Handmade Holidays Nov. 8: Vintage Christmas

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Add a touch of the past to your modern celebrations. Alicia has collected a variety of gift ideas with classic charm!…


Today’s Guest Curator: Alicia from Sweet Kiddy Caps + Two Kids and a Blog

Alicia from Sweet Kiddy Caps and Two Kids and a Blog showed us how to make an Easy Appliqué Birds of a Feather Quilt earlier this year. Alicia sells custom items in her shop, like bags, quilts, garlands and more.

Alicia also has round-ups, tutorials and tips on her Two Kids and a Blog, like this Travel Camper QUilt tutorial and her recent Coloring Pages round-up. Learn all about Alicia’s work on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and Pinterest.

Make It


Christmas Apron
Everyone needs a festive, new Christmas Apron! Try this easy version from Sea Salt and Stitches.


Holiday Table Runner
Here’s a traditional Holiday Runner to help you set a happy table from The Sewing Chick.


Patchwork Tree Quilt Block
Diary of a Quilter’s Patchwork Tree Quilt Block could be utilized for an Advent calendar, lap quilt, runner or more!


Vintage Inspired Christmas Pillow
Use The Crafted Sparrow’s techniques for adding words to pillows to make your own Vintage Inspired Christmas Pillow.


Merry Mug Rug
Mon Petit Lyons shows you how easy it is to make a Merry Mug Rug! Add a mug or coffee gift card to this cheery piece for an extra-special gift.


Christmas Tree Table Runner
Christen from Love By Hand designed the Christmas Tree Table Runner for us at Sew Mama Sew, featuring the ever-popular half square triangle.


How to Make Cute Toys from Vintage Patterns
Help Santa out a bit! Hillary Lang, designer and owner of Wee Wonderfuls, fills you in on How to Make Cute Toys from Vintage Patterns. Vintage-inspired friends will make the holidays brighter!


Patchwork Quilted Pillows
The sweet Patchwork Quilted Pillows from Polka Dot Chair will add extra comfort and cheer to your holiday decor.

Related tutorials you might enjoy: Stockings from a Vintage Quilt, Christmas Tree Pants Holiday Sew-Along (because not all trees like to wear skirts), “Pants” Sew-Along Part Two, “Pants” Sew-Along Part Three

Mix It


Canning Salted Cantaloupe Jam
Make the Canning Salted Cantaloupe Jam from Back to Her Roots now for a head start on thoughtful hostess, teacher and neighbor gifs.

Print It


Rudolph Gift Tags
Add By Dawn Nicole’s fun Rudolph Gift Tags to every present!

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.

The Complete Book of Chalk Lettering: Create and Develop Your Own Style

(US shipping only.)

Author: Valerie McKeehan
Publisher: Workman Publishing Company

Ubiquitous at boutiques and cafés, on Etsy and Pinterest, in stationery and home decor, the art of chalk lettering is hotter than ever. Valerie McKeehan, an Etsy standout whose work has been featured in magazines and websites from Good Housekeeping to RealSimple.com, teaches us everything we need to know to create gorgeous hand-drawn chalk designs. The book is also a practice space, with three foldout “chalkboards”— the inside cover and foldout back cover are lined with blackboard paper.

In over 60 lessons, learn the ABCs of lettering (literally) and basic styles: serif, sans serif, and script. Next, how to lay out a design, combine various styles into one cohesive piece, add shadows and dimension. Master more advanced letter styles, from faceted to ribbon to “vintage circus.” Use banners, borders, flourishes. And finally, 12 projects to show off your newfound skills: including a Winter Wonderland Snow Globe; a smartphone-themed birthday card to text friends and family; a one-of-a-kind party invitation to create, photograph, and mail; and a bake sale sign guaranteed to put everyone who sees it in the mood for a cupcake!

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.

Country Living Christmas Joys: Decorating * Crafts * Recipes

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Author: Country Living
Publisher: Hearst

Make this Christmas the best and brightest yet, with hundreds of gorgeous decorating ideas and delicious recipes. From holiday house tours and ways to deck the halls to handmade gifts and festive feasts, this beautiful book will help you celebrate Christmas in Country Living style. Create stunning wreaths, turn saltshakers into sparkling snow globes, craft Advent calendars from tiny envelopes, bake gourmet-store-worthy cookies, and more to make a truly happy holiday.

