Today, Julie shares a few ideas for the creative people in your life (although, I’m pretty sure we could come up with enough ideas to fill a week!) Browse the list and get inspired to sew a special gift (or something for yourself too!)

Today’s Guest Curator:
Julie Cefalu from The Crafty Quilter

From Julie:
I’m Julie Cefalu of The Crafty Quilter. I’ve always enjoyed crafting in all of its forms, and I especially love to create quilts and small gifts from fabric. I teach and work at my local quilt shop, and as you can imagine, fabric just follows me home! If I’m not in my sewing room or at my computer, you’ll find me spending time with my family, hiking or cooking up something delicious in the kitchen. I share lots of quilting tutorials and tips on my blog, and you can find more inspiration at my Pinterest page or visit me on Instagram.

Julie has also contributed 7 Tips for Buying a Sewing Machine.

Make It


Pocket Pincusion
Every crafter could use a cute little pincushion and this Pocket Pincushion by Jenny of Elefantz has the added functionality of a pocket to store scissors or thread.


Undercover Maker Mat
This Undercover Maker Mat by Nicole of Lillyella would steal any crafters heart with all of its sweet details. It can be used under the sewing machine to keep things organized or it can cover the sewing machine when it’s not in use.


Pocket Mending Book
For sewing on the go, there’s nothing like this Pocket Mending Book by Heidi of Fabric Mutt. Inside you can store pins, needles, buttons and thread for mending. This would be a quick gift to make multiples of for a sewing group or crafty friends.


Fabric Covered Clothespins
Every crafter needs a little help staying organized and they’ll love these Fabric Covered Clothespins by Julie Cefalu of The Crafty Quilter. There’s no sewing required for this quick gift, plus you’ll find a printable full of useful ideas to include with it.


Arm Chair Pin Cushion and Sewing Pocket
Every crafter loves to multi-task, and this Arm Chair Pin Cushion and Sewing Pocket by Becky at Patchwork Posse will make it easy while watching your favorite show. This will make a great gift and you’ll want to make one for yourself, too!


Sewing and Craft Half Apron
Make life easy and organized for your favorite crafter with this Sewing and Craft Half Apron from the contributors at Sew 4 Home. This half apron is customizable with pockets galore and as cute as can be.

Related tutorials you might enjoy: Ladybug Pincushion Bracelet, Scrappy Armrest Pincushion Tutorial, and Pincushion and Thread Catcher.

Win It

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Sew Home: Learn Design Basics, Techniques, Fabrics & Supplies – 30+ Modern Projects to Turn a House into YOUR Home

Author: Erin Schlosser
Publisher: C&T Publishing / Stash Books

It’s the first home decor sewing book you need to buy! Make your place look like a million bucks with 31 functional projects including DIY window treatments, linens, organizers, rugs, pillows, and accessories for every space in your home. Work with cording and zippers, blind hems, and home decor fabric, with tips from a professional designer. Complement any style when you learn interior design basics that will turn your house into a welcoming retreat.

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

Here are our 2016 themes:

November 24: Gifts for Fitness Lovers
November 23: Wonderful Wreaths
November 22: Gifts for Design Lovers
November 21: Bags to Make and Give
November 20: Lacey Christmas
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

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