Handmade Holidays Nov. 21: Gifts for Cooks

on November 21 | in Handmade Holidays, Sewing Tutorials + Patterns | by | with 124 Comments

Brighten up the kitchen and make a cook happy with today’s fresh gift ideas!


Today’s Guest Curator: Cheryl Brickey from Meadow Mist Designs

From Cheryl: I am an engineer by day, quilter by night, and mom to two elementary aged children. You can find me sharing my quilting adventures at Meadow Mist Designs and on Instagram. I host an annual Mystery Quilt, and will start a new blog series this upcoming January about how write quilt patterns; I hope you’ll check it out!

Make It


Easy-Sew Two-Hand Casserole Pot Holder
This Easy-Sew Two-Hand Casserole Pot Holder by Cori at Hey, Let’s Make Stuff would make a great gift for the cook in your family. The mini-pom poms are aborable, and it’s so pretty it’s almost a shame to use it!


Big Chef + Little Chef Aprons
Do you want matching aprons for yourself and your little kitchen helper? Look no further than these Big Chef + Little Chef Aprons by An at Straight Grain. The tutorial includes patterns and instructions for both adult and children’s sizes.


Tea Cozy
This Tea Cozy from Yvonne at Quilting Jetgirl is stylish and practical. You could use Christmas fabrics for a holiday version.


Charm Pack Patchwork Placemats
Charm Pack Patchwork Placemats by Sherri at A Quilting Life are a perfect and stylish use for your charm packs.


Simple Patchwork Dish Towels
Try some scrap-embellished Simple Patchwork Dish Towels by Amanda Jean at Crazy Mom Quilts. Choose scraps to match the cook’s kitchen or select holiday prints for seasonal towels.


Bindingless Quilted Placemats
Bindingless Quilted Placemats are both beautiful and easy to make! Lorna at Sew Fresh Quilts shows you how to make these super-quick placemats with no binding.


Selvage Oven Mitts
Add a little fun to the kitchen with Selvage Oven Mitts from Michelle at Late Night Quilter. This is the perfect project for all of your selvages!


Log Cabin Hexi Potholders
Not only are the Log Cabin Hexi Potholders by Caroline at Sew Can She beautiful and functional, they are also good practice for piecing partial seams.

Related tutorials you might enjoy: Home Projects + Tutorials, Gifts for Cooks, More Gifts for Cooks, Even More Gifts for Cooks… (We love cooks!)

Mix It


Raspberry Almond Shortbread Thumbprint Cookies
Here’s a cheery, sweet cookie to make this holiday season! Jaclyn shares a recipe for her delicious Raspberry Almond Shortbread Thumbprint Cookies at Cooking Classy.


Homemade Irish Cream Liqueur
The Homemade Irish Cream Liqueur by Jessi at Practically Functional would be a great hostess gift. It is so easy and tasty you’ll never buy pre-made again!

Print It


Hand-Lettered Holiday Gift Tag Printables
Holley at Wink Wink Paper Co. has thirty free and fun Hand-Lettered Holiday Gift Tag Printables, just for you!

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.

Vintage Lingerie: 30 Patterns Based on Period Garments Plus Finishing Techniques

(US shipping only.)

Author: Jill Salen
Publisher: St. Martin’s Griffin

30 beautiful and historically accurate examples of period lingerie from 1850 to 1970, covering a range of fabulous vintage pieces from 1920s French knickers to 1950s pin-up brassieres. It includes corsets, brassieres, girdles, petticoats, and much more.

From 1920s French knickers to 1950s pin-up brasieres, these fabulous vintage pieces chart the progression of lingerie over the last century. The book covers a range of fascinating garments, including 1890s corsets, 1940s garter belts, 1950s New Look girdles, brassieres, and much more. The book includes 30 fully annotated working patterns alongside drawings, photographs, and practical advice on making up the garments.

For fashion and costume students and costume designers working on stage or screen, the historically accurate patterns are essential for capturing the classic shapes of any period. Students and historians will find the period details and historical background of each garment an invluable resource. Whether you need to construct a historically accurate period garment or simply wish to channel your inner 1950s starlet, this book is for you.

Handmade Bags In Natural Fabrics: Over 25 Easy-To-Make Purses, Totes and More

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Author: Emiko Takahashi
Publisher: Tuttle Publishing

Make your own charming purse, tote, clutch, satchel or eco tote with with this fashionable bag making book.

