Do you have an explorer, a bird watcher, a nature lover on your holiday gift list? Today’s tutorials include some special ideas to encourage outdoor adventures, and to bring the outside in!


Today’s Guest Curator: Daisy Aschehoug from Ants to Sugar

From Daisy:
I’m Daisy, and I share my quilt and paper piecing projects at Ants to Sugar. Whether hiking through the woods or watching for wildlife in my backyard, I’m fascinated by the natural world around me. My new home in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, has some of the most magnificent bird watching, and I get to start every day seeing egrets, herons, and– this time of year– pelicans! Check out these tutorials for gifts the Naturalist, and stop by my Craftsy store to see my new Luna Moth paper piecing pattern!

Make It


Wildflower Embroidered Bookmark
Wendy’s Wildflower Embroidered Bookmark at Feeling Stitchy perfectly holds a spot for those pages you always turn to in your bird field guides.


Luna Moth Pillow
Laurie and Jessi Jung’s Luna Moth Pillow (direct PDF link) from the L + J Blog will surely bring a flutter of beauty to your Naturalist’s couch


Log Slice Pouf
This Log Slice Pouf from Stephanie of Swoodson Says and Fabricworm brings the woodland forest into your home.


Quick-Sew Tote
Christina McKinney’s tutorial shows you how to make a Quick-Sew Tote with Charley Harper’s organic canvas to carry anything from beach shells to pinecones.


Nature Explorer Bags
Every naturalist needs one of these Nature Explorer Bags by Holly of Chez Beeper Bebe.


Leather Journal Cover
This Leather Journal Cover from Jess at If Only They Would Nap fits perfectly around field notebooks or bird journals.


Bird Watcher Binocular Bag
Fiona Duggan of Celtic Thistle Stitches designed this handy Bird Watcher Binocular Bag at Sew Mama Sew for birders, sports fans or travelers.


Fabric Leaf Garland
Use a Fabric Leaf Garland as seasonal decoration or as an embellishment on that wrapped present for your naturalist.


Succulent Quilt
Wrap up your naturalist in a modern Succulent Quilt inspired by desert succulents and designed by Michelle Wilkie of Factotum of Arts for Sew Mama Sew.

Related tutorials you might enjoy: Discoverer’s Utility Belt for Kids, Passion for Nature tutorials, Gifts for the Outdoor Enthusiast, Winter Story Stones for/with Kids, Gifts for Outdoor Adventurers

Mix It


Bark Bites
If you’re looking for something sweet, try these Bark Bites from A Beautiful Mess… Extra points if you find and use edible flowers on your nature walk!

Print It


Flora + Fauna Gift Tags
This Flora + Fauna Gift Tag Set from Decorator’s Notebook has lovely natural elements that work with any holiday or special occasion.

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.

The Basics of Corset Building: A Handbook for Beginners

(US shipping only.)

Author: Linda Sparks
Publisher: St. Martin’s Griffin

Think of a corset as a blank canvas. Linda Sparks’ The Basics of Corset Building: A Handbook for Beginners is a comprehensive guide to building your first corset, including:

Section One: Tools and Materials for Corset Building – Discusses the tools you’ll need, plus types of steel, plastic, and textiles.

Section Two: Building a Corset – Everything you need to know about working with bones and busks, setting grommets and eyelets, and creating a beautifully finished corset.

Section Three: Construction Techniques – Covers all the steps, including making a modesty panel, making a mock-up, and building single layer, double layer, and fashion fabric corsets.

Section Four: Alterations and Fit – Discusses commercial corset patterns, as well as how to fit and style a corset for exactly the look you want.

Stylish Skirts: 23 Simple Designs to Flatter Every Figure

(US + Canada shipping only.)

Author: Sato Watanabe
Publisher: Tuttle Publishing

Sew chic and original skirts with this stylish sewing book.

Stylish Skirts is the English edition of a popular Japanese sew-it-yourself fashion book which allows you to create simple yet stylish skirts that look and feel great—at a fraction of the cost of store-bought fashion. With this Japanese Sewing book, there’s no end to the kinds of skirts you can create to match your body shape, your taste in fabrics and colors, and your mood (not to mention your favorite tops, shoes and accessories)! The instructions and diagrams are a snap to follow and provide a huge variety of styles—from ultra-feminine to artfully disheveled. All 23 skirt designs in this book look great in different fabrics, colors, prints and textures—so the options are truly endless. The enclosed DIY sewing instructions make cutting and sewing these skirts a breeze.

Author Sato Watanabe has written many of the most popular Japanese sewing books on the market. In this new book, she shows you how to make professional-quality skirts easily and inexpensively at home. She studied clothing and accessory design at Tokyo’s famous Bunka Fashion College before beginning a career as a magazine editor, eventually turning her writing skills to creating bestselling books!

Stamp Stencil Paint: Making Extraordinary Patterned Projects by Hand

(US shipping only.)

Author: Anna Joyce
Publisher: Stewart, Tabori and Chang

Textile artist Anna Joyce’s design process is intuitive, relaxed, and rooted in the belief that we should live with color and pattern every day. Inspired by vintage fabric, folk art, shapes in nature, and exciting new color combinations, Joyce’s distinctive projects showcase the beauty of the unexpected and the mark of the artist’s hand. In Stamp Stencil Paint, Joyce shares her signature hand-printing techniques and infectious enthusiasm for adding patterns to ready-made surfaces such as fabric, ceramics, paper, leather, furniture, walls, and more. Following beautiful step-by-step photography, crafters learn new, easy skills to stamp, stencil, and hand-paint wonderful projects for their homes, wardrobes, families, and friends.

One $25 Gift Certificate to Snapdragon Studios

(International winners OK.)

About Snapdragon Studios: Kim and Elizabeth are the designers behind Snapdragon Studios patterns. They are always expanding their selection of sewing patterns, and recently added the Lemon Squeeze Cardigan and On the Run Bag to the mix. Take a look at the full pattern line, and learn more via the Snapdragon Studios journal.

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.