Handmade Holidays Nov. 28: We Heart Christmas

on November 28 | in Handmade Holidays, Sewing Tutorials + Patterns | by | with 136 Comments

It’s hearts all around with today’s gift ideas! Share the love this holiday season…

Related tutorials you might enjoy: Quilted Heart Placemats, Sweetheart Quilt Block, Scrappy Heart Zip Pouch, Machine-Stitched Fabric Heart Garland, Felt Heart Pins


Today’s Guest Curator: Sara at Made by Sara

From Sara: I was a full time corporate woman who turned stay-at-home mom after giving birth to my third child, four years ago. I started to sew on my early childhood in the endless summer holidays spent at my granny’s; she was a dressmaker. I loved to grab her fabric scraps and vintage buttons to make doll clothes. Nowadays I sew for my kids and for myself, and I share my makings over Made by Sara.

I work part-time as a freelance content creator for a few sewing blogs and websites. I also teach other women to sew for free, because the best things in life are for free.

You can also find me sharing daily life snips on Instagram or sharing tutorials and things that inspire me on Pinterest.

Make It


Be Good To Your Heart Quilt Block
Amy Smart designed this Be Good To Your Heart Quilt Block, which looks good with lots of different fabric combinations.


#lovewinshearts Quilt Block
Spread the joy with a #lovewinshearts Quilt Block from Amy of Badskirt for Sew Mama Sew.


Merry Mug Rug
This Merry Mug Rug from Jennifer at Ellison Lane is quick and easy to make. Add some Mix It cider (below) and you’re set!


Upcycled Heart Hand Warmers
Stephanie’s Upcycled Heart Hand Warmers at Swoodson Says are a classic (great for Valentine’s gifts too).


Patchwork Heart Zipper Pouch
Sara Curtis uses a cut-out heart technique for her Patchwork Heart Zipper Pouch at Radiant Home Studio.


Heart Rattle Toy
Amanda from AmandaRose for Paisley Roots shows you how to make easy Heart Rattle Toys, a nice project to do in large batches for kids in the neighborhood, etc.


Fabric Covered Notebook
Deby’s Fabric Covered Notebook incorporates a fun reverse appliqué technique.


Heart String Art
Heart String Art from Mandy at Sugar Bee Crafts is a great winter break tween project!


Crochet Heart Gift Tags
Kelly’s easy Crochet Heart Gift Tags add an adorable extra touch to your gift giving.


Embroidered Heart
We like the subtle sophistication of Abby’s Embroidered Heart, at Projects for Your Nest.

Mix It


(Spiked) Maple Apple Cider
Add some (Spiked) Maple Apple Cider to your handmade holiday prep, from the talented team at A Beautiful Mess.

Print It


Christmas Tags Printable
Here’s another free Christmas Tags Printable from Sarah at TOMFO.

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 Certificate to Fabricworm

(International winners OK.)

About Fabricworm:
Fabricworm.com sells modern fabric for quilting, apparel, home decor and many other craft items. We carry one of the largest selections of organic cotton fabric and imported fabrics on the world wide web. Whether you’re sewing for boys, girls, or yourself, you’ll find a beautiful curated selection of whimsical prints, as limitless as a child’s imagination.

Bold & Beautiful Easy-Sew Clothes: 15 Unstructured Designs That Fit and Flatter Every Shape, and Are Simple to Make

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Author: Habibe Acikgoz
Publisher: St. Martin’s Griffin

Sew stylish separates featuring swinging silhouettes that flatter every body type. The tunics, vests, dresses, jackets, and skirts are both easy and comfortable to wear, and with one-size-fits-all construction they are easily made up and adaptable to make a look that suits you. Included are concise instructions for getting the fit right, and choosing fabrics, plus all the dressmaking basics every sewer needs to know to make up the projects in the book. Additionally, there are a variety of ideas for making the clothes your own, including how to alter the fit to suit your shape or style, or personalize your pieces with pockets, pleats, and drawstrings.

– Each piece has been designed with flowing, elegant lines that skim the body, to create a bold, dramatic and very flattering silhouette.

– These beautiful clothes are as easy to make as they are to wear – just print out the pattern in your size from the CD, and follow the straightforward step-by-step instructions in the book.

– Illustrated guides explain all the sewing skills you need to construct each garment and give it the perfect finishing touch.