Handmade Bags in Natural Fabrics offers patterns for twenty-five basic bag styles along with sixty variations and the know-how to customize each bag to suit any style— from sweet-and innocent to minimalist to counter-culture. There is no better project for the eco-conscious crafter than a simple cloth bag. In addition to bag sewing patters, basic sewing lessons teach the fundamentals of bag sewing…

Emiko Takahashi, a fashion and textiles designer, provides easy instructions and bag sewing diagrams, as well as a sheet of fully-sized pattern pieces for each handmade bag project—plus easy lessons on the basics of hand-stitching drawstring casings, corners, edges, straps, and simple flourishes. Cotton and linen bags are always useful and they lend a carefree, laid-back touch to any warm-weather outfit. Each bag can be machine-sewn, but they are designed to be made in natural fabrics that are lightweight enough to be easily sewn by hand. With Takahashi’s expert guidance, beginning sewers with little or no previous experience can learn to make these understated and elegant handbags.

‘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.

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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124 Responses to Handmade Holidays Nov. 21: Gifts for Cooks

  1. Ari in NJ says:

    The potholder looks handy.

  2. Anwen in Canada says:

    Thanks for all the great ideas — I would love to win Handmade Bags In Natural Fabrics: Over 25 Easy-To-Make Purses, Totes and More!

  3. Deidre in Canada! says:

    Oh — I hadn’ t thought about a tea cozy — perfect for my tea loving friend!! Fingers crossed for the bag book!

  4. Elizabeth in IL says:

    Aah, thank you! I could use a new tea cozy!

  5. Lara B. says:

    Lots of fun ideas here Cheryl! I especially love those log cabin hexie hot pads! the tea towels really look great too.

  6. Love the Irish Cream idea! Perfect!

  7. Shannon in WA says:

    The historian in me is dying to flip through vintage lingerie!

  8. Donna in Tx says:

    One day I need to just stop and make things for my kitchen. And the Irish Cream :O

    Thanks for the great ideas.

  9. Cydnee in Idaho says:

    I could do great things with any of these prizes!

  10. Kristie in WA says:

    Pretty dishtowels.

  11. MIRANDA says:

    Thanks for the giveaway!

  12. Pat Upton says:

    I love the two handed pot holder and the hexie log cabin pot holders!

  13. Judi B in VA says:

    Mmmm Thumbprint cookies look delicious!!!!

  14. Alexis in UT says:

    I’ve been wanting a two handed potholder ever since I first saw Rachel Ray use it on her TV show.

  15. Those simple patchwork tea towels are just beautiful!

  16. Michelle Smith in Michigan says:

    I need the two handed potholder!

  17. Minn says:

    My toddler daughter is loving tea parties for her stuffed animals. There is some fun inspiration here for her play kitchen!

  18. I love the different ways to use selvedges that keep popping up. Love that oven mitt!

  19. Judith Martinez says:

    I need to make some aprons for several members of my family (including myself).

  20. JessZ says:

    I love the Hexi potholders! Great ideas! Thanks for compiling this list!

  21. Renee in WA says:

    I really like the charm work patchwork placements.

  22. Amanda in TX says:

    Love those cute towels! 🙂

  23. Christine in CA says:

    I love the placements! So simple…and so pretty!

  24. Amy in IL says:

    Looks like I could find a bunch of new projects. I live the scrappy glove.

  25. Margo in WA says:

    I love the potholders and oven mitts!

  26. Heidi Anderson in Wa says:

    Two handed pot holder is brilliant! The felt book looks like so much fun!

  27. karen in CA USA says:

    I’ve had my eye on that tea cozy tutorial for a while now.

  28. Kate in MO says:

    This is an amazing roundup — and I always love to see other engineer-crafters who love cooking!

  29. Melissa Meinhard says:

    I love Cheryl’s blog, although sadly I haven’t been keeping up with the QAL
    Melissa in Virginia

  30. Jenna in MA says:

    You had me at “homemade Bailey’s.”

  31. Sonya M says:

    I have always wanted to make Irish cream. Thanks for the recipe! I’d love to win the Felt-y book, it would give me ideas for something fun to work with while I watch some tv.

