Make it a tropical Christmas with gift ideas from today’s curated list!

Make It


Flamingo Stocking
Sew a unique Christmas flamingo stocking using this pattern designed by Allison of Dream a Little Bigger.


The Ultimate Beach Blanket
If you frequent the beach, you know one can never have too many beach blankets (or towels) to lay out and relax upon. This pattern by So Sew Easy claims to be the ultimate!


Sea Turtle Softie
Sew a sweet little sea turtle softie (or even a whole group of them!) using this free pattern from Amy of Positively Splendid.


Beach Bound Straw Tote 
This adorable straw tote (by Melissa of Polkadot Chair) would make an excellent beach bag or purse for any beach-loving friend or family member!


Felt Seashells
These felt seashells (designed by Laura of Bugs and Fishes) are perfect by themselves and also awesome for decorating any number of gifts. The possibilities are endless!


Sunglasses Case With a Pocket
This innovative, yet simple, sunglasses case (designed by Stephanie of Swoodson Says) closes with velcro and has a secret pocket to store “eye drops, change, chapstick, even a set of keys.”


Sea Turtle Softie
And here is another version of a sea turtle softie (these design by Ashley of Make It & Love It) because one can never have too many sea turtles!


Pineapple Cross-Stitch
What is more tropical than pineapples? Stitch up this cute pineapple design (by Rachael of Imagine Gnats) as a wall hanging or add the design to a favorite tote bag pattern!

Related tutorials you might enjoy: Tropical Fish Fleece Mittens, Little Fishy, and Hawaii on My Mind Wall Hanging

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Hack That Tote!: Mix & Match Elements to Create Your Perfect Bag

Author: Mary Abreu
Publisher: C&T Publishing / Stash Books

One pattern, infinite looks! With simple tweaks, you can reinvent the basic tote 11 ways, sewing useful projects like a backpack, messenger bag, laundry duffle, and stylish cross-body purse. Create your perfect carryall by adding zippers, pockets, handles, drawstrings, and purse hardware for endless variety. A fabric and interfacing guide helps beginners and more experienced sewists choose the right materials every time. Just measure, mark, and cut, no printed patterns needed!

The Mighty Lucky Quilting Club Subscrition

The Mighty Lucky Quilting Club is the first monthly subscription club of its kind that focuses on challenging you with design concepts in the quilt making process. It’s like a gym membership for quilters! From playing with surface design techniques to improvised quilt (and quilting!) designs to finding inspiration …and everything in between… you’ll be challenged each month with a new skill to try, with pages of instructions, examples, and inspiration from one of your favorite quilters.

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

Here are our 2016 themes:

November 28: Upcycled Gifts
November 27: Sweet Softies
November 26: Luxe Gifts
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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