Handmade Holidays Nov. 10: Gifts for Book Lovers

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 Welcome back for the tenth day of our 10th Annual Handmade Holidays series! Patty Dudek organized some fun tutorials to satisfy all the avid readers. If you love books, whether paper or electronic, there is something for you on the list!

Today’s Guest Curator:
Patty Dudek from Elm Street Quilts

From Patty:
I’ve been married over 30 years, have 3 wonderful kids and live in central North Carolina.  I’ve always enjoyed sewing, knitting, stitching and became addicted to quilting about fifteen years ago as a way to relax and make things for people that I care about.  I blog about my quilting adventures at Elm Street Quilts and on Instagram (@elmstreetquilts). Each fall, I host a blog event to encourage handmade bags as gifts for the holidays called Bag It. I hope you’ll check it out.

Make It

Ribbon Bookmark
Endless place-keeping possibilities with this ribbon bookmark tutorial from Rachel at 5 Minutes for Mom.

Pocket Tote Library Bag
Your trip to the library just got better with this pocket tote library bag from Mandy at Sugar Bee Crafts.

Quiet Book 
Keep that ‘early’ reader in your life happy and busy with this quiet book. Sheri from Thread Riding Hood has created a fun and customizable tutorial.

Journal Covers
These covered journals would look beautiful sitting on any bookshelf. Find Peta’s tutorial on her blog She Quilts A Lot.

Kindle Cover
Keep your e-reader safe inside a hexie cover with this tutorial from Anorina at Samelia’s Mum.

Tassel Bookmarks
Keep your place with style using Sarah’s (of Live a Little Wilder) cute tassel bookmark.

Matryoshka Bookmarks
Bring a smile to any book lover’s face with these sweet bookmarks from Marianna at the Candid Kitchen.

Pocket Pillows
A young book lover in your life would adore snuggling up with a good book tucked into this pillow. To make one yourself see the tutorial by Lyndsey at Fort Worth Studio Fabrics.

Related posts you might enjoy: Cutwork Felt Bookmark, Scrap Buster Bookmarks, Sketchbook Cover, and Fabric Book Covers.

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.

Kaffe Fassett’s Bold Blooms: Quilts and Other Works Celebrating Flowers

Author: Kaffe Fassett
Publisher: Harry N. Abrams

A stunning guide and vibrant pattern collection of 25 new patchwork and needlepoint projects, from renowned color expert and quilt and fabric designer Kaffe Fassett.

Drawing inspiration from the natural beauty of flowers, Kaffe Fassett’s Bold Blooms invites crafters to explore the behind-the-scenes process and fascinating design methods used to create Kaffe’s bold fabrics and modern color palettes—from “sketching” with fabric swatches to creating mood boards and renderings to sewing visually striking quilts. Featured throughout are 18 new quilt patterns and seven new needlepoints.

Ideas bloom on each page as eye-catching artwork, inventive quilt designs, needlepoint canvases, and bold ribbon patterns grow from concept to completion. Renowned for his use of color, Kaffe creates unique palettes from nature and his surroundings to create color “moods”—from neutrals and soft pastels to rich, dark tones—and he shares his design ideas, practical quilting advice, and needlepoint techniques useful to both novice and seasoned crafters throughout these colorful projects.

With an emphasis on patchwork and needlework, the inventive designs and fresh color palettes translate to many creative disciplines ranging from mosaic, beading, fiber arts, embroidery, floral arrangements, and home décor. Accessible to quilting and sewing beginners and experts alike, the lively floral designs on each page are sure to inspire and send readers off on a color-filled creative journey, offering something for makers of all skill levels.

Make Table Runners: 10 Delicious Quilts to Sew

Author: C&T Publishing (Compiler)
Publisher: C&T Publishing

Dress up your table with 10 colorful table runners from top designers! Whether you prefer appliqué or patchwork, traditional or modern, fancy florals or geometric designs, you’re sure to find something you’ll love in this value-packed booklet. And with table toppers quick enough to make in a weekend, you can switch up your decor any time you feel like it!

Check out our 2015 Handmade Holidays list for more fun, creative ideas.

Here are our 2016 themes:

November 9: Heirloom Gifts
November 8: Fast Projects for the Holidays
November 7: Gifts for Babies and New Parents
November 6: Gifts for Geeks
November 5: Stitched and Sewn Stocking Stuffers
November 4: Gifts for Playtime
November 3: Gifts for Four-Legged Friends
November 2: Gifts for Travelers
November 1: Gifts for Students

We respect the copyright of all crafters. All photos are used with permission from the artist.

