Handmade Holidays Nov. 17: Gifts for Teens

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It is possible to sew something perfect (and “cool”) for your favorite teen! Show older kids handmade love even if they’ve moved beyond the softie stage. (And if they haven’t moved beyond a love of softies that’s cool too!– We have an awesome whale, squishable raccoon, sweet dolphins… We cover all of the bases.)


Today’s Guest Curator: Vicky Myers from the Vicky Myers Creations Etsy shop + Vicky Myers Creations

From Vicky:
I blog at vickymyerscreations.co.uk, often with a focus on tutorials and upcycling. (Here is one of my tutorials in the Gifts for Crafty People post!) I have an Etsy shop, with popular items like knitting needle cases for holiday gifts. You can also find my work here at Sew Mama Sew in the Machine-Stitched Fabric Heart Garland.

You can find me on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook too!

Make It


Cross-Body Bag
This fun and funky Cross-Body Bag from SewMcCool includes a zipper closure plus two slip pockets. Embellish to your heart’s desire!


Notebook Cover
This super-stylish Notebook Cover from Radiant Home Studio is easy to customize with the perfect fabric.


No-Sew Upcycled Cowl
Fancy a quick make? Upcycle a sweater into this No-Sew Upcycled Cowl with instructions from Swoodson Says.


Zippy Pouch
We like how this Zippy Pouch pencil case from made by ChrissieD maximizes fabric selvedges.


Makeup Bag
This gorgeous Makeup Bag from So Sew Easy has a great design, and we love how the brushes are kept neat and tidy in individual compartments.


Denim Rag Rug
This stylish Ohoh Blog Denim Rag Rug is perfect for any teen room. This is an upcycled project everyone will love.


Colored Pencil Roll Holder
Perfect for the budding artist, create a stylish Colored Pencil Roll Holder, or adapt it for watercolor paint brushes. The Doodle Craft Blog shows you how!


Tablet Case
This classic Tablet Case design from Urban Acreage is quick, simple and yet so effective. What a fabulous and easy gift to make!

Related tutorials you might enjoy: Gifts for Tweens + Teens, Gifts for Tweens, 9 Easy Holiday Party Accessories

Mix It


Peppermint Crunch Cookie Gift-in-a-Jar
You can’t go wrong with this Peppermint Crunch Cookie Gift-in-a-Jar from Busy Being Jennifer! Your favorite teen will love these cookies, and so will neighbors, coaches, your mail delivery pro, teachers and more!

Print It


Life is Short + Secret Opportunities Printables
These Life is Short + Secret Opportunities Printables feature favorite #GIRLBOSS quotes, via The Crafted Life.

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.

Stitch Kitsch: 44 Happy Sewing Projects from Home Décor to Accessories

(US-only, digital copy for international winners.)

Author: Jennifer Heynen
Publisher: C&T Publishing

Put the fun back in sewing with little treasures to sew, embellish, and share! From pouches and pincushions to quilts and cheery home decor, these 44 projects make perfect gifts. Each featured project comes with 3 variations. Turn a funky wallhanging into bull’s-eye pillows, a pom-pom trivet, or a lap quilt? The choice is yours! Choose your own sewing adventure, and then embellish projects with embroidery, buttons, trims, topstitching, and fusible appliqué (full-size patterns included).

Big Hook Rag Crochet: 25 Quick-Stitch Designs to Make Using Leftover Fabric

(US shipping only.)

Author: Dedri Uys
Publisher: Lark Crafts

Have fun with a craft that’s quick, easy, and eco-friendly! This great new crochet style uses a large hook—which works up fast, simple stitches—plus strips of fabric made from unwanted garments or a stash of leftovers. The result: a sturdy, textured weave that’s ideal for home accessories, garments, and bags. Crochet cozy slippers, accent rugs, cushions, a variety of baskets, placemats, and more. These crafty creations are durable, practical, and pretty, too!

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.

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!

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

Here are 2015 gift ideas:

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139 Responses to Handmade Holidays Nov. 17: Gifts for Teens

  1. Martha Hood says:

    Love the ideas- been saving jeans for quilt- this might work better for grandchildren – also have military uniforms old to make into something for son in law – ex military 22 years thanks for the ideas

  2. lucia says:

    I love the notebook cover! Gorgeous!

