Handmade Holidays Nov. 24: Baby’s First Christmas

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Here are gift ideas for new arrivals. Give something special to babies and families experiencing their first holiday season together!

Today’s Guest Curator: Samantha Liz

Samantha Liz is a new (again) mom of a five month old little cutie, who’s short on time (because, well, did you read that part about the five month old?!). She’s always on the lookout for new ways to make things beautiful and found some great projects for us today.

Follow Samantha’s work on the Samantha Liz blog, via Facebook and on Instagram. She created our popular Tooth Fairy Doll Pattern here at Sew Mama Sew.

Samantha is re-releasing all of her designs as digital PDF patterns in the Fluttering By shop, starting with the Crescent Moon Yoga Pants Pattern. Check it out!

Make It

Christmas Tree Softie
Since it’s baby’s first time seeing a Christmas tree, adorned with lights and ornaments, why not make them their own Christmas Tree Softie? Decorate the pattern from Stephanie at Swoodson Says how you like it, and you could even add some jingle bells inside to make an adorable rattle. (Just be sure to read up on how to make the rattle portion baby-safe!)

(Almost) No Sew Blanket bl
A blanket made with knit fabric that involves (almost) no sewing? Sign us up! Melissa from Melly Sews has an (Almost) No Sew Blanket tutorial that makes it easy to sew something special when you have limited time (like, say, when there’s a baby in the house!).

Cloud Baby Softie
These adorable Cloud Baby Softie from Tina at Miss Daisy Patterns & Tutorials are soft and snuggly for babies to play with all day long. Maybe with a little luck, these dreamy little cloud babies will inspire babies to nap just a bit longer!

Christmas Leg Warmers
With the weather in the northern hemisphere getting cooler, what a better way to warm things up than with these Christmas Leg Warmers from Mama Says Sew? One word: Ruffles!

Sewing Baby Burp Cloths
Heather from Woodland Flower whipped up these great Sewing Baby Burp Cloths to match a lovely nursery set she made for her baby niece. They are so darling, you don’t even need to wrap them; just tie them up with a pretty ribbon and they are all ready to gift!

Insulated Baby Bottle Cover
Deby’s Insulated Baby Bottle Cover at So Sew Easy can make those late-night feedings more enjoyable!

Infinite Nursing
A super stylish infinity scarf that doubles as a nursing cover… What is this magic? Sheena from Bean in Love shows you how to get a little “rock star fashionista” into the nursing routine with her Infinite Nursing tutorial.

Flannel Soft Blocks
Cheryl from Sew Can Do shows how simple it is to make these great Flannel Soft Blocks. These help babies develop motor skills, and they’re probably “tasty” too!

Ragged Log Cabin Baby Quilt
Whether you are a beginning sewer or a well seasoned quilter, Liz from Simple Simon and Company has the perfect super fast and super cute Ragged Log Cabin Baby Quilt for you!

Embroidered Onesies
Do you want to be crafty, but you don’t have time to sit at the sewing machine? Break out the embroidery thread and rock out some adorable Embroidered Onesies from Erica of 5 Little Monsters. Erica has some great tricks for hand embroidering on knits, so head over there to find out how to sew away without even using a hoop!

Circus Finger Puppets
Lions, tigers and dogs? Oh my! Alicia from Felt with Love Designs has a series of seven sets of Circus Finger Puppets with free PDF patterns. There’s nothing better than a gift that can make little ones giggle with just a wiggle of your fingers! You could pair some of these with a favorite animal-related board book for gifting…

Easy Double Gauze Swaddle Blanket + Hood!
Not only does Sherri from Thread Riding Hood show you how to make a Easy Double Gauze Swaddle Blanket, but in her awesome tutorial she doubles the awesomeness by making not one, but two blankets from just one meter of fabric… One for your baby and another for a doll, to make the perfect set!

Related tutorials you might enjoy: Baby Butterfly Toy, Sweet Baby Sleep Bag, Charm Squares Baby Quilt, Plus all of our many additional Baby-Related Tutorials

Mix It

Salt Dough Holiday Ornaments
This recipe isn’t for making the kind of dough you eat (even though Sarah herself admits to sampling a bit back in the day), but these Salt Dough Holiday Ornaments from Sarah Titus are perfect for baking up some holiday fun. You could make keepsake ornaments of little one’s hands and toes to commemorate their very first holiday season.