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150 Responses to Handmade Holidays Nov. 10: Gifts for Book Lovers

  1. […] 13: Gifts for the Cook November 12: Gifts for the Entertainer November 11: Quick and Easy Gifts November 10: Gifts for Book Lovers November 9: Heirloom Gifts November 8: Fast Projects for the Holidays November 7: Gifts for Babies […]

  2. […] 13: Gifts for the Cook November 12: Gifts for the Entertainer November 11: Quick and Easy Gifts November 10: Gifts for Book Lovers November 9: Heirloom Gifts November 8: Fast Projects for the Holidays November 7: Gifts for Babies […]

  3. Rose in MN says:

    I would love to win the book! I love nature inspired sewing.

  4. Jodie in CA says:


  5. […] 13: Gifts for the Cook November 12: Gifts for the Entertainer November 11: Quick and Easy Gifts November 10: Gifts for Book Lovers November 9: Heirloom Gifts November 8: Fast Projects for the Holidays November 7: Gifts for Babies […]

  6. Deb says:

    I love the Quiet Book tutorial!

  7. Cindy says:

    Thanks for all the great ideas.

  8. Mary Beth says:

    I love the library tote.

    –Mary Beth in MO

  9. Barbara Macey says:

    I’ve sooooo many book lovers on my “to give” list & I always appreciate ideas to include in new books or gift certificates. Thank You ever so much.

  10. […] 13: Gifts for the Cook November 12: Gifts for the Entertainer November 11: Quick and Easy Gifts November 10: Gifts for Book Lovers November 9: Heirloom Gifts November 8: Fast Projects for the Holidays November 7: Gifts for Babies […]

  11. bookboxer says:

    I love all of these! Thank you.

  12. Judi B in VA says:

    I’ve got to make a quiet book.

  13. Lulu says:

    The tassel bookmark is lovely! You could make a bunch in no time!

  14. […] 13: Gifts for the Cook November 12: Gifts for the Entertainer November 11: Quick and Easy Gifts November 10: Gifts for Book Lovers November 9: Heirloom Gifts November 8: Fast Projects for the Holidays November 7: Gifts for Babies […]

  15. calypso says:

    The quiet book is a great idea!

  16. asteride says:

    Love the journal covers!

  17. Lydia says:

    Matryoshka Bookmarks (sweet) and readers case are on my list.

  18. DeborahGun says:

    Lots of book lovers in my family! The Kaffe Fassett book looks amazing! Fingers crossed 🙂

  19. Carole M says:

    The kindle cover is cute!

  20. Cyrus says:

    Definitely going to be making that kindle cover!

  21. Kate in MO says:

    As an avid reader, I love this theme!

  22. brie says:

    I have always wanted to make a quiet book

  23. Sam in FL says:

    Oh, the book marks are a must make for a new book club I’m joining in January.

  24. sumac in VT says:

    Sweet ideas! Have to try a few

  25. emily in alabama says:

    Love the ideas!!

  26. Diane in VA says:

    The Quiet Book by THread Ridinghood is awesome! It’s in the works on my cutting table. Thankyou!

  27. Mandi in MD says:

    Cute quiet book pages! I must get on that for my 2-year old!

  28. Jan in AK says:

    Wonderful ideas for all the book lovers in my family!

  29. Annette Simpson says:

    Bookmarks are my favorite thing.

  30. jackie in indiana says:

    wow more fantastic ideas thank-you

  31. Kerry in HI says:

    I could use several of these myself.

  32. Paula in Texas says:

    So (sew?) many wonderful projects!

  33. Bobby says:

    All those bookmarks! So cool! I need me some table runners…

  34. Jodie in NJ says:

    Yay for pocket pillows!

  35. Gia says:

    Such fun projects! Thanks for the round-up!
    And the book looks absolutely amazing!!!
    Thanks for the giveaway!

  36. Chris says:

    Journal covers are the best.

  37. Melwyk says:

    As a librarian, I always look forward to the booklovers list each November 🙂 Some great ideas here.

  38. Terri in NJ says:

    These are all so sweet. : )

  39. DebbieKL in NY says:

    The pocket pillow is great!

  40. Amy in IL says:

    Love the book pillow. Maybe I need to make those for my kids.

  41. BSackrey says:

    Cute library bag!

  42. Barb K. says:

    Those journal covers are very nice!

  43. Jacqueline VH says:

    Hi there!
    Some really great ideas for book lovers! LOVE the Kaffe Fassett book…so deelish!
    Thanks & Quilty Huggs!
    PS: Canada mailing addy

  44. caroline rohrer says:

    great ideas.

  45. Anne says:

    I’m a huge Kaffe fan and would really love to win this one. Enjoying all the projects and getting good ideas for my holiday gift list. Must choose soon and get started.

  46. Shannon in WA says:

    For my book club friends!

  47. nancy says:

    I love all the ideas! Planning to sew the bag today!

  48. Margie says:

    I love the library tote, just perfect for my grandaughter!

  49. Jeanne says:

    My friend is Russian and still loves to read real books…she would also love that Matryoshka Doll bookmark!