  3. Ari in NJ says:

    The notebook cover’s cute!

  4. Donna in Tx says:

    Cute rug and I love that cross body bag. Those will go on the list!

  5. auschick in va says:

    I’d love the she wears the pants book!

  6. Julie says:

    love them!

  7. Lydia in WA says:

    why is that selvege case so cute? Would make this one.

  8. DebbieKL in NY says:

    The denim rug is great!

  9. Judith Martinez says:

    I love the denim rag rug!! I know this is the teen list but I can see it in my boys’ room!

  10. carolyn montgomery says:

    i love the cross-body bag and selvege zip pouch.

  11. Pat Upton says:

    I love the denim rag rug. I think even I could do that!

  12. Shannon in WA says:

    Could use a makeup bag for myself

  13. Heather in VA says:

    Both of my girls would love the cross body bag.

  14. Kristin says:

    Those cookies looks yummy!

  15. Deb H. in PA says:

    Love the cross body bag.

  16. Whitner in AL says:

    I love that make-up kit!

  17. Rena in GA says:

    Cute gifts for teens to MAKE!

  18. Amber in CA says:

    Great Zipper pouch and makeup bag! those might be one of those gifts you end up making one for yourself as well.

  19. Janelle Thietje-Dunn says:

    That rag rug could SO easily be modified into a great tree skirt!

  20. Alexis in UT says:

    That pencil roll would be perfect for my cute little niece. Thank you for the link.

  21. Kristie in WA says:

    The cross body bag is a perfect size for my girl. Thanks!

  22. As a mom of 5 teens, these gift ideas are GREAT! Thanks for the inspiration!

  23. Sonya says:

    My tween daughter would love the zippy pouch. Great ideas!

  24. Jen says:

    Great projects, as always. Thank you for the giveaway!

  25. Teresa @Aurea's Kitchen says:

    The make up bag is on my to sew list.

  26. Veronica R K says:

    So, does the rug have to be for a teen? I love it! Thanks for all of the great ideas!

  27. Aimee in IN says:

    Teens are so hard to choose gifts for. This is very helpful!

  28. Emily from MT says:

    I really like that rug. Another great round up!

  29. Mary from Texas says:

    Love the cross-body bag and the zippy pouch.

  30. ybat In CA says:

    Great roundup!

  31. Stephanie in WA says:

    Another group of great gifts! I’ll definitely be making some of the cookie mix!

  32. More great ideas as always!

  33. Afton in NM says:

    Thanks for some great ideas!

  34. Eleanor in NC says:

    This post has my tween written all over it!

  35. Michelle Smith in Michigan says:

    I want to make the crossbody bag for myself. So many great ideas!

  36. Christine in CA says:

    The make-up bag is fantastic! It might make a nice travel embroidery bag as well…hmm, gonna give that a try!

  37. kathyh in OR says:

    Only two teens this year!

  38. Stephanie AR says:

    I am doing a cross body bag for my 12 yo daughter this Christmas. It is perfect for that age!

  39. Kate in MO says:

    Thanks for the great roundup! It’s so challenging to give gifts to teens.

  40. Nancy in Chandler, AZ says:

    Great ideas for teens! The make-up bag would be good for teens and adults. Thank you for this great giveaway. Have a great day!

  41. Chris P says:

    I like many of the ideas, especially the rug and the cookies! They will help fill in the gifts for Christmas and birthdays for my niece and nephews. Thank you.

  42. Katie in GA says:

    Stitch Kitsch looks so cute, I’d love to win!

  43. Cindy S. in Michigan says:

    Great ideas! I especially love the denim rug!

  44. Sherry VF says:

    Great ideas. I particularly liked the denim rug. sjvonfumetti at yahoo dot com

  45. Audrey says:

    Love the zippy pouch

  46. Niechelle Wade says:

    Ugh, thank you! Teens are a challenge to sew gifts for, these are some great ideas! 🙂

  47. Denise W in Iowa says:

    These are some great ideas for my teen grandchildren. Love the upcycled rug!

  48. Bette says:

    Would love the crochet book. Bette in MA

  49. KL in VA says:

    Making the cross body bag for my teen!

  50. Charlotte in Ga says:

    Love the rug! neat ideas. thanks so much.

