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!
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$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

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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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