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

Here are 2015 gift ideas:

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172 Responses to Handmade Holidays Nov. 8: Vintage Christmas

  1. Andi in California says:

    My mother and boyfriend’s mom would be so excited if I made them anything on this list! Definitely need to save it.

  2. Aimee in IN says:

    If only I liked cantaloupe–but that recipe reminds me of my grandmother.

  3. Amanda in TX says:

    I love the apron… and that jam looks interesting!

  4. Stephanie says:

    More great ideas!

  5. Judy in Oregon says:

    I love the apron. I am always looking for a pattern for that type of apron and the tutorial is great. All the other handmade items are great also.

  6. Linda L. says:

    That jam looks interesting.

  7. Beth in WA says:

    There are several things I would love to sew up from this list! I would like to do the Tree Mini Quilt, the apron, the table runner, and the mug rug. Unfortunately, I probably will have to wait until next Christmas because I have a quilt I need to finish for this year first. But thanks for the list! I’ll come back to them!

  8. Rena - from GA says:

    I’m a confessed bag-a-holic and I love books too!

  9. Lydia in WA says:

    Vintage plush toys are my favorite.

  10. kim t. says:

    what fun!

  11. oooh, I love aprons… and for someone who loves aprons, I certainly don’t have very many. Now I want to dig into my stash to see if I have fabric to make one from that cute tutorial!

  12. Laurie in CO says:

    Love that patchwork star pillow. Adorable!

  13. jen in OR says:

    love the table runner!

  14. Fawn says:

    the mug rug and table runner are on my list now!

  15. Rachel in Utah says:

    Salted Cantaloupe jam? My interest is totally piqued.

  16. Teri in CA says:

    I’ve wanted an Advent calendar for so long.

  17. Just pinned the Christmas table runner.

  18. Deb H. in PA says:

    The Christmas apron is really cute!

  19. Nicole in Indiana says:

    I love the apron. That would make a great gift for my baking friends!

  20. Deidre in Canada! says:

    More great ideas!

  21. auschick in va says:

    Love all these ideas!

  22. Terri says:

    Love the tree patchwork quilt. I have a US address for shipping!

  23. Love the patterns!

  24. sjmcclelland says:

    I love vintage anything – great round up of ideas. The apron would be a cute addition to my collection. (I live in Canada but my brother in CA brings things from the US for me).

  25. L in NJ says:

    I’d love to try the book of bag patterns!

  26. Jenn in SD says:

    That apron is too cute!

  27. Michelle Smith says:

    I’m really liking the vintage plush toys

    Michelle in Michigan

  28. Sandra says:

    I love the patchwork pillow. This would be a great holiday gift! Thank you.

  29. Morgan in NY says:

    These ideas are really getting me into the spirit — I love making Christmas designs!

  30. Lynn says:

    The Salted Cantaloupe Jam recipe sounds great! And I love the idea of the Chalk Lettering book!

  31. Brie says:

    Love that Christmas tree quilt

  32. Lyn says:

    whoops, should have signed that Lyn in Texas 🙂

  33. Lyn says:

    So many neat ideas! Diary of a Quilter’s Patchwork Tree Quilt Block is especially neat because I could also see making it in solid autumn colors.

  34. Christine in CA says:

    Oooh…the salted cantaloupe jam, my family will love that!

  35. Jim M in NC says:

    The Merry Mug Rub looks quick and would make a cute gift.

  36. Anna (64ColorBox) in FL says:

    I bet my brother would love the cantaloupe jam.

  37. Angie in LA says:

    Love the apron and the quilted table runners.

  38. Stacey in WI says:

    I was JUST looking for a good tutorial for an apron, this is perfect.. and that chalk lettering book is ON my wishlist… how awesome would it be to win it!!!

  39. Joanna in SC says:

    Christmas always makes me want to craft.

  40. Amy in IL says:

    Love the rain deer tag. Super cute.

  41. Bobby Powell says:

    The table runner, the mug rug and that jam! How did I miss this yesterday! Love them all!

  42. Lisa in MA says:

    Love the table runner!