  51. Lisa in CA says:

    I think I’m going to keep coming back to this list — good suggestions!

  52. robin in Maryland says:

    I love that denim rug!

  53. Chris says:

    The make-up bag would be wonderful for my niece.

  54. usairdoll in Ca says:

    What great ideas today! Love the selvage zip pouch and what a cool makeup bag.

    Awesome giveaway books!

  55. sarah in pa says:

    I love that rug!

  56. Ana says:

    Great ideas! Love the cross body bag.

  57. Cathie says:

    Several of these projects would be great for my granddaughter. Love them.

  58. Delia in VA says:

    Oh, I do like bags to put tgings in….great gifts!

  59. Vicki in Texas says:

    That notebook cover is amazingly! I’m going to attempt a quilt for my teen niece this Christmas. We’ll see how it goes.

  60. Amanda in TX says:

    Cute ideas! 🙂

  61. Angela in KY says:

    Terrific ideas as always! I keep these in mind to make all year for other gift giving times too.

  62. Julie says:

    Can’t wait to make the pencil roll-up

  63. Beth says:

    That round denim rug has the wheels spinning. I am sure something like it will be in my future.

  64. Ramona from MI says:

    Love the makeup bag and the cross body purse. I want these for myself.

  65. Judi B in VA says:

    Yes I will try some Peppermint Crunch Cookie Jar Gifts!!

  66. Bobby Powell says:

    I need a New makeup bag.

  67. Several of these projects would be great for my nieces. The denim rug looks great- I never would have thought about making something like that!

  68. Harley Rast Williams says:

    That cross body bag is my favorite!

    Harley in AL

  69. Beth in MI says:

    Great ideas!! Thanks

  70. Debbie K says:

    Thanks for the ideas! I can’t wait to make some of these for my daughter!

  71. I’ve got four nieces needing that cross-body bag!

  72. amber in nyc says:

    i love the idea of using fabric as your yarn for crochet in the big rag crochet book. my cat would love that little house!

  73. Erin says:

    The zippy pouch is fun!

  74. Mandi says:

    Good ideas. Teens can be tough!

  75. Jennifer W in SC says:

    Denim rug is awesome- so cute!

  76. Lori Morton in OHIO says:

    WOWIE!!!!! love the Denim Rug!!! AWESOME!!! Some really great ideas for teens!! Thanks for sharing these with us!

  77. Kathy h in Pa. says:

    Great ideas. Teens are always hard to find some wonderful gift ideas.

  78. bookboxer says:

    Thank you for all these creative ideas – and for another generous giveaway.

  79. Brenda in NE says:

    Great ideas, but I’m out of teens to gift this Christmas. I like the idea of upcycling jeans in so many ways, and think the crocheted rug book would probably be inspirational there. Great assortment of prizes today. Hope it’s a lucky one for me.

  80. stefanie in MN says:

    cookie in a jar is a great idea!

  81. Jim M in NC says:

    The notebook cover looks like it would be a good gift and great practice for half-square triangles.

  82. Marian from Georgia says:

    I have so many things on my to do list now, don’t know where to start

  83. Sue says:

    The makeup bag looks like a good gift for my son’s girlfriend!

  84. Dawn from Indiana says:

    The denim rug is awesome.

  85. FRe2bfree says:

    The cross-body bag is especially cute! Great for some of this adorable Japanese quilting cotton I have…

  86. Renea at Iowa says:

    Thanks for sharing all the great ideas and for the wonderful giveaway.

  87. Nancy McKenzie says:

    Great! I have just the sweater for that cowl.

  88. Linda L. says:

    Peppermint Crunch cookies – yum!

  89. Monique says:

    That denim rug is awesome!

  90. Tonia Jeffery in Oregon says:

    The jean rug is so creative.

  91. Shannon says:

    Love the cookie jar!

  92. Barb B in BC says:

    That jean rug is great! Thanks for sharing the link.

  93. Angie in LA says:

    So many good ideas I don’t know where to start!

  94. Amanda B. says:

    I MUST make the denim rug! If I do not have enough jeans, I will just have to buy new ones so I can recycle the ones I have in my closet. I also might turn it into a quilt or lap blanket as well – such great ideas as always.