Print It

Printable Fabric Labels
Show you made it with love! Add Deby’s Printable Fabric Labels from So Sew Easy to your gifts.

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.

Sew Adorkable: 15 DIY Projects to Keep You Out of Trouble – Quilts, Clothes & Gear for the Chic Geek

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

Author: Samarra Khaja
Publisher: C&T Publishing / Stash Books

Sew 15 conversation starters, from cheeky wearables (TRAWRzers!) to quirky quilts and home decor. Make a puffy quilt that looks like candy dots, or stitch a tissue box cover that looks like a vintage typewriter. Tailored to smart, talented, crafty folks of all ages, this hilarious book is just as fun to read (trivia time!) as it is chock-full of sewing projects. Bonus: Go “behind the seams” with textile designer Samarra Khaja.

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!

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!

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.

Sewing School: 21 Sewing Projects Kids Will Love to Make

(US shipping only.)

Author: Amie Petronis Plumley, Andria Lisle
Publisher: Storey Publishing

Authors Amie Plumley and Andria Lisle teach a children’s sewing camp that delights kids and parents every year. Now, they have put their experience to work in creating this lively, how-to-sew book for ages five and up. Featuring 21 inspired projects, Sewing School shows kids how to create fabric masterpieces with minimal supervision. All projects have been kid-tested, and most can be made using simple hand stitches— no sewing machine required. Projects include pillows, dolls, blankets, wallets, totes, coasters, pot holders, sleep masks, mats, and more; each project features step-by-step instructions written at a second-grade comprehension level, a close-up photo of every step, and a photo of the finished project. The book includes full-sized cut-out patterns in a front pocket. Sewing School will have your kids in stitches!

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

Here are 2015 gift ideas:

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118 Responses to Handmade Holidays Nov. 24: Baby’s First Christmas

  1. Laurie in CO says:

    These are all so adorable. Where to start?

  2. Christine in CA says:

    Such cute projects….now I just need to find a baby to sew for! lOL!

  3. Ari in NJ says:

    These are all so cute!

  4. Elizabeth in IL says:

    Those soft blocks are so cute~!

  5. Jenna in MA says:

    So many great ideas! We have two littles for Christmas this year – I’ll have to see how many of these I can make!

  6. Jamie says:

    Fun projects! The cloud stuffy is adorable! I have a 7 month old who is going to need that! Thanks:)

  7. Circus fingers puppets coming up–for our little one on the way!

  8. About to have a new addition to the family so I love these suggestions!

  9. Cristine in tx says:

    That cloud softie is so cute! I will definitely be making one.

  10. Shannon says:

    Cute Sew-in labels

  11. OOh, I’d love to win the “Artists Pillar” book! Thanks and God bless! ILuvTheEucharist @ aol.com

  12. Brenda says:

    Great ideas for moms of babes and fun things for the babies. Simple wins in my book when it comes to little ones. Love the salt dough ornament recipe. I used to give an ornament each year to each of my nieces and nephews so they’d have a starting collection when they were grown.

  13. Kristin S. says:

    I’ve been wanting to sew up some little leg warmers. Thanks!

  14. Cydnee in Idaho says:

    Thanks for giveaway! I’d like to be so lucky.

  15. Robin E. in AZ says:

    Great things to pin for new baby gifts. Thank you.

  16. Minn says:

    The embroidered onesies are a great idea for custom made gifts!

  17. Kristie in WA says:

    You can’t go wrong with burp cloths.

  18. Mandi in MO says:

    That swaddle blanket with a HOOD?!? Swoon!

  19. KL in VA says:

    The puppets are adorable!

  20. jessicac says:

    The embroidered onesies are so cute!!

  21. Mandi in CO says:

    I like the nursing scarf!

  22. Ybat in CA says:

    I really like the printable fabric labels. They would be so useful.

  23. Jayne TN says:

    I almost wish I had a little baby for these!

