Handmade Holidays Nov. 11: Quick and Easy Gifts

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 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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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

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

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118 Responses to Handmade Holidays Nov. 11: Quick and Easy Gifts

  1. Rose in MN says:

    Thanks for the free printable!

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  4. Jodie in CA says:

    Love these tutorials! Thanks!

  5. Mary Beth says:

    Love the wall art projects.

    –Mary Beth in MO

  6. bookboxer says:

    I love these projects! Thanks so much.

  7. Barb K in NE says:

    I really like the cute apron!

  8. Gina Ia says:

    Like the book, looks like fun.

  9. caroline says:

    Love the hexis

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  12. Judi B in VA says:

    FREE wall art!!!

  13. Lulu says:

    Really nice projects to make for friends! I like the matchbook needle book!

  14. calypso says:

    I really like the hexie wall decor.

  15. asteride says:

    Hexie wall decor looks pretty easy to make and you can use fabric with Christmas colors!

  16. Chenelle says:

    So many cute ideas… how to choose!!

  17. Kate in MO says:

    Thanks for sharing these ideas!

  18. Lydia says:

    The matchstick needle case, apron and waterbottle… on my list.

  19. DeborahGun says:

    I love the apron especially!

  20. Cyrus says:

    The water bottle sling is a great idea!

  21. Sandra in CA says:

    Pink and polka dots!! Love that apron!!

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  23. brie says:

    Love the matchbook needle case

  24. Sam in FL says:

    The matchbook needle holder is too cute. Would be a great idea for the members of the embroidery club I just joined two months ago.

  25. Gail says:

    Wonderful. Gail from Florida

  26. Kate Stinnett says:

    Such wonderful, fresh ideas, thanks!!

  27. Lynne in WA says:

    I am so happy to have some easy and quick to sew gift ideas.

  28. sumac in VT says:

    You have some great projects here. Love the needle book!

  29. Emily in Alabama says:

    Love these ideas!

  30. Gweneth says:

    Love the matchbook needle book!

  31. Elizabeth says:

    I love the hexie wall art and that pieced wall hanging is beautiful.

  32. Scottye-TX says:

    Love the idea of framing the hexagons. Would be cute for a minor quilt too.

  33. Mandi in MD says:

    All of my kids need a water bottle sling! So cute!

  34. Charlotte in GA says:

    Nice!! Can’t wait to check out the blog!

  35. Jan in AK says:

    Lots of great ideas! Thanks!

  36. Emma in FL says:

    Love the apron!

  37. jackie in indiana says:

    more and more great ideas thank-you!!!!

  38. Kerry in HI says:

    Love the matchbook!

  39. Gina IA. says:

    I could use the water bottle sling. I’m always walking off leaving my water behind.

  40. Bobby says:

    My friend just asked for an apron so this is great! Love the matchbook too.

  41. Gia says:

    Great projects and a wonderful book!
    Thanks for the round-up and the giveaway!

  42. Marilyn says:

    Great ideas!

  43. Chris says:

    I love the apron.

  44. Rita in CA says:

    These are great gift ideas. Thanks for a chance to win.

  45. Julie says:

    I love the matchbook needle holder – super cute! I like the water sling too!

  46. That’s a darling apron. Pinning it now!

  47. Maggie C in MN says:

    Love the water bottle sling! That would come in handy next summer!

  48. amber says:

    great window covering

  49. DebbieKL in NY says:

    The hexagon s are intimidating!

  50. Amy in IL says:

    Love the water bottle sling.

  51. BSackrey says:

    perfect apron for a variety of jobs

  52. fenna says:

    That apron looks amazing!

  53. Sandy in WA says:

    Like that apron alot.

  54. Beth in MI says:

    Love the water bottle sling!

  55. Susan Walter says:

    The apron is too cute. Love it.
    Sue- WI

  56. Aimee says:

    I love the matchbook needlebook!

  57. Judy In OR says:

    The apron is so cute and the matchbook needle case would be a fun gift for someone who sews.

  58. Susan M in AK says:

    Cute gift ideas!

  59. Kiri says:

    Thanks for all the ideas

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  61. Shannon in WA says:

    Echoing the sentiments above: darling needle book

  62. Paula says:

    Great ideas, thanks!

  63. Tracy Thompson says:

    That matchbook needle holder is super cute. I can see the apron making a great gift for a couple of people in my family…thanks.

  64. Mandi in CO says:

    Cute ideas

  65. Shannon says:

    Great ideas! I need to make that water sling for my son.

  66. Terry says:

    Fun projects!!!

  67. Shawna - TX says:

    What a nice printable to have – and such a quick gift!

