Handmade Holidays Nov. 25: Warm + Cozy Gifts

on November 25 | in Handmade Holidays, Sewing Tutorials + Patterns | by | with 131 Comments

It’s getting cold around here! Warm up with Ashlee’s gift ideas for holiday giving. Everyone will love an extra bit of “cozy” this year.


Today’s Guest Curator: Ashlee from Smash Knits

From Ashlee:
I’m a Canadian gal living on the cold, COLD prairies– knitting, sewing and DIY-ing up a storm. I’ve been able to turn my need to craft into a little side business (Smash Knits) that keepsp me busy in the winter months via Etsy, Instagram and local craft bazaars. When I’m not knitting to Netflix or hunched over behind my vintage Viking sewing machine, I love spending time with family, friends, my boyfriend Smash Knits and our little feline family, doing yoga, reading and traveling. “Happiness is Handmade” is my mantra, and I’m so thankful for the amazing handmade community that connects us all.

Living in “Winterpeg” as it’s (somewhat) affectionately known, I have a strong love for all things sunny and hot; I milk as much out of our summers as possible. When it’s not possible to be on the beach, the bulkier and cushier my clothing and accessories are, the better. And flannel? Can’t get enough. I’m excited to share the following list of tutorials; hopefully they will bring some warmth and coziness to your world this winter!

Find Ashlee at Smash Knits or peruse her many warm and cozy hats, scarves, booties and more in the Smash Knits shop!

Make It


Giant Knit Pillow
Use your arm to knit this Giant Pillow from Simply Maggie!


Pocket Handwarmers
Give a set of Jamielyn’s Pocket Handwarmers at I Heart Naptime to everyone on your list who loves skiing, sledding, snowboarding, winter hikes…


Ear Flap Hat
We love this stylin’ (and warm!) Ear Flap Hat from Delia Creates. (Everything she creates is good!)


Plaid Fringed Throw Blanket
Autumn’s Plaid Fringed Throw Blanket at It’s Always Autumn is super-easy, and a nice addition to the living room for the holidays!


Heating Pad with Essential Oils
Jessica shows you how to add essential oils to this Heating Pad at Living Chic on the Cheap for warm, healing relief.


PJ Gift Set
Melissa’s PJ Gift Set at Melly Sews is a great family gift option. If you’re ambitious you could make a set for the cousins, or for all of the siblings.


Fur + Flannel Stockings
The Girl Inspired has luxe Fur + Flannel Stockings for your holiday decor. (Psst: They’re easy to make!)

Related tutorials you might enjoy: 10 Gifts to Sew + Give for Winter Warmth, SJP Knock-Off Wool Cape

Mix It


Homemade Hot Chocolate
Live Simply’s Homemade Hot Chocolate can be made in bulk for teacher and coach gifts, or for extended family gift packages.



Vanilla Sugar Cookie Body Scrub Soak
Learn how to make Vanilla Sugar Cookie Body Scrub Soak at Hello Natural. It’s a nice gift for friends, especially when paired with a special soap or bright nail polish.

Print It


Plaid Christmas Printables
Kristi has several Plaid Christmas Printables for you to download at I Should be Mopping the Floor. Don’t you love all of the free printables this year?!

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.

$25 Gift Certificate to Mad About Patchwork
(International winners OK.)

About Mad About Patchwork:
Mad About Patchwork is a boutique online shop featuring a curated selection of fabrics from your favorite modern designers, along with a great range of modern basics. They keep their fabric inventory fresh and fun, so they can stock the newest offerings for you.

Basics include over 200 bolts of Kona cotton, the full collection of shot cottons from Westminster, and Essex Cotton/Linen blend in a variety of colors.

The online shop operates from a commercial location in rural Ottawa, Canada with the option to shop in person five days a week. They offer personalized assistance for all of their customers and affordable shipping rates. Outstanding customer service is their guarantee!

Wild Things to Sew and Wear: 15 Animal-Themed Garments and Accessories for Your Little Critters

(US shipping only.)

Author: Molly Goodall
Publisher: St. Martin’s Griffin

Everyone has a little wildness inside; now you can make these charming animal- inspired designs so your children can have the fun of wearing it proudly on the outside! This collection of 15 animal-themed garments and accessories includes easy-to-follow patterns to suit all skill levels, from beginner to advanced, and in a range of sizes. These are simple, bold, and playful clothes that your child won’t want to take off. Learn how to create adorable wearables in the shape of woodland animals, wild animals, and farm animals, including a lion or fox coat, an owl hat, a leopard skirt, kitten mittens, and more. A comprehensive techniques section shows you how to lay out the pattern pieces on the fabric, transfer markings, and cut with confidence. The combination of classic tailoring techniques mixed with contemporary styling makes for timeless garments sure to be treasured for years. As an added bonus, a pattern CD is also included!

