Handmade Holidays Nov. 3: Sweet Softies

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Kids and adults alike will love these sweet softie gift ideas! Irene selected a few non-standard softie subjects for extra fun.

Today’s Guest Curator: Irene Staal from Sugaridoo

Irene from Sugaridoo is a pattern designer from Holland. She designs in the evening and works as a mechanical engineer by day! Irene sells her patterns and kits in the Sugaridoo Etsy shop.

You can learn all about Irene and see photos of her crochet animals, quilting and more in her introduction here at Sew Mama Sew. Irene recently joined us with her delightful Happy Fall Mini Quilt Pattern + Tutorial!

Make It

Playful Crocodile
There is a crocodile under your bed! Well, from now on there could be, but this Playful Crocodile from Sew4Home sure won’t bite!

Bear Rug
A Bear Rug is both a cool and cute addition to any room. It would make a nice play rug for your little girl or boy.

Raccoon Softie
LiEr from ikatbag designed this lovable, hug-able Raccoon Softie for us at Sew Mama Sew.

Stuffed Snail
This Stuffed Snail is rocking those polka dots! Hop over to Cook Clean Craft to craft your own holiday snail.

Peaceful Dove Pincushion
The Peaceful Dove Pincushion is an excerpt from Annabel Wrigley’s latest book, We Love to Craft– Christmas on the C&T Publishing blog. The dove would make a sweet ornament, or new best softie friend this holiday season.

Cuddle Squirrel
This Cuddle Squirrel by Abby Glassenberg for Wild Olive is soft and cuddly. It would make a nice gift for the little ones!

Fig the Mouse
Fig the Mouse is from the talented Jodie Carleton of Ric-Rac, designed for the Sew Mama Sew Six Weeks of Love for Softies series.

Related tutorials you might enjoy: Six Weeks of LOVE for Softies, Toys + Softies, Gifts for Babies + Toddlers

Mix It

Sock Puppet Cookies
Looking for something sweet to gift this year? Hop over to the talented Sweet Sugarbelle and bake some Sock Puppet Cookies. There’s no sewing involved!

Print It

Farm Animal Finger Puppets
Oh, just look at these adorable Farm Animal Finger Puppets from Mr. Printables. They’re great for a quick crafty project. Just print, cut, glue and enjoy!

Monster Printables
Monster Printables from picklebums would make fun gift toppers or stocking stuffers!

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.


(US shipping only.)

Author: Tracey Meharg
Publisher: Murdoch Books

Homemade, artisanal, and jaw-droppingly delicious, these 50 donut recipes put store-bought versions to shame. Try them sprinkled with sugar and cinnamon, filled with jam or Chantilly cream, drizzled with honey, frosted with chocolate, and topped with salted caramel or an adults-only vodka-laced icing. There are even gluten-free and vegan options. But get ‘em while they’re hot, because they’ll disappear fast!

An Artist’s Pillars

(eBook, International winners OK.)

Author: Kaitlyn Mirison
Publisher: Independent

An Artist’s Pillars is a guidebook for you to break free from self-doubts.

Your skills, natural talents, dreams and desires can take you only so far because the creative process has a way of highlighting your insecurities. And when these insecurities and deeply seeded self-doubts have their grip on you, the step you need to take to move your project from the container of your mind and heart to the external world can seem insurmountable. But these doubts and insecurities don’t have to stop you and your next step can be a gentle one…

Through An Artist’s Pillars you are guided step by step to develop the fundamentals you need to share with the world what is inside of you to create.

Stitch Kitsch: 44 Happy Sewing Projects from Home Décor to Accessories

(US-only, digital copy for international winners.)

Author: Jennifer Heynen
Publisher: C&T Publishing

Put the fun back in sewing with little treasures to sew, embellish, and share! From pouches and pincushions to quilts and cheery home decor, these 44 projects make perfect gifts. Each featured project comes with 3 variations. Turn a funky wallhanging into bull’s-eye pillows, a pom-pom trivet, or a lap quilt? The choice is yours! Choose your own sewing adventure, and then embellish projects with embroidery, buttons, trims, topstitching, and fusible appliqué (full-size patterns included).

She Wears the Pants: Easy Sew-it-Yourself Fashion with an Edgy Urban Style

(US + Canada shipping only.)

Author: Yuko Takada
Publisher: Tuttle Publishing

Sew edgy, urban clothes with this stylish sewing book and add a touch of originality to your wardrobe.

