Handmade Holidays Nov. 15: Easy to Ship Gifts

on November 15 | in Handmade Holidays, Sewing Inspiration, Sewing Tutorials + Patterns | by | with 111 Comments

 We are halfway through our 10th Annual Handmade Holidays series! Fiona Duggan curated a list of items that are small and easy enough to ship off to your distant friends and relatives.

Fiona also contributed the Bird Watcher Binocular Bag and Gifts for Grandparents

Today’s Guest Curator:
Fiona Duggan from Celtic Thistle Stitches

From Fiona:
I’m Fiona and I blog at Celtic Thistle Stitches. I love to travel and explore new places and having recently moved to our dream home on the West Coast of Scotland, I have a whole new world of destinations to visit and blog about! This year I became a grandma for the first time, so I have been having a great time discovering how much fun it is to make tiny clothes for tiny people and blogging about it all too. Trying new things is a particular passion and I host a monthly New to Me Link Party on the 25th of each month to encourage and cheer on fellow bloggers who want to try their hand at something new. I would love to have you join me.

Make It


Dresden Potholders
These cute, retro Potholders created by Bev at Flamingo Toes would definitely delight any domestic goddesses on your gift list.


Modern Door Wreath Quilt
This funky, Modern Door Wreath quilt by Jen at Quilter in the Closet is just perfect for hipster homeowners with very little storage space but big ideas.


Coupon Organizer
Treat the coupon queens on your list to this smart organizer by Nicki at Sew Uprising and they will never miss a bargain again!


Gift Card Envelope
Upgrade your gift card giving with this beautiful, embroidered gift card envelope designed by Jenny at Elefantz, and your gift will be remembered long after the voucher is spent.


Christmas Pudding Applique Tea Towel
They will be fighting over the right to dry the holiday dishes when you send this cute Applique Tea Towel from Fiona at Celtic Thistle Stitches.


Yoga Mat Bag
Ramp up the style stakes for your fit and flexible friends with this quick to make Yoga Mat bag from Patty at Elm Street Quilts.


Bad Call Ball
When the ref’s decision is too much to take, the Sports Fans on your gift list will be thrilled that you rustled up one (or more!) of the Bad Call Ball’s from Rob at Man Sewing.


Quinoa Chocolate Bark
Send family and friends some chocolate love this Christmas with these yummy treats from the kitchen of Erin at Well Plated.


Retro Gum Holder
Give the gum lovers in the family a blast from the past with these fun Gum Holder printables from Mandee at Designs by Miss Mandee.

Related posts you might enjoy: Hankie Petal BroochFlower Barrette, Ponytail Scarf, and Aflutter Hair Band.

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.

Hack That Tote!: Mix & Match Elements to Create Your Perfect Bag

Author: Mary Abreu
Publisher: C&T Publishing / Stash Books

One pattern, infinite looks! With simple tweaks, you can reinvent the basic tote 11 ways, sewing useful projects like a backpack, messenger bag, laundry duffle, and stylish cross-body purse. Create your perfect carryall by adding zippers, pockets, handles, drawstrings, and purse hardware for endless variety. A fabric and interfacing guide helps beginners and more experienced sewists choose the right materials every time. Just measure, mark, and cut?no printed patterns needed!

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

Here are our 2016 themes:

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
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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111 Responses to Handmade Holidays Nov. 15: Easy to Ship Gifts

  1. Rose in MN says:

    Interesting, I’ve never thought about using a mini quilt as a wreath hanging!

  2. Chris says:

    Love the potholders.

  3. […] 18: Scrap Busters November 17: Gifts for the Dapper Gentleman November 16: Gifts for the Girl Boss November 15: Easy to Ship Gifts November 14: Table Runners November 13: Gifts for the Cook November 12: Gifts for the Entertainer […]

  4. Angela Brady says:

    Angela in Louisiana

  5. Breanna usa says:

    I love the dresden potholder and I know a friend who could use the yoga mat bag. great ideas

  6. […] 18: Scrap Busters November 17: Gifts for the Dapper Gentleman November 16: Gifts for the Girl Boss November 15: Easy to Ship Gifts November 14: Table Runners November 13: Gifts for the Cook November 12: Gifts for the Entertainer […]

  7. Mary Beth says:

    Quinoa chocolate bark sounds really interesting.

    –Mary Beth in MO

  8. Sharon Maddox says:

    I love the potholders and the bags and the sewing machine cover .

  9. […] 18: Scrap Busters November 17: Gifts for the Dapper Gentleman November 16: Gifts for the Girl Boss November 15: Easy to Ship Gifts November 14: Table Runners November 13: Gifts for the Cook November 12: Gifts for the Entertainer […]

  10. Jenny says:

    I just don’t know where to start.

