Are you looking to do some sewing for an inspiring entrepreneurial friend or a female boss you admire? Maybe you’d like to sew something up for your friend who is a natural born leader destined to make her way to the top? Today, Mary Claire is sharing some gifts for the girl boss with you.


Today’s Guest Curator:
Mary Claire from The SumMary

From Mary Claire:
Hello, my name is Mary Claire from the blog The SumMary and I love to sew. I enjoy blogging about sewing and making all kinds of stuff. So this means I also find myself blogging about knitting, gardening, baking, thrifting and the holidays. I love to be creative . It is fun to see something you imagine come to life in your very own hands. I’m so excited to be included in the 10th annual Handmade Holidays. I’ve been reading this blog since I began sewing over 10 years ago! It played a huge part in me teaching myself to sew and has served as a great source for inspiration. So, now I get to share some things that might just inspire you as well.

Make It


Rolled Hem Tassel Wrap
This Tassel Wrap makes use of tassels and voile. It gives a sophisticated look that keeps her looking professional while adding a sense of fun.


Ten Minute Laptop Sleeve
This laptop sleeve can conceal her computer in the most stylish of ways and it only takes 10 mins to sew up!


Peek-A-Boo Pleated Hem
Want to add an adorable look to her killer wardrobe? Sew her up one of these skirts to help her keep her feminine style while closing the deal.


Vintage Sheet Robe
When she’s ready to take some time off to kick back and relax you’ll want to sew up up one of these robes to help keep her comfortable while she takes some time out for herself.


The Safari Duffle
This duffle bag would be an excellent way for her to keep all her gym essentials at the office. That way when she has time to hit the gym all she has to do is grab this bag and go! Sew this up in a brightly colored canvas to give this traditional style bag a fresh new look.


Easy DIY Market Tote
Help her bring home the bacon in style with this simple tote. Fill it with some of her favorite treats and this would be a gift any girl boss would love.


Seersucker and Leather Foldover Clutch
Make this bag up in a dressy version out of linen and leather for that business lunch or try this seersucker version for relaxed weekend with the girls.

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Sew Illustrated – 35 Charming Fabric & Thread Designs: 16 Zakka Projects

Author: Minki Kim and Kristin Esser
Publisher: C&T Publishing / Stash Books

Use free-motion stitching and appliqué to embellish charming handmade gifts! Make and share 16 small projects in the popular Zakka design style, including bags, coasters, pincushions, a cosmetic roll, and a mini sewing kit. Learn how to transfer and sew any of the 35 adorable sketches–printed on iron-on transfer paper–or branch out and try sewing your own doodles (or a child’s!), a stamped image, or a traced photo.

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 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

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