Handmade Holidays Nov. 30: Wrap it Up

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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.

Make It


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.


Fabric Envelopes
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.

Related tutorials you might enjoy: Eco-Friendly Gifts + Wrap, Write It + Wrap It

Mix It


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!

Print It


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!

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 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)!

Handmade Bags In Natural Fabrics: Over 25 Easy-To-Make Purses, Totes and More

(US + Canada shipping only.)

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.

Full-Figure Fashion: 24 Plus-Size Patterns for Every Day (BurdaPlus Modern Sewing)

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

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.

All Points Patchwork: English Paper Piecing beyond the Hexagon for Quilts & Small Projects

(US shipping only.)

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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129 Responses to Handmade Holidays Nov. 30: Wrap it Up

  1. Laurie in CO says:

    Adorable ideas. I need to go beyond the basic gift bag.

  2. Kim says:

    Love the fabric envelopes! I must make the gingerbread cheesecake bites and keep myself from eating every last one!

  3. Alexis in UT says:

    The Santa gift sack is awesome. It would look so much better than the garbage sacks that get used at holiday parties.

  4. Brenda in NE says:

    Like the fabric envelopes and scrappy cards. Favorite is the Advent ornament hanging.

  5. Honey says:

    The fabric envelope is lovely and useful.

  6. Aimee in IN says:

    I’ve always wanted to delve into Furoshiki!

  7. Judith Martinez says:

    I love the Christmas gift cones!!

  8. Christine in CA says:

    Great ideas! Gift wrapping is one of the best parts of the holidays!

  9. Amanda in TX says:

    Cute ideas! I love the little bags! 🙂

  10. lynn says:

    the block print wrapping is gorgeous.

  11. I just looove Father Christmas’ presents sack!
    Such a good idea!
    Happy crafting!

  12. Judy in Oregon says:

    So many great ideas, I love the gift cones.

  13. lucia in Canada says:

    Love all of these re-usable wrapping ideas!

  14. Ari says:

    Furoshiki sounds really cool.

  15. Jodie in nj says:

    I love a fabric gift bag!

  16. Michelle Smith in Michigan says:

    The Christmas gift cones are so unique. Love them!

  17. Kati M says:

    I love the fabric envelopes. How fun would it be to get that in the courier system!?!

  18. Sandra in MI says:

    I like the fabric envelopes. Such a simple, but clever idea.

  19. Laura L. says:

    Love the fabric covered boxes! What a great variety of projects this year. I go back to previous years’ suggestions all throughout the year to get gift ideas.

  20. Julie says:

    Too many cute things!!!

  21. Kathy h in Pa. says:

    Great ideas. I am always looking for some unique wrapping ideas.

  22. Nikkee in wa says:

    Mmmm cheesecake, sign me up!

  23. whitner in AL says:

    mmm…peppermint hot chocolate!

  24. Jennifer W in SC says:

    I like the gift cones- they are very clever!

  25. Angie in LA says:

    Would love to make some gift bags this year. Thanks for the ideas.

  26. That hot chocolate looks divine. Yum!

  27. Amanda at APO says:

    So many things to love here!! I love reusable wrapping!

  28. Laura in MD says:

    Some really great ideas, I love reusable wrapping techniques!

  29. Heidi Anderson in Wa says:

    The fabric envelope is such a great idea! Thanks again for another fantastic Handmade Holidays season!

  30. Cheri says:

    I have enjoyed the month of ideas! Thanks for hosting! I am SO making those Gingerbread Cheescage bites.!

  31. Niechelle Wade says:

    Yrs!! These are wonderful!

  32. Tina in montana says:

    Great reusable gift wrapping ideas! Thanks for the inspiration.

  33. Cathie says:

    Such wonderful ideas, want to make them all.

  34. Jayne TN says:

    I cannot wait to stamp some gift bags! Super cute!

  35. Kate in MO says:

    Thanks for sharing these wrapping ideas!

  36. Tina in NJ says:

    The Furoshiki fabric wrapping would be great for my quilt guild gift exchange!

  37. Patty says:

    Peppermint hot chocolate? Yum!

  38. Claire Ross says:

    I could drink one of those hot white chocolate drinks right now. It is wet and miserable.
    Claire, USA

  39. Lydia in WA says:

    Oh no, last day! Loved the daily themed visits with bloggers. Today’s favorite might be the Santa sack, but I liked all the ideas, simple, quick and appealing.

  40. Judy in NY says:

    The Santa gift sack is adorable!

  41. Brenda in Washington says:

    I’m especially fond of Christina’s fabric envelopes; what a great idea.