  68. Heather in Florida says:

    I want to make everything – so much crafting, so little time!

  69. Lisa H says:

    The apron, framed hexie art and matchbook needle case are now on my ‘to make’ list of handmade gifts for 2016. Thank you for sharing.

  70. Sherry in AR says:

    Love the wall hexies and the apron!

  71. usairdoll in CA says:

    Awesome ideas! Love the water bottle sling.

    usairdoll(at)gmail(dot)com

  72. Tina L says:

    The water bottle sling is just right for long walks in the rain this winter. A practical gift for some family members.

  73. Gwen in NJ says:

    Love, love, love the cute apron. It has great lines and want to make a mini version also.

  74. Melissa in NY says:

    The water bottle sling looks very handy.

  75. Delia in VA says:

    Super cute matchbook needle holder. We put together sewing kits for Operation Christmas Child boxes for the older girls. Next year they will look like these cute things! Thanks for the ideas!

  76. Kathy Slaughter Cummings says:

    I have to make the apron!!! Thank you!
    Kathy in Kentucky

  77. Sherry says:

    The apron is so cute and such a great idea for a hostess gift. sjvonfumetti at yahoo dot com

  78. Patty in MN says:

    Cute ideas that can be used by various ages.

  79. Audrey says:

    I love the hexies!

  80. Brenda in Washington says:

    i especially loved the matchbook needlebook – brilliant! and the water sling looks useful and fun. thanks for the chance to win prizes too.

  81. jessicac says:

    The matchbook needle holder might be the cutest thing ever!

  82. Southern Gal says:

    I thought I had commented. Hope this isn’t a repeat. great collection of projects!
    Renee in SC

  83. Christine says:

    Thanks for these great ideas!

  84. Renea says:

    I really like the water bottle holder. Thanks for the giveaway.

  85. Marian in GA says:

    Please, please me!

  86. lee in mi says:

    I love the apron!

  87. Southern Gal says:

    This is a great round up!
    Thanks for sharing all the lovely projects.

  88. Claudia says:

    I am making the water bottle sling for myself and my active friends

  89. Dawn from Indiana says:

    I love the apron.

  90. I love that apron, especially that it has a high, wide front. Great coverage for messes! Thank you.

  91. Andrea in WV says:

    Such great ideas!

  92. Linda W says:

    I need to make a water bottle sling. That would come in very handy while hiking. Thanks.

  93. Judy S. in NH says:

    I think I’m going to have to try the matchbook needle case, and I know a few people who would love the hexie art! Thanks for the ideas.

  94. cute apron

  95. Lisa in MA says:

    The matchbook needle holder is so cute!

  96. Rose in UK says:

    Matchbook needle case is very clever

  97. Anne Marie says:

    Wow such great ideas – thanks.

  98. Rebecca Kuck says:

    The apron is just too too cute!

  99. Amanda B. says:

    Oh my! That matchbook needle case is just too cute.

  100. Anne Marie says:

    As usual these ideas are all great – thanks!

  101. Bernie says:

    Nice round up Natalie! I don’t think I have been to your site so I will just hop over now!

  102. Sarah J in OH says:

    I love quick and easy projects when I’m trying to gift to several people at once (teacher holiday gifts!)! Thanks for some great ideas!

  103. Suzanne says:

    The matchbook needle case is very cute. A little nostalgic as you don’t see matchbooks any more.

  104. Laura says:

    Thanks for the giveaway!

  105. Barb B in BC says:

    Thank you for sharing all these ideas for gifts that we can use our love of crafting to make for friends and family.

  106. Eleanor says:

    Great ideas!

  107. Tammy in SC says:

    That apron pattern is adorable! Thanks for the links.

  108. Patty says:

    Love the water bottle sling.

  109. Ramona in MI says:

    This is always such a fun series. I’m a big hexie fan, so love those two projects.

  110. Kay says:

    I would love a new apron, thanks for the link.

  111. Heidi says:

    As always these are great! Love the matchbooks and I just happen to have some of that cotton and steel fabric on hand!

  112. Barbara says:

    I have never heard of pojagi. Will definitely have to try this technique!

  113. Cathie, CA says:

    I just love this apron, going to make Christmas ones for my girls.

  114. Bekki says:

    I like the match book needle book.

  115. Cheryl says:

    The matchbook needle book is adorable! I can see me making several of these.

  116. cecile in MN says:

    Great ideas, thank you for those last-minute moments !

  117. Wendy in MI says:

    Cute ideas!

  118. Kathy L in VA says:

    The matchbook needle book is adorable. May have to make one for myself!

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