Handmade Holidays Nov. 10: Stocking Stuffers

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Help out a very busy Santa (and those hard-working elves) with our stocking stuffers! These are also nice ideas for work gift exchanges and more; Jill selected a range of items to appeal to all ages!

Today’s Guest Curator: Jill from Snugglebug University

From Jill: I’m Jill and I blog at snugglebuguniversity.com. I love to sew and make things, especially for my kids. I sell printable paper dolls (great for stocking stuffers!), and doll and stuffie patterns in my Etsy shop and in my Craftsy shop.

Jill joined us with her Dog + Dog House Soft Toy earlier this year!

Make It

Eye Mask
Here’s to better sleep in 2016! Tilly and the Buttons shows how easy it is to make custom Eye Masks.

Travel Manicure Set
Tweens and teens might just love this Travel Manicure Set from Positively Splendid.

Softie Sleeping Bag
Give all of those special friends a place to sleep with the Softie Sleeping Bag from Erin of Boolah Baguette for Sew Mama Sew.

Easy Elastic Headband
Scattered Thoughts of a Crafty Mom says you’ll want to make these Easy Elastic Headbands by the dozen!

Card Wallet
Lisa and Sarah have an easy little Card Wallet at A Spoonful of Sugar Designs, perfect for library or loyalty cards.

Checkers Travel Game
The Checkers Travel Game from For the Makers features Sculpey game pieces and a soft, easy-to-transport “board.”

Boot Socks
Turn thrift shop sweaters into new Boot Socks with these tips from Jessica at Living Chic on the Cheap.

Sleepy Dollie
Christina Platt of the famous Bamboletta Dolls shared this free (and adorable) Sleepy Dollie tutorial on Sew Mama Sew earlier this year.

Passport Holder
Make a stamped, leather Passport Holder with this handy tutorial from A Beautiful Mess.

Owl Masks
Add some dress up options for the new year with Delilah’s Owl Masks from DelilahIris Designs for Sew Mama Sew.

Related tutorials you might enjoy: More Stocking Stuffers, All of Our Softie Posts! Six Weeks of LOVE for Softies

Mix It

BBQ Coffee Dry Rub
Surprise your favorite BBQ master with a batch of BBQ Coffee Dry Rub from Intentional Hospitality.

Print It

Reindeer Noses
Jill from Create Craft Love has free, printable Reindeer Noses Tags to use with gumballs!

Christmas Coupon Book
Gina from The Shabby Creek Cottage has a thoughtful Christmas Coupon Book for kids that you can download and tape together.

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 shipping 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 companies that contribute prizes.

She Wears the Pants: Easy Sew-it-Yourself Fashion with an Edgy Urban Style

(US + Canada shipping only.)

Author: Yuko Takada
Publisher: Tuttle Publishing

Sew edgy, urban clothes with this stylish sewing book and add a touch of originality to your wardrobe.

More and more women are opting to make their own clothes, but most of the books on the market emphasize girly, feminine designs. She Wears the Pants is the first Japanese sewing book (in English) to focus on the increasingly popular “borrowed–from–the–boys” look. Already one of the best–known and reviewed sewing books in Japan, this sporty addition to the sew–it–yourself craze is poised to take the American DIY sewing market by storm.

Sometimes women are in the mood for clothes with strong, clean lines and casual sophistication—polish and simplicity without the frills. She Wears the Pants is the book for those times. A graduate of the Bunka Fashion Institute, Yuko Takada provides patterns and instructions for making twenty spare and streamlined wardrobe items…

Patterns can be easily adjusted to suit every body size, and Takada shows readers how to select inexpensive, readily available fabrics and transform them into an elegant new wardrobe. Understated never looked so good!

An Artist’s Pillars
(eBook, International winners OK.)

Author: Kaitlyn Mirison
Publisher: Independent

An Artist’s Pillars is a guidebook for you to break free from self-doubts.

Your skills, natural talents, dreams and desires can take you only so far because the creative process has a way of highlighting your insecurities. And when these insecurities and deeply seeded self-doubts have their grip on you, the step you need to take to move your project from the container of your mind and heart to the external world can seem insurmountable. But these doubts and insecurities don’t have to stop you and your next step can be a gentle one…

Through An Artist’s Pillars you are guided step by step to develop the fundamentals you need to share with the world what is inside of you to create.

