Handmade Holidays Nov. 16: Gifts for the Girl Boss

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 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.

Related posts you might enjoy: Asymmetrical Color Block Totes or

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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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136 Responses to Handmade Holidays Nov. 16: Gifts for the Girl Boss

  1. […] 19: Gifts for Artists November 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 […]

  2. Rose in MN says:

    The market tote is elegantly understated – just lovely.

  3. […] 19: Gifts for Artists November 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 […]

  4. Jodie in CA says:

    That robe looks super cute.

  5. […] 19: Gifts for Artists November 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 […]

  6. Breanna says:

    Such a cute skirt. Not sure about asking for other women’s sizes but I would like it for myself. Breanna USA

  7. Mary Beth says:

    The tassel wrap looks great.

    –Mary Beth in MO

  8. Cathy In MT says:

    Thanks for more cute ideas!

  9. Teresa says:

    Love the safari duffle!

  10. Kathryn in VA says:

    Great ideas

  11. Amy in IL says:

    Love the robe. Must try and make one.

  12. bookboxer says:

    Boss … the girl we’d all like to be!

  13. Barb K in NE says:

    I like the lap top sleeve!

  14. Gia says:

    Lots of great ideas here!
    I love all of them!!
    Thank you for another wonderful giveaway!

  15. Jolyn from FL says:

    Love the pleated hem!

  16. Jennifer in TX says:

    I think I will try the rolled hem tassel wrap. What a beautiful gift!

  17. Carole says:

    I love this category – it evens gives me ideas for things to make for me!

  18. Janice in Ilinois says:

    I want to make a sheet robe for myself! Thanks

  19. Gina Ia says:

    Love the bags!

  20. I like the idea for a Girl Boss list – so many fun things and very chic for a boss to use. I’d make one of the totes and pop in my favourite book for the female entrepreneur, All In by Arlene Dickinson. Loved it!

  21. Cyrus says:

    Love the duffel!

  22. Shannon says:

    Extremely interested in the vintage sheet robe. Thanks!

  23. Kerry in HI says:

    I’ll be making the laptop sleeve!

  24. Tracey says:

    Who doesn’t love peek-a-boo pleats?!

  25. Ellen M. in OH says:

    I love the tassel wrap – you could change up the look in so many ways just by your fabric choice. Thanks for the inspiration!

  26. Brenda in Washington says:

    i love vintage sheets; that robe is a great idea of something to do with them. love Nancy Zieman’s Change-up Patchwork book! – thanks for a chance to win.

  27. Sandy in WA says:

    I think my lawyer daughter would like that clutch.

  28. olga says:

    I especially like the Safari Duffel. – Jersey City, NJ

  29. JeanneMc says:

    “Girl Boss?” Really? I have a boss who’s 6? Love these projects, but it’s not 1957.

  30. Beth in MI says:

    ALL of these are so great!!

  31. Judy In OR says:

    Great gift ideas I especially like the robe and it seems easy to make.

  32. Judi B in VA says:

    Cute skirt. Cute clutch. Cute scarf.

  33. Melissa in NY says:

    I love the vintage robe!

  34. Jenny in NC says:

    The fold over clutch is sew cute

  35. Katie in CA says:

    That pleated hem is just gorgeous!

  36. Christina in VT says:

    Lots of really good ideas in this one and that zakka book looks cute.

  37. Laura says:

    I’m enjoying all these suggestions for handmade gifts. What a great blog hop. Thanks for all the great ideas.

  38. amber in ny says:

    i want this robe for myself!

  39. Kate in MO says:

    I love that foldover clutch!

  40. Rebecca Kuck says:

    Very nice!

  41. Renea says:

    Thanks for sharing all the inspiration and the giveaway.

  42. Sandy in Ohio says:

    The tassel wrap is beautiful!

  43. Lulu says:

    My favorite is the vintage sheet robe.

  44. Jeanne says:

    Lots of options for the rolled hem tassel wrap…and I LOVE tassels!

  45. Holley says:

    I have some leather that would make a great laptop sleeve. Tha ks for the idea.

  46. Shannon Gates Thomsen says:

    Great ideas love them all–I must be “boss”

  47. Eleanor says:

    Pretty wrap!

