Handmade Holidays Nov. 12: Gifts for the Entertainer

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 Welcome back for the twelfth day of our 10th Annual Handmade Holidays series! It’s the holiday season, and it’s time to party! Beth Clifton rounded up some links to crafty tutorials that will help you put the pizzazz in your next potluck. Make hostess gifts or carry your favorite dish to the shindig in style with these fresh and fun tutorials.

Today’s Guest Curator:
Beth Clifton from Off Kilter Quilter

From Beth:
Hi! I’m a quilter who loves doing my own thing. I believe my projects should reflect who I am as a maker, and because of that I don’t make quilts from patterns. In the last couple of years I’ve become a big fan of improv quilting and have all but tossed out my rulers. You can see a few of my projects at Off Kilter Quilter, where I occasionally share my projects and my philosophy about quilting and life.

Make It


Five-Minute Bread Bag
This handy bread bag is perfect for bringing your favorite homemade loaf to a holiday potluck, and it makes a fabulous hostess gift. It’s a great beginner sewing project and requires only a dishtowel and a ribbon to complete the project. The authors even include a link to artisanal bread recipes! How easy is that?


Tortilla Warmer
Heat up your tortillas and keep them hot with this brilliant microwave tortilla warmer. It’s easy to make using your favorite fabric, a little batting, and a bit of bias tape. Renee even sets you up with a link to a recipe for homemade tortillas! Yummy!


Casserole Dish Carrier
Want a great way to carry your main dish to the party? Try making this super-simple casserole carrier. It’s quick and easy to make, and it’ll make you look super crafty the next time you’re at a party.


Wine Bag
Make this handy wine bag and (or several) as hostess gifts for all your holiday parties! It’s adorable, quick and easy to make!


Mason Jar Utensil Caddy
If you’re hosting this year’s potluck, you’ll need something to hold silver or plastic ware within easy reach of your guests. This caddy is not only functional, but beautiful as well. You’ll likely need to take a trip to the hardware store to make this project, but you’ll be glad you did when your guests are awed by your beautiful table!

Related posts you might enjoy: Happy Hostess Gift Box and Alfresco Bowl Covers

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On the Loom: A Modern Weaver’s Guide

Author: Maryanne Moodie
Publisher: Harry N. Abrams

In On the Loom, Maryanne Moodie brings the ancient art of weaving to the modern day in a comprehensive guide packed with step-by-step tutorials and beautiful photography. Learn the basics of this simple and beautiful craft with valuable information on basic stitches, tools needed, and even how to make your own looms. Split by loom type—circular, rectangular, and even found objects—24 lush, bohemian, and uniquely modern projects for the home and to wear draw deeply on the nostalgic quality of vintage textiles. In addition to the how-to, this is the ultimate resource for finding your own creativity and style through this medium, from learning which materials to use for different effects to discovering how to use color to create vintage-inspired projects with a modern twist.

Change-Up Patchwork

(US shipping only.)

Author: Nancy Zieman
Publisher: Nancy Zieman

Nine quilt designs based on the traditional 4-patch, 9-patch and square within a square, made new with a little creative flair. Learn Nancy’s speedy-and-easy process of using strips and straight stitching to make a variety of modern patchwork quilts and table runners. Use Nancy’s method to create additional designs with graph paper. Turn to the front of the book for recommended supplies, tools and tips on basic quilting techniques such as cutting fabric strips, stitching and pressing strips.

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

Here are our 2016 themes:

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 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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99 Responses to Handmade Holidays Nov. 12: Gifts for the Entertainer

  1. Rose in MN says:

    The wine bags are so pretty. I also love that they are reuable.

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  4. Mary Beth says:

    The tortilla warmer is a great idea.

    –Mary Beth in MO

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  6. Rachel says:

    Still absolutely loving this series!

  7. Audrey says:

    I just love these posts!

  8. bookboxer says:

    These posts are full of such terrific ideas. Thank you.

  9. Barb K in NE says:

    The casserole dish carrier looks very useful–and pretty!

  10. Gia says:

    Lots of great ideas here!
    I love the wine bag!!
    Thank you for another wonderful giveaway!

