Handmade Holidays Nov. 25: Gifts for Crafters

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 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

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.

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.

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105 Responses to Handmade Holidays Nov. 25: Gifts for Crafters

  1. Rose in MN says:

    I love the undercover maker mat! And generally any way to help me be more organized at my sewing table.

  2. Monica in MD says:

    I could use all the craft items. I just have to find time to make them for myself or get someone to make them for me.

  3. Sandy in Ohio says:

    I am making the pocket mending book to keep in my suitcase.

  4. Emma in FL says:

    I love the pincushion and machine mat.

  5. Cyrus says:

    The armchair sewing pocket would be so useful!

  6. calypso says:

    Beautiful pocket pincushion!

  7. Susan in MA says:

    I really need to make the under pad for my sewing machine, and could use the arm chair pin cushion.

  8. Jodie in CA says:

    Cute ideas! Might need to make a Christmas gift for myself!

  9. Anne in tx says:

    Love the maker mat

  10. Kristin says:

    Some good ideas here!

  11. Jess in WA says:

    The clothespins are adorable!

  12. DebbieKL in NY says:

    I really like the undercover maker mat!

  13. Kay says:

    I love so many of these, particularly the pocket pincushion. x

  14. Sarah J in OH says:

    I would love any one of these! Great ideas!

  15. Kate in MO says:

    Love the sewing machine mat and arm chair pocket!

  16. Lynne in WA says:

    Sew 4 Home has some great sewing ideas. The directions are great.

  17. I love the undercover maker mat.

  18. erika says:

    So Cute

  19. Gweneth says:

    I want someone to make me the armchair pincushion

  20. SS in NH says:

    I like those fabric covered clothes pins

  21. Barb K in NE says:

    I like the Sewing machine mat–cover!

  22. Breanna usa says:

    The undercover maker mat is fabulous. I could use one for my loom also.

  23. Gina says:

    Would love to win the Sew Home book

  24. Kerry in HI says:

    I could use the undercover maker may for myself! Maybe I’ll make 2.

  25. Lee in MI says:

    Love the undercover mat and armchair pincushion projects!! thanks!

  26. Lydia in WA says:

    Stopped at the pocket pincushion. That is lovely and so useful. I really like beautiful tools and will have to make this for myself.

  27. The Pocket Pin Cushion is a definite “to-make” for a friend who just got a new sewing machine!

  28. Chris says:

    I will be making lots of items on this page for gifts. Thank-you.

  29. Laurie in CO says:

    I love the cute little mending book. All of these are very stylish!

  30. Sarah says:

    These are real handy crafts. Thanks for the gift ideas!

  31. Renea says:

    Thanks for sharing these really nice projects and for the giveaway. This book looks really cool.

  32. Aimee says:

    I need to make the armchair pincushion for my husband, who complains about my pins in the sofa arm…

  33. Kathryn in VA says:

    That undercover maker mat is on my to do list!

  34. Cindy in MI says:

    Lots of great ideas! I have been looking for a gift for a friend who sews, so this came at a great time. I will have to ask her daughter to check if she has an arm chair pin cushion or anything like the undercover maker mat. I know I would love either one, so if she doesn’t have one of them, I’m pretty sure she’d like them, too.

  35. I love the pincushion with the pocket. I will have to try that one.

  36. Barb B in BC says:

    I need a gift for my guild’s Christmas exchange. Your ideas came just in time.

  37. Marilyn in WA says:

    Love the 1/2 sewing/craft apron!

  38. Amber in ny says:

    The undercover maker mat looks like a great way to organize.

  39. Judy In OR says:

    These are all amazing ideas and as soon as I get to Michael’s I will be buying the supplies to make the fabric covered clothes pins.

  40. […] November 25: Gifts for Crafters 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 […]

  41. Judi B in VA says:

    Great idea to share with some of my craft night buddies!

  42. Rhandi D. says:

    I have recently started making a lot of useful products for my sewing/craft room. It’s so fun. I appreciate all these ideas and hope to put together many of them. Thanks for these

  43. asteride says:

    The pocket mending book is such a cute project!

  44. jessicac says:

    My sewing machine would love an undercover maker mat!

  45. Ann Oswald says:

    Love your ideas!

  46. Mary Beth says:

    The clothes pins are so cute.

    –Mary Beth in MO

  47. Jayne - TN says:

    I’ve had several of these on my list forever!! I need to get busy!

  48. Jim M in NC says:

    Some great projects today. Have to start something soon as it’s getting closer to Christmas!

  49. Ramona in MI says:

    I really like the pocket mending book. I’m going to make one for myself!

  50. Rebecca Kuck says:

    Fabulous!!

  51. Brooke says:

    What great suggestions!

  52. Betty says:

    Betty from wi

  53. Patty says:

    Love that arm chair sewing kit!

  54. Paula says:

    The Fabric Covered Clothespins are such a cute and clever idea! Thanks for the tip!

