Handmade Holidays Nov. 13: Gifts for Hipsters

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Jessie tracked down the latest and greatest gifts for your “hip” friends and relatives. There’s something to appeal to just about everyone today!

Today’s Guest Curator: Jessie from Jess Sew Fabulous

From Jessie:
Hi there! I’m Jessie from Jess Sew Fabulous. I’m a 20-something living in sunny Singapore where I spend most of my time blogging, scrolling through Instagram (@jessiehuen— Come say “hi!”) and stitching up a storm of twirly dresses. I also happen to love freebies and dispensing unsolicited advice, which is why I’m so excited to be sharing some of my favourite tutorials for hipster gifts with you this festive season! If you know someone who has inexplicably decided to grow a beard, wear oversized glasses and likes to classify everything as “too mainstream,” then I hope these ideas help because you’ve got a hipster on your hands!

Make It

Printed T-Shirts
With Dana Made It’s Printed T-Shirts you can transfer just about any design for a “bespoke” tee!

Sweater Pillows
Turn old sweaters into gorgeous, new pillows with this easy Sweater Pillows tutorial from Tidbits.

Ribbed Knit Hat
Knit a warm, hip Ribbed Hat with this super-easy design from Classy Crochet. With big needles and big yarn, you could make a new hat for everyone in your extended family!

Rope Bowl
Rope Bowls are a thing this year! It’s meditative to make one, and they are handy for your home or office. Learn how to stitch your own vessal with Flossie Teacakes.

Leather Folio
These Leather Folios from Melissa Esplin are sophisticated and stylish.

Cross Stitch Patterns
Birdie Stitching has tons of video game and movie Cross Stitch Patterns, all for free! We think Han Solo and this Nyan Cat are two appropriately-hipster options.

Tile Blocks
Hillary Goodwin from Entropy Always Wins designed this striking Tile Blocks Quilt, and she shared the free tutorial at Sew Mama Sew this year.

Bendable Wire Headbands
Jessie’s Bendable Wire Headbands at Jess Sew Fabulous are fun to make and wear. Set up for the afternoon and make several for each of your friends!

All Season Tote Bag
Mo Bedell’s All Season Tote Bag at Sew Mama Sew is especially great in fall plaids.

Related tutorials you might enjoy: More Gifts for Hipsters, Passion for Pop Culture

Mix It

Kale Chips
Smitten Kitchen Kale Chips will add a delicious dose of health to the sugary, holiday table.

Chia Seed Jam
Chia seeds are where it’s at! Make and gift this unqiue Chia Seed Jam from A Beautiful Mess.

Print It

Printable Gift Wrap
It wouldn’t be hip without a mustache thrown in the mix! Try some Printable Gift Wrap from Design is Yay.

Vintage Mrs. Claus Envelopes
These Vintage Mrs. Claus Envelopes from The Postman’s Knock are a free printable, perfect for gift cards or a newsy, holiday letter.

Petal Box
Melissa Esplin’s Petal Box is a beautiful option for wrapping it all up.

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.

One $25 Gift Certificate to Bluefig

(International winners OK.)

About Bluefig:
Bluefig was founded in Vancouver, Washington with the intent of perfecting an ergonomic method for travel for the sewing and quilting community. In the early 2000’s Bluefig began experimenting with different solutions for carrying larger and heavier sewing machines to class and guild meetings, all the while seeking a classic styling that complimented the lifestyle of the sewing and quilting enthusiast. As a result of a year’s work, Bluefig launched the TB19 wheeled travel bag to dealers across the US. Attending International Quilt Market in Houston, Bluefig was recognized as an innovator in the industry that gave a more suitable opportunity for those to travel with their machines. Year after year since, Bluefig has continued to push the envelope in design and aesthetics to deliver functional, elegant, and fun accessories to the quilting and sewing lifestyle consumer.

Bluefig believes in the saying “Do something creative every day.” The popularity of sewing and quilting classes is skyrocketing, allowing classes to be more readily available for all ages. Bluefig helps make the transportation of your sewing machine and notions to class easy and elegant. The designers in Vancouver, Washington are busy creating new and unique products for the creative every day.

Sweet & Simple Patchwork Gifts: 25 Charming Projects to Make Using Classic Quilt Motifs

(US shipping only.)