  42. Great ideas!

  43. Beth T. in OR says:

    Thanks for a wonderful month of inspiration and generosity! Those things I didn’t get started on for this Christmas have made a nice, long list for next year’s holiday crafting. And now I will have plenty of charming ways to wrap them up, too.

  44. Marisa says:

    Those fabric envelopes are gorgeous! Definitely checking them out, as well as the beautiful furoshiki wrapping. Thanks for the round-up!

  45. Joan says:

    Thanks for doing this series. I look forward to it every year.

  46. Cristine in tx says:

    Those cheesecake bites look tasty!

  47. Heather in WA says:

    I’m a sucker for little boxes! Too cute!

  48. Ellee in California says:

    The Raspberry Sunshine website has a lot to offer — very enjoyable.

  49. Linda Fleming says:

    Wonderful finale!
    Loved all the gift wrapping ideas – especially the fabric envelopes!
    Interesting selection of books too. I’m fascinated by “All Points Patchwork” as I want to learn EPP and do some hand sewing. “Sewing School” seems a great book – I’m all for teaching kids from an early age to sew.

  50. Cydnee in ID says:

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

  51. Lydia in WA says:

    Oh no, last day! Today’s group is all so good, quick, and appealing. Love the Santa sack, but lots of good ideas.

  52. Irene Smith-Vos says:

    Thank you for a month of wonderful ideas!

  53. Robin in Maryland says:

    I love those fabric envelopes!

  54. Heather in VA says:

    Oh my goodness! How can November be over with already? Thank you for the wonderful month of inspiration.

  55. Allison C says:

    The series has been awesome! Thanks!

  56. Rebecca says:

    What awesome things in your giveaway, thank you

  57. Janelle Thietje-Dunn says:

    As I scrolled, I thought several times, “Oooh, what could I wrap in that??” Clever ideas.

  58. Sarah J. in OH says:

    Amazing ideas! Love the fabric envelope- thanks for sharing!

  59. Afton says:

    Those gingerbread bites look tasty!

  60. Renea at Iowa says:

    Thanks for sharing all the great giveaways and pretty ways to wrap a present.

  61. Mandi in CO says:

    Cones & cards – yes!

  62. Anwen in Canada says:

    I’m going to try the Block Print Holiday Gift Wrap — thanks!

  63. kathyh in OR says:

    Great ideas. I bookmarked several.

  64. Deidre in Canada! says:

    Fabric Envelopes — what a great idea! Thanks for the chance to win!

  65. Anna (64ColorBox) in FL says:

    So many great ideas. I hope I finish my shopping in time to use some of these wrapping ideas.

  66. Lee in MI says:

    I am adding the cheesecake bites and white hot cocoa to my food list!

  67. sarah in pa says:

    lovely ideas.

  68. Elise in GA says:

    I want to try the gingerbread cheesecake bites

  69. Amber in CA says:

    Great ideas! I love the hot chocolate recipe too! Thank you!

  70. LynneinNC says:

    Always enjoy this annual series — thanks for wrapping things up today so well. Cheers

  71. Tammy in MI says:

    Love the fabric envelopes!

  72. Minn says:

    Love the Japanese fabric wrapping! So pretty and economical, for those who have a lot of fabric on hand!

  73. Anne Marie says:

    Great ideas – I have really enjoyed this gift series – thanks for all your hard work!

  74. Perfect to wrap all of my handmade gifts in!

  75. Cary in VA says:

    The Christmas gift cones would make sweet little gifts!

  76. Marian from Georgia says:

    I would love to win any of these!

  77. Dawn Jones from Indiana says:

    The fabric envelope is cute.

  78. Sarah Cooley says:

    Thank you, once again, for another great year of tutorials.

  79. Patti says:

    Great ideas! Thanks!

  80. indira says:

    Fabulous post!

  81. Denise W in Iowa says:

    There have been so many great ideas over the last few weeks. The fabric envelopes are pretty stylish today! Thanks for sharing.

  82. karen in CA USA says:

    Furoshiki Fabric Wrapping looks easy!

  83. Emily C says:

    Yum! Those Gingerbread bites are making me hungry.

  84. Rachel B says:

    Thank you for doing this category. This is a great way to take a gift to the next level.

  85. jessicac says:

    I was a little late to the party to do an advent calendar this year.. but not too late for cheesecake bites!

  86. Marilyn says:

    Great ideas!

  87. Christine says:

    That fabric envelope is fabulous– I love things that are made of unexpected materials. It strikes me as a great place to keep valuable papers… it would stand out from the rest of the plain envelopes! Also love the reminder that Fiddlehead carries Citronille Patterns, I still want to try one of those, so cute!

