Handmade Holidays Nov. 19: Gifts for Artists

on November 19 | in Handmade Holidays, Sewing Inspiration, Sewing Tutorials + Patterns | by | with 68 Comments

 Is there a special artist in your life? Enjoy this curated list of gift ideas for people that love to create and be inspired to sew the perfect handmade gifts!


Today’s Guest Curator:
Indira from Dharmakarmaarts

From Indira:
I am a fine artist and a crafter. Recently, I left a long and successful career in higher education to live a creative life full-time. I am greatly enjoying this new phase and I share my artistic explorations on my blog, Facebook, and Instagram. I also sell my artwork on my Etsy shop.

Make It


Arts and Crafts Organizer Bag
Substitute canvas for cotton with Tori Jayne’s Craft Organizer Bag. With its many compartments and slots to put brushes, paints, pencils and pastels, this bag will delight all artists.


Framed Cork Bulletin Board
To make that creative leap, Kris Jarrett’s Corked Bulletin Board is a great inspiration board to pin any and everything that catches the eye.


Rope Bowl
These rope bowls by Julie Hirt will come handy in an artist studio for tucking away hard to find things.


Fabric Notebook
Whenever and wherever inspiration strikes a traveling artist, this Removable Fabric Notebook by Clover and Violet will provide ample space to sketch, draw and doodle.


Fabric Photo Art Post Card
Connect with an artist friend with this Fabric Photo Art Post Card by Linda Matthews.


Fabric Buckets
No artist will say no to one more storage bin and this fabric bucket by Ashley makes a neat container for magazines and softcover books.

Related posts you might enjoy: 14 Sewing Projects to Get You Organized, Spool Organizer, Easy Scrap Bin and Quilted Fabric Tray

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.

Norah Gaughan’s Knitted Cable Sourcebook: A Breakthrough Guide to Knitting with Cables and Designing Your Own

Author: Norah Gaughan
Publisher: Harry N. Abrams

This guide for the modern knitter presents more than 150 new and innovative cable stitch patterns ranging from basic to complex and offers enlightening insight into how cables are engineered, how knitters can design their own, and how knitters can mix and match cables in a knitting pattern. Teacher, author, and master knitter Norah Gaughan shares her design principles and offers clear cable-making instruction throughout, always in a conversational, easy-to-understand voice that proceeds naturally, as one cable idea leads to the next. Master the art of cable knitting, then test your newfound skills with the 15 garment patterns for wraps, sweaters, and accessories.

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

Here are our 2016 themes:

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 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

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

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68 Responses to Handmade Holidays Nov. 19: Gifts for Artists

  1. Rose in MN says:

    I’m going to have to make that bulletin board.

  2. Anne in tx says:

    Love the bowls

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  4. Gweneth says:

    Great Ideas, thanks. I want to make the rope basket

  5. Breanna usa says:

    I love fabric buckets they are handy and easy to make.

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  7. Mary Beth says:

    I love the fabric buckets.

    –Mary Beth in MO

  8. Paola says:

    The Organizer Bag is truly gorgeous, and I could use a bulletin board to organize all my projects and ideas!

  9. Emma in FL says:

    That bulletin board is so neat looking 😀

  10. Cindy says:

    Great gifts for almost any age! jadahlgr at yahoo dot com

  11. Lydia in WA says:

    Might up end up making some of these to organize my sewing space….bulletin board and fabric bucket.

  12. Nita says:

    My favourites are the fabric basket & the rope bowl 🙂

  13. Becki says:

    I love the buckets, you always need something to hold stuff!

  14. Elizabeth says:

    Love this collection of projects! I pinned almost all of them and found some new sewists to follow! Thank you for curating this group!

  15. Rebekka says:

    I am in love with the arts and crafts organizer bag.

  16. Shannon in WA says:

    Pretty rope bowl

  17. Amy in IL says:

    Love the rope bowls. So cool looking.

  18. jessicac says:

    Would love to win this cable book! And the fabric baskets are great.

  19. Carol Y says:

    Love fabric buckets! They’re so useful.

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  21. Morgan D. from CA says:

    I need that craft organizer tote myself!

  22. Lee in KS says:

    That craft organizer bag looks very useful. Thanks for the link.