  24. Irene Smith-Vos says:

    mmm, my son is 18, too big for little cute gifts………. but maybe I should start making for future grandchildren 😉

  25. Beth in VA says:

    Love finger puppets!

  26. Melanie C in WA says:

    Love the tree softie and burp cloths!

  27. Janelle Thietje-Dunn says:

    I guess it never occurred to me to make a rag blanket out of regular woven and not just flannel.

  28. Heather says:

    These are great !

  29. Pat Upton says:

    I love the infinity nursing scarf and the ragged baby quilt!

  30. Judi B in VA says:

    I love the almost no sew blanket as this is right up my alley and so soft and pretty!

  31. Kati M in FL says:

    I love the embroidered onesies!

  32. Lee in MI says:

    Such sweet items – I do love the blocks! thanks!

  33. Charlotte in Ga says:

    These are all wonderful! Thanks so much!!

  34. Laura in MD says:

    Love the embroidered onesie! Thanks for the giveaway!

  35. Cindy S. in Michigan says:

    Great ideas! I think I will make a dozen of the soft blocks for my grandbabies. Thank you for the inspiration and the giveaway!

  36. Diane in VA says:

    Thank you Samantha for curating today…great job!
    Love the Infinite Nursing wrap…so modern and functional. My next New Mom gift along w/the Burp Cloths:)

  37. kathyh in OR says:

    Awesome ideas today. I pinned three.

  38. Alexis in UT says:

    Totally going to make some of those adorable finger puppets.

  39. I have a new niece coming right around Christmas time – I can’t wait!

  40. Oh, those little clouds are just adorable! Great baby choices…wish I had some babies to sew for this Xmas!

  41. Elizabeth says:

    Cute ideas!

  42. Oh the onesie is so cute!!

  43. Heather in VA says:

    I’ve been looking for a good ragged blanket tutorial. Thank you! It’s a great way to use up left over flannel from pajama projects.

  44. Aimee in IN says:

    Great ideas for newborns. Thanks so much!

  45. That cloud softie is just adorable!
    Happy crafting!

  46. bekki says:

    Nice baby ideas. Thanks

  47. Niechelle Wade says:

    Love the baby crafts! 🙂

  48. Amanda at APO says:

    Cute ideas for little ones.

  49. Kate in MO says:

    So cute!

  50. So many adorable projects! Thanks!

  51. jmj in the usa says:

    love the no sew blanket, can’t wait to try one

  52. Michelle Smith in Michigan says:

    I love the cloud baby softie. So cute and unique!

  53. Patty says:

    Love that Infinity scarf idea!

  54. Shannon in TX says:

    Cute ideas!

  55. Christine Jones says:

    Always on the lookout for adorable baby gifts – thank you!

  56. Whitner in AL says:

    Love those onesies! They would be perfect anytime of year!

  57. Marjolein says:

    some more international gift options 😉 I take a chance….

  58. Joan says:

    The finger puppets are perfect for my daughter’s preschool class.

  59. I love the cloud softies!

  60. Brenda in Washington says:

    ahh… the finger puppets – sooo cute.; the (almost) no sew blanket is a hit. i love the printable labels – and i’d be very happy to win one of these lovely books. thanks for the chance!

  61. Marilyn in WA says:

    Great ideas!!

  62. Ariel says:

    So many fun ideas! Makes me wish there were some babies in the family 🙂 Thanks for all the great ideas and for the giveaways!

  63. Sandy Ross in WA says:

    Really the different take on a rag quilt, could show off cute prints with those big pieces and fewerr seams means a faster quilt!

  64. Linda L. in ON says:

    Love the cloud softies!

  65. Amanda in TX says:

    Those clouds are adorable! 🙂

  66. Elise in GA says:

    Would have loved these when my kiddo has her first Christmas

  67. Megan in VA says:

    My 9 month old loves the few blocks he has. Perhaps making him more would be a hit.

  68. amy says:

    Love that rag quilt! Will try that soon!

  69. Emily from MT says:

    Cute cute CUTE! Love all the tiny stuff!

  70. Heidi Anderson in Wa says:

    Love those soft blocks and the book Sew Adorkable looks super fun!