Authors: Hisako Arai + Yoko Sanjo
Publisher: St. Martin’s Griffin

This charming collection of delightful, easy-to-make patchwork projects, originally published in Japan, is perfect for creating gifts for loved ones. Using five classic quilt patterns—simple squares, hexagons, log cabins, stars, and polygons—the projects range from pincushions, potholders, and pillows to handbags, coin purses, and a variety of zippered cases that are quick to make. This is the perfect book for beginner quilters or veterans looking for small projects and fun ways to use up their fabric stash.

Whether you’re a newbie or a comfortable quilter, the projects, fabrics, and designs in this book will inspire you to create not one, but many of the projects to give as wonderful gifts!

‘Tis the Season to Be Felt-y: Over 40 Handmade Holiday Decorations

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Author: Kathy Sheldon
Publisher: Lark Crafts

Fa la la la . . . MORE! Crafters couldn’t get enough of the adorable projects in Fa la la la Felt, so here are over 40 new whimsical felt crafts to celebrate Christmas with handmade style. Many of the same awesomely talented designers (and several new ones!) have returned to create pretty ornaments like Beaded Star Baubles, Sparkly Icicles, a Shining Star Tree Topper (and a partridge in a pear tree) to a pink poinsettia wreath, Yule log, snow bunny tree skirt, and lots of stockings to hang by the chimney with care; these holiday items will make your season merry and bright.

Handmade Heirlooms: Crafting with Intention, Making Things That Matter, and Connecting to Family and Tradition

(International winners OK.)

Author: Jennifer Casa
Publisher: Roost Books

Let’s make some memories. Handmade Heirlooms invites readers to create projects that have significant meaning for the maker or the recipient— projects that celebrate the future, relish the everyday, and honor the past.

Handmade Heirlooms is a craft book that emphasizes the significance of handmade pieces in our personal histories and prompts readers to sew, knit, and craft with intention. Readers will be inspired to create pieces that can be enjoyed now, then handed down in years to come and used by future generations. Heirlooms allow us to reminisce and make connections throughout our lifetimes. They are treasures made and handed down with the intention of being used and loved. Their value goes beyond form and function–their significance is enriched by every life they touch across generations. The projects in this book celebrate the role heirlooms play in our lives by encouraging the making of special items that can be gifted, enjoyed, and handed down.

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

Here are 2015 gift ideas:

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

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171 Responses to Handmade Holidays Nov. 13: Gifts for Hipsters

  1. Ari says:

    The apron’s adorable

  2. Donna in Tx says:

    Another day of great ideas. I like the idea of recycling my favorite sweaters into pillows. Thanks!

  3. auschick in va says:

    I’d love to give the handmade heirlooms book to my mum!

  4. Cricket in CA says:

    Everyone on my gift list will have you to thank this year!

  5. Deb H. in PA says:

    The rope bowls look like fun.

  6. The sweater pillows are awesome. They would be so cozy as fall/winter decor… Now to find some sweaters…

  7. Judith Martinez says:

    I love the rope bowls and the printable t-shirts!

  8. Aimee in IN says:

    Guest curator Jess has great taste. I love the wrapping paper!

  9. Christine in CA says:

    Love the tote bag…will be a great gift for my older nieces!

  10. Amanda in TX says:

    Fun ideas! Love the sweater pillows! 🙂

  11. Judi B in VA says:

    I love the sweater pillow. So cozy! Would love to win the Handmade Heirlooms book!!!

  12. Jennifer W in SC says:

    Han Solo would be a huge hit here!

  13. Laurie in CO says:

    I really like the tile blocks quilt pattern.

  14. sarah o says:

    oh i love the sweater pillows!

  15. Cristine in tx says:

    Those sweater pillows look so cozy!

  16. Whitner Kane says:

    Love those rope bowls! Might be good for non-hipsters alike 😉

  17. amber in nyc says:

    Having a great time looking at all the patterns on Birdie Stitching!

  18. Vicki says:

    Yay for hipsters!! Those tile blocks are so cool.

  19. Annie says:

    Love that plaid tote!

  20. Cary in VA says:

    I love leather projects, so the leather folio caught my eye right away.

  21. Stephanie says:

    Chia seed jam!

  22. Danette says:

    Sweet & Simple Patchwork gifts would really get me sewing. Thank you.

