, Carrot, Apple and Red Lentil Soup from All Recipes on the table. The perfect combo of vegetables and fruit, it’s warm and cozy and perfect for winter meals. It’s vegetarian and gluten-free, but no one is going to complain because it tastes so very good.
Garbanzo Chocolate Cake
We know, we know… It sounds like a terrible mix of beans and dessert, but believe us, it’s good! For those with Celiac Disease cakes are often missing, but this Epicurious Garbanzo Chocolate Cake does a nice substitution job for the flour-based versions. Moist and dense, it’s so tasty even Teresa’s kids eat it!
Ugly Sweater Gift Tags
If you don’t want to wear the ugly sweater, you can gift it with these fun, printable Ugly Sweater Gift Tags from Love vs. Design. (We think they’re actually pretty cute sweaters!) Just print on card stock and cut them out for a quick and colorful label.
Christmas Coloring Pages
While the kids might like coloring these Mr. Printables Christmas Coloring Pages, they are also a great place to start for appliqué projects. Pick simple images and, using double-sided fusible web, you can create some adorable embellishments for your handmade gifts.
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Author: Amy Anderson
Publisher: Workman Publishing Company
It’s the definitive washi tape craft book for adults. Washi tape—the Japanese decorative paper tape that’s easy to tear, peel, stick and re-stick—is transformative, fun, and remarkably easy to use. It’s also never been hotter. Now comes the only adult washi tape craft book packaged with the tape itself—ten rolls, with 18 feet in each roll—making it a complete kit and outstanding value.
Packed full of amazing projects and ideas, it’s the book and tape kit that shows all the ways to be creative with washi tape. The book includes techniques: precision tearing, wrapping, and weaving. How to make bows, rosettes, and other shapes. How to seal and weatherproof designs to make them permanent. And 110 projects, with color photographs and step-by-step instructions, from custom photo frames to one-of-a-kind gifts. The possibilities are endless.
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Author: Emiko Takahashi
Publisher: Tuttle Publishing
Make your own charming purse, tote, clutch, satchel or eco tote with with this fashionable bag making book.
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. There is no better project for the eco-conscious crafter than a simple cloth bag. In addition to bag sewing patters, basic sewing lessons teach the fundamentals of bag sewing…
Emiko Takahashi, a fashion and textiles designer, provides easy instructions and bag sewing 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. With Takahashi’s expert guidance, beginning sewers with little or no previous experience can learn to make these understated and elegant handbags.
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Author: Julia Hincks
Publisher: St. Martin’s Griffin
For fast and professional edging, hemming, seaming, and decorative stitching, you simply can’t beat a serging machine. This all-skill-level book is the perfect guide to make sure you get the most out of your new machine (or out of that old serger that you’ve never got the hang of!). Photographs and step-by-step instructions guide you through the essential techniques, showing you how to set up your machine, how to adjust the settings to get the best results on a range of different fabrics, and how to edge your fabrics quickly with perfect results. Try out different feet for your machine to help with gathering, attaching piping, elastic, and beading. Within the chapters there are troubleshooting tips and quick fixes for skipped stitches, snapped threads, and uneven stitching. The quick construction section will take you through a range of projects to help practice and perfect your skills.
Check out our 2014 Handmade Holidays list for more fun, creative ideas.
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