  50. Southern Gal says:

    So many great projects! I love the journal covers!

  51. Christine says:

    Bookmarks are always handy to have, and these offer some unique ideas – thanks!

  52. lee in mi says:

    my librarian daughter will need a few of these from her mom!

  53. Claudia says:

    I need the kindle cover for myself, but it would make greats gift for my book club friends.

  54. Judy in OR says:

    I love the bookmarks and know plenty of book lovers that would like these.

  55. Judy S. in NH says:

    I know lots of readers, and the ribbon bookmarks would be perfect to hand out! Thanks for the idea.

  56. Nancy says:

    What fun gifts..thanks for the inspiration!

  57. Rose In the UK says:

    Think I need some of these for myself

  58. Rebecca Kuck says:

    Love the kindle cover! Going to make this for sure!

  59. jenny says:

    oh those babushka book marks!!

  60. Barb B in BC says:

    I can see a few of these ideas coming out of the sewing room, wrapped with pretty paper and given with love to friends. Thank you for sharing them with us.

  61. Bekki says:

    The quiet booklooks great.

  62. Nita says:

    I see a book bag in my future, lol.

  63. Julie says:

    I love the book cover! A good secret Santa gift for our guild exchange!

  64. Judy Johnson says:

    There is nothing like a hand made gift. Thanks for the ideas.

  65. Emma in FL says:

    These are all good ideas! I have made two quiet books before, but now there are two more babies in the family, so I need to make them one each now 🙂

  66. Kathy L in VA says:

    Making a pocket pillow to match a favorite book would be a great gift.

  67. […] November 10: Gifts for Book Lovers November 9: Heirloom Gifts November 8: Fast Projects for the Holidays November 7: Gifts for Babies and New Parents November 6: Gifts for Geeks November 5: Stitched and Sewn Stocking Stuffers November 4: Gifts for Playtime November 3: Gifts for Four-Legged Friends November 2: Gifts for Travelers November 1: Gifts for Students […]

  68. jessicac says:

    Journal covers plus the tassel bookmark? Putting these on my must make list

  69. Alexis in UT says:

    I’ve been meaning to make a pocket pillow for my little boy forever!

  70. Jolyn in FL says:

    I love the make it projects!

  71. The bookmarks are so cute and look very easy to make!

  72. Jayne - TN says:

    The wonder of pocket pillows! Such a great idea!!

  73. Ramona in MI says:

    How cute would the pocket pillow and a new book tucked in it be for a gift!

  74. Audrey says:

    Just bought a new kindle so there’s a gift for me in this post!

  75. Marian in GA says:

    It is amazing that Kaffe keeps coming up with such beautiful things
    Thank you,

  76. Annmarie says:

    I am an avid reader & I love bookmarks. Love the ribbon bookmark – would make great stocking stuffers too.

  77. Marcia in NJ says:

    The Quiet Book would make a great Baby Gift!

  78. Cheryl says:

    So many fun ideas coming our way from you. Now to get organized and start working on gifts. These book ideas meet my needs-thanks.

  79. Sally in OH says:

    I’m just mulling over what to make for my support staff person at work for an upcoming birthday. A book pillow and coordinating bookmark seems like a winner!!

  80. Audrey says:

    I love the bookmarks!

  81. Shawna says:

    What a lovely curation today!

  82. What a great round-up! I love the Matryoshka bookmark, definitely one to add to my to-do list 🙂

  83. Donna in GA says:

    The quiet book is so clever!

  84. Teje says:

    Hi! These are all so great ideas! I shall make some notebook – and laptop covers. x Teje

  85. Marilyn in WA says:

    I love the beautiful quiet book!

  86. usairdoll in CA says:

    Love the Pocket Pillow and so would my young grandson.


  87. Beth T. in OR says:

    The Quiet Book tutorial is darling!

  88. Carole says:

    The book lovers projects are my absolute favorite!

  89. Kathy Slaughter Cummings says:

    I love them all! Thank you.
    Kathy in Kentucky

  90. Tina In MT says:

    Love the pocket pillow!

  91. Sue in TN says:

    I have 4 granddaughters that would love many of these great gifts!

  92. Paige in SC says:

    The quiet book is perfect for a youngster!

  93. Beth says:

    The bookmarks are great ideas for stocking stuffers. I’m going to make a journal cover for my nephew to go with some art supplies. Thanks for the ideas!

  94. Carol Y says:

    Cute ribbon bookmark – I could make so many of these!

  95. Mariah says:

    I love the quiet book idea! Great round up!

  96. Brenda in Washington says:

    I’m a sucker for book covers, totes, and book marks – they make great gifts! anything kaffe does is fabulous – thanks for all these projects and chances to win great stuff

  97. Jinger says:

    Great ideas, thanks! Jinger VA

  98. Gwen in NJ says:

    The pocket pillow is in the works for Christmas with new book. I love the fabric used.