  11. Amy in IL says:

    I need that yoga mat bag for myself.

  12. Kathryn in VA says:

    That chocolate quinoa bark looks yummy

  13. bookboxer says:

    With friends and family far away, we all appreciate these suggestions!

  14. Stephanie in Ct says:

    Love the wreath quilt and I know someone that would go crazy for it! The tote book looks great!!

  15. Barb K in NE says:

    The Quinoa chocolate treats look very good!

  16. Silvia says:

    That wreath is so cute!

  17. Cute ideas! Love the Dresden potholders : )

  18. janice in Illinois says:

    Quinoa chocolate bark interesting?

  19. Gina Ia says:

    Chocolate !

  20. Katie in mn says:

    Great ideas!!

  21. Cyrus says:

    Love those potholders!

  22. Kerry in HI says:

    I could use the yoga bag! So many great ideas.

  23. Ellen M. in OH says:

    The bad call ball is hysterical – what a great idea! Thanks for all of the ideas!

  24. Faith says:

    These are fun ideas and here’s hoping I win that fabulous book! Love it!

  25. Sandy in WA says:

    I think I end a coupon organizer, wonder who I get to sew one for me?

  26. olga says:

    great ideas! – Jersey City, NJ

  27. Beth in MI says:

    My fave is the wreath!!

  28. Judi B in VA says:

    I need a yoga bag for myself. Gonna have to wait until after Christmas!

  29. Judy In OR says:

    Lots of fun gifts to make !

  30. Mariah says:

    That quinoa chocolate bark looks delicious! I would love to be entered to win the Hack that Tote Book!! I am always looking for new bag designs! –Mariah from Colorado

  31. […] 16: Gifts for the Girl Boss November 15: Easy to Ship Gifts November 14: Table Runners November 13: Gifts for the Cook November 12: Gifts for the Entertainer […]

  32. Charlotte in GA says:

    Love the door wreath and other great ideas! Thank you!

  33. Shannon Gates Thomsen says:

    I’d eat that quinoa chocolate before I could gift it!

  34. Eleanor says:

    I love the yoga mat tote!

  35. April in KS says:

    I think I love the door wreath! Now I’m wondering if I have enough green fabric in my stash…

  36. Martha says:

    Oh man, this book could save me from my constant search for the perfect bag.

  37. Katie in GA says:

    That Bad Call Ball made me laugh out loud. Should make one for my husband!

  38. Kate in MO says:

    I love the Christmas pudding tea towel!

  39. Patty in MN says:

    Yoga mat bag for one girl, modern #oor wreath for another . . .

  40. Jim M in NC says:

    Interesting projects on here.

  41. Emma in FL says:

    Such cute potholders 🙂

  42. Rena says:

    Love the potholders!

  43. Those bad call balls are hilarious!

  44. I love the yoga mat back!

  45. SS in NH says:

    That gum holder is cute, and I’m intrigued by the quinoa chocolate

  46. carol in derby city says:

    i love making bags and im always looking for new ideas

  47. Barbara Esposito says:

    Great ideas! Just in time for me to get moving on my Holiday sewing! Thank you!

  48. Sarah J in OH says:

    While we don’t ship gifts, we do travel with them, so haveing things that fit into the car is really helpful! Love those dresden potholders!

  49. Kiri-pa says:

    More great ideas thanks

  50. Mama Squirrel says:

    Those gum holders–a definite stocking-stuffer YES for my retro family.

  51. Lydia says:

    Dresden pot holders are lovely.

  52. […] 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 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 […]

  53. Diane in VA says:

    Hello Fiona, thank you for curating todays post. I too became a first time grandmom in 2016:)

    Love all these “flat” gifts to ship….a necessity for alot of us since our families and friends are not in driving distance. Thank you again.

  54. Tammy says:

    What cute ideas! I have several friends who live out of town. I’d love to send them some of these ideas.
    Tammy in Alabama

  55. Donna Weeks says:

    So many great, simple, quick gift ideas. Love the potholders, coupon holder and gift card envelope.
    All will go on my To Do List, and making totes/bags too. Thank you

  56. Renea says:

    Wonderful ideas. Thanks for the inspiration and the giveaway.

  57. Debra G says:

    Debra from New Mexico has enjoyed all the handmade ideas.

  58. Tracy Thompson says:

    Love that yoga mat bag!!!

  59. Laurie in CO says:

    I love the potholders!

  60. DeborahGun says:

    The Modern Door Wreath Quilt is amazing! A great selection Fiona 🙂

  61. Marilyn in WA says:

    Great ideas!

  62. Amber in NYC says:

    I’m curious to try this quinoa chocolate bark.

