November just zoomed right on by! We hope our 9th annual series has been inspiring and helpful for you, as you plan your own Handmade Holidays. We’ll have a wrap-up post tomorrow, but first we help you wrap your presents all up with the help of Cindy Guch from Raspberry Sunshine.
Thank you to all of our curators for devoting their time, energy and insight to make this series exciting and fresh. We appreciate it, and we thank everyone for visiting every day… It’s been a happy place each morning!
Today’s Guest Curator: Cindy Guch of Raspberry Sunshine
From Cindy: Hi, everyone! My name is Cindy Guch and I blog about my love of creating and sewing handbags at Raspberry Sunshine. I am a frequent tester for other talented handbag designers and have my first pattern, The Diane Tote coming out next month. Be sure to stop by Raspberry Sunshine and check out my free tutorials, pattern reviews and love for all DIY handbags! Today I am going to share with you some unique ways to use fabric as gift wrapping this holiday season.
Fabric Covered Box
Make the box as pretty as the gift inside with Lisa’s Fabric Covered Box at A Spoonful of Sugar.
Furoshiki Fabric Wrapping
Learn the time-honored art of Furoshiki Fabric Wrapping with a little guidance from Sarah of Father’s Workshop.
Christmas Gift Cones
Here’s another wrapping tradition… Try Josi’s Christmas Gift Cones at Sew For Soul.
Stamped Christmas Gift Bags
Becky, one of The Crafting Chicks, fills you in on how to make these easy Stamped Christmas Gift Bags. This would be a fun holiday prep project for kids too!
Scrappy Fabric Cards
Jen at Faith and Fabric Design uses her scraps for these unique Scrappy Fabric Cards. Gift a bit of your creativity with a one-of-a-kind art card!
No Sew Fabric Gift Bags
If you need something fast, these No Sew Fabric Gift Bags from Lisa at We Are Scout are just the thing! They’re pretty and easy to make too.
Christina’s Fabric Envelopes at A Few Scraps are an unexpected delight!
Block Print Holiday Gift Wrap
Krista Fleckenstein, author of Beyond Cotton, recently showed us how to create Block Print Holiday Gift Wrap in a super-accessible tutorial. You could also apply this technique to fabric!
Santa Gift Sack
Stefanie helps Santa out a bit with the Santa Gift Sack, via Brooklyn Limestone.
Gingerbread Cheesecake Bites
Steel yourself for an afternoon of wrapping with the “carrot” of Gingerbread Cheesecake Bites from Amanda at A Few Short Cuts.
Peppermint White Hot Chocolate
Ali’s Peppermint White Hot Chocolate at Gimme Some Oven is just right for post-sledding, or for after your annual holiday light tour!
Special Delivery Tag + Activity Placemat
These Special Delivery Tags include a matching activity placemat, all from Gretchen of Three Little Monkeys Studio.
Christmas Advent Tag Ornaments
There’s still time to prep your Advent plan for the year! Laura’s Christmas Advent Tag Ornaments at Finding Home could do the job!
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 Fiddlehead Artisan Supply
(International winners OK.)
About Fiddlehead Artisan Supply:
Fiddlehead Artisan Supply opened its doors in May 2011 in Belfast, Maine’s thriving downtown area. They sell books, fabric, ribbon, trim and more, including patterns (like the Citronille patterns we recently featured in a pattern challenge)!
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Author: Emiko Takahashi
Publisher: Tuttle Publishing
Make your own charming purse, tote, clutch, satchel or eco tote with with this fashionable bag making book.
Handmade Bags in Natural Fabrics offers patterns for twenty-five basic bag styles along with sixty variations and the know-how to customize each bag to suit any style— from sweet-and innocent to minimalist to counter-culture. There is no better project for the eco-conscious crafter than a simple cloth bag. In addition to bag sewing patters, basic sewing lessons teach the fundamentals of bag sewing…
Emiko Takahashi, a fashion and textiles designer, provides easy instructions and bag sewing diagrams, as well as a sheet of fully-sized pattern pieces for each handmade bag project—plus easy lessons on the basics of hand-stitching drawstring casings, corners, edges, straps, and simple flourishes. Cotton and linen bags are always useful and they lend a carefree, laid-back touch to any warm-weather outfit. Each bag can be machine-sewn, but they are designed to be made in natural fabrics that are lightweight enough to be easily sewn by hand. With Takahashi’s expert guidance, beginning sewers with little or no previous experience can learn to make these understated and elegant handbags.
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Author: BurdaStyle Magazine
Publisher: David & Charles
Sew stylish, flattering garments with Burda patterns!
BurdaStyle is a legendary brand that focuses on the fashionable, high-style, “in” sewing marketplace. Sewists know the BurdaStyle name and its reputation for high-quality sewing patterns. BurdaStyle Modern Sewing: Full-Figure Fashion includes 25+ of the best plus-size projects from the archives of BurdaStyle magazine.
All of the must-have basics of a woman’s wardrobe are covered in this collection– jackets, pants, blouses, skirts, and dresses. The designs include versatile separates as well as combinations that further expand the possibilities for the modern woman’s wardrobe. In addition to the 25+ Burda patterns, there are several variations. The projects are easy to intermediate and sizes range from 14 to 24.
Although this book is not meant to be a primer on sewing, it includes a Burda 101 section that covers everything the reader needs to know to follow the sewing patterns, including frequently used techniques, and a pattern insert with full-size pattern pieces.
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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!
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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:
- Gifts for Crafty People
- Sweet Softies
- Easy Gifts for Beginners to Sew
- Serving in Style
- Gifts for Tech Lovers
- Gifts for Good (Charity Sewing)
- Vintage Christmas
- Making Many (Multiple Gifts at a Time)
- Stocking Stuffers
- Ornament Time
- Educational Gifts for Kids
- Gifts for Hipsters
- Gifts for Naturalists
- Quilted Gifts
- Gifts for Imaginative Play
- Gifts for Teens
- Luxe Gifts
- Star Bright (Star-Themed Gifts!)
- Bags for All
- Gifts for Cooks
- Gifts for Pets
- Scrappy Gifts
- Baby’s First Christmas
- Warm + Cozy Gifts
- Gifts for Grandparents
- Gifts for Busy Kids
- We Heart Christmas
- Foxy Christmas
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