  95. Kellie Warren says:

    I have TONS of denim that i have been waiting to use. A denim rug is perfect for my younger sister. Thanks!

  96. Amanda at APO says:

    Some super cute ideas here! Love the cross body bag. The zippy bag is pretty cute too.

  97. Cristine in tx says:

    These are all super cute! I especially like the makeup bag.

  98. Michelle says:

    That denim rug is EPIC!!!!! I am sooooo into re-purposing denim and this is fabulous! ….ps it could also be a tree skirt!

  99. Heidi in SD says:

    I love gift-in-a-jars!

  100. kelasher says:

    Notebook covers are cool looking.

  101. Marilyn in WA says:

    Love the denim rug and the tablet cover.

  102. Rachel in UT says:

    I like the notebook covers, and I have a couple ugly notebooks that could really use them right now 🙂

  103. Anne Marie says:

    Great ideas for teens – definately want to make some of these.

  104. Cindi in GA says:

    These are so cute! Love ’em

  105. Nikkee in wa says:

    Makeup bag is cute! Color pencil roll too

  106. Sarah J. in OH says:

    Love that denim rug– why is it that now I find all these fun ideas for upcycling jeans after I toss my old ones out that were sitting around waiting for inspiration!!

  107. Tammy says:

    That rug looks like a fun upcycling project.

  108. Ashlyn in Colorado says:

    The notebook cover is incredible! And looks super simple to make!

  109. I love the jeans rug!
    Happy crafting!

  110. Jennifer in CA says:

    Fun ideas. Thanks for sharing. I’m having a closer look at that cookie mix in a jar. Looks good.

  111. Shawna from NJ says:

    I like the selection today, teens are a hard group to sew for.

  112. That denim rag rug is great – so different & the colour gradations are really nice. I’d make that one for myself 🙂

  113. Molly Martin OR says:

    Love the cross body bag! So cute!

  114. Amy in IL says:

    Love all the ideas. I want to make the denim rug.

  115. karen in CA USA says:

    That denim rug is striking. I’m seeing it as a cool quilt too!

  116. Carmen says:

    That notebook cover is absolutely beautiful! (And I’d love the She Wears the Pants book!)

  117. Morgan in NY says:

    These are very fun ideas and some could even work for slightly younger kids too!

    Thank you!

  118. Heidi Anderson in Wa says:

    Love the crossbody bag! Too cute and with the right fabrics perfect for some tween boys I know!

  119. PG in US zip 09777 says:

    I love the pouch.

  120. Anne in Tx says:

    Loved the denim recycled rug!

  121. jessicac says:

    I love the modern look of the tablet case, so stylish!

  122. Deirdre in VA says:

    Love that big hook crochet book! And the denim rug is awesome… I will make one for my own daughter.

  123. Whitney in ME says:

    The make up case is awesome!!

  124. cecile says:

    Cool ideas. They are hard to sew for at that age !

  125. Julie From Utah says:

    I’ve got to try those peppermint cookies!

  126. Mary Ann in SC says:

    Love the colored pencil roll up!

  127. Elizabeth says:

    Great ideas! I like the cross-body bag.

  128. Fawn says:

    I have a lot of unused to-be-recycled denim that will work for these rag rugs, hooray!

  129. I love these! All cool.

  130. Nupur in GA says:

    Great ideas! It is not easy to come up with gifts for teens but I love all of these.

  131. Laurie in CO says:

    I love the zippy pouch.

  132. SS in NH says:

    I really like that cross-body bag

  133. Terri in NJ says:

    In NJ : )

  134. Terri says:

    love love love the denim rag rug

  135. Heather says:

    I love making notebook holders for gifts. So fun to customize and can be used for such a variety of things!

  136. Samina says:

    The selvedge-edge pouch is adorable – I see one if my future….

  137. Amy Mayen says:

    I’m so excited to see some of my favorite bloggers up there! I’d love to wn the crochet rug book. I’ve tried sewing them and broke my machine; twice. I love the boho look of woven colorful rugs and REALLY need to use up scraps. Plus it would be cool to learn to crochet!

  138. Joan says:

    Great gifts for teens! Just what I needed for a couple of cute kids.

  139. Rachel B says:

    I was excited to see a new take on the makeup bag. Snaz.

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