  48. Ruth L says:

    I am enjoying your series on homemade gifts – every year you offer such great ideas and I have been busily sewing through my Christmas list! Both of these books are wonderful! I enjoy Zakka with its simple beauty and have learned so much from Nancy over the years! Thank you for being a continual source of inspiration for my creativity.
    Ruth L from Florida

  49. […] 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 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 […]

  50. bekki says:

    I love that peek-a-boo skirt!

  51. jessicac says:

    I adore the vintage sheet robe. Such a great way to re use.

  52. Joan in Texas says:

    Love the safari duffel!

  53. I am in love with the vintage sheet robe!

  54. Heidi says:

    That duffel bag is fantastic! I would love a copy of Sew Illustrated!

  55. Carole M (Canada) says:

    That clutch is really cute!

  56. Ronda says:

    Girl boss??? Why use the gender term and why use the word girl? I don’t recall ever working for a child but I have worked for a woman.

  57. Jayne - TN says:

    Some of these are gifts I never would have thought of, but what great ideas! Love the pleated skirt!

  58. Natasha says:

    The links aren’t working on these for some reason. I want to make them though!

  59. calypso says:

    I really like the Ten minutes laptop sleeve

  60. Angela Wilkins says:

    I love the scarf and totes!

  61. Kathy L in VA says:

    I love that duffle It is my favorite duffle patter so far!

  62. asteride in Europe says:

    The vintage sheet robe has been one of my favorite as soon as I saw it. Great thing to make for yourself as a Christmas gift.

  63. Lee in MI says:

    What great projects! I love the cute skirt!

  64. Diane says:

    Great ideas. I really like the Safari Duffle..

  65. Delia in VA says:

    I love vintage fabrics! The vintage sheet robe is a great way to use those precious prints.

  66. Cassie says:

    Sooooo enjoying this series. So much fun and easy inspiration. I haven’t seen for a year and poof I got my sewing stuff out and made myself a new bag Already planning and dreaming up the next several projects. Lol

  67. April in KS says:

    Lovely totes – Thank you!

  68. Robin says:

    The “girl boss?” Is it 1966 in here?

    The projects are fine, but if the title was a shot at whimsy — it missed. It’s sexist and dismissive. The business traveler, the rising executive, there are certainly phrases you could use without making anyone wince.

  69. Kathy Slaughter Cummings says:

    Awesome projects! Thank you.

  70. Sue in TN says:

    Love the scarf and skirt. Would love to make a couple of the scarves for gifts. Hoping for a chance to win one of the books.

  71. Christina says:

    Love the tassel wrap. Thanks for sharing these great projects!

  72. Melanee in UT says:

    Love the skirt!

  73. Honey says:

    umm. the link for the peek a boo pleat skirt takes me to a link for a sweet doll. opps!

  74. Honey says:

    What a fantastic idea, lovely gifts for the female supervisor. So much better than a gift card.

  75. Morgan D. says:

    Yes, love all of these gift ideas!

  76. Patty in MN says:

    Market tote will fill someone’s stocking . . .

  77. Lori Morton says:

    I would Loooove to win the “Sew Illustrated” book!! Has been on my Wish List toooo long 🙂 Thank you for the chance..

    Ohio Hugs!! 🙂

  78. indira says:

    Several of the links do not work and one link goes to a different project than what is described.

  79. I adore the Vintage Sheet Robe!!

  80. Laura in OH says:

    Tote Bags! I think I will be making some for everyone on my list.

  81. Beth T. in OR says:

    Another day of great tutorials–thanks! And then: Sew Illustrated? Nice!

  82. Tina L says:

    More good ideas for gifts. I must get to work in my sewing room.

  83. Stephanie S says:

    Great ideas! I especially love the duffel!

  84. stefanie says:

    The duffel bag would be a great gift for people and would come in handy in the New Year!

  85. Bernie says:

    Love the vintage robe as well as the fold over clutch. Nice group of suggestions!

    • Bernie says:

      Just FYI – It seems the link for the foldover clutch isn’t working. Thought I would let you know. 🙂

  86. Kellie in Okla says:

    I want that seersucker and leather foldover clutch! Sooo cute!

  87. Susan in MI says:

    There are a few items in the list I would not be comfortable giving to my boss. But there are some I would too.

  88. Sue says:

    Can’t wait to make the duffel. I have just the right person in mind!