  11. Great collection. Thanks for including my Casserole Carrier. Sharing all over Social Media.

  12. […] Boss November 15: Easy to Ship Gifts November 14: Table Runners November 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 […]

  13. olga says:

    Excellent idea on the wine bags. They can be used year round, reused by the recipient. I think a wider bag with perhaps an insulating batting and in either a scuba or neoprene fabric will be kept by the recipient if they can drop icecubes in it and use it to chill wines or champagne.

  14. Judi B in VA says:

    Love the utensil caddy. Maybe I can put the hubs to work on this handmade holiday!

  15. Katie in CA says:

    Tortilla warmer for the win! Dang cute and useful!

  16. Lulu says:

    The five minute bread bag is a great gift!

  17. Sarah Cooley says:

    I love those wine bags! These are all great ideas.

  18. Heidi says:

    I love the mason jar caddy!

  19. calypso says:

    Mason jar utensil caddy! Really a nice gift for my friends!

  20. asteride in Europe says:

    I’ll go for the wine bags, that looks easy to make

  21. April in KS says:

    My sister would love the caddy! Thank you for the link!

  22. Thank you for including my Utensil Caddy in your Gifts for the Entertainer roundup. I had lots of fun making it 😀

  23. Lydia says:

    the bread bag including bread and recipe is a great idea

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  25. I live in the in Arizona, and I have lots of people in my life that would get a lot of use of a tortilla warmer! Thank you.

  26. Bekki says:

    The mason jar caddy looks good

  27. Cyrus says:

    The utensil caddy is very clever!

  28. Ramona in MI says:

    These all would be great gifts for friends.

  29. Eleanor says:

    Cute caddy!

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  31. Sam in FL says:

    Love the casserole dish cover. What a great idea to take to a party.

  32. Jenny in WA says:

    Oh, I love the caddy idea. I knew I kept jars around for a reason. (Plus I was just given a Home Depot gift card. It’s fate!)

  33. Wendy says:

    I’m interested to learn have a quilt however I have a round table and everything I see is for rectangle or square any thoughts on items for roundtable ?

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  35. Lynne in WA says:

    Parties are starting up soon. Need to get started on these projects pronto!

  36. Tracy C. in GA says:

    I think I want to make all of these for myself.

  37. Margo in WA says:

    These are all great and useful gift ideas!

  38. sumac in VT says:

    like the tortilla warmer, know who I can make that for

  39. Lou Ann Johnston says:

    I love the ideas today. The handmade holiday series has been great. Thanks for sharing

  40. Gweneth says:

    Lots of good ideas here. Thanks love this series!

  41. Lee in MI says:

    I think the tortilla warmer looks like fun and making homemade tortillas too! thanks!

  42. Elizabeth says:

    I still use two homemade casserole dish carriers so I know those gifts will be so useful! Thanks for the giveaways!

  43. Jennifer V. (TX) says:

    What great ideas for quick, simple gifts for the holidays! Several of these would be great hostess gifts. Thank you!

  44. Susie H says:

    These projects are so practical and simple! I know several family members that would love to receive these gifts (with bonus food/drink inside)! And I’m on a waiting list at my local library for On The Loom… can’t wait to see this book, it looks beautiful and inspiring!

  45. Judy In OR says:

    Great ideas for gifts.

  46. Mandi in MD says:

    I want one of the tortilla warmers!

  47. Charlotte in GA says:

    Such neat ideas! Thank you!

  48. Brenda in Washington says:

    i love all these practical gifts – love the bread bag made from a dish towel.

    i am positively drooling over Nancy Zieman’s Change-up Patchwork book! i have her book called Quick Column Quilts, and love it. i also used to weave, so the weaving book would be ok too. 🙂 Thanks for the chances to win great prizes!

  49. Emma in FL says:

    These are all useful looking gifts. Thanks for the tutorial links 🙂

  50. Kerry in HI says:

    Love the mason jar caddy! I might have to make a couple of them!

  51. Rebecca Kuck says:

    nice!!

  52. Delia in Va says:

    That maso n jar caddy is cool! I like the idea of a bread bag.