More and more women are opting to make their own clothes, but most of the books on the market emphasize girly, feminine designs. She Wears the Pants is the first Japanese sewing book (in English) to focus on the increasingly popular “borrowed–from–the–boys” look. Already one of the best–known and reviewed sewing books in Japan, this sporty addition to the sew–it–yourself craze is poised to take the American DIY sewing market by storm.

Sometimes women are in the mood for clothes with strong, clean lines and casual sophistication—polish and simplicity without the frills. She Wears the Pants is the book for those times. A graduate of the Bunka Fashion Institute, Yuko Takada provides patterns and instructions for making twenty spare and streamlined wardrobe items…

Patterns can be easily adjusted to suit every body size, and Takada shows readers how to select inexpensive, readily available fabrics and transform them into an elegant new wardrobe. Understated never looked so good!

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

Here are 2015 gift ideas:

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193 Responses to Handmade Holidays Nov. 3: Sweet Softies

  1. Ari in NJ says:

    The snail is adorable!

  2. just love your site…Flora is the cutest….does she have any more that she will be adding to her flock

  3. Aimee in IN says:

    Each and every one of these little toys would delight my toddler and preschooler and their friends.

  4. Stephanie says:


  5. Beth in WA says:

    The little mouse is adorable! Thanks for the list!

  6. Patty Tate says:

    You are so inspiring! Thank you!

  7. cynthia says:

    These are so whimsical! And I love the giveaways- hope it’s not too late.
    (I’m in Texas.)

  8. Rhonda Laws says:

    My granddaughter needs that bear rug!!!

  9. Teri in CA says:

    I would love to make the cute finger puppets.

  10. Oh, but Fig the Mouse is too adorable!

  11. Liesel in KS says:

    That stuffed snail!!!!!

  12. Deidre in Canada! says:

    I would love to win a copy of “She Wears the Pants: Easy Sew-it-Yourself Fashion with an Edgy Urban Style” ! The dove is going to make a great stocking stiffer! Thanks!

  13. auschick in va says:

    I’d love a copy of the she wears the pants book!

  14. Kristin in Minnesota says:

    I’ve made two of the squirrels and they are adorable!! Thanks for this list.

  15. Michelle Smith in Michigan says:

    I’m really loving the snail!

    Michelle in Michigan

  16. Kimberlee P in IL says:

    I want to make all of those cute softies!

  17. Amy of CO says:

    The mouse is just adorable.

  18. Karrie Smith says:

    I love the squirrel!

  19. I’m absolutely in love with that squirrel!

  20. Whitner says:

    How did you know that my youngest asked for a stuffed raccoon for Christmas? This is perfect!

  21. Sandy in Ohio says:

    That crocodile is just too cute!

  22. Robin E. in AZ says:

    This is one to save for way more than Christmas. I see lots of great birthdays here too. Thank you.

  23. rebecca says:

    super cute softies

  24. katherine says:

    That Stitch Kitch book looks really fun. Small projects are right up my alley, and that looks like it fits the bill.

  25. Kristin says:

    I love that bear rug. It’s hard to choose a favorite, though, so many cute things!

  26. Jess from WA says:

    Thanks for the list; my niece loves stuffed toys.

    Jess from WA

  27. Shannon in Wa says:

    Book looks awesome. My next sewing goal in a stuffed animal. I’ll be referencing this list. That raccoon is too sweet

  28. Mary says:

    i live in
    california and am so thankful to be able to have the opportunity to be able to receive a book. I would love to make the squirrel for my niece.

  29. Jennifer in MA says:

    Love these! My animal loving 3 year old will flip over the crocodile!

  30. Brenda in NE says:

    Love that fat raccoon and the sock monkey cookies. The cookies looked so real I had to look twice.

  31. amber says:

    absolutely love the finger puppets!

  32. amber says:

    the finger puppets are amazing!

  33. Stephanie says:

    Such sweet projects! Stephanie-AR

  34. Amanda at APO says:

    That snail might be one of the cutest things ever!

  35. Donna in Tx says:

    That squirrel is saying “hug me”! So many cute things. Those sock
    monkey cookies look wonderful too. Thanks again for the great
    collection of ideas.

  36. Bridget in Florida says:

    How lovely the peaceful dove pincushion is — each pin you choose a move toward peace!

  37. Nancy Hilderbrand says:

    love all your softies and would enjoy making them.

  38. Amy in IL says:

    Love the squirrel. It would be fun to make one.

  39. Laura in MD says:

    The crocodile is awesome! I am totally putting that on my list as the next thing to make.

  40. Carmen says:

    These are so squishy and cuddly — thank you! (And I’d absolutely love that She Wears the Pants book!)

  41. Samina says:

    The sock puppet cookies are stunning, but i can guarantee that my versions would end up on a Pintrest fail site!