  63. Sandra :) says:

    Fiona it’s so nice to see you here – that’s a great collection of ideas – postage is a big issue for so many people (hello, Canada Post, I’m looking at YOU) – every year I try to get certain Christmas sewing done early enough that I can deliver the items in person at Thanksgiving – it saves me a fortune 🙂 I’m off to check some links – for some reason, the chocolate one is the first one I need to see – I wonder why 😉

  64. Tina In MT says:

    I like the yoga mat holder. Thank you.

  65. Susie says:

    Lots of fun projects!!

  66. Jennifer TX says:

    Love the gum holder!

  67. Jenni in WA says:

    I’m thinking about trying that wreath. So cute.

  68. Susan in MI says:

    This is the first I have heard of Quinoa Chocolate Bark. I will have to give that a try.

  69. Chiska says:

    I love this list!! Some great ideas. Especially like the cassette’s and yoga bag.

  70. Lee in MI says:

    Great projects!! thank you!

  71. KathyCummings says:

    Very cute ideas ! Thank you .

  72. Paige says:

    Love the wreath! Great ideas!

  73. Gwen in NJ says:

    Quinoa Chocolate Bark and several other projects are on my last minute Christmas gifts list. Thanks for the resources.

  74. claudia says:

    My sister asked for a yoga mat carrier. Just the project I need

  75. Debbie in NY says:

    Love the yoga mat bag!

  76. Kellie in Okla says:

    I love the sweet gift card holder.

  77. Brie says:

    Quinoa chocolate bark sounds delicious!

  78. Marian in GA says:

    You can Never have too many bags!

  79. Nita says:

    I thunk I’d like to make just about all of these…great selection!

  80. Jeannie says:

    Those potholders! Sooo cute and colorful…I see many in my future 😀

  81. Delia in VA says:

    The chocolate bark recipe looks amazing!

  82. Kathy L in VA says:

    So happy to see the recipe and printable! The door wreath is great as well!

  83. Julie says:

    I’m super in love with the scrappy improve wreath! What a delight for us scrap lovers!

  84. Linda in IN says:

    Love the tea towel

  85. Wendy in MI says:

    I really like the potholders and the gift card holder.

  86. Nancy Ridder says:

    Thanks for the gift ideas. I have a number of family members across the continent and am always looking for small gifts to ship.

  87. Lots of really cute projects! I love the potholders. Thank you.

  88. LINDA says:

    SUCH A NEAT GIVEAWAY! THANKS FOR SHARING!

  89. Rebecca Kuck says:

    Great gift ideas!!

  90. Anne Marie says:

    Golly I love all of these ideas.

  91. Karen from IN says:

    Love that door wreath!

  92. Jeanette says:

    Hello from Australia. I am a bag addict and this book looks ideal for me.

  93. Ramona in MI says:

    I love the improv wreath quilt! Also the coupon bag is definitely something I need!

  94. Shipping internationally is so expensive – I’m always looking for something small and flat to minimize the post office $shock. Thanks for the ideas.

  95. laura in OH says:

    The gift card envelope is stunning. Forget giving it as a gift. I want to make it for myself.

  96. Anne in tx says:

    Love the yog bag tote!

  97. Patty says:

    How fun to have my own tutorial in this list!

  98. Julie V says:

    I have enjoyed this series! What’s nice about ship-able gifts is that they would travel well too. We are headed to Missouri this holiday season and I have so many ideas to do now. Julie- Illinois

  99. Patricia says:

    The bad call is so funny.

  100. Barb B in BC says:

    Thank you for putting together all these wonderful crafty gift ideas.

  101. Thanks for all the handmade gift ideas. I’m definitely wanting to make some for gifts, as well as some totes.

    QuiltShopGal
    http://www.quiltshopgal.com

  102. Kay says:

    I post a lot of presents to friends so this is a great list, I especially like the pot holders. x

  103. Andrea in WV says:

    I need to try that Quinoa Chocolate Bark! Thanks for the great suggestions!

  104. Tammy in SC says:

    Good ideas! Sometimes it is nice to not have to spend a fortune at the post office.

  105. Cathie, CA says:

    Adding those potholders and gift card holder to my must do list.

  106. Melissia Goscha says:

    It has been so wonderful to see all the ideas for gifts. Thank you. And I adore the dresden pot holders. How cute!

  107. Bekki says:

    The gum holder idea is so much fun

  108. w says:

    Oh my! I’d better hop to!!!
    :):)

  109. jessicac says:

    I had been wanting to try quinoa bark!

  110. Gia says:

    Lot’s of great ideas but I just love that quilted wreath!
    Thank you for another great giveaway!

  111. Audrey says:

    I love those pot Holders!

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