Materially Crafted: A DIY Primer for the Design-Obsessed

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Author: Victoria Hudgins
Publisher: Stewart, Tabori and Chang

Design enthusiasts are bombarded with beautiful inspiration at every turn, but many lack the foundation necessary to re-create their dream projects. Materially Crafted is a must-have guide for design mavens seeking to develop their DIY chops, even if they’re embracing their crafty side for the first time. Victoria Hudgins, creator of the popular design blog A Subtle Revelry, uncovers the best and least intimidating ways to work with the most popular crafting materials—from spray paint and concrete to thread, wax, and paper—and presents more than 30 easy projects to get everyone started.

Peppered with Hudgins’s tips for “merrymaking the everyday” (using simple DIY ideas to live life more joyfully) plus inspirational photos of projects created by other prominent bloggers, Materially Crafted is an indispensable guide for a new generation of design enthusiasts looking to DIY their own distinctive style.


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Author: Tracey Meharg
Publisher: Murdoch Books

Homemade, artisanal, and jaw-droppingly delicious, these 50 donut recipes put store-bought versions to shame. Try them sprinkled with sugar and cinnamon, filled with jam or Chantilly cream, drizzled with honey, frosted with chocolate, and topped with salted caramel or an adults-only vodka-laced icing. There are even gluten-free and vegan options. But get ‘em while they’re hot, because they’ll disappear fast!

Check out our 2014 Handmade Holidays list for more fun, creative ideas.

Here are 2015 gift ideas:

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157 Responses to Handmade Holidays Nov. 10: Stocking Stuffers

  1. Lucia says:

    I love the headband! and I can never have enough sleeping masks! thanks!

  2. Ari in NJ says:

    The owl masks are really cool.

  3. Deidre in Canada! says:

    I must make all of these!! Something for everyone on my list!

  4. Rebecca says:

    that tiny baby doll is just too sweet! Love that Japanese book too….thank you, all great patterns

  5. Aimee in IN says:

    My daughter has been pestering me for more bird costumes–the owl masks are on my short list!

  6. Amanda in TX says:

    What fun ideas! Love the little dolly! 🙂

  7. Judi B in VA says:

    Love the owl mask! I’m working on some dress up sets for gifts this year. Perfect!!!

  8. Jennifer W in SC says:

    Softie sleeping bag, please… but the owl mask is also pretty cool 🙂

  9. Cary in VA says:

    I know a little girl at school who would love one of those owl masks! Hmmm…. I see a “secret Santa” gift coming!

  10. Stephanie says:

    Great ideas!

  11. jaya in GA says:

    oh wow what a collection! i LOVE the reindeer noses 🙂 and i would love to make a bambooletta doll for my daughter. thanks for the compilation!

  12. Linda L. says:

    My daughter’s been looking everywhere for boot socks!

  13. Cynthia in WA says:

    Love the passport holders! I need to make a few of those this year.

  14. Katie K says:

    Yes! Sleeping bag is perfect for a little cousin.

  15. Amy in IL says:

    I need more time. Would love to make the softies sleeping bag.

  16. Beth in WA says:

    Those reindeer noses are so cute! I wonder where you get the plastic tube. Perhaps the site will tell me. Thanks for the list!

  17. Deanne says:

    I see owl masks in my granddaughter’s stocking this year.

  18. Rena - from GA says:

    I really want some donuts!

  19. Debby says:

    More great ideas. Love a handmade holiday!

  20. Lydia in WA says:

    The sleepy doll was my favorite until I saw the owl masks, which are just adorable.

  21. Shannon in WA says:

    I’ll be making myself a sleeping mask!

  22. kim t. says:


  23. kathyh in OR says:

    Fun projects. They look easy to do.

  24. Chris says:

    I’ll be asking those headbands for sure. Great ideas, thank you.

  25. Cristine in tx says:

    Wow those owl masks are beautiful! Everything else is pretty cute too.