  32. Amanda at APO says:

    Excited to get started on one of those tea cozies!

  33. Niechelle Wade says:

    I’m definitely making these!

  34. Whitner in AL says:

    I love those patchwork handtowels!

  35. usairdoll in Ca says:

    Oh wow! Want to try to make the Irish Cream Liqueur, yum!

  36. Lee in MI says:

    I love the cook items!! Aprons and the tea cosy is what I am looking at!

  37. Chris says:

    I love those potholders. I will make some of those.

  38. Heather H. says:

    Lots to try! I really like the placemats!

  39. Lydia in WA says:

    Oh selveges again! that oven mitt is super nice. Also, the hexi potholders.

  40. Kim in MD says:

    I’ve had the patchwork dish towels on my to do list of projects. Need to set aside the time and make a bunch!

  41. Elizabeth says:

    I love the casserole pot holder and I know lots of people on my gift list who love cooking.

  42. Amber in CA says:

    The dish towels will be fun to make. I also can’t wait to try the irish cream!

  43. Kathy E. says:

    My family loves raspberries, so I’ve added Raspberry Almond Shortbread Thumbprint Cookies to my baking list for the holidays! I also love the patchwork placemats…a nice project for my scraps.

  44. Eleanor in NC says:

    Cute tea cozy!

  45. Cristine in tx says:

    Ooh those selvage oven mitts are cute! I might need to make some and test them out on those raspberry cookies. 😉

  46. Ramona from MI says:

    I love the recipe for Irish Cream. I am going to have to make some for the holidays.

  47. Robin in Maryland says:

    I love the selvage pot holder!

  48. Kati M in FL says:

    I love the pot holder idea but looks like lots of work!

  49. AP says:

    The patchwork dish towels are simple, yet look great!

  50. Beth in VA says:

    Home made Irish Cream! You just made my holiday.

  51. Rachel B says:

    Cooking covers a lot of giving. Thank you for the ideas.

  52. Ashlyn in co says:

    The placements look so easy to make!

  53. Jayne TN says:

    Oh I love cooking projects! Who doesn’t need or appreciate a gift like this?!

  54. Rena in GA says:

    I love vintage. I love lingerie. I need that book! Love all the quilted gifts too.

  55. Laura Casey says:

    Oh I love this idea of all of the hand-made gifts, especially the one for cooks and he bags for all. You do such a good job!
    Laura

  56. Sandy Ross in WA says:

    So many great ideas, I have no excuse for not making gifts.

  57. I love the dish towels – they look fast and easy, but super cute!
    -Jennifer from Wisconsin

  58. Julie From Utah says:

    I’ve got a free cooks in my life who would love some of these gifts.

  59. Kellie Warren says:

    I should make pot holders for myself 🙂 Mine are so ragged you still have to ball up towels around your hands to go with your pot holder to get something out of the oven. They do NOT make pot holders like they used to. I bet I can though 😉 Kellie in Oklahoma

  60. Kristen Werth says:

    In oregom

  61. Kristen Werth says:

    Awesome ideas!

  62. Addie in VT says:

    Great ideas! I would love to learn more about making vintage style lingerie. Thank you for the giveaway.

  63. Rebecca Kuck says:

    The childs apron is very nice….will have to make one for my Granddaughter!

  64. Lovely list of great ideas for cooks! I’m in North Carolina, and would love to win any of the prizes offered.

  65. Laura in MD says:

    Great roundup – I saw this yesterday morning, started some Little Chef aprons during naptime and had two nearly completed (just need straps) by bedtime!

  66. I love the apron!

  67. Jodie in Nj says:

    Love the oven mitts

  68. Marian from Georgia says:

    Would love to win any of these!

  69. Kylene says:

    The heck potholders are so fun. I’d love to get my hand on that vintage lingerie book. ,Oregon

  70. Anna (64ColorBox) in FL says:

    I think I need to make the Irish Cream. And those cookies. They will go great together.

  71. Marilyn in WA says:

    Love the aprons!

  72. Tina L says:

    The Irish cream liqueur looks delicious and I am planning to make some.

  73. Cyndi in CA. says:

    Such great ideas.

  74. Tammy in MI says:

    Love this list!

  75. Janelle Thietje-Dunn says:

    Perfect for my gifts this year – thanks.