  23. Margo in WA says:

    I love the fabric bucket and rope bowl! What a great way to display yarn.

  24. Kristin says:

    The fabric buckets look like a great, functional way to use up some of my stash!

  25. bookboxer says:

    Thank you for such wonderful suggestions. I’ve always loved this series of posts.

  26. Kate in MO says:

    My SIL would love a lot of these!

  27. Angie says:

    I may be making several of those bags – I know several crafters that would love it. Thanks!

  28. Kerry in HI says:

    I could use several of these myself.

  29. Stephanie in Ct says:

    The rope bowl is fabulous and would look great as a table centerpiece!

  30. Jeanne says:

    SO many uses for the coiled rope baskets…must give these a try!

  31. Taysha says:

    I want to win

  32. Sherry VF says:

    Thanks for the great ideas of sewn gifts for artists. I have a young adult artist daughter who would love some of these gifts. sjvonfumetti at yahoo dot com

  33. Judy in OR says:

    At least half of these ideas I want to make.

  34. […] November 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 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 […]

  35. Patty says:

    Love those rope bowls!

  36. Debbi from LA says:

    The timing is perfect for this as my 10 year old just told me she wants a bulletin board for Christmas!

  37. Suzanne says:

    I would like someone to make these for me. Now I have a wish list. 🙂 thank you

  38. Paige in SC says:

    Nice fabric bucket, multiple uses!

  39. Mandi in CO says:

    Rope bowls are making a comeback, and I’m happy about that!

  40. Kari in IL says:

    Would love to win this book! Thanks so much for all the great gift ideas!

  41. This is perfect, I have some very creative friends and can see a couple of those projects just for them.

  42. Audrey says:

    That bulletin board is awesome!

  43. Sue says:

    The cable book looks intriguing.

  44. Gina Ia says:

    Rope is cute.

  45. Ariel says:

    Cool! Love the rope bowls for almost anyone on the list.

  46. Claudia says:

    The craft organizer would be a great gift for my niece. At 10 years old she already has the bug.

  47. Charlotte in GA says:

    Great gift ideas! Thank you!

  48. Kellie in Okla says:

    I am doing a bulletin board for my room now! This one is much cuter!

  49. Linda Fleming says:

    Love the Arts and Crafts Tote Bag!

  50. Tracy Thompson says:

    The Arts and Crafts Organizer Bag will make the perfect gift for my arty sister. Thanks for the idea 🙂

  51. Eleanor says:

    I love the postcard!

  52. Kathy L in VA says:

    The fabric buckets would be great for my crafting supplies!

  53. April in KS says:

    I love it all – thank you for it!

  54. Shari Lewis (in NC) says:

    These are all great gift ideas! I especially like the arts and crafts organizer bag, and the framed cork bulletin board. I’d love to win the Knitted Cable Sourcebook.

  55. Cyrus says:

    That organizer bag would be so handy!

  56. Shannon says:

    Beautiful ideas!

  57. Anne Marie says:

    Fabulous projects – thanks for sharing.

  58. LindaC in AZ says:

    I recently made a bathroom curtain and have enough fabric left for a fabric bucket! Thanks for the link to the tutorial. Can’t wait to make it. Would love to win the book on knitting cables. I haven’t been knitting long and have just begun to tackle cables. Thanks for the opportunity.

  59. carolinderbycity says:

    i am new to knitting cables. i don’t know why it took me so many years; it’s easy and fun\

  60. Rebecca Kuck says:

    Love the organizer bag!!!!

  61. Kristin in WA says:

    I love the organizer bag!

  62. Barb B in BC says:

    There are some ideas here that would make lovely gifts for my craft room too!

  63. Wendy in MI says:

    I want to make all of these!

  64. Lee in MI says:

    I love the fabric the fabric buckets!!

  65. Cassandra says:

    Loving all the ideas for holiday presents – thanks for sharing and also thanks for the opportunity to win a great knitting book

  66. Heidi in WA says:

    The fabric postcard is such a great tutorial combining my two favorite things, fabric and photography!

  67. Marilyn in WA says:

    Love the rope bowl and fabric basket.

  68. SS in NH says:

    I love fabric buckets!

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