Quilt Local: Finding Inspiration in the Everyday (with 40 Projects)

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Author: Heather Jones
Publisher: Stewart, Tabori and Chang

For Heather Jones, inspiration can be anywhere. For her debut book, Quilt Local, she designed a collection of 20 quilts, each inspired by objects and places close to home—country roads, cityscapes, street signs—the landscape of her existence. Then, in a fascinating exercise in color theory and design play, she reworked each one in a second palette to show what a striking difference just a few basic changes can make.

Pattern by pattern, Jones takes readers behind the scenes of her process, sharing photographs of her sources of inspiration, sketchbook pages, and the finished quilts. In addition, she offers an accessible lesson in color theory as it applies to quiltmaking.

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

Here are 2015 gift ideas:

We respect the copyright of all crafters. All photos are used with permission from the artist.

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136 Responses to Handmade Holidays Nov. 28: We Heart Christmas

  1. Samantha in CA says:

    I love these ideas! Thank you!

  2. Laurie in CO says:

    Love the quilt blocks- thank you!

  3. Alexis in UT says:

    Love the rainbow heart quilt block. Thanks for sharing.

  4. Brenda in NE says:

    Love the Merry Mug Rug. Would like to see it made larger to hang on a wall.

  5. Ali from Cali says:

    Great heart ideas. Thanks for the chance.

  6. Christine in CA says:

    All the hearts are so sweet! I love the mug rug!

  7. Amanda in TX says:

    Such cute ideas! Love the hand warmers and the heart rattles! 🙂

  8. lucia in Canada says:

    I plan to make the embroidered heart this weekend- beautiful. and the gift tags will come in handy. A beautiful compilation of crafts!

  9. Ari says:

    The hand warmers look adorable.

  10. Jodie in nj says:

    Maple apple cider – yes!

  11. Michelle Smith in Michigan says:

    I love the upcycled heart handwarmers!

  12. whitner in AL says:

    i *heart* these!

  13. Laura in MD says:

    I would love to try that string art! Thanks for the giveaway!

  14. Patty says:

    Clever use of the hearts to make that tree.

  15. Claire Ross says:

    i am loving the fabric covered notebook.
    Claire, USA

  16. Rita Long says:

    The heart ideas are great.

  17. Judy in NY says:

    The patchwork zipper pouch is super cute!

  18. Beth T. in OR says:

    These projects are making my heart beat faster!

  19. Cristine in tx says:

    These ideas all look pretty easy, and sweet.

  20. Sandy Ross in WA says:

    Need to remember a couple of these for Valentine’s Day.

  21. Cydnee in ID says:

    I really want to win all points patchwork. Of course i’d be thrilled to win anything. Great sponsors!

  22. kathyh in OR says:

    “…the best things in life are free…” Teaching others to sew is inspiring,

  23. Jayne TN says:

    I heart christmas too! Even more now!

  24. karen in CA USA says:

    I love Badskirt’s patterns!

  25. sarah o says:

    the heart string art is beautiful!

  26. Emily C says:

    Love the crocheted cards. too cute.

  27. Lynnette says:

    I love all the hearts – especially appropriate for those that love the Christmas season. Thanks for all the great tutorials, ideas and opportunities to win cool stuff!

  28. Elizabeth in IL says:

    I love the white embroidered heart, so subtle and pretty!

  29. What a sweet list!

  30. Melissa Meinhard says:

    I really need to try the reverse applique pattern, love it!

  31. Emily in AL says:

    Love the string art heart!

  32. Karen A says:

    The Merry Mug Rug is really cute!

  33. Beth in VA says:

    The heart tree is wonderful!

  34. I “heart” these projects!

  35. Mary Ann in SC says:

    So many cute ideas. Love the rattles.

  36. Audrey says:

    Love all the hearts!

  37. Aimee in IN says:

    Great ideas. Thank you!

  38. Jamie says:

    What a great collection of tutorials!

  39. Mandi in CO says:

    The Love Wins quilt is so fantastic!

  40. Angie in LA says:

    These are all lovely and will be on my sewing list all year. Thank you

  41. Nikkee in wa says:

    Been meaning to try string art, this looks cute and simple!

  42. Judith Martinez says:

    I’m a total sucker for tone on tone embroidery so I adore that heart embroidery. Lots of really sweet ideas.