  23. More great selections as usual!

  24. Shannon in WA says:

    I’ve never tried a rope bowl. Love the muted colors of the example

  25. Melissa meinhard says:

    I love patchwork! I’m really keeping my fingers crossed for the patchwork book
    Melissa in Virginia

  26. Cassie in MO says:

    Love the sweater pillows. Nice spread of lots of different types of crafting 🙂

  27. Ginger says:

    The rope bowls and sweater pillows are just TOO cute! As a mom of a hipster, I got some great ideas.

  28. Jodie in Nj says:

    All season tote bag is a yes!

  29. Lovely items today!

  30. Beth T. in OR says:

    I must have a lot of hipsters on my list, because I am pinning, note-taking, and “asterisking” like crazy today! Thanks!

  31. Amy in IL says:

    Love the tile blocks. Would love to make them.

  32. Linda L. says:

    Looking forward to the chia jam

  33. Rachel says:

    Your handmade holidays are turning out great! Seriously kind of wish this was a thing all year long.

  34. Diane in VA says:

    Jessie, thank you for curating today and I love the Sweater Pillows!
    SO soft and will feel too good against onces face.

  35. Audrey says:

    Fun and delicious, all in one post!! Thanks

  36. Nancy McKenzie says:

    Great as usual, although I will not be making the kale chips. Without the salt and oil – you just have kale.

  37. Paige says:

    I made a trivet once with the rope, but never thought about leaving it natural. Love it!

  38. Pat Upton says:

    Gotta try the kale chips! And I love the leather folios and the rope bowls!

  39. I love the Petal Box and will make some for the holidays!

  40. Brenda in NE says:

    So many fun ideas! And the wrapping options are the candles on the cake.

  41. Donna in FL says:

    I love the sweater pillows and will be scouring my nearest thrift shop for possibilities! Also pinned the kale chips and chia seed jam. What great ideas- thank you!

  42. Katie K says:

    Sweatery goodness and kale chips! Love it all!

  43. Sue says:

    I like this take on rope bowls. I saw someone give a lesson covering the cord with fabric but this seems more straightforward and it looks great.

  44. Beth in WA says:

    Hi Jessie! Thanks for these ideas! I really love the Sweater Pillows! I think I should try the Kale chips, too!

  45. Deanne says:

    Good ideas. Ready to make some kale chips.

  46. Tessa says:

    Lots of fun things to make!

  47. Mandi says:

    Sweater pillows & kale chips – how can you go wrong? 🙂

  48. Melanie in WA says:

    Love all these ideas. The bendable headband and tile quilt blocks look fun!

  49. Monique says:

    These are all so fun!

  50. Rena says:

    Oooooh….more fun things to win!

  51. Michelle Smith in Michigan says:

    Love everything. Excited to try my hand at the chia jam!

    Michelle in Michigan

  52. Sandra W says:

    What a great selection of gift-making. My favorite is those rope bowls.

  53. Jayne TN says:

    Love being hip! Rope bowls are something I have wanted to try! thank you!

  54. Tina says:

    Great ideas! I especially like the sweater pillows.

  55. lisa says:

    my mil will love the chia seed jam. for me, the felt book looks like great fun.

  56. Donel says:

    I’m very intrigued by the fabric bowls. I have never tried something like that before.

  57. Ramona from MI says:

    Love the hipster hat! Knitting them for my boys.

  58. Shannon says:

    Love everything here!

  59. I love the sweater pillows!
    Happy crafting everyone!

  60. stefanie in MN says:

    Love the santa envelopes

  61. Amanda at APO says:

    Love, love, love those rope bowls! I have no idea what I would do with them, but they are so pretty!

  62. Jo from FL says:

    These are fantastic posts!

  63. Alexis in UT says:

    Love love the Tile Quilt Blocks. Totally adding to my list.

  64. Elise in GA says:


  65. Martha in WA says:

    Rope bowls! Genius!

  66. Delia in VA says:

    I love the sweater pillows.

  67. Chris says:

    Another great day. I should make that tote bag.

  68. Jessie says:

    Haha! I have so many hipster people, they’d love these!

  69. Lydia in WA says:

    Like the rope bowls in muted colors, very nice.

  70. Garilyn in Ohio says:

    Love the sweater pillows!

  71. FRe2bfree says:

    Nyan cat! Both of my kids would love that. The Printed T-shirt Stenciling tutorial looks like a fun project too.

