Here are some fun gift ideas for furry friends! Did we miss a great gifts for pets tutorial? Let us know in the comments if you’ve seen something great.


Today’s Guest Curator: Tracey Lipman

From Amy: I am a work-at-home mum to four amazing children and our latest addition, a fur baby dog. Between carpool and housework I design and make a range of bags, from cell phone purses to diaper bags, as well as wallets, family passport holders and functional stylish accessories which you can see in my Etsy shop.

I had a lot of fun researching ideas for selection of gift ideas, and I now have a wish list of items to make. I hope you can find something you love too.

Make It


Dog Collar + Leash
The Sew4Home team is well known for their professional tutorials for items nobody would guess were handmade; this tutorial lives up to that reputation. With this stylish Dog Collar + Leash combo you can look forward to dog walking as much as your dog. We love the idea of using ribbons for a pop of color.


Kitty Cubie
Carrie’s Kitty Cubie at Crafty Night Owls is ingenious, and perfect for any curious cat (or dog looking for a bit of peace and quiet).


Kimono Dog Harness
This Kimono Dog Harness by Jill Myslinski for Sew Mama Sew can also be coordinated with a leash for stylish dog walking!


Dog Coat
There are a lot of dog coat tutorials out there but very few with good, clear instructions. Mimi’s Dog Coat at Mimi and Tara includes a downloadable PDF pattern in different sizes so you can spend more time sewing and less time thinking how to adapt a pattern to fit your dog.


Pet Bed
This Pet Bed from the Sew4Home really delivers. With the clear instructions, this is a very doable project and we’re pretty sure any pet will love this deluxe bed.


Fleece Tug Toy
It took us awhile to find a toy that looked like it would stand up to the tugging and chewing dogs love. Laura’s Fleece Tug Toy tutorial at Dalmatian DIY shows you how to weave fabric strips for extra strength. Doesn’t that sound like fun?!

Related tutorials you might enjoy: Gifts for Pet Lovers, More Gifts for Pet Lovers, Dreaming Away Pet Bed, All of our Pet Tutorials, Pet Bed for Cats or Dogs

Mix It


Dog Biscuit Treats
In keeping with the animal theme, Chungah at Damn Delicious has a great recipe for easy and healthy Dog Biscuit Treats . She also has other recipes on her site for non-animals.

Print It


Christi Friesen Coloring Pages
Christi Friesen’s tutorials and books combine her sense of humor with clear instructions suitable for beginner to advanced polymer clay artists. Christi recently published an adult coloring book with some free Coloring Pages on her Pinterest site. In the craziness of this time of year, take a coffee and some coloring pencils for a calming time-out.

Win It

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One $25 Gift Certificate to The Ribbon Jar

(International winners OK.)

About The Ribbon Jar:
Ribbon and trim by the yard: elegant and fun, soft and shiny, velvet and vintage.

The Ribbon Jar hand-picks the finest ribbons and trims from around the world to bring you fresh designs, funky retro patterns, lovely vintage trim, and of course the classic staples: silk, satin, velvet, grosgrain, Italian, herringbone and ric-rac.

Giving a gift? Our curated jars of ribbon make wonderful gifts for the crafty friends in your life, or you can create a custom jar with the ribbons of your choice!

The Complete Guide to Machine Quilting: How to Use Your Home Sewing Machine to Achieve Hand-Quilting Effects

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Author: Joanie Zeier Poole
Publisher: St. Martin’s Griffin

This book will show you how you can get the most out of your sewing machine while quilting, from working easily with different weights of batting and fabric, to great time-saving tricks, and how to add a cornucopia of decorative stitching effects.

For those new to the wonderful world of quilting, you will find all the help and advice you need to get started. Whether you have just completed your first piece of patchwork and find quilting a daunting prospect, or have been quilting your own work for years, this book is packed with all the information you need to get the most out of machine quilting, inspiring new design ideas and finishes along the way.

The Complete Book of Chalk Lettering: Create and Develop Your Own Style

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Author: Valerie McKeehan
Publisher: Workman Publishing Company

Ubiquitous at boutiques and cafés, on Etsy and Pinterest, in stationery and home decor, the art of chalk lettering is hotter than ever. Valerie McKeehan, an Etsy standout whose work has been featured in magazines and websites from Good Housekeeping to RealSimple.com, teaches us everything we need to know to create gorgeous hand-drawn chalk designs. The book is also a practice space, with three foldout “chalkboards”— the inside cover and foldout back cover are lined with blackboard paper.

In over 60 lessons, learn the ABCs of lettering (literally) and basic styles: serif, sans serif, and script. Next, how to lay out a design, combine various styles into one cohesive piece, add shadows and dimension. Master more advanced letter styles, from faceted to ribbon to “vintage circus.” Use banners, borders, flourishes. And finally, 12 projects to show off your newfound skills: including a Winter Wonderland Snow Globe; a smartphone-themed birthday card to text friends and family; a one-of-a-kind party invitation to create, photograph, and mail; and a bake sale sign guaranteed to put everyone who sees it in the mood for a cupcake!

Rebecca Ringquist’s Embroidery Workshops: A Bend-the-Rules Primer

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Author: Rebecca Ringquist
Publisher: Stewart, Tabori and Chang

For the embroiderer who appreciates the value of beautiful stitches but also likes to break a few rules along the way, Rebecca Ringquist’s Embroidery Workshops is a refreshing new resource for both standard and out-of-the-box techniques.

Based on the popular classes Ringquist leads across the country, Rebecca Ringquist’s Embroidery Workshops teaches everything from the “proper” way to form a French knot and transfer a design to a canvas to new ways to stitch three-dimensionally, work with nontraditional threads and fabrics, draw with thread freeform, and mix and match machine- and hand-stitching. Also featured are instructions for 20 innovative projects, including a cloth sampler designed especially for the book (and packaged in an envelope at the back), table linens, wall art, and clothing embellishments.

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

Here are 2015 gift ideas:

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