  71. Kathy h in Pa. says:

    I have a lot of friends who will be new grandmas so love these cute baby ideas.

  72. Erin says:

    The best set yet!

  73. Marian from Georgia says:

    Wish I had some little ones to sew for!

  74. Rita Montgomery says:

    Those ruffled leggings are soooo cute and I really want to make some labels.

  75. Dawn Jones from IN says:

    I love the Log Cabin Baby Quilt.

  76. Morgan D. says:

    very cute ideas – can’t wait to make some for the new babies in my life!

  77. Renea at Iowa says:

    Lots of cute ideas. Thanks for the great giveaway.

  78. Madge in WA says:

    I look forward to each of your handmade holidays, and will definitely miss them once they are over
    And a big THANK YOU to each and every of your sponsors for all of their generosity
    Madge in WA

  79. SS in NH says:

    I like those finger puppets!

  80. Laura L. says:

    Love the nursing infinity cover! I think a niece will be getting one for Christmas!

  81. Oh my gosh these are so precious!

  82. Judith Martinez says:

    I adore the ruffled legwarmers! I might have to enlarge those to make for my 3 year old.

  83. Heidi in SD says:

    <3 Christmas tree softie!

  84. Elena from CA says:


  85. Nikkee in wa says:

    No new babies on our list but these seem like fun ideas!

  86. The Christmas Tree softie is a great idea! The blocks are my go to gift for 1st birthdays.

  87. Stephanie Davis says:

    Definitely making those blocks! – Georgia

  88. Shannon in CO says:

    I love that little embroidered onesie!

  89. Colleen says:

    Samantha Liz always has the best ideas and patterns. Where does she get the time. She’s an awesome Mama!

  90. Rachel B says:

    some real innovation in the baby category. thankyou.

  91. FRe2bfree says:

    The Ragged Log Cabin Baby Quilt looks soft and cute.

  92. Sarah J. in OH says:

    Those finger puppets and adorable! Thanks for more great ideas to add to my to-do list!

  93. Amy in IL says:

    I want to learn how to make the sewing labels.

  94. Heather in WA says:

    Those flannel blocks are a winner!

  95. Cassandra in VA says:

    The sew adorkable book looks cute as well as she wears pants – thanks for the opportunity

  96. Terri in Jersey says:

    love all of these : )

  97. Jen in MA says:

    Thank you for another round of awesome gift ideas!

  98. Sonya M says:

    Very sweet ideas for the little ones. Thanks!

  99. Tonia Jeffery in Oregon says:

    The cloud softies are so cute!

  100. Shawna from NJ says:

    Love the topic today!

  101. sarah in pa says:

    adorable projects.

  102. Eleanor in NC says:

    I love the Christmas tree softie!

  103. Jenn R (FPO/US) says:

    I’d love to do the embroidery on a t-shirt.

  104. Ashlyn in Colorado says:

    Burp cloths are so easy to sew and make great gifts!

  105. Anne marie says:

    These are such great ideas as I have a newborn grand daughter! Thanks!

  106. amber says:

    the finger puppets are adorable and look like they will be quicker than some other patterns I’ve seen.

  107. Annie in CA says:

    Love the nursing scarf!

  108. PG in US zip 09777 says:

    The finger puppets made me smile.

  109. Heather in CA says:

    I was thinking about sewing some little booties for some baby gifts this Christmas.

  110. Mary Ann in SC says:

    I am pregnant now. Need to save these good ideas for next year 🙂

  111. Margo in WA says:

    The Christmas Tree softie is really cute!

  112. Charlotte from MI says:

    I neither have nor want kids, but I’ll remember this for my sister’s future kids!

  113. Ramona from MI says:

    Love the cloud softie! Many fun items today.

  114. Jennifer in CA says:

    Lovely ideas. Thank you for sharing.

  115. Julie From Utah says:

    My sister-in-law just had a baby so most of these are perfect for her!

  116. Cindi in GA says:

    Love the leggings…so cute!

  117. cecile in MN says:

    Great ideas ! Thank you.

  118. Carmen says:

    Squee — these gift ideas are all so cute! (Fingers crossed for the She Wears the Pants book!)

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