  43. Delia in VA says:

    I like the heart hand warmer & the lovely hand tree.

  44. jessicac says:

    The simplicity of the white on white embroidery is beautiful!

  45. Kathy h in Pa. says:

    We used to do string art with the kids. So love the string art heart. Plus all the other hear ideas.

  46. Pam L. says:

    So many cute gift ideas! I {heart} all of them! Thank you, Sara!

  47. Melanie C in WA says:

    The heart hand warmers are too cute!

  48. Shannon in TX says:

    Cute ideas! Thank you!

  49. Rena in GA says:

    I <3 all the heart projects!

  50. Rachel B says:

    I especially love the heart tree mug rug.

  51. Mamalusco says:

    Adorable heart ideas!

  52. Janelle Thietje-Dunn says:

    That “Quilt Local” book looks fascinating!

  53. KL in VA says:

    I love the handwarmers!

  54. Christine says:

    The heart handwarmers are beautiful, my hands feel warmer just looking at them. Fabric worm is one of my favorite places to shop for children’s fabrics.

  55. Renea at Iowa says:

    Such cute heart projects. Thanks for the wonderful giveaway.

  56. Minn says:

    The embroidered heart is so pretty! I think it would be a fast way to learn different hand stitches.

  57. Barbara says:

    Love the mug rug. Just looking at it makes me happy!

  58. Marilyn in WA says:

    Great ideas!

  59. I think I need to make some of those hand warmers for myself! Very cute!

  60. Heather in VA says:

    My daughter was born on Valentine’s Day so these are perfect gifts for her. Thank you.

  61. Robin E. in AZ says:

    I heart Sew Mama Sew! Thank you for wonderful projects for this season, and all year long.

  62. Diane in VA says:

    Sara, thank you so much for curating the I Heart goodies. Loving the Zipper pouch and quilt block!

  63. Cynthia says:

    Oh, I have to make that cider! I’m finishing up some mug rugs as part of some Christmas presents, that would go well .

  64. Allison C says:

    Like the string art idea!

  65. Eleanor in NCq says:

    My kids will love making the string art!

  66. Nupur in GA says:

    I’m been wanting to try reverse applique- the notebook cover is such a great idea!

  67. Gina in MO says:

    Is there such a thing as too many pouches? I think not, which is why I’ll eventually make the Patchwork Heart Zipper Pouch (reverse appliqué!) as a gift for someone on my Christmas list.

  68. Brenna Jacobs says:

    Love these hearts!
    Virginia

  69. Rose says:

    International reader here – would love that enter the gift cert draw please

  70. Ginger in MD says:

    I love covering notebooks or making notebooks and giving them unique covers, and that reverse appliqué looks like something worth trying.

  71. mary says:

    I love the heart zip pouch, going to see if I can squeeze in time to make one today!

  72. Irene Smith-Vos says:

    OH, I <3 these ideas today! Thank you

  73. Ellee in California says:

    The string art heart is a perfect project for my teenage granddaughter. I know she and I will enjoy making several for gifts.

  74. Joan says:

    Hearts are a favorite to use in so many ways.

  75. Afton says:

    That Merry Mug Rug is darling.

  76. Ariel says:

    Would absolutely love to win the gift certificate to fabricworm! I still have a quite few crafty gifts to buy supplies for (and all these fun handmade holidays posts are only making my list longer 🙂 ). Thanks for the chance!

  77. Annie in CA says:

    Love the #lovewins quilt! I have a four-year old obsessed with rainbows, and that looks perfect. Plus, love wins! <3

  78. Heather in WA says:

    That mug rug is so cheery! I also love the little crocheted heart gift tags.

  79. FRe2bfree says:

    I like the #lovewinshearts quilt block and the string art.

  80. Dawn Jones from Indiana says:

    I like the Zipper Pouch.

  81. Stephanie says:

    I love that embroidered heart!

  82. Chiska says:

    I love that heart embroidery!

  83. STH says:

    I do like that combination of mug rug and cider, and I may have the perfect recipient in mind for that . . . .

  84. --anu says:

    I think this is my favorite list this year!

  85. That mug rug is adorable, especially enlarged to be a wall hanging!

  86. Amy in IL says:

    Love the heart string art.

  87. Carrie in NY says:

    LOVE the mug rug! That would be a cute wall hanging too!

