Handmade Holidays Nov. 26: Luxe Gifts

on November 26 | in Handmade Holidays, Sewing Inspiration, Sewing Tutorials + Patterns | by | with 82 Comments

 Give luxe for less this holiday season with this curated list shared by Sara.

Today’s Guest Curator:
Sara from Now Try This

From Sara:
Sara is a doctor by day and crafter by night, who chops and stitches in central London and writes at Now Try This.

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Notebook Cover
Abby at SewMuchAdo has a great tutorial for a beautiful, personalized, fabric-covered notebook for any list-loving friend. This would be a great way to use gorgeous remnants that are on the smaller side. Or why not make a matching set of a larger desk diary and a pocket-size notebook to slip inside a handbag?


Leather Card Sleeve
Over at Craft Passion, Joanne will teach you how to make a luxe leather card sleeve. This would be a fab introduction to sewing with leather, for those new to it, and makes a beautiful gift for a difficult-to-buy-for dad or brother.


Leather Clutch
For the ladies, try this beautiful leather clutch from The Stitching Scientist, Remona. A daintier size than you regular handbag, but with space for everything you need for the party season! This metallic colour would be a great match for several outfits.


Embroidered Zipper Pouch
Or how about a little embroidered personalization, a la Erin at Sewbon? You could keep this simple, with initials or a name, or go out and create a beautiful personalized emblem. I love the metallic thread as a finishing touch.


Fur Boot Covers
I love these faux fur boot covers from Beth at Sew DIY – a wintry way to make warm and comfortable look “luxe” too! These would be a great simple make for those new to using faux fur.


Maxi Cardigan
Jessica of Sewing Rabbit will teach you how to make a luxurious, cosy longline cardigan for a stylish mother, sister or friend with this amazingly detailed but straightforward tutorial.


Snowdrift Slouch Hat
At Little Monkeys Crochet, Rebecca will walk you through this soft, slouchy “Snowdrift” hat which looks beautiful made up in wintry white.


Cloche Hat
Or for a more classic look, try this amazing cloche hat from Olivia at Hopeful Honey, in Christmas red and with a vintage feel.


Christmas Chalkboard Printables
Print some of these Chalkboard Printables to add some Holiday spirit to you gifts or to your mantle!

Related tutorials you might enjoy: Luxe Gifts 2015

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You Can Knit That: Foolproof Instructions for Fabulous Sweaters

Author: Amy Herzog
Publisher: Harry N. Abrams

When knitting superstar Amy Herzog gets complimented on her hand-knit sweaters, the compliments are often followed by “but I could never knit that.” Now, you can! You Can Knit That is a clear, simple reference book and pattern collection that gives knitters the sweater-making confidence they need. Whether you’re knitting a sweater for the first time or seeking to expand your skills to knit sweaters in styles you’ve never tried before, this essential guide starts with basic sweater know-how and moves into instructions for knitting six must-have sweater styles—vests, all-in-one construction, drop shoulders, raglans, yokes, and set-in sleeves. Each chapter offers a less-intimidating “mini” sweater sized for a child and a selection of adult women’s patterns in 12 sizes—24 sweater patterns in all, each building on the next, to ensure success with even the most complicated sweaters.

Kaffe Fassett’s Bold Blooms: Quilts and Other Works Celebrating Flowers

Author: Kaffe Fassett
Publisher: Harry N. Abrams

A stunning guide and vibrant pattern collection of 25 new patchwork and needlepoint projects, from renowned color expert and quilt and fabric designer Kaffe Fassett.

Drawing inspiration from the natural beauty of flowers, Kaffe Fassett’s Bold Blooms invites crafters to explore the behind-the-scenes process and fascinating design methods used to create Kaffe’s bold fabrics and modern color palettes—from “sketching” with fabric swatches to creating mood boards and renderings to sewing visually striking quilts. Featured throughout are 18 new quilt patterns and seven new needlepoints.

Ideas bloom on each page as eye-catching artwork, inventive quilt designs, needlepoint canvases, and bold ribbon patterns grow from concept to completion. Renowned for his use of color, Kaffe creates unique palettes from nature and his surroundings to create color “moods”—from neutrals and soft pastels to rich, dark tones—and he shares his design ideas, practical quilting advice, and needlepoint techniques useful to both novice and seasoned crafters throughout these colorful projects.

With an emphasis on patchwork and needlework, the inventive designs and fresh color palettes translate to many creative disciplines ranging from mosaic, beading, fiber arts, embroidery, floral arrangements, and home décor. Accessible to quilting and sewing beginners and experts alike, the lively floral designs on each page are sure to inspire and send readers off on a color-filled creative journey, offering something for makers of all skill levels.

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

Here are our 2016 themes:

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

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82 Responses to Handmade Holidays Nov. 26: Luxe Gifts

  1. Rose in MN says:

    These are great ideas for luxe gifts, not being a luxe person myself.

  2. Debbie in SC says:

    Wonderful gifts all!

  3. Jeanne says:

    The maxi cardigan….oh my!

  4. Mary Beth says:

    I love the cloche hat.

    Mary Beth in MO

  5. DeborahGun says:

    I would love to learn to sew with leather!

  6. Sandy in Ohio says:

    I love the reindeer chalkboard printable!

  7. Cyrus says:

    So many great ideas! Love the cardigan especially.

  8. calypso says:

    The notebook cover is really nice!

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  10. Jennifer says:

    I adore the leather clutch! I have been knitting up a storm and feeling a bit burned out by it! Need a quickie project to break it up!! Thank you!

  11. Morgan D. in CA says:

    That maxi cardigan is everything!

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  13. Jodie in CA says:

    That cardigan looks fun!