  26. Brie says:

    That baby is awesome! I love Christina!

  27. Cinnamom in MN says:

    That donut book keeps winking at me knowingly.

  28. Tonia Jeffery in Oregon says:

    The owl masks are beautiful.

  29. What a great list! Thanks!

  30. Elizabeth says:

    Love the elastic headbands and the eye mask!

  31. Karen says:

    I think I’ll be making a dozen headbands! Love that pattern!

  32. Martha in WA says:

    My daughter would love the sleeping bag for her animals! Thanks for the collections and the chance to win!

  33. Rebecca says:

    all are cute

  34. Maeve says:

    So many wonderful ideas! Best list ever! Thanks so much for all the inspiration!

  35. Garilyn in Ohio says:

    My daughter has been wanting an eye mask! Thanks for the chance to win!

  36. Wow! Thanks and God bless!

  37. Jim M in NC says:

    The card holder would make a good gift and you can stuff a gift card in it too!

  38. Thanks for sharing so many great ideas!

  39. Brenda in NE says:

    Stocking stuffers are my favorite things to plan for Christmas and have been since I was a kid! Some great ideas here, although I don’t think those great boots will fit in my stocking!

  40. Laurie in CO says:

    My favorite curated list so far.

  41. Joy of Florida says:

    It’s refreshing to have all these stocking stuffer ideas. I’m making a list of ingredients.
    Thanks for all the fun, plus this is only November!

  42. Patty says:

    Cute reindeer noses! Love that idea

  43. Teri in California says:

    The softee sleeping bag is adorable.

  44. Isabelle in FL says:


  45. Ohhhhh, that Sleepy Doll! Can’t wait to make one.

  46. amber in nyc says:

    i definitely need one of these card wallets!

  47. Bobby Powell says:

    I will be making that travel kit for my stocking.

  48. Cindy S. in Michigan says:

    Lots of great ideas here! I think the little gifts in the stockings are a very special part of the holiday.

  49. Ashlyn in Colorado says:

    I love the card carrying case for loyalty cards! Such a great idea!

  50. Debby says:

    Great stocking stuffers! Love the reindeer noses and coupon ideas! Thanks!

  51. Alexis in UT says:

    My son was just asking me the other day how to play checkers. This would be a perfect gift.

  52. Molly Martin OR says:

    I’m going to stitch up a bunch of the headbands!

  53. Denise W says:

    More great ideas. Really can see myself making the checkerboard and the boot socks. Thanks again!

  54. Kate in MO says:

    Great roundup!

  55. Rebecca says:

    oh what great gifts ideas, thank you. love the sleeping bag and sleeping dolly

  56. Cassie in MO says:

    The sleeping bag is adorable!

  57. Ginger in NJ says:

    The reindeer noses are TOO CUTE! I have a lot of people who work for me and I’m always on the lookout for some little inexpensive treat to give them at Christmas. This might just do the trick! 🙂

  58. Julie From Utah says:

    My oldest son would love the travel checked game. What a great idea!

  59. Deb H. in PA says:

    I love the little softie sleeping bag! I think my grandson would love it.

  60. Jessie Hansen says:

    this day excited me, too. I have such a hard time filling stockings anymore, I don’t know why!

  61. Eleanor in NC says:

    Love the boot socks!

  62. Mary Ann in SC says:

    My kids would love the softie sleeping bags!

  63. Jayne TN says:

    So much fun seeing all these ideas! Love the little sleeping bag!

  64. bobbi dougherty says:

    wonderful ideas. Thanks so much. Tampa, fl

  65. Veronica R K says:

    That BBQ Coffee rub looks so yummy! Thank you again for sharing!

  66. Caroline says:

    Those are great books and what a fantastic article. I will be making a few of these things for sure.

  67. Heidi in SD says:

    I should make some little sleeping bags for my daughter!

  68. Marjolein says:

    great ideas!

  69. Tessa in Canada says:

    Girls head bands are great, my girls wear them all the time, always good to make some more.

  70. Joan says:

    I could really use one of those loyalty card holders for myself.