  42. Alexis in UT says:

    That little mouse softie is adorable. Also, I am so going to use these printables for my boys! Thanks.

  43. Oh my gosh, that squirrel is the cutest! I think I need to make one for my daughter now.

  44. Nancy says:

    Love the snail.

  45. Beth in MI says:

    Love the bear rug!

  46. Hooooooo, Wild Olive squirrel!
    I looove softies!
    Have a great time crafting for Christmas, guys!

  47. emilia says:

    what a GREAT idea!! so many fun softies in the world!!

  48. JoAnne T. in CA says:

    Thank you for showing us the softies, Fig the mouse is darling!

  49. Cristine in tx says:

    I love making softies! I think I know a special little boy who will be getting a stuffed alligator this year.

  50. Shannon in TX says:

    All are adorable but the squirrel would definitely be a hit for my under one year old niece. Thank you!

  51. Elisabeth in UT says:

    That raccoon is so adorable!

  52. bookboxer says:

    The raccoon and that crocodile … ! What great suggestions!

  53. Laurie in CO says:

    I love softies. Thanks for the links!

  54. Maeve says:

    Like those sock puppet cookies – adorable!

  55. Squirrel softee is the cutest.

  56. Lovi in MI says:

    The bear rug is so cute!

  57. JMJ in IN says:

    sorry forgot to say i live in IN

  58. JMJ says:

    they are all just too too cute and love the sock monkey cookies!!!

  59. jen in OR says:

    that squirrel is awesome!

  60. Toni Toth says:

    oh my gersk! I’m totoally making some bear rugs! and maybe a raccon or two.

  61. Anna (64ColorBox) in FL says:

    I really think that doughnut book looks delightful.

  62. Judith Martinez says:

    I’ve always wanted a “bear rug” for my children’s room! I’m in CO.

  63. Eleanor in NC says:

    I love softies!!

  64. Becca in UT says:

    Sometimes I wish I weren’t gluten free… but those softies are adorable!

  65. Sandy Ross says:

    Love the squirrel!

  66. Mary Ann in SC says:

    My little girl is a softie addict!

  67. Michelle in OH says:

    Oh goodness, all of these are totally adorbs!

  68. Logan in PA says:

    That bear rug would be perfect in a kids’ reading corner.

  69. L in NJ says:

    Would love to try Edgy Urban Style!

  70. Kimberly (international) says:

    That raccoon is awesome.

  71. Christine in CA says:

    I have become addicted to softies ever since your Six weeks of LOVE fro softies! I’m obsessed!

  72. Deb H. in PA says:

    I can’t wait to make the finger puppets with my little grandson!

  73. Veronica R K says:

    Oh! I love the bear rug and the raccoon!

  74. Charlotte in MI says:

    OOhhhh… Fig the Mouse is adorable!!

  75. Kristi R says:

    My kids would love the bear rug and raccoon! And those sock monkey cookies are the cutest ever!


  76. Megan in lovely OR says:

    That little French mouse will be perfect for my friend, who is teaching English in France and won’t be home for Christmas this year. She’ll love it!

  77. stefanie in MN says:

    a stuffed snail – how fun!

  78. Lydia in WA says:

    oh my gosh, Fig the mouse is adorable.

  79. Tammie Schaffer says:


  80. Lindsay in Iowa says:

    These are all so cute!! I’m thinking Christmas mice for each of my sons could be super fun!

  81. Heather in VA says:

    That squirrel is too cute! Perfect for so many little ones in my life.

  82. Vicki C in Texas says:

    That mouse with the scarf is totes adorbs!! LOL

  83. Marjorie says:

    Love the crocodile!

  84. Nikkee in wa says:

    Think I’ll get in trouble if I change the crocodile into an alligator? My daughter loves alligators for some weird reason 🙂

  85. Pat Upton says:

    I love the softies! So sweet!

  86. Ramona from MI says:

    Softies are one of my favorite things to make. They are all so darn cute. The sock monkey cookies are adorable too.

  87. Molly Peters says:

    I love them all!

  88. Rachel in UT says:

    I love that crocodile and the sock monkey cookies. Hilarious!

  89. Paige says:

    I want a sock monkey cookie, now!

  90. Toni says:

    The Peaceful Dove Pincushion is so lovely!

  91. Renea at Iowa says:

    I love the sail. Sew cute and bright. Thanks for the great giveaway.

  92. Mary H in CO says:

    Love that flying squirrel as well!

  93. Judy in Oregon says:

    Lots of fun gifts to make for kids.