  43. Yvonne says:

    So many great ideas. Thanks!

  44. Sarah in NC says:

    I love that vintage pillow. Thanks for the chance to win!

  45. Laurel in IL says:

    Lovely ideas!

  46. Margaret in WA says:

    I like items that use up some of my stash.

  47. Katie in GA says:

    OMG, the book of chalk lettering looks amazing. I didn’t know anything like that existed!

  48. kathyh in OR says:

    Printing on fabric to make pillows was on my list of christmas gifts to make

  49. Ginger in NJ says:

    LOVE the vintage Christmas pillow. I’m in a pillow-making mood!

  50. Amy of CO says:

    Love all the quilty presents you could give.

  51. I’m dreaming of one day having a dining table to put that pretty table runner on!

  52. Deirdre in VA says:

    The mug rug is so cute. And I really like the books!

  53. Kim says:

    The scrappy tree quilt is so cute!

  54. I can’t wait to try the salted cantaloupe jam. I have made vanilla cantaloupe jam that was a huge hit a couple of years ago with family and friends. Thanks for all the great ideas.

  55. Eryn in WA says:

    Very cute as usual!

  56. Patty in MN says:

    What a great collection of ideas.

  57. Debbie says:

    Country Living always inspires me. Eye candy!

  58. Kristie in WA says:

    Lovely ideas. I really should make a holiday table runner. Thanks!

  59. Sonya says:

    Great collection, I love making mug rugs. Ooh, the chalk lettering book is calling my name! 😉

  60. Shannon says:

    Salted cantaloupe jam! So strange it sounds good!

  61. Cinnamom in MN says:

    The chalkboard letter book has me drooling…

  62. Barb B in BC says:

    My couch needs some Christmas pillows. Thanks for sharing the pattern for the star block.

  63. Cheryl in WI says:

    Thanks for all the awesome ideas. I know some friends and family members who would love to get handmade bags from my sewing room!

  64. Dee TX says:

    I think that chalk book will always be useful.

  65. Rebecca Kuck says:

    Love the patterns and really love the recipe this time!!

  66. Julie says:

    Can’t wait to start that cute little mini-tree quilt!

  67. karen in CA USA says:

    Is slated cantaloupe jam really just what it sounds like? I never would have thought to do that, but it sounds good.

  68. Cindi in GA says:

    Love the Christmas tree table runner!

  69. Haley, Texas Gal says:

    Love these gift ideas!

  70. Molly Martin OR says:

    Those vintage toys! Gah!

  71. Haley, Texas Gal says:

    Love these gift ideas!!

  72. Melissa says:

    I love the vintage Christmas pillow.

  73. Kelly Aubert says:

    I really love that quilt with the Christmas trees all over it!!!!

  74. marilyn in WA says:

    Great ideas as usual!

  75. Alexis in UT says:

    So many great ideas on this list. I especially like the pillow idea and the mini tree quilt. Ideas are churning in my brain for using these. Thank you!

  76. Mandi in MO says:

    I love the tree quilt block. I need to get sewing!

  77. Marjolein says:

    great ideas!

  78. Julie says:

    Love, love, love! Your site is always so inspiring!

  79. Jayne TN says:

    The trees are so cute and perfect for the holidays!

  80. Audrey says:

    All great ideas! Thanks for the chance.

  81. bookboxer in ny says:

    Thanks so much for this generous giveaway! I’m always inspired by all your many ideas

  82. Laura on MD says:

    I love the idea of the tree block as an Advent calendar!

  83. Rachel B says:

    Would have liked more vintage decor. Good category.

  84. Renea at Iowa says:

    I can’t believe Christmas is just around the corner. Where does time go? Seems like I just put all the decorations away. I have started my shopping but not near done. Thanks for the wonderful giveaway.

  85. Garilyn in Ohio says:

    Love the patchwork tree quilt and the patchwork pillow!

  86. Beth in MI says:

    Oh, just love all the traditional quilt stuff here!

  87. ValhallaLilly says:

    very nice list thank you!

  88. Jennifer W in SC says:

    The Christmas apron is very cute!

  89. Eleanor in NC says:

    Love the vintage ideas!