  71. Elisabeth in UT says:

    Those travel manicure sets are great! And now I want a donut…

  72. Chris says:

    So many great ideas in this set. Love the manicure.

  73. ybat says:

    I really want to make the easy elastic headband.

  74. Elise in GA says:

    The owl mask is my favorite!

  75. Mandi says:

    Travel checkers – yes! Or you could probably make backgammon in a similar fashion.

  76. Annette says:

    Love them all!

  77. Anna (64ColorBox) in FL says:

    I may have to make those reindeer noses for my students as their Christmas gifts. Also, that doughnut book looks amazing.

  78. Renea at Iowa says:

    Lots of cute things to make. Thanks for the great giveaway.

  79. Angie in LA says:

    My daughters would love a place to tuck their dolls in at night – love the sleeping bag idea – and the fabric headbands

  80. Deidre in Canada! says:

    The owl masks are wonderful! -She Wears the Pants: Easy Sew-it-Yourself Fashion with an Edgy Urban Style looks like a great book. Thanks for the chance to win it!

  81. Niechelle Wade says:

    OMG, I totally love the boot socks!

  82. Karen Caves says:

    So many great ideas…..thanks!

  83. Jess M says:

    That softie sleeping bag is awesome!

  84. Nancy McKenzie says:

    Great ideas! The stretchy headbands seem to be a fantastic idea!

  85. Charlotte in Ga says:

    Such cuteness!!

  86. auschick in va says:

    I’d love the japanese sewing book! I think I really need to make a few of these stocking fillers! My daughter would love the softie sleeping bag I think.

  87. Terri says:

    Love the owl masks!!! So lovely. Thank you

  88. Ana says:

    Love today’s post!

  89. Shawna from NJ says:

    The owl masks are super cute.

  90. Robin in Maryland says:

    Great roundup today!

  91. Sue says:

    More great ideas! Thanks

  92. jen in or says:

    So cute!

  93. Sarah in Co says:

    Thanks for the giveaway!

  94. Delia in VA says:

    Love all these ideas! I have to get working.

  95. Marian from Georgia says:

    So many great ideas! Thank you so much

  96. Elena from CA says:

    Thanks so much for the cute ideas! I’m thinking of making the checkerboard set for my brother.

  97. Rachel B says:

    The softie sack is soo cute. I am thinking of making one the right size for an American girl doll.

  98. Kathy h says:

    Great ideas for some Christmas gifts.

  99. Julie says:

    I love the softie sleeping bag! I just made my great-niece a Raggedy Ann doll for Christmas, so this will be the perfect wrapping!!!

  100. Lee in MI says:

    I love the travel manicure kit – I am going to make a few of these for my girlfriends!

  101. Kati M says:

    I like the reindeer noses treat!

  102. karen in CA USA says:

    The eye mask is a great gift!

  103. Barb B in BC says:

    Handmade stocking stuffers are so fun!

  104. Ruth says:

    Loving those boot socks!

  105. Sarah O says:

    i still think that sleepy doll is just the cutest!

  106. Sandy in Ohio says:

    The softies sleeping bag is adorable.

  107. Kristie in WA says:

    All wonderful ideas. I think the sleepy dollie will make a great addition to baby gift package I am putting together. Thanks!

  108. FRe2bfree says:

    Love the softie sleeping bag!

  109. Katie in GA says:

    Ah, memories! Growing up, I had a sleeping bag for several of my stuffed animals. 🙂

  110. Claire Ross says:

    Great prizes and fab gift inspiration x

  111. Whitney in Maine says:

    too cute! the sleeping bag idea!

  112. Kerry in WA says:

    So cute. My kids would love the softie sleeping bag.

  113. Beth in MI says:

    Think I need to make a few eye masks and some manicure sets for my teen nieces.

  114. Sarah J. in OH says:

    Lovely round up of gifts for all those who we give “just a little something”– these are sweet and useful! Thanks!

  115. amy says:

    Love that Softie Sleeping Bag!

  116. cecile says:

    Thanks ! I love those socks. And the masks, they look fantastic !

  117. carol says:

    Some really cute ideas here. I love this month, and look forward to it with great anticipation.