  88. Judi B in VA says:

    I like the upcycled heart hand warmers. Clever and cute idea!

  89. Lee in MI says:

    I am loving the We Heart Christmas ideas!! The notebook cover is cute and I love the clever gift tags!

  90. Brenda in Washington says:

    The merry mug rug is so cute with the hearts – and Christmas-y too!

  91. I love the fabric covered notebooks with their hearts.

  92. Charlotte in GA says:

    I <3 all the ideas today! Thanks

  93. darlene in wa says:

    so, is this where you comment to win a prize {fabricworm’s gift cert.???} there ain’t no one here but me .. so, this is a lovely compilation of heart projects … will do the string art when we go to grandkids for christmas …. i hope i’m in the right place ….

    darlene in wa ….

  94. Shawna from NJ says:

    The heart theme is such a nice thing

  95. Jessie Hansen in NM says:

    Several of today’s gifts caught my eye. Why isn’t my Pinterest up yet?

  96. Anya says:

    String art! I remember doing that in the 2nd grade and absolutely loving it!

  97. Rita Montgomery says:

    Fabricworm fabrics are so yummy to look at. Gives me all kinds of ideas. Thanks for the chance to win.

  98. Tonia Jeffery in Oregon says:

    My girls would love the #lovewinshearts Quilt Block.

  99. Marian in Georgia says:

    So much to make!

  100. Whitney says:

    Awesome ideas!

  101. jmj in the usa says:

    I “heart” your gift ideas!

  102. Tina says:

    Great ideas!

  103. Ramona from MI says:

    I just love hearts and these are all such cute ideas!

  104. Sue says:

    Lots of great giveaways! Hope I win one of these days!

  105. Veronica R K says:

    Thank you! I love the rainbow hearts best!

  106. I love the hand warmers!

  107. heather says:

    I have to try making those tags

  108. Niechelle Wade says:

    Cute ideas. 🙂

  109. Ashlyn in CO says:

    The heart rattle is such a cute idea!

  110. Cheri says:

    I love those hand warmers! Have to make myself from. I am in USA!

  111. Madge in WA says:

    Thanks again for some great ideas! !
    I have?so many of them that I don’t know where to start.
    Happy holidays to all

  112. Renea at Iowa says:

    Lots of pretty heart projects. Thanks for the wonderful giveaways.

  113. Heather in CA says:

    Oooh, I need to make a couple of zip pouches right now…

  114. Shannon in WA says:

    Spiked maple cider? Yes, please!

  115. Ashley in IL says:

    Love those hearts! Thanks for the inspiration!

  116. Michelle says:

    I Heart Christmas too!

  117. Sharon in Oregon says:

    I like the merry mug rug, but I want it much bigger!

  118. Jennifer in CA says:

    Love these ideas. Thanks for sharing.

  119. sangeetha says:

    Love the nail art – so cute

  120. April in CA says:

    That maple apple cider looks yummy.

  121. That Christmas tree mug rug is just adoooorable!
    Happy crafting!

  122. Sarah J. in OH says:

    I feel like I could get ahead for some sweet Valentines if I can’t get everything done for Christmas 🙂

  123. Laura in Oh says:

    The #lovewinshearts quilt block is beautiful. I like to put hearts on each quilt that I make. I love these hearts. I want to put it on the next quilt that I make for my girls.

  124. Patty in MN says:

    ??? them all.

  125. PG in US zip 09777 says:

    Love the embroidered heart.

  126. Heidi in SD says:

    Cute hand warmers!

  127. Helen Conrad says:

    What great ideas! Love the idea of upcycled old sweaters for handwarmers!

  128. Carmen says:

    Amazing ideas, thank you so much! Will keep my fingers crossed for the Fabricworm gift certificate;)

  129. Julie From Utah says:

    I love that heart string art. It would be perfect for my sister-in-law this year.

  130. Lydia in WA says:

    Awhh, the embroidered heart and the crocheted gift tags are sweet. Like very much.

  131. Sandy in Ohio says:

    More great ideas!

  132. amber in nyc says:

    spiked apple cider? yes please!

  133. Anne in tx says:

    I love the hand warmers.

  134. Jenn R (FPO/US) says:

    Love theembroidery! Thanks!

  135. SS in NH says:

    I love the love wins block – I’ve been eyeing that for a while.

  136. Anne marie says:

    Wonderful ideas – thanks!

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