Handmade Holidays Nov. 26: Gifts for Grandparents

on November 26 | in Handmade Holidays, Sewing Tutorials + Patterns | by | with 124 Comments

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

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.

One $25 Gift Certificates to Fabric Shoppe
(International winners OK.)

About Fabric Shoppe:
Fabric Shoppe features modern designer fabrics and next day shipping, since 2008.

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

(US addresses with valid street address, no PO boxes please.)

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.

Here are 2015 gift ideas:

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124 Responses to Handmade Holidays Nov. 26: Gifts for Grandparents

  1. Laurie in CO says:

    Grandparents can be so difficult to shop for- thanks for the help!

  2. Christine in CA says:

    I could certainly use one of the kneeling pads!

  3. Amanda in TX says:

    Great ideas! That embroidered pillow is especially fun! 🙂

  4. Ari in NJ says:

    My grandma would love the embroideries.

  5. whitner in AL says:

    i love the embroidered childrens art!

  6. Patty says:

    Love the idea of the embroidered art!

  7. Judy in NY says:

    Love the iphone cozy, great ideas!

  8. Afton says:

    Thank you for the giveaways and ideas.

  9. Alexis in UT says:

    Love the idea of making an embroidered portrait.

  10. Elizabeth in IL says:

    I love the iphone cozy!

  11. Clever ideas!

  12. Jenna in MA says:

    That measurement chart is dead useful!

  13. Emily in AL says:

    Love the embroidered portraits!

  14. Fab ideas and super prizes! Love that Tilda doll…. My wish list and to-do list is growing simultaneously!

  15. Jamie says:

    Oh wow, that chocolate bark looks amazing! We are definitely making it for Christmas!!!!

  16. I think most of us are in agreement that the embroidered art is super cool!

  17. Sarah J. in OH says:

    I love the idea of embroidering children’s artwork- so clever!

  18. Aimee in IN says:

    My mother-in-law would love those embroidered portraits!

  19. Kathy h in Pa. says:

    Great tutorials. That garden kneeler would be great.

  20. Gillian in OR says:

    i love the embroidery ideas.

  21. Gina in MO says:

    The embroidered portrait is something that has been on my list for quite sometime. It would make a great gift any time of year.

  22. Amy in IL says:

    I like the yoga mat holder need to make one of those.

  23. Judi B in VA says:

    The printable size chart is perfect! I also love the embroidered art frame.

  24. Jessie Hansen in NM says:

    Funny to say, I’ve made a few of these already.

  25. Just pinned the fabric memo board!

  26. Anya says:

    The iphone cozy is adorable.

  27. Tina in MT says:

    I like the embroidery portraits. Great idea.

  28. I love the garden kneeler idea!

  29. Lydia in WA says:

    Cranberry Pistachio Chocolate Bark sounds pretty yummy. I know a grandpa who’d really like that.

  30. jane says:

    Great gift ideas and not just for grandparents!

  31. Cristine in tx says:

    Embroidered art would be such a sweet gift.

  32. Amber in CA says:

    I’m not a grandparent nor do I have kids, but maybe I should be. I want to make the yoga bag and the memo board for myself! Great ideas!!

  33. Tammie ND says:

    I like the yoga bag.

  34. Ali from Cali says:

    That bark looks yummy. May need to make some quick. Thanks for the chance.

  35. MARTHAIA IN SC says:

    Enjoy all the different projects,,already have another list..TY…

  36. Pam says:

    I love the embroidered portrait!

  37. Shannon in WA says:

    That crab-pistachio bark is making me salivate in spite of the thanksgiving food coma !

  38. Judith Martinez says:

    I love the embroidered portrait!

  39. Sandy Ross in WA says:

    The embroidered portraits would be very unique.

  40. The embroidered portraits are a great idea! Love those!
    -Jennifer in WI

  41. Love that embroidered art!

  42. SS in NH says:

    That bark looks yummy!

  43. Rebekah says:

    Embroidered art is a fantastic idea!

  44. Shawna from NJ says:

    I enjoyed the embroidery art!

  45. kathyh in OR says:

    The yoga mat bag and the garden kneeler will be great gifts

  46. Beth in Va says:

    Love those soft toys books!

  47. sarah in pa says:

    that chocolate bark sounds great!

  48. Brenda says:

    Not being a grandparent, but being of that age I’d love lots of these. The template for kid sewing measurements is a great idea!!!

  49. Sandy in Ohio says:

    I will have to try those embroidered portraits!

  50. Eleanor in NC says:

    So many great ideas!

  51. jessicac says:

    Love the embroidered art.. could be a great gift for parents too!

  52. Pat Upton says:

    I love the embroidery projects! Gotta try them!

  53. Nupur in GA says:

    The embroidered art and portraits are darling!

  54. Rachel B says:

    I like the garden kneeler. I think I need one before I am a grandmother.

  55. Margo in WA says:

    Great gifts for anyone!

  56. jayne TN says:

    Often forgotten…grandparents are cool!

  57. Joanna in NY says:

    Love the Embroidered Portraits! That will be on my to do list!

  58. Karen A says:

    I’d like to make the garden kneeler.

  59. sangeetha says:

    embroider portrait is awesome – personal and beautiful

  60. Charlotte in Ga says:

    Thank you for the ideas

  61. Heather in VA says:

    The cranberry pistachio bark looks delicious. Thank you for the link.

