Jennifer and Kelly curated a set of tutorials with the beginning sewist in mind. If you’re new to sewing (or if you’re participating in our Teach a Friend to Sew series) this is your day! Many of these selections would be fun for kids to make too.


Today’s Guest Curators: Jennifer + Kelly from Craftree

From Jennifer: Kelly and I opened Craftree this past summer. We are both avid crafters and sewists, and had our own respective businesses; we were thrilled to turn our friendship into a new small business. We have a brick and mortar shop located in Huntington, NY and we’re set on providing a place for both children and adults to flex their creative minds and muscles. Besides our classroom, we also are blogging about our crafting and sewing adventures. Our personal style comes out through our posts and we hope that others find our projects as interesting as we do.

Make It


Leather + Flannel Snap Scarf
Delia Creates shows you how to make a Leather + Flannel Snap Scarf. The scarf might appeal to teens on your list, or the family member with extra style!


Embroidery Hoop Storage Pockets
These Embroidery Hoop Storage Pockets from Sew Delicious are easy and fun to sew. Tweens would love a pocket for organizing, and your favorite crafter would likely love one too!


Hot/Cold Packs
The Smashed Peas + Carrots Hot/Cold Packs help make everything better; add warmth to chilly mornings at the bus stop, or cool a strain or bump. These are also fun to make in multiples, so you can gift one to your each of your friends, to the neighbor kids, etc.


Canvas + Leather Lunch Bag
The Pretty Prudent Canvas + Leather Lunch Bag would make an especially nice present for men on your gift giving list.


Lazy Days Doll Skirt
If you know someone who loves 18-inch dolls, the Lazy Days Doll Skirt from Oliver + S might be just the right project! Match the doll skirt and a kid-sized skirt (free tutorial on the same site) for a lovely gift set.


Easy Infinity Scarf
A Sew Can She Easy Infinity Scarf can feature your favorite fabrics. Make one for each of your friends!


Self Binding Baby Blanket
Little ones on your list can cuddle up with this easy, Self Binding Baby Blanket via Diary of a Quilter.


Easy Pillowcase
Our How to Sew a Pillowcase PDF excerpt from Shea Hendersons’s School of Sewing: Learn It, Teach It, Sew Together shows you how to make a quick, custom case!

Related tutorials you might enjoy: Sew Mama Sew Beginner Sewing Tutorials, 10 Beginner Bag Tutorials, 12 Favorite Beginner Sewing Projects

Mix It


Homemade Twix Bars
You’d better make an extra batch of these Homemade Twix Bars from I Heart Naptime!

Print It


Jar of Buttons Gift Tag
The sweet Jar of Buttons Gift Tags from Live Laugh Rowe are perfect toppers for your newly-sewn gifts!

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.

Tote-ally Amazing Bags: 30 Quick and Easy Bags to Make for All Occasions

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Author: Helen Angharad Henley
Publisher: St. Martin’s Griffin

The tote bag in its humblest form is a simple rectangular bag with two handles, but the possibilities offered by the style are limitless. This colorful book guides the reader through all the possible incarnations of the tote bag, from children’s bags and simple grocery totes to stylish shoulder bags in contemporary fabrics, with patterns ranging from the fun to the functional. With more than 30 projects complete with colorful photos and full-size patterns, this book imparts lots of useful tips to help you achieve a truly professional finish. Techniques cover all the basics of machine sewing and finishing, from straight seams to topstitching, as well as detailed instructions on the specifics of bag construction, handle making, patch and zipped pockets, and interlining. And the styles in this book range from appliqué to stenciled designs using fabric paint, giving you the freedom to design the tote-ally amazing bag of your dreams!

Two $25 Gift Certificates to Fiddlehead Artisan Supply
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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)!

‘Tis the Season to Be Felt-y: Over 40 Handmade Holiday Decorations

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Author: Kathy Sheldon
Publisher: Lark Crafts

Fa la la la . . . MORE! Crafters couldn’t get enough of the adorable projects in Fa la la la Felt, so here are over 40 new whimsical felt crafts to celebrate Christmas with handmade style. Many of the same awesomely talented designers (and several new ones!) have returned to create pretty ornaments like Beaded Star Baubles, Sparkly Icicles, a Shining Star Tree Topper (and a partridge in a pear tree) to a pink poinsettia wreath, Yule log, snow bunny tree skirt, and lots of stockings to hang by the chimney with care; these holiday items will make your season merry and bright.

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

Here are 2015 gift ideas:

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