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

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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

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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

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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:

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