  72. Karen McMahon in NY says:

    Thank you for such great suggestions. Someone in my family will receive one or two ( hopefully if there is time)!

  73. Maeve says:

    I really like the rope bowls! I’m enjoying the daily blog posts and all the creative ideas!

  74. Kathy E. says:

    I completely agree with the quote to do something creative everyday! I like by this, plus add a pinch of goodwill with it. I try to be creative to do good for others and make this world a better place to live for all of us.

  75. Christie from CA says:

    Love all these ideas!

  76. Christie says:

    These gift ideas are always so fun and practical! I turn to this blog for so many gift ideas!

  77. Jim M in NC says:

    I’ve always wanted to make one of those rope bowls, and now I have the instructions. Thanks!

  78. Karen Caves says:

    So many fun ideas!

  79. Ginger in MD says:

    The printed tshirts and chia seed jam are both intriguing….

  80. Anne Haun says:

    What a great collection of great ideas.

  81. Love those bendable wire headbands!

  82. Miranda says:

    Thanks for all the giveaways!

  83. Sarah in co says:

    I love the tote

  84. ashlyn in co says:

    Love the sweater pillows!

  85. Katie in GA says:

    I’d love to win the felt book (and any of the others, really!) 😀

  86. Shannon In CO says:

    I love the abraham lincoln tee—and the han solo cross stitch pattern. Aaah if only I enjoyed cross stitching more.

  87. Cathie says:

    I just love the rope bowls

  88. Marian from Georgia says:

    The heirloom book looks beautiful!

  89. Love these ideas!! They made me smile!! So many great ideas! Thanks!

  90. Beth in MI says:

    Intrigued by the rope bowls!

  91. Lee in MI says:

    I would love to make some of the Chia seed jam!

  92. Dawn from Indiana says:

    I love the rope bowl.

  93. Harley Rast Williams says:

    Love these, especially Han! 🙂

    Harley in AL

  94. Linda B in TX says:

    Loads of great gift ideas….Dropped my “Jaw” when I saw the shark!!!!

  95. jmj in IN says:

    more great things to make thank-you!!!!

  96. Debbie says:

    The chia seed jams look wonderful and I look forward to trying to make some. Thank you for sharing.

  97. Sue says:

    More great ideas! I would love to win the fabric gift certificate in this group of prizes!

  98. Julie says:

    Too much awesome cuteness!!!

  99. Renea at Iowa says:

    Thanks for the chance to win one of these great prizes and for sharing all of the great ideas.

  100. Patti says:

    Such a great collection of gift ideas! Thanks!

  101. Angela in Kentucky says:

    I love the rope bowl and the cross stitch patterns!

  102. Charlotte from MI says:

    Looooove the hat!!!

  103. Deanna says:

    Those bowls are beautiful.

  104. Niechelle Wade says:

    OMG, the sweater pillows are perfect!!

  105. Bekk says:

    I love the wire headbands

  106. STH says:

    That leather case is sharp! Definitely considering making that one.

  107. Emilyplays in WA says:

    Those bendable headbands are the cutest! I see a crafternoon in my future!

  108. Kristie in WA says:

    More great ideas. I love this series. Thanks!

  109. Amanda B. says:

    I really really must make the rope bowl!

  110. kim t. says:

    lots of good ideas here!

  111. Jen in MA says:

    Loved this post, thank you for the giveaway!

  112. Kathy h in Pa. says:

    I love those rope bowls. I have been wanting to make one for quite a while. Maybe I will give it a try.

  113. Janis says:

    So many great projects each day make it hard to keep up! Great choices!

  114. kathyh in OR says:

    Awesome ideas.

  115. Kathryn says:

    I am making piles of rope bowls for Christmas presents!

  116. Kayla says:

    Love these!

  117. Mandi in MO says:

    I love the printed t-shirts! The possibilities are endless!

  118. Cinnamom in MN says:

    If only I knew how knit.

  119. Quinn says:

    I am loving all the inspiration!

  120. Heidi In SD says:

    Love the sweater pillows!

  121. Sonya M says:

    The Chia seed jam sounds delicious! I’ve also been planning to make a rope bowl, thanks for the reminder!

  122. Vicki (from UK) says:

    I think the rope bowl might be a sneaky gift for me – I do have to practice making one don’t I!!!