  94. Joan says:

    Love the pincushion

  95. Charlotte in Ga says:

    All the softies are so cute! But the squirrel… he’s the best! Thanks

  96. The squirrel is great! 🙂

  97. Suzanne S says:

    The Dove pincushion is very sweet. Might be one to try.

  98. Tessa in Canada says:

    I love Handmade holidays – look forward to it every year. The cuddle squirrel reminds me of the Sigi’s my kids had as babies (and my 9 year old still has Sigi at night), a comforting friend.

  99. Kalle says:

    I’m loving this series! Thanks for sifting for us!

  100. The bear rug is my favorite and the snail. What great Christmas presents.

  101. Chris says:

    Who doesn’t love to hug something? Too sweet.

  102. Delia in VA says:

    That snail! Love it!

  103. Judi B in VA says:

    I’m loving the bear rug and the squirrel softie! Fun and playful ideas for some folks on my list.

  104. Garilyn in Ohio says:

    The cuddle squirrel is so cute!

  105. Michelle says:

    Fantastic! I am in love with that squirrel~ and I think it would be great as a rice pack! Perfect gift.

  106. ybat says:

    The sock puppet cookies look really fun and delicious.

  107. Machelle says:

    These softies are so stinkin’ cute!! Maybe I will start planning some Christmas sewing!

  108. Afton says:

    Uh oh! Now I’m hungry for donuts! And those cookies, I die!

  109. Kati M says:

    I love the Cuddle Squirrel. Too cute!

  110. beth p says:

    Goodness! That squirrel is super cute!

  111. Amanda in TX says:

    So cute! Love that squirrel! 🙂

  112. Angela in Kentucky says:

    The squirrel looks so great to cuddle with!

  113. Karen says:

    OMG!!! that snail is SO adorable!

  114. Natalie in Ohio says:

    Such fun ideas! Love the crocodile.

  115. Karen Rhodes says:

    I love the dove pincushion. Can’t wait to make it!!!

  116. Renee G says:

    These look great. It makes we want to start working on some Christmas presents.
    Renee in WA

  117. Megan in VA says:

    That alligator is adorable!!!

  118. Love the snail! Would love to win the “she wears the pants” book, how intriguing.

  119. Dawn from Indiana says:

    The cuddle squirrel is really cute.

  120. Tina says:

    Love the snail. Maybe I need tod make one of those.

  121. Shawna says:

    The bear rug, I’ve been wanting to make one of these for sooo long!

  122. Michaela in TX says:

    I need the cuddle squirrel!

  123. Hillary in CA says:

    Ooh I love the gator and snail! Several babies I know need the squirrel!

  124. Elizabethdx says:

    Thank you, Irene, for doing such a spectacular job with your picks! I want to make just about all of these.

  125. Anya says:

    That squirrel is too cute!

  126. Rachel B says:

    I love the unstuffed-ness of Bear Rug and Cuddle Squirrel.

  127. Chris Jones says:

    LOVE the alligator! Must have for under my granddaughter’s bed!

  128. Miranda Rosa says:

    Love it. Thanks for the giveaway!

  129. Julie says:

    Can’t wait to try the Sock Monkey Cookies!!!

  130. Cary says:

    The Cuddle Squirrel is absolutely adorable!!

  131. Jennifer in CA says:

    My teen loves to create softies. Lots of lovely new ideas here. Thanks for sharing, as always.

  132. Erin says:

    That bear skin rug is so much fun!

  133. Maggie in MN says:

    I absolutely love the bear rug idea!!!!

  134. kathyh in OR says:


  135. Cynthia says:

    Oh the sock monkey cookies are adorable! as is the squirrel, and the snail. all are actually 🙂

  136. Barb B in Canada says:

    The bear rug needs to be made for sure!

  137. Bronwen says:

    The sqirrel is fantastic! Looks a little like the sugar glider possums we have here in Australia!!

  138. Kathy h in pa. says:

    Love the crocodile. Great ideas for the kids.

  139. Lee in MI says:

    Love all – especially the printables and the bear rug!!

  140. Ann says:

    I have the perfect friend that needs that squirrel.

  141. karen in CA USA says:

    More donuts!? I guess you can’t have enough. That snail is too cute!

  142. Jennifer W in SC says:

    At first I thought the crocodile was the cutest thing… until I saw Cuddle Squirrel. Oh, my- I can see many Cuddle Squirrels in my future!

  143. Kristan says:

    That snail!!! OhMyGoodness!

  144. Whitney in Maine says:

    Love the stuffed snail.