  99. Missy says:

    The ribbon bookmark with the button is a great idea since my cats like to pull my book marks out of my books.
    Missy in MO

  100. Mandi in CO says:

    Pocket pillow – yes!

  101. Sandhya says:

    Lovely handmade gift ideas. Love the bookmarks and the pocket pillow.

  102. Tina l says:

    The quiet book is just right for a new grandchild.

  103. Gina Ia says:

    I need to get some pocket pillows made! My grandkids love to read.

  104. Susan in MI says:

    There are several of these I want to make.

  105. Sandy in WA says:

    I need some bookmarks!

  106. Linda-IN says:

    Love all the book ideas especially pocket pillow

  107. Sherri I in OK says:

    Great tutorials. Thanks.

  108. Kellie in Okla says:

    The Matryoshka Bookmarks are way to cute to NOT be stuck in stockings for Christmas. I journal so and I don’tbuy fancy journals, i buy cheap journals, so i need to cute them up like Peta! And the pocket pillow is a great idea for my granddaughter, especially on car rides. Thanks!

  109. Lindsay in Iowa says:

    Totally making a kindle cover for myself haha!
    Actually, that might be something I could sew for my fil! He is hard to shop for!

  110. Joy says:

    I love the tassel bookmark, super easy to make and colorful to use!

  111. Jim M in NC says:

    What great ideas, and I have quite a few book lovers in my family. Thanks!

  112. Bernie says:

    Awesome selection! Love the Quiet Book idea.?
    Bernie in CA!

  113. Ellen in SC says:

    Love the ribbon bookmark!

  114. Sandy in Ohio says:

    The pocket pillow is adorable!

  115. Delia in VA says:

    I have to make all of these….for ME! 🙂 Great selection.

  116. Sue says:

    The journal covers are so cute.

  117. Catherine says:

    I love fresh ideas for christmas presents. Domething for every age!

  118. Heidi says:

    Love the quiet book and pocket pillow. I made a quiet book for my daughter a few years ago, she still loves it. Maybe it’s time to add a few pages!

  119. Ann in CA says:

    I don’t think I have anyone on my Christmas list that isn’t a book lover! Thanks for some fresh ideas for gifts.

  120. Linda W says:

    Love the Hexie Kindle cover. If I make one, maybe I’ll get a Kindle from Santa.

  121. Lola says:

    Lots of book lovers in my family

  122. Eleanor says:

    That quiet book is amazing!

  123. Marcia says:

    Love the matryoshka bookmark!

  124. Anne in tx says:

    Very nice round up!

  125. Kay says:

    I love the matryoshka bookmarks, so cute.

  126. I love those journal covers! I think I need to make a stack of them. We love composition books, and these would make them more attractive. Thank you.

  127. Jess M says:

    I need to make a bunch of those ribbon bookmarks!

  128. Morgan D. says:

    Can’t wait to make that library tote and cute quiet book!

  129. Christine says:

    I’m off to check out the Pocket Pillow…what a great idea for giving a new book at Christmastime!

  130. These are awesome reading gifts.

  131. Wendy T says:

    Quick beautiful useful gifts. What more do we need??

  132. Judy H says:

    Journal covers, the tassel bookmark and the ribbon bookmark (which would be used to hold my planners closed. Love them!

  133. Tammie in KS says:

    great ideas, I like the pocket tote and pillow!

  134. Carol W in IL says:

    I like the journal covers!

  135. Anne Marie says:

    I have lots of book lovers on my list. Thanks.

  136. carol in derby city says:

    I have a lot of readers in my life. this is a very timely article for me

  137. ParisGrrl says:

    Cute ideas.

  138. April in KS says:

    I love the library tote! Thank you for that!

  139. Nicole says:

    These are some great tutorials! My kids use the quiet book my mom made me several decades ago but for sure I’ll be trying out some of the others. Thanks for the links.

  140. Ashley says:

    Love this series! So many great ideas. Thanks for doing this!

  141. Charlotte in GA says:

    Such cute ideas!! Thank you! I can’t wIt to check out bag it!

  142. Margo in WA says:

    That ribbon bookmark is really cute! And a great way to use up stash ribbon. 🙂

  143. Nancy Ridder says:

    My whole family are avid readers. Thank you for the reader gifts. Loving the handmade holiday series.

  144. Catherine. Ca says:

    Love these book lover’s ideas

  145. SS in NH says:

    I have a lot of book-lovers in my life

  146. Barbara says:

    Beautiful journal covers!

  147. Gweneth says:

    I know lots of book lovers so thanks for the ideas

  148. Wendy in MI says:

    Oooo, I want to make these for myself!

  149. Cinnamom says:

    I have a mother-in-law and an aunt who would adore these books. I love the matryoshka bookmark!

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