  123. Laura in MD says:

    I think the rope bowls would be a perfect coworker gift this year. Thanks for the giveaways!

  124. JENNY says:

    I MUST make rope baskets. now.

  125. Emily from MT says:

    More fun stuff! Thanks for all these great gift ideas!

  126. sangeetha says:

    Very cute ideas. trying to teach my kid stitching so checking out birdie stitching right now

  127. KL in VA says:

    Those rope bowls are amazing!

  128. Patty in MN says:

    I am not a hipster, but think your ideas are fun and thoughtful.

  129. Elizabeth says:

    The rope bowl is really cool! I also like the sweater pillows.

  130. Cindi says:

    Love the rope bowls.

  131. Angie in LA says:

    Love the sweater pillows and the vintage Mrs. Claus envelope printables. Great collection!

  132. christina in vt says:

    It’s always the season to be Felt-y!

  133. Fawn says:

    OMG a Han Solo x-stitch!!!!!

  134. Tanya says:

    Loving this year’s Homemade Series! Would love to win that Handmade Heirlooms! Thanks for the great giveaways!

  135. Beth in VA says:

    Stash paper – it’s great!

  136. Robin in Maryland says:

    I’m looking forward to trying out those rope bowls!

  137. Deirdre in VA says:

    Love the hipster ideas today!

  138. Charlotte in Ga says:

    great ideas! Thanks so much!!

  139. Debbie says:

    Cute ideas!

  140. Julie From Utah says:

    I’m in love with those rope bowls! I’m in desperate need of a few for my mantle.

  141. Eleanor in NC says:

    Such great ideas today!

  142. Anne in tx says:

    I love the sweater pillows and the screen printed tees. Wouldn’t they be perfect for the new Star Wars movie?

  143. Eryn says:

    That heirlooms book looks beautiful!

  144. Veronica R K says:

    Thank you again for another collection of gorgeous tutorials and ideas! I love the rope bowl. I think this will be one I will try this holiday season.

  145. Tammy says:

    Good ideas! I’ve had the idea to make sweater pillow covers for a while. Thanks for the reminder. 🙂

  146. Jennifer in CA says:

    Wish I had time to try everything. As always, thanks for sharing.

  147. brie says:

    I love those rope bowls!

  148. Marilyn in WA says:

    Great ideas!!

  149. Marilyn in WA says:

    Great ideas!!

  150. Tonia Jeffery in Oregon says:

    I love the sweater pillows.

  151. I keep seeing these rope baskets popping up everywhere. I think it’s time I finally bit the bullet and made one!

  152. So many great ideas! I’m particularly drawn to the rope bowls and the tile block quilt.

  153. Nikkee in wa says:

    Love the tile block quilt!

  154. Terri of NJ says:

    Those bendable wire headbands are definitely being made : ) along with the presidents’ tee shirts

  155. Jenn R (FPO/US) says:

    The rope basket is on my to-do list!

  156. Barb B in BC says:

    Oh Rope bowls!!!

  157. Sarah J. in OH says:

    Heading the the thrift store and my closet asap to make some sweater pillows!! Thanks!

  158. Nupur in GA says:

    So many great ideas! The sweater pillows make me want to run out to a thrift store right this minute.

  159. SS in NH says:

    I really like those tile blocks

  160. Whitney in ME says:

    the hat looks so warm and cute!

  161. Mary Ann in SC says:

    I want a rope bowl!

  162. Mindy Jackson says:

    Mindy Jackson from Northern California

  163. Tina in NJ says:

    The sweater pillows look interesting.

  164. Bunny says:

    Love the printable envelope!

  165. Laura in Oh says:

    Sorry if I post twice but I don’t see my post.
    Cute stuff today. Makes me wish I was young and hip or had friends that were young and hip.

  166. Sandy Ross in WA says:

    The sweater pillows look beautiful

  167. jessicac says:

    Chia seed jam? Genius!

  168. Laura in Oh says:

    Cute stuff. It makes me wish I was young and hip or had young and hip friends.

  169. BekahM says:

    I love November just for Handmade Holidays! I had been thinking about making some bowls made from clothesline, and this morning’s post provided a great tutorial.
    Thank you!
    Bekah, WA

  170. Stacy S. says:

    Loving the sweater pillows!

  171. Rachel B says:

    a great mix of hip and doable. Love the whole page.

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