  145. Love that flying squirrel pattern, and I think I might just know of someone who’ll really love it!

  146. Ashlyn in Colorado says:

    The flying squirrel is so adorable! It could easily be scaled to adult size :)!

  147. Andrea S. in WV says:

    I love that flying squirrel!

  148. Laurie in WA says:

    The huggable squirrel is my favorite – great collection!

  149. Rebecca Kuck says:

    Love that croc!!! Must make one for my grandson! Great tutes!

  150. Tina in NJ says:

    The clock with the croc was a nice touch.

  151. Terri says:

    I have to make all of these!!! : ) Love the snail the best though. : )

  152. Heidi in SD says:

    That crocodile is so cute 🙂

  153. Jess M says:

    That bear rug is HILARIOUS!

  154. Amy (in MD) says:

    LOVE that squirrel!!

  155. Mandi says:

    I like the bear rug & those sock monkey cookies!

  156. Sarah J. in OH says:

    I love the bear rug and the squirrel– so cute!

  157. Liza Ahern says:

    The squirrel is just super!!

  158. Katie in GA says:

    I think I want to make the squirrel for myself 🙂 so cute!

  159. Jane says:

    New Zealand. Thank you for continuing to offer a quality website and these giveaways of course.

  160. Monique says:

    Those sock monkey cookies crack me up! Thanks for the great ideas

  161. Mandi in MO says:

    That bear rug and the squirrel! I love them! Can’t wait to get started. Thank you!

  162. Sandy Ross says:

    Apparently I need to find some children to gift–too cute!

  163. Ginger in MD says:

    I’m wondering if my daughter’s dorm room could use a bear rug….

  164. fenna says:

    those finger puppets are adorable!!! I’d love to win the ‘she wears the pants’ book! (in CAN)

  165. Julie From Utah says:

    That crocodile! My kids love that Tomie de Paula book with the croc under the bed. They would get a kick out of this!

  166. Kristie in WA says:

    The flying squirrel lovey is awesome. What a perfect baby gift.

  167. That snail is so cute! I also really like the Cuddle Squirrel — that would be a fantastic gift alongside any of the Scaredy Squirrel picture books 🙂

  168. Angela in WA says:

    That snail looks like the perfect softie for the Pacific Northwest. On my list!

  169. Alexa in CT says:

    I loved that Bear Skin Rug. So cute!

  170. Kristin H says:

    That bear rug is adorable!

  171. Marjolein says:

    i’ll take a chance for one of the international books. Too bad i don’t live in the US hihi.

  172. Jenn R (FPO, US) says:

    The printables are adorable! My kids will really enjoy playing with them. Thanks!

  173. Cindi in GA says:

    Another day, great tutorials.

  174. Marya in NJ says:

    I have a new niece and nephew that these would be great gifts for!

  175. Laura in Oh says:

    The crocodile is fantastic! I love working with minky. It is so soft and cuddly. The bear rug is great. I think I can make that into a cat. My daughter is obsessed with cats.

  176. Barbara says:

    Love the squirrel!

  177. elise in GA says:

    I might be making that cute snail this afternoon!

  178. Gigi from WA says:

    The alligator is adorable and a must see for my gyrandchildren :). Gigi from WA

  179. jessicac says:

    I want the cuddle squirrel! And I might need to go buy the donut book…

  180. jen c in CA says:

    The bear rug is so fun!

  181. Tonia Jeffery in Oregon says:

    The squirrel is so tempting to make!

  182. Nupur in GA says:

    So sweet! I love the expression on the alligator’s face.

  183. Those sock monkey cookies! And that alligator! Too much cuteness in this post!

  184. Anne Haun says:

    Amazing projects – love the crocodile.

  185. Kate in MO says:

    Those sock monkey cookies are ADORABLE.

  186. Janelle Thietje-Dunn says:

    Cute. I love simple and easy for kid’s items.

  187. Cinnamom in MN says:

    The cuddle squirrel is my favorite!

  188. SS in NH says:

    That alligator! So cute!

  189. Marilyn says:

    I love the bear rug!

  190. That cuddle squirrel is awesome!

  191. Bobby Powell says:

    Growing up I was always scared there was a crocodile under my bed. She wears the pants… Looks interesting.

  192. Ginger in NJ says:

    LOVE that ‘She Wears the Pants’ book. So different from the other sweet shapeless Japanese books.

    Think that little dove would make a beautiful Christmas ornament / sewing gift for my mother and ex-mother-in-law. I’m thinking of making them things to use in their sewing rooms because they are both active in sewing / quilting guilds. They had a huge influence on my love of sewing.

  193. Robin in Maryland says:

    That bear rug is the best!

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