  88. Mary Ann in SC says:

    One Christmas my husband gave me a serger and he went to the fabric store and bought a bunch of remnants to wrap other gifts so I would have fabric to practice on! Best idea ever 🙂

  89. Ashley in IL says:

    Great wrapping ideas! Thanks!

  90. Shannon in TX says:

    Thank you! The hot chocolate looks delicious.

  91. Heidi in SD says:

    Fun, fun, fun!

  92. Wow, so many choices! I love the furoshiki – but I’ve never been able to get the hang of it!

  93. Ashlyn in Colorado says:

    The No-Sew Fabric gift bags are fantastic!

  94. Elizabeth says:

    I love furoshiki wrapping! I am so bad at paper wrapping, folding is so much easier…

  95. Julie From Utah says:

    I love those fabric envelopes!

  96. Annie in CA says:

    Thanks for the great series! I got a lot of ideas for my Christmas sewing. Now to get moving!

  97. Shawna from NJ says:

    I like the special delivery tags

  98. So many ideas here that I never even thought of! Thanks so much!
    -Jennifer in WI

  99. I love these gift wrap ideas — fabulous!

  100. Eleanor in NC says:

    Ooh, what great ideas!

  101. Jennifer in CA says:

    Perfect ending to an amazing series (seriously, it’s my favorite every year). Thank you for sharing so many wonderful ideas.

  102. Beth in Va says:

    Love those scrap tags! great way to use up scraps and look original!

  103. Jessie Hansen in NM says:

    I hate traditional paper for wrapping. Hence, I love this post!

  104. Tonia Jeffery in Oregon says:

    The fabric envelop looks amazing!

  105. Eric in US says:

    I can never say ‘no’ to anything gingerbread.

  106. FRe2bfree says:

    I’d like to make the Fabric Covered Box and try the Furoshiki Fabric Wrapping. As for prizes I’d hope for the gift certificate, Handmade Bags book, or All Points Patchwork book since I am thin and already have the Sewing School book.

  107. Jane says:

    I’ve always wanted to make a fabric envelope like the tutorial shown. Thanks!

  108. Crystal Rose in MN says:

    One of these years I’m sure I’ll get around to making homemade gift wrapping. Thanks for the ideas.

  109. Allison tom says:

    Those fabric envelopes really caught my eye!

  110. Brenda says:

    Great bunch of bags here. Thanks for an inspiring month of projects. I live in Canada.

  111. Patty in MN says:

    Luv the envelope idea and the box. Both could come in very handy!

  112. shannon WA says:

    What a sweet Santa bag. I’ll be following the link to the Japanese fabric wrapping tutorial. a good way to put my stash to use!

  113. Marnie in NY says:

    Lots of great ideas, and I must try that peppermint hot chocolate!

  114. Whitney in ME says:

    The santa bag is great!

  115. Fun list! I’d love to win the patchwork book.

  116. cecile in MN says:

    I think that’s the best list of the season ! I love those. Thank you once again for a month of ideas.

  117. Laura in Oh says:

    So many beautiful things. What a lovely idea to make fabric envelopes. Nothing needs to be plain and boring.

  118. Charlotte in Ga says:

    Cute and different wrapping ideas today. I love to use fabric as gift wrap!
    Thanks for another great Handmade Holidays

  119. Robin E. in AZ says:

    Thank you for another WONDERFUL month of Handmade Holidays!

  120. Samina says:

    I’m a bag junkie, so I’d love to get my hands on the bag book.

  121. Barbara says:

    Where to start? All of these wrapping styles are so pretty. Thanks for sharing!

  122. KL in VA says:

    So sad that handmade holidays is over! Love the furoshiki wrapping!

  123. Melissa Meinhard says:

    I love the fabric wrapping!
    Melissa in Virginia

  124. SS in NH says:

    I’m a big fan of reusable gift wrap – thanks for the ideas.

  125. Margo in WA says:

    I love sewing drawstring bags for gift bags. 🙂

  126. Heather in CA says:

    Oooh, Peppermint White Hot Chocolate sounds sooo good right now!

  127. Jenna in MA says:

    Love the fabric gift box!

  128. Molly Peters says:

    Another wonderful November! Thanks for pulling this series together every year! I always look forward to it! Loves <3
    Molly

  129. Nupur in GA says:

    I love the idea of a furoshiki fabric wrap- maybe even using a kitchen towel as wrap? And those fabric cards are a must try!

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