  90. Cristine in tx says:

    Ok I need that chalk lettering book now. It’s going on my Christmas wish list.

  91. MelodyJ says:

    I love the christmas apron.

  92. Jennifer in CA says:

    Lots of fun quilt block opportunities. As always, thank you for sharing.

  93. Shannon in WI says:

    Love, love, love that apron!

  94. Samantha in CA says:

    I love the quilt! Thanks for the ideas.

  95. Nikkee in wa says:

    I love the idea of using the tree quilt as an advent calendar! I love advent calendars

  96. donna says:

    So grateful for the ideas to get a jump start on gifts for giving this Christmas!

  97. Karrie in MI says:

    Hmm. Never heard of Cantaloupe Jam. Need to give that a try

  98. Harley Rast Williams says:

    I love that scrappy tree quilt. Great use of small scraps!

    Harley in AL

  99. beth p says:

    Cute ideas! Would love to win that Chalk Lettering book for my d-i-l!

  100. Angela in KS says:

    I think this is my favorite post this season!

  101. Judi B in VA says:

    Love the cute apron pattern!

  102. Whitner says:

    I love this series every year! Thank you!

  103. Cassandra says:

    What cute ideas! I really like the quilted pillow. Cassandra in Ohio

  104. Heidi in SD says:

    I love the fabrics in th patchwork pillow!

  105. Heidi says:

    Omg, these are all such great and festive ideas!
    I just put the chalk lettering book on my Christmas list, so cool!

  106. Charlotte in Ga says:

    Thanks for more great ideas !!

  107. Brenda in NE says:

    So many many great ideas. Loved the cheery red apron and especially that it appears to come far enough around the body to catch that “wipe hands on hips” gesture that I find so common when I’m making something that involves flour. And the one about making toys from vintage patterns reminded me of several that I obtained in a “junk” sale box — Popeye, Olive Oyl, Blutus, Swee’ Pea; also Betty Boop, Dagwood and Blondie, the Pink Panther, and perhaps another one or two. Have never made them — they are a little different that what your suggestion was (I have a pattern I designed for a simple fun play doll (boy or girl) along with clothes for both sexes).

  108. Judith Martinez says:

    I have a collection of vintage patterns for Barbie clothes, baby doll clothes and stuffies. I will have to check out the post and see if there are any tips I can use.

  109. Delia in VA says:

    My quilting experience is very limited…basically log cabin style pillows made in my teens. That Christmas tree quilt is causing me to rethink my lack of quilting ability. It would be beautiful with reclaimed fabrics.

  110. Patti says:

    I’m considering making the pillow in shades of gold and red

  111. Anne in tx says:

    I love he simple mug rugs! So cute for novelty christmas prints.

  112. Kate in MO says:

    I love all the pieced and quilted items!

  113. Erin says:

    I’ve made the salted cantalope jam before, and it’s amazing!

  114. Sarah J. in OH says:

    I love the Tree quilt- so cute! Thanks for sharing some fun ideas!

  115. I love the vintage theme!

  116. Anne marie says:

    Oh my gosh these are such great gift ideas. Thanks.

  117. Ramona from MI says:

    So many adorable things today!!

  118. Whitney in ME says:

    Love the Christmas tree quilt!

  119. Sandy in Ohio says:

    Lots of great gift ideas today!

  120. Crystal Rose in MN says:

    I love vintage stuff. What a great theme!

  121. Always great give-aways. Thanks for the opportunities and all the geat projects!

  122. Shannon says:

    Oh, that pillow! So dear!

  123. Janelle Thietje-Dunn says:

    I’ve been dreaming of making a tree quilt for my home – still don’t think this is the year, but it’s nice to know there’s a pattern out there.

  124. sarah says:

    These look like great books. I am really enjoying this series. It’s fun to fall down the rabbit holes of all of the links.

  125. Karen Caves says:

    So may my great ideas!

  126. Linda Fleming says:

    A nice selection of Ideas.
    The two I liked most were the small improv trees – they are fun to make (I’ve made some larger ones before) and the Making Toys from Vintage patterns – thanks for the inspiration as some of the older books don’t have the same appeal. I know our local library has quite a variety of newer books too!