Stylish Skirts: 23 Simple Designs to Flatter Every Figure

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Author: Sato Watanabe
Publisher: Tuttle Publishing

Sew chic and original skirts with this stylish sewing book.

Stylish Skirts is the English edition of a popular Japanese sew-it-yourself fashion book which allows you to create simple yet stylish skirts that look and feel great—at a fraction of the cost of store-bought fashion. With this Japanese Sewing book, there’s no end to the kinds of skirts you can create to match your body shape, your taste in fabrics and colors, and your mood (not to mention your favorite tops, shoes and accessories)! The instructions and diagrams are a snap to follow and provide a huge variety of styles—from ultra-feminine to artfully disheveled. All 23 skirt designs in this book look great in different fabrics, colors, prints and textures—so the options are truly endless. The enclosed DIY sewing instructions make cutting and sewing these skirts a breeze.

Author Sato Watanabe has written many of the most popular Japanese sewing books on the market. In this new book, she shows you how to make professional-quality skirts easily and inexpensively at home. She studied clothing and accessory design at Tokyo’s famous Bunka Fashion College before beginning a career as a magazine editor, eventually turning her writing skills to creating bestselling books!

All Points Patchwork: English Paper Piecing beyond the Hexagon for Quilts & Small Projects

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Author: Diane Gilleland
Publisher: Storey Publishing

The key to perfect patchwork is getting all of the points to match up– which is no easy feat! Thanks to the rediscovery of a traditional technique known as English paper piecing, success is now possible for quilters of all levels. By cutting the desired shapes from paper, basting the paper to the back of your fabric, and then hand-sewing the pieces together, you’ll ensure perfectly matched points every time. This complete course in English paper piecing takes you far beyond traditional hexagons with step-by-step photos showing you how to connect triangles, octagons, diamonds, jewels, triangles, tumblers, pentagons, and curved shapes. It even provides dozens of ideas for incorporating the pattern designs into clothing, pillows, quilts, and home decor items!

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

Here are 2015 gift ideas:

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131 Responses to Handmade Holidays Nov. 25: Warm + Cozy Gifts

  1. Laurie in CO says:

    Love the pj gift set.

  2. Christine in CA says:

    The knit pillow looks like fun!

  3. Amanda in TX says:

    Fun ideas! I especially love that pillow! 🙂

  4. whitner in AL says:

    hot chocolate…mmm….

  5. The PJ Gift Set is such a cute idea!

  6. Deidre in Canada! says:

    PJs are always the perfect gift! Thanks for the chance to win!

  7. Elizabeth in IL says:

    I love heating pads, they’re so nice for your hands~

  8. Love the plaid and PJs!

  9. Jenna in MA says:

    I love that flannel throw!

  10. Emily in AL says:

    Love the PJs!

  11. Tina in Montana says:

    Cute ear flap hat.

  12. Lydia in WA says:

    I have two grandsons living in colder climates and who would look just adorable in flap ear hats.

  13. Amy in IL says:

    I would love to try the sweater pillow knit on your arm.

  14. Judi B in VA says:

    Might have to take some inspiration from those fur and flannel stockings for our newest little.

  15. Pajama pants gift set going on the list. So cute!

  16. Anya says:

    My nephew would look so cute in that ear flap hat!

  17. NJL says:

    Thanks for sharing. I love the giant knit pillow! There’s also some really cute stuff in the Wild Things to Sew and Wear book.

  18. Oh homemade hot chocolate. Yum!

  19. Patty in MN says:

    The flap is so cuute. Like the plaid gift tags too.

  20. Cristine in tx says:

    I love the knitted pillow, I’ve never tried arm knitting, so it’d be something new and fun.

  21. Ali from Cali says:

    Fringed throw is a great idea.

  22. Shannon says:

    THAT PILLOW!

  23. Judith Martinez says:

    The pocket hand warmers would make a perfect gift for my oldest daughter!

  24. SS in NH says:

    I want to arm knit a pillow!

  25. Brenda says:

    Great ideas. Love that cap and those hand warmers. And that hot chocolate . . . enough said.

  26. Karen A says:

    I really like the flannel fringed throw.

  27. Amy in IL says:

    Who doesn’t like ‘warm and cozy’?! Some great gift ideas here. Thanks!

  28. FRe2bfree says:

    Pajamas in a matching bag makes a very nice gift.