  62. Julie From Utah says:

    I’m totally sharing this page with my sister, she would love the embroidery tutorials!

  63. Marilyn in WA says:

    Great ideas

  64. Renae in IL says:

    Love all these tutorials – thank you!

  65. Donna in Tx says:

    That embroidered portrait is amazing. Talk about a unique gift. Thanks for another great round up of ideas!

  66. FRe2bfree says:

    The garden kneeler would help me out! Nice book selection. My daughter has Sewing School already – it’s a great book! She loves it.

  67. Michelle Smith in Michigan says:

    The fabric memo board is added to my to do list!

  68. Lee in MI says:

    The iphone cozy is really pretty and love the garden kneeler!! Our grandmother would love it!

  69. Maïlys Arbault says:

    Embroidering children’s art is such a thoughtful thing!
    Happy crafting!

  70. Joan says:

    I am a grandparent so I guess it’s OK if I make a garden kneeler for myself.

  71. I love the garden kneeler!

  72. Cathie says:

    Just love the fabric memo board.

  73. Annie in CA says:

    Love the iPhone cozy!

  74. Janine in SC says:

    The Pistachio & cranberry bark is now on my must try list. Thank you!

  75. Tonia Jeffery in Oregon says:

    The kids’ art display is such a good idea.

  76. Cydnee Gee says:

    Idaho!
    I’ve been looking for a book on English paper piecing, that would be perfect!

  77. Eric in US says:

    The chocolate bark sounds good!

  78. Linda Fleming says:

    Nice selection of ideas for everyone. My favorite is the Embroidered Portraits.

  79. Elise in GA says:

    Great ideas!

  80. Janelle Thietje-Dunn says:

    Seriously, my parents are the hardest to buy/make for.

  81. Heidi in SD says:

    Thanks for the ideas!

  82. Miranda says:

    Love it!

  83. Chiska in WY says:

    I love the embroidered portrait!

  84. Brenda in Washington says:

    I love the yoga mat bag and phone cosy. The bulletin board is pretty nice, too.

  85. Tracy says:

    I love the portraits! Maybe for next year.

  86. Karen McMahon in NY says:

    Great ideas! Is it bad that I want to make the yoga mat holder for myself?

  87. Beth T. in OR says:

    Such thoughtful gifts.

  88. claudia says:

    Transferring kids’ art to embroidery is a fantastic idea, and I think super meaningful for a grandparent.

  89. Ramona from MI says:

    That cranberry pistachio bark looks awesome and would be a nice gift for everybody!

  90. Jennifer in CA says:

    Great ideas. Had the grandparents over for Thanksgiving. We’ll see what we can do for Christmas. Thanks for all these.

  91. Sue says:

    I am the grandparent who has everything!

  92. JMJ in the usa says:

    More great Ideas thanks

  93. Shannon in TX says:

    Fun ideas! Thank you!

  94. Sarah in AL says:

    That chocolate bark looks delicious! The projects look great too!

  95. Delia in VA says:

    I really like the embroidered pillows!

  96. Whitney in ME says:

    The iphone case it cute!

  97. barbara says:

    Yoga mat for mee

  98. Niechelle Wade says:

    Good post

  99. Minn says:

    The yoga mat bag would be great for my mom – a grandma!

  100. Mandi in CO says:

    Great embroidery projects!

  101. Julia says:

    The embroidered art is a fabulous idea. Would make a nice gift for a child too – embroider one of their own drawings on a little pillow.

  102. Kathryn in VA says:

    Some of these ideas are great for parents too.

  103. Terri in NJ says:

    Tilda’s toy box looks sweet!

  104. Kayla says:

    These prizes are great!

  105. Renea at Iowa says:

    Lots of nice ideas for us grandparents. Thanks for the great giveaway.

  106. Donel in IA says:

    Thanks for all the great ideas!

  107. Dawn Jones from Indiana says:

    The garden zinger lets a great idea.

  108. Kristie in WA says:

    I love the embroidered portraits. Even better if the kids make them for their grandparents.

  109. Robin E. in AZ says:

    Great projects! The embroidered art one is especially clever. Thank you for sharing.

  110. Ashlyn in CO says:

    The embroidered art looks like such an easy, special idea!

  111. Nikkee in wa says:

    The embroidered portrait is cute!!

  112. Cyndi in CA says:

    Those embroidered portraits look like fun.

  113. Angie in LA says:

    The embroidered artwork is a great idea. And the growth chart.

  114. Laura in Oh says:

    Embroidered art is a great idea. The grandparents would love it.

  115. Barbara says:

    Love the garden kneeler (not just for grandparents!).

  116. Anne Marie says:

    These are such wonderful grandparent ideas – thanks.

  117. Mandi in MO says:

    Cute ideas!

  118. Heidi Anderson in Wa says:

    These are all wonderful (like always) love the embroidered art and pillows!

  119. Kati in FL says:

    I like the embroidered kids art. Fun.

  120. Mama Squirrel (Canada) says:

    What interesting grandparents with the yoga mats and ipods! I think my husband would like one of those garden kneelers too.

    • Beth says:

      Grandparents are hip these days!

  121. Tina in NJ says:

    The yoga mat bag would be great for a lot of people, myself included!

  122. Heather in CA says:

    The embroidered portrait looks amazing!

  123. Mary Ann in SC says:

    The embroidered art is a clever idea!

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