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

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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.