Shower the grandparents with useful, handcrafted gifts this year. Yes, you can find something they don’t already have!

We wish all of our U.S. readers a very Happy Thanksgiving today. We hope you have time to eat, laugh and be merry with friends and family. Let the holiday festivities begin!loha


Today’s Guest Curator: Fiona from Celtic Thistle Stitches

From Fiona: I’m Fiona and I love traveling, trying out new things and sewing, especially for my family. I blog about all three at Celtic Thistle Stitches, where I host a monthly New to Me Link Party to celebrate the highs and lows of trying something for the first time! I also host the monthly Ho, Ho, Ho + On We Sew Link Party in an effort to be more organized with my Christmas and holiday crafting. This year I have the extra pleasure of shopping at my daughter-in-law’s Etsy shop PeskyDesigns. It feels great to finally have a fellow stitcher in the family!

Make It


Garden Kneeler
This easy to sew Garden Kneeler is a project from Torie Jayne’s gorgeous book Stylish Home Sewing, published by CICO Books (photography by Susie Bell © CICO Books). It’s available at Elephant in my Handbag. This is great for keeping knees comfortable when you pull out weeds!


Embroidered Portraits
Jilly Hollmann has tons of tips to help you make beautiful, custom Embroidered Portraits here at Sew Mama Sew.



Yoga Mat Bag
Vanessa at Crafty Gemini created this smart Yoga Mat Bag that an older grandchild with some supervision could rustle up for their flexible grandparent.


Fabric Memo Board
This Fabric Memo Board from Organized Home is the perfect place to display handmade cards and family photos.


iPhone Cozy
Raid that bead and button tin for an iPhone Cozy for stylish, on the go grandparents, from Elefantz.


Embroidered Art
Give children’s drawings a permanent home! Translate them into Embroidered Art with this easy tutorial from Pillar Box Blue.

Related tutorials you might enjoy: More Gifts for Grandparents, Even More Gifts for Grandparents

Mix It


Cranberry Pistachio Chocolate Bark
Grandchildren will have fun tossing together the ingredients for this delicious Love & Lemons Cranberry Pistachio Chocolate Bark treat.

Print It


Measurement Chart Template
Threading My Way helps grandparents keep track of growing grandchildren and avoid expensive or time-consuming clothes buying/making mistakes with this handy PDF Measurement Chart Template.

Win It

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Tilda’s Toy Box: Sewing Patterns for Soft Toys and More from the Magical World of Tilda

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Author: Tone Finnanger
Publisher: David & Charles

Latest must-have collection from bestselling craft designer Tone Finnanger a.k.a. Tilda who brings her talents to soft toys, gifts and home accessories for children.

Tilda’s new book will show you how to make a wide range of beautiful soft toys and gifts for kids, plus amazing accessories for their bedrooms. Discover simple sewing patterns for adorably plump dolls with a range of outfits and accessories, cute jungle creatures like monkeys, and sea-themed creations – pirates, whales and fish–all reproduced at full-size to trace from the page.

Exquisitely presented in her trademark style, this book will delight Tilda fans everywhere with its achievable patterns and charming styled photography.

Sew Sweet Creatures: Make Adorable Plush Animals and Their Accessories

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Author: Mollie Johanson
Publisher: Lark Crafts

No one can resist a stitched softie! From a pig clad in a superhero costume to a catnapping kitty hugging a tiny toy owl, these 16 plush creatures really are “sew sweet.” Crafters will love them all, including a Fairy Mouse with sequined wings and a wand; a Baker Squirrel in her chef’s outfit; and a Polar Princess Polar Bear. Each one comes with personalized accessories and a short introductory story.

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!

Sewing School: 21 Sewing Projects Kids Will Love to Make

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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.

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