  55. cynthia says:

    love the under cover maker mat! The area around my sewing machine can become a disaster area 5 minutes into a project. Thank you for all the wonderful ideas!

  56. Gia says:

    I love these projects!!
    And I love the book too!
    Thank you for another wonderful giveaway!

  57. Christine says:

    The armchair pincushion and pocket would be so handy… think I might need to make this for myself!

  58. April in KS says:

    Ooh! These are all so useful and pretty! Thanks!

  59. Kathy Slaughter Cummings says:

    Thank you. Cute projects!
    Kathy in Kentucky!

  60. Sandy in WA says:

    Too many fun choices!

  61. Brenda in Washington says:

    omigosh! i’m hooked on them all! want to make the mat for under sewing machine and all the other things!

  62. Claudia says:

    The mending book would make a great grab bag gift for one of my quilt guild friends at our annual Christmas party.

  63. Linda Fleming says:

    Love the sewing and craft half-apron!

  64. Lyndalee Korn says:

    I love those gifts, especially the armchair sewing kit. I’m going to make one as a gift.

  65. Sherry in AR says:

    What an awesome book for ideas and items to sew for your home! Thanks for the giveaway!

  66. Amy in IL says:

    I need that under cover mat. Sometimes it would be nice to make something practical for yourself.

  67. Delia in VA says:

    Lovely ideas!

  68. Patty in MN says:

    Gift ideas galore!

  69. Ruth L says:

    You are keeping me busy with great gift ideas to add to my Christmas list! This book would be great for adding some beautiful things to my home – thank you for another great giveaway.
    Ruth L from Florida

  70. Diane says:

    Such a fun article! Saving it to read even closer at a later time!

  71. Barbara Macey says:

    I was so happy to see the “Armchair Pin Cushion & Sewing Pocket” feature as I have one & enjoy/use it so much. I now plan to make a couple more to use in the sitting area of my bedroom & the kitchen. Thank You ever so much for posting it.

  72. Sandra says:

    Thank you for the tutorials! I’m going to make the scissor pocket pincushion for myself & my sewing buddies. Love the idea of using old linens; so sweet!

  73. Nita says:

    Some good ideas 🙂

  74. Marian says:

    Christmas is coming way too quick for me! So many things I want to make

  75. Genevieve C. in Wa says:

    You all have been my, go to,websites for holiday ideas & fyi’s so I can making great things that our fun! Thanks & keep up all your great work you do all year 🙂

  76. Paige in SC says:

    Julie, all great ideas!

  77. Julie says:

    I love the fabric covered clothesline!

  78. Heidi in Wa says:

    Love the maker mat! Such a great solution for small sewing spaces!

  79. Kathy L. In VA says:

    The maker may is adorable!

  80. Dawn from Indiana says:

    I love the sewing machine mat.

  81. Katy says:

    These are adorable and practical. Nice curation!

  82. Wendy in OH says:

    Love all these ideas!

  83. Jennifer says:

    I love the undercover maker mat! Thank you for all the inspiration.

  84. Janice in Illnois says:

    Cute fabric covered closepins….

  85. Angela Wilkins says:

    I don’t know if I could pick a favorite out of all of these – they are all so cute!

  86. Susan M in AK says:

    Lots of cute ideas!!

  87. Mandi in CO says:

    The maker mat – great!

  88. Beth Strand says:

    Sew wonderful…I love these ideas! Beth in Oregon.

  89. Judy Voss says:

    Love all your small projects! You must dream sewing/quilting crafts.

  90. Kathleen in WA says:

    I love the armchair sewing kit!! Need to make one for myself!

  91. charlotte in ga says:

    Oh!! Great Ideas. Adding some to the must make list.

  92. Jolyn from FL says:

    These are great!

  93. Christina in VT says:

    Love the pocket mending book idea

  94. Wendy in MI says:

    So many good ideas!

  95. Lisa in MA says:

    I love the undercover maker mat – I’m going to need to put it on my ever-growing list of projects! Thanks for the great list!

  96. Patricia says:

    I love the Crafty Quilter apron and the book would be great to have. Texas

  97. cecile in MN says:

    Thanks, those are really good ideas !

  98. Lulu says:

    How many cute projects! Love the Pocket Pincushion!

  99. Tammy in SC says:

    The book for the giveaway sounds intriguing!

  100. Becca says:

    Wow 3 items I want/ need to make
    today.
    The arm chair pincushion holder.
    The pincushion with a pocket.
    Best of all the sewing machine mat/ cover totally awesome & exactly what my machine
    wants for Christmas.
    Thank you

  101. Barbara says:

    Love the Undercover Maker Mat. What a great idea!

  102. Cathie Ca says:

    These are all wonderful ideas.

  103. Therese PA says:

    I’m enjoying this series! Thank you!

  104. Tracy Thompson says:

    The armchair sewing pocket seems like an amazing gift

  105. Anne Marie says:

    What perfect gifts for us crafters.

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