The magic of the holiday season often focuses on children; their wonder and joy can easily spread to everyone. This year you can gift some of these delightful options, and support a child’s imaginative play and wonder all year long!


Today’s Guest Curator: Jess from Willow and Stitch

Jess from Willow and Stitch collected a fun range of projects for imaginative play. Jess loves to sew for her children, and she also designs PDF sewing patterns for felt dress up masks. Find all of her patterns in the Willow & Stitch shop, and learn more about Jess on her blog. There she shares her passion for sustainability, and for the “… really important things in life– family and relationships and nature.”

Make It


Felt Crown
Where The Wild Things Are is the ultimate story about a little boy and his imagination. Let your little Wild Thing create his own adventure with this Felt Crown from The Tasteful Life.


Adventure Belt
This might be the ultimate gift for adventuring kids… Make their very own Adventure Belt with this tutorial from Radiant Home Studio! For little explorers you can add a pair of binoculars, a magnifying glass and a water bottle, or create a “Rescue Kit” with rope, a torch and a helmet. Add whatever accessories you like and watch the adventure unfold.


A-frame Tent
This lovely and simple little A-frame Tent from Handmade Mood looks adorable in a summer garden but would also be great for rainy day indoor play. Let them drag in a big pile of blankets and cushions then snuggle up with their favorite books or hold a teddy bear’s picnic in there. Brighten up a dreary day by draping some fairy lights over it. As an added bonus: it can fold flat to store under a bed when not in use.


Party Pony
Rena Dearden from Rustic Horseshoe shows you how to make these fun Party Ponies here at Sew Mama Sew. You can give a child a horse even if you don’t have a stable or pasture!


Little Red Riding Hood Cape
The Stitched by Crystal Little Red Riding Hood Cape is so cute and would make a gorgeous addition to any dress up box; it’s perfect for all sorts of fairytale characters. You could also lengthen it and omit the hood to create a great superhero cape.


Little Apron
These One Little Minute Blog Little Aprons are so lovely and amazingly simple. They’re made from tea towels! Gift them with a jar of cookie ingredients and some mixing spoons, or with a jar of homemade playdough and some holiday shape cutters.


Josephine Doll
Dolls are the most wonderful toys for imaginative play, and not just for girls! This sweet little Josephine Doll from While She Naps is perfect for scrap busting and you can have a lot of fun mixing up the fabrics.


Doll Diapers
Doll accessories such as clothes, baby doll carriers and bassinets can extend the imaginative play opportunities enormously. These little Doll Diapers from Willow and Stitch are the perfect gift for a little person and their favorite doll! You could even make a change mat and bag for a perfect set.


Fleece Veggies Set
Our Fleece Veggies Set from Elissa at Lambkin Creative for Sew Mama Sew is a great addition to any kitchen play.


Animal Bonnets
We just love these little Animal Bonnets. They’re sure to capture the wearer’s imagination and the possibilities for adapting them are endless. What animals would you make?


Felt Flower Crown Clips
Delia Creates has a clever Felt Flower Crown is actually made up of a series of clips, which can all be worn separately if you wish. This is a lovely gift for the little flower fairy in your life, and each individual flower is a work of art. It’s so beautiful that you might just want to keep it for yourself…

Related tutorials you might enjoy: Gifts for Toddlers, Owl Masks, Felt Bowtie Pasta (with a Box!), Easy Felt Breakfast Food

Mix It


Hot Butterbeer
There’s nothing that captures the imagination like the incredible world of Harry Potter. Delight the little (and big) people in your life with this fantastic recipe for Hot Butterbeer from The Tiptoe Fairy.


Dukkah
If you’ve never tried fresh bread dunked in olive oil and Dukkah then you really should! The nuttiness and spices are perfect for Christmas and you can make up a big batch of this recipe from Larder Love and put it in pretty jars for a great handmade gift.

Print It


Better Watch Out Cards
Christmas is a magical time, full of wonder and excitement, but every parent knows one other little special thing about Christmas is being able to play the “Santa” card. Make your life that little bit easier with these funny Better Watch Out Card printables from Happy Happy Collective.

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Tilda’s Toy Box: Sewing Patterns for Soft Toys and More from the Magical World of Tilda

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Author: Tone Finnanger
Publisher: David & Charles

Latest must-have collection from bestselling craft designer Tone Finnanger a.k.a. Tilda who brings her talents to soft toys, gifts and home accessories for children.

Tilda’s new book will show you how to make a wide range of beautiful soft toys and gifts for kids, plus amazing accessories for their bedrooms. Discover simple sewing patterns for adorably plump dolls with a range of outfits and accessories, cute jungle creatures like monkeys, and sea-themed creations – pirates, whales and fish–all reproduced at full-size to trace from the page.

Exquisitely presented in her trademark style, this book will delight Tilda fans everywhere with its achievable patterns and charming styled photography.

Country Living Christmas Joys: Decorating * Crafts * Recipes

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Author: Country Living
Publisher: Hearst

Make this Christmas the best and brightest yet, with hundreds of gorgeous decorating ideas and delicious recipes. From holiday house tours and ways to deck the halls to handmade gifts and festive feasts, this beautiful book will help you celebrate Christmas in Country Living style. Create stunning wreaths, turn saltshakers into sparkling snow globes, craft Advent calendars from tiny envelopes, bake gourmet-store-worthy cookies, and more to make a truly happy holiday.

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

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