  14. Anne in tx says:

    I’m making the leather gift card holders!

  15. Jess in WA says:

    I recently ran across the idea of using upcycled leather jackets from thrift stores for small leather projects; I might have to try one of these!

  16. Angela Brady says:

    Angela in Louisiana

  17. Cary says:

    The leather clutch looks great!

  18. Cindy B. says:

    Love the snowydrift hat pattern

  19. Rachel in UT says:

    I’ll think about the leather clutch from this week.

  20. April in KS says:

    I’m more a knitter than a crocheter, but I think I’ll give the Snowdrift Slouch a try – it’s really cute! Thank you!

  21. Kate in MO says:

    Great roundup!

  22. Love the notebook cover.

  23. Shannon says:

    Those hats are both gorgeous!

  24. Gweneth says:

    I want to make the hats, thanks.

  25. Bekki says:

    I like the maxi cardi.

  26. Gia says:

    These are all such great gifts to make …or keep…..!
    Thank you for yet another great giveaway! The books look wonderful! Especially Bold Blooms!(For the sole reason that I can’t knit….)

  27. Shannon in WA says:

    Cute boot cuffs. And yeah for scientist-crafters! Thanks dr sara

  28. Carol Y says:

    Thanks for the chance to win. I love all the projects that have been posted.

  29. Barb K in NE says:

    The Notebook cover is nice–also the Cloche hat!

  30. Chenelle says:

    I live in the winter capital of the prairies where toques, beanies and slouchy hats reign supreme. My girls are really starting to enjoy the different types and every time they wear them someone requests one. I have been repurposing old Sweaters into hats and crocheting winter gear left and right… I’ve been eyeing Olivia’s cloche for a while. I think the time has come!

  31. Emma in FL says:

    I would really be interested in getting my hands on that knitting book 🙂

  32. Breanna usa says:

    The snowdrift slouch had is cute!

  33. Laurinda says:

    OOO- I hope I’m not too late, as I would LOVE the book You Can Knit That!

  34. Hannah says:

    Love the leather card sleeves!

  35. Margo in WA says:

    I love that card sleeve!

  36. Judy In OR says:

    Love the leather clutch purse.

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  38. Aimee says:

    These are all fantastic gift ideas. Thank you so much for all the inspiration!

  39. lee says:

    I love the slouch hat and the printables today! thank you!!

    • Lee in MI says:

      Hi – Should have been Lee in MI 🙂 tks!

  40. asteride says:

    These projects are really nice and a bunch of leather card sleeves could be a very nice gift for my hyper organized friend!

  41. Barb in Mi says:

    Wow, I love the long line cardigan! Thanks for sharing!

  42. Lulu says:

    Love the notebook cover!

  43. Sherry says:

    Thank you posting all of these wonderful projects. Even if I only end up actually making a few of them, the inspiration was priceless. sjvonfumetti at yahoo dot com

  44. Lydia in WA says:

    The fur boot covers are a kick, I know an almost teenager who would wear these.

  45. Jayne - TN says:

    Love the leather! Wonderful ideas!

  46. Eleanor says:

    Great ideas!

  47. Cheryl from NC says:

    I need some new quilting and knitting projects. These books look great.

  48. Suzanne in IN says:

    Luxe and leather go together perfectly.

  49. Tracy Thompson says:

    Fantastic gift ideas here

  50. Kathy Slaughter Cummings says:

    Such great gifts! Thank you

  51. Chris says:

    I really like the leather card sleeves. Nice idea.

  52. Nita says:

    I’m really crossing my fingers for that knitting book this time, lol. And love that crocheted hat…I’m going to give it a try!

  53. Sue in TN says:

    I love the projects given today. Haven’t crocheted much in years, but want to give the hat a try!

  54. jessicac says:

    I had been looking for a Chalkboard printable!

  55. Judi B in VA says:

    I love both of the hats!

  56. Julie says:

    Wow!, These are great!

  57. Kathy L in VA says:

    Love the slouch hat for my teenage girls!

  58. Ruth L from FL says:

    I have yet to knit a sweater, although I’ve tried… this sounds like help I could use! Thanks!

  59. Renea says:

    These are some really pretty items. Thanks for the giveaway.

  60. Amy in IL says:

    I love the long cardigan. I will need to add that to my long list of things to make.

  61. Marian in GA says:

    Please, please pick me!

  62. Patty says:

    Love that long cardigan!

  63. Bunny in FL says:

    Would love to win!

  64. Mama Squirrel says:

    I love both of those hats! Thanks for including something for those of us who like to crochet.

  65. Laura says:

    Thanks for the giveaway!

  66. Ramona in MI says:

    I really like the cloche hat. I think I may know have to learn how to crochet.

  67. ParisGrrl at US 09777 says:

    Love the card holder and the fur boottops!

  68. I love those printables! Thank you.

  69. Nancy Ridder says:

    Would love to try making the long line cardigan. Thanks for the ideas. Would love to win either book

  70. Catherine. Ca says:

    Nice projects.

  71. Kay says:

    The maxi cardigan is gorgeous. x

  72. I wish could crochet. Maybe this year…

  73. Barb B in BC says:

    wonderful collection of ideas – Thank you!

  74. Wendy in MI says:

    I love the notebook covers

  75. Marilyn in WA says:

    Love the leather clutch!

  76. Amber in ny says:

    great ideas!

  77. Kay in Tx says:

    Thanks for the giveaway.

  78. Ingrid says:

    I love the Snowdrift hat. I may make it for myself!

  79. Anne Marie says:

    Great ideas – love the hats.

  80. cecile in MN says:

    Thank you !

  81. Carol W says:

    I like the notebook cover

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