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  54. Claudia says:

    I have never been able to get my tortillas very soft. Perhaps the tortilla warmer will help.

  55. Paula in Texas says:

    I know many who would love to be gifted a bottle of wine with the colorful wine bag!

  56. Gina IA. says:

    Utensil caddy is a cute idea.

  57. Jayne - TN says:

    his has been such an enjoyable series! Love quick and easy gift ideas!

  58. Jessica says:

    Lots of fun ideas! Thanks!

  59. Susan says:

    I have wanted to create on the loom…would love to have the guidance of this artist

  60. Linda-IN says:

    Like all the great ideas and giveaways

  61. Kiri-PA says:

    Another wonderful selection of projects to make. Thanks

  62. Andrea in WV says:

    That tortilla warmer looks great!

  63. Morgan D. says:

    I’m going to make a stack of those wine bottle bags this weekend to stock up for gifts- thanks!

  64. Marilyn says:

    Great ideas!

  65. Chris says:

    Lots of good ideas in this set.

  66. Linda Fleming says:

    Love Beth’s projects. The Mason Jar utensil caddy is wonderful – can be quite a versatile container too!

  67. Kathy CUMMINGS says:

    Thank you . Great projects !

  68. Donna says:

    These are nice and simple gift ideas.

  69. Terri in NJ says:

    lovely

  70. jessicac says:

    My sister would love the mason jar caddy!

  71. usairdoll in CA says:

    Oh! I love these quick ideas! I think a few of these are in my sewing future.

    usairdoll(at)gmail(dot)com

  72. Julie says:

    Awesome projects!

  73. Wendy in MI says:

    Cute ideas!

  74. Kathy L in VA says:

    Love the bread bags! I was planning to gift some breads with homemade strawberry jam and these would be perfect to go along.

  75. Cat says:

    Love the tortilla warmer – what a great idea.

    (I’m in Australia)

  76. Amy in IL says:

    These are all fun. Like the casserole dishes.

  77. Jeannie says:

    So much to choose from…so little time! That Utensil Caddy would come in handy for lots of things!

  78. Ruth L says:

    I’ve been enjoying your Handmade Holidays posts and have been busy sewing up many of your wonderful ideas! I love Nancy Zieman and would love to improve my patchwork skills. Thanks for continuing to inspire me to be more creative!

  79. I need to make some cute wine bags for the party season.

  80. BSackrey says:

    There are several items in this post that I would love to have for my kitchen and would make great hostess gifts. My hubby wants the tortilla warmer.

  81. Vicki H in KS says:

    Thanks for the great gift ideas.

  82. fenna says:

    The weaving book looks like a fun addition to my craft library!!!

  83. Kerry in WA says:

    These are always handy gifts to have around. I would love the on the loom book, my daughter has taken quite an interest since learning in school.

  84. Sandy in WA says:

    I need one of those casserole carriers

  85. Beth in MI says:

    Intrigued by anything mason jar!!

  86. Kay in Tx says:

    The on the loom book looks very interesting.

  87. Barb B in BC says:

    I see at least one tortilla warmer going on the list! Thanks for the ideas for gifts.

  88. cecile in MN says:

    Thank you !

  89. Amy Badskirt (international) says:

    After all these years, I still love seeing the curated Handmade Holidays list. Thank you for assembling it for us.

  90. Heidi in WA says:

    The wearing book looks amazing! Thanks for the chance to win.

    • Heidi in WA says:

      I meant weaving!!

  91. Renea says:

    Cute gift ideas. Thanks for the giveaway.

  92. caroline rohrer says:

    great ideas. thanks

  93. Christine in Colorado says:

    The bread bag is an excellent idea – practical and stylish. And On The Loom would be a perfect gift for my sister, who just started tapestry weaving.

  94. Mandi in CO says:

    Great casserole carrier.

  95. Patty says:

    Like those wine bottle wraps.

  96. SS in NH says:

    I love a good gift bag – will definitely be checking out the bread bag and the wine bag.

  97. Anne Marie says:

    I love everyone of these ideas – thanks.

  98. Bernie says:

    Nice roundup – yet again! Today my favorites are the bread bag and the tortilla warmer. Great projects.!

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