Welcome back for the eleventh day of our 10th Annual Handmade Holidays series! Natalie Santini curated a list of unique and quick projects for those of us short on time this Holiday season. Read on and get inspired to create some awesome gifts!

Today’s Guest Curator:
Natalie Santini from HungryHippie Sews

From Natalie:
I’m Natalie Santini of Hungry Hippie Sews. I started sewing in 2009 when we moved to England and my world has never been the same. We are back in the USA now, in the glorious cheese capitol of Wisconsin. I work during the day as an RN, but my “real job” is making sewing and quilting patterns intended for the confident beginner. I list tutorials on my blog for all sewing levels, and share my sewing mishaps too – because nobody’s perfect right?! Sewing and quilting are my passions and keep me happy and mostly sane (though my husband would beg to differ.) I enjoy lots of color everywhere and in my neighborhood we’re known as “the people with the pink fridge”. You can see my awesome fridge on IG @sewhungryhippie or pOp over to my blog. It’s SO fun meeting other Makers, so if we can’t meet in person then drop me a note and let’s have a virtual cup-o-joe. OH–and why hungryhippie? Because I’m an Earth-loving, tree-hugging, recycle-everything-known-to-WoMan, anti-styrofoam, always-hungry Mama.

Make It


Matchbook Needlebook
Lysa’s matchbook needle case is super cute and unique. The size of a matchbook to hold needles and pins, complete with red tipped “matches” from felt. This would be a perfect stocking stuffer or swap partner gift!


Hexie Wall Decor
Andy’s quick hexagon decor is perfect to dress up your BFF’s sewing room. I could see doing this same thing with cardboard hexie’s or posterboard, and sewing around the edge if glue isn’t your thing.


Cute Apron 
Amber’s fast apron’s are quick and make the perfect hostess gift. This apron could be sized down for little ones too.


Pojagi
Artist Jennifer Falkowski’s Pojagi window hanging has no wrong side, due to flat felled seams. This is a fun project done in an hour or two, and because there is no wrong side, it’s practically mistake-proof!


Applique Hexie Art
Maday’s easy applique hexies turned into a framed art piece would be a gorgeous gift. Her technique is fast and makes an impact. Plus, people will think you’ve worked for days on it.


Printable Wall Art
Melanie’s free printable word art. I’ve admired Melanie’s work for a while now, her hand lettering is amazing. Her Etsy shop is filled with hand lettered signs and quilting patterns.


Water Bottle Sling
Adrianne’s water bottle sling is a gift that is totally usable, every single day. Take it to work, on hikes, to the park, in your car… I want to make several. My kids need these, especially in the summer at day camp!

Related posts you might enjoy:Sew Mama Sew Beginner Sewing Tutorials, Butterfly Wall Art, Fussy-Cut Polaroid Ornaments.

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Sew Home: Learn Design Basics, Techniques, Fabrics & Supplies – 30+ Modern Projects to Turn a House into YOUR Home

Author: Erin Schlosser
Publisher: C&T Publishing / Stash Books

It’s the first home decor sewing book you need to buy! Make your place look like a million bucks with 31 functional projects including DIY window treatments, linens, organizers, rugs, pillows, and accessories for every space in your home. Work with cording and zippers, blind hems, and home decor fabric, with tips from a professional designer. Complement any style when you learn interior design basics that will turn your house into a welcoming retreat.

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

Here are our 2016 themes:

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

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