  127. Tina in NJ says:

    The cantaloupe jam sounds intriguing. If I have time, I might make some.

  128. Marian from Georgia says:

    I am really getting in the holiday spirit, thanks so much!

  129. Nancy McKenzie says:

    Vintage is what I grew up with.I find vintage stuffies work well for all ages!

  130. Joan says:

    Love the vintage gifts! My favs so far!

  131. Becky says:

    Love all the small quilting projects. (Becky from Florida)

  132. Jocelyn says:

    Such fun and inspiring holiday ideas. Thanks!

  133. SacheeninMN says:

    Cite apron! I’ve been meaning to make one… maybe sometime soon!

  134. Julie From Utah says:

    I love all the table runners!

  135. Robin E. in AZ says:

    I love Handmade Holidays every year!!!! Thank you.

  136. Teri says:

    I love all the ideas on the blog today! I wish I could discipline myself to do more sewing and crafting year round! I always have big ambitions for a homemade Christmas but start way too late!

  137. Elizabeth says:

    The Christmas apron is so cute!

  138. Niechelle Wade says:

    Great ideas today! Always looking for fresh mug rugs. 🙂

  139. Stacy S. says:

    The Christmas apron is so cute! Great idea for a hostess gift.

  140. Tina in BC says:

    Time to get started on sewing projects for Christmas.

  141. Nancy in WY says:

    It’s hard to believe it’s that time of the year, again! What great ideas and links to even more, thanks!

  142. jmj in IN says:

    Love the Christmas tree quilt and making toys from vintage patterns, Woman’s Day magazine used to have patterns for things to make in their November issue when I was a child I think I have a few up in the attic

  143. Beth in VA says:

    Love all the sewn Christmas trees! And they don’t drop needles, either.

  144. Cary in VA says:

    The patchwork pillow is beautiful! Also love the Christmas apron…and all other items, for that matter!

  145. Charlotte from MI says:

    Love the ‘vintage’ stuffed dog!!

  146. Mary Ann in SC says:

    I love the patchwork tree block!

  147. Terri says:

    Love the pillow!!!

  148. Tammy in MI says:

    Fun list of projects!

  149. What a fun collection today! Every day, I somehow love each one more than the last!

  150. Sarah in WA says:

    I’m excited for the cantaloupe jam. I know who would love it on my gift list.

  151. Sandy Ross in WA says:

    I really like the pstch work trees.

  152. Kati says:

    I love the little puppy softie!

  153. Elise in GA says:

    I want to try some of that jam

  154. Lee in MI says:

    Adorable vintage stuffed animals – I love the weiner dog! And the pillows are great! thanks!

  155. Natalie in Ohio says:

    I would LOVE to win the chalk lettering book! Something that I’ve always wanted to learn 🙂

  156. Pat Upton says:

    I love the Christmas tree mug rug, table runner and patchwork tree block!

  157. Kathy h in Pa. says:

    I love the look of vintage things for Christmas, probably because I still have some things that were my grandmother’s.

  158. …I am so intrigued by the salted cantaloupe jam

  159. jessicac says:

    Would love the Christmas book!

  160. katherine says:

    This may be my fave giveaway so far! i love Country Living, and just the cover of that book looks great. <3 Katherine in Montana

  161. Michelle in OH says:

    Can’t wait to sew some aprons.

  162. SS in NH says:

    That Rudolph gift tag is irresistible

  163. Monique says:

    Cantaloupe jam! How unique and interesting. That might be on the list of things to try canning next year when they are in season. Great stuff again.

  164. Manette Gutterman says:

    Great holiday gift ideas!

  165. Kristin says:

    I’m so curious what cantaloupe jam tastes like!

  166. Mandi says:

    Those stuffed toys are cute!

  167. Kerry in WA says:

    Love the vintage plush toys. The dachshund! Thr salted cantaloupe jelly sounds weird and intriguing, must try.

  168. Kylene says:

    A vintage Christmas is my goal every year!

  169. KL in VA says:

    I’m going to make the patchwork tree quilt. It’s adorable!

  170. Heather in VA says:

    The Patchwork Quilted Pillow is a great way to use up scraps. Such pretty things today.

  171. I love the tree mini quilt.

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