  29. Niechelle Wade says:

    Love the recipes, too. 🙂

  30. Michelle Smith in Michigan says:

    Love the earflap hat!

  31. Jennifer W in SC says:

    The ear flap hat is very cute!

  32. Cydnee in Idaho says:

    English paper piecing! Pick me!

  33. Tonia Jeffery in Oregon says:

    I really like the knit pillow.

  34. Fawn says:

    heating pad with essential oils is on my list!

  35. Beth T. in OR says:

    Lots of great gift ideas on this list–and still time to make them!

  36. claudia says:

    Love the big knit pillows, quick to make and useful.

  37. Anna (64ColorBox) in FL says:

    I so want to try arm knitting, but living in FL doesn’t provide much opportunity to use knitted items.

  38. Brianna in PA says:

    I am intrigued by the Giant Knit Pillow – especially since it uses arm knitting! Never heard of that. Also, those PJs are adorable.

  39. Minn says:

    The fur and flannel stockings are adorable!

  40. fenna says:

    the homemade hot chocolate looks yummy!!!1

  41. Kristie in WA says:

    The earflap hat is just the pattern I’ve been looking for. Thanks!

  42. Margaret in WA says:

    Should have started in January with pj..

  43. Robin E. in AZ says:

    My college student needs those handwarmers! Thank you!

  44. Angie in LA says:

    Hot chocolate, pajamas, and knit pillows. Done.

  45. Mandi in MO says:

    Love the ear flap hat!

  46. KL in VA says:

    Definitely making PJ sets!

  47. jessicac says:

    Think I might need to make some sugar scrub.. for myself!

  48. Mandi in CO says:

    I’ve made pocket hand warmers before – great! I like the PJ set too

  49. Sandy in Ohio says:

    I have to make the hand warmers and the fringed throw!

  50. Sandra says:

    Great warm and cozy ideas. Thanks for the giveways.

  51. Monique says:

    That knit pillow is fantastic!

  52. Jayne TN says:

    I wish I knew how to knit! Fabulous gifts!

  53. Irene Smith-Vos says:

    oh that knitted pillow, my kitty-cat and I want to burrow in there and never come out!

  54. Beth in VA says:

    Perfect read for a cold day like this!

  55. Donna in Tx says:

    What is it about pj’s that I always love that idea? And that body scrub…what about hot chocolate and a book for a relaxing evening. Thanks for the ideas!

  56. Megan says:

    I think I’m going to tackle those pjs.

  57. Heidi in SD says:

    Cute stockings!

  58. That knit pillow is just gorgeous!
    Happy crafting!

  59. Ooh homemade hot chocolate, lovely!

  60. Delia in VA says:

    My friend is getting the sugar scrub & soak for Christmas!

  61. Heather in WA says:

    Love the pajamas and coordinating bags!

  62. Dawn Jones from Indiana says:

    The PJ set is really cute.

  63. Pam says:

    I can imagine any of these wonderful gifts under the tree! Thanks so much for sharing them!

  64. MC in Alberta says:

    Ooh, I think I’ll be needing to make some of those hand warmers to try out.

  65. Ashlyn in CO says:

    The hand warmers make such great gifts!

  66. Marilyn in WA says:

    Great ideas!

  67. Nicole says:

    Living in Edmonton, I definitely understand the urge to sew cozy items.
    Nicole from Canada

  68. Janelle Thietje-Dunn says:

    Oh my word! That ear flap hat!

  69. Melanie C in WA says:

    Love the flannel throw and hand warmers.

  70. Heather says:

    Another great list!

  71. Renea at Iowa says:

    Such cute projects. I love the Ear Flap Hat. Thanks for the great giveaway.

  72. DebbieKL in NY says:

    Love the PJs!

  73. Jim M in NC says:

    Looks like some great gift ideas in this post.

  74. Marjory W says:

    Love the pocket handwarmers and the big knit pillow!

  75. Heather in CA says:

    I could use some warm gifts today! Chilly and raining here…

  76. Miranda says:

    Thanks for the giveaway!

  77. Kristyn Lohoff says:

    First visit to your site. Loved it!!

  78. Eric in US says:

    My wife made me pocket handwarmers last year and they really do work.

  79. Sue says:

    Love the heating pad idea!

  80. Pat Upton says:

    I love the arm knit pillow! What fun!

  81. sarah in pa says:

    great projects, love the earflap hat.

  82. rose in UK says:

    would like to enter the gift cert draw please (international reader)

  83. Eleanor in NC says:

    I love all the plaid, and the hot chocolate too!