  118. Amanda at APO says:

    Love this!! So many ideas that are just the right size for so many people. This has been my favorite day so far this year! Really, excellent choices.

  119. christina in vt says:

    Mmm, donuts.

  120. Judith Martinez says:

    Sleepy baby is just precious!! I think I need to adapt the travel checkers game for chess since that is our family’s game of choice.

  121. Lisa in CA says:

    I think I need to make a few dozen of those sleep masks!

  122. Angela in Kentucky says:

    My daughter will LOVE the eye mask and the owl masks! What great ideas!

  123. Jenn in SD says:

    I’m definitely going to check out those elastic headbands and the passport holder. They both look so fun and easy, plus my little will love the headbands.

  124. Robin E. in AZ says:

    I need to make an eye mask for ME! But there are plenty of other things, and the eye mask, that I am considering as gifts as well. GREAT ideas here. Thank you.

  125. Laura in Oh says:

    I am madly in love with snugglebug university. I am in need of making every pattern there. And of course everything is going to need their very own sleeping bag. I see myself being very busy.

  126. Oooh! Those owl masks! I have two daughters who would love those!!

  127. Marya says:

    Loving the passport wallet!

  128. Monique says:

    Another day of great ideas! Thanks again.

  129. Jennifer in CA says:

    My daughter made one of those owl masks for Halloween. It was easy and made a stunning piece of her owl costume. Love the other ideas. As always, thank you for sharing.

  130. Ramona from MI says:

    Love the BBQ dry rub. My sons love to cook and this would be a great stocking stuffer!

  131. Janis says:

    Lovin’ all the great ideas – especially like the reindeer noses!

  132. Love these great ideas as always.

  133. Eryn in WA says:

    That sleep mask has been in my to-make pile for a while. Christmas gift for me?

  134. Michelle Smith says:

    I need to make the travel manicure set!

    Michelle in Michigan

  135. Jenn R (FPO/US) says:

    Love the dry rub. Would be a great hostess gift too.

  136. Kristin in MT says:

    Those owl masks are amazing!

  137. Laura in MD says:

    Some great crafty ideas – I need to make the baby doll for my niece! Thanks for the giveaway!

  138. Carmen says:

    I love the eye mask and the cute card wallet! I’d love to be in the running for the She Wears the Pants book — thanks!

  139. Karen A says:

    The softie sleeping bag is soo cute!

  140. Lisa in MA says:

    Love those snuggle sleeping bags!

  141. Cindi in GA says:

    Love the reindeer noses…Too Cute!

  142. alexa in ct says:

    those elastic headbands look like an easy quick gift. Great idea!

  143. Ginger in MD says:

    My nieces would enjoy the travel manicure set, and who couldn’t use a loyalty card wallet? My daughters might find those in their stockings this year.

  144. Heather in VA says:

    So many fabulous ideas today! I love the little sleeping bag softie so much!

  145. Nikkee in wa says:

    Ooh those passport holders are a must! Plan to travel a lot this year! Husband and daughter will be getting one each 🙂

  146. Janelle Thietje-Dunn says:

    Man, if I had all day, every day, from now to Christmas, I don’t think I’d have time to make all the great things I’m seeing that I want to do for people! Great stocking stuffer round up.

  147. PG in US zip 09777 says:

    Great ideas–the dolly is especially cute.

  148. I love the passport holder!

  149. Mandi in MO says:

    I’m going to whip up some headbands and boot socks. So cute!

  150. Morgan in NY says:

    These are things I could definitely have time to make (and finish in time for giving)! Thanks for the great ideas.

  151. Patty in MN says:

    The Christmas coupon book is a winner!

  152. Natalie in Ohio says:

    I love the elastic headbands and boot socks! Such sweet Christmas ideas!

  153. Rebecca Kuck says:

    Nice tutes today!!

  154. KL in VA says:

    The card holder is great idea!

  155. Cute & easy ideas! I love the card wallet — great craft to promote our library cards 🙂 Thanks for the ideas.

  156. Audrey says:

    All such great ideas!! Thanks for sharing

  157. jessicac says:

    Totally missed Halloween this year… but Owl masks will be my back up for next year!

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