  89. Karen McMahon says:

    Great ideas. I especially like the seersucker and leather clutch.

  90. Jim M in NC says:

    The link for the Safari Duffle isn’t quite right. Here’s the proper URL: http://www.sew4home.com/projects/storage-solutions/safari-duffle. Otherwise, looks like a great group of selections.

  91. Marian in GA says:

    Nancy is my hero!
    Happy Holidays everyone

  92. Dawn from Indiana says:

    The skirt is cute.

  93. Heidi in WA says:

    Wow! Gorgeous selection. The sheet robe is a wonderful idea!

  94. Joanne says:

    Great choices for the books today! Not sure if I’m the only one to mention it, but the link to the seersucker and leather bag is broken. I found it on the site and it’s a really nice bag, worth the hunt for it.

  95. Julie says:

    OMG!!!! I’ve soooooooo wanted that Sew Illustrated book for a while now! I love the scarf … something perfect for my boss!

  96. Emma in FL says:

    I love the skirt!

  97. Lisa says:

    These are lovely ideas 🙂

  98. Kerry in WA says:

    I love the fold over tote!

  99. Mandi in CO says:

    Thanks for sharing good ideas.

  100. Linda Williamson says:

    Love the fold over clutch. I’ll have to make a few. Thanks grinnie1961 at gmail dot com

  101. Cinnamom In MN says:

    Oh, I definitely have my eye on “Sew Illustrated”!

  102. Lisa in MA says:

    I’ve been wanting to make myself a robe and love the idea of using an old sheet!

  103. Nancy Sumner says:

    What fun gifts those are. I know my boss would love the scarf!

  104. Chloe says:

    I love all of these ideas. Trying to take as many as I can from here and from Mood Fabric’s blog and get all of my holiday gifts put together before black Friday. (that way, I know who I have left to buy for) Let the madness begin!

  105. Jeanette says:

    Hello from Australia. I really like the laptop sleeve and duffle bag. Thank you for the opportunity.

  106. Emily in Alabama says:

    Love that duffle and peek a boo skirt!

  107. Anne Marie says:

    These are such great ideas – thanks.

  108. great selfish sewing as well. Loving the tasseled wrap.

  109. caroline rohrer says:

    good ideas

  110. Ramona in MI says:

    That tassel scarf is so pretty. Who wouldn’t want one.

  111. Tammie in KS says:

    Love that skirt! So cute!

  112. Susan M in AK says:

    The scarf, the tote, the clutch? Which one to make first?!

  113. Patty says:

    Love that duffle bag! I need to go check out the tutorial

  114. Tracy Thompson says:

    The robe looks lovely. Totes are always handy too.. hmmm might need to made some.

  115. Lorri in MT says:

    All of these are great ideas. Thanks for the chance

  116. Linda says:

    Love the ideas. FYI The links aren’t working.

  117. Lydia says:

    Safari duffel really caught my eye.

  118. Sarah J in OH says:

    I love the scarf! The tassel trim is such a fun detail!

  119. Barb B in BC says:

    I think all my gifts will be going into market bags as wrapping. A gift in a gift. Thank you for sharing the ideas.

  120. Kay says:

    I love the tassled wrap, I bought a scarf just like this a few months ago and use it all the time. Now I get to make some too, thanks for sharing the link. x

  121. Cathie, CA says:

    Since my county just went to no plastic bags, I will be making lots of these shopping bags.

  122. Wendy says:

    the link on the tassel wrap is broken

  123. Wendy says:

    I love this annual tradition you have of providing us with great ideas for holiday gifts! Thank you!

  124. Kristin in WA says:

    I like the bags

  125. Joanna NY says:

    Love the Peek-A-Boo Pleated Hem !

  126. Tammy in SC says:

    That robe is adorable! (FYI, the link is not directly to the project post).

  127. Wendy in MI says:

    I want to make most of these!

  128. Lynne in WA says:

    I like that you are up-dating the gift catagories. Thanks for the inspiration.

  129. Amruta says:

    Love that peek a boo skirt. Amruta in PA

  130. ElizabethD in NY says:

    Such a nice collection! The robe looks especially appealing. Thanks.

  131. Some great ideas here.

  132. Gweneth says:

    Love all of these ideas!

  133. SS in NH says:

    Great list today

  134. Audrey says:

    I love that duffel

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