  76. Whitney in ME says:

    Prefect gift ideas! Thanks!

  77. Linda L. says:

    I like the placemats.

  78. jessicac says:

    Who keeps picking these recipes? Stop the deliciousness!

  79. sarah in pa says:

    Those potholders are adorable!

  80. DebbieKL in NY says:

    Love the Log Cabin Hexi Potholders!

  81. Sarah J. in OH says:

    I love those hexi pot holders! Thanks for some yummy ideas!

  82. Terri in NJ says:

    great selvage potholders

  83. Kathy h in Pa. says:

    What great gifts. I love the kids apron.

  84. Angela in Kentucky says:

    I love the dish towels!

  85. Charlotte in ga says:

    Got some neat ideas today! Thanks

  86. KL in VA says:

    Those dish towels and oven mitts are adorable!

  87. What a clever potholder pattern! Log Cabin Hexi Potholders

  88. Audrey says:

    Such lovely gift ideas! I love the Irish cream recipe!

  89. Dawn Jones from INDIANA says:

    I like the Selvage Oven Mitt.

  90. Veronica R K says:

    From WA. I love the tea cozy.

  91. Brenda in NE says:

    I love those thumbprint cookies at Christmas and I’m going to have to try that Irish cream liquer. Great gift ideas — a lot of those kitchen goodies are things we don’t always think to buy for ourselves, living with our ragged towels and scorched hot pads forever.

  92. Kristin in MT says:

    I can definitely think of several people who need that tea cozy for Christmas, it’s going on the sewing list!

  93. Mary Ann in SC says:

    The oven mitts are fantastic!

  94. Deborah says:

    Great Ideas, love the tea cozy, didn’t know there was such a thing. Also love that the handmade bags book is a prize again!!

  95. Deb Peters Michigan says:

    Its all good

  96. Deb Peters Michigan says:

    Love everything!

  97. Shannon says:

    Love the felt book!

  98. Heather in VA says:

    The patchwork dishtowels are adorable. Thank you for the fantastic links.

  99. Renea at Iowa says:

    thanks for all the neat ideas and for the great giveaways.

  100. Sue says:

    Yum! Homemade Irish Crete liqueur.

  101. heather says:

    Love the tea towels and mitts

  102. Delia in VA says:

    I love all the quilted items!

  103. Nancy says:

    Hexi anything are great!

  104. amber in nyc says:

    i was looking for an apron for a toddler. so glad i clicked on this link!

  105. Tonia Jeffery in Oregon says:

    The raspberry thumbprint cookies look too yummy!

  106. Erin says:

    I love the different pot holders

  107. Anne says:

    Handmade bags book looks nice. ( I’m in canada )

  108. Angie in LA says:

    Love all the scrappy projects!

  109. Angela says:

    Love this!

  110. Patty in MN says:

    Great ideas! Who doesn’t love food?

  111. Shawna from NJ says:

    The two handed casserole put holder is a neat idea.

  112. Jmj in the USA says:

    Hexi pot holders are fantastic!! Great scrabble busters

  113. Injured in the USA says:

    Hexi pot holders are fantastic???? Great scrap buster

  114. Shannon in CO says:

    The homemade Irish Cream sounds awesome!

  115. FRe2bfree says:

    Love the Log Cabin Hexi Potholders!

  116. Heather in CA says:

    Love the tea towels with scraps. Would be a cute wedding present too!

  117. Nikkee in wa says:

    I think that casserole pot holder is in my future!

  118. Mandi in CO says:

    I love making placemats, kitchen towels, and aprons as gifts!

  119. Jessie Hansen in NM says:

    Vintage Lingerie in the Kitchen, I like the sound of that.

  120. PG in US zip 09777 says:

    Love the potholders

  121. SS in NH says:

    Those cookies look so good!

  122. Jennifer in CA says:

    Always fun. If a tea cozy is made, will more tea be consumed? That sounds like an experiment worth trying. As always, thanks for sharing so many great ideas.

  123. Lisa (Canada) says:

    These look like great tutorials Cheryl. I’m particularly interested in the tea cosy, the pot holders and the placemats.

  124. Laura L. says:

    A nice selection of kitchen items. I’ve made a dozen Crazy Mom dish towels and love the casserole pot holder!

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