  84. Diane in VA says:

    Ashlee, it’s wonderful to meet you:)
    The Vanilla Sugar Cookie scrub sounds divine….I am foraging my kitchen cupboards now, thankyou! As does the lavender scented heating pad….ooo!

  85. Lee in MI says:

    The stockings are fabulous!!

  86. Julie From Utah says:

    Wonderful tutorials. Thanks for the giveaway!

  87. Kristel says:

    I’ve been meaning for a long time to find a recipe for a sugar scrub… now I don’t have to!

  88. Marian from Georgia says:

    Please, please me!

  89. Charlotte in Ga says:

    Good ideas again! Thanks!

  90. That ear flap hat! Adorable!! Thanks for the fun ideas!

  91. Mary Ann in SC says:

    The pocket hand warmers look great!

  92. Laura in Oh says:

    The giant knit pillow is great. I am not a knitter but my mother is. I will have to send her the lick. Maybe she will make it for me. 🙂

  93. JMJ in the USA says:

    love the ear flap hat, everyone needs one!!!!

  94. Kathy h in Pa. says:

    I love that flap hat, so cute.

  95. kathyh in OR says:

    Might need that ear flap hat today – brrr… it’s cold outside

  96. Emily from MT says:

    I’m all for being cozy! Nice to see stuff from another fellow cold climate person!

  97. Christine says:

    The ear flap hat is so cute, and I love the idea of home-made hot cocoa mix. I’ve never heard of Mad About Patchwork, I’d love an excuse to check them out!

  98. Jennifer in CA says:

    Warm things are good. It’s chilly today and I’m shivering as I read this. Thanks for sharing all the great ideas.

  99. L in NJ says:

    I bookmarked the hat tutorial!

  100. Sangeetha says:

    Love those cute little pjs

  101. Patty says:

    Love that homemade hot cocca idea.

  102. karen in CA USA says:

    Those hand warmers are cute!

  103. Alexis in UT says:

    I really love the jammies and the ear flap hat! Two for the list!

  104. Nikkee in wa says:

    Great ideas! Love the fur stockings

  105. Oh, the handwarmers and the hot chocolate mix will be perfect for my kiddo to make!

  106. Margo in WA says:

    I love that arm knit pillow!

  107. Terri in Jersey says:

    loving all these gifts especially the pjs. : )

  108. Sonya M says:

    I need to make stockings and pajamas for the family this year, thanks for the ideas!

  109. Laura in MD says:

    Ohh, I think I might have to try to make PJ pants for my family this year – how cute!

  110. Heidi Anderson in Wa says:

    Pj’s are adorable!!

  111. Shawna from NJ says:

    The hand warmers would make a good gift for someone I know!

  112. Warm & cozy ideas are perfect for my Canadian Christmas. Something snuggly + some hot chocolate = perfection!

  113. Annie in CA says:

    Cute PJs!

  114. Marlana in MO says:

    That arm knit pillow looks like a great way to use up some stash yarn. I know someone who would love one of those!

  115. Elizabeth says:

    The pocket hand warmers are a great idea!

  116. Rachel B says:

    It would be nice to bundle the Ear Flap Hat and the Hand Warmers together.

  117. Allison C says:

    Love that pillow idea!

  118. Whitney in ME says:

    Those pillows look warm and snugly!

  119. Kellie Warren says:

    I neeeeed both the knit pillow and the homemade hot chocolate in my life right now! I could use a little R&R 🙂
    Kellie in Oklahoma

  120. Anne Marie says:

    Love all these “warm” ideas!

  121. Susan_in_LA says:

    So many great ideas!

  122. Crystal Rose in MN says:

    I am so bookmarking that cocoa link. I’ve been needing a good recipe to try.

  123. Sarah O says:

    i’m obsessed with giant knits! that pillow is awesome!

  124. Heather in VA says:

    I make flannel pj’s for my girls each Christmas. It’s such a fun tradition.

  125. Afton in NM says:

    Matching PJ pants would be so fun!

  126. Amber in CA says:

    We are having a cold snap this week ;). Its 37 outside right now with a high of 54F. Brrr! I’m going to make some hand warmers today and maybe a sugar scrub. Thanks for the great ideas!

  127. Nupur in GA says:

    I think I’ll make a couple of throw blankets as a gift to myself! Nice ideas here.

  128. Ramona from MI says:

    I really like the beautiful arm knit pillow.

  129. Marya from NJ says:

    Loving that ear flap hat!!! I have neice and nephew that would love this!

  130. Ginger in MD says:

    Love the fringed throw….

  131. Cathie says:

    Just love the PJ sets

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